Silk Road, Uzbekistan: Legendary Golden Road to Samarkand, commonly known as the silk road. Extremely remote, you can still drive the old caravan route to Samarkand passing Tashkent, Kjiva and Bukhara along the way. This trip of lifetime can be done without a guide with proper planning, but most go on a guided multi-day jeep or overlanding tour of a week or more.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan: Central city along the ancient silk road that linked China and the Mediterranean. UNESCO protected, the city is home to numerous intricately beautiful mosques and mausoleums.
- Mausoleum of Tamerlane, Samarkand
- Tilla Kari Madrasah, Samarkand (One of the 3 great Islamic colleges in the world)
- Shah I Zinda, Samarkand
- Guri Amir, Samarkand
- Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand
- Registan Square, Samarkand
Khiva, Uzbekistan: Ancient walled city with mud-baked architecture along the silk road. Magically romantic at night.
Bukhara, Uzbekistan: This ancient city on the silk road was once a central town along the route and was at the forefront of Islamic theology and culture. Today the town still contains much of it architecture from the 9th to 17th centuries.
- Kalon Minaret, Bukhara
- The Ark Fortress ruins, Bukhara
Nukus,Uzbekistan: Best known for it’s Nukas Art Museum, a world-class art museum it features the Igor Savitsky Collection, as well as many regional collections of archeological, cultural, folk, fine and Russian avant-garde art.
Margilon, Uzbekistan: Founded by Alexander the Great this town is the capital of Uzbekistan thriving silk industry and is a great place to buy high quality silk products at very reasonable prices.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Capital city of Uzbekistan is a mix of new modern and old soviet. Great museums.
- Amir Timur Museum,Tashkent
- State Museum of History, Tashkent
- Tashkent Tower, Tashkent