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Silk Road Textile Traditions with Textile Master Classes

20 October - 02 November 2017

From (AUD)

$5,380

14 DAY

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1300 219 885 (AU)

0800 456 219 (NZ)

Overview
Central Asia is famous for its rich tradition of arts and crafts, such as the intricately embroidered suzanis, exquisite silk Ikat weavings and hand woven silk carpets of geometric harmony and pure colour. 
 
We travel to the heart of the ancient Silk Road and the oasis cities of Uzbekistan where we will watch and learn the ancient textile skills currently being revived today.  Along the way we will experience Central Asia’s fascinating blend of ethnicities and explore the amazing sights including bazaars, minarets, narrow crooked pebbled streets and the ornate mosaics.

 

Dates & Prices

Tour Prices                                    

                               

Per person, twin share                               $5,380*
Single room supplement $450

 *Tour price is Land Only, starts and finishes in Tashkent 

 
Tour Code: AC201017
Tour Highlights
  • Attend Textile Master Classes in Buhkara
  • Visit Uzbek capital - Tashkent
  • See the city wall, old town and its mosques, minarets and madrassas in Khiva
  • Discover the amazing sights including bazaars, minarets, narrow crooked pebbled streets and the ornate mosaics at Samarkand, the heart of the Silk Road
  • Explore the mighty Shakhrisabz, a UNESCO World Heritage site

 

About Your Tour Leader - Lisa Walton
Internationally awarded textile artist, teacher and author Lisa Walton has travelled extensively, taught, lectured and toured for over 25 years. As a quilter, textile artist and (ex) chef/passionate foodie, Lisa created this perfect Textile & Food focused tour to appeal to those who especially appreciate traditional crafts and foods. As an experienced tour leader, she gives her fellow travellers an exceptional and unforgettable experience.
 
What's Included
Tour Inclusions:
  • Group arrival and departure transfers in Tashkent if travelling on suggested flight (Qantas/China Southern Airlines)
  • Internal flight Tashkent-Urgench taxes and surcharges included
  • Train tickets for Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent
  • 14 nights twin-share centrally located accommodation with breakfast (B) daily
  • Meals (L) (D) as stated in the itinerary  
  • Textile Master Classes program in Bukhara as stated in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with English speaking local guide
  • Uzbekistan visa for Australian passport holders
 
Tour Exclusions:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Porterages & gratuities
  • Personal expenses or items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, mini-bar, taxis etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
 
To enquire or book this tour, please contact:
Phone: 1300 219 885            Email: enquiries@opulentjourneys.com.au
 
Please Click Here to download the tour details.
 
To Make A Booking
 
Please complete, sign and return the booking form, with your deposit and a copy of your passport. As all of our tours are very unique and bespoke, we aim to provide a seamless individual service to you. Please contact us directly if you have questions.
 
Fitness
 
As this trip will include walking over uneven surfaces it would not be suitable for those with mobility issues.  It is expected that each participant is capable of walking 1km+ effortlessly, can carry their own luggage, and is able to get on and off a bus without assistance.
Itinerary

Arrival in Tashkent, and you’ll be transported to your accommodation. Welcome dinner tonight.

(Meals: D)

Tashkent, a city studded with monuments that hark back to the Silk Road. Enjoy a morning tour of the Uzbek capital, including the Old Town and Chorsu market, Applied Arts Museum where you will see different styles of embroidery made in different provinces. Later we fly to Urgench and then on to Khiva where it’s a delicious late dinner and transfer to hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Khiva, an ancient city fortress. Beneath the vivid blue glazed bands of the Kalta Minor Minaret, you set out through the sun and shadow of winding streets on a dreamlike tour of the town’s palaces, mosques, mausoleums and madrasah. All inhabited and thriving – a living museum. Today’s city tour features visits to Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, and Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum - some of the best-preserved examples of oriental town architecture from medieval times. We will also attend a carpet weaving workshop organized and supported by UNESCO.     

(Meals: B, L, D)

Today, we travel by road and witness numerous sights along the way to Bukhara, the famous medieval city over 2000 years old.  Upon arrival, we’ll check in to our hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Today marks the first of 5 days we will spend in Bukhara, visiting historical monuments, stunning architecture and experience ancient traditions. Up first, Ismail Samani and Chashmai Ayub Mausoleums, the Bolo Hauz mosque and Ark Citadel. Then after a lunch break we continue visiting: Kalyan Mosque and minaret, Ulughbek madrasah and Abdulazizkhan tim where you will see carpet shop under covered domes. Also, you will see Hammam of 16 C, Trade domes of Bukhara (3 of them) and Laby Hauz complex with Laby Hauz madrasah and Hanaka and a pond  right in the center of the old town. Dinner in a local restaurant.   

(Meals: B, L, D)

After breakfast in the hotel we head to outskirts of Bukhara to see Summer Palace of Bukhara Emir , Sitorai Mohi Hosa. It has beautiful stucco plaster interior decorations, huge banquet halls, and a large collection of costumes, silver and Ming china. You will see Bukharan textiles exhibition situated in the building of the former Harem of the last emir. We will also visit holy place of Local uzbeks, Bahauddin Naqshbandiy. He was the leader of Sufiys in Islam and well known in Islamic world, died and buried in Bukhara. After lunchtime, we visit the Silk Factory of Bukhara. Dinner in local restaurant. 
(Meals: B, L, D)
Today after breakfast we begin the day at the Bukhara Gold Embroidery Factory before a stop at the Craft Center situated in an old caravan-saray, where we’ll have an opportunity to see a demonstration of Uzbek crafts.
(Meals: B)
 

Attend your selected one-day immersion class working with a master in one of the available disciplines. On October 28, your second chosen immersion class, after which dinner will be arranged in Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah along with a Fashion Show of local designers.

(Meals: B)

Today we catch the train and soak up the UNESCO World Heritage site of Samarkand where we’ll delve into its Islamic past and sift through its riches. You will visit Registan Square, the local bazaar Shah-i-Zinda, the Bibi Khanum mosque and the impressive Gur Emir Mausoleum as well as the Observatory of Ulughbek.

(Meals: B, L, D)

Today we take an excursion to Shahrisabz and visit the ruins of Timur’s summer palace, Ak-Saray, the Mauseoleum of Jahangir, Juma Mosque and Dorul Tilovat complex. 
(Meals: B, L, D)

You’ll have a day at your leisure in Samarkand.

(Meals: B)

We take the morning train to Tashkent today before visiting Amir Timir Museum of Applied Arts, Kukeldash Madrasah and the Metro Station. Enjoy our farewell dinner tonight.
(Meals: B, L, D)
You’ll have a day at your leisure in Tashkent before your afternoon departure from the hotel to the airport.
(Meals: B)
 

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