Splendours of the Silk Route – Uzbekistan

Follow in the footsteps of ancient traders on the famous Silk Road on a captivating journey through Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is an enthralling painting destination.  New to... Read more

From £2,585 PP excl. flights
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13 Apr - 25 Apr 2024

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Tashkent, Nukus, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

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Sketching, Painting & Travel in Central Asia

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Mary-Anne Bartlett

Experience the wonder of the Silk Route, to paint the captivating blues of ancient trading centres

Follow in the footsteps of ancient traders on the famous Silk Road on a captivating journey through Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan is an enthralling painting destination.  New to Art Safari in 2023 we have added extra nights to make this an even more lovely and more relaxed tour. Using every hue of blue we paint the domes and minarets of mosques, palaces and madrassas.  We find vast walls of sand brick and experience the breath-taking scale of the Uzbek monuments and fortresses.

The arts and crafts of Uzbekistan inspire us during our 13 day adventure which traces the opulence of the Silk Route.

The cities of this fascinating country are famed for their iconic architecture; beautiful Khiva, holy Bukhara and mystical Samarkand showcase some of the finest Islamic architecture in the eastern world. In contrast the oppressive brutalist structures of the capital, Tashkent, tell stories of the Soviet era and contrast with the extraordinary metro stations; each being an original work of art with its own individual theme and designed by leading architects and artists of the country.

Not only will we be in awe of these man-made wonders, but we will also be journeying through the country during spring time when the wildflowers are out – this is the most colourful time to see Uzbekistan – and we will venture into the desert wilderness for a traditional yurt stay to fully appreciate rural life.

Some highlights:

  • Start and finish in Uzbekistan’s multi-faceted capital of Tashkent
  • Explore the architectural splendour of Khiva, a beautifully preserved desert city packed full of historical sites in its compact Old Town.
  • Visit the ancient city of Samarkand which has long been a hub for artisans and traders of the Silk Route.
  • Enjoy a visit to the Nukus Museum of Art, considered to have one of the finest collections in Central Asia and the second most significant collection of Russian Avant-garde in the world.
  • Discover holy Bukhara; often described as being the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia and brimming with turquoise domes, madrassas, and caravanserais.
  • Journey into the desert to the village of Yangigazgan and spend the night in a traditional Yurt camp with an evening meal and Kazakh singing under the stars, and the chance to ride a Bactrian camel!

On this exciting Art Safari adventure, we take our inspiration from the shimmering turquoise domes and sandstone towers, intricate mosaics and towering minarets.  We will have the opportunity to visit fine art galleries and local craft workshops, not to mention ancient bazaars and caravanserais for the full Silk Road experience.

Your tutor Mary-Anne Bartlett is an accomplished artist and seasoned traveller.  She will teach you how to look at your surroundings and encourage you to fill your sketchbook pages in your own style, as well as trying some new ideas.


Day 1Arrival in Tashkent
Day 2Nukus and Khiva
Day 3Khiva
Day 4Khiva
Day 5Bukhara
Day 6Bukhara
Day 7Bukhara
Day 8Kyzylkum desert
Day 9Gijduvan, Samarkand
Day 10Samarkand
Day 11Samarkand
Day 12Samarkand, Tashkent
Day 13Tashkent, departure day
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Per person sharing from £2585.

Single supplement if required £380. Excludes night in yurt camp.


The joining point for this tour is Tashkent.

Ask us and we can organise your flight for you, ATOL protected.



All accommodation, all meals, art tuition & hosting, excursions & internal transport and internal flight as stated on the itinerary, group airport transfers



International flights, all drinks & gratuities, optional activities, art materials, personal expenses, visa (if required)

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or [email protected]

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