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Uzbekistan Girls

Uzbekistan Building

Uzbekistan Women



April 27-May 12, 2019

We invite you to join us as we explore the heritage of Uzbekistan in Spring 2018!

Uzberkistan Map

This fascinating Central Asian nation is on the ancient Silk Road, the trade route between China and the Mediterranean a millennia ago. In ancient times, it was a predominantly Persian speaking region, with cities such as Samarkand growing rich from the Silk Road.

Uzbekistan is covered by the vast red desert of Kyzyl Kum, oases, and river valleys plunging from the mountains. To the northwest is the Aral Sea, and to the southwest mountains which reach 4,600 meters.

The area was first inhabited by Iranian nomads in the 1st millennium BC; Alexander the Great conquered the area in 327 BC. By the 5th century, Bukhara and Samarkand were important cultural centers.

In the 8th century, Uzbek scholars set the foundation for the Muslim Renaissance. Among their accomplishments were the development of trigonometry in its modern form, and advances in optics, astronomy, poetry, geography, and others. In 1380, Timur (Tamerlane) emerged as the ruler for the area, including Iran, Mesopotomia, Asia Minor, and more. He initiated the last flowering of the region bringing many artisans and scholars to create a rich Perso-Islamic culture.

Samarkand is renowned for its spectacular Islamic architecture, as is Registan, a plaza bordered by ornate, blue mosaic-covered religious schools from the 15th to 17th centuries. The area was incorporated into the Russian Empire during the 19th century, and was linked to Russia until independence in 1991.

The rich heritage of Uzbekistan will enchant you. We hope you will join us as we explore this fascinating area!


Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
for AAAS, Sigma Xi, ACS & the Planetary Society

$4,295 plus air

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