We have more border crossing shenanigans as we head to Uzbekistan. In Tashkent we will see the Uthman Koran at the Tillya Sheikh Mosque, considered by some to be the world's oldest Koran. We'll see a performance at the Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre - which was built in 1947 by Japanese Prisoners of war.
In the morning we make for Samarkand, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we'll see the tomb of the legendary Tamerlane - immortalised in Marlowe's play. We'll have a traditional lunch with a local family and dine at a restaurant in the evening.
After exploring Samarkand we'll head to Bukhara, crossing Aman-Kutan mountains to the birthplace of Tamerlane. Bukhara is an ancient city boasting many great monuments including Magokki Attori Mosque, Sitorai Mokhi Khossa – the Summer Palace of Bukhara Emir and the Trading Domes. We'll explore the wonders around us on foot and by coach.
We'll stay in one of the major hotels and try out the various restaurants.