If you don’t know where to start, there’s no way you can go wrong with a tour through the historical sights and destinations in Uzbekistan. Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand are all UNESCO World Heritage Sights – and for good reason. Start with Samarkand, which used to be home to some of the finest architects and artisans, who created the masterpieces of Registan Square and Gur-Emir. Bukhara is more intimate, with holy sights and a historical landmark around every corner. Khiva is an open-air museum that captures the atmosphere of the Silk Road, with winding alleys and bright bazaars. But don’t miss out on smaller sights like Termez, a Buddhist center on the border with Afghanistan or Shahrisabz, the birthplace of the great warrior Timur.

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