Uzbekistan
The Essential

A mythical destination in the midst of the legendary Silk Route, Uzbekistan is unlike no other country in the world and a phenomenal melting pot of cultures. From Alexander the Great to Timur, from Genghis Khan to Stalin, the greatest empires have fought over this tiny stretch of desert which has witnessed the passage of untold treasures over the centuries, to and from China and Europe. Uzbekistan's architectural heritage remains its main treasure. Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz, all UNESCO world heritage sites, invite the traveller to embark on a marvellous journey through time, dotted with slender minarets and glittering turquoise domes.
Behind this sumptuous scenery, Uzbekistan is rich in other treasures. From citadels lost in the desert of Karakalpakstan to fruit stalls piled high in the bazaars of the Ferghana Valley, from the desolate shores of the Aral Sea to the dunes of Kyzyl Kum that are best seen from a camel's back in true caravan fashion, Uzbekistan can be explored in a multitude of ways. You can be sure of one constant throughout your journey: the boundless hospitality of the Uzbek people!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Uzbekistan

Kyzyl Kum Desert Fortresses Kyzyl Kum Desert Fortresses
Kyzyl Kum Desert Fortresses
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Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud
Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud
Khiva
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Necropolis of the Living King (Shah-i-Zinda) Necropolis of the Living King (Shah-i-Zinda)
Necropolis of the Living King (Shah-i-Zinda)
Samarkand
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Registan Square Registan Square
Registan Square
Samarkand
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Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Mausoleum Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Mausoleum
Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Mausoleum
Samarkand
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Ulugh Beg Madrasa Ulugh Beg Madrasa
Ulugh Beg Madrasa
Samarkand
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