Historical Tour of Khiva
Known for its authentic medieval atmosphere, Khiva harbours a long and brutal history as a slave trading hub along the Silk Road desert. It was the first city in Uzbekistan to be inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day exploring Itchan Kala, the historic ‘walled city’ with the minaret of Islam Khodja towering over the city at 56 metres tall. Very compact, with labyrinths of 94 mosques, 63 madrassas, 50 historic monuments and 250 ancient houses all within three kilometres, there is plenty discover at every turn. Stroll into the architecturally elegant Tash-Khauli Palace, the former summer residence of Khivan before continuing to navigate the complex multi-layered yards of the Kunya-Ark Fortress.