Medicine and Society in Uzbekistan with the Royal Society of Medicine

24 Apr - 7 May 2022
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This tour is supported by the Royal Society of Medicine.

Uzbekistan is the land-locked heart of Central Asia’s evocative Silk Road. The stunning architecture of its ancient cities links the empires of China and Persia and reflects layers of history that take in the giddy pinnacles of civilisation and culture but also the depths of oppression. Travel in the footsteps of those early traders through Uzbekistan and make a visit to Tajikistan to visit its mountain lakes and archaeological site overlooking the Zarafshan Valley. Travel through vast isolated landscapes containing magnificent sites and cultures little changed over time.

Tour leader Janice Liverseidge will lead you through the ancient history and vibrant, contemporary society of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, with a number of fascinating medical visits as you travel through the land of Avicenna, a polymath regarded as the father of early modern medicine, including a visit to his birthplace. Examine medicine ranging from a modern teaching hospital, to rural care and traditional healing. There will also be ample opportunity to enjoy wonderful local food and wine, including several special meals.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

Until recently Janice Liverseidge was Director of Membership at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge tourist guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively, including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba, South Africa and China.

Janice has the Visit Britain "Good to Go" Industry standard demonstrating that she has shown her compliance with government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and ensures social distancing including using a phone app when providing tour commentaries.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Tashkent (Sun, 24 April) Arrive in Tashkent, the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Central Asia, and transfer to the Marriot Courtyard Hotel. Walk across Independence Square and visit the Hast Imam and take an orientation tour of the parks and city, before a local dinner.
  • Day 2: Tashkent (Mon, 25 April) Explore some of Tashkent’s more ornate metro stations. Travel to Kosmonavtlar Station and visit the Museum of Applied Arts. Visit a Tashkent city hospital in the afternoon and meet with local doctors, or spend time at leisure. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a local winery.
  • Day 3: Tashkent / Khiva (Tues, 26 April) Visit a traditional clinic, the Tabib Nursafar. Fly to Khiva and transfer to the Malika Khiva Hotel. Dinner on a terrace with a view of the walled city.
  • Day: 4 Khiva (Wed, 27 April) Explore Khiva, including the city gates and walls, the Mohammed-Amin Khan Medressa, Kalta Minor Minaret and the Palace of the Khan with its harem. Lunch at Zainab’s House before visiting the Museum of Khorezm History and prison. Drive out to Lake Kharrat in the desert for a barbecue dinner with traditional Khorezm music and dance.
  • Day 5: Khiva (Thurs, 28 April) Visit the desert castles and the archaeological sites of ancient Khorezm, including Toprak-Kala and Ayaz-Kala. Visit a village health clinic before returning to Khiva.
  • Day 6: Khiva / Bukhara (Fri, 29 April) Take the train across the desert, crossing the River Amudarya (Oxus) to Bukhara. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Late afternoon orientation tour of Bukhara, including the Kosh and Ulubek Medressa. Enjoy a rooftop dinner at Minzifa café.
  • Day 7: Bukhara (Sat, 30 April) Take a walking tour, visiting Kalon Minaret, Miri Arab Medressa and the Domes of the Jewellers, Hatters and Money Changers. Lunch at Lyabi Hauz, an ancient plaza shaded by mulberry trees. Visit the Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, the Bolo – Khauz Mosque and the lovely Chor Minor. Enjoy a candlelit dinner on the hotel terrace overlooking the Kalon Minaret.
  • Day 8: Bukhara (Sun, 1 May) Visit the Ark and the Zindan. Drive out in the afternoon to visit the village of Afshona, the birthplace of Avicenna, and visit the Museum of Abu Ali Ibn Sino (Avicenna). The museum houses reconstructions of surgical instruments from the period. Visit the adjacent medical college and medicinal herb garden. Dinner at the private Dostan House.
  • Day 9: Bukhara / Samarkand (Mon, 2 May) Visit the pottery centre at Gijduvan. Continue to Navoi and take the train to Samarkand. Arrive and transfer to the Hotel Grand Samarkand. Visit the tomb of Tamerlane and Registan Square.
  • Day 10: Samarkand (Tues, 3 May) Visit the Ulugbek Observatory, Daniel’s Tomb and the Bibi-Khanym Mosque. Visit a private health clinic.Walk to the winery for wine and cognac tasting. Dinner in a local restaurant.
  • Day 11: Samarkand (Wed, 4 May) Visit Langar village and Shakre Sabz, Tamerlane’s birthplace. Return to Samarkand and spend the afternoon at leisure. Dinner in a private house.
  • Day 12: Samarkand / Tajikistan / Samarkand (Thurs, 5 May) Drive to Penjikent in Tajikistan and visit the archaeological site overlooking the Zarafshan Valley and the Rudaki Tajik Museum. Have lunch and visit the local market before returning to Samarkand.
  • Day 13: Samarkand / Tashkent (Fri, 6 May) Take the high-speed train to Tashkent and check into the hotel. At leisure in Tashkent. Farewell dinner.
  • Day 14: Tashkent (Sat, 7 May) Depart Tashkent.

Flights from the UK are available via Uzbekistan Airways (direct flights on certain days) or on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. We are happy to organise short breaks in Istanbul before or after the tour.

Tour cost

The ground only cost of the tour (excluding international flights and transfers) is USD $4,286

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