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