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The cultural heartland of Central Asia, Uzbekistan offers the perfect mix of a rich culture without the tourist hordes. Samarkand and Bukhara are two cities that glitter like jewels, offering sublime Islamic architecture, bustling bazaars and a genuine hospitality, perfected through the ages owing to the country’s historic associations with the Silk Road. In this land of myths and fables, a trip into the heartland is a must. The villagers of Sentab live in magnificent surroundings of foothills and mountains, lakes and deserts, and time spent here gives a unique insight into the culture and landscape of Uzbekistan.
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Enchanting Mongolian plains and endless Russian steppe weave with mountains, forests, meadows, lakes and towns as you roll from Ulaanbaatar to St Petersberg on the world's most epic train journey, the Trans Mongolian Railway.
You can spend time, too, at Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest body of freshwater with its own unique species of seal, or go on Mongolian safari with yaks as your transport and gers your accommodation in true nomadic style.
Further wander the majestic Gobi desert and Mongolian mountains or delve into the myriad other historical sites of The Stans – including Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
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