Visit the sixth century walled city of Khiva. It was once a centre of commerce, selling anything from camels to concubines. Today it is a living museum boasting magnificent mosques, religious schools and tombs that have all been restored to their former splendour, the walls and ceilings elaborately decorated with colorful mosaics.
Bukhara, was a well-known stop on the Silk Road, and boasts a fifth century fort and citadel with museums filled with artworks, carpets and carvings, and in Samarkand find the remains of a fort built in the seventh century BC. The city also houses ornate mosques and religious schools dating back as far as the fifteenth century.