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The Golden Road to Samarkand

This is the latest, 8th Edition of Odyssey's bestselling travel / country guide to Uzbekistan by well-travelled and entertaining experts Bradley Mayhew and Calum Macleod.

From the blue-tiled splendor of Tamerlane's Samarkand to the holy city of Bukhara, which boasts a mosque for each day of the year, and beyond to the desert-girdled khanate of Khiva, Uzbekistan lays claim to a breathtaking architectural legacy. Bound by sand and snow, fed by meltwater from the Roof of the World, these fertile oases attracted the greatest travelers and conquerors in history along the fragile threads of the Silk Road.

This groundbreaking guide, continually revised and updated, focuses on the wealth of sites and colorful legends at the heart of Central Asia, plus the best of the rest - excursions covering the major nearby attractions of neighboring republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.


“...The best guidebook to bring is the Uzbekistan volume in the Odyssey series, written by Calum Macleod and Bradley Mayhew. It is one of those rare travel guides that is a joy to read whether or not you are planning a trip....” - New York Times

“...richly photographed and terrifically detailed...” - Conde Nast Traveler

“...Quintessential guidebook...glorious!...” - Houston Chronicle

“...Quite excellent. No one should visit Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva without this meticulously researched guide...” - Peter Hopkirk, author of The Great Game

“...An exemplary guidebook and the only one devoted specifically to Uzbekistan....” - The Observer (UK)

“...The best guidebook on Uzbekistan available. Land in Tashkent without it at your peril...” - Tom Bissel, author, 'Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia'

“...I found this book just about perfect! ... This book has hit the balance between history, sights and practical information very well. The result is a guide that offers enough background info to be interesting rather than boring, enough info on where to go to let you go off the beaten track if you wish, and a range of accommodation options ranging from homestays to upmarket hotels, with actual prices noted. And of course, as usual with this series, it has absolutely gorgeous photography, a very important point in a book about this country, where the stunning architecture is a main attraction. As an added bonus, it even offers information on the most rewarding side-trips you can make to neighbouring Central Asian countries. Really, it is better than I had hoped - if you want to visit Uzbekistan, take this book. It is better than Lonely Planet!...” - Amazon Reviewer


+ Informative insights into the history, religion and culture of Uzbekistan

+ Special topics include the disappearance of the Aral Sea, and the life and death of Tamerlane the Great

+ Up-to-date information for the traveler, covering visas, customs and travel agencies

+ Hints for business visitors

+ Environmental issues

+ Useful maps, together with detailed plans of principal sites

+ The only comprehensive guide to this former Soviet republic

+ UNESCO World Heritage Sites

+ The nation at the crossroads of ancient trade routes

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Uzbekistan 8th Edition Front Cover


Calum Macleod - Author
Bradley Mayhew - Author


Publication Date : May 2014
Category : TRAVEL/Asia
Paperback ISBN 10 : 9622178375
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-837-3
Edition : Eighth Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 27.95, GB£ 16.95
Format : 8in x 5.5in
Pages : 384
Photos : 90 colour photographic pages
Maps : 23

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