9. Golden Road to Samarkand
Step back in time and explore the rustic charm of the ancient city of Khiva, Uzbekistan. Completely traffic free, rusty old bikes are the transport of choice, weaving in and out of the patchwork of sand coloured buildings. Head into the bustling bazaars to find yourself a momento, or take some time to admire the stunning architecture of the Madrassahs, embellished with ornate aquamarine mosaics.