The architecture of the Tashkent Metro is one of the most beautiful in the world, and it is a traditional destination for tourists and guests...
Located in the very heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan has some of the region’s finest architecture and most enthralling history. Its capital, Tashkent, was one of the major trading centres along the Silk Road and its proud legacy of warriors and emperors can be seen in the 13th and 14th century monuments which still remain.
Highlights of this classic 1 week tour across Uzbekistan include the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and the restored UNESCO city of Khiva. Numerous historic monuments of these cities were included to the Global Heritage List.
The Uzbek capital is Tashkent, which started life as a little oasis at the hills of the Golestan mountains several thousand years ago and has grown into the colossal city that it is today. The city has a myriad of statues, museums and art galleries to explore.
Uzbekistan is most famous for its incredible historical cities. Samarkand was once home of the mighty warlore Timur, and home of the great Registan Square, where beautiful madrassas are loaded down with ornate majolica and azure mosaics. Bukhara perfectly captures the atmosphere of Central Asia before the Russian domination, and has many spectacular buildings such as the Ark Fortress, the Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and the Kalyan Minaret (Death Tower).
The third of the main UNESCO sites is Khiva and is the best preserved Khanate. Its long and bloody history is fascinating, and the walls that used to provide sanctuary for the travellers on the Silk Road are as intact as the old town inside.
The markets are a delight and a photographer’s paradise while outside the cities the dusty, isolated villages with their flocks of woolly, fat tailed sheep, have changed little over the years.
Arrive to Uzbekistan and spend the next day exploring the sprawling city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s 2,000-year-old capital. Our next stage is Samarkand, which survived the arrival of Islam, the havoc of the Mongolian hordes and then flowered under the rule of Tamerlane. You will get there from Tashkent by Afrosiyob speed train with the journey taking only 2,5 hours. You will spend 2 days exploring Uzbekistan’s most glorious city. Its long history is most famously linked to the legacy of the great 14th century ruler Tamerlane whose aim was to create the richest city on earth. The journey then moves to Bukhara. It was the beauty of the Kalyan minaret that saved it from being destroyed by Ghengis Khan in 1220 when the rest of the city was razed to the ground. The magical city of Bukhara is over 2,000 years old and is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia. Touring here includes the important religious attractions of the city including the Bolo Hauz Mosque and Ismail Samani mausoleum which dates from the 10th century, Kalyan Square and the summer palace of the Emir. Our last leg of the journey is to visit the evocative city of Khiva, one of the most complete and best-preserved cities on the ancient Silk Road. This time you will be transferred by vehicle through the famed Kyzyl Kum Desert. The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzyl Kum Desert, as the present road does nowadays. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya River. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva in Kunya-Ark. Try yourself at climbing Islam-Khoja minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. In the evening you will be transferred to Urgench airport for flight to Tashkent (1 h. 40 min.).
We are pretty sure to say that this trip and all those impressions you will get will stay with you for a long. All those impressive mosques, mausoleums and madrassas, a feast for the eyes. Uzbekistan takes you on an amazing journey to the past with its rich architectural heritage and it never fails to impress any visitor. Whether it’s Samarkand with remarkable Registan and Shah-i-Zinda, the old towns of Khiva and Bukhara, or Sovjet-style Tashkent, you will love this impressive country that has so much to offer.
- Tashkent - Wander through Tashkent's bazaar for a wonderful insight into daily life and mingle with the locals in the lively Chorsu market
- Khiva - Visit to the most romantic city on the Silk Road, a UNESCO protected site and perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the Silk Road cities
- Bukhara - Admire Islamic architecture, browse bustling bazaars and take tea adjacent to the beautiful pool of Lyab-i-Khauz
- Samarkand - Discover the cultural gem of the Silk Road and visit the awe-inspiring restored madrassas standing on three sides of Registan Square
Arrival in Tashkent. Meet your driver and transfer to the hotel. Guided sightseeing (4-5 hours) in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran, holy book, of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center, stroll around Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station. Fast-speed train “Afrosiyob” departs Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at train station to begin the city tour in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek observatory, Siab Bazaar. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 h). Stop on the way at Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Continue driving to Bukhara. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Spend your afternoon in fascinating Old Bukhara which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Explore Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Chor-Minor Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Start the second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Then visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzyl Kum Desert, as the present road does nowadays. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya River. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Check-out from hotel till noon. Today you will visit Ichan-Qala fortress which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Try yourself at climbing Minaret of Islom-Khoja, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva in Kunya-Ark. Free time in the afternoon. In the evening you will be transferred to Urgench airport (30 km, 35 min.) for flight to Tashkent (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
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|N of nights|
|Tashkent||Uzbekistan, Shodlik Palace||Lotte City Hotel, Miran International||3|
|Khiva||Euro Asia, Old Khiva||Asia Khiva||1|
|Bukhara||Omar Khayyam, Devon Begi||Asia Bukhara||2|
|Samarkand||Grand Samarkand, Diyora||Registan Plaza||1|
Hotels will be booked based on availability
- Visa invitation letter;
- Transport service on comfortable tourist class vehicle (a certain type of vehicle is provided depending on the group size);
- Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Urgench;
- Double/twin & Single sharing accommodation in the hotels with full breakfast;
- English speaking guide accompanying you during the entire itinerary;
- Sightseeing with a local English speaking guide in each city;
- Economy class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
- Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights ;
- Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
- Fees for the use of cameras and videos in the monuments and tourist sites;
- Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings, tickets for a theatre and visits to museums which are not specified in the program);
- Alcohol drinks;
- Personal items;
- Full board (lunch and dinner);
- Charges in hotels for additional services;
- Early check-ins / late check-outs;
- International air tickets;
- Travel insurance.