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...
For a thousand years, the Silk Route, the greatest land based trading highway the world has seen, wound its way from China, through Central Asia to Europe. Today, it is the independent state of Uzbekistan that contains some of the most interesting sites and this trip is designed to visit the great cities that survive from this legendary era. Discover the highlights of Uzbekistan on this 9-day tour. Starting in Tashkent we then travel to Urgench, Khiva, Bukhara & Samarkand.
Highlights include the walled city of Khiva, where we discover a maze of twisted alleyways, medieval mosques and tombs. Following the old caravan route south, we see the fine Islamic architecture of Bukhara and Samarkand. Classical Uzbekistan tour is perfect for anyone who wants get an understanding of the real Uzbekistan. You will visit all the pearls of the Silk Road including Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. Over a week in the '1001 nights' atmosphere. Unforgettable.
One day to explore Tashkent and the major sightseeings of Uzbekistan capital. In the evening transfer to airport for an evening flight to visit the evocative city of Khiva, one of the most complete and best-preserved cities on the ancient Silk Road. 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 next stage is to Samarkand, which survived the arrival of Islam, the havoc of the Mongolian hordes and then flowered under the rule of Tamerlane.
- 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 Squar
- Chor-Su Bazaar – explore the oldest Oriental bazaar in Tashkent where you can buy souvenirs, watch Uzbek bread baking process in traditional oven, taste some local food.
- Kyzylkum Desert - drive through the famous Central Asian desert (7-8 hours). Stop at Amudarya River bank.
- Paper Mill 'Meros' – visit Konigil village, where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient technology.
Arrive in Tashkent, welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at 12:00 – 14:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Start guided tour in Tashkent – 2200 years old capital city of Uzbekistan.
We will start from the Old City: Khast Imam Complex – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century
Explore traditional Chor-Su Bazaar – oldest in Tashkent where you can buy souvenirs, watch Uzbek bread baking process in traditional oven, taste some local food.
Visiting modern part of Tashkent: Applied Arts Museum where one can see Uzbek fabrics, Bukhara and Khiva carpets, 'Suzani' embroidery, metal and wooden items adorned with ornate Arabic lettering, oriental jewelry, and ceramics. Continue to Independence Square – symbol of Uzbek capital and popular place for people. We will use Tashkent metro to get to Amir Timur Square – the heart of the city, established on the intersection of two ancient trade roads, with many modern buildings.
Transfer to the airport for evening flight to Urgench. Arrive in Urgench, transfer to Khiva. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will explore ancient inner town Ichan Kala (UNESCO World Heritage site, XIV-XX CC) – big open air museum consisting of Muhamad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Rahim Khan Madrassah, Juma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli Palace, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara through Kyzylkum Desert (7-8 hours). Stop at Amudarya River bank. Lunch in a local café. Arrive in Bukhara, free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will see Ark Fortress – residence of Bukhara khans, Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum (IX-X CC) – Shrine of Ismail Samani and other members of the Samanid Dynasty, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (XII-XVI CC), Saint Job’s well.
Continue to Poi-Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret (XII C) through orient bazaars with three trade domes of Toki Zargaron (XV C), Toki Sarrafon (XVI C), Toki Telpak Furushon (XVI C), Ulugbek Madrassah (XV C), Abdulazizkhan Madrassah (XVII C), Lyabi Hauz complex (XVI -XVII CC), surrounded by ancient mulberry trees, restaurants and cafes. Visit Kukeldash Madrassah, Magoki Attori Mosquenow used as a carpet museum, Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah and Nadir Divan-begi Khanaka. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive outside Bukhara for sightseeing: Sitorai Mokhi Khosa – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Chor Bakr Necropolis – city of the dead, Baghautdin Nakhshbandi Mausoleum – center of Sufism and most important pilgrimage site.
Transfer to the railway station for train to Samarkand. Pick up in Samarkand, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start sightseeing from Gur Emir Mausoleum (tomb of Tamerlane), continue with iconic Registan Square (which means “desert” in Persian) and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah (XV c), Sher-Dor Madrassah (XVII c), and Tillya-Kari Madrassah (XVII c) – covered with gold.
Visit to Shakhi Zinda Necropolis – ensemble including mausoleums and other ritual buildings of IX-XIV and XIX CC, Ulughbek Observatory, built in XV century by Timurid ruler and astronomer, Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Amir Timur (Tamerlane) in XV century and Samarkand oriental bazaar. Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue sightseeing in Samarkand: ancient settlement and museum of Afrosiab, and Tombstone of Saint Daniyar. The prophet Daniyar (Daniel) is revered by three world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and mausoleum is still a pilgrimage place for the followers of all three Abrahamic religions.
Drive to Konigil village to visit Samarkand Paper Mill 'Meros', where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient technology.
Drive to Tashkent (4h), transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Check out by 12:00. Transfer to the airport. End of services.
3 star hotels
|N of nights|
|Tashkent||Bek Hotel, Shodlik Palace or similar||2|
|Khiva||Euro Asia, Old Khiva or similar||2|
|Bukhara||Komil, Kabir or similar||2|
|Samarkand||City, Malika Prime or similar||2|
Hotels will be booked based on availability. We reserve the right to change itinerary if flight/train timetable changes or no available tickets
- Letter of Invitation for tourist visa (if required);
- Transport services;
- Transfers airport – hotel – airport;
- Accommodation on double room sharing basis with breakfast;
- Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Urgench;
- Economy class train tickets Bukhara-Samarkand;
- Local guides for city tours (1-5 pax), escorting guide for 6+ pax;
- Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights .
- 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;
- Lunches, Dinners;
- Personal items;
- Visa fee;
- Early check-ins / late check-outs;
- Travel insurance.