This tour from Fergana to Khiva is an excellent opportunity to cover the whole country from east to west, like the caravans once crossing the Great Silk Road. This journey will be a real adventure; you will discover diversity of cultural, historical and architectural wealth of Uzbekistan. In the cities of Fergana Valley you will learn the history of the Kokand Khanate, visit workshops of masters who create amazing carpets, knives, and ceramics. UNESCO World Heritage Listed cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, will strike you with their unique architecture.
Tour from Fergana to Khiva descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus; to Fergana Valley: 1-3 pax by sedan type car; Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included; Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides; Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary; Business/Economy-class tickets for trains Tashkent-Samarkand and Tashkent-Kokand as per option (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train); Full board (lunches and dinners); Economy class ticket for flight Urgench-Tashkent.
Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour; Hotel charges for additional services; Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa; Tips are not included, but would be appreciated; Travel insurance.
As the regional centre of tsarist and Soviet rule, the town of Fergana has grown into the valley’s third-largest city, with a population of 220,000-230,000. In fact, Fergana is the valley’s least ancient and least Uzbek city. Founded in 1876, 20 kilometres from the ancient town of Margilan, it was christened New Margilan, then in 1907 became Skobelov, after the first military governor, and in 1924 assumed the valley’s name.
The main building of the new city became a military fortress, which occupied a large area. New streets were laid from it in a semicircle. The huge park was lid out in the city center. The first architectural sights of the city were the Governor’s House (now the building of the drama theater), House of Governor Assistant, the Military Assembly (House of Officers). In 1907 the town was renamed Skobelev, and in 1924 called Ferghana.
Fergana’s wide avenues spread fan-like from the old military fortress, recalling the St Petersburg design of Tashkent. Tree-lined avenues and pastel-plastered tsarist buildings indeed give Fergana the feel of a mini-Tashkent. Parks, fountains, Russian architecture and industrial zones strengthen the similarity, and the contrast, with Uzbek, Islamic Margilan.
A marked increase in the city began only in the twentieth century and especially after the independence of the republic. Ferghana is now an important industrial center in Uzbekistan. Over the past few years in the city there are many modern facilities – luxurious high-rise hotels, a beautiful tennis court, indoor urban market, a stadium, a large park with flower beds and fountains. Symbolically, that among the first constructions built during the independence, in 1992 the city gate was built, called “Gate of Independence.” It has the height of 14 meters, 26 meters in length.
Fergana is perhaps the best and the most obvious base from which to explore the rest of the Fergana valley. It has a central location, a good choice of accommodation and decent services. It’s a nice enough place to hang out, and somewhat cosmopolitan with its relatively high proportion of Russian and Korean citizens.
At 07:00 transfer to the train station. Take train Ozbekiston departing to Kokand at 08:05. Arrive in Kokand at 12:00. Meet your guide and driver and start sightseeing tour in Ferghana Valley. VisitKhudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque, Kamol-Kazy Madrasah, and Norbut-biy Madrasah. Drive to Ok Yer village to the house of craftsman Bakhrom-aka to visit a traditional Kyrgyz family manufacturing wool carpets. Afterwards drive to Ferganacity (80 km). Visit Akhmad Al-Fergani Park in Fergana. Check in to the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 3: Fergana – Margilan – Rishtan – Tashkent
In the morning, drive from Fergana to Margilan and visit Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah. Today, madrasah is home to a number of craftsmen producing handmade carpets and silk. Explore a local market and continue to Yodgorlik Silk factory to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns. If it is Thursday or Sunday, visit Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market, bazaar, in Fergana Valley. Drive to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master Rustam Usmanov whose works are exhibited on world exhibitions. Enjoy a pottery workshop and have a look at ceramic collection in a small museum. After Rishtan return to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel for overnight. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museumand the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigilvillage to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h*). Today we will have an overland transfer from Bukhara to Khiva through Kyzylkum desert**. Caravans on the Great Silk Road carrying porcelain and spices used the same route for hundreds of years. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon. Check-in to the hotel. Free evening in Khiva. Overnight at the hotel. *Since there is only one cafe on the way, you might want to consider preparing a packed lunch before this trip. **Some parts of the road are not in the best condition.