This Uzbekistan extended tour showcases the history, architecture, and culture of Uzbekistan’s evocative Silk Road cities, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Follow in the footsteps of caravans as you journey to the fabled trading hub of Samarkand; explore Itchan-Kala, a maze of Islamic architecture within the walls of the old Khiva oasis; visit mosques and madrassahs in the 2,000-year-old city of Bukhara; and experience the blend of old and new in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent. Go further to explore some of Uzbekistan’s more remote destinations including Nukus, home of the renowned Savitsky art collection, the archaeological monuments of ancient Khorezm, the pilgrimage site of Nurata, and a yurt camp in the Kyzylkum Desert.
Between April and October months (choose preferred day of departure)
Get confirmation 7 days before the departure date
All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car, 3-7 pax by minivan/van, 8-16 pax by 30-seat bus); Accommodation throughout the tour; Meals as per itinerary; Sightseeing tour program with local English speaking guides; Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary; Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Nukus; Economy-class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent; Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa (if required); Full board (lunches and dinners); English-speaking tour leader to accompany group of 8 or more travellers.
Tour leader for the whole duration of the tour (unless there are 6 or more travellers); Hotel charges for additional services; Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa; International flight tickets before and after the tour.
Breakfast. Visit the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitsky. The museum hosts the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and an exhibition of applied art from Karakalpakstan. Take a short drive around the centre of Nukus and see the statue of Berdakh, the Karakalpak poet; the Nukus City Hall; and the Karakalpak Music and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon, drive to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way, visit the archaeological monuments of ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk-Kala (a Zoroastrian dakhma, or Tower of Silence) and Toprak-Kala (the capital of Khorezm in the 3rd century). Arrive in Khiva and check-in to the hotel.
Breakfast. Drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.*) following the route of the Great Silk Road (which passed through the Kyzylkum Desert on the way between Khiva and Bukhara). Stop on the way to enjoy views of the Amudarya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara in the late-afternoon and check-in to the hotel. Free time to rest or take a walk among Bukhara’s ancient buildings. Overnight at the hotel. *depending on road condition (some parts of the road are currently being renovated) Meals: we recommend that you take a packed lunch on this journey (not included)
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir and a unique combination of Oriental and Russian architecture. Enjoy free time in Bukhara in the afternoon. In the evening, see a traditional puppet show. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 8, Tu: Bukhara – Nurata – Yurt Camp
After breakfast, depart Bukhara and drive to a yurt camp in the Kyzylkum Desert (230 km, 4 h.*). On the way, stop in Gijduvan to visit a pottery master’s workshop and take a master-class on traditional pottery. After lunch, continue to Nurata town to visit the Chashma Complex of Religious Buildings and its famous holy spring. Stop at the Nurata Pass to see the Zukarnay Petroglyphs, which date from the Bronze Age. Arrive at the yurt camp and enjoy camel riding and free time. In the evening, enjoy dinner around the camp fire accompanied by a performance of Kazakh akin (folk singers). Overnight at the yurt camp. Meals: dinner
Day 9, We: Yurt Camp – Samarkand
After breakfast at the yurt camp visit Aidarkul Lake, which is surrounded by desert. Free time at the lake and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, leave the yurt camp and drive to Samarkand (270 km, 5 h). Arrive in Samarkand and check-in to the hotel. Time for rest. Meals: picnic lunch
Day 10, Th: Samarkand
Breakfast. At 9:00 start a sightseeing tour of the fascinating city of Samarkand. Visit the spectacular Registan Square, the Gur Emir (Tamerlane’s Mausoleum), the remains of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, and the Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. Then drive to Konigil village to explore the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 11, Fr: Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast. Check-out of the hotel by noon. Free time to explore Samarkand or shop for traditional handicrafts. In the evening, transfer to the railway station to take the train to Tashkent (300 km, 2 h 10 min). Upon arrival, go to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel. Meals: dinner
Day 12, Sa: Tashkent – Departure
Breakfast. Check-out of the hotel by noon. Free time until your transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
No Credit Cards required. Book With Flexibility. If your plans change, you can easily change the date or cancel the tour.