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Best of Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Chimgan, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva (SR-07)

Group size
2-12 people
All year
10 days
Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Urgench, Gijduvon, Ugam-Chatkal National Park
from £1,395
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Embark on an extraordinary journey through the timeless wonders of Uzbekistan with our "Best of Uzbekistan" tour. This captivating itinerary invites you to discover the cultural treasures and architectural marvels of this Central Asian gem. Over the course of 10 days, delve into the rich history and vibrant culture of Uzbekistan as you explore its iconic cities and historic landmarks. From the bustling bazaars of Tashkent to the ancient streets of Khiva, each destination promises an unforgettable adventure filled with discovery and wonder. Highlights of the tour include exploring the majestic Registan Square in Samarkand, wandering through the labyrinthine streets of Bukhara's Old Town, and marveling at the ancient city walls of Khiva. Along the way, immerse yourself in the artistry of local craftsmen, savour the flavours of traditional Uzbek cuisine, and experience the warm hospitality of the Uzbek people.

With expert guides to lead the way and comfortable accommodations to relax in after a day of exploration, our "Best of Uzbekistan" tour offers the perfect blend of culture, history, and adventure. Join us as we uncover the beauty and charm of Uzbekistan, where every moment is an opportunity to create lasting memories.

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Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Welcome to Uzbekistan! Upon your arrival, our driver will be waiting for you at the arrival sector to transfer you to your hotel. We look forward to making your stay in Uzbekistan comfortable and enjoyable.
Day 2
Tashkent city tour
Today's agenda is all about immersing yourself in the dynamic cityscape of Tashkent, where a blend of modernity and tradition awaits. Start your city tour at Independence Square, a poignant symbol of Uzbekistan's sovereignty, before moving on to the iconic Amir Timur Square and the grandeur of the Tashkent Metro, famed for its intricate architecture. Next, delve into the rich history of the Old Town and the architectural wonders of the Khast-Imam complex. Then, prepare for a sensory adventure at the vibrant "Chorsu" Eastern Bazaar, where you can indulge in exquisite crafts and savor the diverse flavors of Uzbekistan. After a day filled with exploration and discovery, retreat to your accommodation in Tashkent for a restful overnight stay, ready to continue your Uzbekistan adventure tomorrow.
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Tashkent / Ugam-Chatkal National Park / Tashkent / Samarkand
Day 3
Transfer by car / minibus: Tashkent - Ugam-Chatkal National Park
Walk in the Chimgan mountains
Visit to Charvak mountain reservoir
Transfer by car / minibus: Ugam-Chatkal National Park - Tashkent
Afrosiab train: Tashkent - Samarkand
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
After breakfast, prepare for an extraordinary day trip to Ugam-Chatkal National Park, a haven of untouched wilderness celebrated for its awe-inspiring vistas and rich biodiversity. Be captivated by the shimmering turquoise waters of the Charvak Reservoir and embrace the serenity of nature as you venture along the park's picturesque trails. As the day draws to a close, board a high-speed train bound for Samarkand, a city steeped in history and legend as one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia. Relax and unwind during the comfortable two-hour journey, reveling in the scenic views passing by. Upon arrival in Samarkand, you'll be whisked away to your hotel for a well-deserved overnight stay, ready to delve into the wonders of this ancient city the following day. Allow the rhythm of the train to carry you to your next adventure in Samarkand.
Day 4
Samarkand city tour
Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the ancient wonders of Samarkand as you begin your guided city tour today. Your first stop is the iconic Registan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with magnificent madrasahs and mosques that will leave you in awe. Next, continue your exploration to the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, a sacred site boasting intricately decorated mausoleums and tombs, each telling a story of centuries past. Marvel at the grandeur of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, a testament to the city's rich architectural heritage, before immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Siab Bazaar. Here, you can sample local delicacies, shop for souvenirs, and soak in the bustling ambiance of daily life. Conclude your day with a visit to the Ulugh Beg Observatory, an ancient marvel built by the Timurid ruler Ulugh Beg, where you can witness the astronomical prowess of centuries gone by. After a day filled with exploration and discovery, retreat to your accommodation in Samarkand for a well-deserved overnight stay.
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Samarkand / Shakhrisabz / Samarkand
Day 5
Transfer by car / minibus: Samarkand - Shakhrisabz
Shakhrisabz walking tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
Prepare for an enriching day trip to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the legendary conqueror Timur, as you embark on an exploration of this historic gem. Discover the UNESCO-listed historic center of Shakhrisabz, where architectural treasures await at every turn. Marvel at the grandeur of the majestic Ak-Saray Palace and pay homage to the revered Dorus-Saodat Memorial Complex, each adorned with intricate tilework and ornate designs that speak to the city's rich history and cultural significance. Immerse yourself in the stories of centuries past as you explore these ancient monuments, gaining insights into the legacy of Timur and the vibrant heritage of Shakhrisabz. After a day filled with discovery and wonder, return to Samarkand for a restful overnight stay.
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Samarkand / Bukhara
Day 6
Transfer from the hotel to the railway station
Afrosiab train: Samarkand - Bukhara
Transfer from the railway station to the hotel
Bukhara walking tour
Start your day with a delightful breakfast before boarding a morning train to Bukhara, a scenic journey lasting approximately 1.5 hours through the picturesque Uzbek countryside. Upon arrival, be ready to immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Bukhara as your adventure unfolds with a guided walking tour of the city's historic center. Explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town, where narrow alleys beckon you to discover hidden mosques, madrasahs, and caravanserais, each steeped in centuries of history and culture. Marvel at the iconic Kalyan Minaret, a towering symbol of Bukhara's architectural prowess and one of its most recognizable landmarks. As you stroll through the labyrinthine streets, soak in the rich architectural heritage of the city, from the intricate tilework to the grand facades of ancient buildings. Allow yourself to be transported back in time as you uncover the secrets and stories hidden within Bukhara's ancient walls. Overnight stay in Bukhara.
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Bukhara / Gijduvon / Bukhara
Day 7
Transfer by car / minibus: Bukhara - Gijduvon
Explore Gijduvan
Plov cooking master class
Transfer by car / minibus: Gijduvon - Bukhara
Indulge in a captivating day trip to Gijduvon, celebrated for its rich cultural heritage. Wander through its charming streets, uncovering hidden treasures like local ceramics workshops where skilled artisans meticulously craft intricate designs, offering a glimpse into Uzbekistan's artistic legacy. Immerse yourself in the artistry of Uzbekistan as you observe the creation process, marveling at the skill and precision involved.

Afterwards, dive into a hands-on Plov cooking master class, where you'll learn the traditional techniques behind this beloved Uzbek dish. Engage with expert chefs to prepare and savor the authentic flavors of the region. For those seeking a different activity, there's the option to participate in a ceramics master class, where you can unleash your creativity and craft your own unique piece of pottery under the guidance of expert craftsmen. Alternatively, explore the town further, meandering through bustling bazaars, visiting historic landmarks, or simply soaking in the local ambiance.

As the day draws to a close, return to Bukhara, where you can unwind and reflect on the day's experiences. Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay, filled with cherished memories of your exploration in Gijduvon.
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Bukhara / Khiva
Day 8
Transfer by car / minibus: Bukhara - Khiva
A short walk along Kyzyl-Kum desert
After a hearty breakfast, embark on a picturesque journey to Khiva, traversing the vast expanse of the Kyzyl-Kum Desert spanning approximately 480 kilometers (300 miles). As you journey through this enchanting landscape, marvel at the ever-changing scenery of rolling sand dunes and lush oasis settlements. Take advantage of a short stop in the desert to stretch your legs and soak in the breathtaking views that surround you. Upon arrival in Khiva, be greeted by the ancient walls of the historic Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site steeped in centuries of history and culture. Check in to your hotel and take some time to relax and rejuvenate after your travels, preparing yourself for the adventures that await.

Please note: While the typical journey by car takes approximately 7-8 hours, there's a convenient alternative for travelers - an overnight train from Bukhara to Khiva. Departing at 3 - 4 AM (depending on the schedule), this train offers a comfortable and efficient journey, arriving in Khiva at 10 - 11 AM the same morning. Although it requires an early start, it provides ample opportunity for rest onboard and ensures you arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to explore. If opting for the train, you'll depart from Bukhara on the morning of Day 9, allowing for a few hours of sleep until 2:30 - 3 AM at your hotel in Bukhara.
Day 9
Khiva walking tour
Today offers an enchanting opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless charm of Khiva, where history whispers from every cobblestone and minaret. Embark on a guided walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, known as Itchan Kala, where every twist and turn reveals a new architectural marvel. Marvel at the intricate tilework adorning the Kalta Minor Minaret, a testament to Khiva's rich artistic heritage. Explore the grandeur of the Mohammed Amin Khan Madrasah, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture that leaves visitors in awe of its beauty and craftsmanship. As you wander through the labyrinthine streets, take in the sights and sounds of the bustling markets at the Tash-Hauli Palace, where merchants have traded their wares for centuries. Throughout your exploration, delve into Khiva's rich history and cultural heritage, as your knowledgeable guide shares stories of conquests, trade, and the vibrant life that has thrived within these ancient walls for centuries. Allow yourself to be transported back in time as you uncover the secrets of this historic oasis city.
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Khiva / Urgench
Day 10
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Transfer by car / minibus: Khiva - Urgench
Your Silk Road journey concludes today. We'll arrange your transfer to Urgench Airport for your return flight home. Alternatively, you can opt to return to Tashkent and catch your international flight from there. Thank you for joining us on this unforgettable adventure through Central Asia. Safe travels!

Accommodation Options

Here is a selection of example hotels used during the tour. Comparable accommodations can be provided based on hotel availability.
City Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Tashkent Milan / Gabrielle International Hotel City Palace / Hampton by Hilton
Samarkand City Samarkand / Malika Prime Dilimah / Emir Han / Alexandr
Bukhara Fatima / Volida / Kavsar Sahid Zarafshon
Khiva Malika Khiva / Khorezm / Kheivak / Arkanchi Asia Khiva / Bek Khiva
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Dates and prices
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Travel package
Comfort - 3*
Year of travel
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Book
27/07/2024 - 05/08/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
03/08/2024 - 12/08/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
10/08/2024 - 19/08/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
17/08/2024 - 26/08/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
24/08/2024 - 02/09/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
31/08/2024 - 09/09/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
07/09/2024 - 16/09/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
14/09/2024 - 23/09/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
21/09/2024 - 30/09/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
28/09/2024 - 07/10/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
12/10/2024 - 21/10/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
26/10/2024 - 04/11/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
09/11/2024 - 18/11/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
23/11/2024 - 02/12/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now
07/12/2024 - 16/12/2024 £1,395 / £2,095 £245 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
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