Tour to Uzbekistan!
Magical Silk Road cities, epic wide open spaces and a quirky Soviet past; Uzbekistan has it all.
The country is home to some of the Silk Road’s most iconic sights, including the three great Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Here you can see some of the world’s finest Islamic architecture, all painstakingly restored to their former glory, and get a real sense of what life was like when these cities were hubs of international trade. Uzbekistan is the Silk Road in a nutshell.
(13 nights – 14 days) from 19 march to 1 april.
Day 1 – Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 – Tashkent – Nukus – Muynak – Nukus
Early morning departure to the airport and a two-hour flight to Nukus. Meeting at the Nukus airport and two-hour flight Nukus. Meeting at the Nukus airport with driver and guide. A three-hour drive to Muynak, which was a densely populated fishing port, and now is located in the middle of a salty desert. The program includes a visit to the cemetery of the dead ships located on the shores of the Aral Sea and the museum in Muynak with an extensive collection dedicated to the ecological disaster in the region. After a day of sightseeing, return to Nukus the capital of Karakalpak Autonomous Republic. Hotel accommodation. Overnight in Nukus.
Day 3 – Nukus – Ayaz Kala
In the morning, a meeting with a guide in the hotel lobby. The excursion program in Nukus includes a visit to the Igor Savitsky Museum of Art. After sightseeing in Nukus, travel along the steppes to Ayaz-Kala fortress to enjoy a beautiful sunset in the steppes and get the experience of a real nomadic life, spending the night in a yurt in Ayaz-Kala.
Day 4 – Ayaz Kala – Khiva
After breakfast, visit ruins of the ancient Ayaz-Kala fortress, then a trip to Khiva through the Amu-Darya river. Overnight at the hotel,
Day 5 – Khiva - Bukhara
A tour of the sights of Khiva, including a visit to Ichan-Kala, where you will see the Mukhammad Amin madrasah, the unfinished Kalta Minar minaret, Kunya Ark, the mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud, the Islam Khoja complex and the Friday mosque. Transfer to Urgench airport for flight to Bukhara. Meeting with the driver at the Bukhara airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 6 – Bukhara
Breakfast. Take a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in historic center of Bukhara which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, legendary Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 – Bukhara
The second day in Bukhara will begin with a trip out of town to the summer residence of the last Bukhara emir – Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa. This is a unique building, the architecture of which combines oriental and Russian elements of décor. Continuation of the excursion in the mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and in the Necropolis of Chor-Bakr. Free time after excursions. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 8 – Bukhara – Nurata – Yurt Camp
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to yurt camp located in Kyzylkum desert (230 km, 4 h*). On the way we will have a few stops: Gijduvan pottery masters workshop, Nurata local mosque with a holy spring water, and Nurata pass to see petroglyphs. Arrive in Oxus Yurt Camp, accommodation in yurt. Camel riding and free time. After dinner sit around the camp fire and enjoy Kazakh akin singing folk songs. Overnight in the yurt.
Day 9 – Yurt Camp – Samarkand
In the morning visit desert Aidarkul Lake. Free time on the lake. In the afternoon depart the yurt camp and drive to Samarkand (270 km, 5 h). Arrival in Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 – Samarkand
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Turco-Mongol emperor, Timur.
Day 11 – Samarkand
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village 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.
Day 12 – Samarkand - Tashkent
Excursion: Carpet Factory «Khujum», visiting the Khovrenko Vodka Distillery to taste a wine.
Late in the afternoon at 16.00 pm transfer to railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent (17.28pm-19.44pm). Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to your hotel.
Day 13 – Tashkent
Guided sightseeing tour capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with the Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Qoran of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 – Tashkent
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.