13 days: Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Termez, Dushanbe, Khujand
Day 1: Tashkent – arrival
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Bukhara
Transfer to local airport in Tashkent. Morning flight to Bukhara (605 km, 1 h. 45 min.).
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Leave your luggage at the hotel. Check in at noon. 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. Enjoy free time in Old City. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3: Bukhara – Samarkand
Continue sightseeing tour with a guide. Drive out of the city to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, and visit Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik dating back to 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours
Day 4: Samarkand
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby and start sightseeing. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Termez
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Termez via Shakhrisabz (90 km, 1.5 h.*). Stop in Shakhrisabz for city tour. Visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dorus Saodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dorut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon continue driving to Termez (300 km, 5 h.*).
Arrive in Termez, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
*The road on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 6: Termez
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby. Start sightseeing in ancient Buddhist center and one of the oldest cities in Central Asia – Termez. Visit Kokildor-Ota Khanaka, Fortress Kirk Kiz – a summer residence of Samani rulers, Sultan Saodat Ensemble, and Zurmala Tower – Buddha's stupa. Continue to Buddhist archaeological sites of Karatepa, Fayaztepa and Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Termez – Sariosiyo BP – Dushanbe
In the morning depart Termez and drive to Uzbek–Tajik border (180 km, 3h.*). Meeting at Uzbek-Tajik border “Sariosiyo”. Transfer to Dushanbe (80 km, 2h.*). On the way to Dushanbe, the capital of Tadjikistan, you will visit Hissar Fortress. Hissar Fortress (18th c) is located 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress there are two Madrasahs (18th and 19th cc) and one mausoleum of 16th century. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 1-1.5 hours
*The drive on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
Day 8: Dushanbe
Start sightseeing in the capital of Tajikistan. Visit Botanical garden - very beautiful garden with many old trees is the favorite place of Tajik people, Tajikistan National Museum of Antiquities (closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum), Ismail Somoni Monument, the Building of a national spirit, Stroll Rudaki Prospect and the Main Mosque of Dushanbe. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 9: Dushanbe – Istaravshan – Khujand
In the morning depart Dushanbe and drive to Khujand (250 km, 5-6 h.). Drive through Anzob tunnel. Lunch at local Chaihana. In the afternoon drive through Shakhristan tunnel with stop in Istaravshan. Visit a local bazaar; Hazrat Shah architectural complex, which consists of Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum, and Namazgah Mosque dating back to 19 C. Continue to Mug Teppe, one of the ancient settlements located in Ura-Tube. The city is believed to be founded by King Cyrus in the North-East boundary of his empire. Arrival in Khujand. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 1.5-2 hours
Day 10: Khujand
In the morning sightseeing tour in Khujand. Visit the Museum of Archeology and Fortification, Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque, and the Panjshanbe Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan, Arbob Palace named after S. Urunhodlaev (20th century), “Tajik Sea” Kayraccum HPS (Hydro Power Station) - the symbol of People’s Friendship, built in 1968. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours
Day 11: Khujand – Oybek BP – Tashkent
After breakfast transfer to Oybek border crossing point (70 km, 1 h ). As you cross the border, our driver will meet you on Uzbekistan side. Transfer to Tashkent (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Tashkent
Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia with a guide. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 13: Tashkent – departure
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
Included: Transportation throughout the tour: 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus,
Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
Sightseeing tour program in each city with accompanying tour guide in Uzbekistan;
Entrance tickets to the sights as per itinerary;
Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Bukhara;
Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
Visa support for Tajikistan tourist visa;
Full board (lunches and dinners);
Hotel charges for additional services;
Consular fees for Uzbekistan and Tajikistan tourist visas;
International flight tickets before and after the tour;
Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
Tashkent - 3 nights
3*: Grand Mir, Grand Capital, Bek, Navruz, Sharq 4*: Miran, Wyndham Tashkent, Grand Mir, City Palace
Bukhara - 1 night
3*: Amulet, Minzifa, As-Salom, K.Komil, Fatima, Bibikhanum, Basilic, Kavsar 4*: Omar Khayam, Devon-Begi, Zargaron Plaza, Asia Bukhara, Minorai-Kalon
Samarkand - 2 nights
3*: Platan, Meros, Orient, Malika Prime, Rabat, City, Billuri Sitora, Arba, Jahongir, Caravan Serail 4*: Sultan, Grand Samarkand Superior A, Grand Samarkand Superior B, Platan, Malika Prime, Asia Samarkand
Termez - 2 nights
3*: Meridian 4*: Meridian
Dushanbe - 2 nights
3*: Atlas B&B 4*:Hilton
Khujand - 2 nights
3*: Khujand Deluxe Khujand Grand, Khujand Deluxe
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.