Classic Uzbekistan Overview

Embark on an adventure around Uzbekistan. From Tashkent, journey to Khiva and the holy city of Bukhara, then follow a loop back to Tashkent via Samarkand.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Classic Uzbekistan.

Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Departing from Tashkent, explore the natural wonders of Uzbekistan.

Strategically positioned along the Silk Route, the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva were famed trading centres for the caravans that passed this way in ancient times. On this trip we follow in their footsteps, discovering magnificent architecture and bustling bazaars that have changed little since the rule of Tamerlane. This is a spectacular journey to the heart of Central Asia.

  • Pick up souvenirs in the bazaars of Tashkent
  • Discover the romance of the Silk Road in Samarkand
  • Spend a memorable night sleeping in a yurt
  • Walk through Bukhara´s historic Old Town
  • Gaze up at the ancient walls surrounding Khiva
  • Learn about the Tamerlane’s dynasty

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Finish:

    Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (9 nts), Yurt (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Minibus, Plane
  • Included activities:

    Bukhara - Ark Fortress, Bukhara - Guided city tour, Bukhara - Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Bukhara - Kalon Minaret & Mosque, Khiva - Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Samarkand - Guided city tour, Samarkand - Registan, Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda Mausoleum Complex, Samarkand - Ulug Beg Observatory, Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent - Kukeldash & Barak Khan Madressas

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    615kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. Please see Visa section of the Trip Notes for more information and allow sufficient time to obtain your visas prior to travel. 2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets and obtain your Letter of Invitation for visa applications

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Days 1-2 Tashkent

Start the journey in the most modern of Uzbekistan’s cities, Tashkent. Visit the Chorsu Bazaar to pick up Soviet-style souvenirs and admire the ornately decorated Kukeldash Medressa.

Day 3 Khiva

Catch a flight to Khiva. Get to know this mesmerising city on a guided orientation tour that takes in Kalta Minor Minaret, Juma Mosque and the skyline-defining tower of Islom-Hoja Minaret.

Day 4 Ayaz Qala

Drive to Ayaz Qala and delve into the weather-worn desert complex of Toprak Qala. Bed down below vast open skies in a yurt for the ultimate, authentic Uzbek experience.

Days 5-7 Bukhara

Get to know Central Asia's holiest city and one of the region's finest examples of a well-preserved Islamic city. The combination of buildings that span 25 centuries of history and a thoroughly lived-in Old Town combine to create an enchanting ambience.

Day 8 Nuratau Mountains

Pass the fortress of Alexander the Great en route to the ancient town of Nurata. Gain an insight into local village life on a family homestay and take in the haunting views over a desolately beautiful landscape.

Days 9-11 Samarkand

Travel on to Samarkand, the architectural jewel in Uzbekistan's profusely adorned crown. Get a taste of the old world, navigating the eclectic stalls of the bazaar, checking out Ulugbek's Observatory or simply strolling the atmospheric city streets and alleyways.

Days 12-13 Tashkent

Return to Tashkent for a final night sampling Uzbekistan's charm. Perhaps seek out a cabaret performance at one of the imperial Russian nightclubs or head to a banya (bathhouse) for a traditional deep tissue massage.
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