Uzbekistan Adventure

9 Days | Tread the well-worn, yet rarely visited path of the Silk Road through Uzbekistan's ancient cities and desert landscapes.

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Take an adventure through Uzbekistan, a country famous for its ancient Silk Road cities overflowing with mosques, mausoleums and mystery. Beginning and ending in Tashkent, the nation's capital, this trip will have you following in the footsteps of traders, pilgrims, Alexander the Great and Tamerlane himself. Walk in the shadows of ancient, blue-tiled buildings, sleep in a yurt under thousands of desert stars and spend an evening at a home stay with a family in the Nuratau Mountains.

Trip overview

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Start
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Finish
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Uzbekistan
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
KFSA
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Why you'll love this trip
  • The much-photographed Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. You'll be wowed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persia-influenced madressas, mosques and mausoleums.
  • Central Asia is a fascinating and unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture, Soviet influence and striving to redefine nations post independence. Geographically and for a time historically, it is the real centre of Asia.
  • Spend an evening in the isolated Kyzylkum Desert, warming yourself by the fire and sleeping in a yurt.
  • Get to really know the stories and people of Uzbekistan while sharing home-cooked meals with local families, including a home stay in the remote Nuratau Mountains.
  • Spend time in World Heritage-listed Bukhara, a 6th-century-BC city that's drenched in history and home to the formidable Ark of Bukhara.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Still have some hesitation about going to Uzbekistan? Here are four reasons why you should visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/why-visit-uzbekistan-now/
  • Central Asia is a remote destination, perfect for intrepid travellers in the true sense of the word! You will venture well away from cities, right off the beaten track and be able to immerse yourself in local food, life and culture.
  • Accommodation may on occasion be more basic than what you are used to in homestays, guesthouses and yurt stay. Shower and toilet facilities will be limited in some places and non existent in others. While the comfort level won't always be high, the rewards of living in true local style in this far-out part of the world are immeasurable.
  • As the trip only has limited time in Tashkent, we highly recommend staying a few extra days before or after your tour to enjoy all this great city has to offer

Itinerary

Map of Uzbekistan Adventure including Uzbekistan

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Metro, High-speed train

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Yurt Camp (1 night), Homestay (1 night)

Activities
  • Bukhara - Ismail Samani Mausoleum
  • Bukhara - Ark Fortress
  • Bukhara - Bolo Hauz Mosque
  • Bukhara - Magoki Attori Mosque
  • Bukhara - Kalon Minaret & Mosque
  • Bukhara - Ulugbek Madrasa
  • Bukhara - Lyabi-Hauz Plaza
  • Gijduvan - Ceramics workshop
  • Nuratau - village visit
  • Nuratau Mountains - Plov cooking demonstration & dinner
  • Samarkand - Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
  • Samarkand - Registan
  • Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda
  • Samarkand - Bibi-Khanym Mosque
  • Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar
  • Tashkent - City tour
  • Tashkent - Amir Timur Square
Add on activities
  • Bukhara - Fayzulla Khojaev House - UZS20000
  • Bukhara - Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace - UZS40000
  • Bukhara - Hammam Bozori Kord - UZS400000
  • Bukhara - Folklore & Fashion show - UZS70000
  • Bukhara - Zindon - UZS20000
  • Samarkand - Ulugbek's Observatory - UZS30000
  • Samarkand - Tomb of Daniyar - UZS25000
  • Samarkand - Afrosiab Museum - UZS30000
  • Samarkand - Siob Bazaar - Free
  • Tashkent - State Museum of History of Uzbekistan - UZS50000
  • Tashkent - Museum of Applied Arts - UZS25000
  • Tashkent - Art Gallery of Uzbekistan - UZS20000
  • Tashkent - Khast Imom Complex & Moyie Mubarek Library Museum - UZS40000

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 4 (Yurt) / Day 5 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 33 reviews submitted.
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Krista · Traveled May 2024
The itinerary was great. A good combination of cities and countryside, and I feel like I saw the highlights of Uzbekistan. Our trip leader, Richard, was fantastic and went above and beyond continuously. As a woman I felt safe during my entire time in Uzbekistan and didn't hesitate to explore on my own when we had free time.
Review submitted 27 May 2024

yolanda · Traveled May 2024
Experiencing Uzbek life and geography first-hand enhanced my book knowledge of the Great Silk Road, Muslim culture, Alexander the Great and Chinggis Khaan--rarely discussed in western history classes.
Review submitted 23 May 2024

Alice · Traveled May 2024
Uzbekistan is such a breathtaking and beautiful country: from its stunning buildings to its delicious food to the kindness of its people. Our tour guide Richard was exceptional and made this trip even better! Would 100% recommend !!
Review submitted 24 May 2024

Elisabeth · Traveled May 2024
The diligence, organisation, wisdom and knowledge of our guide, Zafar, was exceptional. He went over and above to please everyone (which wasn't always easy as we were all quite different!) The places/sites we saw were amazing in every location. I love Uzbekistan.
Review submitted 11 May 2024

Judith · Traveled May 2024
This was a wonderful tour, and our guide Zafar was amazing - enthusiastic, considerate, very organized and extremely knowledgeable. Everything was planned perfectly, and I enjoyed every minute of the trip. Absolutely recommended!
Review submitted 15 May 2024
Uzbekistan Adventure
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