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

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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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 History Museum of the Timurids - UZS25000
  • 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 15 reviews submitted.
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Nicola · Traveled August 2023
What a pleasant surprise Uzbekistan was! Full of hidden gems and fascinating history. Lochin was a brilliant guide who proudly showed off his country.
Review submitted 04 Sep 2023

Petur · Traveled August 2023
Our trip to Uzbekistan was an amazing experience and our guide Lochin was perfect. I would highly recommend taking the trip with Intrepid
Review submitted 06 Sep 2023

Ashley · Traveled May 2023
A wonderful introduction to Central Asia! Highlights of this trip would definitely be the yurt stay and the homestay in the mountains. The country has such friendly locals, delicious food and incredible architecture. I went as a solo female traveller and would highly recommend to anyone!!
Review submitted 23 May 2023

Carolin · Traveled May 2023
Uzbekistan is mesmerizing! We had a great couple of days and experiences the kindheartedness of the locals, great food, and beautiful architecture. Lochin was a fantastic guide, going above and beyond to accommodate us!
Review submitted 21 May 2023

Jason · Traveled April 2023
Uzbekistan is a fascinating country, emerging as modern and confident while respecting its rich history. Intrepid does a great job showing off its beauty, culture, and people. Highly recommend for those who want to learn about Central Asia, Islamic culture, and the former Soviet Union. Very comfortable trip with adventure mixed in!
Review submitted 01 May 2023
Uzbekistan Adventure
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