11 Days / 10 Nights
USD 1999
Price is in US dollars per person in double/twin accommodation
USD 499
Single supplement

Get acquainted with Uzbekistan in 11 days, discovering impressive architectural buildings of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent. A hike in Tian Shan Mountains is included in the itinerary as well as a visit to the Savitsky Museum in Nukus city.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Tashkent

Your driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel. Check-in time is 14.00. Overnight stay in Tashkent.

Day 2

Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva

Transfer to the domestic airport. Morning flight to Nukus (1 h 40 min), the capital of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. Visit the famous Museum of Igor Savitskiy (closed on Mondays). Today the museum houses the second largest collection of Russian avant-garde paintings (after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg). It also has the largest collection of archaeological, folklore, applied and contemporary art from Karakalpakstan and Central Asia with more than 86.000 exhibits. Afterward transfer to Khiva (200 km, 3 h 30 min). Overnight stay in Khiva.

Please note: The road condition is not of high quality

Day 3

Khiva

Khiva is 2500 years old and was the capital of the Khiva Khanate from the 16th until the 20th century. The city is famous for its well-preserved city wall that surrounds Khiva’s old town, known as Ichan Kala (“inner town”). As the majority of historical monuments are located in the Ichan Kala, you will have a walking tour today. You will visit Khiva’s largest madrasah, Mukhammad Amin-khan, next to which the Kalta Minor (“short minaret”) is located. It’s famous for its unusual shape and decor. The citadel Kunya Ark was the Khan’s main palace until the 19th century when the construction of the Tash-Khovli palace was completed. The latter is known for its beautiful harem. Khiva’s Friday mosque Juma has an unusual design with more than 200 wooden columns. The city’s most holy sight is the Pakhlavan Makhmud mausoleum, where many newly married couples come to be blessed. Overnight stay in Khiva.

The duration of the tour is about 5 hours long.

Day 4

Khiva – Bukhara

Drive to Bukhara through Kizilkum desert (450 km, 7-8 hours). After arrival, there will be some free time in Bukhara. Overnight stay in Bukhara.

Please note: Parts of the road are not of high quality.

Day 5

Bukhara

Bukhara was one of the biggest trading centers and stops for caravans during the Great Silk Road and has a very rich history. Visit the Ismail Samani mausoleum which is considered to be a masterpiece of the 10th century’s architecture, Chashma Ayub mausoleum and Bolo-Khauz mosque. Since the 1st century, the Ark citadel was the residence of all Bukhara’s emirs. One of the most beautiful places in Bukhara is the Poi-Kalon complex (Minaret Kalon, Miri Arab madrasah, Kalon mosque). Stroll through the three trading domes visiting one of the city’s oldest mosques Magoki-Attori. Reach Lyabi-Khauz, the favorite square of local citizens, which is the center of the old town and surrounded by several architectural monuments. Overnight stay in Bukhara.

The duration of the tour is around 5 to 6 hours.
Meals: D

Day 6

Bukhara – Samarkand

Continue to explore Bukhara by car today. Visit madrasah Chor-Minor, which has an unusual architectural style with four minarets. Drive to the holy site of the famous Sufi Bakhouddin Naqshbandi, which is a popular pilgrimage place amongst the locals. Afterwards, visit the Summer Palace of Bukhara’s last emir Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa.
Transfer to train station at 14.50. Speed train to Samarkand at 15.50 (1h 30 min).
Transfer to Samarkand hotel. Overnight stay in Samarkand.

The duration of the tour is 3 to 4 hours.

Day 7

Samarkand

Start your tour in Samarkand by car. It’s time to explore Tamerlane’s capital, which is one of Uzbekistan’s most famous cities. Samarkand’s architectural monuments will amaze you with their beauty and brightness of colours. The city’s most famous place is Registan Square, which consists of three impressive madrasahs. You will see the largest historical mosque of Central Asia Bibi-Khanum, next to which the famous Siab bazaar is located (closed on Mondays). Shakhi-Zinda, the street of mausoleums, is one of the holy sites, where one of Prophet Muhammad’s cousins is buried. The Gur Emir Mausoleum was originally built for Tamerlane’s favourite grandson, but later became a family crypt, where Tamerlane himself was buried as well. Ulugbek, one of Tamerlane’s grandsons, was a great astronomer in the 15th century and built a famous Observatory, which allowed him to make the most precise calculation of the length of the year at his time. Overnight stay in Samarkand.

The duration of the tour is around 6 to 7 hours.

Day 8

Samarkand – Tashkent

After check-out continue the tour in Samarkand. You will visit a silk paper workshop, where silk paper is handcrafted according to the old technique, the Afrasiab Museum and the St.Daniel's mausoleum, the Saint, who is known in three world religions.
Transfer to train station at approx. 16:00. Train to Tashkent (2h 12 min). Transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Tashkent.

The duration of the tour in Samarkand is 3 to 4 hours.

Day 9

Tashkent – Hike in Ugam–Chatkal national park

Transfer early morning to Ugam-Chatkal National Park (2 hours). The park is located in the western part of the Tien Shan Mountains. Your hike will last from 4 to 6 hours, during which the mountain guide will tell you about the flora, fauna and geography of the National Park. You will have a stop for a picnic. Drive back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Tashkent.

Meals: L (picnic)
Together with our partners, we will choose the most attractive route depending on the season. Please note, the number of mountain guides is limited in this area, therefore you will hike in a small group.

Day 10

Tashkent – Departure

Transfer to the international airport.

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Included

  • Accommodation based on twin/double room sharing with breakfasts

  • All transfers as per itinerary

  • Local guides in Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent

  • Mountain guide in Ugam-Chatkal National Park

  • Economy class air ticket Tashkent - Nukus

  • Economy class train tickets Bukhara-Samarkand and Samarkand-Tashkent

  • Entrance tickets as per itinerary

  • 1 Dinner in Bukhara und 1 lunch-picnic

Not Included

  • International flight before and after the tour

  • Single supplement

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Entrance fees to sights not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Gratitude to guides and drivers

  • Photo and video fees

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Personal expenses

  • Visa fee (if applicable)

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