Best of Uzbekistan Tour
Discover the best of Uzbekistan. In 11 days you will not only visit beautiful architectural monuments but also get acquainted with the culture and nature of Uzbekistan.
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.Book now
Your driver will meet you at the airport and drive you to the hotel. Check-in time is 14.00. Overnight stay in Tashkent.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to the international airport.
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
International flight before and after the tour
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
Visa fee (if applicable)