Uzbekistan in 8 days
Follow in the footsteps of ancient caravans and discover the heart of Uzbekistan. Visit UNESCO Heritage cities such as Bukhara, Shahrisabz and Samarkand, and explore the capital city of Tashkent.
You will travel to a different culture and will meet hospitable people. You will experience the rich history and travel through the beautiful landscapes. Discover the secrets of Uzbekistan.Book now
Welcome to Uzbekistan!
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 Tashkent’s train station. Morning speed train to Bukhara at 07.30 (3h 50 min). Arrive at Kagan train station. Your driver will meet and drive you to Bukhara (12 km, 20 min). Meet your guide and start a walking tour in 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 favorite square of local citizens Lyabi-Khauz, which is the center of the old town and surrounded by several architectural monuments. You will visit one of the city’s oldest mosques Magoki-Attori and stroll through the three trading domes before reaching the Poi- Kalon complex (Minaret Kalon, Miri Arab madrasah, Kalon mosque), which is one of the most beautiful places in the city. The last spot for today is the citadel Ark - the residence of Bukhara’s emirs since the 1st century. Overnight stay in Bukhara.
The duration of the tour is around 4 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. In the afternoon your guide will show you the Ismail Samani mausoleum, which is considered to be a masterpiece of the 10th century’s architecture, Chashma-Ayub mausoleum and Bolo-Khauz mosque. After the tour will be some free time to buy gifts and souvenirs or to enjoy the last walk through this fascinating city. Overnight stay in Bukhara.
The duration of the tour is around 5 to 6 hours.
Drive to Shakhrisabz (275 km, 4-4.5 h), a UNESCO world heritage site, having 2700 years of history. It is the birthplace of the (Uzbek local) hero Tamerlane. Visit the historical part of Shakhrisabz. Your sightseeing includes the remains of Ak-Saray palace, Tamerlane’s biggest palace, Dorus Saodat, where Tamerlane’s first son was buried and Dorut Tilovat complex with its amazing blue domes. Continue your drive to Samarkand through a picturesque Takhta Karach mountain pass (90 km, 2 h). Overnight stay in Samarkand.
The duration of the tour in Shakhrisabz is around 1.5 hours.
Please note: Parts of the roads are not in the best condition.
Only sedan cars are allowed to cross the mountain pass. In case you travel by minivan/bus the road leads around and the drive will take approx. 3 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 hours.
Morning is at your leisure for your discoveries. 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.
Explore Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent by car. Despite its modern appearance, Tashkent is 2200 years old. Today you will visit the historical part, the complex Khast-Imam, where the famous Koran of Caliph Osman is kept. You will have the chance to experience the local bazaar, Chorsu. In the city’s modern part, you can visit Independence square, the Amir Timur Square and the National Museum of History. Furthermore, a metro ride is included in today’s itinerary. Many stations of Tashkent’s metro have a very unique design and are considered as one of the city’s attractions. Overnight stay in Tashkent.
The duration of the tour is 5 to 6 hours.
Transfer to the international airport.
Accommodation based on twin/double room sharing with breakfast
All transfers as per itinerary
Economy class train tickets Tashkent-Bukhara and Samarkand-Tashkent
Local guides in Tashkent, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Samarkand
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Dinner in Samarkand
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)