During this classic tour to Uzbekistan, you will experience not only “all must see” of the Silk Road like Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, the impressive heritage left by ancient civilization of Islam and Empire of Timur, but also you will enjoy the oriental hospitality of Uzbek people. Spend a couple of hours to explore the ancient quarters of Bukhara during your free time. A short trip full of unforgettable discoveries and enjoyable moments.
Highlights of this trip;
- Discovering the famous cities of Silk Road Uzbekistan as Samarkand the Mythical, Bukhara the Noble and Khiva the Mysterious,
- Enjoying walking through modern Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan,
- Gain more knowledge at the impressive and historic Silk paper workshop hidden among mulberries and poplars and canals with cool waters,
- Charming hotels out in fantastic locations.
Day 1. Arrival to Tashkent, modern city with Soviet architecture.
Welcome to Uzbekistan! Upon your arrival at Tashkent International Airport, meet our English speaking guide and driver who then escort you to your hotel. After successful check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time for a rest. After your late breakfast at your hotel, we start exploring modern Tashkent city. First, you will walk through Chorsu Bazaar constructed in 11th century. The big market is impressive both inside and out, different vegetables, fruits and ingredients for pilaf are sold here. Next attraction is the metro ( subway ) of Tashkent, which is famous for its beautiful stations. You will go by metro for several stations and arrive to a local self-service restaurant. A coffee break is offered before restarting to explore the modern part of Tashkent. The Theatre Square, Independence Square, Broadway and Amir Timur Square are the places you are visiting in this afternoon. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 2. Route to Samarkand, the ancient capital of the Empire of Timur.
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station and you will take the high speed train to Samarkand. Two hours later, you arrive to Samarkand and start exploring this mysterious city by visiting the Registan Square. Three huge and grandiose buildings were built in different epochs of history. Then you walk to visit the Bibi-khanum mosque. At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy walking through the Siab Bazaar of Samarkand. Check in at your hotel and stay overnight in Samarkand. Dinner will be served at a local national house.
Day 3. Samarkand city tour.
Sublime Samarkand evokes an almost mythical past full of romance and intrigue. Your whole day will be dedicated to seeing the wonders of Timur’s former capital. Among the objects of interest, Amir Timur mausoleum is remarkable and so attractive. It was built in honour of his grand son, and Timur himself was also buried there. The holiest site of Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis with more than 20 mausoleums is also a must see of Samarkand. The medieval center of science is Ulugbeg’s observatory, an interesting place to discover. After different sightseeing visits, you will have a small free time to walk around Registan square. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Samarkand.
Day 4. Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara (365 km by car)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Bukhara via a small town of Shakhrisabz. First, you cross the Zarafshan Mountains Range by snaking roads. The mountain pass is quite beautiful and you may take some pictures. Shakhrisabz is the birthplace of Timur (Tamerlane) and possesses three main attractions that you’ll visit upon arrival. In the afternoon you’ll take the road to Bukhara going across the steppes. Check-in to your hotel at arrival and small relaxing time before you go to dinner at the Art Gallery of Bukhara. You’ll be acquainted with the tradition of miniatures (small paintings) of Central Asia. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 5. Discovery of the wonders of Bukhara the Noble.
You have the day to discover the second famous city of the Silk Road. Bukhara is a home of over 200 historical buildings, so prepare yourself for a feast of mosques, minarets and madrasah, as well as visiting some old Caravanserais of commercial party of Bukhara. You’ll be also learning about Bukharan water-supply system with more than 108 water-pools, nearly of which were filled with clay in 1930th to extinguish multiple malaria mosquitoes. You’ll finish your visits by exploring the ancient Jewish quarter of the city where you’ll visit a functioning synagogue. You may have a fresh drink around the large water-pool of Lyabi-Khauz Square which is the main public centre of Bukhara. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel.
Day 6. Bukhara – Khiva, following the steps of Caravan traders (450 km by car).
In the morning after breakfast at the hotel, you’ll leave for Khiva, situated about 450 km west from Bukhara. This city is located in the province of Khorezm. You’ll drive along the road going across Kyzylkum Desert and Amudarya river. Some stops for photos and lunch en route. Arrive in Khiva and check-in at a traditional hotel situated inside the fortress ‘’Ichan-Kala’’. Free time. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 7. Exploring the big open air museum of East.
Today you’ll explore the walled inner-city section of Khiva called ‘’Itchan kala’’ consisting of historical monuments and old houses dating back hundreds of years. The entire citadel is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, – thanks to its authentic historical buildings nowadays. You‘ll be acquainted with the whole town and its amazing history, for example, the history of Slaves in ancient Khiva. After visiting the particular and unique sights, you’ll have your dinner at a local restaurant with a beautiful view on the highest minaret of Khiva. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8. Khiva – Ellik-kala, the dead fortresses of Khorezm in the desert – Urgench – flight to Tashkent (165 km by car, 1h of flight).
After breakfast at hotel, free time for your own discoveries until 10:30 AM. Thereafter, you’ll meet your guide and driver. You’ll start your trip to visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: the ancient settlement of Toprak-Kala and one of the largest fortresses – Ayaz-Kala. “Kala” means fortress or settlement in the local language. Next to the fortress of Ayaz-kala is situated a Yurt Camp, in which your lunch will be served. Then, you’ll walk around that area and come back to Urgench in order to catch an evening flight to Tashkent. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Tashkent.
Day 9. Departure home from Tashkent.
The transfer to the International Airport of Tashkent. We wish you a pleasant flight!.
NB; In the case of any emergency and weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed.