COLOURFUL UZBEKISTAN

8 Days

A magical journey to the legendary towns of the ancient Silk Road, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent. On this trip you will discover the impressive beauty of the Islamic architecture of the Orient. You immerse yourself in the velvet colours of Central Asia and enjoy the relaxed, enjoyable eating and drinking culture of the region. But modern life has also come to Uzbekistan, with Tashkent, an example of a modern town – our starting point for your journey into magical Uzbekistan.

Trip info

  • 3-4* and Boutique Hotels.
  • Tashkent
  • Tashkent
  • Guided
  • Half-board according to travel programme (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Easy
  • Aeroplane, fast train, coach

Overview

A magical journey to the legendary towns of the ancient Silk Road, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent. On this trip you will discover the impressive beauty of the Islamic architecture of the Orient. You immerse yourself in the velvet colours of Central Asia and enjoy the relaxed, enjoyable eating and drinking culture of the region. But modern life has also come to Uzbekistan, with Tashkent, an example of a modern town – our starting point for your journey into magical Uzbekistan.

 

Itinerary

Fly with Turkish Airlines or others, depending on your flight connection, to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Flight time is about 7 hours. Your tour guide will meet you at the international airport and accompany you to your Hotel. One overnight stay in Tashkent.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Garnet hotel in Tashkent

Today we go to the old town and visit historical complex Khast Imam. In the large square you will see Tilla-Sheikh Mosque, Barakkhan Madrasa and Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum as well as the library in which the oldest Koran in the world is kept. Then we go to the Chorsu Bazaar, which was already well-known in the Middle Ages and stood at the crossroads of the caravansaries of the Great Silk Road. In the afternoon we will walk through the modern town and visit Independence Square and Amir Timur Park.
In the evening we fly to Urgench. Transfer to the hotel in Khiva, about 35km from Urgench. Typical local dish for dinner. Two overnight stays in Khiva.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Shaherezade hotel in Khiva

Day 3 :
Khiva

Visit to Ichan Kala («the inner town citadel» of Khiva). It still looks as historical as it did centuries ago. It is one of the few preserved places in Central Asia where one can imagine life as it was in the time of Khanate. The famous buildings of Central Asia which have long become landmarks are to be found in Ichan Kala (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Walking around the historic centre, you will admire the Oriental ornaments and turquoise tiles of the richly decorated buildings, and will understand why the old town of Khiva, “Ichan Kala”, is called an “open-air museum”. In the evening, you can enjoy the sunset over the oasis. Sumptuous dinner in the summer palace of the Khans called „Toza-Bog “(at least 8 people). Let the magical impressions of the day take effect.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Shaherezade hotel in Khiva

Impressive trip through the vegetated „Kyzylkum “(«Red Sand») desert and the vast steppe to Bukhara (approx. 420 km). On the way, we will have lunch break in an Uzbek «Roadhouse». In the late evening we arrive in Bukhara and you have time to explore Bukhara by yourself. Dinner in a local restaurant. Two overnight stays in Bukhara.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Komil Boutique in Bukhara

Day 5 :
Bukhara

Excursion in the old town starts with the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani. Then we visit Chashmai Ayub Mausoleum. After we will wander around the old town where you will feel transported to the world of the stories from ‘One Thousand and One Nights’. It is hard to believe that, just like 100 years ago, teaching and learning still takes place in the mosques and madrasas, such as the Miri Arab madrasa. You will admire the «classic» architectural complex Lyabi Khauz with its trading domes and several mosques, madrasas as well as the dervish monastery Khanaka in the old town, and will understand the honorary title «noble town».

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Komil Boutique in Bukhara

We drive on to Samarkand, the town of the stories in 1001 nights (UNESCO World Heritage Site). In the Middle Ages, this was considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in the world and still today it has lost none of its charm. On the way, we will visit the Rabbati Malik Caravansaray and Sardoba (water reservoir).
Then we go to one of the visiting cards of Uzbekistan, the famous Registan Square with its three unique medrasas Ulughbek, Sherdor and Tillya Kori. We will also visit a palace-like mausoleum Guri Emir of the ruler Timur. Dinner in the Restaurant „Samarkand “, where you can experience the culture of the country and people. One overnight stay in Samarkand.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Shahdil hotel in Samarkand

Excursion to the paper-making factory of Samarkand, where silk paper has been produced since 2005 using the technology of 8th century. Then we visit Ulugbek Observatory, once the greatest research centre in Central Asia, and Shakhi Zinda Necropolis, the grave complex «living king», where today Timur’s family members are buried. We go to the largest mosque in Central Asia Bibi Khanym. Then we walk to Siyob Bazaar which is just next to the mosque. The selection of dry fruits alone is very impressive. At 18:00h we take a fast train "Afrosiyob" to Tashkent. Dinner in Tashkent. One overnight stay in Tashkent.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Garnet hotel in Tashkent

Early morning flight home.

Meals : breakfast

Includes/excludes

Includes

  • Included in the standard price (see price-list)
  • * Round trip / excursions and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles, typical for the country
  • * Inland flight Tashkent - Urgench
  • * Journey with the fast train „Afrosiyob “Samarkand - Tashkent in Economy-Class
  • * 7 x overnight stays in middle-class hotels (country category) in double room
  • * Sightseeing programme including admission fees according to tour description
  • * Half-board according to travel programme (breakfast, dinner)
  • * Local, English-speaking travel guide from/to Tashkent Airport

Excludes

  • Not included in the standard price
  • * International flights
  • * Photo/video fees
  • * Tips for travel guide and drivers
  • * Visa fees
  • Additional Services:
  • * Supplement for single room ¬¬150 US-Dollar
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COLOURFUL UZBEKISTAN
From $1,370
/ Adult
From $1,000
/ Child

Trip info

  • 3-4* and Boutique Hotels.
  • Tashkent
  • Tashkent
  • Guided
  • Half-board according to travel programme (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Easy
  • Aeroplane, fast train, coach