A Classic Silk Road Trip to Uzbekistan - Visit Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Khiva (SR-04)

Uzbekistan boasts the highest number of tourist-worthy sights in the region. A major hub on the Silk Road here you can see how different cultures, ideologies and faiths shaped the cities here as merchants and traders travelled along its route. Our classic Silk Road trip to Uzbekistan – to the heart of the Central Asia - will take you through the complex passages of history, exploring the very essence of the Silk Road’s cultural and spiritual legacy, unearthing its hidden treasures from beneath the layers of centuries.
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from £795 per person, 7 days



Day 1. Tashkent
Khush Kelibsiz – welcome to Uzbekistan! Transfer to your hotel. City tour.
Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand
Today we leave the Uzbek capital and drive to Samarkand. Conquered and destroyed many times Samarkand is an open-air museum.
Day 3. Samarkand - Bukhara
Today, we delve deeper into the marvels of Samarkand. We will visit the striking Bibi Khanum Mosque, Registan Square, Shah-i-Zinda tomb. In the afternoon leave for Bukhara.
Day 4. Bukhara
Explore Bukhara - one of the main trading centres of the Silk Road.
Day 5. Bukhara - Khiva
We drive to Khiva via the Kyzylkum (‘Red Sand’) desert.
Day 6. Khiva - Tashkent
Explore Khiva - an ‘open air museum’. The old town boasts more than 50 historic monuments and 250 old houses, mostly dating from the 18th or the 19th centuries. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Tashkent.
Day 7. Tashkent
Our Silk Road adventure is complete. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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Bukhara Bukhara
Bukhara is one of holiest cities in Central Asia and was once the intellectual and spiritual centre of Islamic world. Bukhara entered history in 500BC as a vassal state of the Pers... Read more
Khiva Khiva
Often called an “open air museum”, Khiva today is a well-preserved and restored town thanks to a conservation programme in 1970 - 1980. This enchanting town with its to... Read more
Samarkand Samarkand
Samarkand - often called the Gem of the East – is the city which evokes romance just with its name. The city is as old as Rome and reached the height of its fame under the ru... Read more

Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Days: 7
  • Group Size: 2-12
  • Tour Grade:   Moderate

Day 1. Tashkent
Khush Kelibsiz – welcome to Uzbekistan! Transfer to your hotel in Tashkent. Today we will have an introduction to the fascinating capital, Tashkent, taking in the History Museum, the main city square Mustakillik - Independence Square - the largest city square in the former Soviet Union, the ancient Khazret Imam Square, the Barak Khan Madrasah the Namazgokh Mosque, and the Tillya Sheikh Mosque. We also visit Chorsu square - the centre of ancient Tashkent. We will also explore Chorsu bazaar – the oldest city market. (D)
Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand
Today we leave the Uzbek capital and drive to Samarkand. A city as old as Rome, Samarkand is evokes romance just with its name. It reached the height of its fame under the rule of Timur who made it the capital of his empire. During his reign Timur built a new city and populated it with artisans and craftsmen from the places he had conquered. They created incredible mausoleums, madrassahs, mosques and city squares. Conquered and destroyed many times Samarkand is an open-air museum. Driving distance – 215 km (134 miles). (B,L,D)
Day 3. Samarkand - Bukhara
Today, we delve deeper into the marvels of Samarkand. We will visit the striking Bibi Khanum Mosque (15th century), the largest of its time in the world, Registan Square (‘Sandy Place’) – once the heart of ancient Samarkand, the centre of trade and cultural life, and today a breathtaking oriental masterpiece. Also, Shah-i-Zinda – ‘tomb of the living king’ - is a burial complex, often referred to as ‘the street of the dead.’ Next, we will leave for Bukhara, a city no less enchanting. Driving distance – 265 km (165 miles). (B,L,D)
Day 4. Bukhara
Once a state of the Persian Empire, Bukhara is one of holiest cities in Central Asia. Bukhara was one of the main trading centres of the Silk Road and during its heyday it had 365 mosques – one for each day of the year. We will have full day city tour to discover all the hidden treasures of this magnificent city, including the Kalyan minaret – once the tallest minaret in the Islamic world - the Kalyan mosque, the famous Mir-i Arab Madrassah, and Samanid's Mausoleum. (B,L,D)
Day 5. Bukhara - Khiva
This afternoon we drive to Khiva via the Kyzylkum (‘Red Sand’) desert. Travelling through this hypnotising desert landscape it’s easy to reflect on the Silk Road traders who passed before you, and the importance of the Silk Road. Driving distance – 435 km (270 miles). (B,L,D)
Day 6. Khiva - Tashkent
Truly an ‘open air museum’, Khiva is a well preserved – and reconstructed - town thanks to a conservation programme during the 1970’s and 80’s. Today’s traveller is met by towering minarets and domed roofs, narrow streets, mosques, madrasahs (Islamic religious schools) and caravanserai (inns for caravans). The old town boasts more than 50 historic monuments and 250 old houses, mostly dating from the 18th or the 19th centuries. Not surprisingly, the town is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Tashkent. (B,L,D)
Day 7. Tashkent
Our Silk Road adventure is complete. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)


Want to travel on different dates?
Please see below for our group tour dates, if you would like to travel on a different day, please let us know and we will come back to you with an offer. There might be additional surcharges for a private tour but all depends on the number of people in your party and your travel preferences.

 

COMFORT - 3* PACKAGE

Dates Excl. flights Incl. flights * Single supplement ** Book
01.10.2019 - 07.10.2019 £795 £1,395 £145 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


PREMIUM - 4* PACKAGE

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01.10.2019 - 07.10.2019 £845 £1,445 £145 book now

* Price including flights will be reconfirmed by your travel consultant as we need to know your departure airport, preferred airline, dates and class of travel. Our prices are based on economy fares from London Heathrow.

** Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation at your hotel, ger camp.


City Palace Tashkent 4*
City Palace is conveniently situated in the heart of the city, just 500 metres from Amir Temur Square and Amir Timur Museum and ten minutes drive from the railway station and international airport. There are 251 comfortable rooms of following categories: standard, junior suite, studio, senior suite and presidential suite.

The hotel City Palace has a single system of air-conditioning and ventilation control, which enables to maintain the comfortable temperature and always fresh air in the rooms. Features include an outdoor pool, indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gym and tennis court and free WiFi.

A minibar, seating area, and refrigerator are provided in each room as well as a satellite TV. City Palace Hotel Tashkent extras include an electric kettle, towels, and linen.

A restaurant is on site, and luggage storage is offered at reception for added convenience.


Ramada Tashkent 4*
Located a 15-minute walk to Independence Square, a 20-minute to Gafur Gulam Metro Station, a 15-minute walk to Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium Ramada Tashkent features an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a spa centre, a fitness centre, and an on-site restaurant and bar. Free Wi-Fi.

Rooms at the hotel offer a TV with satellite channels, a minibar, an electric kettle, a seating area, a safety deposit box, air conditioning, and a private bathroom.


Grand Samarkand Superior 4*
4-star Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel is located in a shopping and business center of Samarkand. This new and beautifully decorated hotel was opened in 2012 and offers 38 rooms of five accommodation types from standard single to deluxe.

Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel features a rooftop swimming pool with a sun terrace and loungers, and free Wi-Fi. A fitness centre, spa and sauna are also available on site. Grand Samarkand Superior Restaurant is decorated with traditional Uzbek rugs and serves Uzbek and European cuisine. A wide range of wines and fine drinks is offered at the bar.

All the Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel rooms are equipped with an air conditioner, mini-bar, bathroom (or shower booth), hair dryer, satellite TV and telephone.

A modern business center, restaurant of European and oriental cuisine, conference hall, fitness center, sauna, vaults to keep valuables, and other services are at your disposal to make your stay in the hotel pleasant and comfortable.


Majestic Palace Samarkand 4*
Situated in Samarkand, this hotel is close to St. John Roman Catholic Church, St. Aleksyi Orthodox Church, and Gur-Emir Mausoleum. Also nearby are Registan Square and Sher Dor Madrasah.

The hotel has 36 rooms, a conference hall for 60 persons and restaurant for 80 persons, where you can taste Uzbek, Korean and European cuisine. Other amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services and a 24-hour front desk. WiFi is available for a surcharge.


Asia Samarkand 4*
Asia Samarkand is one of the hotels in Asia hotels chain in Uzbekistan. This hotel is distinguished for the convenient location – in close proximity to the Registan Square, Bibi-Khanym complex and famous Siab bazaar. Located in Samarkand, 3 km form the historical city centre and a 5-minute walk from Registan Square, Hotel Asia Samarkand features a spa and wellness centre, an outdoor swimming, and a sauna. Guests can enjoy local and international cuisine at the on-site restaurant and café.

The modern rooms here provide guests with an electric kettle, a TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with a bath or shower.

Other hotel facilities include a 24-hour front desk, a bar, a fitness centre, meeting or banquet facilities, and a concierge service.


Asia Bukhara 3*+
Exquisite Asia Bukhara is the eastern exotica with the European quality of service. Convenient location, comfortable rooms, good service will make your stay in the ancient city. The hotel is located near the legendary landmarks of the city, as well as the airport and the railway station. Hotel Asia Bukhara features an outdoor pool and a garden. Guests can enjoy their meals at the on-site restaurant.

With free Wi-Fi access, the air-conditioned rooms come with a satellite LCD TV. Each has a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries and a hairdryer.

The restaurant serves local specialities, as well as European cuisine.

Guests will find several shops within a 10-minute walk from Asia Bukhara Hotel. The Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Complex is a 15-minute walk away.


Minorai Kalon Bukhara 3*+
Minorai Kalon Hotel is located just few steps from the famous architectural symbol of Bukhara, the pearl of architectural ensemble Poi-Kalyan, Kalyan Minaret. Most rooms of the hotel have a great view of the minaret, in honor of which the hotel was named.

Rooms of the hotel are equipped with everything necessary for your comfort and nice pastime. On the roof of the hotel there is the terrace, overlooking ancient Bukhara.

Minorai-Kalon Hotel is located in the centre of Bukhara, just a 10-minute walk from Divan-Begi Madrasah and Lyabi Hauz. WiFi access is available.

Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. Extras include satellite channels and cable channels.

The on-site restaurant serves Uzbek cuisine. At Minorai-Kalon Hotel you will find a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage and dry cleaning.


Asia Khiva 3*+
Located in the historical town of Khiva, less than a 1-minute walk from the Ichan-Qala - Tash-Darwaza Gate and the old city, Hotel Asia Khiva features a spa and wellness centre, a swimming pool, a sauna, and an on-site restaurant.

The modern rooms here feature an electric kettle, a TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with a bath or shower.

Other hotel facilities include a fitness centre, a bar, a 24-hour front desk, a business centre, meeting or banquet facilities, and a concierge service.





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