Tour of Central Asia – Ancient Cities of the Silk Road

Trip code: #346 / #1355 (RENEW)

Trip Facts

  • English, Russian, Chinese, German, Korean, French, Japanese
  • Minimum 2 persons, Maximum 12 person
  • Year around
  • Medium, normal physical shape and good appetite
  • Group Travel, Private Travel


Uzbekistan Travel Package – Cultural and Historical trip covering ancient cities Samarkand , Bukhara and Khiva.
From the 6th century to the 21st century along the Great Silk Road we will follow in the footsteps of the legendary Tamerlane.

The history of ancient cities, whose age is counted for millennia, magnificent architectural monuments, beautiful nature – the greatness of the mountains, endless deserts, mountain rivers, lakes and waterfalls, and even the dried up sea. Authentic cultures and crafts, delicious dishes of Uzbek cuisine, fruits, sweets and of course warm-hearted people – all this in one journey. Add a great accompany by a professional guide and you have a trip of your dreams that will remain in your memory for a lifetime!

We will visit a sunny country, where you will be welcome in every home and will cover a rich dastarkhan, plunge into the ancient history of Khorezm and Sogdiana, check if Tamerlane has chalk in his right hand. We will visit Uzbek Family and cook and taste authentic uzbek “Manti”, if we are lucky we take a ride on donkey, we will take a selfie at poppy field, climb the Demon plateau, shout our desire in the Tien Shan mountains and bring home a recipe for real Uzbek Pilaf (Uzbek Plov is famous national delicious food).

Uzbekistan travel highlights

  • Trips to legendary cities: Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara, Khiva
  • Famous Madrassas and Mosques
  • The Culture and Hospitality of the East
  • Unique architecture
  • History and sights from the times of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great to the present day
  • National cuisine, pilaf, samsa, lagman
  • Seasonal Uzbek fruits, vegetables, berries

Itinerary: Tashkent - Khiva - Bukhara - Gizduvan - Nurato - Samarqand - Urgut - Demon Plateau - Chimgan & Charvak - Tashkent

Day 1 :
Flight Our driver will be waiting for you at the exit of Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel, registration, time for leisure 11:00 Sightseeing program around the center of Tashkent: We will visit Morden White Mosque, the biggest mosque in Uzbekistan, Tashkent local Broadway, Museum of Applied Arts - where you can see different arts of Uzbek people. The famous Square of Amir Timur, Independence Square, Hasti Imam complex, old city of Tashkent, Take a ride on Tashkent subway, Chorsu Bazaar - one of the biggest bazaars, Park New Uzbekistan. Duration of tour: 4 hours Free day! Overnight in Tashkent
Lunch boxes for the breakfast 06:20 Transfer to Tashkent airport 07:25 Departure from Tashkent 09:05 Arrival to Urgench Transfer to Khiva ( Ichan Kala ). Leave luggage at hotel 10:00 Guided sightseeing program in Nukus and its surroundings. Khiva city tour in Ichan Kala inner city. 10:00 Guided sightseeing program in Khiva: Khiva’s old city, known as Ichan Kala, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit carpet workshop. Guided sightseeing program in Khiva: You will see palaces with the rich mosaic, unique beautiful minarets, madrassas and mosques such as: Kunya-Ark Fortress, Pahlavan Mahmud complex , Tash-Khowli Palace (Harem), Kalta-Minor Minaret, Islam Khoja Complex. Lunch in chaikhana. Visit woodcarving and carpet workshop. Continuation of sightseeing program: Juma Mosque and Minaret, Karavan-Saray, Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam, Tim of Ala-Kulikhan, Madrassah of Abdulla-Khan, Madrassah of Muhamad Amin-Khan , Madrassah of Muhamad Rakhim-Khan, Walls and gates. Duration of tour: 4 hours Free time in Khiva Overnight in Khiva
09:00 In the morning depart Nukus, drive to Khiva. Along the road to Khiva - Visit the ancient fortresses of Khorezm: Toprak Kala ("Clay castle"),the residence of Khwarazm Shahs dating back to the 1st- 5th centuries A.D. 20 km north east from Toprak Kala another one fortress Ayaz Kala ("Ice Castle") is situated. The fortress is associated with a romantic legend about a young man Ayaz who built a fortress to win the heart of the princess. Camel riding. Arrival to Khiva, check in to the hotel. Free time in Khiva Overnight in Khiva
Breakfast at hotel 10:00 Departure from Khiva 16:00 Arrival in Bukhara Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest Free time in Bukhara Additionally in Bukhara: evening leisure (upon request) Bozori Kord Telpak furushon-Eastern men's bath. Hamam Kunzhak - Eastern women's bath near the Kalyan Minaret. Master class of pilov Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi (by availability) Puppet theater and a workshop for making dolls. Workshop for the production of scrawl Bukhara carpet shop Workshop on embroidery Suzane Night in Bukhara hotel
Day 5 :
Breakfast at hotel 10:00 Guided sightseeing program in Bukhara: Visit Ismail Samani - the burial place of Samanid dynasty dated 9 century, one of the most esteemed sights of central Asian architectures, Chashma Ayub (Job's well).Arc Fortress - the center of political events and residence of Bukharian rulers until 1920. Nowadays there is a museum inside. Poi Kalon Ensemble which includes Kalon mosque, best-known minaret and Madrassah Miri-Arab, Madrassah Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, the 12th century Zoroastrian Magoki-Attori Mosque. Lunch at local teahouse Trading domes, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Nadir Divan Begi Madrassah and Khanaqa Evening at leisure. Additionally in Bukhara: evening leisure (upon request) Bozori Kord Telpak furushon-Eastern men's bath. Hamam Kunzhak - Eastern women's bath near the Kalyan Minaret. Master class of pilov Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi (by availability) Puppet theater and a workshop for making dolls. Workshop for the production of scrawl Bukhara carpet shop Workshop on embroidery Suzane Overnight in Bukhara
Day 6 :
Breakfast at hotel 10:00 In the morning visit sights outside the city: Summer palace of Bukhara Emir's Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa, Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi mausoleum - the place of pilgrimage for Muslims which was erected in 1544 in honor of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi the prominent saint and the founder of the Naqshbandiya Spiritual Order.It is considered that Naqshbandi was Sayid, the direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad. People from far countries come here to find the healing and wisdom. Chor-Bakr Necropolis which was built over the burial place of Abu-Bakr-Said, who was one of the four of Abu-Bakrs (Chor-Bakr) - descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Madrassah Chor Minor Lunch at local teahouse Evening at leisure. Overnight in Bukhara
09:00 Depart Bukhara, drive to Sarmishsay (200 kms, 3 hrs) Drive to Nurata.( 70 kms, 1 hr ) The word "rabat" in Arabic means "castle" or "fortress". It was used to refer to the fortified settlements and resting places found along caravan routes. Unfortunately only ruins of entrance arch remained to our days. This arch was called by local people "Bukhara gates”, "Gates to the desert” or "Gates to nowhere”. The inhabitants of the settlement and Rabat Malik took water from the Malik sardoba, a gigantic brick tank buried in the ground, and covered with dome. The reservoir was filled with water from the Zarafshan river. It came along a subterranean canal - "kiaryz". One still can reach potable water by walking down a ramp. Visit Chashma Complex with holy spring and ruins of the fortress Nur, which was founded by Alexander the Great in 4th century BC. Continue driving to Yurt camp Sarmyshsoy in Nurato mountains The historical place Sarmishsay is still called the Gallery of Portrayal of Stone Age. There you can find more than 3000 pictures on the rocks, petrographic constituents, the images of wild animals, people, scenes of hunting, and the way of life in Stone Age. Arrive at Yurt camp, accommodation in yurts. Lunch at yurt Camp Mountain hiking to see the ancient petroglyphs (drawings on the mountain stones) In the evening dinner Overnight at yurt camp.
Breakfast at Yurt camp 10:00 In the morning depart Sarmyshsoy, drive to Samarkand ( 130 kms ,2 hrs) Arrival to Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Lunch. 14:00 After lunch we will start excursion by visiting, Ulugbek Observatory of 15 century, Museum of ancient settlement Afrosiyab, Mausoleum of Saint Daniel (Khodja Daniyor), Visit Koni Gil paper mill (10 kms from Samarkand, 2 hrs). A good chance to watch the old technology of silk paper production. Duration of tour: 3 - 4 hours Additional Activities in Samarkand on request: Wine Faktory “Filatov” You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan. Theater of of historical national clothes (performance) Overnight in Samarkand hotel
Breakfast at hotel After breakfast: 10:00 A full day guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand. We shall start our tour by visiting the most famous site of Uzbekistan - Registan square, which was the center of Samarkand during centuries. Registan Square is a complex of three monuments: Ulugbek Madrassah (15 th century), Sher-Dor Madrassah (17 century) and Tilla-Kari Madrassah (17 century). There is another symbol of Samarkand- Gur-Emir Mausoleum (“the grave of Emir”). The construction of the mausoleum, which was started in 1403, was concerned with the sudden death of Muhammad Sultan, the direct heir and beloved grandson of Tamerlane. In 1405 Timur died in Otrar city and his sons decided to move his body and bury him near his favorite grandson. From that time this mausoleum became the burial-vault of Timurids dynasty. We will visit Bibi Khanym mosque (the 15th century) it was the biggest mosque in CA Shahi Zinda necropolis Siyob Bazaar Duration of tour: 5-6 hours 18:00 Wine tasting Most known Khovrenko wine factory in Uzbekistan. Overnight in Samarkand hotel
Breakfast at hotel 09:00 Drive to Shakhrisabz (90 km, 1 hour and 30 min by car) Visit ruins of Ak-Sarai. In Amir Timur's time in the northwest part of Shahrisabz there was built the huge Ak-Sarai palace surpassing in sizes even the governmental residence in Samarkad. But the palace was destroyed in the second half of the 16th century by the Sheibanids who tried to erase any signs of the Temurids. Visit Dorut-Tilyavat memorial complex with Kok Gumbaz Mosque ( "the Blue dome'? mosque) and ruins of Doru - Saodat Complex( "Place of Power'?) which consists of mausoleum of Jahongir, elder son of Amir Timur, Omar's tomb Timur's second son, Hazrat Imam Mosque and Timur's vault. Lunch at local family is a good chance to learn more about customs of Uzbek family. Back to Samarkand. On the way you will have a wonderful scenery of Kashkadarya landscape. 16:30 Transfer to Samarkand Train station 17:28 Departure from Samarkand by fast train Afrosiyob 19:44 Arrival in Tashkent Transfer to hotel Overnight in Tashkent hotel
Breakfast Hotel Please be in the lobby at 9:00am. Your tour guide and driver should be there ready for you. You are to be taken via a 2-hour drive to the Ugam-Chatkal National Park. Upon arrival, you are to be taken by cable car to Lake Charvak. Enjoy the scenery. Next, you are to be taken via the so-called Serpentine Road. Along the way, around 12:30 pm, a stop is to be made so you can purchase a meal at a restaurant in a resort called Amirsoy. Before returning to your hotel in Tashkent, a photo stop is to be made at Ugam River. Stop at deer farm and horseback riding, the farm is on the way back to Tashkent. You should be back at your hotel around 5:00pm. You have the rest of the evening to yourself. Duration of tour: 5 - 6 hours Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest Free time after excursion! Night in Tashkent hotel
Breakfast Hotel Depending on your departure time it will be organized transfer to airport Transfer to the International Airport of Tashkent for the further departure back to homeland. Departure from Tashkent Time of Arrival

The price includes:

  • Accommodation Hotels 3* shared double or twin occupancy (single accommodation for an additional fee),
  • Transportation during the whole tour
  • Certified guides during the whole tour.
  • One cooking muster class of "Manti" at an authentic Uzbek Family;
  • Entrance tickets to all attractions
  • Cooking master classes of "Pilaf"
  • Services of travel arrangements.
  • Train Tickets "Afrosiyob" Bukhara - Samarkand, Samarkand - Tashkent (business class tickets)
  • Domestic Air ticket Tashkent - Urgench, economy class

Please, NOTE:

  • international flights are not included. It will be arranged or assisted to book by request.
Requirements for a guest

Regular physical shape, good appetite and excellent mood


If you have dietary, religious or belief food restrictions, please let us know in advance so that we can prepare for them.

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