Classic Uzbekistan Tour

Highlights of Uzbekistan

Take a guided tour to explore Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, the gems of the ancient Silk Road.

Days

8

Price

€1390

Briefing

Comfort level:

Physical rating:

Group size: Max 12 persons

Countries: Uzbekistan

Route:

  • Tashkent
  • Samarkand
  • Bukhara
  • Khiva
  • Tashkent

Themes: Cultural Tours

Experience the best of Silk Road cities during classic Uzbekistan Tour: the ancient cities frequented by nomads and conquerors, the architectural legacy left by a flourishing Islam and the great Empire of Timur. Mosques, madrassas, fortresses and unforgettable landscapes await, ranging from fertile valleys to open steppes and never-ending deserts…

highlights

  • Modern Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan and largest city of Central Asia
  • Remarkably well preserved Khiva, surrounded by city walls of plastered mud
  • Charming old city of Bukhara, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Spectacular Registan Square and other architectural wonders of ancient Samarkand
  • Experience hustle and bustle of Uzbek bazaars
  • Learn about ancient traditions like making Samarkand paper from mulberry
  • Visit silk production & carpet factory

 

ITINERARY & MAP

Statue of great conqueror Tamerlan during Classic Uzbekistan Tour

Transfer to the hotel.  Many flights arrive early in the morning, so you’ll have time to take a shower and rest before meeting with your group and the tour leader in the hotel.  After introductions and breakfast, it’s time to begin your journey through fascinating Uzbekistan.

Where better to start than a tour of Tashkent? The largest city in Central Asia is a curious blend of Islamic and Soviet influences.  Visit the Old City area of Tashkent where you will find the Khast Imom Complex which contains ancient holy Quran of Caliph Uthman, Tilla Sheikh Mosque and the Mausoleum of Saint Abu Bakr.  Experience the bustling crowds of traders at Chor-Su Bazaar before taking a ride on the city’s famous Soviet-era metro system which like Moscow’s features some of the most ornately decorated stations in the world.  Exit at Amir Temur Square Station to view the statue of the great conqueror and next to it, the grand Independence Square. We complete the day with a visit to the Applied Arts Museum where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the vibrant Uzbek art scene.

During dinner you can get better acquainted with your tour leader and fellow travellers, ask all your burning questions and get excited about what is awaiting you in the coming days.

Transport: Minivan with A/C for city tour

Accommodation: Hotel – 3* by Western standards

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Registan Square is one of the must see highlights in any Uzbekistan Tour

Breakfast is served at 6:30 am in time for an early transfer to Tashkent train station to catch the high speed “Afrosiyob” train at 8:00 am. We will travel 300km in just over two hours before arriving in the ancient city of Samarkand.  There, you will delve into the history of one of the earth’s greatest conquerors: Timur.  He is considered the last of the great nomadic conquerors of the Eurasian Steppe, his vast empire one of the largest in the region.

What is arguably the jewel in the crown of all the sites in Uzbekistan awaits you as you take a visit to the spectacular Registan Square.  We then move onto the remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque before a chance to explore amongst the hustle and bustle of the Siyob Bazaar where you can bargain for dried fruits and souvenirs.  Uzbekistan astronomer Ulugbek was decades ahead of the west with his observations of the solar system and the earth and we’ll learn more about him at the incredibly well preserved Ulugbek Observatory overlooking the city.

Transport: Minivan with A/C for city tour, high-speed train from Tashkent to Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel – 3* by Western standards

Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Samarkand Paper Factory - Koni Ghil-workshop in Uzbekistan Tour

Today, we’ve included a second day at this incredible UNESCO-listed city as we know there’s just too much to take in during a single day.  We’ll pay a visit to the Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel.  Later, we’ll drive to Koni Ghil village to explore the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry and silk carpet factory.  You’ll have the chance to try this for yourself; with expert tuition, it’s not as hard as it looks.  After this sightseeing, you’ll retain some leisure time before we visit Samarkand Theatre of historical costume.

Transport: Minivan with A/C for city tour

Accommodation: Hotel 3* by Western standards

Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours 

Bukhara Chor Minor- 4 minarets as featured in Lonely Planet and Classic Uzbekistan Tours

The drive to Bukhara takes around four hours and on route we shall visit the Rabati-Malik Caravanserai, an especially well preserved piece of Iranian architecture in the middle of an expansive desert which the road to Bukhara cut through.

After checking into the hotel in Bukhara you spend the afternoon in the magical Old City of Bukhara. This is a true UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with minarets, mosques and ancient trading domes.  It’s still as busy today, the workplace of a host of traders offering traditional Uzbek products.  Explore the narrow, winding alleys and soak up the essence of Bukhara, past and present.  This is where you begin to uncover the true Uzbekistan.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 280 km, 5 hours

Accommodation: Hotel – 3* by Western standards

Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

 

Bukhara Ark Fortress- huge entrance with two towers as visited in Uzbekistan Tour

The history of the Bukhara region stretches back for millennia; the city itself is about two and a half thousand years old.  Due to its location on the Silk Road, it became an important centre for traders and scholars.  Your first full day in the city will feature a visit to the Ark Fortress and summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, a unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. The afternoon is yours to spend exploring more of the city, perhaps visit of one of the few remaining Jewish houses for lunch or have a relaxing drink by the large pond situated next to the impressive Bolo Hauz Mosque. In the evening we will visit national folklore show and get to know ancient culture of modern Uzbekistan

Transport: Minivan with A/C for city tour

Accommodation: Hotel – 3* by Western standards

Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours

Khiva outer wall made of plastered mud part of journey in Uzbekistan Tour

We leave Bukhara and head west on the highway leading into the seemingly endless Kyzylkum desert, following in the footsteps of ancient Silk Road traders who traversed this same route many centuries ago.  The mighty Amudarya River cuts through the desert and we will stop on route to see this important waterway that flows into what remains of the Aral Sea. don’t forget to take audiobooks and good music to listen on the long way.

Transport: Minivan with A/C, 450 km, 8-9 hours

Accommodation: Hotel – 3* by Western standards

View of rooftop Khiva with minarets visited in Classic Uzbekistan Tour

UNESCO-listed Khiva is a real treat.  This low-rise city is constructed in sandstone, punctuated by towers and domes in vibrant shades of emerald and turquoise.  Our first stop is at the Ichan-Kala fortress.  Part fortress, part city, it’s now an open air museum, its crenellations topping a wall that encloses not only the museum, but the homes of an estimated 300 families who still make their living as artisans to this day.  The clay wall has four gates and we’ll enter to find ourselves in front of the glittering Kalta-minor Minaret.  We’ll take our time as we explore in order to soak up the atmosphere, climbing the Khodja Minaret enjoy the breathtaking views over Old Khiva at Kunya-Ark.  After your orientation tour, your guide will leave you to branch out on your own.  Whether you browse for souvenirs or sip coffee at one of the many cafés dotted around the old city is up to you.

In the evening you will take a short transfer to Urgench Airport for the flight back to Tashkent.  Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Transport: Minivan with A/C for airport transfer (30 minutes), airplane Urgench-Tashkent, 1093 km, 2 hours’ flight

Accommodation: Hotel – 3* by Western standards

Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

 

old wooden and beautifully carved door seen in Uzbekistan Tours

Check-out from the hotel before noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport.

Inclusions

Transport
Metro, Minibus, Train, Airplane
Meals
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Accommodation
Hotel (7 nights)
Included Activities

Tashkent – city tour

Samarkand – city tour

Samarkand – paper making from mulberry

Navoi – Rabati Malik Caravanserai

Bukhara – walking tour

Khiva – walking tour

dates & price

Total trip price

€1390

Euro

8

Days

Single supplement available for €300

Deposit: €250

Departing
Finishing
Status
Booking
17 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017
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22 Oct 2017
29 Oct 2017
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29 Oct 2017
5 Nov 2017
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1 Apr 2018
8 Apr 2018
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27 May 2018
3 Jun 2018
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Price includes

All transfers by mini bus according to the itinerary, pick ups and drop off

Accommodation based on double/ twin room sharing

English speaking local tour guide accompanying the group

All entrances as per itinerary

Business class ticket for train Tashkent – Samarkand

Economy class ticket for flight Urgench – Tashkent

Full board (breakfasts, lunches, dinners)

Price does not include

International air fares

Hotel charges for additional services

Travel insurance is required

Personal expenses, e.g. souvenirs

Important notes

  • Travel insurance is required for this tour. Upon arrival, please provide your insurance details to the tour guide. Which insurance you choose is up to you. We recommend this one: https://www.worldnomads.com
  • Make sure to declare all money and valuables when entering Uzbekistan (see more on entry & exit section below about customs regulations)
  • It is strictly prohibited to take photos of government & military buildings as well as metro in Uzbekistan. If unsure, please ask your guide.
  • Minimum group size is 3 people, we recommend waiting for our confirmation before purchasing non-refundable travel services like air ticket

UZBEKISTAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

MONEY & COSTS:

The Uzbek currency is called the Som (UZS). There are few ATMs in Uzbekistan and even then, most do not accept any card other than Visa. Stores and restaurants typically do not accept credit cards. We recommend you bring all money in cash, preferably carrying new USD bank notes of different denominations. They will be easy to exchange – for the best rates ask your guide – and you will be able to pay directly with USD for some souvenirs. An emergency fund of around 500 USD in cash is always good to have during trips to Central Asia.

SAFETY:

Uzbekistan is a safe country and most trips are trouble-free. There is a visible police presence and most citizens are law abiding. That said, you are advised to wear a money belt, watch your belongings, steer clear of dark streets at night and avoid taking rides in unofficial taxis alone. Your safety is our first priority at Kalpak Travel; we know and regularly assess all our Uzbek partners and we closely monitor political events.

ENTRY & EXIT:

Citizens of most countries need a visa. You can check your requirements on the website of The Visa Machine - http://www.thevisamachine.com. For a service fee, they can apply for the visa for you and send it to you, or you can apply directly at the nearest embassy. Please note: we will provide a letter of invitation free of charge to those booking a tour with us if it is needed.
As soon as we receive the deposit payment for your tour, we will confirm your booking and send you an email with important pre-departure information. Please read it carefully as it contains important information on customs regulations for Uzbekistan.

BEST TIME TO GO:

The climate of Uzbekistan is continental and dry. The best season to visit is during spring and autumn, from mid-April until early June and then again from September until early November. Autumn is drier than spring, but even in spring chances are high you can enjoy the bluest sky you have ever seen. Autumn is also the time when the country goes to harvest, meaning markets are full of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you don’t mind the dry heat of 40° Celsius, summer is the best time to go. There are few tourists and the sky is blue every single day. If you consider visiting Uzbekistan in winter, having the country all to yourself, we recommend going in December, when day temperature is still around 10° Celsius and the chill wind that characterises January & February has not yet reared its ugly head.

HEALTH:

Do not drink water, unless it is bottled, filtered or boiled. Do not use it for brushing teeth or making ice either. Do not eat ice cream. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled. If you follow these basic rules, you are likely to avoid any health issues like traveler’s diarrhea. Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are recommended vaccinations for travelers to Uzbekistan. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including repatriation. Medical services in Uzbekistan are basic at best.
As soon as we receive your deposit, we will confirm your booking and send you additional pre-departure information. There you will find the full list of medicine that it is prohibited to import into Uzbekistan and also medicine which you can import only with doctor’s prescription.

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