This tour is designed for first-timers coming to Uzbekistan. You get to see the main sights of the country in 10 days and get acquainted with local customs and history.
Highlights include the walled city of Khiva, where you discover a maze of twisted alleyways, medieval mosques and tombs. Following the old caravan route south, you will see the fine Islamic architecture of Bukhara and Samarkand. Over a week in the ‘1001 nights’ atmosphere. Unforgettable!
The itinerary is fully customisable!
Day 1. Arrive to Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent, welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at 12:00 – 14:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Start guided tour in Tashkent – 2200 years old capital city of Uzbekistan. We will start from the Old City: Khast Imam Ensemble – a religious center of the city consisting of Barakkhan Madrasah, Tillya Shaykh Mosque, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with original Uthman’s Quran of the VIII century.
Explore traditional Chor-Su Bazaar – oldest in Tashkent where you can buy souvenirs, watch Uzbek bread baking process in traditional oven, taste some local food. Visiting modern part of Tashkent: Applied Arts Museum where one can see Uzbek fabrics, Bukhara and Khiva carpets, “Suzani” embroidery, metal and wooden items adorned with ornate Arabic lettering, oriental jewelry, and ceramics. Continue to Mustakillik Square – symbol of Uzbek capital and popular place for people. We will use Tashkent subway to get to Amir Temur Square – the heart of the city, established on the intersection of two ancient trade roads, with many modern buildings.
Transfer to the airport for evening flight to Urgench. Arrive in Urgench, transfer to Khiva. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3. Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will explore ancient inner town Ichan Kala (UNESCO World Heritage site, XIV-XX CC) – big open air museum consisting of Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Rahim Khan Madrassah, Juma Mosque of X century, Tash Hauli – main palace of Khiva rulers, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4. Khiva – Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara through Kyzylkum Desert (7-8 hours). Stop at Amudarya River bank. Lunch in a local café. Arrive in Bukhara, free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5. Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will see Ark Fortress – residence of Bukhara khans, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Samanids Mausoleum – Shrine of Ismail Samani and other members of the Samanid Dynasty, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum – Saint Job’s well.
Continue to Poi-Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret through orient bazaars with trade domes, Ulugbek Madrassah, Abdulazizkhan Madrassah. Visiting Lyabi Hauz complex consisting of Kukeldash Madrassah, Magoki Attori Mosque now used as a carpet museum, Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah and Nadir Divan-begi Khanaka. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6. Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive outside Bukhara for sightseeing: Sitorai Mokhi Khosa – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Chor Bakr Necropolis – city of the dead, Baghautdin Nakhshbandi Mausoleum – center of Sufism and most important pilgrimage site. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7. Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Shakhrisabz – hometown of Amir Timur, also known as Tamerlane. In Shakhrisabz we will visit ruins of magnificent Timur’s palace – Ak Saray (UNESCO WHS). Continue to Kok-Gumbaz Mosque founded by Timur’s grandson Ulugbek, and Dorus-Saodat Mausoleum – remains of Timurids family tomb. Drive to Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8. Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start sightseeing from Gur Emir Mausoleum (tomb of Tamerlane), continue with iconic Registan Square (which means “desert” in Persian) and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah, Sher-Dor Madrassah, and Tillya-Kari Madrassah – covered with gold.
Visit to Shakhi Zinda Necropolis – ensemble including mausoleums and other ritual buildings of IX-XIV and XIX CC, Ulughbek Observatory, built in XV century by Timurid ruler and astronomer, Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Amir Timur for his favorite wife in XV century. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9. Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue sightseeing in Samarkand: ancient settlement and museum of Afrosiab, and Tombstone of Saint Daniyar. The prophet Daniyar (Daniel) is revered by three world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and mausoleum is still a pilgrimage place for the followers of all three Abrahamic religions.
Drive to Konigil village to visit Samarkand Paper Mill “Meros”, where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient technology. Transfer to the railway station for evening train or drive by car. Arrive in Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10. Departure
Check out by 12:00. Transfer to the airport. End of services.
Comfort package (Guest houses & 3*) per person:
1 pax – 1830 USD
2 pax – 1140 USD
3 pax – 1110 USD
4 pax – 1030 USD
Premium package (4*, 5*) per person:
1 pax – 2230 USD
2 pax – 1420 USD
3 pax – 1400 USD
4 pax – 1330 USD
- Visa support (if required)
- Transport services
- Accommodation with breakfast
- Air tickets Tashkent-Urgench (economy class)
- Train tickets Samarkand-Tashkent (economy class)
- Local guides for city tours
- Sightseeing tours as per program
- Entrance fees for the sights
- Visa fee
- Early check-ins / late check-outs
- Photo/video fees
- Fees for extra services not specified in the program
- Lunches and dinners.