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Best of Uzbekistan

While it doesn't get a lot of attention, Uzbekistan is a life-changing destination for all who are smart enough to visit. These ten days will take you through some of the greatest cultural highlights the country has to offer. Marvel at the gorgeous mosques in Samarkand, experience a one-night stay in a traditional desert yurt, and immerse yourself in the diverse culture of ancient Bukhara. Uzbekistan is a must-see for any seasoned (or first-time) traveller.


Duration: 10 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 153327
Starts: Tashkent, Uzbekistan Finishes: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
You will visit
  • Tashkent
  • Tashkent

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Tashkent

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting followed by an optional dinner.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Tashkent/Samarkand (1B)

Travel on to Samarkand. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 310km)

03

Day 3: Samarkand (1B, 1D)

With free time, enjoy the Samarkand sights, have a cup of tea in a local tea house, or wander around the bazaar.

Included Activities:
Plov Cooking Demonstration and Dinner
Samarkand City Tour

04

Day 4: Samarkand/Aydar Kŭl Camp (1B, 1D)

Travel out into the desert to visit the Nurata Shrine and remains of the Alexander the Great fortress. Continue on for an evening in a local yurt camp. Opt to ride a camel or enjoy an evening Kazakh singing show.

Included Activities:
Chashma Complex and Holy Spring Visit
Fortress of Alexander the Great Visit
Overnight in a Yurt

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 280km)

05

Day 5: Aydar Kŭl Camp/Bukhara (1B)

Travel to Bukhara, one of the most charming cities in the country. Opt to visit the old city bazaars, have dinner with a local family, or visit a traditional hammam (bathhouse).



Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

06

Day 6: Bukhara (1B)

There is plenty of time to explore the artisan shops and wander the narrow twisting streets and alleyways. A centre for pottery, cloth, and Turkmen carpets, the Old City is centered around Lyabi-Hauz, a delightful pool of water surrounded by ancient mulberry trees, where you can sit at café tables and let the evening drift by. There is also the option to take in a local puppet show held in an old caravanserai or indulge in a Turkish bath.

Included Activities:
Bukhara City Tour

07

Day 7: Bukhara/Khiva (1B)

Enjoy a full day's travel through the desert to reach UNESCO-listed Khiva. Get to know the place on a late afternoon walking tour.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)

08

Day 8: Khiva/Tashkent (1B)

Explore the old town surrounded by city walls, bargain with locals on the market, and wander through the madrassas, climb up minarets, and explore the dark dungeons Khiva was infamous for back in the 10th century. Wander through the inner walls of the Ichon-Qala and enjoy spectacular sunset views of the sand-coloured mosques and madrassas.

Included Activities:
Khiva Ancient City Tour

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (19.00 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Tashkent

Arrive back in Tashkent and enjoy a city tour or explore on your own with some free time.



Included Activities:
Tashkent Guided City Tour

10

Day 10: Tashkent (1B)

Depart at any time.



Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Orientation walk (Samarkand)
    • City tour including a Registan visit
    • Plov-making demonstration and dinner with a local family
    • Nurata Shrine visit
    • Alexander the Great fortress visit
    • Desert yurt stay (Aydar Kŭl)
    • Guided walking tour (half-day, Bukhara)
    • Walking tours (Khiva)
    • City tour (Tashkent)
    • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts), yurt (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 8 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, train, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn ancient cooking techniques in Samarkand
  • Connect with the locals in a desert yurt community
  • Marvel at colourful mosaic buildings
  • Gain understanding of the cultures of Central Asia.