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Ultimate Uzbekistan

7-Days from €1195 per person (based on two sharing). Enquire for special group rates!

Uzbekistan - a captivating blend of Silk Road and Soviet histories, not to mention a cultural hotspot with a dash of astounding architecture for good measure. Meet welcoming locals and get caught up in the lively atmosphere of Chorsu Bazaar as you browse the mountains of fresh produce and unique locally produced goods. Traverse the depths of the Fergana Valley or hike to the top of the Nuratau Mountains for stunning views. In this eclectic land, there’s something for everyone. It is even home to the rather bizarre Tashkentland, the disneyland of Central Asia.

One glimpse of the Ichon-Qala (inner walled city) of Khiva will immerse you in the enthralling history of the city. See the vividly beautiful turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret, dating back to 1851. Dive into the past with a visit to the 12th century Kuhna Ark, leading to the mesmerising Summer Mosque, featuring stunningly intricate tilework and a fascinating archaeological museum. Climb the watchtower here for astounding views across the city.

In Bukara, visit the Ark Fortress, the city’s oldest structure, a remarkable town-within-a-town dating back to the fifth century and occupied until 1920. The ruins currently house several museums, and if you venture behind the Ark, you will discover the Zindon, formerly a jail, featuring gruesome cells and torture chambers. See the photogenic Char Minar, a gatehouse built in 1807. Relax at the oasis of Lyabi-Hauz, featuring one of the few remaining hauz (ponds) in the city.

Samarkand is arguably Uzbekistan’s most beautiful city. The Registan public square is a must-see, surrounded by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of traditional Islamic architecture. Witness the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Islamic world, dating back to the fifteenth century. Explore the enthralling crypts of the Gur-E-Amir Mausoleum and the Shah-i- Zinda necropolis. For contrast, tour the chic, modern Samarkand.

Optional Highlights for your Trip

  • Visit Termiz on the border with Afghanistan where not many travellers get to see
  • Experience the adventure of crossing a land border into Uzbekistan
  • Sample amazing Uzbek food at the Plov Centre
  • Ride the roller coasters at Tashkentland
  • Stand in awe of Asia's biggest solar furnace
  • View the tiny Tajik enclave of Sarvan, hardly visited by foreigners
  • Enjoy wine tasting at the Khovrenko Winery
  • Stroll around the technicolour bazaar Samarkand, 'The Pearl of the Muslim World'
  • See incredible clothing and designs at Romanenko Fashion Show House
  • Kyrgyzstan can be easily added to you your itinerary
  • Complete a very special Silk Road tour of three countries

Sample Itinerary

Day 1
  • Arrival in Tashkent as per your own schedule and meet your incredibly friendly local guide.
  • Tere's no better welcome to Uzbekistan than lunch at the Plov Centre. This gigantic hall, decorated as if for a wedding in the 1980's, is set up for large numbers of people to eat plov in. Mixed and cooked just outside by an army of Uzbek women, it is some pretty good plov, but more than that, it is an exceptionally unique experience.
  • Visit Tashkent Land, Central Asia's answer to Disneyland. With it's faded welcome sign, crumbling gift shop, and creaky rides, this is definitely a step back in time. Most tourists don't make it to this gem of Soviet infrastructure, but we just can't resist it. If you're really game, you can try out the “Boomerang” roller coaster, or if you'd like something a bit more relaxing, you can take a ride on the “African tour”, a boat trip through the jungleland.
  • Go to Tashkent TV Tower for fabulous views of the city.

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Insider Info

Our itinerary and pricing is a guide only and each trip can be tailored to your individual requirements or that of your group. If you would like to spend extra days and nights in Uzbekistan we can easily arrange this. The tour price reduces substantially for small, medium and of course large groups. If there are particular areas, sites or specific activities you would like to do in a destination, this can be arranged as part of your own designed itinerary. We can offer high-end accommodation and/or comfortable budget accommodation for the duration of your trip. Depending on location we can offer also various different types of unique transportation whether it’s a 1950’s Chevrolet in Cuba or a chartered helicopter in North Korea. All of our tailormade tours and our group tours are developed with local expert staff and guides to make your experience unique and authentic.

Included in this tour

  • LOI and registration in Uzbekistan
  • All transport according to the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Accommodation according to itinerary in twin/double share
  • Entrance fees to all sites outlined on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day
  • Dinner on some days

Not included in this tour

  • Travel arrangements to Tashkent at the start of the tour
  • Visas for Uzbekistan
  • Meals other than those stipulated (allow up to $10 per meal)
  • Drinks at meals
  • Tips for guides (not obligatory, and up to your personal discretion)
  • Any other personal expenses such as souvenirs

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