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8 days tour – Essential Uzbekistan

During this tour you will get acquainted with all the highlights of Uzbekistan. From the capital Tashkent you will depart to Samarkand, Bukhara and Xiva. These cities are full of historical buildings that were of great importance for the Islamic world and for the development of the Silk Road and Central Asia. Our guide will take you through the rich history of Uzbekistan during this individual tour.

General info

Days8 days / 7 nights
PriceGet in touch
Best travel timeWhole year
DestinationsTashkent, Samarkand, Buchara, Xiva
IncludingAccommodation
Transportation on the ground
Local guide
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Insurance
Visa
Photo ticket (if needed)
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Tashkent

  • Arrival in Tashkent and meet your Uzbek guide.
  • Highlight: Khast Imom Complex, the spiritual heart of the city.
  • Chor-Su Bazaar, the market where anything is for sale.
  • Ride the impressive metro of Tashkent.
  • Highlight: Independence Square, the most famous square in Tashkent.
  • Applied Arts Museum.
  • Alisher Navoi Theatre, the national opera of Uzbekistan is based here.
  • Overnight stay in Tashkent.

Day 2 – Tashkent – Samarkand

  • Train ride to Samarkand.
  • Highlight: Registan Square – the most famous place in Central Asia.
  • Gur Emir Mausoleum, here lies the Turkish-Mongolian conqueror Timoer Lenk.
  • Overnight stay in Samarkand.

Day 3 – Samarkand

  • Ulugbek Observatory, one of the oldest observatories in the Islamic world.
  • Highlight: Visit to one of the most famous cemeteries in Central Asia: Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis.
  • The archaeological Afrasiab Museum.
  • St. Daniel Mausoleum, this is where the Prophet Daniel would lie.
  • Ride to Konigil.
  • Highlight: See how they make the traditional Samarkand paper.
  • Free time.
  • Overnight stay in Samarkand.

Day 4 – Samarkand – Bukhara

  • Drive to Bukhara.
  • On the way stop at the beautiful Rabati Malik caravanserai. This used to be an important stop on the Silk Road.
  • Highlight: One of the most characteristic images of the city is the Kalyan Minaret and Mosque.
  • Visit the beautiful Miri Arab Madrassa, one of the most famous places of Bukhara.
  • Visit the historic Magoki-Attori Mosque and the Lyabi Hauz Ensemble from the 16th/17th century.
  • Free time.
  • Overnight stay in Bukhara.

Day 5 – Bukhara

  • The oldest building in Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum.
  • Historic Bolo-Khauz Mosque from 1712.
  • Highlight: The legendary Ark Fort. This gigantic fort is located in the north of the city.
  • Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, where the well of Ayub is.
  • Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Summer Palace, the former palace of the Emir of Bukhara.
  • Bakhavuddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum, one of the holiest places in the city.
  • Overnight stay in Buchara.

Day 6 – Buchara – Xiva

  • Drive to Xiva.
  • We drive through the Kyzylkum Desert.
  • Stop for photos several times.
  • Late arrival in Xiva.
  • Overnight stay in Xiva.

Day 7 – Xiva – Tashkent

  • Highlight: Itchan-Kala fortress, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The city gate of Ata Darvaza.
  • Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, the largest madrassa in Central Asia.
  • Fortress of Kuniya Ark, beautiful citadel with blue tiles.
  • Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrassa.
  • Kalta Minaret, the symbol of the city.
  • Juma (Friday) Mosque, one of the most important mosques in the city.
  • Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, he was Xiva’s national hero.
  • Minaret of Islam-Khoja, the most beautiful minaret of the city, which reaches up to 45m.
  • Drive to Urgench Airport.
  • Flight to Tashkent.
  • Overnight stay in Tashkent.

Day 8 – Tashkent

  • Airport drop-off.
  • End of tour.

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