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An escorted small group tour to the highlights of this spectacular but highly underrated country.

From 12th-century mosques to 6th-century walled cities, you’ll experience the very best of the Silk Road and learn how the rise and fall of the Timur Empire left a profound architectural legacy.

But it's not all ancient history here: you'll get a feel for life under Soviet rule -- still fresh in many memories -- as well as get to know the people and culture of contemporary Uzbekistan in all its fascinating complexity.

Meet your guide

Bekhruz Kurbanov
"I am a tour leader and local guide working in Uzbekistan and Central
Asia. I'm 34 years old and was born and raised in Bukhara, where I still
live with my family. I've worked as a researcher for museums and as a
university lecturer, and I enjoy introducing visitors to our region's
culture and traditions. My main tip for all visitors is to get off the
beaten track – You will find real gems hidden in the backstreets. It is
also a great opportunity to meet and interact with local people."

Good to know

  • Experience the highlights of underrated Uzbekistan
  • Fully escorted multi-lingual guide
  • Small groups (max 12)
  • Flexible rebookings: change dates at no cost

What's included

  • Included Ground transfers
  • Included Internal flights
  • Included Some meals
  • Included Accommodation
  • Included Guided excursions
Days

8

Starting from

€1,540 pp

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Destinations
Uzbekistan
Activity
Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Solo Travel
Tour Type
Small group tour, Private guided tour
Physical Level
Mild

Detailed itinerary

What you'll see and do

Arrive in Tashkent

Welcome to Uzbekistan! Transfer to the hotel and early check-in at the hotel. You can have a rest after your long flight, take a shower, and have breakfast before meeting your group and guide in the late morning in the hotel lobby. Today, you will begin an authentic journey deep into the remarkable history of Uzbekistan.

The largest city in Central Asia exhibits a curious blend of Islamic and Soviet influences. We will visit the Old City to find the Khast Imom complex, which houses the historic holy Quran of Caliph Osman. At Chor-Su Bazaar, you will mingle with the bustling crowds of traders. You will visit Amir Timur Square to view the statue of the great conqueror and, nearby, grand Independence Square.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Wyndham Tashkent
Superior

Wyndham Tashkent

Khiva City Tour

Today we will need to get up very early to catch the domestic flight to Urgench, which departs from Tashkent at 7:15 AM. Arriving at Urgench Airport at 8:55 AM, we will then transfer to Khiva. We will have breakfast in Khiva before starting our walking tour of the city. Khiva is bursting with historical sites, and today you will get a chance to see them all. We will visit the walled inner-city called the Ichan-Kala.

There are more than 50 historic monuments, plus hundreds of old houses dating back centuries. The entire citadel is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you walk through the enormous city gates, you will be confronted by a glistening beacon of Islam, the Kalta Minor, a dazzlingly tiled minaret. This tour will enable you to delve deep into the past and discover all the city sites, including a bird’s eye view from the top of the Islam Khodja Minaret (the highest minaret in Khiva) and a panorama of the Ichan-Kala from atop the Kunya-Ark citadel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Trip to Ancient Khorezm

Today you are free to spend a day on your own in Khiva, or to join the half-day trip to the Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala ruins in the Kyzylkum Desert. If you choose this option, it will require some steep ascents on foot. First, we will drive two hours to Toprak Kala, which was the capital of Khorezm around the 2nd century AD.

From there, it is another shaky one-hour drive to Ayaz Kala. According to archaeological excavations, the oldest parts of the Ayaz Kala fortress date from the 2nd century BC. It was one of a chain of border fortresses which stretched from east to west and defended the Khiva oasis from attack. Return to Khiva where we will have lunch and free time in the afternoon.

After dinner, we take the flight to Bukhara, departing at 9:00 PM. Upon arrival at 10:00 PM at Bukhara airport, transfer to the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Safiya
Classic

Hotel Safiya

Bukhara City Tour

Bukhara is the second of our UNESCO World Heritage Site stops. The city’s very name -Bukhara – conjures up images of the exotic Orient. For centuries, it was an important trading post and centre of scholarship. The Old City has been well preserved and is crammed full of minarets, mosques, and madrassas. Its once-notorious canals and pools, the source of many an epidemic, have now been drained, but the most famous, Lyabi-Hauz, is still there.

Today it’s an oasis shaded by mulberry trees in the heart of the city. Your guide will show you the Bukhara’s unmissable sights, and you can soak up the atmosphere wandering through the labyrinthine alleyways. Highlights of today’s walking tour in Bukhara include the Poi Kalon complex, the Ark Fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque, the Ayub Mausoleum and spring, the bazaars inside Bukhara’s unique trading domes, and the Samanid Mausoleum.

The guided tour will end in the early afternoon and you will then have some free time before dinner, which will be in the city.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Safiya
Classic

Hotel Safiya

Train to Samarkand

This morning you can choose to spend some free time in the city or to visit a couple more sights near Bukhara. First, you may visit the Mausoleum of Naqshbandi, 15 km outside the city centre. There are many orders in Sufism, all of which have been represented at different times in what is now Uzbekistan. The Naqshbandiyya order has a great and long-lasting influence, and his memorial place is still a popular place of pilgrimage for Sufis. From here, we will visit the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. In Persian it is called Sitorai Mokhi Hossa, “the place where the moon meets the stars”. Return to Bukhara for lunch.

In the afternoon, on the way to the train station, we will stop to see the Chor Minor Madrassa. The style of the madrassa and its four minarets (chor means “four”) is reminiscent of the Char Minar in Hyderabad, India. Our high-speed train departs from Bukhara at 3:50 PM and we arrive in Samarkand at 5:20 PM. Transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Rabat
Classic

Hotel Rabat

Samarkand City Tour

Sublime Samarkand evokes an almost mythical past full of romance and intrigue. This was the domain of Emperor Timur, one of history’s greatest (and most ruthless) conquerors. Much of Samarkand’s Timurid-era architectural heritage has been preserved, allowing us to see how the city might have been at the peak of Timur’s power.

We will start the day with a visit to the Gur-e-Amir, the mausoleum where Timur is buried. Our guide will tell stories from Timur’s life and how and why he began to build in Samarkand. We will then go to the Registan, Samarkand’s central square, which is undeniably Uzbekistan’s most famous landmark. This focal point of medieval Samarkand is framed by three beautiful madrassas (religious schools): Ulugbek, Sherdor, and Tillya Kori.

Next, we will stroll through the spacious courtyard of the Bibi-Khanum Mosque, an impressively tiled structure that is said to have been gifted to Timur by one of his wives. After lunch, we will have time to explore Siyob Bazaar, where fruit and vegetables grown in the rich soils of the Zarafshan Valley are sold in a colorful market. You may explore the city on your own during your free time this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Rabat
Classic

Hotel Rabat

Explore Ulugbek

After breakfast we will check-out from the hotel and continue to explore the fairytale city of Samarkand. We go first to the Shah-i Zinda, a magnificent tiled necropolis; and then visit Ulgubek’s Observatory, which was once the biggest research center in Central Asia.

Ulugbek was decades ahead of the West with his observations of the solar system and the Earth, and we will learn more about his story in this prestigious setting. Our next stop will be the Konigil Paper Mill. Here you will see the process of making paper from mulberry tree bark, just as it was done in 8th century Samarkand. We will enjoy lunch together, after which those who wish to do so can visit Afrasiyab Museum to learn about the ancient city of Samarkand – then known as Afrasiyab – which was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century. Alternatively, you may choose to skip the museum and have some extra free time.

We will catch our train to Tashkent late in the afternoon. The train arrives in Tashkent at 7:40 PM, and we will be in time to enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before checking in at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Wyndham Tashkent
Superior

Wyndham Tashkent

Depart Tashkent

Check-out at the hotel is any time before noon. You will have free time until your transfer to Tashkent International Airport for your flight home.

Included meals: Breakfast

  • Tashkent

    Tashkent

    ...
  • Khiva

    Khiva

    The walled city of Khiva is made up of mud-brick buildings and has over 50 historic monuments meaning you will need a few days to explore the city...
  • Khiva

    Khiva

    The walled city of Khiva is made up of mud-brick buildings and has over 50 historic monuments meaning you will need a few days to explore the city...
  • Bukhara

    Bukhara

    Bukhara is over 2,000 years old, built on the site of a former Buddhist monastery, it has hundreds of minarets, mosques and madrassas with key sites being the Kalyan minaret, that's tower is a prominent landmark of the city, the Ismail Samani mausoleum and Bolo Haouz Mosque, one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city...
  • Bukhara

    Bukhara

    Bukhara is over 2,000 years old, built on the site of a former Buddhist monastery, it has hundreds of minarets, mosques and madrassas with key sites being the Kalyan minaret, that's tower is a prominent landmark of the city, the Ismail Samani mausoleum and Bolo Haouz Mosque, one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city...
  • Samarkand

    Samarkand

    A rebuilt 14th-century city, Samarkand in Uzbekistan is a striking place to visit with mosques covered in ceramic tiles and sand coloured buildings...
  • Samarkand

    Samarkand

    A rebuilt 14th-century city, Samarkand in Uzbekistan is a striking place to visit with mosques covered in ceramic tiles and sand coloured buildings...
  • Tashkent

    Tashkent

    ...

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Where to stay

Some of our sample accommodation.

Carefully-selected, quality assured hotels ranging from three or four stars.

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Wyndham Tashkent
Superior

Wyndham Tashkent

A modern, 4* hotel with comfortable rooms, excellent service and convenient location...

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Hotel Safiya
Classic

Hotel Safiya

A modern hotel conveniently located in central Bukhara...

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Hotel Rabat
Classic

Hotel Rabat

A cosy, comfortable hotel close to central Samarkand...

Reviews

What people are saying about Kalpak Travel

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Sten-Enok, Norway
01/11/2018

I got a tip to visit the webpage for Kalpak and have not regretted since. They arrange trips to Central Asia and do it really well. They are professional, respond to inquiries instantly, are very flexible and know the region well. I was in contact with Luca for a combination of mountain biking and trekking in the Fann mountains in Tajikistan. My experience is solely positive; truly professional and passionate about the region.

Mind you, Kalpak uses local resources and is responsible tourism. I really recommend Kalpak Travel! They make astonishing trips to Central Asia and are professional, serious and responsible.

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Spencer, Australia
01/07/2018

We had a fabulous 13-day tour of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - in May/June. Luca, the owner of Kalpak Travel, has been very reliable and committed to giving excellent service. He was constantly keeping in touch during our trip to ensure that everything was running smoothly.

The guides in each city spoke excellent English and were extremely informative on all aspects of Central Asia. In Almaty, we were invited to have dinner at our tour guide's home. The food was fabulous and we had a wonderful evening….

We were very lucky to have Kalpak Travel as our tour company which exceeded our expectations with flying colours. We highly recommend Kalpak Travel if you are planning a hassle-free tour of Central Asia.

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Rebecca, USA
01/07/2018

We had a wonderful 3.5 week trip through the 5 Stans. I feel like I've seen the highlights in case I don't get the opportunity to return, but I most certainly DO want to return and see more. These are the warmest and most welcoming people I have every encountered.

My regret is that Kalpak does not arrange trips for other parts of the world, as I truly enjoyed every minute of working with them, and would love to do so again. SUPERLATIVE service.

How to book

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Price guide

This itinerary would cost from €1,540 pp.

Pricing may vary by accommodation choice, group size and time of year.

What's included

Included Ground transfers

All road transport, rail tickets and airport/hotel transfers.

Included Internal flights

Internal/domestic flights are included in the price.

Included Some meals

Full board; eight breakfasts, seven lunches and seven dinners.

Included Accommodation

Seven nights in carefully-selected, quality assured hotels of at least three or four star equivalent.

Included Guided excursions

Expert, English-speaking guides and fully escorted tours in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and a visit to the Khiva folklore show.

How to book

We aim to provide absolute peace of mind when booking with us. A €500 per person deposit is required at the time of booking, and you may cancel or re-book your dates up to 15 days prior to departure.

All group departures have a maximum group size of 12 guests. All departure dates are guaranteed.

You can also opt to book the whole itinerary as a private tour. We can arrange extra nights before or after the trip, and suggest private tour extensions.

We can advise and take care of any required visas. Citizens of most countries are eligible for an e-visa for Tajikistan, and a visa on arrival for Turkmenistan, with a letter of invitation pre-arranged by us. Other countries are visa-free for most nationalities. Contact us for advice.

We are happy to advise on your international flights, please contact us for more assistance.

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