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Highlights of Uzbekistan

Highlights of Uzbekistan


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Uzbekistan

Cities Visited

Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Tashkent

Tour Itinerary

Connect with the locals in a desert yurt community, marvel at colourful mosaic buildings, gain an understanding of the cultures of Central Asia, visit the Chashma Complex dominated by ruins of Alexander the Great's fortress, Juma and Panjvakta mosques, and a holy spring believed to heal diseases.

While it doesn't get a lot of attention, Uzbekistan is a life-changing destination for those who visit. These 10 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.

Day 1: Tashkent
Arrive at any time.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Accommodation: Hotel Uzbekistan (or similar)

Day 2: Tashkent/Samarkand
Travel on to Samarkand, known for intricately beautiful mosques and mausoleums, situated on the Silk Road. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum, dedicated to the famous conqueror who once hoped to rebuild the empire of Genghis Khan.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Zilol Baxt Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3: Samarkand
Embark on a city tour, visiting Ulugbek Observatory, Shaki Zinda complex, the bazaar, Bibi Khanum, and Registan Square. With a free afternoon, continue exploring the Samarkand sights, have a cuppa in a local tea house, or wander around the bazaar. Opt to explore the Tomb of Prophet Daniel, famous for the Biblical story of Daniel and the lions.
Free Time: Head out and discover more of Samarkand.
Activity: Visit the important sights of the city with an expert local guide. See the Ulugbek Observatory, Shaki Zinda complex, bazaar, Bibi Khanum, and Registan Square.
Accommodation: Zilol Baxt Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Samarkand/Aydar Kŭl Camp
Travel out into the desert to visit Chashma Complex, a pilgrimage site in the territory of Nurata, dominated by ruins of Alexander the Great's fortress, Juma mosque, a bath-house, and the ancient Panjvakta mosque. All of this, hiding a holy spring believed to heal diseases. After exploring the complex, head to Aidarkul Lake and opt for a swim before continuing on for an overnight stay in a local yurt camp. Enjoy an authentic Uzbekistan dinner and an evening Kazakh singing show.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: The Chashma Complex in Nurata contains multiple important Islamic sights including the Juma Mosque and spring. The spring is believed to heal diseases and attracts many visitors.
Activity: The city of Nurata was founded by Alexander the Great in 327BC and the remains of his fortress are still standing. The area is mentioned in many historical texts as being of strategic importance.
Activity: Stay in traditional felt yurts and experience the way of life in the remote reaches of Uzbekistan.
Accommodation: Yurt Camp Stay Aidarkul (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 5: Aydar Kŭl Camp/Bukhara
Travel to Bukhara, known as one of the most charming cities in the country, and get your bearings on an orientation walk. Opt to visit the old city bazaars, enjoy a traditional dinner cooked by a local family, visit a hammam (bathhouse), or just relax in the pleasant atmosphere of this Silk Road city.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Spend the afternoon wandering and get to know the city.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6: Bukhara
Explore Bukhara on a half-day guided walking tour around the beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets, or trading domes, that make up the Old City. A centre for pottery, cloth, and carpets, Bukhara is centered around Lyabi-Hauz, a delightful pool of water surrounded by ancient mulberry trees. Wander the artisan shops and narrow twisting streets and alleyways, or sit at a café table and let the evening drift by. Opt to watch a local puppet show held in an old caravanserai, or indulge in a rejuvenating hammam bathhouse.
Free Time: This is the perfect city for shopping or enjoying tea and snacks at a chaykhana.
Activity: Take an included city tour with a local guide to visit the the Samanid Mausoleum, the Ark Citadel, and the Poi-i-Kalon complex. Walk around beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets that make up the Old City.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7: Bukhara/Khiva
Enjoy a scenic drive through the desert on a full day's journey to reach UNESCO-listed Khiva, well worth the arduous drive. Get to know this peaceful, picturesque city on a late afternoon orientation walk, and pick your favourite spots to explore more in-depth tomorrow.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: Khiva
Before exploring this historic town on your own, enjoy a guided tour to learn about local life here. Wander through the narrow labyrinth mudbrick alleyways of old town, bargain with locals at the bazaar, admire the madrassas, mosques, and blue mosaic domes, climb up towering minarets, and venture into the dark dungeons Khiva was infamous for back in the 10th century. Explore the inner walls of Ichon-Qala, and enjoy spectacular sunset views on the sand-coloured buildings.
Activity: Khiva is currently almost a museum city, with well-preserved city walls and ancient monuments. Wander the city and learn about life here and its important place in history.
Free Time: Continue exploring this historic town.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9: Khiva/Tashkent
Take a short flight back to Tashkent and enjoy a city tour, then explore on your own with some free time.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Activity: Visit the city's highlights with a local guide. Ride the Russian-esque metro and visit the religious centre of the city and Quran Museum. Wander the neighbourhood streets and learn about daily life and history of the city and the Uzbek people.
Free Time: Get out and explore the city.
Accommodation: Hotel Uzbekistan (or similar)

Day 10: Tashkent
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Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
8 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport
Private vehicle, walking.

Inclusions
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Aydar Kŭl Camp. Orientation walk (Samarkand). City tour including a Registan visit. Nurata Shrine visit. Alexander the Great fortress visit. Aidarkul Lake swimming stop. Guided walking tour (half-day, Bukhara). Walking tours (Khiva). City tour (Tashkent). Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts), yurt (1 nt).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
3
Value for Money
5

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I didn't like that I joined a tour that had already been going for 2 weeks. That was not stated in the description. The first group had already bonded and I always felt that I was an outsider. CEO, however, Nika, was very attentive


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