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Uzbekistan and the Silk road tour

From £2,924
Duration 11 Days
Departures from: Sept 2024 - Oct 2025
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From £2,924
Duration 11 Days
Departures from: Sept 2024 - Oct 2025

Tour Overview

Uzbekistan has amazing architecture, mesmerizing monuments, a very interesting history and the connection with the famous Silk Road. Plus make cultural connections and get under the skin of the country during a home hosted meal and an historical theatrical performance.
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guides
  • Return flights from London
  • 9 nights in 3 star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners plus a welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Guided tour of the capital's city highlights
  • Walking tour of Khiva's architectural complex
  • Visit an handicrafts centre of woodcarving and carpet weaving
  • Explore Bukhara's highlights, the Fortress and Zindan prison
  • Visit local puppet and miniature school workshops
  • Silk Road Spices tea tasting with local artist performance
  • Guided tour of Samarkan's highlights
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • Traditional theatrical representation
  • Learn how to make traditional Uzbekistan cuisine with a cooking demostration in a local home
  • Learn the ancient art of paper making

Itinerary

Day 1 UK To Tashkent

Today, you fly to Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital city.

Day 2 Tashkent

After arriving at your first hotel and freshening up after your flight, it'll be time to get your first glimpse of Tashkent on a panoramic tour. The city is a real melting pot of architectural influences, from bustling bazaars to imposing Soviet-era structures. We'll pass a handful of it's highlights before you get to know your fellow travellers over a traditional meal.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Tashkent - Khiva

Today, we will be leaving the bright lights of Tashkent and will head to Khiva. This city is a haven for history buffs thanks to its dozens of architectural monuments which largely date back to the 19th century. Examples include the turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret and Tash-Khauli Palace, famed for its richly decorated interiors. We'll also be shown around Ichan Kala, a UNESCO open-air museum at the heart of Khiva, by a Local Guide. Afterwards, you'll be able to explore a handicraft centre known for its woodcarving and carpet-weaving wares. Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Khiva - Bukhara

Today we will take a journey by road from Khiva to Bukhara. Relax in comfortable road transport as you travel past stretches of untouched countryside and through the Kyzylkum desert. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Bukhara

Today we'll explore Bukhara, once a major stop on the Silk Road and an important centre of Islamic culture. The city has no shortage of incredible monuments. A full day guided tour of this history city will unveil many of them, from the 288 splendid domes of the Poi-Kalyan Mosque to the Lyab-i Hauz comples of madrassahs which dates to the 16th and 17th centuries. Today's tour will also include a handful of unique heritage activities. Following this, you will sit down to try the national dish, Plov, for lunch. This delicacy will be hosted by a local in their home. In the afternoon, attend a puppet workshop where you'll learn how to craft a colourful puppet from papier mache, admire tiny works of art at the Bukhara miniature school and sip on fragrant teas at the Silk Road Spice teahouse while watching a performance from a local artist. In the evening, you'll get to sample regional delicacies at a local restaurant. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Bukhara

Today you are completely free to explore Bukhara at your own pace. This old Silk Road city is perfect for walking and exploring ancient thoroughfares and smaller alleyways! Meals included: B

Day 7 Bukhara - Samarkand

You'll have another morning to explore Bukhara at your own pace. If you'd rather get out of the city, join our optional excursion to the Bahautdin Nakshbandi Necropolis (the burial tomb of Nakshbandi, the leader of Sufism) and the stunning Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace (the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara). After lunch, we'll begin our two-hour train journey to Samarkand from Kagan. Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Samarkand

The ancient city of Samarkand has a pretty turbulent history, from being captured by Alexander the Great in 329 BC to being ruled by Genghis Khan during the height of the Silk Road trade. As a result, it has an eclectic culture and fascinating mix of architectural styles, which we'll explore in detail. After admiring attractions like the huge Siab bazaar and the mix of intricately tiled mausoleums, we'll embark on a wine-tasting tour at the Hovrenko Wine Factory. Samarkand's wine culture dates back centuries and you'll get to sample several on a tour of this 19th century winery. Later, we'll enjoy a historical theatrical performance complete with traditional music at the Samarkand Theatre of Historical Costumes. Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Samarkand

Spend the day meandering around Samarkand's many majestic monuments, or sign up to our optional tour to Shakhrisbz. It's where Uzbekistan's national hero, Timur, was born in the 14th century, and it was later developed into a thriving city by his descendants. Admire the ruins of Ak-Saray Palace that are covered in gold mosaics, and the impressive Kok Gumbaz Mosque with its eye-catching blue dome. In the evening, we'll all head to a friendly local restaurant, to try some of the exceptional food Uzbekistan has to offer. Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Samarkand - Tashkent

Enjoy another morning exploring Samarkand, including a trip to the Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand that's full of ancient archaeological artefacts, and a stop at the Meros Paper Mill to learn about the historic art of papermaking. In the afternoon, we'll take another high-speed train back to Tashkent and finish the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel. Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Tashkent to UK

Today we'll transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note - in 2024 on day 2 & 10 you will be staying at the Inspira S Tashkent hotel or similar.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

The Elements Hotel

The Elements Hotel in Tashkent offers its guests comfortable rooms and is an ideal place for travellers who appreciate comfort, high level of service, quality standards and culture. Guests will get acquainted with the true Uzbek hospitality and cordiality by staying in one of the fabulous rooms in the hotel. The hotel is located in one of the most prestigious districts of Tashkent, not far from the famous TV Tower and Expo Centre, which is very convenient for guests wishing to see as much of the city as they can.

The Elements Hotel in Tashkent offers its guests comfortable rooms and is an ideal place for travellers who appreciate comfort, high level of service, quality standards and culture. Guests will get acquainted with the true Uzbek hospitality and cordiality by staying in one of the fabulous rooms in the hotel. The hotel is located in one of the most prestigious districts of Tashkent, not far from the famous TV Tower and Expo Centre, which is very convenient for guests wishing to see as much of the city as they can.

Orient Star Hotel - Khiva

The Orient Star Khiva is a 4 star hotel in the central Area of the City. An historical building in this stop off on the Silk Road, this hotel now features a restaurant and bar and rooms have wi-fi, air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, toiletries and refrigerator.

The Orient Star Khiva is a 4 star hotel in the central Area of the City. An historical building in this stop off on the Silk Road, this hotel now features a restaurant and bar and rooms have wi-fi, air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, toiletries and refrigerator.

Orient Star Bukhara

Ideally located in Bukhara, this 4 star hotel features a lovely buffet breakfast each morning in the hotels restaurant and also has its own bar. Rooms are spacious and have air conditioning, tv, fridge, kettle and a hairdryer.

Ideally located in Bukhara, this 4 star hotel features a lovely buffet breakfast each morning in the hotels restaurant and also has its own bar. Rooms are spacious and have air conditioning, tv, fridge, kettle and a hairdryer.

Orient Star Samarkand

The hotel was established in 2001 and forms a part of net of Orient Star hotels. Your stay in the ancient city of Samarkand with its rich cultural and historical legacy will undoubtedly become unforgettable event. Orient Star hotel is located in historical part of the city. Room amenities - 24 –hours room service, mini bar, hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, Satellite television Hotel Services available - Lobby bar, Exchange office, swimming pool, Souvenir shop, Laundry service, 24 –hours room service, Free WI-FI and Internet access in the lobby

The hotel was established in 2001 and forms a part of net of Orient Star hotels. Your stay in the ancient city of Samarkand with its rich cultural and historical legacy will undoubtedly become unforgettable event. Orient Star hotel is located in historical part of the city. Room amenities - 24 –hours room service, mini bar, hair dryer, individually controlled air conditioning, Satellite television Hotel Services available - Lobby bar, Exchange office, swimming pool, Souvenir shop, Laundry service, 24 –hours room service, Free WI-FI and Internet access in the lobby

The Elements Hotel

The Elements Hotel in Tashkent offers its guests comfortable rooms and is an ideal place for travellers who appreciate comfort, high level of service, quality standards and culture. Guests will get acquainted with the true Uzbek hospitality and cordiality by staying in one of the fabulous rooms in the hotel. The hotel is located in one of the most prestigious districts of Tashkent, not far from the famous TV Tower and Expo Centre, which is very convenient for guests wishing to see as much of the city as they can.

The Elements Hotel in Tashkent offers its guests comfortable rooms and is an ideal place for travellers who appreciate comfort, high level of service, quality standards and culture. Guests will get acquainted with the true Uzbek hospitality and cordiality by staying in one of the fabulous rooms in the hotel. The hotel is located in one of the most prestigious districts of Tashkent, not far from the famous TV Tower and Expo Centre, which is very convenient for guests wishing to see as much of the city as they can.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Turco - Mogol conqueror Timur

Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Turco - Mogol conqueror Timur

Today you will get to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shakhrisabz which is the birthplace of national hero Tamerlane. After his death the once small town began to develop and is now a bustling urban area with few medieval buildings still remaining but is an ideal place for exploring surrounding mountains. During the day you will visit he Ak Saray, also known as the White Palace, the Kok Gumbaz Friday mosque, the Mausoleum of Dorut Tilavat and the Dorus Siadat Mausoleum. You will also get chance to admire the stunning mountains as you go through the mountain pass by car.
Today you will get to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shakhrisabz which is the birthplace of national hero Tamerlane. After his death the once small town began to develop and ...

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Tour of the Necropolis and the summer residence of the last Emir

Tour of the Necropolis and the summer residence of the last Emir

Today's excursion will take you to the Bahautdin Nakshbandi Necropolis which is the burial tomb of Nakshbandi, the leader of Sufism. It is a well known holy place in the Muslim world. The memorial is set within a beautiful courtyard complex with the decor being characterised by the XVI century. The next part of the day will take you to the Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace which was the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. The palace decorated in blue and white is set within beautiful waters and is known as the Palace of Moon like Stars. Upon return to Bukhara you will visit the Chor Minor which is a colourful madrassah with four peculiar looking towers which was previously used as a library.
Today's excursion will take you to the Bahautdin Nakshbandi Necropolis which is the burial tomb of Nakshbandi, the leader of Sufism. It is a well known holy place in the Muslim wor...

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