Uzbekistan in 11 Days

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Bukhara
Khiva
Samarkand
Tashkent
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All transfers.
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Travel to the country of blue domes, an evocative dream between East and West, full of madrasas, bazaars, mosques, deserts and palaces that twinkle under the light of the stars. Discover the fortified heart of Khiva, unspoilt Bukhara and legendary Samarkand, in the triangle of the Silk Road. Fall in love with Tashkent, the modern capital, and soak up the history and culture of unique Uzbekistan.

11 days trip including flights*

8 days and 7 nights in destination

1

NYC - TAS

2

NYC - TAS

3

NYC - TAS

Tachkent

4

Khiva

5

Khiva

6

Bukhara

7

Bukhara

8

Samarkand

9

Tachkent

10

TAS - NYC

11

TAS - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Arrive at your US departure airport, ready to board a flight* to Tashkent. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day. 

2nd Day: In-flight

Continue with your flight.

3rd Day: Tashkent

Arrive in Tashkent*, the capital of Uzbekistan, and transfer to the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the city as you wish. We recommend getting to know the capital with an optional city tour of Tashkent.* Overnight stay in Tashkent.

* Your outbound flight may arrive very late in the evening, or in the early hours of the following morning, so you have the option to book early check-in. 

** Optional Tashkent Tour (Midday) Take a tour of Tashkent to see the Hasti Imam complex: Barak Kan Madrasa, Kafal Shohi Madrasa, Tilla Seykh mosque and the Museum of Usman Coran. Finally, visit Victory Park.

** Optional Tashkent Tour (Afternoon): Take an afternoon tour of Tashkent to see the highlights of the city and visit the History Museum of Uzbekistan, the White Mosque and the Metro system.

Optional
Afternoon City Tour in Tashkent
Optional
Midday City Tour in Tashkent
4th Day: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, set off to visit Tashkent Old Town. Admire Kukeldash Madrasa, the largest in the city. From the Madrasa's towers, the melodic call of prayer is announced. Take a stroll through the exotic Chorsu Bazaar, a covered market whose main building has an elegant turquoise dome. Next, explore the modern part of the city and discover the amazing contrasts as you visit Independence Square, Eternity Square, the amazing Romanov Palace and Amir Temur Square. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board a flight to Urgench.* Arrive and transfer to Khiva. Check in to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Khiva.

* Please note: in 2021 the flight from Tashkent to Urgench will be on the morning of day 3 of your trip, therefore you will have 2 nights in Tashkent instead of 1, and 1 in Khiva instead of 2.

Included
Half-Day Tashkent Old & New Tour
5th Day: Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off to visit the Itchan-Kala architectural complex, protected by high brick walls and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Khiva was part of the Silk Road Triangle, together with Bukhara and Samarkand. Among its many wonders explore the Kunya Ark Castle, sumptuously decorated; the madrasah Mohammed Rakhmin Khan which houses an interesting museum about the city, and the minaret of Islam Khodja. Next, visit Tash Hovli Palace, built of stone and blue coloured ceramics brought from China. End the visit at the Juma Mosque and the Allakuli Khan Madrasa. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. You also have the option to add an extra tour to the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud.* Overnight stay in Khiva.

Optional Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud Excursion: Discover the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud, a philosopher, poet, fighter, tanner craftsman and founder of a branch of Sufism. Afterwards, enjoy the sunset from the Oq-Sheykh Bobo viewpoint. 

Included
Visit to the Itchan-Kala Architectural Complex
Optional
Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud Excursion in Khiva
6th Day: Khiva - Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave by road to Bukhara, southeast of Khiva. During the 8-9 hour journey, cross the Kizil-Kum Desert which means 'red sands' in Arabic and see the historic Amudarya River, which marks the border with Kazakhstan. Arrive in Bukhara in the afternoon, transfer to the hotel and spend any free time exploring this atmospheric city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Bukhara.

7th Day: Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a comprehensive tour of the UNESCO-protected city of Bukhara. Visit the beautiful Mausoleum of the Samanids, known for its significance to the Islamic faith, the holy spring of Chashmai Ayub and the charming Bolo Hauz Mosque. Afterwards, explore the spectacular Lyabi Hauz Architectural Complex, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Here you can admire two madrasas, sat on the banks of a picturesque lake, as well as a number of eye-catching mosques, which showcase an array of historic architectural styles. Continue the tour of the city with a visit to the Kalyan minaret, part of the Poi Kalyan Architectural Complex. Visit one of the largest mosques in Central Asia: Kalon Mosque and the striking Miri Arab Madrasa before heading to Bukhara's atmospheric bazaar, a huge domed construction home to countless artisan workshops and stalls selling local wares. You can complete your visit by adding an optional tour to the impressive Chor Minor and the Ark Citadel.* Overnight stay in Bukhara.  
 
Optional Ark Citadel & Chor Minor Excursion: Visit the amazing Ark citadel, an imposing fortress dating back to the 5th-century and see the impressive Chor Minor, a historic gatehouse for a now-destroyed madrasa.
Included
Half-Day Tour of Bukhara
Optional
Ark Citadel & Chor Minor Excursion in Bukhara
8th Day: Bukhara - Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the city of Samarkand, located 290 kilometres east of Bukhara. Arrive in Samarkand and, in the afternoon, take a guided city tour. See the legendary Registan Square, where you can admire spectacular madrasas, dating back to between the 4th and 7th-centuries, such as Ulughbek, Shir-Dor and Tilla-Kori. Next, visit the Guri Emir Mausoleum, to explore the tomb of Tamerlane, built in the 15th-century and a precursor and for many later Mughal tombs around the world. Overnight stay in Samarkand.

Included
Visit to Bibi-Khanum Mosque & Siab Bazaar
9th Day: Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a visit to Bibi-Khanum Mosque and the charming Siab Bazaar, where locals sell their artisan wares, the perfect place to shop for souvenirs. You also have the option to book an optional tour of the beautiful Shakhi Zinda architectural complex.* In the afternoon, transfer to the station to board a train back to Tashkent. Arrive in the capital of Uzbekistan and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Tashkent.

* Optional Shakhi Zinda Architectural Complex Tour: Discover the mind-blowing mosaics of the Shaki Zinda Architectural Complex, home to an ensemble of ancient mausoleums dating back to around the 6th-century. Afterwards, see the beautiful Ulughbek Observatory to trace Uzbekistan's astronomical heritage. 

Included
Tour por Samarcanda
Optional
Shakhi Zinda Architectural Complex Tour in Samarkand
10th Day: Tashkent - Night on board

Breakfast* at the hotel. Spend today at your leisure.* Transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

11th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

Accommodation: 7 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 4 in Tashkent

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Tashkent Old & New Tour

Discover the highlights of Tashkent Old Town including the enormous Kukeldash Madrasa and the exotic Chorsu Bazaar. Next, explore the modern part of the city and discover contrasts as you visit the city's spacious squares and see the Romanov Palace.

What's included: Transfer & guide

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Khiva

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Visit to the Itchan-Kala Architectural Complex

Visit the incredible Itchan-Kala architectural complex. Among its many wonders see the Kunya Ark Castle, the Madrasa Mohammed Rakhmin Khan and the Islam Khodja Minaret. Next, visit Tash Hovli Palace, the Juma Mosque and the Allakuli Khan Madrasa.

What's included: Transfer & guide

more information
Included

Included activity for day 7 in Bukhara

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Half-Day Tour of Bukhara

Take a comprehensive tour of Bukhara. Visit the Mausoleum of the Samanids, Chashmai Ayub Spring and the charming Bolo Hauz Mosque. Explore the spectacular Lyabi Hauz Architectural Complex, see Kalon Mosque and discover Bukhara's atmospheric bazaar.

What's included: Transfer & guide

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Included

Included activity for day 8 in Samarkand

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Visit to Bibi-Khanum Mosque & Siab Bazaar

Begin the day with a visit to Bibi-Khanum Mosque and the charming Siab Bazaar, where locals sell their artisan wares, the perfect place to shop for souvenirs.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 3 in Tashkent

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

Afternoon City Tour in Tashkent

2-3 hour city tour of Tashkent. Visit the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the White Mosque and explore the city's metro system.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 3

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

Midday City Tour in Tashkent

2-hour tour of Tashkent to see the Hasti Imam complex: Barak Kan Madrasa, Kafal Shohi Madrasa, Tilla Seykh mosque and the Museum of Usman Coran. Finally, visit Victory Park.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5 in Khiva

Duration 00:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud Excursion in Khiva

Discover the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud, a philosopher, poet, fighter, tanner craftsman and founder of a branch of Sufism. Afterwards, enjoy the sunset from the Oq-Sheykh Bobo viewpoint.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 7

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Active

Ark Citadel & Chor Minor Excursion in Bukhara

Visit the amazing Ark citadel, an imposing fortress dating back to the 5th-century and see the impressive Chor Minor, a historic gatehouse for a now-destroyed madrasa.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from the main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Tashkent - US.
  • Internal flight: Tashkent - Urgench. *
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  • Train ticket from Samarkand - Tashkent.
  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
    See hotels included
  • 7 Breakfasts. **
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  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** Possibility to add daily lunch in the next step of the booking process. 

  • Entry requirements
    Must be valid at time of entry. One passport page required.
  • Visa
    Visas need to be applied for well in advance. Please see the website for more detailed information. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Uzbekistan.html
  • Currency
    Uzbekistani Som
  • Language
    Uzbek
  • Electricity
    220 V. European style plug.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the U.S.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 05:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://welcomeuzbekistan.uz/en/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons, or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

 

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