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Uzbekistan Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

Uzbekistan has long considered itself different from the rest of Central Asia. These rich lands were settled as early as the 6th century and led to a less nomadic existence compared to its neighbours – an ancient past that is etched into the very stone of Khiva and Bukhara’s towering fortresses. 

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GROUP TOUR

Uzbekistan: Land of Silk Road Treasures

Combine the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara with the incredible art museum of Nukus and time enjoying rural Uzbeki life in the Nuratau Mountains.
10 days from A$2,673
GROUP TOUR

Uzbek & Turkmen: Cities of the Silk Road

Take in the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, and the art museum of Nukus in Uzbekistan, and ancient Merv, Gonur Depe, Ashgabat and the Darvaza Gas Crater in Turkmenistan.
14 days from A$6,799
GROUP TOUR

Silk Road: The Five 'Stans of Central Asia

Explore the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, enjoy homestays in the mountains of Tajikistan, the breathtaking scenery of Kyrgyzstan, ancient sites in Turkmenistan and Almaty in Kazakhstan.
29 days from A$11,831
GROUP TOUR

Silk Road Odyssey

An epic Silk Road travel tour through Central Asia’s most spectacular mountains and lively bazaars through Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan
23 days from A$7,946
GROUP TOUR

Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan - Mountains and Cities of the Silk Road

Stay in yurts by beautiful lakes, watch a game of Kok-Boru and enjoy a slice of semi-nomadic life in Kyrgyzstan, before discovering the Silk Road treasures of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand in Uzbekistan.
16 days from A$5,337
GROUP TOUR

The Great Silk Road Adventure: Xi'an to Istanbul

Travel the full length of the Silk Road from Xian to Istanbul on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, taking in iconic sights like Xi’an’s Terracotta Army, Samarkand’s Registan Square and Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.
48 days from A$21,636

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Uzbekistan

Our most popular route covers all the highlights of this Central Asian crown jewel. Be taken on a historical journey from medieval Khiva, to the Silk Road centres of Bukhara and Samarkand and the present-day capital
10 days from A$4,348
TAILOR-MADE

Complete Uzbekistan

For those with an interest in what the country has to offer beyond the glamourous draws of the Silk Road cities, this itinerary combines its highlights with a look at Uzbekistan's more recent past and present
14 days from A$5,717
TAILOR-MADE

Classic Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

One for the history buffs, this itinerary focuses on the rich past of two of the countries. Expect a lot of ancient buildings, ruined cities and antique relics from the Silk Road, the Bronze and Medieval ages and beyond
11 days from A$5,902
TAILOR-MADE

Classic Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

This itinerary offers the perfect harmony between Uzbekistan's rich collection of historical architecture and Kyrgyzstan's untouched, natural beauty; providing superior examples of what the region is renowned for
14 days from A$6,096
TAILOR-MADE

Complete 'Stans of Central Asia

Travel to all five 'Stans' of Central Asia in this epic journey through these neighbouring countries that share so much of their culture and history; and be pleasantly surprised by the different experiences they offer
24 days from A$11,452
TAILOR-MADE

Classic Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan

The 15-day trip explores three of Central Asia’s most alluring countries and their most emblematic cities, towns and landscapes, providing a mixture of cultural, historical and natural insights and attractions
15 days from A$4,903

HIGHLIGHTS OF UZBEKISTAN

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Bukhara

Bukhara was a major staging point on the Silk Road. By about 500BC, it was already an important centre, defended by a citadel that has stood in one form or other ever since. Today it is the site of ...

Khiva

Khiva is a fascinating medieval desert town which has been perfectly preserved. It came to prominence in the 16th century as the capital of the Khans of Khiva whose territory stretched from the Caspian ...

Nurata Mountains

The Nurata mountain range is home to the Nurata Nature Reserve and many lush green river valleys, as well as the ancient town of Nurata, founded by Alexander the Great. Rural Tajik and Uzbek villages ...

Samarkand

Samarkand is the evocative, mythical name of one of the key trading cities of the ancient Silk Road. With a history dating back 2,700 years, Samarkand became famous as the capital of the vast state ...

Tashkent

Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, has a population of more than two million and is the major economic, political and cultural centre of the republic. Its history spans over two millennia, although ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Bibi-khanym Hotel, Bukhara

Deep in the old city, a five-minute walk to the Lyabi Khauze complex, is this beautifully restored 17th century house. Rooms have preserved their history with traditional decoration and, despite the…

Hotel Bibikhanum, Samarkand

The Bibikhanum in Samarkand is set right in the heart of the historic town, only a short walk to Bibi Khanum Mosque, Registan Square and Siyab bazaar. The towering and impressive sights of Samarkand…

Minzifa Hotel, Bukhara

The Minzifa is a small, stylish guesthouse located in the old town. Built in traditional Uzbek style around a central courtyard, this friendly charming hotel features the most refined Bukharan. When…

Mirzo Boutique Hotel, Tashkent

The Mirzo Boutique Hotel, located in an old Islamic building in the Old Town, is a five-minute walk from the Khast Imam Complex and Chorsu Bazaar making independent exploration and multiple visits…

Orient Star Hotel (Khiva Madrasah), Khiva

Contained inside the 19th century Mukhamed Aminkhan Madrassah, the Orient Star enjoys a faultless location within the walls of Ichan Qala, the medieval citadel in the heart of Khiva. Only a short walk…

Sasha & Son, Bukhara

Constructed in the national style, Sasha & Sons was a 16th century Jewish merchant’s house renovated and converted into a boutique hotel. Located in the heart of Bukhara and within walking distance…

UZBEKISTAN REVIEWS

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Meet the expert, Clem

Clem is our Uzbekistan expert, who has travelled extensively in the country.

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In Samarkand, go for a stroll in the Afrosiyob Hills for a great view of Registan Square with none of the crowds.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Uzbekistan though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.

Currency

In Uzbekistan, the official unit of currency is the Sum.

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.

Cultural Sensitivity

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.

The first thing to say about travelling in Uzbekistan is that most areas, particularly the cities and towns, have a much more laid-back approach to Islam than other countries to the south. In places such as Tashkent and Samarkand you won’t believe the length of some women’s skirts! However, it should also be remembered that it is technically a Muslim region and therefore some caution and respect should be applied. T-shirts are fine for both sexes, as are vest tops and skirts for women, but if visiting the active mosques and mausoleums of Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand, women should cover their shoulders and both men and women should wear trousers/ skirts that fall below the knee.

Language & Religion

Uzbek is the only official state language in Uzbekistan, although the Tajik language is widespread within Bukhara and Samarkand due to the large population of ethnic Tajiks. Russian is the main language for 14% of the population and in the cities, it is an important language for inter-ethnic communication.

95% of the population are Muslim with about 5% following Russian Orthodox Christianity. Over the years there have been many versions of the Islamic faith practiced in Uzbekistan

Time

Uzbekistan is 5 hours ahead of GMT A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.

Food and drink

The food in Uzbekistan is not particularly varied and is based around meat and rice, although the salads on offer are very tasty. Your guide will ensure you experience the delicacies of each region, which often overlap with the cultures that have lived and moved around Central Asia over the centuries.

Regarding alcohol, the choice is limited to vodka, beer or rather filthy local brandy so anyone wanting something different - Scotch or Gin for example - should buy it duty free and bring it with them. However, be advised that mixers, like tonic water, are extremely difficult to find! There is also some quite acceptable local wine generally available, although rarely sold by the glass!