Classic Uzbekistan

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Overview

The only one of the ‘Stans’ that borders the other four, Uzbekistan is the historical heart of the region brimming with well-kept architectural delights and epic Silk Road tales. Lying at a cultural and geographic crossroad, it was one of the famous trade route’s most important links.
Once traversing the vast distances between the East and West, this classic itinerary tracks a tiny section of the Great Silk Road, beginning in the capital of Tashkent. After exploring some ...

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Example Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes and budget, or build a trip from scratch.

Day 1 Arrive Tashkent: The Capital’s Highlights

Upon your early arrival into the capital, your guide will be waiting at the airport to welcome you to Uzbekistan and take you straight to your hotel where an early check-in has been arranged. Using the rest of the morning to rest, refreshed this afternoon you’ll be picked back up for a tour of the city’s highlights including the central square (Amir Timur or Tamerlane's Square), the Soviet-era Alisher Navoi Opera Theatre, the busy Chorsu Bazaar and the mosques and madrassahs of the old town's Khast Imam Complex.

Milan Hotel Breakfast

Day 2 Tashkent – Nukus – Desert Citadels – Khiva: Avant-garde Art & Desert Castles

Take the short flight to Nukus this morning for a look around the fascinating Savtisky Museum, housing a remarkable collection of avant-garde Soviet artwork. Leaving the city, you’ll then begin driving through the barren Kyzyl Kum Desert stopping at a few of the better-preserved desert castles that remain standing. The still visible plan of the imposing Toprak Kala helps to picture how the fort would have looked all those centuries ago. Arriving in the late afternoon, you’ll check into your historic madrassah hotel within the walled city of Old Khiva.

Orient Star Hotel (Khiva Madrasah) Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 Khiva: Wander Medieval Streets

Explore the 19th-century streets and Islamic buildings around your hotel on a walking tour of medieval Khiva with your guide this morning. Wandering through the maze of twisting alleyways, you’ll stop to enter the ancient city’s most notable palaces, madrassahs and mosques to hear about the lives of the imams, khanates and harems that occupied them. A living museum, many of the local residents still live and work inside the walled fortress city, so there’ll be chances to pop into the shops of local business owners and to swing by a branch of a local restaurateur to help bake some fresh Uzbek bread, perfect for a mid-morning snack during the tour.

Orient Star Hotel (Khiva Madrasah) Breakfast

Day 4 Khiva – Bukhara: Through the Kyzyl-Kum Desert

Driving through the desert once more, today’s full-day drive of around eight hours evokes moments of reflection on the journeys of the past as you pass through the vast Kyzyl Kum, or Red Sand, desert to the magical city of Bukhara. Along the way, you’ll stop at a viewpoint overlooking the region’s bloodline, the Amu Darya river, known to the ancient Greeks and Romans as the Oxus. Making stops to stretch your legs, take photos and get a bite to eat at a remote café, you’ll arrive to Bukhara in the late afternoon with the evening free to settle into your boutique hotel set in a historic Jewish merchant’s home.
*History buffs may be interested in taking an old Soviet sleeper train to Bukhara instead of a road transfer. 

Minzifa Hotel Breakfast

Day 5 Bukhara: History Tour & Homecooked Plov

The walking tour begins this morning by navigating the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter around your hotel, stopping at one of the country’s oldest synagogues and the old house of a wealthy 19th-century merchant. Moving on to the Islamic heart of the city is the central Lyabi Hauz, a serene complex of madrassahs built around a 17th-century pool. Within walking distance are also the massive Ark Citadel and Zindan Prison and the Kalon minaret and ensemble. After a break at a typical tea house, you’ll then continue on to the historic trading domes for a lesson in Silk Road trade, and perhaps the chance for some shopping at one of the stalls. Enjoy some downtime at the hotel before heading to a local Bukharan’s home this evening for a cooking demonstration and a homecooked plate of the national dish, plov.

Minzifa Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Bukhara: Last Emir’s Summer Palace & Quality Ceramics

A morning tour of the last emir’s summer palace, showcasing an eclectic mix of architectural designs and a good collection of suzanes (traditional Uzbek embroidery), is followed by a trip out to the town of Gijduvan. Once known across the land for its ceramics, the special make-up of the earth here is said to produce the area’s high-quality clay, which you’ll get to handle at a generations-old, family-run pottery studio. A quick stop at the soaring Vabkent minaret on the way back leaves you with the rest of the afternoon at leisure back in Bukhara. 

Minzifa Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Bukhara – Samarkand

After the last few jam-packed days of sightseeing and travelling, enjoy a lazy morning before being taken to the train station later to board the swish high-speed train to the famed Silk Road city of Samarkand. If feeling up to it, you can have a quick look around the Kagan White Palace opposite the station before your train departs. Upon arrival to Samarkand, your driver will be waiting to take you to your boutique hotel, a short stroll from the main historic sites, for an evening at leisure.

Rabat Boutique Hotel Breakfast

Day 8 Samarkand: Islamic Architectural Gems & a Secret Wine Cellar

One of the key trading cities of the ancient Silk Road, Samarkand became famous as the capital of the vast state created by Tamerlane. Spend the morning exploring the city’s historic sites with your guide, begin by walking around Tamerlane's tomb, the giant Bibi Khanum Mosque, and the iconic Registan Square. After a stop for lunch, delve into Uzbek culture with local craftsmen and traders at a beautiful craft centre, speaking with them as they ply their trade before browsing the final products at the huge Siyob Bazaar. Head to the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis for those timeless photos and get lost in its mini cyan city of blue mausoleums. The tour ends with a drive to Ulugbek's incredible 15th-century observatory before being dropped off for a well-earned rest. In the evening you’ll be picked up for a one-of-a-kind wine tasting in a secret, Tsarist-era wine cellar.

Rabat Boutique Hotel Breakfast

Day 9 Samarkand: Shakhrisabz & Village Life

After admiring so much of Tamerlane’s legacy yesterday, today you’ll learn more about the man’s beginnings with a morning outing to his birthplace of Shakhrisabz. Gaze up in amazement at the sheer size of the enormous portal that remains to what was Tamerlan’s Ak-Sarai Palace, before a chance to climb it for views over the city he built atop his humble birth town, surrounded by the Zerafshan Mountains. Also on the site is his intended mausoleum and the Kuk Gumbaz Mosque. On the way back to the city, stop to pay a rural family a visit in their small village where you’ll be invited in for a tour of the house and a chat over some tea or lunch. 

Rabat Boutique Hotel Breakfast

Day 10 Samarkand – Depart Tashkent

Check out early with a breakfast box in hand to catch the 1.5-hour high speed train back to the capital, where you’ll be taken to Tashkent’s international airport in time for your flight. Here, your magical 10 days in Uzbekistan comes to a close.

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

10 days from £2,925

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 6518 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

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Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
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A contribution to renewable energy projects

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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.

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