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Crossing the Silk Road of Uzbekistan

PRIVATE TOUR - 11 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 4860

Private Tour Highlights

  • Savor the flavors of Uzbekistan with a cooking demonstration where you will learn how to make the national food.
  • Wander the streets of Tashkent, taking in the unique architecture and historic sites before walking the Chorsu bazaar.
  • Get a feeling of what it must have been like living in Khiva, an important stop on the historic Silk Road, all of those centuries ago.
  • Visit Bukhara, one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia where the fate of many famous architects, scientists and poets of the past are connected.
  • Learn about the antique method of paper production at the silk paper factory, visit an active silk factory to see the process of silk scarves, and see the intricate weaving process at a carpet factory.
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Tour Overview

Encounter historic treasures while Crossing the Silk Road of Uzbekistan and experiencing the diverse and unique culture of Central Asia.

Known as the heart of the Silk Road, Uzbekistan offers astonishing architecture and ancient sites that rival many of the countries in the region and is one of the most impressive destinations in Central Asia.

Teeming with history and culture, Yampu Tours’ sample itinerary follows the perfect route to see all the must-see sites that Uzbekistan has to offer, including visiting the oldest manuscript of the Koran and visiting the ancient cities of Khiva and Bukhara, both once-prestigious centers of the ancient Silk Road.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$4860 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$7740 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Tashkent

Upon arrival to Tashkent, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. At midday we start sightseeing of the capital, visiting several highlights including the Usman Koran Book Museum, the highlight of the Old City. The Koran is considered to be the oldest and holiest in the world from the VII century.

Next, stop by the Monument of "Courage", dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in 1966, after which Tashkent was wholly reconstructed. From there, visit Mustakillik Square, formally known as "Red Squire" with its Lenin Statue. Today is a new modern main square of Tashkent with official governmental buildings.
Next up is the Navoi Theatre of Opera and Balley, a big icon of the city that Japanese architects completed construction of in 1947. Following the theater, see the Applied Arts Museum, a very beautiful house of the Russian diplomat with precious samples of the Uzbek arts.

From here, visit the Tashkent Metro with its impressive stations before walking the Chorsu bazaar, a very oriental and colorful shopping place for the locals with stalls of fruits and vegetables. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel.
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2

Tashkent - Nukus - Khiva

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Nukus.

Upon arrival to Nukus, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the city to start your tour.

This city is famous with its world known museum called Igor Savitskiy. It is often referred as the "Louvre of the Steppe" which has around 15 thousand pieces of Russian avant-garde art collections from the beginning of the XX century. You will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in Nukus before departing for Khiva. On the way, we will stop to see the old fortress of Corasmia named Ayazkala from the 4th century.

We will arrive into Khiva in time to enjoy dinner and then check into the hotel for the evening.
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Khiva Historic Silk Road Tour

Khiva is described as being part of the fairytale "Thousand and One nights" where visitors can spend days exploring the iconic palaces and majestic homes, mosques, mausoleums, shops, arches, domes and minarets.

Khiva was an important stop on the historic Silk Road, and as you stroll through the streets you quickly get a feeling of what it must have been like living in the city all of those centuries ago. Dating back more than 2,500 years, Khiva was added to the UN ESCO World Heritage list in 1990.

Learn about Amin Khan Madrasah and Kalta Minor, the first buildings of the city, built in the 1850's and have served since Soviet times as the main hotel of the region. Witness Djuma mosque (X-XVII c) a cathedral mosque whose roof lies on 212 wooden columns with unique acoustics and original technical ideas of natural lighting. See Kunya ark (XVII c), an inner fortress with administrative buildings, gunpowder works, law courts, and a mosque.

Next is Pakhlavan Makhmud Maosoleum (XIV - XIX c), the most remarkable architectural and memorial complex in Khiva with ornate tile work. From here, visit Islam Khodja minaret and madrassah (1908) - at 45 m high, this is the highest minaret in Khiva with the observation area high above the city.

Follow your guide to Tosh Havli, known simply as Harem. This is a very particular place of the city where khans had lived with their four official wives and forty concubines. Enjoy dinner and overnight in the hotel. All meals included this day.
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Khiva - Bukhara

We will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing to Bukhara by coach through the Kyzyl-Kum desert. For centuries it has marked the northern limits of Transoxiana and the edge of the boundless nomadic steppe. You will see Amu Darya one of the two second rivers of Central Asia separating the Kyzyl Kum from the Kara Kum of Turkmenistan. Typical steppe astrakhans sheep are seen a lot.

After approximately 6 hours overland, we will arrive at Bukhara in the afternoon. Bukhara is the pearl of the East and one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia. The fate of many of the famous architects, scientists and poets of the previous centuries are connected with the name of this city. This is a city where the numerous masterpieces of Islamic architecture were built.

There is a famous proverb of Bukhara which says: "The light descends from the sky in all the world but in Bukhara it comes out from the ground." For this reason, the local people say that Bukhara is a homeland of thousands Muslim saints and protectors. During the centuries, noble Bukhara has become one of the most important Islamic centers of Central Asia and the governors of the city called themselves "the faithful Emirs". ...read less

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Bukhara Architectural Tour

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Breakfast at the hotel before a morning city tour. Begin at the Samanid's mausoleum (IX-X c), the first building in Central Asia constructed from backed bricks in the shape of a cube covered by a dome with unrepeatable geometrical brickwork design - a masterpiece of world architecture. Next, stop at Bolo Havuz mosque, a highlight of the morning with its fantastic columns located by a gorgeous reflecting pool. Next, move on to The Fortress Ark, the official residence of Emirs of Bukhara for the past centuries.

Moving on to Poi kalon (XII-XVI c), this architectural ensemble in the center of old Bukhara includes the cathedral mosque "Masjidi Kalon", "Miri Arab" madrasah and the highest minaret (46m) of its time.

Next, visit Ulugbek Madrassah (1417). It was the earliest of three commissioned by the enlightened Timurid ruler. His secular influence dominates the exterior design of the religious college.

In the afternoon, continue of the city tour to Tim Abdullakhan. Built in 1577, it was one of the most elegant trade halls in Bukhara where silk and wool was sold by Afghan trades. The Trading Domes consists of three trading centers: Tok-i-Zargaron (1570) - Jeweler's Bazaar, Tok-i- Tilpak Furushon - Cap Maker's Bazaar, Tok-i-Sarrafon - Moneychanger's Bazaar. Before dinner we watch the National Music and Dance Show in a beautiful madrasah. Dinner and overnight.
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Bukhara - Samarkand

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Historic Sites of Bakhara & Ceramic Making Demonstration with Transfer to Samarkand, All Meals Included.

After breakfast, we conclude our sightseeing in Bukhara by visiting the Chor Minor madrasah, which is unique and one of the most surprising buildings in Bukhara with four minarets - one for each corner. It was built in 1807, by Turkmen merchant Khalif Niyazkul. Visit the summer residence "Sitorai Mohi Hosa", one of the most beautiful well-preserved residences of the Emirs of Bukhara. Later on, depart for Samarkand. Along the way, stop by Gijduvan to pay a visit to the ceramics boutique where the local family explains the process of the ceramic production. Arrival in Samarkand for overnight.
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Sightseeing Tour of Samarkand's History

After breakfast, we will continue exploring Samarkand with a visit of the Gur Amir mausoleum (XV c), Timurid's dynastic burial vault. A unique monument of architecture with blue ribbed tessellated dome. Then we will continue to Shahi Zinda necropolis (XIV - XV c) 'Town of Dead' a complex of more than 20 unique buildings of different ages.

To finish the day, we will visit the Ulugbek's Observatory (XV c) 1st observatory in orient with 30m sextant built by Ulugbek to make exact astronomical catalogue. The museum of Afrosiab is a handout of the past history of Samarkand with its impressive wall paintings.

Enjoy a relaxing dinner before returning to the hotel for overnight.
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Souks & Handicrafts of Samarkand Tour with Transfer to Tashkent

Souks & Handicrafts of Samarkand Tour with Transfer to Tashkent, All Meals Included

After breakfast we visit the Bibi Khanym mosque, the biggest construction of Timur the Great built in his capital. Next, visit the famous bazar "Siab".

After lunch, visit the silk paper factory, an extraordinary spot of the city where the antique method of paper production is used. In the afternoon visit the mausoleum of Saint Daniel, considered to be the father of 3 religions.

Cap off your morning with a visit to a carpet factory named Hujum where we can see the intricate weaving process. This afternoon, you will enjoy a cooking demonstration where you will learn how to make the national food called pilaf or plov. Next, transfer to the railway station for a fast speed train for Tashkent (approximately 2.10 hours).

Upon arrival in the Uzbek capital, enjoy dinner and overnight in the hotel.
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9

Kokand City Tour with Transfer to Fergana

After breakfast transfer to the railway station for the express train to Kokand (4 hours) Have lunch before the city tour. Begin with the highlight of the visit, the summer palace of the last Khan of Kokand named Kudayor Khan Palace (XIX century). It had 114 rooms and 8 terraces before the arrival of Russian soldiers. The Friday Mosque with 98 pillars is the next spot of the day which dates back to the XVIII century. At the end of your tour, take a one-hour transfer to Fergana city. Arrival and check in before dinner and overnight in the hotel. ...read less

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Transfer to Tashkent with Visit to Yodgorlik Silk Factory

After a visit in a local bazaar, take a short drive to Rishtan city, famous for the art of pottery and ceramics. This is an exclusive boutique to visit in this city while the birthplace of the silk thread in Uzbekistan for sericulture is Margilan.

Visit an active silk factory named Yodgorlik where the whole process of silk scarves and materials is shown in detail. After lunch drive back to the capital 300km. Enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight in the hotel.

After a visit in a local bazaar, take a short drive to Rishtan city, famous for the art of pottery and ceramics. This is an exclusive boutique to visit in this city while the birthplace of the silk thread in Uzbekistan for sericulture is Margilan.

Visit an active silk factory named Yodgorlik where the whole process of silk scarves and materials is shown in detail. After lunch drive back to the capital 300km. Enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight in the hotel.

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11

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Nukus, Uzbekistan

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Kokand, Uzbekistan

Fergana Valley, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Places You'll See

  • Uzbekistan

    Known as the heart of the Silk Road, Uzbekistan offers bewildering sites filled to the brim with history, making it one of Central Asia’s most sought-after destinations. Teeming with culture, Uzbekistan is home to many ancient relics and holy sites including one of the oldest manuscripts of the Koran. Nature lovers and adventure seekers will fall in love with Uzbekistan’s diverse nature while foodies will be salivating over some of the most flavorful gastronomy in the east.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Tashkent : Hyatt Regency in Tashkent

Khiva : Hotel Asia Khiva

Bukhara : Varaxsha Hotel

Samarkand : DiliMah Premium Luxury

Fergana Valley : Asia Fergana Hotel

Testimonials

Daniel

Traveled

Responsive and helpful

Karolina was super responsive and helpful as usual in arranging and coordinating the itinerary – I enjoyed the whole trip thoroughly!

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Alina M.

Traveled July 2019

Always a great trip with Yampu!

Always a great trip with Yampu!

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Douglas R

Traveled April 2019

Smooth Travels

Stephanie Rudolph was my agent for a recent trip to South America and she was wonderful, again. She also arranged a southern Africa trip for us that went very well. She was very patient with my initial indecision regarding what I wanted to do and see and with the budget I gave her. My many questions were quickly addressed. The trip itself went very smoothly with very minimal exceptions. After the vacation, she made sure I was reimbursed for meal paid and not taken and for an airline extra charge for baggage. Once again, an excellent job of getting me to what I wanted to do and see in the 5 countries I visited.

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