While it doesn't get a lot of attention, Uzbekistan is a life-changing destination for all who are smart enough to visit. These ten days will take you through some of the greatest cultural highlights the country has to offer. Marvel at the gorgeous mosques in Samarkand, experience a one-night stay in a traditional desert yurt, and immerse yourself in the diverse culture of ancient Bukhara. Uzbekistan is a must-see for any seasoned (or first-time) traveller.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting followed by an optional dinner.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Travel on to Samarkand. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum.
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 310km)
With free time, enjoy the Samarkand sights, have a cup of tea in a local tea house, or wander around the bazaar.
Samarkand City Tour
Plov Cooking Demonstration and Dinner
Travel out into the desert to visit the Nurata Shrine and remains of the Alexander the Great fortress. Continue on for an evening in a local yurt camp. Opt to ride a camel or enjoy an evening Kazakh singing show.
Chashma Complex and Holy Spring Visit
Fortress of Alexander the Great Visit
Overnight in a Yurt
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 280km)
Travel to Bukhara, one of the most charming cities in the country. Opt to visit the old city bazaars, have dinner with a local family, or visit a traditional hammam (bathhouse).
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
There is plenty of time to explore the artisan shops and wander the narrow twisting streets and alleyways. A centre for pottery, cloth, and Turkmen carpets, the Old City is centered around Lyabi-Hauz, a delightful pool of water surrounded by ancient mulberry trees, where you can sit at café tables and let the evening drift by. There is also the option to take in a local puppet show held in an old caravanserai or indulge in a Turkish bath.
Bukhara City Tour
Enjoy a full day's travel through the desert to reach UNESCO-listed Khiva. Get to know the place on a late afternoon walking tour.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)
Explore the old town surrounded by city walls, bargain with locals on the market, and wander through the madrassas, climb up minarets, and explore the dark dungeons Khiva was infamous for back in the 10th century. Wander through the inner walls of the Ichon-Qala and enjoy spectacular sunset views of the sand-coloured mosques and madrassas.
Khiva Ancient City Tour
Basic overnight train (beds) (19.00 hour(s))
Arrive back in Tashkent and enjoy a city tour or explore on your own with some free time.
Tashkent Guided City Tour
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Trip Name: Best of Uzbekistan
Duration: 10 Days
From Price: 1019
Trip Code: 153327
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