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Activities & Transport
- City Tour
- Meet the Locals
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Car with driver
Main travel focus
Explore Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
- Cook with the locals in Mitan village
- Improve your horse riding skills in the Chon Kemin Mountains
- Take a ride in a cable car from Beldersay Gorge to Kumbel peak
- Experience an oriental spa in Bukhara
Welcome to the beautiful country of Uzbekistan. As a cultural and historical center of Central Asia for thousands of years, Uzbekistan offers activities and sights of all kinds. Explore the glorious cities of the Great Silk Road, such as romantic Khiva and UNESCO winning cities like Bukhara and Samarkand. Visit the capital city, Tashkent, and wander through bustling bazaars and impressive historical monuments. Get to know the locals in the village of Mitan, and experience a taste of both rural Uzbek life as well as homemade cuisine. Nature is never far away in Uzbekistan, either. Ride on horseback through Chon Kemin gorge, and take a cable car ride in the Chimgan Mountains. Sleep under a thousand stars as you camp in a yurt in the rolling desert. Uzbekistan has something for us all, and it is just waiting for you to come see it for yourself!
- 16 nights accommodation in double/twin room in hotels
- 16x breakfast at hotels and at local houses
- English-speaking guides in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
- Tickets to the theater in Samarkand
- Entrance fees for all museums and sites mentioned in the program
- Private transportation in air-conditioned car with private driver on every day of the tour
- Transfers airport-hotel-airport via private car
- Domestic flight ticket Tashkent-Urgench
- Domestic train ticket Samarkand –Tashkent
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin
- Domestic flight ticket Osh – Bishkek
- Visa support
- 24h/7 assistance
- International flight tickets
- Consular visa fees
- Photo and video charges during sightseeing (from USD $2 per site)
Example Trip to customize
Land in Tashkent
Welcome to Uzbekistan! Although a young nation, the country celebrates thousands of years of rich history and tradition. Land at Tashkent International Airport, where you will be greeted by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Don't waste a minute of your first day in this fascinating country. Drop your bags and head out into the city to visit the religious center of the city, the complex of Khast-i-Imam. Use the afternoon to visit the Museum of Applied Art of Tashkent. Once the palace of Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev, it was transformed into a museum in 1938. Afterwards, head to Chorsu, the biggest bazaar in Uzbekistan. Browse the stalls and let your imagination run wild before returning to your hotel for the evening.
Explore Ancient Khiva
Wake up early and enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Then, it's off to the airport to catch your domestic flight to Urgench. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Khiva. The city of Khiva is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is plenty to explore as you wander through the city. Your first stop in the afternoon is to Khiva's inner city, which is surrounded by a powerful wall 10 meters high. Move on to see the stunning Juma Mosque, a wonderful example of the Muslim architecture that decorates Central Asia, and Kunya Ark, which was completed in 1688. In the afternoon, take a look at the mausoleums of Sayid All-Uddin and Pahlavan Mahmud, ancient structures that have been well-preserved throughout the centuries. End your day with a visit to the Medresa of Islam-Khodja, which features the highest minaret in Khiva. In the evening, return to your hotel to rest for the night.
Hotel Bek Khiva
Soak in the Views of Kizil-Kum
Have breakfast at your hotel. Today, drive to Bakhara and gaze out the window at the elegant dunes of red sand as you traverse the Kizil-Kum desert. On the way, stretch your feed and get out to take a look at the mighty river of Amu-Darya, which cuts through the desert and fills the landscape with shades of blue and green. Continue your journey with a stop near Gazli. In the late afternoon, arrive at your hotel in Bakhara. The rest of the day is at your leisure to rest, relax, or spend however you like.
Discover the Secrets of the Silk Road
Take in a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Spend the day exploring the sites of Bukhara - the most mysterious city on the Silk Road. Start your day off with a visit to the architectural complex of Poi-Kalyan, which translates to "Foot of the Great". After that head to Ulugh-Beg Madrasah, built in 1417, and Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, built in 1652, and watch the region's history of medieval architecture unfold. Your next stop of the day is at Tim Abdullah Khan, a covered bazaar that dates back to 1577. In the afternoon, continue your sightseeing tour with visits to the architectural marvel of Lazbi-Hauz, the massive fortress of Ark-Citadel, and Bolo-Hauz Mosque. After such a full and fulfilling day, return to your hotel in the evening for your overnight stay.
Sleep in a Traditional Yurt
Depart in the morning towards Nurata. Your first stop en route is in the village of Guijduvan. Home to a renown ceramic workshop, the site is protected by UNESCO. During your visit, enjoy a ceramics presentation and learn about the craft from the artists themselves. Continue your journey through the desert. In the afternoon, stop by the ruins of the ancient citadel of Alexander the Great before arriving at camp. Stay the night in a traditional shared yurt, a one-of-a-kind experience. In the evening, get the chance to ride a camel, and feel what is like move on these creatures through the desert. In the evening, enjoy a communal fire beneath a heaven full of sparkling stars.
Standard Accommodation: Yurt Camping
Comfort Accommodation: Yurt Camping
Experience Culture with the Locals
Wake up and greet the morning with breakfast at camp. Afterwards, depart towards Mitan village, and take advantage of a unique opportunity. As a guest, enter the home of a local Uzbek family, where you will enjoy lunch. There are many traditional "welcome meal" that are served in Uzbekistan, such as "bichaks" (triangular pastries with meat or pumpkin) or "plov" (rice with meat and vegetables). Spending time with local people is one of the best ways to understand a foreign culture, and can be one of the most memorable parts of your stay in Uzbekistan. In the afternoon, stroll through the village and get a glimpse of the rural lifestyle that is shared by many Uzbek people. Meet the locals with warm smiles and enjoy their hospitality. In the afternoon, continue your journey to Samarkand, where you will check into your hotel.
Hotel Zilol Baxt
Sightsee in Samarkand
Spend your day discovering the sights of the intriguing city of Samarkand. Start with a visit to the Registan Square and gaze upon the three Madrasah that dominate it. Next, head to the Gur-Amir Mausoleum, the family resting place of the Tamerlane destiny. With its fine ribbed dome and paper mache interior, it is a masterpiece of Central Asian architecture. After lunch, head to what is known as "the Pearl of Samerkand" - the Bibi Khanum Mosque. Constructed by architects and artisans from various nations in 1399, the Mosque is considered one of the most beautiful in Uzbekistan. In the evening, you're in for a theatrical treat. Visit the theater and watch a historical presentation of "El Merosi", which translates to "The Peoples' Heritage". Watch the show, as people dressed in traditional costumes reenact customs of different historical periods.
Hotel Zilol Baxt
An Excursion to Shakhrisabz
Have breakfast before your departure. Then hop in your car and pay a visit to Shakhrisabz, where you will spend your day. Visit sites such as the Mausoleum of Jakhongir, the remains of Ak-Saray Palace, and the Dor-ut Tilavat complex, which consists of the Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault. In the afternoon, ride back to Samerkand. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Relax in your hotel or walk around the neighborhood.
Standard Accommodation: Hotel Zilol Baxt
Comfort Accommodation: Hotel Emirkhan
Take the Train to Tashkent
Savor your breakfast and conserve your energy for another fascinating day in Samerkand. Start your sightseeing tour with a visit to the Shakhi-Zinda complex. Composed of over 20 buildings, each decorated in its own unique artistic style, the site was constructed between the 11th and 14th centuries. Next, head to the Observatory of Ulugbek. Built in the 14th century, it was the first observatory in Central Asia. Afterwards, continue to the mausoleum of Hodja Daniyar, a popular destination near a healing spring. In the early evening, transfer to the train station and catch your high-speed train to Tashkent. Upon arrival, head to your hotel and relax for the evening.
Standard Accommodation: Hotel Grand Nur
Comfort Accommodation: Hotel City Palace
Ride the Cable Car in the Chimgan Mountains
Spend the day in nature. After breakfast, take a day trip to the Chimgan Mountains. Wind your way along the roads as you appreciate the drive through local villages and valleys. Take a ride on the cable car that traverses the stretch over Bedersay Gorge to Kumbel peak, a popular route for skiers. Enjoy the stunning views of the lush green terrain, and go for a walk to breathe in the fresh mountain air. Continue on towards the Charvak Reserviour, a favorite spot for locals and visitors to hang out in the summertime. Explore the area, and discover petroglyphs and prehistoric rock carvings. In the afternoon, return to Tashkent, where the rest of the day is yours to enjoy.
Visit a Ceramic Master
Today, head to the beautiful Fergana Valley. On your way, traverse Kamchik Pass, at over 2200 meters above sea level. En route, stop by Kokand, where you can see the palace of Khudoyar Khan and the Juma Mosque. Your next stop is in Ristan, the ceramics center of the region. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to visit the home of world renown ceramic master, Rustam Usmanov. Before you depart, visit a pottery workshop and step into a ceramics museum. Continue your journey to Fergana, and check into your hotel upon arrival. Use the evening to take a stroll through the city's serene park and spacious boulevards.
Hotel Club 777
Hotel Asia Fergana
Head to the City of Osh
Enjoy a delightful breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, depart Fergana Valley for Osh in western Kyrgyzstan. Arrive in the late morning and drop your bags at your hotel. Spend the afternoon discovering the must-sees of the city. Start with a visit to Solomon Mountain, located in the center of the city. According to religious tradition, the biblical prophet Solomon was buried at the foot of the mountain, and today it is considered a pilgrimage place for local Muslims. Then, head off to visit an Asian bazaar and see what treasures the vendors are hawking at their stalls! Return to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Standard Accommodation: Hotel Sun Rise
Comfort Accommodation: Hotel Classic
Visit the Bustling Bazaar of Bishkek
Wake up and enjoy your breakfast. In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Bishkek. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights of this fantastic city. Visit Pobeda Square, also known as Victory Square, Duboviy Park, and Ala-Too Square. Round off your exploration of the city with a trip to the National Arts Museum before paying a visit to the spectacular National Philharmonic. End your day with an exciting excursion to the Asian Bazaar, where you can roam and photograph life at the market. Head to your hotel in the evening to relax.
Standard Accommodation: Hotel Green City
Comfort Accommodation: Hotel Plaza
Ride on Horseback through the Mountains
Start your day with breakfast at your hotel. Today, make your way to Chon Kemin gorge. On the way, make a pit stop to view Burana Tower, a minaret from the 11th century. Climb to the top of the tower, and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside from above. Visit an open air museum featuring stone warriors, called Balbals, before continuing on your way. Upon arrival at the gorge, you will be introduced to a local family and share a traditional meal with them. In the afternoon, hop into the saddle! Ride a horse through the high mountain forests that look down upon the gorge. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view from the top of the trail. In the evening, return to the house of a local family for a comfortable homestay experience.
Standard Accommodation: Homestay
Comfort Accommodation: Homestay
Enjoy the Shores Of Isszk Kul
After breakfast, move on to your next stop on the serene Issyk Kul Lake. Called "The Pearl of Central Asia", Issyk Kul is the second largest alpine lake in the world. Considered sacred by the locals for more than 1500 years, the scenery paints a picturesque mural of calm waters and mountain backdrops. Take in the spectacular scenery as you drive around the perimeter of the lake to reach the town of Karakol. On the way, stop to visit ancient petroglyphs that can be found nearby. In Karakol, stop to gaze upon the Chinese-style Dungan Mosque and a wooden Orthodox church. In the evening, retire in your hotel.
Standard Accommodation: Guesthouse Green Yard
Comfort Accommodation: Guesthouse Green Yard
Discover Impressive Jeti Oguz Gorge
Enjoy your breakfast. In the morning, visit the impressive Jeti Oguz gorge, famous for the red rock formations that give the gorge its name. If you wish, take a short hike up the nearby Broken Heart Mountain, and take in the beautiful 360-degree view before continuing your journey. Your next stop is in the village of Bokonbaeva. Here, meet a local eagle hunter and learn about his trade. Relying on the help of eagles to catch small game, the hunter relies on ancient practices that have been passed down through the generations. In the evening, return to Biskek, where you will check into your hotel for your final evening in Central Asia.
Standard Accommodation: Hotel Green City
Comfort Accommodation: Hotel Plaza