Set on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan has
played host to waves of conquerors and
nomads. On this tour, see the legacy they
left behind in the towering fortresses
of Khiva and Bukhara and the Islamic
architecture of Samarkand, once some of
the most powerful cities in the world. The
remnants of more recent Soviet history
are evident in the capital city Tashkent.
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Fly overnight from London to Tashkent with
Uzbekistan Airways (regional connections
Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the Grand Mir
(or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of the old
city stopping at sites such as Amir Timur Square
and the Kukeldash mosque and madrasa. (D)
Transfer to the airport and take a 1-hour morning
flight to Urgench. Visit the ancient fortresses of
Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala before an afternoon
drive to Khiva via Ulli Khovli. Stay 2 nights at the
Malika Kheivak Hotel / The Bek Hotel (or similar) (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of Khiva, including Kunya Ark, Islam
Khoja minaret and Tash Havli Palace. (B, D)
Early morning drive from Khiva to Bukhara along the Kyzylkum desert with a photo stop at Amudaryo river bank. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit Chor Minor, Poi Kalyan complex with Kalyan mosque and Miri Arab madrassah, Ulugbeg and Abdulazizkhan madrasas, Trade domes, ancient silk market, Lyab-i-Hauz complex, once the city's principal source of water. Afternoon at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion to Gijduvan via the ruins ruins of Rabbat Malik Caravansarai. Gijudvan produces some of the finest ceramics in the Bukhara region, visit a workshop and the remnants of some architectural monuments, the latest of three Ulugbeg Madrasas (15th century), of which only the front part has survived to present days and Abd-al-Khalyk Gijduvani maza. Return to Bukhara via Vabkent. (B)
Full-day city tour of Bukhara. Visit Chor Minor mosque, built in 1807 with unusual sky blue cupolas, the imposing fortress known as 'The Ark', located on the site of a 2,000 year old fortress; Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ismail Samani mausoleum, Chashmai Ayub, Magokki Attori mosque. Also visit Naqshbandiy Complex and Sitorai Mohi Hosa, the summer residence of Bukhara emirs. (B, D)
This morning, drive to Shakhrisabz. On arrival, visit Aksarai Palace, Dorus Saodat and Dorut Tilovat complexes, including Kuk Gumbaz mosque, Gumbazi Sayidon, Mausoleum of Djekhangir, Hazrati Imom mosque. Continue to Samarkand for 3 nights at the Emirkhan Hotel (or similar). (B, L)
Full-day tour of Samarkand, including visits
to Registan Square, the Ulugbek Observatory,
Afrosiab Museum, Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, and
the Bibi Khanum mosque. (B, D)
Full-day tour of Samarkand, including a visit
to Registan Square enclosed by the towering
facades of three madrasas. Also see the
enormous Bibi Khanum mosque; the remains of
an observatory built by Timur's grandson, Ulug
Bek; and the Shah-i-Zinda complex, a street
of tombs with some of the best examples of
traditional tile work in the region. (B, D)
Morning at leisure in Samarkand. Late
afternoon transfer to the train station to board
the Afrosiyob Express to Tashkent. Transfer to
the Grand Mir (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the
airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with
Uzbekistan Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
Cox & Kings uses the best
available accommodation in Uzbekistan.
However, outside Tashkent the standard is
relatively simple. This tour involves some long
drives and walking over rough terrain.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are
available in Tashkent, and include 2 nights’
accommodation with arrival or departure
transfers. Alternative post-tour extensions are
also available to Nukus, Muynak, Termez and
Turkmenistan. Please speak to a Cox & Kings
consultant for further details.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 7808 6786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asia Bukhara Hotel is located in the heart of the old city, within easy walking distance of the historical buildings and monuments of Old Bukhara. The hotel is constructed in the style of a traditional two-storey madrasa, with much of the furniture handmade by local craftsmen.
Hotel features: 95 rooms, restaurant, rooftop bar, outdoor swimming pool (open during high season only).
Room amenities: En-suite facilities, air conditioning, satellite television,...
The Grand Hotel Mir is located in Tashkent’s downtown area, around 15 to 20 minutes drive from the main sights. All 126 rooms have a modern design and facilities such as fridge, flat screen television and wireless internet. The hotel offers excellent hospitality as well as a fitness centre, sauna, massages and beauty parlour. There are two restaurants, Restaurant Sultan, which is open from 7am to 11pm, and Restaurant Harem, open each evening and featuring a panoramic balcony overlooking the...
Situated in the old town of Khiva, the Malika Kheivak hotel is near to all the main sights of interest. This welcoming hotel offers 22 comfortable rooms decorated in traditional style. The restaurant serves local cuisine and regional wines and spirits at the bar.
Features: 22 rooms, restaurant, laundry, ironing.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, telephone, hairdryer,...
The Emirkhan is a 4-star character property located within picturesque gardens in the heart of Samarkand, approximately 15 minutes' walk from Registan Square. The 61 guestrooms are traditionally furnished and each offers air conditioning, television, refrigerator, safety deposit box and an en suite bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobes. Complimentary wireless internet access is available throughout the property. The Emirkhan's restaurant offers a selection of authentic Uzbek fare for breakfast, lunch and...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Explore Uzbekistan’s cultural heartland with
visits to some of the major towns in the
Fergana valley. Highlights include Andijan’s
vibrant local market and the Yodgorlik silk
factory in Margilan, which still uses traditional
production methods that date back to the
days of the Silk Road caravans.
Drive to the Fergana region of Uzbekistan,
visiting the ancient city of Kokand en route. Stay
2 nights at the Asia Hotel (or similar). (B, D)
Full-day tour of the region, including Andijan
and Fergana. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Return to Tashkent and stay
at the Grand Mir (or similar). (B)
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
Journey to the Aral Sea, once one of the four largest lakes in the world but today little more than a toxic puddle due to disastrous agricultural planning in the 1960s. Visit the ghost town of Moynak, a former fishing village, and Nukus, which contains an excellent collection of avant-garde art.
Fly overnight from London to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways. (N)
Arrive in Tashkent. Morning tour of the old city, Revolution Square, the Museum of Decorative and Applied Art, the bazaar, and Kukeldash mosque and madrasa. Transfer to the airport and fly to Nukus. Transfer to the Jipek Joly Hotel or similar for 3 nights. (D)
Morning visit to the Savitskiy museum, which contains a remarkable collection of Karakalpak ethnographic art and unique avant-garde paintings by the Uzbek & Russian artists of the early 1900s. These artists, part of the great European revolution in modern art, were virtually silenced by the political pressures of the day and their works fell into disrepute. Igor Savitskii was a great admirer of these artists and realized that their works should be kept and promoted. Morning city tour of Nukus including the statue and museum of the great Karakalpak poet-thinker Berdakh, Nukus City Hall and Drama Theatre. (B, D)
Morning drive to Moynak. Until the 1960s this was a prosperous fishing town on the edge of the Aral Sea. Today, Moynak is situated more than 150km from the sea and sits in the middle of a dustbowl. A centuries-old way of life has disappeared in just a few decades. The only reminders of this once thriving fishing community are the rusting hulks of ships. Afternoon drive to Nukus, via the Mizdakhan ruins including the fortress of Gyaur-Kala, the Shamun Nabi mausoleum, the Mazlumkhan Sulu, Khalfa Erejep and a caravanserai. (B, D)
Morning visit to the house museum of Amet and Ayimkhan Shamuratov, the Museum of Local Lore of Karakalpakstan and the local bazaar. Afternoon drive to Urgench and stay overnight at the Khoresm Palace. (B, D)
Today, the remainder of the group will arrive. (B, L, D)
Termez is located in the far south of the country, close to an ancient crossing over the Amu Darya river leading into Afghanistan. The location of the city has changed throughout history due to a succession of invaders. The first settlement was established in the third century BC. Ghengis Khan then destroyed the city in 1220, leaving the inhabitants to rebuild in its current location on the left bank of the Amu Darya river. Much of the modern city dates from the early 19th century and, during the Soviet era, was effectively closed to the outside world.
Morning at leisure in Samarkand, followed by a visit to the Guri Emir mausoleum. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to Termez. Afternoon city tour of Termez including the Archaeological Museum and the complex of Khakimi Termizi and Sultan Saodat, both dating back to the 10th century. Stay for 2 nights at the Meridian Hotel or similar. (B, D)
Full-day tour of Termez including the Kampir-Tepsa fortress, which dates back to the Greek Bactrian empire, the towers of Jarkurgan and Zurmala, and Fayaz Tepa. (B, D)
Morning visit to the 16th-century Khanaka Kokaldor Ota, the Chor Sutin mosque and the Palace of Termez. Late afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to Tashkent. Transfer and stay 1 night at the City Palace Hotel or similar. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)
A journey through the expansive and fascinating nation of Turkmenistan, with its vast deserts, awe-inspiring canyons, ancient cities and monuments, and the gas crater at Darvaza, which has been burning for over 40 years.
Fly overnight from London, via Istanbul, to Ashgabat with Turkish Airlines. (N)
Early morning arrival in Ashgabat and transfer to the Grand Turkmen Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights (including immediate occupancy). Afternoon city tour, including the Unesco-listed Parthian Fortresses of Nisa , Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ahalteke Monument and the Turkmenbashi mosque and mausoleum. (B, D)
Morning transfer to the airport for short flight to Mary (flying time approx. 30 mins). Visit the remains at Unesco-listed Merv and the History Museum of the Merv Region, before returning to Ashgabat. (B, L)
A morning visit to Ahalteke horse stables and the Anau Mosque ruins. In the afternoon, drive to Darvaza, via Erbent desert village. Camp overnight for the night-time viewing of the Darvaza Gas Crater. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of Kunya Urgench. Continue to the border crossing at Dashoguz-Shavat and drive to Khiva. Stay at the Malika Kheivak Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L)
Transfer to Urgench airport and join the rest of the group arriving from Tashkent, this morning. Visit the ancient fortresses of Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala before an afternoon drive to Khiva via Ulli Khovli. (B, L, D)
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UZB2017: 10 Nights
Registan Square in Samarkand - The sight was so extraordinarily beautiful it took our breath away, and we all stood silent for several minutes, just taking in the scene. I think this site is one of the wonders of the world.Dr. Eva Simmons
The entire trip was inspirational.Ms Jennifer Streeter
The most inspirational moment was the first view of Registan Square in Samakand, which was the primary reason for our Uzbek trip and the overwhelming genuine friendliness of the Uzbek people.Mr John Bourne
The beautiful buildings in Samarkand were awe-inspiring for me.Mr Norman Young
Bukhara: walking into the Kalyon mosque and seeing the huge tiled facades, the minaret and turquoise domes all set in the immense courtyard, in which we heard that Genghis Khan murdered the entire young male population of the city in the 13th century. Historic, tragic and beautiful all at once.Miss Miranda Dawkins
The guide was the most impressive of all. She always responded to our individual needs and made the journey and tour very comfortable and enjoyable. She was a guide, a singer, a dancer, and above all a friend. Dr Muhammad Rahman
I found Khiva fascinating. The hotel was very good and within a few minutes walk of the 'old town', which we first saw it lit by moonlight when we arrived and it was a stunning sight. Mrs Judith King
I really can't really pick out one moment, all of it was wonderful. Our guide, Tahir, was marvellous. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful. Mrs Christine Gregory
Bukhara is largely built of brown mud-brick, and as a result is perhaps visually less...
The ancient city of Khiva lies around 450km north-west of Bukhara, and only around 40k...
Although little remains of Tashkent’s history, there has been a settlement on this site,...