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 (regional connections
available) to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways. (N)
Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the Miran Hotel
(or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of the old
city stopping at sights 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 (or similar). (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of Khiva, including Kunya Ark, Islam
Khoja minaret and Tash Havli Palace. (B, D)
Full-day drive to Bukhara (7-8 hours) through the
Kyzylkum desert, stopping at the Amudaryo river
for photos. Stay at the Asia Hotel (or similar) for
3 nights. (B, L, D)
City tour of Bukhara, including visits to Chor Minor
mosque, built in 1807 with unusual sky blue
cupolas, the Poi-Kaylan complex, the surviving trade
domes and Lyab-i-Hauz complex, once the city’s
principal source of water. (B, D)
After breakfast, continue your tour of Bukhara,
including visits to the imposing fortress known as
‘The Ark’, located on the site of a 2,000-year-old
fortress; the Summer Palace; and the Samanid
mausoleum, built in the early 10th century with a
facade incorporating Zoroastrian symbols. (B)
Drive to Shahrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane,
and visit the summer palace, mosques and
mausoleums. Continue to Samarkand for 3 nights
at the Registan Plaza Hotel or 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)
Continue your tour of Samarkand. Visit Gur Emir mausoleum,
which marks the final resting place of several members of the
Timurid dynasty, including Timur himself. Other visits include Nodir
Divan Begi madrasa, Hazrat Hizr mosque and the Khodja Doniyor
mausoleum. After lunch, stop at Koni Ghil silk paper-making workshop
before returning to your hotel. (B, D)
Morning at leisure in Samarkand. Late afternoon
transfer to the train station to board the Afrosiyob
Express to Tashkent. Transfer to the Miran Hotel (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.
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.
This itinerary 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 3930 5211 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
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,...
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 5-star Miran International Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Tashkent and located 4km from the centre of the city, close to the central railway station and 15 minutes' drive from the airport. The hotel's rooms are individually decorated in an elegant style, whilst the restaurant serves a mixture of Turkish, Indian, European and Chinese cuisine.
Features: 140 rooms, restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, safe, minibar,...
The Registan Plaza Hotel, formerly the President Hotel, is located a 5-minute walk to the historic sites in the Old Town and 15 minutes' walk to Registan Square. The rooms are comfortable, large and equipped with modern amenities. The hotel has a restaurant serving European and Uzbek cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere.
Features: 165 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, health centre, sauna, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, minibar, hairdryer,...
The Emirkhan is a characterful property located within the heart of Samarkand and 1.8km from the renowned Registan Square. All guestrooms are traditionally furnished in bright colours with gold detail. Not all rooms have a bath.
Features: 60 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, refrigerator, safe, hairdryer,...
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.
After the tour, 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.
Prior to the tour, 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.
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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
UZB2018: 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...
Samarkand is one of the world's oldest cities, located in the very centre of Uzbekistan...
Although little remains of Tashkent’s history, there has been a settlement on this site,...