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Silk Road Adventure

Private Travel | General interest 22 Days & 20 Nights Lead-in price: £5595

Discover the rich history of the Silk Road and the dramatic scenery of Central Asia on this 22-day journey through Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Explore ancient cities, visit important Silk Road trading points, wander through expansive green valleys and see stunning Islamic architecture. Along the way, learn about the different cultures within this fascinating region.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit Burana Tower in Kyrgyzstan & learn about the site’s Silk Road significance
  • Learn how to cook traditional Uzbek & Kyrgyz cuisine with local families
  • Discover Kazakhstan’s history at the Central State Museum
  • Spend 3 nights in ancient Samarkand & tour the city’s highlights
  • View the peaks of the Tien Shan mountains on a hike in Ala Archa National Park
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Discovery Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Fly overnight to Bishkek via Istanbul. (N)

Day 2: Bishkek

Arrive and transfer to the Plaza Hotel for 2 nights (including immediate occupancy). Afternoon city tour including visits to the Open-Air Sculpture Museum, Victory Park, Ala-Too Square and the Kyrgyz State Philharmonic Hall. (N)

Day 3: Ala Archa National Park • Bishkek

Drive to Ala Archa National Park, a picturesque area of wooded valleys, rivers, glaciers and waterfalls. View the magnificent peaks of the Kyrgyz Alatau Ridge (Tien Shan mountains), with a range of walking options available. A packed lunch is included. Return to Bishkek, with a guide at your disposal in the city. (B, L)

Day 4: Bokonbaevo • Karakol

Drive to Bokonbaevo village on the shores of Issyk-Kul lake and watch the villagers make felt carpets and other handicrafts. Continue to Karakol, stopping en route at Fairy Tale canyon for a short walk to see the striking rock formations. Stay 2 nights at Green Yard Hotel. (B, L)

Day 5: Djety-Oguz

Drive to Djety-Oguz gorge for a walk among its impressive red rock formations and spruce forests. Join an optional golden eagle hunting show, to witness this ancient tradition. This evening, return to Karakol and join a Uighur family for a cooking demonstration of lagman (Kyrgyz noodle dish). (B)

Day 6: Karakol • Issyk-Kul lake

Tour of Karakol including Dungan Mosque, built for a community of Chinese Muslims who arrived in the late 19th century. Continue to the Bronze Age petroglyphs found at CholponAta on the northern shores of Issyk-Kul lake. Optional 1-hour boat cruise on the lake. Stay overnight at Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel. (B)

Day 7: Burana Tower • Bishkek

Drive to Burana Tower and explore the ruins of this important Silk Road trading point. The 25-metre-high minaret is the last remnant of a mosque found in the medieval city of Balasagun that was established in the ninth century. Continue to Bishkek and stay overnight at the Plaza Hotel. (B, L)

Day 8: Fly to Almaty, Kazakhstan

Fly to Almaty and take a guided tour of the city. Visit Panfilov Park, a local baazar, a chocolate factory and Zenkov Cathedral, one of the world’s highest wooden buildings. Stay 3 nights at the Kazzhol. (B)

Day 9: Almaty

Take another city tour including Republic Square and the Central State Museum, which showcases the country’s history from Bronze Age burials and nomadic culture to modern times. Drive to the picturesque valley of Medeo Gorge and take a cable car to an altitude of 2,230 metres above sea level for views of the surrounding mountains and to see one of the world’s most famous ice rinks. Visit Sunkar falcon farm and Kok Tobe hill with its 37-metrehigh TV tower, offering sweeping views of the city from its viewing deck. (B)

Day 10: Charyn canyon

Travel to the spectacular Charyn canyon for a gentle hike amid spectacular scenery. The red sandstone canyon is approximately 90km long and features some stunning rock formations. Return to Almaty, a journey of approximately 4 hours. (B)

Day 11: Fly to Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Fly to Tashkent and transfer to the Miran International Hotel for 1 night. (B)

Day 12: Tashkent • Fly to Urgench • Khiva

Morning tour of Tashkent’s old city, visiting Amir Timur Square, Kukeldash mosque and madrasa, and some of the unique metro stations. This evening, take a 1-hour flight to Urgench then drive to Khiva. Stay 3 nights at the Malika Kheivak Hotel (or similar). (B, D)

Day 13: Khiva

Morning visit to the ancient fortresses of Toprak Kala and Ayaz Kala, situated on a hill overlooking the Kyzylkum desert. Take lunch in a yurt then continue to Goybu village to visit Ulli Khovli, an ancient Khorezmian local house. Take a tour through the village to see the traditional lifestyle of the Khorezmians. (B, L, D)

Day 14: Khiva

Full-day tour of Khiva including Kunya Ark, Islam Khoja minaret, a local bakery and Tash Havli Palace. (B, D)

Day 15: Bukhara

Full-day drive to Bukhara (7-8 hours) through the Kyzylkum desert, with a photo stop en route at Amudaryo river. Stay at the Omar Khayyam Hotel for 3 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Bukhara

City tour of Bukhara including visits to the PoiKaylan complex, the surviving trade domes, Lyab-i-Hauz complex, ancient Silk Market and the historic Chor Minor mosque. This evening, enjoy dinner at a family home with a cooking demonstration of plov (Uzbek rice dish). (B, D)

Day 17: Bukhara

Continue exploring Bukhara including visits to the Summer Palace, the imposing fortress known as The Ark, located on the site of a 2,000-year-old fortress; and the Samanid mausoleum, believed to be the oldest Islamic architectural monument in Central Asia, with its design derived from Zoroastrian burial structures and fire temples. (B)

Day 18: Shahrisabz • Samarkand

Drive to Shahrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane, and visit the mosques, mausoleums and summer palace. Continue to Samarkand and stay at the Emirkhan Hotel for 3 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 19: Samarkand

Full-day tour of Samarkand, including visits to the Ulugbek observatory, Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, Afrosiab Museum, the Bibi Khanum mosque and Registan Square. (B)

Day 20: Samarkand

Continue your tour of Samarkand, visiting Gur Emir mausoleum, the final resting place of several members of the Timurid dynasty including Timur himself. Other highlights include Hazrat Khizr mosque, Nodir Divan Begi madrasa and the Khodja Doniyor mausoleum. This afternoon, stop at a silk carpet factory and silk paper workshop before returning to your hotel. Dine at a local restaurant this evening. (B, D)

Day 21: Samarkand • Tashkent

Morning at leisure in Samarkand. Late afternoon Afrosiyob Express train to Tashkent. On arrival, transfer to a local restaurant for dinner and then stay 1 night at the Miran International Hotel. (B, D)

Day 22: Tashkent • Fly home

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Discovery tour

Accommodation in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan should be considered basic and simple outside of Bishkek and Tashkent. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour, due to several gentle hikes and walking over rough terrain. This tour is therefore best suited to the hardier traveller.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Discovery private tour accommodation

  • Emirkhan Hotel
    Emirkhan Hotel

    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.

  • Miran International Hotel
    Miran International Hotel

    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, hairdryer.

  • Hotel Malika Kheivak
    Hotel Malika Kheivak

    Located in the Ichan Qala and next to the Islam Khoja minaret, the Malika Kheivak hotel is ideally situated to explore all the main sights of Khiva. This welcoming hotel offers 33 comfortable rooms decorated in traditional style. The restaurant serves local cuisine and regional wines and spirits at the bar. Features: 33 rooms, restaurant, laundry & ironing services, cafe. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, telephone, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

  • Green Yard
    Green Yard

    The Green Yard Guest House in Karakol is a small, friendly, family-run property. The rooms are simply furnished and all offer en suite facilities. The guest house comprises of two houses, each one has a communal dining area where breakfast is served while other meals can be ordered in advance. The property is located off an unmade road, so vehicle access is limited to cars only. Larger buses must stop at the main street and it will be necessary to walk a short distance to the property.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £5595 per person

High season from £5895 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Bishkek

    The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek is a green, tree-lined city locate...

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  • Karakol

    The small town of Karakol is located at the eastern end of Lake Issyk- Kul and...

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  • Issyk-Kul

    Issyk-Kul lake is situated in the northern Tien Shan mountains in north-wester...

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  • Bishkek

    The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek is a green, tree-lined city locate...

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  • Tashkent

    Although little remains of Tashkent’s history, there has been a settlement on this site,...

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  • Khiva

    The ancient city of Khiva lies around 450km north-west of Bukhara, and only around 40k...

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  • Bukhara

    Bukhara is largely built of brown mud-brick, and as a result is perhaps visually less...

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  • Samarkand

    Samarkand is one of the world's oldest cities, located in the very centre of Uzbekistan...

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  • Tashkent

    Although little remains of Tashkent’s history, there has been a settlement on this site,...

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