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Save up to £300pp on Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia

Valid for travel on selected dates in 2024. Book by 31 May 2024

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Lead Price
From £2795pp
Duration
12 days & 10 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia

Many moons ago, caravans laden with silk, tea, perfume and porcelain crossed Asia to the markets of Europe and Africa. Heading in the opposite direction: honey, horses, glassware and gold. Uzbekistan’s central spot on this ancient Silk Road has given it a legacy of awe-inspiring architecture on top of a melting-pot culture. This tour reveals how waves of traders and conquerors shaped Uzbekistan over thousands of years. Admire the towering fortresses of Khiva and Bukhara, the Islamic architecture of Samarkand, and the Soviet landmarks of Tashkent.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Tashkent
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Fly to Tashkent

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways. (N)

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

DAY 2: Tashkent
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Tashkent

Arrive and transfer to the Mercure Tashkent (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of the old city stopping at Kukeldash mosque and madrasa. (D)

Accommodation: Mercure Tashkent
DAY 3: Fly to Urgench - Khiva
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Fly to Urgench - Khiva

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)

Accommodation: Hotel Malika Kheivak
DAY 4: Khiva
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Khiva

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

Accommodation: Hotel Malika Kheivak
DAY 5: Bukhara
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Bukhara

Full-day drive to Bukhara (7-8 hours) through the Kyzylkum Desert, stopping at the Amudaryo River for photos. Stay at the Minorai Kalon Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Minorai Kalon Hotel
DAY 6: Bukhara
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Bukhara

City tour of Bukhara, including visits to Chor Minor mosque, the Poi-Kaylan complex, the surviving trade domes and Lyab-i-Hauz complex, once the city's principal source of water. This evening enjoy dinner and a cooking demonstration. (B, D)

Accommodation: Minorai Kalon Hotel
DAY 7: Bukhara
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Bukhara

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)

Accommodation: Minorai Kalon Hotel
DAY 8: Shahrisabz - Samarkand
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Shahrisabz - Samarkand

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

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Samarkand
DAY 9: Samarkand
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Samarkand

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)

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Samarkand
DAY 10: Samarkand
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Samarkand

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 Khizr mosque and the Khodja Doniyor mausoleum. After lunch, stop at a silk carpet factory before returning to your hotel. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Samarkand
DAY 11: Tashkent
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Tashkent

Morning at leisure in Samarkand. This afternoon visit the one of Samarkand’s renowned silk paper workshops before travelling by rail to Tashkent. Transfer to the Mercure Tashkent (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

Accommodation: Mercure Tashkent
DAY 12: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)

DAY 1: Fly to Tashkent
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Fly to Tashkent

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways. (N)

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

DAY 2: Tashkent
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Tashkent

Arrive and transfer to the Lumiere Hotel & SPA Tashkent (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of the old city stopping at Amir Timur Square and the Kukeldash mosque and madrasa. (D)

Accommodation: Mercure Tashkent
DAY 3: Fly to Urgench - Khiva
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Fly to Urgench - Khiva

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)

Accommodation: Hotel Malika Kheivak
DAY 4: Khiva
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Khiva

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

Accommodation: Hotel Malika Kheivak
DAY 5: Bukhara
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Bukhara

Full-day drive to Bukhara (7-8 hours) through the Kyzylkum Desert, stopping at the Amudaryo River for photos. Stay at the Labi Rud Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Minorai Kalon Hotel
DAY 6: Bukhara
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Bukhara

City tour of Bukhara, including visits to Chor Minor mosque, the Poi-Kaylan complex, the surviving trade domes and Lyab-i-Hauz complex, once the city's principal source of water. This evening enjoy dinner and a cooking demonstration. (B, D)

Accommodation: Minorai Kalon Hotel
DAY 7: Bukhara
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Bukhara

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)

Accommodation: Minorai Kalon Hotel
DAY 8: Shahrisabz - Samarkand
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Shahrisabz - Samarkand

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

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Samarkand
DAY 9: Samarkand
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Samarkand

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)

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Samarkand
DAY 10: Samarkand
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Samarkand

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 Khizr mosque and the Khodja Doniyor mausoleum. After lunch, stop at a silk carpet factory before returning to your hotel. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotel Royal Samarkand
DAY 11: Tashkent
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Tashkent

Morning at leisure in Samarkand. This afternoon, visit the Koni Gil Silk paper workshop before proceeding by rail to Tashkent. Transfer to the Mercure Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

Accommodation: Mercure Tashkent
DAY 12: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Comprehensive tours of the mosques, madrasas & mausoleums of Khiva, Bukhara & Samarkand
  • Learn how to make traditional Uzbekistan cuisine with a cooking demonstration
  • Excursion to Shahrisabz, birthplace of Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur
  • Travel by Uzbekistan’s famous Afrosiyob train from Samarkand to Tashkent

Important information

Discovery tour
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.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, 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.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 18 people (max 20)
  • 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
  • International flights
  • Internal flights as specified
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 8 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • High-speed rail between Samarkand and Tashkent

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £3,379 | Guide price month: May 

Single supplement from £495

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