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Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia

Group Tour | General interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £2395 Current prices from: £2395

Set on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan has played
host to waves of conquerors and nomads.
See the legacy they left behind in the
towering fortresses of Khiva and Bukhara,
and the Islamic architecture of Samarkand.
The remnants of more recent Soviet history
are evident in the capital city, Tashkent.

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
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 20 people (maximum 26)

Bukhara

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 948 1661 2475 3086 3595 3799 3595 3086 2272 1559 846
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -228 439 1152 1661 2068 2272 1966 1457 745 236 -130
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 13 13 12 11 8 6 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 221 171 321 301 110 10 0 0 10 50 120 211
Rainy Days 7 6 8 7 4 1 1 0 1 3 4 7
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 3/M 4/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Khiva

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 541 1355 2272 3086 3595 3799 3493 2984 2068 1254 541
Min temp (C)(F) -719 -621 134 948 1559 1966 2272 1966 1355 541 134 -425
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 12 12 12 10 8 6 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 80 181 181 110 30 30 10 10 50 90 131
Rainy Days 6 5 6 6 4 2 1 1 1 3 4 6
Humidity N N N N M H VH H L N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Nukus

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 32 337 1050 2068 2882 3391 3595 3290 2679 1864 948 236
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -228 745 1457 1864 2068 1864 1152 439 -130 -228
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 12 12 12 10 7 5 3
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 13 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 80 181 201 131 30 30 20 30 70 100 131
Rainy Days 6 4 5 5 4 2 1 1 1 3 4 6
Humidity L L M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Samarkand

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 33 337 846 1457 2067 2475 2678 2475 1966 1355 744 337
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 40 70 60 30 10 0 0 0 20 30 30
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Tashkent

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 846 1559 2272 2882 3493 3697 3493 2984 2170 1457 948
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -130 439 1050 1457 1864 2068 1864 1355 846 439 32
Sunshine hours 4 5 5 7 10 12 12 12 10 7 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 602 572 793 733 472 110 70 20 60 442 562 602
Rainy Days 11 10 12 10 7 3 2 1 2 6 8 11
Humidity N N N N L H VH H M N N N
UV 2/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Discovery Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Tashkent

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

Day 2: Tashkent

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

Day 3: 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)

Day 4: Khiva

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

Day 5: Bukhara

Full-day drive to Bukhara (7-8 hours) through the Kyzylkum desert, stopping at the Amudaryo river for photos. Stay at the Zargaron Plaza (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 6: 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)

Day 7: 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)

Day 8: Shahrisabz • Samarkand

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

Day 9: 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)

Day 10: 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)

Day 11: Tashkent

Morning at leisure in Samarkand. This afternoon drive to Tashkent with a stop en route at a small market and Tamerlane Iron Gate. Transfer to the Miran International Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

Day 12: Fly to London

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

Meal basis

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

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, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Discovery group tour accommodation

  • The Emirkhan Hotel
    The Emirkhan Hotel

    The Emirkhan is a 4-star character property located within the heart of Samarkand and 1.8km from the renowned Registan Square. All guestrooms are individually and traditionally furnished in bright colours with gold detail. Not all rooms have a bath. Features: 60 rooms & suites, restaurant, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, refrigerator, in-room safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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  • Malika Kheivak
    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 interests of Khiva. 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, Wi-Fi.

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Dates & prices

UZB2021

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
27 Aug 2021 - 8 Sep 2021 £1,995 £0 £395 Reserve
3 Sep 2021 - 15 Sep 2021 £2,245 £0 £395 Reserve
10 Sep 2021 - 22 Sep 2021 £2,295 £0 £395 Reserve
17 Sep 2021 - 29 Sep 2021 £2,395 £0 £295 Reserve
24 Sep 2021 - 6 Oct 2021 £2,295 £0 £395 Reserve
15 Oct 2021 - 27 Oct 2021 £2,295 £100 £0 Reserve
 

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

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.

 
  • • 3- & 4-star accommodation
    • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
    • Average group size - 18 people (max 20)
    • 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

Destinations on this tour

  • Tashkent

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

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  • Tashkent

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

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  • Asia Khiva Hotel

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

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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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  • Bukhara

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

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