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Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia

Private Travel | General interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £2995
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.

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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

  • Suzangaron Hotel
    Suzangaron Hotel

    The Zargaron Plaza Hotel, meaning 'the quarter occupied by jewellers', is located a 20-minute walk away from the historical centre of Bukhara and a 15-minute drive from Bukhara airport. The hotel has a European feel with a Spanish bar while the lobby has an oriental feel with marble flooring, white arches and columns. Rooms are spacious and furnished with dark wood furniture and simple soft furnishings.

  • 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.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

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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  • 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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