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Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia

Group Tour | General Interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £1995

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 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)

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 Suzangaron Hotel (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 Lumiere Hotel & SPA Tashkent (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.


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.

Discovery group tour accommodation

  • Lumiere Hotel & SPA Tashkent
    Lumiere Hotel & SPA Tashkent

    Set in the heart of the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, Lumiere Hotel & Spa offers contemporary accommodation within walking distance of such sites as the Museum of Fine Art and the National Theatre. Rooms are spacious and well lit, with of all the facilities you'd expect for this standard of accommodation. The hotel restaurant offers modern Uzbek cuisine as well as international dishes and wine. The on-site gym and spa is considered one of the best in the city with high-end equipment and a broad range of treatments. Features: Restaurant, bar, gym, spa, indoor swimming pool, Wi-Fi-, hot tub & sauna. Room amenities: Air-conditioning, room service during restaurant hours, safe, mini bar.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Discovery group tour extensions

Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia
Fergana Valley
3 Nights from £625

Explore Uzbekistan’s cultural heartland on visits to some major towns in the Fergana valley. Highlights include Andijan’s vibrant local market and the Yodgorlik silk factory in Margilan, which uses traditional production methods that date back to the days of the Silk Road caravans.

Fergana valley Drive to the Fergana region of Uzbekistan, visiting Kokand en route. Stay 2 nights at the Grand Fergana or the Asia Fergana Hotel (or similar). (B, D)

Fergana valley Full-day tour of the region, including Andijan and Fergana Kuva & Margilan. (B, D)

Morning drive to Rishtan.. Return to Tashkent and stay at the Miran International (or similar). (B)

Fly to London Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)

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

Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia
5 Nights from £1595

Extend your tour with a trip to Kazakhstan, the world’s largest landlocked nation and a former Soviet republic. Explore the country’s largest city, Almaty, then travel into the remote countryside. Stop at dramatic canyons, hike through striking mountain scenery and listen to the ‘singing dunes’ in Altyn-Emel National Park.

Fly to Almaty (Kazakhstan) and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city. Visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, a local baazar and a chocolate factory. Stay 1 night at the Kazzhol (or similar). (B)

Travel to the spectacular Charyn canyon for a gentle hike before continuing to Altyn-Emel National Park, home to dunes, burial mounds and rock carvings. Stay 2 nights at a guest house. (B)

Spend a full day in the park exploring natural springs, oases and listening to the natural phenomenon of the ‘singing dunes’, where the rumbling sound omitted from the sand sounds like an instrument is playing in the heart of the desert. Finish the day with a hike along the grandeur of the Aktau and Katutau mountains, where the red colours and remains of lava flows leave a lasting impression. (B)

Return to Almaty with several photo stops en route including Kapchagay reservoir, Ili river and the deserts of the national park. Stay 2 nights at the Kazzhol (or similar). (B)

After breakfast drive to Medeo Gorge, where in the wonderful mountains of Trans-Ili Ala-Tau the largest high mountain skating rink in the world is located as well as the huge dam, protecting the city. Contiune to Chimbulak ski resort by Cable Car, located at an altitude of 2230 meters, popular for its mild climate, and remarkable scenery. Later, drive back to Almaty. Sightseeing tour, including Central State Museum, Palace of President, Republic Square and Monument of Independence.

Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Turkish Airlines* . (B) * Note: Your outbound flight to Uzbekistan on day 1 will also need to be with Turkish Airlines rather than Uzbekistan Airways.

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

Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia
3 Nights from £695

Travel to the far south of Uzbekistan and learn about the fascinating history of the region; discover how Termez was first established in the third century BC by Ghengis Khan and how it has changed through the years.

Day at leisure. Stay overnight at Emirkhan Hotel (or similar). (B, D)

Drive to Termez (6 hours) stopping at Sayrob village en route. In Termez, join a guided visit to the archaeological museum. Stay 2 nights at the Merian Hotel. (B, D)

Full-day tour of the surrounding areas. Highlights include an ancient minaret at Jarkurgan, Alexander’s ancient bridge, an archaeological monument at the first capital of the Kushan empire and a citadel of Alexander the Great. (B, D)

Tashkent Drive to Karshi and then take the train to Tashkent. Overnight at the Miran International (or similar). (B, D)

Fly to London Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)

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

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Dates & prices


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26 Aug 2022 - 6 Sep 2022 £2,195 £100 £395 Yes Reserve
2 Sep 2022 - 13 Sep 2022 £2,295 £0 £0 Yes Reserve
9 Sep 2022 - 20 Sep 2022 £2,295 £0 £395 Reserve
16 Sep 2022 - 27 Sep 2022 £2,295 £0 £395 Yes Reserve
30 Sep 2022 - 11 Oct 2022 £2,295 £0 £395 Yes Reserve
14 Oct 2022 - 25 Oct 2022 £2,295 £0 £395 Reserve

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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.

  • * No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
  • * 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

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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