Overview

Flight - 1 night
Tashkent - 1 night
Bukhara - 2 nights
Samarkand - 3 nights

Highlights of Uzbekistan

A great value tour of the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan including Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand, using the high speed railway line to travel between the capital Tashkent and Bukhara

This highlights tour has been carefully designed to distil the authentic Jules Verne experience into a concise arrangement, shorter and more affordable.

An ethnic and cultural melting pot, Uzbekistan has ancient roots and has seen the wax and wane of countless empires. Situated on the historic Silk Road, the exchange of goods and ideas – religious, intellectual and artistic – left a remarkable historical and architectural legacy. The capital, Tashkent reflects a combination of Soviet, Uzbek and Silk Road influences.

Samarkand, Tamerlane’s capital, was one of the great medieval trading centres and whose gift, and that of his grandson Ulug Beg, is to be found in the magnificent buildings. The Registan, the main square, is the centrepiece surrounded by buildings whose pillars, arches and domes explore perfection in colour and shape.

Bukhara’s great days began in the 9th century as the seat of the Samanid dynasty, but even when they were deposed and Samarkand prospered, Bukhara remained an important trading centre on the Silk Road. The old town is a treasure trove of old and beautiful buildings dotted around a warren of jumbled streets with the Ark, a citadel with 18-metre walls, dominating the main square.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departures
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 26

Day 1 Overnight flight to Tashkent.

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Ramada Tashkent Hotel for an overnight stay in Tashkent. Afternoon city tour including the Khasti-Imam Complex and Holy Koran, the Applied Arts Museum and Independence Square (B, D)

Day 3 Travel to Bukhara by train (4 hrs). Afternoon tour of Lyabi-Khauz Square with its madrasahs and tea houses and the Magoki-Attori Mosque. Spend two nights at the 3-star Devon Begi or similar. (B, D)

Day 4 Tour of Poi Kalyan Square, Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah, Ulug Beg Madrasah and the Ark Fortress, the old Citadel of Bukhara. (B, D)

Day 5 Visit the Summer Palace of Emir. Continue to a ceramics centre in Gijduvan for a demonstration and tea ceremony. Drive to Samarkand (3 hrs). Stay for three nights at the 3-star Asia Samarkand Hotel or similar. (B, D)

Day 6 Full-day tour including Ulug Beg’s Observatory, the Shah-I-Zinda and Gur Emir mausoleums (Tamerlane’s tomb). (B, D)

Day 7 Visit the impressive Registan Square and Bibi-Khanym Mosque, once one of the Islamic world’s biggest mosques (B, D)

Day 8 Travel to Tashkent (5 hrs) for the return flight, arriving later the same day. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

Lyabi-Khauz Square (Day 3) & Shah-I-Zinda (Day 6) monuments involve many steps.
On occasion, alternative hotels may be used.

Notes

Hotels in Uzbekistan are simple and unpretentious but well-located with a restaurant, bar and air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and satellite TV. From time to time, there may be water and electricity shortages and, on occasion, alternative hotels may be used. WiFi (free) is available at all hotels on the tour, although can be intermittent depending on local conditions. Food is based on fresh local produce and is nutritious but can be repetitive. Travel between the cities by road, whilst being a classic way to experience the country, involves some long journeys with only limited opportunities for comfort breaks. The order of sightseeing tours may vary in accordance with local conditions.

2021

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
Uzbekistan Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
March 26 £1495
April 16 £1545
April 30 £1595
May 14 £1595
May 28 £1595
June 18 £1595
August 6 £1545
September 3 £1545
September 17 £1495
October 1 £1495
October 15 £1595
October 29 £1495
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

26 March & 29 October 2021

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited availability)
2021: Apr 16, May 28, Aug 6 &
Oct 15

Solo Group Departures
(No Single Supplement)
2021: Mar 26 & Oct 29

Single supplement £195

Extension Options

Extra nights - Tashkent
Ramada Tashkent Hotel
£65 (per night)
Single supplement £50

Independent Arrival

Save £550 
Arrival or departure transfer add £16

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 6 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily and 6 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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