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


Travelling the ancient Silk Road, one of the greatest trade routes in history to Tamerlane's capital, ancient Khiva and Bukhara

With a diverse history and positioned at the centre of the ancient Silk Route, Uzbekistan is a melting pot of culture, flavours and architecture. From ornate madrasahs, towering fortresses and impressive mosques, the magnificence of this country is mesmerising.

Beyond Tashkent’s bustling centre, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Khiva has 54 historical and architectural monuments within its city wall, while the holy city of Bukhara houses the majestic Poi Kalon Complex with its two grand and impressive mosque and madrasah entrances facing each other.

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. From impressive Registan Square, surrounded on three sides by buildings whose pillars, arches and domes explore perfection in colour and shape, to breathtaking Shah-i-Zinda with its intricate blue and turquoise tiled tombs.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departures
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 4  25

Special Event

Dinner in a Local Home

Learn to cook the traditional Uzbek dish ‘Pilov’ in a local home in Samarkand. Meet with the family who live here to learn about daily life.

Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Tashkent.

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Ramada Tashkent for overnight. Afternoon city tour. (B, D)

Day 3 Fly to Urgench and transfer to Khiva for two nights at the 3-star Asia Khiva Hotel or similar. Walking tour of Khiva. (B, D)

Day 4 Time at leisure to explore Khiva, or take an optional ancient fortresses tour (bookable locally approx. $35). (B, D)

Day 5 Travel to Bukhara (8 ½ hrs including lunch stop) for three nights at the 3-star Devon Begi Hotel or similar. (B, L)

Day 6 Walking tour of Lyabi-Khauz Square with its madrasahs, tea houses and Maghoki Arrar Mosque, continue through the Trading Domes to Poi Kalyan Square & the Mir-i-Arab madrasah. In the afternoon, a short drive to Ismail Samani Mausoleum and stroll to Prophet Job’s well and the Ark Fortress: the old Citadel of Bukhara. (B, D)

Day 7 Morning visit to Emir’s Palace and Char Minar. Free afternoon in Bukhara. (B, D)

Day 8 Travel to Samarkand (5 hrs) for three nights at the 3-star Asia-Samarkand or Grand Samarkand Superior. Visit the medieval central square, Registan and Bibi-Khanym Mosque. (B, D)

Day 9 Visit Ulug Beg’s Observatory, the Shah-i-Zinda and Gur Emir mausoleum (Tamerlane’s tomb). Special Event. (B, D)

Day 10 Visit a ‘Khujum’ silk carpet factory and a ‘Meros’ mulberry tree paper-making workshop. (B, D)

Day 11 Morning free or an optional tour to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane (bookable locally approx. $50). Travel to Tashkent on the high-speed Afrosiyob train. Overnight in Tashkent. (B, D)

Day 12 Return flight to Heathrow, arriving later the same day. (B)

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


Lyabi-Khauz Square (Day 6) & Shah-I-Zinda (Day 9) monuments involve many steps.
Solo Groups will be accommodated in the Erkin Palace Hotel or similar in Khiva.
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.


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.


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

Date Price
October 29 £1995
November 5 £1995


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

Date Price
March 25 £2045
April 8 £2045
April 22 £2075
May 6 £2245
May 13 £2195
May 20 £2195
June 3 £2075
June 10 £2095
July 1 £2095
July 29 £2095
August 12 £2095
September 2 £2145
September 9 £2145
September 16 £2145
September 23 £2145
September 30 £2145
October 7 £2145
October 14 £2095
October 21 £2045
October 28 £1995
November 4 £1995


Date Price
March 24 £2075
April 7 £2095
April 21 £2095
May 5 £2125
May 12 £2125
May 19 £2125
June 2 £2095
June 9 £2095
June 30 £2095
July 28 £2095
August 11 £2095
September 1 £2125
September 8 £2125
September 15 £2125
September 22 £2125
September 29 £2125
October 6 £2145
October 13 £2095
October 20 £2075
October 27 £2075
November 3 £2075
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

5 November 2021
25 March, 1 July, 4 November 2022

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
2022: Jun 3 & 10, July 29, Aug 12, Oct 14, 21 & 28

Solo Group Departures
(No Single Supplement)
2021: Nov 5
2022: Mar 25, Jul 1, Nov 4

Single supplement £325
(2022 £345)

Extension Options

Extension - Ferghana Valley
3 nights £525
Single supplement £90

(limited availability)
2021: Oct 29 & Nov 5
2022: Mar 25, Apr 8, Jun 3 & 10, July 1 & 29, Aug 12, Oct 14, 21 & 28, Nov 15

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

Privately Guided

Add £895 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £550 
Arrival or departure transfer add £16

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights' accommodation, half board, 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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