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 Departure
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6  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 and tea houses, Maghoki Arrar Mosque, Prophet Job’s well, Poi Kalyan Square and the Mir-i-Arab madrasah. Visit the Ark Fortress, old Citadel of Bukhara and Char Minar. (B, D)

Day 7 Free time 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 Morning at leisure. 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
March 19 £2045
April 9 £2195
April 23 £2245
May 7 £2245
May 14 £2195
May 21 £2245
June 4 £2195
June 11 £2095
July 2 £2095
July 30 £2095
August 13 £2095
September 3 £2145
September 10 £2145
September 17 £2145
September 24 £2145
October 1 £2145
October 8 £2145
October 15 £2095
October 22 £2045
October 29 £1995
November 5 £1995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

19 March, 2 July and 5 November 2021

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
2021: Jun 11, Jul 30, Aug 13, Oct 15, 22 & 29

Solo Group Departures
(No Single Supplement)
2021: Mar 19, Jul 2, Nov 5

Single supplement £325

Extension Options

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

(limited availability)
2021: Apr 9, Jun 4 & 11, Jul 30, Aug 13, Oct 15, 22 & 29

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

Privately Guided

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Independent Arrival

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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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