Discover the heart of the Silk Road in Central Asia with this comprehensive tour that takes in all the significant sites of Uzbekistan such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. This trip also offers the opportunity to visit the Karakalpakstan region to see the Savistsky art collection in Nukus and the ships graveyard at Moynaq. The Ferghana Valley, the first place where Sericulture developed outside of China and home to the famous 19th century Khanate of Kokand.
Arrival Tashkent - City Tour
Arrival Tashkent. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Central Asia’s largest city including both old and new Tashkent. Your tour will include the Navoi Theatre, Amir Timur square, the huge open air market of Chorsu Bazaar as well as the mosques and madrassahs of old Tashkent. There will also be time for a ride on the metro with its ornate Soviet era stations.
Fly to Nukus
Take an early morning flight to Nukus and on arrival enjoy an excursion of this remote town taking in the colourful local bazaar and the museum dedicated to the dissident artist Savitsky who escaped persecution under Stalin due to the remoteness of Nukus from Moscow.
Excursion to Moynaq ship’s graveyard
Today enjoy an excursion to the former fishing village of Moynaq which is now a ships graveyard as the Aral Sea has retreated some 200kms. Also visit the ancient necropolis of Mizdakhan, and Gyaur-Kala or ‘Fortress of the Infidels’ which dates back to the 4th century BC.
Nukus – Desert Citadels – Khiva
This morning travel from Nukus to the ancient Khanate of Khiva stopping on the way at the desert castles of Ayaz and Toprak Kala. These castles were built in the 3rd century BC and acted to protect the communities from nomadic raids. Arrive in Khiva
Khiva City Tour
Enjoy a full day’s tour of the remotest of Uzbekistan’s Khanates. Declared a museum city by the Soviet’s, the old town of Ichan Qala is almost perfectly preserved and represents a fine ensemble of Islamic architecture. Your tour will also include lively and colourful Dishan Kala bazaar
Transfer Khiva - Bukhara
Today is a long drive through the Kyzyl Kum, or Red Desert to Bukhara
Bukhara City Tour
Take a full day’s walking tour of perhaps the most atmospheric Silk Road city in Central Asia. The day starts at the famous Ark where Connelly and Stoddart were imprisoned and takes you through the winding streets with their many mosques, madrassahs, caravanserais and trading domes to finish at the Lyabi Hauz with its lively open air cafes.
Last Emirs Palace Excursion
This morning travel outside of Bukhara to visit the palace of the last Emir of Bukhara. This beautiful former residence is notable for its mixture of oriental and western architectural influences. The afternoon will then be free to further explore Bukhara at your leisure.
Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Leave Bukhara to travel to the fabled city of Samarkand stopping en route at Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the legendary Uzbek hero Tamarlaine. Here you will be able to view the remains of his summer palace as well as the mausoleum where he planned to be buried. Continue to Samarkand.
Samarkand City Tour
The legendary city of Samarkand, ‘Pearl of the East’ lies at the heart of the Silk Road and contains some of most iconic sights. Your tour of Tamarlaines former capital will include the magnificent Registan Square, Shah i-Zinda and the Ulu Beg observatory as well it many other fine monuments
Samarkand - Tashkent
This morning is free to further explore Samarkand at your leisure before you transfer to Tashkent in the afternoon.
Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan - Ferghana
Leave Tashkent by train for the fertile Ferghana Valley where you will be able to visit the powerful 19th century Khanate of Kokand and museum dedicated to Khakim Niyazi, Uzbekistan’s first national poet. Later visit the ceramics works at Rishtan where ceramics with their distinctive Ishkor glaze have been produced in the traditional way for over 800 years.
Ferghana – Margilan – Andijan – Tashkent
Margilan was the first place that sericulture developed outside of China and today you will be able to visit the works where silk is still produced using the traditional hand crafted techniques. Afterwards en route back to Tashkent you will be able to visit Andijan, one of the oldest cities in the Ferghana Valley.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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Prices and Availability
Price per person £2060 based on two sharing
- Internal flight Tashkent to Nukus
- Private English speaking guide throughout
- Private driver with vehicle
- All entrance fees
- Medium locally graded accommodation
- 13 nights accommodation Bed and Breakfast basis
- International Flights
- Uzbek Visa (obtained before travel)
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses (drinks, tips etc.)
- Explore Tashkent, Central Asia’s largest city
- Discover the ship’s graveyard at Moynaq
- View the art of dissident artist Savitsky
- Walk though wonderfully preserved Khiva
- Wander the magical maze of Bukhara’s streets
- Visit Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane
- Marvel at the iconic Registan Square in Samarkand
- Explore the fertile Ferghana Valley