Silk Road Tours

Silk Road Tours offer tailor made holidays through Central Asia, The Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa

To book now, or for more information about this or other tours, call us on 0208 728 2478 or email us at info@silkroadtours.co.uk.

Prices and Availability

Price per person £2300 based on two sharing

Price Includes

  • 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

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Uzbek Visa (obtained before travel)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses (drinks, tips etc.)

Silk Road Tours offers the following alternative tours in this region. Please get in touch for more information.

  • Uzbekistan's Silk Road Cities - 10 Days
  • This 10 day comprehensive tour visits the most important sites along the Uzbek section of the Great Silk Road. From the remote Khanate of Khiva, to the winding medieval streets of Buhkara and the graceful symmetry of Samarkand’s Registan Square, discover the fascinating history of the legendary trade route.

  • Undiscovered Turkmenistan - 7 Days
  • This short tour of Turkmenistan takes in the main highlights of a fascinating and unusual country. For those with more time, an extension to travel through the Kara Kum Desert and camp by the Darvaza flaming gas crater can easily be arranged.

  • Along China's Silk Road - 14 Days
  • The eastern end of the Silk Road crosses deserts and mountains and passes through bustling trading posts which are a melting pot of Central Asian society. Discover the lesser-known sights of China on this fascinating two-week tour.

  • Lost Cities of the Silk Road - 14 Days
  • Explore the highlights of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on this comprehensive two-week tour, following the ancient Silk Road and visiting some of its most evocative and well-preserved sites.

  • Kyrgyzstan Explorer - 9 Days
  • Delve into the scenic heart of Kyrgyzstan enjoying the magnificent scenery around Lake Issy Kul , the Tien Shan mountains and Son Kul. Stay in a traditional Yurt and discover Kyrgyzstan's nomadic way of life.

  • Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Discovery - 12 Days
  • A comprehensive tour of mountainous Kyrgyzstan and neighbouring Kazakhstan’s fascinating south. Ala Archa and Aksu Djabagly National Parks offer the chance to journey deep into the beautiful Tien Shan, while the ruins of Otrar and the profusion of ancient monuments scattered throughout Kazakhstan speak of its importance along the Silk Road. The vast landscapes of this remote region mean that long journeys are inevitable, but the scenery and sights along the way make the travel worthwhile, and the overnight train from Turkistan to Almaty allows you to experience a slice of local life.

  • Tashkent to Bishkek - 21 Days
  • Covering four of Central Asia’s five “Stans”, this comprehensive tour takes in the iconic Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan before exploring the Islamic cities and former trading posts of southern Kazakhstan. In complete contrast to these historical delights, the journey finishes with time spent in the spectacular mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where you will discover a country steeped in ancient nomadic traditions.

    Silk Road Tours can modify these tours to meet to your exact requirements. Get in touch for more information.

    Featured Hotels

    Lotte Tashkent Palace - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    The Tashkent Palace Hotel is one of Tashkents original hotels being built in 1958. It is well located in the heart of Tashkent, opposite the famous Alisher Navoi Opera House. Its 232 rooms are elegantly appointed rooms, some with views of the Opera Theatre. The hotel offers a main restaurants serving traditional Uzbek and international cuisine, as well a “Piano” and “Jazz” bar. Hotel guests may enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with poolside snack bar, sauna, massage, solarium and fitness club. A thoroughly recommended choice when staying in Tashkent.

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    Komil Hotel - Bukhara, Uzbekistan

    Situated in Bukhara’s winding medieval back streets and close to the lively cafes of Lyabi-House square, this charming 19th century residence was skilfully renovated and converted into a boutique hotel in early 2008. The rooms are built around a central courtyard and are decorated in traditional style with wood carving and hand painted walls. All rooms feature modern en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and satellite TV. Breakfast is served in the beautifully decorated original dining room and other meals are available upon request.

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    Complete Uzbekistan - 14 Days

    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.

    Itinerary:

    1. Day 1 - 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.

    2. Day 2 - 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.

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    3. Day 3 - Excursion to Aral Sea 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.

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    4. Day 4 - 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.

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    5. Day 5 - Khiva Excursion

      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

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    6. Day 6 - Khiva - Bukhara

      Today is a long drive through the Kyzyl Kum, or Red Desert to Bukhara

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    7. Day 7 - 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.

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    8. Day 8 - Last Emirs Palace

      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.

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    9. Day 9 - 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.

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    10. Day 10 - 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

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    11. Day 11 - Samarkand - Tashkent

      This morning is free to further explore Samarkand at your leisure before you transfer to Tashkent in the afternoon.

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    12. Day 12 - 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.

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    13. Day 13 - 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

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    14. Day 14 - Depart Tashkent

      Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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    B = Breakfast provided
    L = Lunch provided
    D = Dinner provided