From the remarkable mosques and Soviet architecture of Tashkent to the ancient capital of Khiva, follow the legendary Silk Road through the exotic best of Uzbekistan. Indulge in steamy marble hammams, roam the twisting lanes of ancient bazaars and explore the monuments and minarets of Samarkand. Your CEO will lead the way, taking care of the hassles and leaving you free to explore a land rich in culture and history. For a great taste of enigmatic Uzbekistan, this 12-day adventure serves up only the best.
- Tashkent guided walking tour
- Samarkand city tour
- Homestay in a mountainside village
- Bukhara city tour
- Khiva ancient city tour
- Toprak Qala and Ayaz Qala visit
- Yurt stay
- Internal flight
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. (Allow USD240 for meals not included.)
- Local bus, air-con bus, plane.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
- Hotels (9 nts), homestay (1 nt), traditional yurt (1 nt, multi-share).
Take an included sightseeing tour of the city with a local guide before free time to explore. Opt to visit the history museum, fine arts museum, mosques, and bazaars.
Travel on to Samarkand. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum.
Enjoy a city tour and visit to the Registan. Opt to check out the Guri Amir Mausoleum, Tomb of the Prophet Daniel, and the Registan minarets.
Day 5Samarkand/Sentyab(1B, 1D)
Travel to rural Uzbekistan for a homestay in Sentyab village. On the way, visit the remains of Alexander the Great's fortress and Chashma Holy Spring.
Travel to Bukhara, one of the most charming cities in the country. Opt to visit the old city bazaars, have dinner with a local family, or visit a traditional hammam (bathhouse).
We take a half-day guided walk around the beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets that make up the Old City.
Enjoy a full day's travel through the desert to reach UNESCO-listed Khiva. Spend the evening getting to know the place.
Enjoy a guided tour of the city with free time to experience the local life. Opt to browse the shops, wander the lanes, examine handmade silk rugs, or sit in a café in this ancient historical town.
Day 10Khiva/Ayaz Qala(1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the remains of ancient Khorezm by visiting Toprak Qala and Ayaz Qala. Stay in yurts near Ayaz Qala and take an optional camel ride.
Day 11Ayaz Qala/Tashkent(1B)
Drive to Nukus for a short tour of the city before an afternoon flight back to Tashkent.
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April 16, 2013, 5:01 p.m.
Uzbekistan. Where Silk Road Grandeur Meets Soviet Funk For over a thousand years, the network of trading routes known as the Silk Road was flush with camel caravans carrying spices, silks, people and ideas from east to west and back again. And Uzbekistan was at its crossroads. Cities with elaborate marketplaces, mosques, madrasas (schools) and [&hellip