Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia 2020

Set on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan has played host to waves of conquerors and nomads. See the legacy they left behind in the towering fortresses of Khiva and Bukhara, and the Islamic architecture of Samarkand. The remnants of more recent Soviet history are evident in the capital city, Tashkent.

11 nights from £2295pp

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  • Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia 2020
  • Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia 2020

Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly to Tashkent

    Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways. (N)

  • Day 2: Tashkent

    Arrive and transfer to the Miran International Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of the old city stopping at Amir Timur Square and the Kukeldash mosque and madrasa. (D)

  • Day 3: Fly to Urgench • Khiva

    Transfer to the airport and take a 1-hour morning flight to Urgench. Visit the ancient fortresses of Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala before an afternoon drive to Khiva via Ulli Khovli. Stay 2 nights at the Malika Kheivak Hotel (or similar). (B, L, D)

  • Day 4: Khiva

    Full-day tour of Khiva, including Kunya Ark, Islam Khoja minaret, Tash Havli Palace and a local bakery. (B, D)

  • Day 5: Bukhara

    Full-day drive to Bukhara (7-8 hours) through the Kyzylkum desert, stopping at the Amudaryo river for photos. Stay at the Zargaron Plaza (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L, D)

  • Day 6: Bukhara

    City tour of Bukhara, including visits to Chor Minor mosque, the Poi-Kaylan complex, the surviving trade domes and Lyab-i-Hauz complex, once the city’s principal source of water. This evening enjoy dinner and a cooking demonstration. (B, D)

  • Day 7: Bukhara

    After breakfast, continue your tour of Bukhara, including visits to the imposing fortress known as ‘The Ark’, located on the site of a 2,000-year-old fortress; the Summer Palace; and the Samanid mausoleum, built in the early 10th century with a facade incorporating Zoroastrian symbols. (B)

  • Day 8: Shahrisabz • Samarkand

    Drive to Shahrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane, and visit the summer palace, mosques and mausoleums. Continue to Samarkand for 3 nights at the Emirkhan Hotel or the Dilimah (or similar). (B, L, D)

  • Day 9: Samarkand

    Full-day tour of Samarkand, including visits to Registan Square, the Ulugbek observatory, Afrosiab Museum, Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, and the Bibi Khanum mosque. (B)

  • Day 10: Samarkand

    Continue your tour of Samarkand. Visit Gur Emir mausoleum, which marks the final resting place of several members of the Timurid dynasty, including Timur himself. Other visits include Nodir Divan Begi madrasa, Hazrat Khizr mosque and the Khodja Doniyor mausoleum. After lunch, stop at a silk carpet factory before returning to your hotel. (B, D)

  • Day 11: Tashkent

    Morning at leisure in Samarkand. This afternoon drive to Tashkent with a stop en route at a small market and Tamerlane Iron Gate. Transfer to the Miran International Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)

  • Day 12: Fly to London

    Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

  • Important information

  • Discovery tour

    Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation in Uzbekistan. However, outside Tashkent the standard is relatively simple. This tour involves some long drives and walking over rough terrain.

  • Single supplement

    From £395pp.

  • Private & tailor-made travel

    This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or

  • enquire online


Tour Highlights

  • Comprehensive tours of the mosques, madrasas & mausoleums of Khiva, Bukhara & Samarkand
  • Learn how to make traditional Uzbekistan cuisine with a cooking demonstration
  • Excursion to Shahrisabz, birthplace of Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 20 people (maximum 26)

Price Includes

3- & 4-star accommodation
Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
Average group size - 20 people (max 26)
International flights
Internal flights as specified
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
Experienced local tour manager
10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
Porterage at all hotels

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