Best of Uzbekistan

Where the ancient and modern world collide

Best of Uzbekistan
Destinations Destinations
Uzbekistan
Activity Activity
Culture & History
Tour Type Tour Type
Group tour
Accommodation Standard Accommodation
Superior
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

Good to know

  • Operated by Kalpak Travel, the leading Central Asia specialists
  • Small group tour: max 12 people
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Expert local guides
  • 24/7 support

An escorted small group tour to the highlights of this spectacular but highly underrated country. From 12th-century mosques to 6th-century walled cities, you’ll experience the very best of the Silk Road and learn how the rise and fall of the Timur Empire left a profound architectural legacy. But it's not all ancient history here: you'll get a feel for life under Soviet rule -- still fresh in many memories -- as well as get to know the people and culture of contemporary Uzbekistan in all its fascinating complexity.

Itinerary

What you'll see and do

Arrival in Tashkent

Day 1

Arrival in Tashkent

Your guide will meet you at arrivals and whisk you to your hotel to get settled. After breakfast and a chance to meet your fellow companions you'll head out on your first guided tour.

There’s nowhere better to start your tour of Uzbekistan than in the capital city of Tashkent. The largest city in Central Asia, Tashkent is an excellent introduction to Uzbekistan old and new. You'll visit the Old City to discover the Quran of Caliph Osman, meet locals and traders at Chor-Su Bazaar and explore Amir Temur Square to see the eponymous monument of the great conqueror.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
City Palace (or similar)
Example accommodation

City Palace (or similar)

An opulent, 4* hotel located in the centre of town, with a swimming pool, free WiFi and incredibly spacious rooms.

Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva city tour

Day 2

Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva city tour

After breakfast and an early flight to Urgench you’ll meet your new guide, who will accompany you on the remainder of your Uzbekistan tour. Upon arrival at Khiva you will visit the walled inner-city – Ichan-Kala – a UNESCO site that contains more than fifty historic monuments and hundreds of houses. Stop to marvel at the panoramic views of Old Khiva at the top of Kunya-Ark Citadel.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Asia Khiva
Example accommodation

Asia Khiva

A modern hotel located just moments from the historic sights of the city, with air conditioning, an on-site restaurant and swimming pool.

Khorezm - Bukhara

Day 3

Khorezm - Bukhara

Enjoy some free-time in the morning to explore the city or relax in your hotel before departing towards Toprak & Ayaz Kala: the clay ruins of ancient Khorezm. Located in the desert, this ancient fortress is said to date back to the 2nd century BC, and was part of a border of fortresses that stretched from east to west. In the evening you’ll have dinner before taking a short flight to Bukhara, arriving at around 10pm.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Asia
Example accommodation

Hotel Asia

A beautiful hotel with traditional décor and a central mosaic ceiling. With large rooms and a tranquil garden, it’s the perfect place to relax after a day on-the-road.

Bukhara city tour

Day 4

Bukhara city tour

As a key stop-off for traders on the Silk Road, Bukhara is steeped in history. The Old Town has been well-preserved and offers an exciting look at ancient minarets, mosques and madrassas. Look out for Lyabi-Hauz, the only one of Bukhara’s notorious canals and pools to remain un-drained; offering a serene oasis shaded by mulberry trees. Soak up the sights on a guided walking tour before visiting a local Synagogue and puppet workshop in the evening.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Bukhara - Samarkand

Day 5

Bukhara - Samarkand

After breakfast you’ll depart from Bukhara and journey to the Mausoleum of Naqshbandi, around 15km outside of the city. Next, you’ll visit the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara (Sitorai Mokhi Khosa), which means ‘the place where the moon meets the stars’ in Persian. Before lunch you’ll see Chor Minor madrasa, and in the afternoon, you’ll board a high-speed train to Samarkand.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel L’Argamak
Example accommodation

Hotel L’Argamak

Conveniently located in the heart of town, you’ll be perfectly situated for sightseeing. With garden views and beautiful terrace, this hotel offers incredible views over Samarkand.

Samarkand city tour

Day 6

Samarkand city tour

Wake up for your first full day in Samarkand – a mythical city full of romance and intrigue. Once the domain of Timur – one of history’s greatest conquerors – much of the traditional architecture and heritage has been beautifully preserved. Embark on a city tour to see Siyob Bazaar, Bibi Khanum Mosque and Registan Square. After lunch you’ll visit the burial place of Timur himself, Gur-Emir mausoleum, before enjoying some free time before dinner.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Samarkand city tour - Tashkent

Day 7

Samarkand city tour - Tashkent

Samarkand is not only famous for its monuments, but also for its paper. Samarkand paper was produced by hand from the bark of mulberry (silk) trees, and is still in production today in the village of Koni Ghil. After a visit to the famous paper workshop you’ll head to Ulugbek observatory – one of the largest research centres in Central Asia. Shah-i-Zinda and the Afrasiyab Museum are next on the itinerary before you head back to Tashkent on an evening train, arriving just in time for dinner.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Wyndham (or similar)
Example accommodation

Hotel Wyndham (or similar)

Located in the heart of the city, this recently renovated hotel offers sleek, contemporary hotel rooms with free Wifi, a Spa and Wellness Centre and a currency exchange office.

Day 8

Departure

All good things must come to an end, so after a restful night’s sleep in Tashkent you will enjoy some free time in the city until your flight departs from Tashkent International Airport.

Includes: breakfast

What people are saying

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Megan Smith, UK
01/01/2019

I have just got back from the 'Best of Uzbekistan' tour with Kalpak and have nothing but praise for the whole team involved in creating such a fabulous trip. Our guide, Mirza, was so knowledgeable and keen for us to have the best experience of his country; he was well organised but flexible and took account of the needs of individuals in the group, as well as switching the itinerary to fit in with the weather! The drivers we had were also great. Finally, I must say how friendly and helpful all my dealings were with Kalpak while organising my trip. Kalpak is a small company but one that has raised the bar in my experiences of travelling with a tour group.

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Clare V, UK
01/10/2017

It was such a privilege to travel around Uzbekistan with Kalpak - Aijan's passion and knowledge of the region made the beautiful monuments, mosques and mausoleums really come to life. Highlights included Samarkand and a starry night spent at a remote yurt camp. Go now, while the tourist spots are still quiet!

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Sophie Ibbotson, UK
01/12/2018

It is refreshing to work with a company who knows Central Asia so well and brings much-needed professionalism to tourism in the region. Central Asia - and Uzbekistan in particular - has a great deal to offer adventurous tourists and on a Kalpak Travel tour visitors will certainly get the most out of their trip.

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Kelly Lewis, USA
01/09/2018

Spent a week with Kalpak Travel in Uzbekistan and it was incredible! The team behind Kalpak Travel are experts in Central Asia and they really went above and beyond to make sure we were getting the history that also went behind some of the country’s most amazing sights. Highly recommend booking a trip with them if you’re planning on visiting Central Asia!

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Good to know

  • Operated by Kalpak Travel, the leading Central Asia specialists
  • Small group tour: max 12 people
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Expert local guides
  • 24/7 support

Best of Uzbekistan

What's included & what's not included

Included Accommodation

Seven nights in carefully-selected, quality assured hotels of at least three or four star equivalent.

Included Guide

Expert, English-speaking guides and fully escorted tours in every destination.

Included Meals

Full board (eight breakfasts, seven lunches and seven evening meals).

Included Transport

All road transport, rail tickets and airport/hotel transfers.

Included Flights

Internal/domestic flights are included in the price.

Days

8

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€1,390 pp

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