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Tour modern Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest city in Central Asia. Visit the Fergana Valley to learn about the strong local traditions of ceramics and silk production. Visit the famous Savitsky Museum in Nukus, capital of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan.

Explore remarkably well-preserved Khiva, a museum city surrounded by mud-brick walls, and spend time in the charming Old City of Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be wowed by the spectacular Registan and other architectural wonders of ancient Samarkand. Meet master craftsmen, who will share with you their expertise in papermaking, ceramics, and silk production.

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We fully appreciate that we all need to be flexible in the world of travel right now. You can book with us with complete confidence that you have the flexibility to change your plans if needed.

All bookings made this year can be changed or postponed free of charge. If you cancel your trip up to 16 days before the departure, we will hold your deposit as a credit towards an alternative trip in the future with Kalpak Travel.

Good to know

  • Explore the fascinating culture and history of Uzbekistan
  • Fully escorted multi-lingual guide
  • Small groups (max 16)
  • Flexible rebookings: change dates at no cost

What's included

  • Included Ground transfers
  • Included Internal flights
  • Included All meals
  • Included Accommodation
  • Included Guided excursions
Days

14

Starting from

€2,890 pp

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Destinations
Uzbekistan
Activity
Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Solo Travel
Tour Type
Small group tour, Private guided tour
Physical Level
Easy

Journey highlights

Key moments and experiences on this trip

Visit Kyzylkum Desert ruins
Uzbekistan

Visit Kyzylkum Desert ruins

Tour the ruined fortresses of Toprak Kala and Ayaz Kala, found in the heart of the Red Desert.

Take a guided tour of Samarkand
Samarkand

Take a guided tour of Samarkand

Probably the most-famous of the Silk Road cities, known for its historic mausoleums, ancient architecture and fascinating heritage. Visit prominent landmarks such as the Gur-e-Amir mausoleum, Bibi-Khanum Mosque and the Registan.

Khiva city tour
Khiva

Khiva city tour

Discover Khiva, an enclosed museum city and a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to a labyrinth of mud-brick alleyways and carefully restored historical sites.

Detailed itinerary

What you'll see and do

Arrive in Tashkent

Arrive at Tashkent Airport in the morning. Transfer to the hotel and rest after your flight. Take some time to relax before we meet for an introductory session and walk to lunch. We will enjoy our first meal of Uzbek cuisine and discuss the journey ahead of us.

After lunch, we will set out on an orientation tour of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest city in Central Asia. We will walk to Independence Square, which is a symbol of freedom for the Uzbek people, who declared their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. We also will wander through Tashkent’s artists’ corner, locally known as Broadway. Finally, we will have our first encounter with Uzbekistan’s national hero, Emperor Timur (Tamerlane) in Amir Timur Square, and also see the Alisher Navoi Theatre from the outside. Together we will enjoy a lively welcome dinner and celebrate the start of what will no doubt be a captivating journey through Uzbekistan.

Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hampton by Hilton
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Hampton by Hilton

Visit Khudayar Khan’s Palace

Following breakfast, we will travel by train to the Fergana Valley. Surrounded by the Tien Shan Mountains and watered by tributaries of the Syr Darya River, this is the most fertile part of Central Asia. Since the time of Alexander the Great and throughout the heyday of the great Silk Road, it was a rich oasis.

We will arrive in Kokand by train around noon. This was the capital of the Kokand Khanate which fought for power with Bukhara and Khiva before the arrival of the Russians. First we will have lunch in the house of Master Hasan, who is a well-respected blacksmith. He will show us his process of forging knives and then chat with us over our meal.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Palace of Khudayar Khan, once a 113-room royal court which housed the ruling families in charge of vast lands stretching between the Kazakh Steppe and the Pamir. We will also visit the Juma Mosque, which is famous for its 100 meter-long iwan, one of the finest examples of wood-carving in Uzbekistan. After this sightseeing we will drive to the town of Fergana, where we check in at the hotel for two nights and have dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Asia Fergana Hotel
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Asia Fergana Hotel

Explore Fergana Valley

This is our second day exploring the Fergana Valley. The region is famous in Uzbekistan not only for agriculture, but also for its artisans and markets.

After visiting the local market in Fergana, we will drive around one hour to Rishtan, which is celebrated as a centre of ceramics. It is no coincidence that pottery became such a prominent industry here: the local red clay and pigments are of excellent quality. We will have the chance to visit the studio of a master potter, and to learn more about his job and passion, which has been passed down from generation to generation.

After lunch, we will visit a village where many ethnic Kyrgyz families live. Our host this afternoon is Bahromjon, a Kyrgyz man whose family keeps alive the craft of felt-making. After conversation and tea we will see and participate in the creation of a felt carpet. We will return to Fergana this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Asia Fergana Hotel
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Asia Fergana Hotel

Visit the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

After breakfast, we will visit the neighboring town of Margilan. The economic life here is still dominated by the large-scale production of silk and other textiles. We will learn firsthand about the manufacturing process during a visit to the Margilan Yodgorlik Silk Factory.

At Yodgorlik, silkworms are raised on mulberry leaves, and the cocoons are unraveled to yield the raw material. The artisans use natural dyes and Uzbekistan’s traditional ikat technique to produce stunning pieces. Several different grades of fabric are produced, from the pure silk khon atlas, to cotton and silk blends called adras.

After the factory visit, we will have a look around the town before departing for Tashkent. The journey to Tashkent takes about five hours, but we will make a few stops to have lunch, take some photos, and stretch our legs. Arrival in Tashkent will be in the early evening, when we will check-in at the hotel. Independent dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hampton by Hilton
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Hampton by Hilton

Tashkent city tour

Tashkent is not only the biggest city in Central Asia, but also one of the oldest. Unfortunately, most of its historic buildings were destroyed in a catastrophic earthquake in 1966, after which Tashkent was rebuilt as a model Soviet city. Amongst the historic buildings which did survive are those of the Khast Imom Complex, which is where we will head first on today’s city tour of Tashkent.

The complex’s library contains the Quran of Caliph Uthman, which dates from the 7th century and hence may be the oldest Quran in the world. In the same place is the mausoleum of an Islamic saint, Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi. We will then join traders at the vibrant Chorsu Bazaar before taking a ride on the stunningly decorated Tashkent Metro. There will be free time in the afternoon. In the evening we will get together to have a chat about the next day’s trip to Nukus, and then have dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hampton by Hilton
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Hampton by Hilton

Flight to Nukus

We will start the day early to catch our domestic flight to Nukus, the capital of the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. Due to its remote location near the Aral Sea, Nukus was a ‘closed city’ throughout the Soviet era, as the Red Army researched and developed chemical warfare weapons here.

We will drive to the famous Savitsky Museum, officially known as the State Art Museum of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. An art curator from the museum will give us a special tour of the collection. The museum showcase the life’s work of Russian painter and collector Igor Savitsky, whose legacy includes thousands of archeological and ethnographic treasures, along with the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde art. Many avant-garde artists were purged by Stalin, but Savitsky acquired their artworks and kept them hidden from the vigilant eyes of the KGB in this isolated desert location.

We will have lunch together and then more time to explore the collections further on our own. We will also have a walk around the local vicinity to see life in Nukus. This evening we will organize a folklore show with traditional Karakalpak music and dance.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Jipek Joli
Classic

Hotel Jipek Joli

Visit the ruins of the Red Desert

Our destination for today is Khiva. On the way, we will visit the ruins of Toprak Kala and Ayaz Kala, two ancient fortresses in the Kyzylkum (Red Desert). First, we will drive about two hours to Toprak Kala, which was the capital of Khorezm in the 2nd century AD. From there, it is just half an hour’s drive onto the Ayaz Kala.

According to archeological excavations, the oldest parts of the Ayaz Kala fortress date from the 2nd century BC. It was one of a chain of border fortresses which stretched from east to west and defended the Khiva oasis from attack. At Ayaz Kala we will have a lunch prepared by locals inside a traditionally built yurt. Then we will drive about two hours to Khiva. Upon arrival, we will check-in at the hotel and meet up again for dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Zarafshon Boutique
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Hotel Zarafshon Boutique

Khiva city walking tour

A jewel of desert architecture, Khiva is one of the most important centers of ancient Khorezm. Locals believe that Shem, son of Noah, founded the city when he discovered a fresh water spring in the middle of this vast desert. Archeologists believe the city was founded some 2,500 years ago. Today, Khiva is the most architecturally intact and tightly packed of Central Asia’s Silk Road cities. Its intense blue-and-green tile work ranks as some of the most ornate in Uzbekistan, and the entirety of the Ichan-Kala – the inner city – is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has the feel of a movie set or open-air museum.

Khiva is full of incredible architecture, and today we will get the chance to see it all. The focus of our tour is the walled Ichan-Kala, within which are preserved more than 60 historic monuments and hundreds of centuries-old houses. You will also have time on your own to wander around this fabled town. Make sure you join the tour manager for the sunset walk where you will have the chance to go up onto the city walls and see Khiva at dusk. Dinner will then be with the group.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Zarafshon Boutique
Classic

Hotel Zarafshon Boutique

Khiva - Bukhara (flight) - City Tour

After breakfast, transfer to Urgench Airport to catch the domestic flight to Bukhara (9:20 am – 10:10 am). Transfer to the old town of Bukhara.

Bukhara was a key trading post on the Silk Road. This UNESCO-listed city has numerous zigzagged backstreets, bustling bazaars, and historical monuments. The city is also known as Bukhara Sharif, which translates as “Holy Bukhara”, because of its hundreds of mosques and mausoleums. The city has seen various dynasties battling for influence as it has always stood as a center of trade, culture, and scholarship. Similar to Khiva, Bukhara’s Old City is quite small and compact, and so can be comfortably explored on foot.

Today we will visit the Ismail Somoni Mausoleum, which was built in the 10th century and is the oldest surviving monument in Central Asia. More than 16 styles of decorative brickwork adorn the face of this cubic memorial. The Chashma Ayub Mausoleum is a pilgrimage site for locals, who believe the site was visited by the Prophet Job. We will then visit the Bolo Hauz Mosque, which functions as Bukhara’s central mosque. Across from the mosque is the Ark citadel. This is the original fortress of Bukhara and likely dates back 2,000 years or more. After lunch, we will visit the Poi Kalon, the complex at the heart of the city which includes the Kalon Mosque and Minaret, and also the Mir-i-Arab Madrassah. These buildings surround an open plaza teeming with local merchants selling handicrafts.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where you'll stay
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Hotel Devon Boutique
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Hotel Devon Boutique

Bukhara city tour

Today we visit a few more interesting sights on the outskirts of Bukhara. The first of these sites is the Mausoleum of Naqshbandi, an important order of Sufism that is well represented in Uzbekistan and has had a long-lasting influence. This memorial place is still a popular place of pilgrimage for Sufis, many of whom visit from abroad. From here, we will then visit the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. In Persian it is called Sitorai Mokhi Khosa, “the place where the moon meets the stars”. Next, we visit the Chor Bakr memorial complex. In the afternoon, return back to Bukhara and have some free time before dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Hotel Devon Boutique
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Hotel Devon Boutique

Bukhara - Samarkand (train ride, c. 2h)

Free time in the morning to relax, and explore on your own the old town with its narrow streets or have some coffee or tea by the Lyabi Hauz Complex. In the afternoon, transfer to the train station and take the bullet train to Samarkand (3:50 PM – 5:20 PM). We will transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Hotel Platan
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Hotel Platan

Samarkand city tour

Sublime Samarkand was the imperial capital Emperor Timur, one of history’s greatest conquerors. His vast empire rivaled any, stretching across the Eurasian steppe and as far away as Ankara and Delhi. Timur ruled his kingdom with an iron fist while at the same time patronizing the arts and literature. Much of his architectural heritage has been preserved, allowing us a glimpse of how the city might have looked at the peak of his power.

Today is devoted to exploring Samarkand. We will start the day at the Gur-e-Amir, the gilded mausoleum where Timur is buried. We will hear stories about his life and how he began the construction of Samarkand. Then, we will go on to the Registan, the most famous (and arguably most impressive) landmark in Uzbekistan. This square is the historic focal point of Samarkand, and it is framed by three beautiful madrassas, Ulugbek, Sherdor, and Tillya Kori. We will stroll from here through the spacious courtyard of the Bibi-Khanum Mosque, a structure which legend says was gifted to Timur by one of his wives.

After lunch, we will have time to explore the Siyob Bazaar, where fruit and vegetables grown in the rich soils of the Zarafshan Valley are sold in a colorful market. After lunch, we will explore Shahi Zinda, a tile-rich street of turquoise and blue domes, where family members of Timur are buried. We will finish the day with a visit to bakery in one of the backstreets of the old town, where a family prepares bread for the local community. You may try making a loaf of bread after watching the process.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Hotel Platan
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Hotel Platan

Samarkand - Tashkent (train ride, c. 2h)

After breakfast, we will drive to a nearby village situated in the lower foothills of the Hissar mountain range. Upon arrival, we will visit a local house to use the bathroom facilities and then go for a walk in the mountains. The hike is about two miles and it takes you through village streets, along mountain trails, and through meadows. During this short walk we will talk about various subjects such as local village life and the nature around us, and it is likely we will meet people and chat to them along the way. This is a good chance to have a rest from architecture and history, and to get an introduction to rural Uzbekistan with its natural beauty and hospitality. We will return to the city in time for lunch, and continue exploring the city with a visit to Ulugbek’s Observatory, once the biggest research center in Central Asia. Ulugbek was decades ahead of the West with his observations of the solar system and the Earth, and we will learn more about his story in this prestigious setting. We will also visit the Afrasiyab Museum to learn more about the ancient city of Samarkand – then known as Afrasiyab – which was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century. This evening we will take the high-speed train back to Tashkent. On arrival, we will enjoy a farewell dinner and then check-in at the hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Hampton by Hilton
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Hampton by Hilton

Depart from Tashkent

We will arrange a complimentary transfer to Tashkent International Airport.

Included meals: Breakfast

  • Tashkent

    Tashkent

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  • Fergana

    Fergana

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  • Fergana

    Fergana

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  • Tashkent

    Tashkent

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  • Tashkent

    Tashkent

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  • Nukus

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  • Khiva

    Khiva

    The walled city of Khiva is made up of mud-brick buildings and has over 50 historic monuments meaning you will need a few days to explore the city...
  • Khiva

    Khiva

    The walled city of Khiva is made up of mud-brick buildings and has over 50 historic monuments meaning you will need a few days to explore the city...
  • Bukhara

    Bukhara

    Bukhara is over 2,000 years old, built on the site of a former Buddhist monastery, it has hundreds of minarets, mosques and madrassas with key sites being the Kalyan minaret, that's tower is a prominent landmark of the city, the Ismail Samani mausoleum and Bolo Haouz Mosque, one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city...
  • Bukhara

    Bukhara

    Bukhara is over 2,000 years old, built on the site of a former Buddhist monastery, it has hundreds of minarets, mosques and madrassas with key sites being the Kalyan minaret, that's tower is a prominent landmark of the city, the Ismail Samani mausoleum and Bolo Haouz Mosque, one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city...
  • Samarkand

    Samarkand

    A rebuilt 14th-century city, Samarkand in Uzbekistan is a striking place to visit with mosques covered in ceramic tiles and sand coloured buildings...
  • Samarkand

    Samarkand

    A rebuilt 14th-century city, Samarkand in Uzbekistan is a striking place to visit with mosques covered in ceramic tiles and sand coloured buildings...
  • Tashkent

    Tashkent

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  • Tashkent

    Tashkent

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Where to stay

Some of our sample accommodation.

Carefully-selected, quality assured hotels ranging from three or four stars.

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Hampton by Hilton
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Hampton by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton Tashkent can found in the heart of the city's cultural district...

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Asia Fergana Hotel
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Asia Fergana Hotel

Hotel Asia Fergana is conveniently located in the centre, overlooking shared gardens...

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Hotel Jipek Joli
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Hotel Jipek Joli

Hotel Jipek Joli is conveniently located within Nukus city, a close distance from the area's known attractions, including the Karakalpakstan Museum of Art just 0...

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Hotel Zarafshon Boutique
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Hotel Zarafshon Boutique

This boutique hotel is located in the ancient city of Khiva, a UNESCO world heritage site...

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Hotel Devon Boutique
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Hotel Devon Boutique

Set in Bukhara, Devon Hotel is ideally located within the centre, just 50 meters distance from the Lyabi Khauz Ensemble...

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Hotel Platan
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Hotel Platan

This boutique hotel is located in Samarkand, 1...

Reviews

What people are saying about Kalpak Travel

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Sten-Enok, Norway
01/11/2018

I got a tip to visit the webpage for Kalpak and have not regretted since. They arrange trips to Central Asia and do it really well. They are professional, respond to inquiries instantly, are very flexible and know the region well. I was in contact with Luca for a combination of mountain biking and trekking in the Fann mountains in Tajikistan. My experience is solely positive; truly professional and passionate about the region.

Mind you, Kalpak uses local resources and is responsible tourism. I really recommend Kalpak Travel! They make astonishing trips to Central Asia and are professional, serious and responsible.

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Spencer, Australia
01/07/2018

We had a fabulous 13-day tour of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - in May/June. Luca, the owner of Kalpak Travel, has been very reliable and committed to giving excellent service. He was constantly keeping in touch during our trip to ensure that everything was running smoothly.

The guides in each city spoke excellent English and were extremely informative on all aspects of Central Asia. In Almaty, we were invited to have dinner at our tour guide's home. The food was fabulous and we had a wonderful evening….

We were very lucky to have Kalpak Travel as our tour company which exceeded our expectations with flying colours. We highly recommend Kalpak Travel if you are planning a hassle-free tour of Central Asia.

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Rebecca, USA
01/07/2018

We had a wonderful 3.5 week trip through the 5 Stans. I feel like I've seen the highlights in case I don't get the opportunity to return, but I most certainly DO want to return and see more. These are the warmest and most welcoming people I have every encountered.

My regret is that Kalpak does not arrange trips for other parts of the world, as I truly enjoyed every minute of working with them, and would love to do so again. SUPERLATIVE service.

How to book

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Price guide

This itinerary would cost from €2,890 pp.

Pricing may vary by accommodation choice, group size and time of year.

What's included

Included Ground transfers

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

Included Internal flights

Internal/domestic flights are included in the price.

Included All meals

Full board; 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners.

Included Accommodation

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

Included Guided excursions

Expert, English-speaking guides and fully escorted tours in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Nukus, Samarkand and Fergana Valley.

How to book

We aim to provide absolute peace of mind when booking with us. A €500 per person deposit is required at the time of booking, and you may cancel or re-book your dates up to 15 days prior to departure.

All group departures have a maximum group size of 12 guests. All departure dates are guaranteed.

You can also opt to book the whole itinerary as a private tour. We can arrange extra nights before or after the trip, and suggest private tour extensions.

We can advise and take care of any required visas. Citizens of most countries are eligible for an e-visa for Tajikistan, and a visa on arrival for Turkmenistan, with a letter of invitation pre-arranged by us. Other countries are visa-free for most nationalities. Contact us for advice.

We are happy to advise on your international flights, please contact us for more assistance.

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