The tour leader was from Uzbekistan. He had incredible knowledge of the country, culture and history. Organization of the tour was excellent. The organized itinerary was comprehensive and left little to nothing additional that needed to be seen during any free time. The tour leader provided the group with all logistical information needed, kept everyone supplied with water to avoid dehydration and made dinner suggestions that almost everyone joined in with.
There were a couple of long driving days on sometimes rough roads which could be a challenge. Because of the distances covered, this was unavoidable. The tour leader did make sure we had sufficient stops and breaks for coffee or lunch, or sightseeing along the way to break up the journey.
This is a historical tour crossing the silk road, so the focus was cultural and historical sights anywhere from 500 to 2500 years old. It is great for someone who loves history and cultural diversity. What is really interesting and unique here is the mix of middle eastern, central Asian and Russian cultures.
Chris - Toronto, ON
Small Group Holiday
The ancient Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva conjure up images of unimaginably wealthy oases linked by caravans, of imperial politics and incredible architecture. Beautiful turquoise domes and towering minarets grace the skyline while down below everyday life goes on in markets and cafes from years gone by. This 11-day tour of Uzbekistan takes you to the cities of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva as well as to some more remote areas like the desert castles on the arid plains of Khorezm, a yurt camp near Aidarkul Lake and the ancient town of Nurata.
Activity / Theme
Basic / Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate
Private bus/minibus, train and internal flight
9 nights hotels with en suite facilities, 1 night simple yurt
Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:
This tour offers some early season departures, when temperatures are cool to pleasant. May is warmer and it is the time when normally the Silk and Spices Festival takes place in Bukhara. It highlights the country’s culture, traditions, arts and crafts.
DAY 1 Join Tashkent; city tour.
DAY 2 Fly Urgench; to Khiva for city tour
DAY 3 Desert castles
DAY 4 To Bukhara
DAYS 5-6 Two full days to explore Bukhara
DAY 7 Via Gijduvan and Rabad Malik to desert yurt camp
DAY 8 Aidarkul Lake & Nurata, to Samarkand
DAY 9 Full day tour of Samarkand
DAY 10 Free time, late afternoon train to Tashkent
DAY 11 Finish Tashkent
All accommodation (see below)
All transport and listed activities
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner included
Tour leader throughout
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