New Year Holidays in Uzbekistan

New Year's Breaks: Sightseeing in Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand

 

Country: Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Itinerary: Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent

Guarantee dates of group tour: 02.01.2019 - 08.01.2019

New Year Holidays in Uzbekistan

The New Year holidays is a magic time when each of us becomes a child inside and feels pleasantly excited as if in anticipation of something fabulous. We invite you to make a New Year trip to a non-standard destination aside from popular and populous winter trends - to Uzbekistan!

The itinerary of this New Year tour is organised in such a way that you arrive in Urgench and depart from Tashkent. Tourists will enjoy the winter versions of the brightest and most spectacular attractions in the ancient cities of Uzbekistan: grandiose architectural monuments of the Timurid period in Samarkand, the inner city of Khiva which has survived into the present almost intact, a huge number of old madrasahs and mosques in Bukhara and the old and modern parts of Tashkent.

The agreeable background to the trip will include:

a very delicious Uzbek cuisine;
eastern hospitality organically intertwined with international standards for hotel and restaurant service.

 

Spend your New Year Breaks 2019 in a new interesting place!

  • ITINERARY
    SERVICES & COST

  • VISA

  • FAQ

 

Itinerary:
Day 1
02.01.2019
Arrivai in Urgench. Urgench - Khiva (40 km, 1 h).
Arrival in Urgench. Meeting at airport according to tourist's flight arrival time. Transfer to Khiva. Check-in and overnight in hotel.

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Day 2
03.01.2019
Khiva (sightseeing).
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Khiva: Ichan-Kala (historical inner city), Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Palace, Alakuli Khan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Muhammadaminkhan Minaret & Madrasah, and Avesta Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Day 3
04.01.2019
Khiva - Bukhara (440 km, 8-9 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya River to Bukhara. Lunch en route. Arrival in Bukhara. Leisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight at the hotel.

Kyzyl-Kum desert

Day 4
05.01.2019
Bukhara (sightseeing).
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah. After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Day 5
06.01.2019
Bukhara - Samarkand (300 km, 6-7 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Samarkand and start of sightseeing program in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia - the Registan Square (madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor madrasah, Tilya-Kori madrasah). Overnight at the hotel.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Day 6
07.01.2019
Samarkand (sightseeing). Samarkand - Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continuation of sightseeing program in Samarkand: Gur-e Amir mausoleum - necropolis of the Timurids, Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory. Transfer to the railway station and departure for Tashkent by premium service train «Afrosiab» (17:30-19:40). Meeting at the railway station in Tashkent and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Day 7
08.01.2019
Tashkent. Daparture.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out at 09:30 and a group gathering in the hotel lobby. Sightseeing program in Tashkent at 10:00: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah; the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”. After lunch continuation of sightseeing program: Museum of Applied Art, Independence square, Amir Temur square. Transfer to airport and departure.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The cost of the tour for guarantee dates:

Type of accommodation: Hotels 3*: Hotels 4*:
The cost of the tour for 1 person 455 USD 565 USD
SGL supplement +105 USD +175 USD

* This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost includes: Cost does not include:
Hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms with breakfast, including early check-in on arrival;
Sightseeing tours according to the program;
Local guides in cities;
Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
Train tickets (economy class) for high speed premium service train «Afrosiab» (Samarkand - Tashkent);
A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour;
Memorable souvenirs.
International air fare;
Sites entrance fees;
Meals;
Medical insurance.
 
Additional services:
Additional night in hotel on arrival/ departure:
50 USD (Hotel 3*)/ 130 USD (Hotel 4*) per SGL room/per night,
70 USD(Hotel 3*)/ 150 USD (Hotel 4*) per DBL room/per night.
Visa fees and visa support for Uzbekistan (if necessary).

Hotels
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
- Hotels 3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
- Hotels 4* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Tashkent Samir 3* / Rohat Hotel 3*
or similar
Ramada Tashkent Hotel 4*
or similar
Samarkand Zilol Baht / Arba Hotel
or similar
Emirkhan Hotel 4*
or similar
Bukhara Rangrez Hotel 3* / Fatima Hotel 3*
or similar
Omar Khayam 3+  
or similar
Khiva Shokh Jahon Hotel 3* / Shams Hotel 3*
or similar
Bek Khiva Hotel 4*
or similar

Transportation
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

"Hyundai Grand Starex"
(up to 6 seats)

Hyundai Grand Starex

"Mitsubishi Rosa"
(up to 15 seats)

Mitsubishi Rosa

"Golden Dragon"
(up to 45 seats)

Golden Dragon
Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Fridge
Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex

 

Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:

The citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can enter the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan without visa. In relation to these countries there was established a bilateral visa-free regime.

The citizens of Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan can obtain visa to Uzbekistan without preliminary issuance of the visa invitation by the inviting party from Uzbekistan (in our case, by travel agency). The citizens of listed countries can obtain visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the country of their residence during 2 working days.

Citizens of all other countries can get visa to Uzbekistan only on the basis of preliminary issued visa invitation. The visa invitation is being issued by our company on the basis of the following documents of yours:
- filled-in application form (sample of the application form is being send beforehand);
- scanned copy of your passport of good quality;
- employment verification letter.

After receiving these documents we apply to the MFA of Uzbekistan for visa invitation issuance for our tourists. The process of visa invitation issuance takes 13-15 days. On the basis of the visa invitation a tourist can get visa at the embassy of Uzbekistan in his/her country of residence (or in another country, where there is our embassy). If in the country of tourist’s residence there is no Uzbekistan Embassy, he/she can obtain Uzbek visa at the Uzbekistan in any other country (where it is located) or at the consular department of Tashkent airport on arrival.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1

What nationals need visas to enter Uzbekistan?
Citizens of any countries other than Uzbekistan and the CIS countries enjoying visa-free regime agreements with Uzbekistan need visas to enter Uzbekistan or travel through its territory. These people can obtain Uzbekistan entry visas through a Visa Invitation Letter (Visa Support) from their host parties (host tour operators). Citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK can apply for Uzbek visas to embassies or consulates of Uzbekistan without getting Visa Invitation Letter, independently. Please read here for more information.

2

Is it necessary to get a stay permit (temporary registration of stay) while visiting Uzbekistan?
Any foreigner to Uzbekistan is to get a stay permit within 3 working days (consecutive or not) during his / her visit to the country. If he / she stays at an Uzbekistan hotel or a guesthouse, such a stay permit for the period of stay at it is granted automatically. (Inquire whether the hotel / guesthouse you want to stay at provides such a permit unless your accommodation is organized by a host tour operator. Also make sure you are given your stay permit certificate with the seal of your hotel / guesthouse when you check out.) If you stay at other lodging facilities during your visit, you will have to get your stay permit from a local visits registration police department.

3

What is Uzbekistan’s currency? Where can I exchange money?
The national currency of Uzbekistan is the som (UZS). There are 100, 200, 500, 1.000, 5.000, 10.000 and 50.000-som banknotes used currently. The banknotes are similar in size but vary in color; they depict Uzbekistan’s cultural and heritage sites.
You can exchange money at Uzbekistan’s National Bank outlets, most of the hotels and official currency exchange offices commonly located near bazaars and at shopping centers. You will need your passport to exchange money through them.
Note that the most common foreign currency in Uzbekistan is US dollars. The US banknotes you exchange in the country should be in good condition - without defects, bad folds, worn areas and scribbles - or it will be hard to exchange them.

4

Can I use credit cards in Uzbekistan?
You can use Visa and MasterCard cards mainly in Tashkent and at fewer locations in Samarkand and Bukhara for cash withdrawals through ATMs (cash machines) in their large hotels or banks. You can also make payments with these cards at some hotels, restaurants and stores in Tashkent. However, technical failures of the card handling equipment may occur, so it is advisable to always have enough cash on you.

5

What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.

6

Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stay in the country?
Yes, they can do it in Tashkent in the general office of the mobile operator only if they have a stay permit to show.

7

Can I bring alcoholic beverages into Uzbekistan?
A person is permitted to bring a maximum of 2 liters of alcoholic drink(s) into the country.

8

What maximum amount of cash can I bring into Uzbekistan?
There is no limit on the amount of cash in a currency that is foreign to Uzbekistan a person can bring into the country. If you bring in over 5,000 USD (or the equivalent in other currencies), you will be given a ТС-28 certificate. If you bring in over 10,000 USD, you will have to pay a 1% duty on this sum.

9

What maximum amount of cash can I take out of Uzbekistan?
The amount of cash (in a currency foreign to Uzbekistan) you can take out of the country must not exceed the sum you brought in as per your arrival customs declaration. Taking out the amount exceeding the sum you brought in is possible if permitted by Uzbekistan’s Central Bank or another Uzbekistan’s authorized bank. Note that taking out Uzbekistan soms is not permitted unless they are several souvenir coins or banknotes.

10

Can I use a photo / video camera at the tourist sites?
Photographing and videoing at the tourist sites is allowed unless a site has a prohibition sign. They charge fees for using cameras at most tourist attractions though. Photographing and videoing is prohibited in Tashkent metro, at the airports and railway stations. Using a camera at the functioning mosques is possible if allowed by the worshippers there.

11

What kind of clothes should I wear in Uzbekistan? Are there any clothing requirements for women in the country?
Clothes made of cotton and other natural textiles will be the best choice in warm and hot weather. Both men and women will feel best in T-shirts and shorts. Your footwear must be comfortable, light and strong, since you will have to walk a lot. Have sunglasses, a light headwear and sunblock lotion.
If you travel early in spring (March to the beginning of April) or at the end of autumn (October to November), it is advisable to take a windbreaker, a sweater or a similar garment. In winter the temperature may fall to minus 10°С or so, so a raincoat, a warm coat and headwear will be necessary.
There are no strict limits on women’s clothing in the country. However, you should be considerate towards the local traditions, culture and religion. While visiting religious places women should wear loose garments covering most of their arms and legs, and of course the cleavage. Headscarves will also be advisable to put on. Note that you will have to take off your shoes while entering some of the sacred places.

12

What languages do people in Uzbekistan speak?
The official language is Uzbek; it is spoken by a majority of the population. Russian is spoken by the country’s largest Slavic minority and is still used widely in business and as a lingua franca, especially in Tashkent and other major cities. Tajik is widespread in Samarkand and Bukhara for their large Tajik ethnic minorities. Karakalpak is spoken in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan where it is an official language besides Uzbek. English is popular as a foreign language to study but there is little chance of coming across a good English speaker in the street. However, in the historic cities of Bukhara and Samarkand many young souvenir sellers dealing with foreigners speak elementary English.

Photos of the tour:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan Samarkand, Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan Uzbek souvenirs

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Our video gallery:

Traditional cuisine of Central Asia
Cuisine of Central Asia
Pilafs in Tashkent
Pilafs in Tashkent
Wine-Making in Uzbekistan
Wine-Making in Uzbekistan
Uzbek fruit and vegetables
Uzbek Fruit and Vegetables

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