Winter Holidays on the Silk Road


Country: Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Itinerary: TashkentSamarkandGijduvanBukharaTashkent

We invite fans of oriental culture and architecture, sunny weather and delicious cuisine to join our winter 2024 tour to Uzbekistan. This heritage tour will bring you to know the rich history and culture of Uzbekistan, world-famous ancient monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent, which still keep the memory of the Silk Road caravans. Powdered with snow, the domes of mausoleums and innumerable arches decorated with intricate patterns generate an unusual atmosphere of authentic oriental fairytale.
Samarkand is the beautiful capital of Tamerlane's Empire, his favorite city with magnificent architecture. The main sights of Samarkand the famous Registan Square, the Bibi-Khanum Cathedral Mosque, the Shahi-Zinda complex of medieval mausoleums, the legendary Gur-Emir Mausoleum are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and ancient Samarkand is recognized as a Crossroads of Cultures.
Then we will head to Bukhara, the city of hundreds of mosques, madrassas and minarets, an ancient center of trade and handicrafts on the Silk Road, and one of the main centers of Islam in the Muslim world. Walking along narrow streets among more than 140 monuments will bring you into the authentic atmosphere of Old Bukhara. The historic center of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit Uzbekistan and experience the unique energy of these ancient cities!

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Day 1
Tashkent, arrival.
Arrival in Tashkent early in the morning. Meet the local driver at the International airport and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest.
Breakfast at the hotel.
11:00 Meet the guide and start the city tour in Tashkent. We will visit Khast Imam Square and Chorsu bazaar, after lunch time - Independence Square, Amir Timur Square and Tashkent metro.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Meals: breakfast.

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Day 2
Tashkent - Samarkand by road, 300 km.
Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 Transfer to Samarkand. On arrival - meet the guide and visit the main sights of Samarkand - Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah) and Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher).
Transfer to the hotel and rest. Overnight in Samarkand.

Meals: breakfast.

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Day 3
Breakfast at the hotel.
10:00 Meet the guide at the hall of the hotel. Continuation of the guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: visit Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory, Siab Oriental bazaar and Konigil village to visit the silk paper workshop.
20:30 Enjoy the lights at Registan Square (without a guide).
Overnight in the hotel in Samarkand.

Meals: breakfast.

Kyzyl-Kum desert

Day 4
Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara by road 280 km.
Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 Meet the driver and transfer to Bukhara. En route we will stop in Gujduvan - one of the ceramic centers of Uzbekistan. Watch the demonstration on ceramics and lunch with the local family of pottery masters. Proceed driving to Bukhara. On arrival - meet the guide and start the city tour. We will visit Lyabi Haus ensemble and the surrounding buildings.
Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Day 5
Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 Start the sightseeing program in Bukhara. Visit of the following sites: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, local bazaar, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel with Zindan prison.
13:00 Lunch at the national house of miniature master with a master-class on cooking Uzbek plov.
After lunch continue sightseeing - visit Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Miri Arab madrassa, Magoki Attori mosque and Mosque Ulugbek Madrasah.
17:00 We will visit the Akbar house galley - the local suzani (embroidery) master named Akbar with a very beautiful collection of his works.
Return to the hotel. Rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Day 6
Bukhara - Tashkent by afternoon train.
Breakfast at the hotel.
10:00 Bukhara and its surroundings guided tour continuation: Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace – the "Palace of the Moon and Stars", the summer residence of the Emir of Bukhara, which is an amazing combination of Russian, Eastern, and European architecture.
Nextup, we will visit the "Central Asian Mecca" – the Sufi complex of Bahautdin Nakshbandi. Nakshbandi was the spiritual mentor of Amir Timur and the founder of the Naqshbandi Sufi order, which soon became one of the most famous orders in the East.
14:30 Transfer to the railway station.
15:50-19:45 Transfer back to Tashkent by train. Meet the local driver and transfer to the hotel.

Meals: breakfast.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Day 7
Tashkent, departure.
Transfer to the airport.
Departure from Uzbekistan by morning flight.

Meals: breakfast.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Cost of the tour in USD per person, season 2023-24:

Group 1 pax 2 pax 4 pax 6 pax 8 pax 10 pax Supplement for single
Hotels 3* 1640 945 720 670 655 650 +150 USD
Hotels 4* 1935 1195 970 920 910 900 +185 USD

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

The cost tour includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotels, mentioned above, or in similar, but of the same category in double/twin rooms with breakfasts; check-in at the hotels - at 14:00; check-out - at 12:00;
  • Meals - breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Ceramic demonstration in Gijduvan with lunch;
  • Lunch in Bukhara with culinary master-class;
  • Akbar house gallery visit in Bukhara;
  • Services of English-speaking local guides for sightseeing only;
  • Railway transfer from Bukhara to Tashkent;
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour, including ‘airport-hotel-airport” transfers.

Tour price does not include:

  • The cost of international flights.
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums above (can be paid on the spot - about 65 USD/per person for the whole tour);
  • Meals not mentioned above;
  • Medical expenses and insurance;
  • Porters at the railway stations and airports
  • Tips and gratitudes.

Information on the hotels

City Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Tashkent Sato 3* or similar Inspira-S 4* or similar
Samarkand Arba 3*or similar Grand Samarkand 4* or similar
Bukhara Khurjin Boutique 3* or similar Paradise Plaza 4* or similar

Information on the vehicles

Uzbekistan Venicle
Group 1-2 pax "Chevrolet Lacetti" or similar
Group of 4 pax Hyundai Starex minivan for 6 seats or similar
Group 6-8 pax "King Long" for 10 seats or similar
Group 9-15 pax "Eurise for 18 seats" or similar


Visa to Uzbekistan:

Visa-free regime for up to 60 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • the Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A great number of other countries can obtain an e-visa to Uzbekistan by simply visiting the governmental portal

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Preparation for the tour and general information:

    1.Why should I go to Uzbekistan?

    2.When is it better to come to Uzbekistan?

    3.Do I need to apply for insurance?

    4.Do I need to get any vaccinations before my trip?

    5.What is the time zone in Uzbekistan?

    6.What language is spoken in Uzbekistan?


Visa, customs, documents:

    7. Do I need a visa to Uzbekistan?

    8. How much foreign currency is allowed to be imported into Uzbekistan? And exported?

    9. How many alcoholic beverages can be imported?

    10. What medicine should I bring with me? What are the rules for importing medicines?

    11. Do I need to issue any important documents upon arrival?

    12. What if I have a child with me?



    13. What currency is used in Uzbekistan?

    14. Where can I change my currency? Are there any nuances?

    15. How much cash do I need to have with me – for food, entrance fees, souvenirs and other additional expenses?

    16. Can I pay with a bank card or is it better to pay cash in Uzbekistan?


Organizational issues and transport:

    17. Where does the program start from?

    18. If I arrive at night or early in the morning on the first day of the tour, will I be met at the airport? The tour says that check-in at the hotel after 14: 00 - will I have to wait at the airport?

    19. Who and where will meet us at the airport? When will we meet the guide?

    20. What kind of transport will we use during the tour?

    21. We have railway crossings on our tours, who will give us train tickets and when?

    22. We want to independently move between cities and book hotel rooms ourselves. Can we only join city tours?


Group tour:

    23. What if the group is not complete enough?

    24. Can I take children with me on the group tour?

    25. Can I book an extra night at the hotel before or after the group program? In this case, what about the transfer to the airport?

    26. If I arrive on my own a few days before the start of the group program, can I cancel the airport-hotel transfer on arrival? Will the tour cost be recalculated?


Weather, clothing and footwear:

    27. What do I need to know about the weather and climate in Uzbekistan?

    28. Are there strict rules regarding clothing?

    29. What kind of clothes and shoes should I bring with me?


Nutrition and health:

    30. What will we eat during the tour?

    31. What dishes should I definitely try in Uzbekistan?

    32. What about the water? Is it possible to drink tap water?

    33. Where I can buy alcohol?


Culture and security:

    34. Is it safe in your country?

    35. Can I take photos/videos everywhere?

    36. Are there any national peculiarities that I should be aware of?

    37. How to behave in religious places? Tips for tourists: rules for visiting Muslim shrines.


Internet, mobile communication:

    38. Is there internet in hotels?

    39. Where and how can I buy a local SIM card to have mobile internet?


Shopping and souvenirs:

    40. What is recommended to bring home from Uzbekistan?

    41. Where and what to buy?

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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