New Year Holidays in Uzbekistan

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

 

Country: Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Itinerary: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
The languages of guides: English, Spanish, Russian

Guarantee dates of group tour: 02.01.2020 - 08.01.2020

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!

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 2020 in a new interesting place!

  • ITINERARY
    SERVICES & COST

  • VISA

  • FAQ

 

Itinerary:
Day 1
02.01.2020
Arrivai in Tashkent.
Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport according to tourist's flight arrival time. 
Transfer to a hotel and check-in after 14:00 PM. Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Day 2
03.01.2020
Tashkent - Urgench (morning flight) - Khiva (road transfer, 30 km).
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the airport and further flight to Urgench. Transfer to Khiva on arrival (40 min drive). Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva (inside Ichan-Kala ‘inner city’ historic old city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Kalta Minor Minaret, Islam Khoja Minaret and Madrasah, Tash Khauli-Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Amin-Khan Minaret and Madrasah, Avesta Museum. Overnight rest in hotel.

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Day 3
04.01.2020
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. After lunch leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.

Kyzyl-Kum desert

Day 4
05.01.2020
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 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
06.01.2020
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
07.01.2020
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 Tashkent by bus and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Day 7
08.01.2020
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: Standard: Comfort:
Twin/double share 670 USD 840 USD
SGL supplement +185 USD +255 USD

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

Cost includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms with breakfast;
  • 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;
  • Local flight of Tashkent-Urgench destination (ticket of economy class);
  • A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour;
  • Memorable souvenirs.

Cost does not include:

  • 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.
- Standard - 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.
- Comfort - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Standard Comfort
Tashkent Samir 3* / Art Rakat Hotel 3*
or similar
Gloria Hotel 4*
or similar
Samarkand Zilol Baht / Arba Hotel
or similar
Emirkhan Hotel 4*
or similar
Bukhara Kabir 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 Fridge Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Fridge

 

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 e-visa.gov.uz.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
    It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.
  5. Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stays in the country?
    Yes, they can if they have a stay permit to show.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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