The orient caravan

Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan Tour: the Main Sights of the Silk Road Cities,
from Bishkek to Khiva, via Fergana Valley


Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights; 10 days / 9 nights
Itinerary, 8 days: OshRishtanKokandTashkentSamarkandBukhara – Tashkent
Itinerary, 10 days: OshRishtanKokandTashkentSamarkandBukharaKhiva – Urgench



8 days, Departure from Tashkent


10 days, Departure from Urgench

  Group №1. 22.07–29.07.2023   Group №1. 22.07–31.07.2023  
  Group №2. 19.08–26.08.2023   Group №2. 19.08–28.08.2023  

Fergana Valley + Classical tour: Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara

This guided group tour covers two countries – Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. The itinerary begins in the city of Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and, on its way to the ancient Bukhara oasis (Uzbekistan), traverses the Fergana Valley and includes detailed observations of the most important historical cities.

Apart from green and fertile fields and orchards, the Fergana Valley is famous for its rich ancient crafts and history. We shall visit the region’s three most outstanding cities: Osh, Rishtan and Kokand. Osh is Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city with lively streets, a remarkable oriental bazaar and the sacred Sulayman-Too Mountain towering above the city centre. Rishtan is the main pottery of Uzbekistan. The unique blue-glaze ceramics produced there are incredibly beautiful and very specific to the place, which makes souvenirs from Rishtan highly popular among travellers. Ancient Kokand is a concentration of original architectural monuments built at the time of the powerful Khanate of Kokand.

The tour culminates in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva – Uzbekistan’s most famous cities, historical and cultural reserves boasting colossal architectural masterpieces of the Timurid time and earlier historical periods.

Moreover, a travel to Uzbekistan is always accompanied by the southern sun and warmed by hospitable people, while the famous Uzbek cuisine forms the most delicious background throughout the journey.

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Tour program
Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek. Bishkek (sightseeing).
Meeting at the international airport “Manas”. Transfer to Bishkek and early check-in at the hotel. Leisure time.
Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan, a cozy green city with a population of about 1 million people which is located in the middle of the Chuy valley, at an altitude of 750 meters, and right at the foot of Kyrgyz part of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range. One of its distinguishing features is that all roads in Bishkek were designed and projected very strictly and cross only at right angles.
Sightseeing in Bishkek: visit the central Ala-Too Square, flagstaff (and changing of the guard), statue of Lenin and Freedom Monument, Monument to Manas the Great.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. Bishkek – Osh (domestic flight). Osh (sightseeing). Osh – Rishtan – Kokand (180 km, 5 h).
Domestic flight Bishkek – Osh in the morning. Meeting at the airport of Osh.
Osh is the “southern capital” of Kyrgyzstan. The city is located on the east side of the Fergana valley, at an altitude of roughly 1000 meters, and is surrounded by low rocky spurs of the Alay Range on three sides.
Sightseeing in Osh: sacred Sulayman-Too Mountain and museum in a cave. The national historical and archaeological museum complex Sulayman-Too Sacred Mountain is the main attraction of Osh and the only site located entirely on the territory of Kyrgyzstan that has been included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO.
Transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan. Border formalities.
Transfer to Rishtan, the main ceramics center of Uzbekistan. The city is famous for its incredible glazed ceramics which are popular among tourists as souvenirs.
Visiting the Center of Ceramics, acquaintance with the masters and their crafts. Demonstration of ceramic pottery making process.
Transfer to Kokand, the former capital of the Khanate of Kokand (18-19 cc.).
Meals: breakfast
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. Kokand (sightseeing). Kokand – Tashkent (240 km, 4 h).
Kokand is located right at the entrance to the fruitful Fergana valley, used to be an important stop point of the Great Silk Road and used to be a part of the ancient state of Davan. Its flourishing happened in the 18th century when it became the capital of Kokand khanate and the religious center of the region – in the past, there were 40 madrasas and 300 mosques in Kokand.
Sightseeing in Kokand: Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Modari-Khan Mausoleum, Djami Mosque, Necropolis Dakhma-i-Shahon.
Transfer to Tashkent via the Kamchik pass (2285 m).
Meals: breakfast
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Tashkent (sightseeing). Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 h).
Tashkent is the multifaceted capital of the modern country of Uzbekistan and the republic’s center of cultural and political life. Tashkent’s architecture is striking in its diversity and variety: archaeological monuments from the Zoroastrianism era that are more than 2200 years old, architectural masterpieces of the Middle Ages, monumental buildings of the late 19th century, the most beautiful underground subway in the world, and of course, the numerous modern buildings.
Sightseeing in Tashkent (Old town): Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”.
Lunch at the famous Central Asian Plov Centre "Besh Kozon", where genuine Tashkent plov is cooked in huge cauldrons. There you can see the whole process of cooking from roasting meat to laying vegetables, spices and rice.
Transfer to Samarkand, the capital of ancient Sogdiana – Marakanda. Sogdiana was an ancient civilization between the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya rivers.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5. Samarkand (sightseeing).
Samarkand is as old as Rome, it is one of the most ancient cities in the world and former capital of the great Tamerlane empire. It is a museum city, a city which was once the heart of the caravan trade in the midst of the Great Silk Road. Samarkand conserved its unique aura of the Oriental medieval age until this very day.
Sightseeing in Samarkand: Gur-e Amir Mausoleum – necropolis of the Timurids; the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia – the Registan Square (Madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah); Bibi-Khanym Mosque; the famous Siab bazaar; architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda; Ulugbek Observatory museum.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km, 4–5 h). Bukhara (sightseeing).
Transfer to Bukhara, another ancient city in Uzbekistan which also used to be part of the Great Silk Road. Medieval Bukhara was one of the main political, cultural, and religious hubs of the Middle East. Over 140 architectural monuments have been preserved here. The historical center of Bukhara is included in the list of World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO.
Sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah. Visit the shopping district with domed shopping arcade of the 16th century, where national arts and handicrafts workshops are presented.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7. Bukhara (sightseeing).
Continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara and surroundings: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Option with departure from Tashkent (8-day route):
Transfer to Tashkent by train. Meeting at the railway station, check-in at the hotel. Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8. Bukhara – Khiva (440 km, 7 h).
Transfer to Khiva through the famous Kyzylkum desert along the Amu Darya River. We will pass along the road, where many Silk Road caravans once slowly followed. “Kyzylkum” translates as “Red Sands”, and the local sand really has a reddish tint. We will make several stops and walk along the picturesque dunes, admire the amazing panorama of the Amu Darya River from a viewing point.
Arrival in Khiva. Walking around the historical districtItchan Kala (XVIII century) which is the walled inner town of the old Khiva oasis and State Museum-Reserve protected as a World Heritage Site.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Option with departure from Tashkent (8-day route):
Tashkent (departure).
Transfer to the airport. The end of the tour program. Departure from Tashkent. Meals: breakfast.

Day 9 Khiva (sightseeing).
Khiva (over 2500 years old) is a bright and almost untouched example of a medieval Orient city. Itchan-Kala will appear before us in the guise of a revived city from an oriental fairytale. Every building of Ichan-Kala is a unique architectural monument and on its own is an attraction for tourists.
Sightseeing in Khiva (Itchan-Kala): Pakhlavan Makhmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Palace, Alakuli Khan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Mukhammad Aminkhan Minaret & Madrasah.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10. Khiva – Urgench (departure).
Transfer to the airport of Urgench city. The end of the tour program. Departure from Urgench. Meals: breakfast.


Type of accommodation: Departure from Tashkent
(8 days)
Departure from Urgench
(10 days)
Twin/double share. 969 USD 1163 USD
SGL supplement +186 USD +228 USD

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

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time; group transfer airport – hotel – airport for each flight.
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts.
  • Guided sightseeing tours according to the program.
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport during the entire tour.
  • Domestic flight Bishkek – Osh (Economy class, weight limit for luggage is 15 kg).
  • Lunch at the Central Asian Plov Centre "Besh Kozon".
  • Entrance fees at museums and monuments.
  • Mineral water for each day of the tour.
  • Memorable souvenirs.
  • Option for 8-day route: Railway transfer of Bukhara-Tashkent destination (high-speed train; ticket of economy class, seated places)

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • International flights.
  • Cost of meals (except 1 lunch at the Central Asian Plov Centre in Tashkent).
  • Medical costs and insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Supplement for additional night on departure:
    • Single room – 50 USD/per room /per night,
    • Double room – 60 USD/per room /per night.
  • Supplement for an individual transfer airport - hotel - airport:
    • sedan: +25 USD one way,
    • minibus: + 40 USD one way.
  • Option for 10-day route: Domestic flight Urgench – Tashkent: from 60 USD for a ticket.

We offer accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. It is completely unique: it combines modern comfort and a unique culture of hospitality. This tour comes with the following types of accommodation:

City Hotel
Bishkek Olive Bishkek Hotel 3* or similar
Tashkent Reikartz Xon / Sato 3* or similar
Kokand Silk Road Kokand Hotel 3* or similar
Samarkand Arba 3* / Jahon Palace 3* or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Kavsar Hotel 3* or similar
Khiva Shokh Jahon Hotel 3* / Silk Road 3* or similar

During the tour the following types of transport will be used (depending on the number of people in a group):

In Kyrgyzstan:

Group Venicle
Group 1-3 pax "Mitsubishi Delica"
Group 4-15 pax "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"
Group 16-40 pax "Mercedes-Benz" / "Setra"

In Uzbekistan:

Group Venicle
Group 1-2 pax "Chevrolet Lacetti"
Group 3-6 pax. "Hyundai Grand Starex"
Group 7-9 pax. "Toyota Hiace" / "King Long"
Group 10-15 pax. "Eurise"
Group 16-45 pax. "Golden Dragon"


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




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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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