Classic Uzbekistan Tour

Tour to Uzbekistan: The Main Attractions of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara & Khiva


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

Tour to Uzbekistan

During this interesting journey, you will get acquainted with the history and culture of Uzbekistan, you will get to see the ancient monuments in Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, that are famous all over the world. These cities still bear memories of Alexander the Great, Chinggis Khan, numerous caravans of the Great Silk Road, and, of course, of the great historical character – the legendary Timur of the Timurid Empire.

If you have at least once heard about the beauty and fruitfulness of the Middle Eastern lands, you have heard about Amir Timur – an outstanding statesman and one of the greatest military leaders in history. People far away from Asia are well aware of his tremendous military operations and conquests.

Central Asia Travel welcomes you to Uzbekistan – come and take this exciting journey of the lands that in ancient times were the pearls of the powerful empire, which was created by an infamous ruler of a whole dynasty.

The majestic Samarkand and the holy Bukhara, mysterious Khiva and hospitable Tashkent – all these treasures of Uzbekistan will share their secrets with you and will tell you about the wonderful and mystifying empire – the empire that your journey will stretch to the heart of.


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Tour program:
Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent. Tashkent (sightseeing).
Tashkent is the flavorful capital of Uzbekistan: it carries in itself both the modern infrastructure and the preserved cozy Old Town.
At 10:00 - Sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”.
After lunch visiting Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square and Amir Temur Square.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. Train to Samarkand (330 km). Samarkand (sightseeing).
Train travel time: 2,1 hours
Transfer to the railway station. Transfer to Samarkand by high-speed train "Afrosiab" (08:00-10:10). Meeting at the railway station and transfer to a hotel.
At 11:00 - Sightseeing in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia – the Registan Square (madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor madrasah, Tilya-Kori madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum – necropolis of the Timurids.
After lunch continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory.
Dinner at a local national house, a culinary master class and tasting of manti - an authentic Uzbek dish that has the form of large dumplings filled with meat and steamed in a special pot.
Meals: breakfast, dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. Train to Bukhara (280 km). Bukhara (sightseeing)
Train travel time: 1,5 hours.
Transfer to the railway station. Transfer to Bukhara by high-speed train "Afrosiab" (09:43-11:14). Meeting at the railway station and transfer to a hotel.
Transfer to Bukhara – an ancient city which was founded back in VI century BC; it used to be a large marketplace of the Great Silk Road and is one of the Islamic centers of the world to this day. In Bukhara you will be able to witness over 140 architecture sightseeing spots of all time periods in history; the Historical center of Bukhara has been included in the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
At 14:00 - Sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Bukhara (sightseeing).
Continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband. Return to Bukhara.
A culinary master class on cooking Bukhara plov. A professional chef oshpaz, who is specializing in cooking plov, will will reveal culinary secrets and will tell and show how an authentic Bukhara plov is made. This will be a dinner entertainment for all participants. Dinner with tasting of Bukhara plov at a national house.
Meals: breakfast, dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5. Bukhara – Khiva (440 km, 7-8 hrs).
Travel time: 7-8 hours.
Transfer across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya River to Khiva. Arrival in Khiva.
Khiva, which is more than 2500 years old, is a museum-like city of the ancient Khwarazm, colorful and barely touched by humans, it is a true example of a medieval city in Middle East.
Leisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Khiva (sightseeing).
Sightseeing in Khiva (Ichan-Kala historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Alakuli Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammadaminkhan Minaret & Madrasah.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7. Khiva - Urgench (departure)
Transfer to the airport in Urgench. End of the tour program.
Departure from Urgench.
Meals: breakfast.

Cost includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at Tashkent airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts, check-in to the hotels at 14:00, check-out at 12:00;
  • Sightseeing tour in each city as per program;
  • Accompanying English speaking guide services for the whole tour;
  • Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
  • Train tickets for Afrosiyób from Tashkent to Samarkand and from Samarkand to Bukhara (economy class);
  • Meals: national cuisine cooking classes with tasting;
  • A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour.

Cost does not include:

  • International air flights;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums, listed in the program;
  • Meals (except mentioned in the tour program);
  • Medical costs and insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums – 75 USD per person for program.
  • Supplement for additional night in Tashkent:
    • Single room (hotel 3*) – 45 USD/per room /per night;
    • Double room (hotel 3*) – 60 USD/per room /per night;
    • Single room (hotel 4*) – 115 USD/per room /per night;
    • Double room (hotel 4*) – 130 USD/per room /per night.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

Location Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Tashkent Hotel Orient Inn 3* / Samir Hotel 4* or similar Krokus Plaza 4 * / Ramada Hotel 4* or similar
Samarkand Zilol Baht Hotel 3* / Arba Hotel 3* or similar Dilimah Hotel 4* / Grand Samarkand 4*or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Kavsar Hotel 3*or similar Sahid Zeravshan 4 * / Omar Khayam Hotel 3*+ or similar
Khiva New Star Khiva Hotel 3* / Silk Road Caravan Sarai 3* or similar Zarafshon Boutique 3*+ / Erkin palace Hotel 4* or similar

Depending on the size of a group the following means of transportation are used during the tour:

Group Type of transport
Group of 1-2 people "Chevrolet Lacetti"
Group of 3-6 people "Hyundai Grand Starex"
Group of 7-9 people "Toyota Hiace" / "King Long"
Group of 10-15 people Mitsubishi Rosa / "Eurise"
Group of 16-45 people "Golden Dragon"


Visa and Visa invitation 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

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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:

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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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