Classic Uzbekistan Tour

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


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Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Itinerary: TashkentSamarkandBukharaKhivaUrgench

Tour to Uzbekistan

The classical tour itinerary featuring the ancient cities is a trip to Uzbekistan principal and most famous historical monuments – the grandiose must-see objects, which are an inherent part of Uzbekistan’s image.

Medieval mosques, artisans’ workshops, bustling bazaars surrounded by quiet narrow ancient streets, the burning Asian sun and cool nights, the fantastically delicious Uzbek cuisine and contrast between deserts and oases will make you deeply feel the aura of the oriental culture during this travel to Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's greatest cities provide an ideal base from which to explore the country's rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage.

The UNESCO World Heritage sites of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are still a source of genuine delight for tourists. You will take home not only lots of photographs of impressive blue domes, grand madrasahs, minarets and imposing fortress walls, but also invaluable visual, cultural and gastronomic impressions.  
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Tour program:
Day 1. Tashkent, arrival.
Tashkent is the flavorful capital of Uzbekistan: it carries in itself both the modern infrastructure and the preserved cozy Old Town. 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 contemporary buildings.
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. Tashkent – Samarkand by morning train, 2 hours.
Transfer to the railway station. Transfer to Samarkand by high-speed train "Afrosiab" (08:00-10:10). Meeting at the railway station and start the city tour.
Samarkand is as old as Rome, it is one of the most ancient cities in the world and former capital of the great Timur 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: 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. Samarkand – Bukhara by morning train, 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 start the city tour.
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.
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.
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 by road, 480 km.
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. Khiva is the only city in Uzbekistan nowadays where a its shakhristan (inner city), Ichan-Kala, has been preserved almost entirely in its untouched state.
Leisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Khiva.
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 of the tour in USD per person, season 2024:

Group 1 pax 2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6-7 pax 8-9 pax 10-11 pax Supplement for single accommodation
Hotel 3* 1504 USD 887 USD 695 USD 675 USD 670 USD 665 USD +150 USD
Hotel 4* 1749 USD 1134 USD 943 USD 925 USD 917 USD 912 USD +155 USD

Tour price includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotels, mentioned above, or in similar, but of the same category in double/twin rooms with breakfasts, including early check in on day 1 in Tashkent; check-in at other hotels - at 14:00; check-out - at 12:00;
  • Meals - breakfasts at the hotels and 2 dinners with culinary master-classes;
  • Services of English-speaking local guides for sightseeing;
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour, including ‘airport-h botel-airport” transfers;
  • Railway transfer from Tashkent to Samarkand and from Samarkand to Bukhara on a high-speed train (economy or business class);
  • Bottled mineral water per day/per person.

Tour price does not include:

  • The cost of international flights
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums listed above (can be paid on the spot - about 80 USD/per person for the whole tour);
  • Meals not mentioned above;
  • Wine tasting at Bagizagan winery in Samarkand - 40 USD per person;
  • Wine tasting at Khovrenko winery in Samarkand - 30 USD per person;
  • Folklore show at Nodira Divan Begi madrassah in Bukhara - 20 USD per person;
  • Medical expenses and insurance;
  • Porters at the railway stations and airports;
  • Tips;
  • Visa fees.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

Location Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Tashkent Sato Hotel 3*  or similar Inspira-S Hotel 4*  or similar
Samarkand Arba Hotel 3* or similar Zarafshon Parkside Hotel 4* or similar
Bukhara Devon Hotel 3* or similar Paradise Plaza Hotel 4* or similar
Khiva Arkanchi Hotel 3* or similar Asia Khiva 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 "King Long"
Group of 10-15 people "Eurise"


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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