New Year Holidays in an Oriental Fairy Tale

New Year tour 2023 to Uzbekistan: Excursions,
New Year's Eve at a Restaurant, Cooking Master Class in Samarkand


Country: Uzbekistan View the route map »»
Itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent
Tour duration: 6 days / 5 nights
The languages of guides: English, Spanish, Russian

Tour for New Year holidays 2022 in Uzbekistan

 We would love to invite you to our New Year 2023 party, which you will celebrate away from your everyday problems in an atmosphere of oriental fairytale!

The New Year tour in Uzbekistan includes:

  • An excellent New Year's Eve at restaurant and a holiday show: mountains of the most delicious Uzbek food, the high diversity of fruit and vegetables and very attentive and considerate personnel offering the highest-level service to their guests.
  • Excursions into the ancient oriental cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent, whose medieval monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Powdered with snow, the domes of mausoleums and innumerable arches decorated with intricate patterns generate an unusual atmosphere of authentic oriental fairytale, while the aromas of eastern spices mixed with the scent of fir cones colour the reality with the special shades of the New Year holiday.
  • Culinary master class in cooking manti on the first day of 2022.
  • Mild winter, sunny weather and sincere Uzbek hospitality.

We wish you a happy New Year 2023!


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Day 1.

Arrival in Tashkent. Tashkent (sightseeing).
Meeting at Tashkent airport. Check-in at the hotel. Breakfast.
Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and modern megapolis; meanwhile, it is over 2,000 years old, and there is still some of its old part surviving, called Old Town. Tashkent Old city features a huge traditional Central Asian bazaar, as well as several Islamic architectural monuments and quaint adobe mahalla neighborhoods, quite worth visiting for their charm.
Sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”, Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, Amir Temur Square.
Overnight at the hotel.

Evening Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Day 2.

Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 4-5 hrs). Samarkand (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Transfer to Samarkand by high-speed train Afrasiyob (08:00-10:10). Meeting at the railway station. Check in at the hotel.
Samarkand is probably the best-known Uzbekistan’s historic city. Over 2,750 years of age, it has a rich history and boasts world-famous masterpieces of medieval Islamic architecture, most of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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).
Lunch at a national guest house, tasting of Samarkand plov. It is light-colored and the most dietary of all kinds of the Uzbek plovs. Samarkand cooks do not mix the plov ingredients: they are cooked in layers. When it is ready, it is also put into a lagan (a large dish) layer after layer, first rice, then carrot and chickpeas, and then the whole composition is decorated with the large pieces of juicy meat.
Leisure time and preparation for the New Year's Eve.
New Year's Eve at a restaurant, dinner and holiday-party show (beginning at 22:00 PM).

State Museum of Timurids History. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. tour to Uzbekistan, new year tour, tour for new year holidays

Day 3.

Samarkand (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Leisure time until lunch.
Lunch at a local national house, a culinary master class and tasting of manti (with lamb, pumpkin, potatoes) - an authentic Uzbek dish that has the form of large dumplings filled with meat and steamed in a special pot. Manti is a popular dish found in many regions from Mongolia to Turkey. Uzbekistan has been in the centre of historical events, being part of the Silk Road for many centuries. So active trade and caravans from different countries could not help but leave their mark, including in the gastronomic traditions of this region.
Continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym Mosque; architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda; Ulugbek Observatory.
Dinner at a national house, tasting of damlama, which is an amazing dish of Uzbek cuisine with stewed vegetables and meat.
Overnight at the hotel.

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis. Samarkand, Uzbekistan, tour to Uzbekistan, new year tour, tour for new year holidays

Day 4.

Samarkand – Bukhara (300 km, 4,5 h).
Breakfast. Transfer to Bukhara. Check-in at the hotel.
Bukhara is one of the world’s oldest cities and one of the seven holy cities of Islam. It is over 2,500 years old, and seems to be emanating the breath of history. The city was a large political and religious center in the Middle Ages with over 350 mosques and 80 madrasahs (Islamic colleges), many of which survive. The historic center of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Visit to the show room of Bukhara Gold Embroidery Factory, and Karakul dressing (astrakhan fur) workshop.
Overnight at the hotel.

Manty. Uzbek national dish. Uzbekistan. tour to Uzbekistan, new year tour, tour for new year holidays

Day 5.

Bukhara (sightseeing). Bukhara – Tashkent.
Breakfast. Bukhara is the city of poetry and fairy tales. Here the labyrinth of the city streets is home to many legends; the vertical silhouette of its minarets represents the flight of man’s genius, and every stone in the lace-like brickwork is covered with the dust of eternity. Bukhara boasts a large number of old mosques of different architectural styles, as well as a lot of madrasahs, minarets and mausoleums. There over 140 architectural monuments in the city. Bukhara has won the fame of a city-museum, its romantic image attracts tourists from all over the world.
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.
Visit out-of-city sights of Bukhara: Sitorai Mohi Khosa - summer residence of Bukhara last emir (ruler) and Bakhautdin Naqshbandi complex.
Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to Tashkent by train Afrosioyb. Meeting at the railway station, check in at the hotel.

Ark fortress. Bukhara, Uzbekistan. tour to Uzbekistan, new year tour, tour for new year holidays

Day 6.

Tashkent (departure).
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. The end of the tour program.
Departure from Tashkent.

Uzbek souvenirs

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
  • 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;
  • Afrosiyob high-speed train tickets (Economy class):
    • Tashkent – Samarkand;
    • Bukhara – Tashkent;
  • New Year's Eve at the restaurant; dinner and holiday-party show (alcoholic and soft drinks are included);
  • Meals on 31.12.2021 and 01.01.2022 (2 lunches and 2 dinners);
  • Mineral water for each day of the tour;
  • Memorable souvenirs;

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • International flights;
  • Entrance fees at museums and monuments;
  • Meals (except for days 2 and 3);
  • Medical costs and insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure in Tashkent:
    • Single room – 45 USD/per room /per night (hotel 3*);
    • Double room – 55 USD/per room /per night (hotel 3*).

We recommend accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. It is completely unique: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosiness. Hotels of this level are characterized by a warm welcoming, empathetic and friendly attitude by the staff and enable you to familiarize yourself with the national culture.

City Hotel
Tashkent Samir 3* / Orient Grand Hotel 3* or similar
Samarkand Arba 3* / Jahon Palace 3* or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Kavsar Hotel 3* or similar

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

Group Vehicle
Group of 1-2 persons "Chevrolet Lacetti"
Group of 3-6 persons "Hyundai Grand Starex"
Group of 7-9 persons "Toyota Hiace" / "King Long"
Group of 10-15 persons "Eurise"
Group of 16-25 persons "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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  1. What nationals need visas to enter Uzbekistan?
    Citizens of any countries other than Uzbekistan and the CIS countries enjoying visa-free regime agreements with Uzbekistan need visas to enter Uzbekistan or travel through its territory. These people can obtain Uzbekistan entry visas through a Visa Invitation Letter (Visa Support) from their host parties (host tour operators). Citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK can apply for Uzbek visas to embassies or consulates of Uzbekistan without getting Visa Invitation Letter, independently. Please read here for more information.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
    It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.
  6. Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stay in the country?
    Yes, they can do it in Tashkent in the general office of the mobile operator only if they have a stay permit to show.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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