Destinations Destinations
Uzbekistan
Activity Activity
Culture
Tour Type Tour Type
Small group tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

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  • Operated by Kalpak Travel, the leading Central Asia specialists
  • Small group tour: max 12 people
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Expert local guides
  • 24/7 support

Explore the ancient cities frequented by nomads and conquerors, the architectural legacy left by a flourishing Islam and the great Empire of Timur. Mosques, madrassas, fortresses and unforgettable landscapes await, ranging from fertile valleys to open steppes and never-ending deserts.

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Recommended route & experiences

Arrival in Tashkent

Arrival at Tashkent Airport and meet your transfer to the hotel. In the evening, meet with your group and the tour leader in the hotel. After the welcome briefing, enjoy the short walk through Independence Square, and Sayilgoh promenade where the artists gather to showcase their works. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner and celebrate the start of the captivating journey through Uzbekistan.

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Wyndham Tashkent
Superior

Wyndham Tashkent

Tashkent – Margilan – Fergana

Following breakfast, embark on the train to go to Fergana Valley. Surrounded by the Tien Shan mountain range and watered by tributaries of the Syr Darya River, this is the most fertile part of Central Asia. Since the time of Alexander the Great and throughout the time of the Great Silk Road it was a rich oasis. You'll stop in Margilan, the famous Silk Road stop, which is still dominated by enormous Silk Textile production. To get to know the town better, you'll visit the Margilan Yodgrolik Silk Factory. Yodgorlik uses natural dyes to produce stunning pieces using traditional Uzbek ikat designs. Silkworms are raised here on mulberry leaves and the cocoons are unraveled to yield the raw material. Several different classes of fabric are produced, from the pure silk “khon atlas” to cotton/silk blends called “adras”. You'll see the process of production. After sightseeing, check-in and dinner at the hotel.

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Hotel Asia
Classic

Hotel Asia

Fergana – Rishtan – Kokand – Tashkent

Enjoy one more day exploring the Fergana valley. The region is famous in Uzbekistan not only for agriculture but also for its artisans and markets. After visiting the local market in Fergana you'll drive one hour to Rishtan. The town is famous all over Uzbekistan for its ceramics. It is no coincidence that pottery became so prominent exactly at this place because the red clay and pigments available here are of excellent quality. Visit the studio of a pottery master and learn more about his job and passion that has been passed down from generation to generation. From Rishtan you'll drive further to Kokand, another town with a rich history as a trading and religious center. In the 19th century, it was the capital of the Kokand Khanate, that stretched until the southern Kazakh steppe. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour, which includes the remains of Khudayar Khan’s Palace as well as the impressive Jami Mosque.

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Wyndham Tashkent
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Wyndham Tashkent

Tashkent city tour – night train to Termez

Tashkent is the biggest city in Central Asia and one of the oldest. Unfortunately, in an earthquake in 1966, most of its historic buildings were destroyed. Nevertheless, a few buildings notably at the Khast Imom Complex have survived and this is where you're heading first on today’s city tour of Tashkent. The complex contains the ancient Quran book of Caliph Uthman (from 7th century!) and the mausoleum of the Islamic saint, Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi. You'll then join traders at Chorsu Bazaar before taking a ride on the Tashkent Metro. You complete the city tour of Tashkent with a visit to the Museum of History. That evening you'll embark on a night train journey to the southernmost city of Uzbekistan – Termez.

Termez

You'll arrive in the city early in the morning and following the train journey, you dive into the city. Few tourists ever venture as far south as Termez. It’s a pity as it is a place of exceptional historic importance and with a wealth of intriguing archaeological sites from pre-Islamic times. In the 6th century BC, Termez was already known to the Achaemenids, and it was later conquered by Alexander the Great. The city’s medieval fortifications ran for 10 miles, and the famous Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta wrote of its lively bazaar, fine buildings, canals, and gardens. It is still possible to see the ruins of Kara Tepe and Fayaz Tepe, two important ancient Buddhist monasteries, plus the Kyrk-Kyz Fortress, and the archaeological museum is one of the best in Central Asia. You'll visit the famous Termez Archaeological Museum where you'll learn about the millennia of history, where religions of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam developed. Following the museum, you visit the archeological sites such as Fayaz Tepa and Kampir Tepa.

Termez – Derbent Village

After breakfast, drive to the north. Our next stop is Derbent Village. Derbent – translates as Dead End Valley from the local language. It sits in between the huge Hissar mountain range and provides the special experience of nature and history. Historically, the caravans of the trading routes between famous Silk Road cities of Kabul and Samarkand or Bukhara would pass through this village. Darband’s strategic location was favorable as it stood as a lush and populous village on one of the main passes through the mountains. It also served as the crossing point between the ancient kingdoms of Bactria and Sogdia.

It is not by accident that both Alexander of Macedonia and Tamerlane used the pass to move their armies through the area. The famous Iron Gate of Tamerlane – naturally narrow rocky mountain defile – might have taken its name from the historic event when Tamerlane used the defile to move his soldier from Samarkand to Balkh.

After arriving you'll have a short walk into the village. Enjoy the lunch with the family and then go for a long hike through the hilly mountain foothills, you could also visit the famous spring that is also a lifeline for the village. Enjoy the dinner with the locals.

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Hotel Meridian
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Hotel Meridian

Derbent – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

After breakfast, embark on the journey to Samarkand. On the way, stop in the hometown of legendary Tamerlane – Shahrisabz. Arrive in Shahrisabz in time to have lunch. Shakhrisabz is one of the UNESCO enlisted cities of Uzbekistan. It is an important city because this was the land that Tamerlane was born. Visit Ak Saray, a UNESCO listed site that was built as a summer palace for Tamerlane. Next, visit the memorial complex Dorut Tilovat and the mosque Kok-Gumbaz. In the evening you arrive in Samarkand.

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Hotel Rabat
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Hotel Rabat

Samarkand city tour

Sublime Samarkand evokes an almost mythical past full of romance and intrigue. This was the domain of Timur, one of history’s greatest conquerors. His vast empire rivaled any, stretching across the Eurasian steppe, who ruled his kingdom with an iron fist while at the same time patronizing the arts and literature. Much of his architectural heritage has been preserved, allowing us to see how the city might have been at the peak of his power.

Today is devoted to exploring Samarkand. You'll start the day with the visit of Gur-Emir mausoleum, where Timur is buried. You will hear the stories from his life and how did he start the construction of Samarkand. Then, you go to Registan Square – Samarkand’s and arguably Uzbekistan’s most famous landmark. The focal point of ancient Samarkand is framed by three beautiful madrassas – Ulugbek, Sherdor, and Tillya Kori. And we’ll stroll through the spacious courtyard of the Bibi-Khanum Mosque—a structure that legend says was a gift to Tamerlane by one of his wives. After lunch, we’ll have time to explore the Siyob Bazaar, where fruit and vegetables grown from the rich soil of the Zarafshan Valley are sold in a colorful market. You may explore the city on your own during your free time this evening.

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Hotel Rabat
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Hotel Rabat

Samarkand – Bukhara

After breakfast, visit Konigil Paper Mill. At the paper mill, you may see the process of paper production from mulberry tree bark – just like in 8th century Samarkand. You'll then go to Shahi Zinda, to the tile-rich street of turquoise and blue domes. After lunch you can have free time or visit Ulugbek’s Observatory and Afrasiyab Museum. At the museum you can learn more about the ancient city of Samarkand – then known as Afrasiyab – that was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century. Dinner in the city center. After dinner, transfer to the train station to catch Afrosiyob high-speed train to Bukhara, departing 9:00 PM and arriving 10:40 PM in Bukhara. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

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Hotel Safiya
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Hotel Safiya

Bukhara

After breakfast, start the walking tour of Bukhara. Even the very name Bukhara conjures up images of the exotic Orient. For centuries, it was an important trading post and an academic center. The Old Town has been well preserved and is crammed full of minarets, mosques, and madrassas. Its once-notorious canals and pools, the source of many an epidemic, have now been drained but the most famous, Lyabi-Hauz, is still there, an oasis shaded by mulberry trees at the heart of the city. Your guide will show you the city’s unmissable sights and you can soak up the atmosphere wandering through Bukhara’s labyrinthine alleyways. Sights that you will see on today’s walking tour in the Old Town of Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Kalon Complex, Ark Fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque and local markets under the domes. Dinner in the city center.

Bukhara – Khiva

This morning is free for you to shop, or sip tea by the famous square of Labi Hauz. Before mid-day, you will transfer to the train station. Journey through the desert of Kyzyl-Kum to the next Silk Road post of Khiva will take approximately 6 hours on a train. Enjoy the scenery of the desert and the townships you pass through. Enjoy your dinner in an open-air museum next to the minaret.

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Hotel Asia
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Hotel Asia

Khiva City Tour

Considered a gem of desert architecture, Khiva is one of the renowned capitals of old Khorezm. Locals believe that Shem the son of Noah founded the city when he discovered the sweet water spring in this middle of the vast desert. Archeologists believe the city was set up some 2,500 years ago. Today Khiva is the most architecturally intact Silk Road city in Uzbekistan. Its intense green and blue tilework rank as some of the most luxurious in Central Asia. This open-air museum is enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Khiva is full of amazing architecture – and today you'll get a chance to see them all. You will visit the walled inner-city section of Khiva called Ichan-Kala. This historic town preserves more than sixty historic monuments and hundreds of old houses dating back hundreds of years. As you walk through the massive city gates, you are met by the gleaming Islamic architecture, the Kalta-Minor Minaret. Explore the town on a guided tour that covers all of the city sites. Enjoy broad views of Old Khiva on the top of the Ak Sheikh baba observatory platform.

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Hotel Asia
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Hotel Asia

Khiva – Tashkent

After breakfast you'll transfer to Urgench airport for the flight to Tashkent. Check-in at the hotel and enjoy some free time to relax or do some last-minute souvenir shopping before enjoying one final dinner with your group.

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Wyndham Tashkent
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Wyndham Tashkent

After one final breakfast and a chance to say goodbye to your travelling companions you'll transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Operated by Kalpak Travel, the leading Central Asia specialists
  • Small group tour: max 12 people
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Expert local guides
  • 24/7 support

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Included Accommodation

13 nights in carefully-selected, quality assured hotels.

Included Guided excursions

Expert, English-speaking guides and fully escorted tours in every destination.

Included Ground transfers

All rail tickets, airport collections, hotel transfers and ground connections.

Included All meals

Full board (13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners).

Included Internal flights

All internal flights are included.

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Sten-Enok, Norway
01/11/2018

I got a tip to visit the webpage for Kalpak and have not regretted since. They arrange trips to Central Asia and do it really well. They are professional, respond to inquiries instantly, are very flexible and know the region well. I was in contact with Luca for a combination of mountain biking and trekking in the Fann mountains in Tajikistan. My experience is solely positive; truly professional and passionate about the region.

Mind you, Kalpak uses local resources and is responsible tourism. I really recommend Kalpak Travel! They make astonishing trips to Central Asia and are professional, serious and responsible.

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Spencer, Australia
01/07/2018

We had a fabulous 13-day tour of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - in May/June. Luca, the owner of Kalpak Travel, has been very reliable and committed to giving excellent service. He was constantly keeping in touch during our trip to ensure that everything was running smoothly.

The guides in each city spoke excellent English and were extremely informative on all aspects of Central Asia. In Almaty, we were invited to have dinner at our tour guide's home. The food was fabulous and we had a wonderful evening….

We were very lucky to have Kalpak Travel as our tour company which exceeded our expectations with flying colours. We highly recommend Kalpak Travel if you are planning a hassle-free tour of Central Asia.

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Rebecca, USA
01/07/2018

We had a wonderful 3.5 week trip through the 5 Stans. I feel like I've seen the highlights in case I don't get the opportunity to return, but I most certainly DO want to return and see more. These are the warmest and most welcoming people I have every encountered.

My regret is that Kalpak does not arrange trips for other parts of the world, as I truly enjoyed every minute of working with them, and would love to do so again. SUPERLATIVE service.

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