Tour Overview

Experience the contrasts of Central Asia in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Discover ultra-modern Nur-Sultan and the Soviet architecture of vibrant Almaty. Next, travel to the country of blue domes, full of madrasas, bazaars, mosques, deserts and palaces. Discover the fortified heart of Khiva, unspoilt Bukhara and legendary Samarkand, in the triangle of the Silk Road. Fall in love with Tashkent.

Itinerary

icon Day 1: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Location: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Accommodation Name: Rakat Plaza

Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport, ready to board a flight* to Tashkent. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

icon Day 2: Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Accommodation Name: Malika Khiva

Meals: Dinner

Arrive* in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, and transfer to the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the city as you wish. You can also discover the city by booking an optional Tashkent tour** in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in Tashkent.

* Your outbound flight may arrive very late in the evening, or in the early hours of the following morning, so have the option to book an early check-in.

** Optional Tashkent Tour: Take an afternoon tour of the highlights of the city and visit the History Museum of Uzbekistan, the White Mosque and explore the Metro system.

icon Day 3: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva

Location: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva

Accommodation Name: Malika Khiva

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, set off to visit the old part of the city. Explore Khasti Imom Square, the religious center of Uzbekistan, where you can see: the Madrasa Barak Kan, an old Koranic school built in the sixteenth century, inside which the artisans sell their work; the Madrasa Kaffal Shoshi, fabulously decorated with a bright blue dome; the Moyie Mubarek Library, which houses the oldest Koran and the Kukeldash Madrasa, the largest in the city. From the Madrasa's towers, the call of prayer is announced. Also visit the Madrasa Abul Kasim, whose facade is magnificently decorated with lancet niches and corner towers. Next, discover the oriental bazaar of Chorsu, a covered market whose main building has an elegant turquoise dome Persian and Timurid in style. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board a flight to Urgench. Arrive and transfer to Khiva. Check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Khiva.

icon Day 4: Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation Name: Boutique Safiya

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the Itchan-Kala architectural complex of Khiva, protected by high brick walls and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Jiva was part of the triangle of the Silk Road together with Bukhara and Samarkand. Among its many wonders explore the Kunya Ark Castle, sumptuously decorated; the madrasah Mohammed Rakhmin Khan which houses an interesting museum about the city, and the minaret of Islam Khodja. Next, visit the Tash Hovli Palace, built of stone and blue coloured ceramics brought from China; the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud, who was a philosopher, poet, fighter, tanner craftsman and founder of a branch of Sufism; the Juma Mosque or Friday Mosque and the Allakuli Khan Madrasa. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Khiva.

icon Day 5: Khiva - Bukhara

Location: Khiva - Bukhara

Accommodation Name: Boutique Safiya

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave by road to Bukhara, southeast of Khiva. During the journey, cross the Kizil-Kum desert which means "red sands" in Arabic and see the historic Amudaria river, which marks the border with Kazakhstan. Arrive in the afternoon, transfer to the hotel and spend any free time exploring at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Bukhara.

icon Day 6: Bukhara

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation Name: Diyora

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a tour of the city of Bukhara. Visit the beautiful Mausoleum of the Samani, the holy spring of Chashmai Ayub, the charming Bolo Hauz Mosque and the amazing Ark citadel. In the afternoon, continue the tour of the city with a visit to the Kalyan minaret, the Poi Kalyan Mosque, the Miri Arab Madrasa, the Toki Sarafon dome and the impressive Lyabi Hauz architectural complex, a set of two madrasahs and a Khanaka, Chor Minor. Dinner and overnight stay in Bukhara.

icon Day 7: Bukhara - Samarkand

Location: Bukhara - Samarkand

Accommodation Name: Rakat Plaza

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the city of Samarkand, located 290 kilometres east of Bukhara. Arrive in Samarkand and in the afternoon, take a guided visit of this vibrant city. See the beautiful Registan Square, where you can admire spectacular madrasas of the XV-XVII centuries such as those of Ulughbek, Shir-Dor and Tilla-Kori. Next, visit the Guri Emir Mausoleum, to explore the tomb of Tamerlane, the Bibi-Khonum Mosque and the charming Siab Bazaar. Dinner and overnight stay in Samarkand.

icon Day 8: Samarkand - Tashkent

Location: Samarkand - Tashkent

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit the beautiful architectural complex Shakhi-Zinda, the museum of the ancient city of Afrosiab and the beautiful Ulughbek observatory which dates back to the 15th century. In the afternoon, transfer to the station to board a high-speed train back to Tashkent. Arrive in the capital of Uzbekistan, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Tashkent.

icon Day 9: Tashkent - Night on board

Location: Tashkent - Night on board

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast* at the hotel. Spend today at your leisure.* In the afternoon/evening, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK. Night on board.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

icon Day 10: UK/Ireland

Location: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

What's Included

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    Meals

    7 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners.

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    Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.

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    International flights: UK/Ireland - Tashkent - UK/Ireland.

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    Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.

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    Departures from the main UK/Ireland airports.

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    ATOL Protection.

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    High-Speed train journey from Samarkand - Tashkent.

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    Internal flight: Tashkent - Urgench. *

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    7 nights accommodation in Charm and Deluxe category hotels.

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    All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Exoticca requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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