Uzbekistan - the Heart of the Silk Route

Uzbekistan - the Heart of the Silk Route

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Uzbekistan - the Heart of the Silk Route

11 Days Starting and ending in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Visiting: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

FUBZ

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Low, Classic Touring

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$3483
$3295 (USD) including Flights from the UK Operator discount: -$95 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$93
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Tour Overview

The incredible history of the Silk Road crosses soaring mountain ranges, endless deserts and ancient cities overflowing with eye-popping architecture. You'll see it all in Uzbekistan. The Heart of the Silk Route tour shows you the very best of this country's rich cultural and natural highlights. Discover why Samarkand inspires world-famous poets, explore the holy city of Bukhara and see the undulating dunes of the Kyzylkum Desert. Along the way, immerse yourself in centuries-old traditions with dining, dance and meetings with locals. You'll stay in high quality 3-star hotels throughout your trip and enjoy plenty of free time for your own exploration of Central Asia's historic marvel.

Highlights

  • Ride through Tashkent's beautiful metro stations

  • Discovery tour of Samarkand

  • Walking tour of Registan Square

  • Traditional breadmaking and lunch with a local family

  • Drive the Takhta Karacha Pass

  • Explore the home of national hero, Tamerlane

  • Discover the holy city of Bukhara

  • Bukhar Puppetry and Miniature School experience

  • Sample exotic teas at an historical teahouse

  • Drive through the Kyzylkum Desert

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Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk - Tashkent

Today, you'll take your overnight flight to Uzbekistan's vibrant capital city, Tashkent.

Day 2 Tashkent
Location: Tashkent
Accommodation Name: The Elements Hotel
Meals Included: D

On your arrival this morning, relax and refresh at your hotel. We'll explore city highlights in the afternoon, including a ride on the Tashkent metro. Central Asia's oldest tube dazzles with mosaics, portraits and magnificent columns at every stop. Tonight, we'll sit down to a tasty welcome meal at a local restaurant.

Day 3 Tashkent - Samarkand
Location: Samarkand
Accommodation Name: Orient Star Samarkand
Meals Included: B, D

The trains in Uzbekistan are quick and modern, and today they will whisk us to one of the most prominent cities on the Great Silk Road. From the eras of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan to the artistic legacies of the Turkic ruler Tamerlane, it's fair to say that this ancient city has seen some history! The latest research indicates that Samarkand was founded an incredible 2,750 years ago.
We'll visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum, home to the graves of Tamerlane and his descendants, along with the impressive remnants of Mosque Bibi-Khanum. The elaborate Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis is an important site for pilgrims, as it's the alleged gravesite of Qusan ibn-Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad.

Day 4 Samarkand
Location: Samarkand
Accommodation Name: Orient Star Samarkand
Meals Included: B, L

Decorated by mosaics and ornate minarets, the madrasas of Registan Square are some of the greatest works of the Islamic world. After we've had our fill of awe-inspiring architecture, get ready for the enticing smell of baking bread as we join a local family for a home-cooked meal. Explore at your leisure for the rest of the day or join us for an optional excursion to three incredible destinations.
The first, the Meros Silk Paper Factory, has revived the ancient tradition of papermaking in Samarkand, once renowned for its use in Persian and Arabic manuscripts. Second is the famous Ulugh Beg Observatory, which produced advanced astronomical discoveries before it was destroyed by religious extremists in 1449 - we'll visit the museum here. Thirdly, we'll discover the Tomb of Prophet Daniel.

Day 5 Samarkand - Bukhara
Location: Bukhara
Accommodation Name: Orient Star Bukhara
Meals Included: B, D

Settle in for a scenic drive over the spectacular Takhta Karacha Pass, as we follow the Silk Route to the hometown of Tamerlane. Shakhrisabz is a traditional centre for folk art, dotted with ruins and medieval buildings. We'll explore the Ak Saray Palace, Kok Gumbaz Friday Mosque and the mausoleum of Dorut Tilavat, then enjoy some free time, before following our noses to a charming teahouse for lunch. After a relaxing afternoon drive, look forward to a traditional dinner in Central Asia's holiest city, Bukhara.

Day 6 Bukhara
Location: Bukhara
Accommodation Name: Orient Star Bukhara
Meals Included: B, D

Highlighting more than 2,000 years of history, medieval Bukhara offers a visual feast of architectural wonders and photogenic streets. Our full-day tour shows you the very best of the UNESCO-listed historic centre, including the atmospheric Old Jewish Quarter, Poi-Kayalan Ensemble and Kalyan minaret. We'll delve into tradition at puppet and miniature painting workshops, and sip spicy teas flavoured with fragrant cardamom, anise, cinnamon and oregano. Get set to give your wallet a workout at the trading domes, featuring market stalls piled high with handwoven carpets, silk scarves and unique jewellery.

Day 7 Bukhara
Location: Bukhara
Accommodation Name: Orient Star Bukhara
Meals Included: B, L

There's so much to discover here, it will be a challenge to squeeze it all into one day. But it's a challenge we're willing to accept! Our tour continues at the Zindan, an old jail complete with a grisly torture chamber. Close by is the spectacular Fortress Ark, the city's oldest structure. We'll walk along the city walls and stop at Samanids Mausoleum, a 9th century architectural treasure. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant.
Take your time and explore at your own pace this afternoon, or join us for an optional, countryside excursion. Discover Bahauddin Naqshbandi, the burial tomb of the Sufism leader, and the exquisite summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace. On our return, we'll stop for a look at Chor Minor and its four quirky, turquoise-topped turrets.

Day 8 Bukhara - Khiva
Location: Khiva
Accommodation Name: Orient Star Hotel - Khiva
Meals Included: B, D

You'll get a well-deserved rest today on our drive to Khiva through spectacular desert landscapes. The Kyzylkum Desert stretches for hundreds of miles and once presented sun-scorched dangers for traders traversing the legendary red sands. Luckily for us, we'll get to experience it in comfort!

Day 9 Khiva
Location: Khiva
Accommodation Name: Orient Star Hotel - Khiva
Meals Included: B, D

A living museum, Khiva's twisting alleyways, glistening mosaics and ornate minarets are a stark contrast to its brutal history of barbaric slave trading. A walking tour of UNESCO-listed Itchan Kala, an old Khiva oasis, showcases 51 ancient structures, 250 dwellings, majestic mosques and caravanserais. As Khiva is well-known for handicrafts, there's plenty of time here to admire and buy woodcarvings, woven carpets and fleece hats.
Tonight offers a treat for the senses, with dinner and a folklore performance. A captivating form of dance combining Arabic, Persian, Turkic, Indian and Chinese elements, Khorezm features dazzling spins, sensual undulations and lavish Oriental costumes.

Day 10 Khiva - Tashkent
Location: Tashkent
Accommodation Name: The Elements Hotel
Meals Included: B, D

Saying goodbye to Khiva, we'll fly back to Tashkent today. But don't worry, your incredible journey isn't over just yet! We'll take a city tour on arrival, starting with Khast Imam Square which is the holy heart of ancient Tashkent. See the works of world-famous ceramic masters (now fifth and sixth generation), along with the performing arts hubs of Theatre Square and Broadway, the Earthquake Memorial and Amir Temur Square. Tonight, we'll sit down together for a delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 11 Tashkent - Uk
Meals Included: B

Today we'll transfer you to the airport and your flight home to the UK.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3 & 4 star hotels

  • Return flights from London

  • 9 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels, plus 1 night in flight

  • 18 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners and welcome drink

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

  • 9 nights in 3-star hotels, plus 1 night in flight

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Accommodation

    • Hotel Praga
    • Hotel Diyora
    • The Hotel Diyora is one of the newest in Samarkand yet has been built in a classic style. Just 5 minutes from Registan square and the old part of the city it is ideally located. The hotel also boasts an outdoor pool, restaurant and a gym. The rooms are authentic and feature air conditioning, tv, minibar and wifi.
    • Orient Star Bukhara
    • Ideally located in Bukhara, this 4 star hotel features a lovely buffet breakfast each morning in the hotels restaurant and also has its own bar. Rooms are spacious and have air conditioning, tv, fridge, kettle and a hairdryer.
    • Orient Star Hotel - Khiva
    • The Orient Star Bukhara is a 4 star hotel in the commercial area of Bukhara. Once an historical building, this hotel now features a restaurant and bar and rooms have wi-fi, air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, free toiletries and refridgerator.
    • Hotel Praga

Excursions Included


  • Discovery tour of Samarkand

  • Ride through beautiful metro stations

  • Walking tour of Registan Square

  • Traditional breadmaking and lunch with a local family

  • Drive the Takhta Karacha Pass

  • Explore the home of national hero, Tamerlane

  • Discover the holy city of Bukhara

  • Bukhara Puppetry and Miniature School experience

  • Drive through the Kyzylkum Desert

  • Walking tour of Khiva's Itchan Kala

  • Dinner with Uzbek Khorezm dances

  • Tashkent city tour including Khast Imam Square

  • Visit to a famous ceramics studio


Optional Excursions


  • Samarkand's old traditions: astronomy and papermaking

  • Countryside excursion to Bahauddin Naqshbandi and Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace


Check out our Q&As

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

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Tuesday - Friday

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Sep 09, 2025 - Sep 19, 2025
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Instant Booking Available

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Oct 07, 2025 - Oct 17, 2025
$3610 $3418 (USD)

Operator discount: -$95 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$97 (USD)

Including UK Flights

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  • Free Date Changes

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  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Travelsphere allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform travelsphere, 75 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Travelsphere requires a minimum deposit of 21% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 84 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of travelsphere charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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