6 - 9 night tour: Mythical cities of Uzbekistan - Samarkand - Up to -70% | Voyage Privé

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  • Exploring the ancient wonders of Samarkand, where the stunning Registan Square dazzles with its intricate tilework and majestic madrasahs.
  • Wandering through the labyrinthine streets of Bukhara, a living museum of Islamic architecture, where every corner reveals a new story from the Silk Road era.
  • Opting for a stopover in Khiva, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the ochre-hued walls of ancient fortresses rise from the desert sands.

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Welcome to Uzbekistan

Welcome to Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, the hidden jewel in Central Asia, invites travellers to explore its rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. Once a pivotal hub on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan boasts breathtaking architectural wonders like Samarkand's Registan Square, Bukhara's Ark Fortress, and Khiva's Itchan Kala. The country's diverse landscapes, from the expansive Kyzylkum Desert to the lush Fergana Valley, offer unique natural beauty and a variety of outdoor activities.

Hospitality is a cornerstone of Uzbek culture, with visitors often treated to generous servings of traditional dishes like plov (a flavourful rice dish), samsa (savoury pastries), and fresh fruits. Music and dance are integral to social gatherings, with the sounds of the dutar and the energetic rhythms of traditional dances captivating audiences. Handicrafts such as intricate silk embroidery, ceramics, and ikat textiles showcase the artistic talents passed down through generations.

 

Highlights:

  • Ancient Silk Road cities: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva
  • Culinary delights: Plov, Lagman, Manty, Samsa and pastries
  • Artisanal handicrafts: Intricate textiles, ceramics, and woodwork
  • Diverse landscapes: Fergana Valley, Kyzylkum Desert, Nuratau Mountains
  • Warm hospitality: Welcoming locals and vibrant festivals

 

With its rich heritage, warm-hearted people, and stunning natural beauty, Uzbekistan offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of Central Asia.

Your itinerary in brief

Embark on an immersive 6 night tour through the cultural gems of Uzbekistan, exploring the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara. Dive into the rich history of Samarkand as you marvel at the stunning Registan Square and the intricate details of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque. Stroll through the labyrinthine streets in Bukhara, adorned with centuries-old monuments and vibrant bazaars. Opt for the 9 night tour with an additional stop in the captivating city of Khiva, where you can wander through the UNESCO-listed old town and witness its well-preserved architecture.

 

Choose the length of your stay:    

 

6 night tour:

Day 1: Arrive in Samarkand

Day 2: Samarkand

Day 3: Samarkand - Bukhara

Day 4: Bukhara

Day 5: Bukhara - Samarkand

Day 6: Samarkand

Day 7: Depart Samarkand

 

9 night tour:

Days 1 - 4 of this itinerary are identical to those in the 6-night offer

Day 5: Bukhara - Khiva

Day 6 & 7: Khiva

Day 8: Khiva - Samarkand

Day 9: Samarkand

Day 10: Depart Samarkand

 

Your itinerary in detail

6 night tour:

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SAMARKAND

Samarkand, one of Central Asia's most storied cities, is celebrated for its exquisite Islamic architecture and profound historical significance as a major hub on the ancient Silk Road. Samarkand boasts iconic landmarks such as Registan Square, with its trio of majestic madrasahs adorned with intricate tilework; the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, a sacred ensemble of mausoleums; and the grand Bibi-Khanym Mosque, built by the Timurid ruler Tamerlane.

  • Arrive in Samarkand in the afternoon
  • Transfer and check-in at the hotel
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

 

DAY 2: SAMARKAND

  • Breakfast included
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Samarkand (Registan Square, the Bibi-Khanim Mosque and oriental bazaar Siab and others)
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

 

DAY 3: SAMARKAND - BUKHARA

  • Breakfast included
  • Transfer to the railway station
  • Train journey Samarkand - Bukhara
  • Arrive in Bukhara by 3:24 pm and transfer to the hotel
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

DAY 4: BUKHARA

Bukhara, a historic city in Uzbekistan, is famed for its well-preserved medieval architecture and deep-rooted cultural heritage, reflecting its importance as a major centre on the Silk Road. Known for its stunning mosques, madrasahs, and bazaars, Bukhara's highlights include the Kalyan Minaret, the Ark Fortress, and the Lyab-i Hauz ensemble, each showcasing intricate Islamic art and architecture. 

  • Breakfast included
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Bukhara (the Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, the Magoki-Attari Mosque, Toki Tilpak Furushon, Kosh Ensemble and others)
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

 

DAY 5: BUKHARA - SAMARKAND

  • Breakfast included
  • Transfer to the railway station
  • Train journey Bukhara - Samarkand
  • Arrive in Samarkand by 6:49 pm and transfer to the hotel
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

 

DAY 6: SAMARKAND

  • Breakfast included
  • Free day
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

 

DAY 7: DEPART SAMARKAND

  • Breakfast included
  • Check out before 12 pm
  • Transfer to the airport

9 night tour:

Days 1 - 4 of this itinerary are identical to those in the 6-night offer

 

DAY 5: BUKHARA - KHIVA

Khiva, a historic city in Uzbekistan, is renowned for its well-preserved architectural heritage, especially within the ancient walled inner city known as Itchan Kala. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features a stunning array of mosques, madrasahs, palaces, and minarets, with notable landmarks including the Kunya-Ark Fortress, the Islam Khodja Minaret, and the Juma Mosque. Khiva's rich history as a former khanate and key Silk Road trading post is vividly captured in its atmospheric streets and meticulously restored buildings, offering a fascinating glimpse into Central Asia's past.

  • Breakfast included
  • Transfer to the railway station
  • Night train journey Bukhara - Khiva (please note: departure at 3:52 am)
  • Arrive in Khiva by 10:28 am next day and transfer to the hotel
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

 

DAY 6 & 7: KHIVA

  • Breakfast included
  • Free days
  • Optional guided half-day tour of Khiva
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

 

DAY 8: KHIVA - SAMARKAND

  • Breakfast included
  • Transfer to the railway station
  • Train journey Khiva - Samarkand
  • Arrive in Samarkand by 9:26 pm and transfer to the hotel
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

DAY 9: SAMARKAND

  • Breakfast included
  • Free day
  • Night at the hotel of the chosen category

 

 

DAY 10: DEPART SAMARKAND

  • Breakfast included
  • Check out before 12 pm
  • Transfer to the airport

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Important information about your tour and visits: 

  

The hotels, which comply with local standards, are indicative and may be changed locally for hotels of a similar category. The itinerary is subject to changes due to compelling reasons such as delayed flights, weather conditions or other cases of force majeure.  The order of visits is also subject to change without affecting the overall experience of the itinerary

Your hotels

Hand-picked just for you

Maximum room capacity

At each of your stops, you will be staying in comfortable rooms in thoughtfully selected Standard or Superior hotels (depending on the offer chosen).

 

 

Standard hotels:

Samarkand: Savitsky Plaza or similar
Bukhara: Sahid Zarafshan Hotel Bukhara or similar
Khiva: Orient Star or Zarafshan Boutique Hotel or similar

 

Superior hotels:

Samarkand: Silk Road by Minyoun or similar
Bukhara: Sahid Zarafshan Hotel Bukhara or similar
Khiva: Orient Star or Zarafshan Boutique Hotel or similar

 

In Khiva, you will stay in a charming 3* hotel. In Bukhara, you will stay in a comfortable 4* hotel

 

If the hotels listed above are unavailable, you will be provided with comfortable accommodation in similar hotels. Local standards apply. 

 

Please note: 

Check-in at the hotels is from 2 pm

 

Your dining choices

This is a bed and breakfast stay.

Fancy the best of both worlds? Choose to upgrade to half board at the next stage of the booking process - includes breakfast and your evening meal served in the main buffet restaurant - drinks are excluded. 

Included excursions

English-speaking guide

Included excursions

Enjoy the company of an English-speaking local guide during your trip, and make the very most of your stay. 

Optional excursions

Samarkand: "The Moment of Eternity" Performance

Optional excursions
The Samarkand Historical Costume Theater "El Merosi" offers a cultural and ethnographic show called "A Moment of Eternity," which allows you to experience the history of the Scythian warriors, ancient Sogd, and the empire of Tamerlane. The show features a unique collection of costumes from various historical periods and includes a program of 11 theatrical episodes.
 

Khiva city tour with English-speaking guide

Optional excursions
Explore Ichan-Kala, the old city of Khiva surrounded by a fortress wall, which houses the state historical and archaeological museum reserve featuring landmarks like the Muhammad Aminkhana Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Tash Hovli Palace, the Islam Khoja complex, and the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud, among other significant historical sites.
 

Optional hotel services

Upgrade to half board

Optional hotel services

Fancy the best of both worlds? Choose to upgrade to half board at the next stage of the booking process - includes breakfast and your evening meal served in the main buffet restaurant - drinks are excluded. 

Your journey to Uzbekistan

Flights:

You will be able to choose your airline and flight times when you make your booking. This flight may include one or more stopovers. The stopover may be technical (without a change of aircraft) or transit (with a change of aircraft).

Luggage information

Luggage, meals and other services on board may be subject to an additional fee on certain airlines. It is possible to view details of luggage allowances when you choose your flights at the next stage of the booking process. If luggage is not included with your flight, please go to the airline's website before your departure to purchase your luggage for an additional fee.

For domestic flights, airlines do not always offer the option of reserving luggage. In this case, you will need to pay for it at the airport counter.

You will receive all the information you need to check in for your flights after you have made your reservation.

Your destinations

Samarkand

No name is as evocative of the Silk Road as Samarkand (Samarqand). On the ground the sublime, larger-than-life monuments of Timur (Tamerlane) and the city’s long, rich history are enchanting. You can visit most of Samarkand’s high-profile attractions in two or three days. The Registan, Gur-e-Amir, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-i-Zinda are undoubtedly some of the finest attractions.

 

Samarkand is a modern city, that still retains its old town and plenty of grandeur to ensure it’s a breathtaking place to visit.

Bukhara

Central Asia’s holiest city, Bukhara (Buxoro) has buildings spanning a thousand years of history, and an old centre that hasn’t changed much in two centuries. It is one of the best places in Central Asia for a glimpse of pre-Russian Turkestan.

 

Most of the centre is an architectural preserve, full of medressas and minarets, a massive royal fortress and the remnants of a once-vast market complex. The city’s accommodation options are by far the best and most atmospheric in the country.

In more detail

Please find practical information about your trip:
This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Pets are not permitted.
Your stay may be subject to an additional city or tourist tax payable directly to the hotel, which is not included in our nightly rate. Please check with hotel directly for further information.

Rates and times are indicative and are subject to change. Some facilities/services are subject to a surcharge, payable locally. 

General terms and conditions of sale apply. 

 

Price includes:

  • Accommodation in Standard or Superior hotels as per itinerary (depending on the offer chosen)
  • Breakfast included
  • English-speaking guide included during tours
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Samarkand and Bukhara
  • Roundtrip airport and train station transfers
  • Train tickets Samarkand - Bukhara - Samarkand
  • Train tickets Bukhara - Khiva and Khiva - Samarkand (for stays of 9 nights only)

 

Price doesn't include:

  • Stay tax (to be paid at the hotel by check-in)
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Entrance fees for city sightseeing
  • Hotel costs for additional services
  • Tips 
  • Anything not listed in the "price includes" section

If booking as a solo traveller, room occupancy and configuration are not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up-to-date information, we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

 

Travel with peace of mind

 

To ensure a peaceful holiday, our partners are committed to respecting the local health and sanitary measures in force to protect your safety and well-being.

 

Please note: health and sanitary measures may be subject to change in line with government recommendations. Consequently, they may affect access to certain amenities and leisure facilities.

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If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday. 

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