The legendary ‘Silk Road’ occupies a mythical place in the imaginations of western travellers, a remote region in the centre of the Eurasian landmass through which countless traders journeyed on their voyages between Europe and the Far East. As well as commerce, the exchange of ideas and cultures flowed through the various arteries of the Silk Road, resulting in an incredible flowering of architecture, education and religion. Tucked away between the Indian subcontinent and Russia lay the legacies and monuments of numerous civilisations, and a warm and friendly people with intriguing cultural traditions. This tour takes you on a journey through the enigmatic sites and unique cultures of this mystical region. We visit the truly astounding sites of Khiva and central Asia’s holiest city, Bukhara and of course take in the spectacular architecture of Samarkand’s Registan – one of the most stunning collections of architecture to be found anywhere. Stepping further afield we travel to Turkmenistan and the ancient capital of Konye-Urgench as well as the splendid site of Merv, and cross the border to Tajikistan with its stunning mountain scenery. This breathtaking region has often been at the centre of world history, its strategic routes fought over by Mongols, Russians, British and many more and its treasures long coveted by others. Those who travel here will understand why.
Tour Rating: Fitness-3; Off the Beaten Track-4; Culture-4; History-5; Wildlife-1; Tour Pace - Busy.
- The splendour of the cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand
- The desert wonders of Merv.
- The striking monuments of Ashgabat
- The stunning scenery of Lake Iskander Kul
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to explore the city. Overnight at Shodlik Palace or similar.
Day 2: Khiva. Fly to Urgench and transfer to Khiva (30 km), a stunning city with a wealth of ancient monuments. We spend the afternoon exploring its sites, including its many mosques, medressas and mausoleums of former rulers. Overnight at Malika Khiva Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 3: Khiva. Continue our exploration of this marvellous city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later there will be time for you to explore on your own. Overnight at Malika Khiva Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 4: Konye-Urgench - Ashgabat. We cross the border into little known Turkmenistan and head for the site of Konye-Urgench, an ancient capital of the land of Khorezm with beautiful mausoleums (240 km). After visiting its key sites we fly to Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat. Overnight at Ak Altyn Hotel or similar. (B)
Please note that the procedure for crossing borders can be lengthy even at quieter times. The border guards (especially those on the Uzbekistan side) carry out thorough searches of luggage and will pay close attention to any medicines and reading materials.
Day 5: Ashgabat - Mary. Spend the morning exploring the sites of Ashgabat, a modern city that has been the focus of extensive and some would say eccentric building projects. We then fly to Mary, an oasis town close to the ancient city of Merv. Overnight at Margush Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 6: Merv - Bukhara. This morning we visit the ancient site of Merv, the most important in Turkmenistan and dating back 2500 years with an array of old mosques, citadels and Buddhist stupas. After exploring Merv we cross the border back into Uzbekistan and head to Bukhara (350 km), Central Asia’s holiest city. Overnight at Caravan Hotel or similar. (B).
Day 7: Bukhara. We spend today exploring Bukhara, one of the most spectacular cities in the region and with a superbly preserved old quarter. Overnight at Caravan Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 8: Gijduvan – Samarkand. Drive to the legendary city of Samarkand (300 km) stopping en route at Gijduvan, locally renowned as a centre for ceramics. Upon arrival in Samarkand we start to explore. Overnight at Malika Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 9: Samarkand. A full day to explore glorious Samarkand with its spectacular collection of traditional buildings. The city is most famous for its Registan Square, which contains perhaps the most stunning and well preserved architecture in the whole region. Long held in awe by early western travellers, it is easy to lose yourself in wonder at the incredible mosques and medressas, elaborately decorated in blue tiles and traditional Islamic art. Overnight at Malika Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 10: Termez. A long day of driving will bring us to Termez on the border with Afghanistan (450 km). On arrival we will visit the Termez Archaeological Museum to gain an insight into the particular history of the city Overnight at Meridien Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 11: Dushanbe. After breakfast we will view the ironically named “Friendship Bridge”, before visiting the 15th century mausoleum of al Hakkim al Termezi, the Sufi leader known as Termez Ota or the Father of Termez City. From there we cross the border into Tajikistan and drive to Dushanbe (270 km), the capital. On arrival we explore Dushanbe’s sites and soak up the atmosphere of this little visited Central Asian city. Overnight at Hotel Gulistan or similar. (B)
Day 12: Iskander Kul. Drive through stunning scenery to Lake Iskander Kul in the Fann Mountains (150 km), where we have opportunities to hike around the lake shore. We have the rest of the day to explore the area and can visit nearby waterfalls and springs as well as small settlements. Overnight at tourist cottages. (BLD)
Day 13: Istravshan. After breakfast drive to Istravshan (165 km), along the Fon-Dariye River and over the Shahristan pass. Upon arrival in Istravshan we will visit Mugh teppa, Kok-Gumbaz and Chor-Gumbaz mosque and local bazaar Overnight at Hotel Sadbarg or similar. (BLD)
Day 14: Tashkent. Cross the border back to Uzbekistan and head to Tashkent (265 km) for our final night. Overnight at Shodlik Palace or similar. (B)
Day 15: Tashkent. Tour ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)
Fergana Valley Extension
Day 1: Fergana. Mid-morning you start the journey to Fergana (approximately 300 km), stopping at the Kamchik Pass for photos, and any other places of interest along the way. On arrival in Fergana there may be time to explore. Overnight at hotel Club 777 (B).
Day 2: Rishtan – Margilan. Full day excursion to Rishtan famous for its traditional cobalt pottery techniques and Margilon to witness traditional silk production and its wonderful Sunday bazaar, probably the best in Uzbekistan. Overnight at hotel Club 777 (B).
Day 3: Kokand – Tashkent. After breakfast drive back to Tashkent via Kokand visiting Khudoyar Khan’s Palace, the Norbuta Museum- Bia Madrassah, Modarikhon Mausoleum and any other places of interest along the way .Overnight Ramada Hotel or similar. (B)
Day 4: Tour ends. Transfer to the airport for flight home. (B)
Tour style: Traveller
Supplemental Tour Information:
- Accommodation: Mix of hotels and tourist cottages
- Included Meals: Daily breakfast (B), plus lunches (L) and dinners (D) as shown in the itinerary.
- Group Size: Maximum of 12
- Start Point: Tashkent
- End Point: Tashkent
- Transport: Private cars or minibuses, domestic flights
- Countries: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan & Tajikistan
Tour Guide Credentials:
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Domestic flights
- All accommodation
- Services of English speaking guide / tour leader
- Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
- Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
- International flights
- Any airport taxes
- Travel Insurance
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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