A magical journey to the legendary towns of the ancient Silk Road, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent. On this trip you will discover the admirable beauty of the Islamic architecture of the Orient. You will immerse yourself in the vastness and velvet colors of Central Asia, and enjoy the relaxing and highly enjoyable eating and drinking culture of the region. But modern life has also reached Uzbekistan, and the capital Tashkent is a fine example of a modern metropolis – this is the starting point of your trip through magical Uzbekistan.

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Stops on your tour: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Tashkent

Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights

Travel time: all year

Accommodation: Hotels BB/ 3-4 *

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1. Day: early arrival in Tashkent

On your arrival at the International Airport in Taschkent, you will be met by your travel guide who will accompany you to your hotel.  Today you will visit the Hasti Imam Complex in the old town. Around the large square, there is the Tillya Scheich Mosque, the Barakkhan Medrasa and the Kaffal Schaschi Mausoleum as a sign of Taschkent from the era when the town was the center of development of Islamic culture and religion.  The oldest version of the Koran is kept in the medrasa’s library. The manuscript dates back to the third Khalif Osman. Then we will go the Basar Tschorsu which was already known in the Middle Age4s and which has stood for centuries at the intersection of the old caravan routes of the Great Silk Road. Afterwards, we will visit the Basar Tschorsu, which has stood for centuries at the intersection of the old caravan routes of the Great Silk Road.  This is one of the greatest markets of Taschkent, not far from the town center. In the afternoon, we will walk through modern Taschkent and on the way visit Independence Square with the Grieving Mother and the Alischer Navoi Opera House, then go to the Amir Timur Park.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

2. Day: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiwa

Early morning transfer to the Airport. Arrival in Urgentsch and drive to Chiwa. Check-in to hotel.

Then you will visit Itshan-Kala («the inner town citadel»). Khiwa is a town citadel which looks back at a rich history and still looks today as it did centuries ago. It is one of the few places in Central Asia which has been preserved so one can imagine life as it was in Khan’s time. The famous buildings of Central Asia which became symbols long ago are in Itschan-Kala: among them are the Mohammed-Amin-Khan Medrasa and Kalta Minar (the short minaret), Islam Khodja Minaret, the Pachlawan Machmud Mausoleum, Tasch Havli Harem and the Juma Mosque (thousand column mosque), which was originally built as a Zoroastrian temple.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

3. Day: Khiwa – Urgench – Bukhara

Trip through the semidesert Kizil-Kum («red sand desert») and steppes to the Oriental town Buchara (480 km). En route, Picnic in a Usbek «roadhouse» tea-room. Arrival in Buchara and check-in to hotel. Free time in the early evening to see a historical pond complex in the old town.  

Today’s included meals are breakfast, picnic and dinner.

4. Day: Bukhara

We start our tour with the mausoleum of Ismail Samani and the mausoleum of Tschaschmai Ayub. Then we make a town tour on foot. Buchoroi sharif (the noble Buchara) is a town with imposing market dome buildings, active mosques and madrasas. Buchara is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You will feel you are part of A Thousand and One Nights. It is hard to believe that, still today, active teaching and learning takes place in the mosques and madrasas, such as the madrasa Miri Arab and Minaret and Mosque Kalon. You can admire the «classic» architectural complexes Lyabi Hauz with  market domes and several mosques, madrasas and the dervish monastery – Chanaka in the town center, and will understand the honorary title «noble».

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

5. Day: Bukhara – Chartang – Samarkand

The caravans go on. The next goal is the magical town of Samarkand, described all over the Orient as the ‚pearl of the Orient‘ and over 2750 years old.  On the way you will visit Chartang and see the Grave Complex of Imam Al-Buchari, one of the most famous Hadithen collectors of the Islamic world (his masterpiece is the Al-Jome as-Sahih). This place of pilgrimage is very popular and is considered to be the Mecca of Central Asia.

Samarkand – the town of tales from One Thousand and One Nights, was considered in the Middle Ages to be one of the most beautiful towns in the world and has still today not lost any of its great attraction. After you arrive in Samarkand, there will be a lunch break followed by a visit to one of the visiting cards of Uzbekistan: the famous Registanplatz with its three unique madrasas Ulughbek, Scherdor and Tillya Kori.

Still on the program is a visit to the palace-like mausoleum Guri-Emir of the ruler Timur (Tamerlan).

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

6. Day: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

Drive to Samarkand via Schachrisabz. Today we will visit the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlan Ak Saray, the mosques Khasrati-Imam and Kok-Gumbas and the Dar-us-Saodat complex. Although Samarkand was the capital of Timur’s empire, he was born in Schachrisabz which therefore had to transmit an idea of the power of the ruler. The ruins of the summer palace are still simply monumental and testify to the past magnitude of Timur’s empire. Continue trip to Samarkand, arrival late afternoon.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

7. Day: Samarkand – Tashkent

In the morning we will visit the Bibi-Khanim-Mosque, which was once considered to be one of the greatest sacred buildings of the Orient. Legend has it that Tamerlan built the mosque for his beloved wife. Right after the visit to the mosque you will go to the Siyob-Bazaar and try the freshly baked bread. Then we will visit Ulugbeks Observatorium, which used to be the greatest research center in Central Asia; Schachi Zinda or «living king» – a burial site where today Timur’s family members are buried. Samarkand – «the Rome of the Orient» – has been since time immemorial a flourishing trading and culture center. After a break, we will drive to a silk paper manufacturer, which was founded by the brothers Muchtarov. Thanks to the latter, the traditional method of producing paper according to Samarkand technology could be revived. It is interesting that the entire production is done by hand, and guests can watch the manufacturing process.

In the late afternoon, journey by fast train «Afrosiyob» to Taschkent.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

8. Day: Tashkent – return flight

After an early breakfast, drive to Tachkent Internationl Airport for your flight home.


What is included

  • Overnight stay in the requested hotels
  • All meals mentioned in the travel program
  • All the sightseeing and transfer journeys in a vehicle with air conditioning
  • All the excursions and sightseeing listed in the program
  • Admission and other fees
  • Train journey with the fast train
  • 3 traditional dinners at the home of Uzbek families in Samarkand, Buchara und Chiwa
  • Dinner in Buchara in a local restaurant with classical Uzbek music
  • Uzbek Folklore Show in one of the towns of Uzbekistan
  • Farewell dinner in Tashkent

What is not included

  • International flights
  • Inland flights with Uzbekistan Airways
  • Visa for Uzbekistan (about 90 Euro per person)
  • Meals and drinks which are not listed as being included
  • Photo/Video-fees (15-50 Euro)
  • Tip for travel guide and drivers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Number of participant: min. 2, max. 20 person

Appointment 2016/2017: On demand

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