Small Group Tour: Cities of the Silk Road

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What we came up with

This is one of our gentle cultural tours to Uzbekistan that takes in the best of the Silk Road cities at a leisurely pace staying in hotels for two or three nights before moving on. There is plenty of time for soaking up the sites, smells and sounds on this silk road tour- not to mention shopping of the fabulous bazaars in Tashkent and Samarkand as well as enjoying some great home cooking in some of the smaller family run hotels and restaurants. Visit Samarkand - certainly one of the highlights on this tour to Uzbekistan and explore the many Mosques, Madrassah's and markets along this Silk Road tour.

— Amelia, Original Travel Expert

Itinerary Highlights

Tour date: 21 September to 5 October 2018

  • UK - 1 Day
    Depart in the afternoon with Uzbekistan Airways to arrive into Tashkent the next day.

  • Tashkent - 1 Day
    Arrive in to Tashkent and rest up before lunch and exploring the city at your own leisure.

  • Samarkand - 2 Days
    Take the fast train Afrosiyob to Samarkand and upon arrival a local lunch before visiting Imam Al Bukhari Complex. Full day sightseeing tour in Samarkand including visit to Registan Square, Guri-Amir Complex, Bibikhanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar and Shakhi Zinda Necropolis.

  • Shakhrisabz - 1 Day
    Transfer to Shakhrisabz for a sightseeing tour including visits to Ak-Sarai Complex, Dorut-Saodat, and Kuk-Gumbaz. Lunch at a traditional house before returning to Samarkand.

  • Bukhara - 3 Days
    Head to Bukhara via Nurata and Gidjuvan along the Royal Road or Shokh Rokh, before visiting Gidjuvan and the famous pottery workshops of brother Abdulloa and Alisher. Full day sightseeing of Bukhara including the many mausoleums and madrassah's of this fascinating city. Visit the nearby Bakhouddin Nakshbandi Complex - a holy place, as well as the city of the dead. Return for a folklore show in the evening in Bukhara.

  • Khiva - 3 Days
    Full day transfer with a stop en route at a local chaykhana for a picnic lunch near the Amy Darya river. A full day sightseeing in Khiva including markets, madrashash's and mosques. A morning to enjoy the city on foot at your leisure before the flight from Urgench back to Tashkent.

  • Tashkent - 1 Day
    Morning tour of Tashkent. After lunch, those on the abbreviated version of the small group tour depart for the airport for the flight back to the UK.

  • Nukus - 1 Day
    Visit the extraordinary collection of Russian avant garde art at the Savitsky Museum.

  • Ferghana - 2 Days

Explore the Ferghana valley - the heart of all things artistic in the country with visits to ceramicists workshops and textile factories in Margilan.

A rough idea of price

This small group tour starts from £2,995 per person for the shorter tour (ending 2 October) and £3,845 per person for the longer tour (ending 5th October), with a single supplement of £350. These prices include all flights, hotels transfers, local transport, accommodation and meals (full board).

A note about prices

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Prices are generally for private arrangements using economy flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the class of flights, the airline used and the level of private guiding versus shared excursions.

Key Stats

21 September to 5 October 2018
Couples, families and solo travellers
Price PP (Inc Flights)


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