Join our Trip Leader extraordinaire Hashmat Singh to discover Uzbekistan's legendary Silk Road settings, including the majestic architectural ensemble of Samarkand's 15th century Registan Square, the atmospheric bazaars of Bukhara, and the lost-in-time city of Khiva, a sand-colored mirage in the desert. Along the way, we'll sip tea in chaikhanas (teahouses), meet traditional artisans, and roam the bustling markets. Mid-trip, we'll take a two-day break from city life at a village guesthouse in the Nurata Mountains, with time to stretch our legs on hill walks and enjoy a cooking class. The mixture of Silk Road heritage, Soviet legacy, and distinctive Uzbek culture in this fabled land is fascinating, and the welcome is truly heartfelt.
Arrive: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Depart: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
We visit Tashkent, the country's modern metropolis, then fly to off-the-beaten-path Termez in southernmost Uzbekistan to discover its unique Buddhist archaeological treasures, including UNESCO-listed Fayaz-Tepe, an ancient rock-cut monastery.
The celebrated city of Samarkand has been conquered, destroyed, and rebuilt by the likes of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan. Our explorations here include the glorious Registan, the city's dazzling 15th century public square, with its remarkable ensemble of tiled madrasas, and a walk down the Sha-i-Zinda, an avenue of tiled mausoleums with some of the most amazing tilework in the Muslim world.
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-2 (2 nights)
The basic Meridian Hotel Termez has a bar, terrace, and central location. All rooms feature air conditioning. There are currently no hotels of international standard in Termez because so few tourist visit the city, and the city's infrastructure dates from the Soviet era. However, we feel Termez is very much...
Days 3-5 (3 nights)
Nurata Mountains, Uzbekistan
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
The village guesthouse in Ukhum in the Nurata Mountains has rooms with attached shared bathrooms. It is simple but a very peaceful and welcoming accommodation. There is a garden to relax in, and in the evening after dinner, if skies are clear, the star-gazing is fantastic.
Days 8-9 (2 nights)
The family-run As-Salam Boutique Hotel is located in Bukhara's UNESCO-listed Old Town, just a five-minute walk from the famous mosques and madrasas. It offers guest rooms with modern comforts, a traditional interior courtyard, air conditioning, friendly service, and a home-cooked breakfast served on the terrace.
Days 10-11 (2 nights)
Located inside Khiva's ancient city walls, the Malika Kheiwak is simple and basic, with clean, air-conditioned room spread around an open courtyard. Décor is traditional Uzbek style. The ideal location inside the city walls means we can just step outside the door and walk anywhere, as the entire walled city...
Day 12 (1 night)
Once a Soviet-era accommodation called the Hotel Tashkent Palace, the newly refurbished Lotte City Hotel offers clean, comfortable, and spacious rooms, and a building with local character. It has one of the best locations in the city, walkable to almost any part of town. The Opera House is across the...
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