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Enjoy this in-depth tour throughout Uzbekistan, famous for its ancient cities, beautiful mosques and mausoleums, as you travel the ancient trade route - the Silk Road. This journey takes you through nature where you'll discover beautiful rivers and lakes, mountains and architectural wonders.
A reasonable level of fitness is required and you should expect to be on your feet for much of the day. You’ll be getting on and off coaches, trains or boats and walking around the sights, often including steps, plus occasional longer walks.
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Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Our Ultimate Uzbekistan tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture
and dining on delicious cuisine.
A medieval madrasa built around 1570 as part of the central ensemble and located close to Chorzu Bazaar.
Mizdahkan, an architectural islamic complex, is situated on three hills is the oldest cemetry in Uzbekistan.
Bahauddin Naqshband Complex
This memorial complex is one of the most important Muslim shrines based outside Bukhara.
Heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, famous for its architecture and a popular stop along the Silk Road.
Fly to Tashkent
Fly overnight to Tashkent. This afternoon you will take a city tour to visit the old town: Barak Khana Seminary, TilaShaikh mosque and their archives. Continue to Chorsu bazaar, and Kukeldash Madrassah. Attend a workshop where you will learn about ceramics.
Fly to Nukus, to visit the Igor Savitskiy Museum, that hosts an impressive collection of Soviet Realism. Take a drive to see Mizdahkan complex of historical monuments.
Nukus to Khiva
Continue to Khiva, visiting ancient fortresses such as Toprak Kala fortress, an excavated town dating back to the 1st to 5th century, and Ayaz Kala, which is considered to be one of the biggest forts in Karakalpakstan. Arrive in Khiva.
Khiva is a compact, well maintained town. Visit Kukhna Ark Fortress, the turquoise-tiled Islom-Khodja, the mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud. Later visit Madrassah Rakhimkhon and the 19th century Tash Hauli Palace decorated in fine china blue tile work.
Khiva to Bukhara
Set out for Bukhara. It is a long drive, that will take you more or less the same path that the Great Silk Road followed across desert, with a stops enroute to stretch. Arrive in Bukhara
Explore the many interesting sites within this incredible city of Bukhara. Gaze at the legend filled Poi Kalon Minaret, explore the Ark Fortress of Bukhara and visit the Bolo Hauz Mosque. Lunnch at the house of one of the best suzani makers, and participate in a cooking class of traditional “ploy” – cooked with mutton and rice and large quantities of carrots and onions.
Bukhara to Samarkand
Continue sightseeing of Bukhara with an out-of-town excursion to visit the Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of the former emir. You will then stop at Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausolem of the famous Sufi spiritual leader. In the afternoon transfer to the railway station for the train to Samarkand.
See the most significant sites in Samarkand, Registan Square, the three beautiful madrassahs and the grandest structure of Amir Temur's times - the chief Friday Mosque called Bibi-Khanum,. Enjoy wine tasting at Khovrenko Winery with a visit to the museum.
The journey to Shakhrisabz is well worth it. The birthplace of the Great Amir Timur (Tamerlane), located approximately 80km south of Samarkand. Explore the city, visiting Ak-Sarai Palace, Dorus Tilavat cemetery and Kok-Gumbas Mosque, before returning to Samarkand.
Samarkand to Tashkent
Today you will visit Ulugbek’s observatory, constructed by Ulugbek (Grandson of the Great Amir Temur) in 1428-1429. Visit the ancient settlement of Afrosiab, situated on the spurs of Chupan-Ata hills to the north-east of present-day Samarkand. Late afternoon transfer to train station to catch your train to Tashkent
Fly to UK
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight
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Dedicated Solo Departures
Departures for Solo travellers only are available for this tour on selected
dates. In addition to being for solos only these departures feature smaller group sizes, free
airport lounge access and complimentary cocktails on arrival.
There are no dedicated Solo departures for this year. You can enjoy any of our
tours with no Single Supplement on our Happy to Share option or explore the solo
departures in other years.
Group Tour includes
International flights and current taxes
3* plus - 4 star accommodation
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK passport holders
Additional Price Information
Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,790pp (Tashkent - Tashkent)
Single room from £380
Tipping paid locally US$100
Price listed is based on new bookings only
What our Customers Say
I enjoyed the holiday, it was very interesting, but our luggage was delayed and we had to go to the airport to collect it. Our guide was not helpful or interested in our predicament. What we know now about Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Airport I think Wendy Wu should not have booked connecting flights with so little time in between. Our guide was very knowledgeable but not very forthcoming with information.
Oct 30, 2023
The tour included everything I wished to see, including destinations most other companies don't visit. Fully inclusive.
Oct 06, 2023
Very well organised trip with an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and accomodating to our needs, and great sense of humour! Hotels were of a good standard . A fascinating part of the world to explore and learn about the Silk Road. An extra day in Tashkent would have added to our experience .
Oct 06, 2023
Absolutely fantastic trip with superior local guide. Hotels were great as were restaurants chosen. It was a packed itinerary and schedule fulfilled. The addition of Nukus and the amazing Savitsky art museum was the cherry on the cake. Why I gave it 4 stars? I was not met at Tashkent airport and experienced great stress and anxiety. Nine of the other travel agents meeting groups had heard of Wendy Wu (it is known as Caravan tours over there) and had it not been for some very kind local travel agents awaiting their people who phoned Khurshid, our guide, and seemed not to know about me and had already started the tour at the money changers, I would have missed out on that afternoon tour. Wendy Wu office had booked this flight for me months ago, telling me other group members would be on it but this was not trus as others had arrived earlier. I should have been given lunch and had to starve all day until dinner. Very disappointing start to my holiday but luckily things improved after this.
Oct 02, 2023
Excellent service, very enjoyable holiday, fascinating place to visit.
Jun 09, 2023
Excellent tour, knowledgable guide and a fabulous country to visit. Why travel with anyone else when there is Wendy Wu.
Jun 07, 2023
I enjoyed the holiday overall. I didn’t like the day in the desert. The climb to the forts was pretty gruelling. The food was not varied enough for me and I would have like to have been given a menu and to choose my own food. It was ordered for us by our tour guide. He did consult us but the choices he gave us were very limited.
May 08, 2023
Extremely helpful assistant but wrong info given on time elapsing between arrival in Tashkent and beginning of afternoon tour. I was led to believe I had the rest of the day till dinner to rest in my hotel room. Otherwise all fine.
Apr 16, 2023
Polite, informative, very helpful. Enabled me to book one of my 'bucket lists' trips. Didn't give it 5 stars because I have yet to travel.
Jan 31, 2023
This is the 5th trip I have booked. Service always friendly and efficient. Confirmation received by email within 5-10 mins