Uzbekistan in Depth Tour17 Days | Tashkent, Kokand, Rishtan, Fergana, Margilan, Nukus, Muynak, Khiva, Bukhara, Nurata, Shakhrisabz, Samarkand, Termez

Private Tour from US$ 2,320
  • KokandKokand
  • Itinerary MapItinerary Map
  • MuynakMuynak
  • Mizdakhan necropolisMizdakhan necropolis
  • NukusNukus
  • KhivaKhiva
  • BukharaBukhara
  • BukharaBukhara
  • Pottery workshop in GijduvanPottery workshop in Gijduvan
  • Yurt campYurt camp
  • SamarkandSamarkand
  • ShakhrisabzShakhrisabz
  • TermezTermez
  • TermezTermez
  • TashkentTashkent
  • Kokand
  • Itinerary Map
  • Muynak
  • Mizdakhan necropolis
  • Nukus
  • Khiva
  • Bukhara
  • Bukhara
  • Pottery workshop in Gijduvan
  • Yurt camp
  • Samarkand
  • Shakhrisabz
  • Termez
  • Termez
  • Tashkent

If you come to Uzbekistan only once and wish to see the maximum, this tour covering Uzbekistan in full is for you. Discover the “Golden Ring” of Silk Road cities, including Khiva with Itchan-Kala fortress, Bukhara with unforgettable blue domes of Kalyan Ensemble, and Samarkand with spectacular Registan Square. Explore off the beaten track places: Savitsky Art Museum in Nukus, cemetery of ships in Muynak, handicrafts workshops in Fergana Valley, and monuments of Buddhism legacy in Termez. Stay an overnight at yurt camp in Kyzyl Kum desert where you can experience traditional life style of nomads. This tour is a good opportunity to see wonderful cities, diverse landscapes, culture and traditions of Uzbek people and it will surely remain in your memory for a long time.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – Arrival
 
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Fergana
 
At 07:00 transfer to the Tashkent train station. Take the train departing to Kokand at 08:05 (Alternative transport is available, see below). Arrive in Kokand at 12:16. Meet your guide and driver and start sightseeing tour in Ferghana Valley. Visit the Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque and Norbut-biy Madrasah. Continue to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master, Rustam Usmanov, whose works are exhibited on world exhibitions. At pottery master’s you will visit the workshop, see the process of pottery creation and see collection of local ceramics. Afterwards, we will continue to Fergana city. Arrival in Fergana, check in to the hotel for overnight.
Alternative transportation is a car with a driver; the road takes 4 hours and lies through Kamchik Mountain Pass.
Day 3: Fergana – Margilan – Tashkent
 
In the morning visit Akhmad Al Fergani Park. Drive to Margilan and visit Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah. Today, madrasah is a home to a number of craftsmen producing handmade carpets and silk. Have a walk on traditional market and continue to Yodgorlik Silk factory to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns. If it is Thursday or Sunday, visit Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market in Fergana Valley. Drive back to Tashkent (320 km, 5 hours). Arrive in Tashkent, drop off at your hotel or residence.
Day 4: Tashkent – Nukus – Muynak – Nukus
 
Morning flight to Nukus (1255 km, 2 h 45 min). Arrive in Nukus and drive to former fishermen’s town Muynak (220 km, 3 h), which used to be situated on the shores of Aral Sea. On the way stop at archaeological complex Mizdakhan. In Muynak have a look at a former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. Then visit Local History Museum with art exhibits of the Aral Sea history.
In the afternoon return to Nukus. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Nukus – Khiva
 
Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum*. The museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items. Have a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre.
In the afternoon depart to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h). On the way visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk, a Zoroastrian dakhma (funerary tower), and Toprak-Kala,the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Arrive in Khiva, check in to the hotel.
*Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum is closed on Mondays.
Day 6: Khiva
 
Spend a day in Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, living museum under the open sky.
Take a walking sightseeing tour in Khiva: visit Tash-Khovli Palace, Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islam-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 7: Khiva – Bukhara
 
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h)*. Today we will have an overland transfer from Khiva to Bukhara through Kyzylkum desert**. Caravans on the Great Silk Road carrying porcelain and spices used the same route for hundreds of years. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel.
*As the cafés and restaurants on the way are basic and offer limited menus, you may wish to take a packed lunch on this trip (your hotel or guide can help you arrange this the day before).
**Some parts of the road are not in the best condition.
Day 8: Bukhara
 
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 9: Bukhara
 
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 10: Bukhara – Nurata – Yurt Camp
 
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to yurt camp located in Kyzylkum desert (230 km, 4 h*). On the way we will have a few stops: Gijduvan pottery masters workshop, Nurata local mosque with a holy spring water, and Nurata pass to see petroglyphs. Arrive in Safari Yurt Camp, accommodation in yurt. Camel riding and free time. After dinner sit around the camp fire and enjoy Kazakh akin singing folk songs. Overnight in the yurt.
Meals: dinner**
*The drive on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
**Though meals are included, based on the experience and tips of our guests, we advise to take some food in advance, as there are no shops around yurts.
Day 11: Yurt camp – Samarkand
 
In the morning visit desert Aidarkul Lake. Free time on the lake.

Extras to do in the area:

Option 1. Camel ride to Aidarkul Lake through the desert (8.5 km, 3 h). Enjoy your time on the lake and have lunch. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand.

Cost: $30 per person for a camel and cameleer service.

Option 2. Take a short camel ride to a nearby village Dungalak (1.5 km, 30 min). Participate in baking traditional bread “non”. Take a short walk in the village to see life of locals and return to the camp.

Cost: $20 per person for a camel and cameleer service.

In the afternoon depart the yurt camp and drive to Samarkand (270 km, 5 h). Arrival in Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, lunch or picnic

Day 12: Samarkand
 
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Turco-Mongol emperor, Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 13: Samarkand
 
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 14: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Termez
 
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Shakhrisabz (90 km, 2 h). Have a short city tour in Shakhrisabz. Visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dor-us Siodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon continue driving to Termez (290 km, 5 h). Arrive in Termez, check in to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 15: Termez
 
Start sightseeing tour in Termez, ancient Buddhist center and one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Drive out of the city to explore Zurmala Tower – Buddha's stupa, Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi, Buddhist archaeological site of Fayaz-Tepe, Kampyr-Tepe – Greco-Bactrian Kingdom fortress. Return to Termez for a city tour in Old Termez: visit Kyrk-Kyz Fortress, Kokildor-Ota Khanaka, and Sultan Saodat Ensemble – a summer residence of Samani rulers. Visit Archaeology Museum to explore exhibits discovered on the territory of Termez and its surroundings. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 16: Termez – Tashkent
 
In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Tashkent. Upon arrival start city sightseeing. Visit the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with the Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Qoran of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to visit Applied Arts Museum and walk through Navoi Theater to Amir Timur Square where you will end Tashkent city tour. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 17: Tashkent – Departure
 
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides (except for city tour in Nukus and trip to fortresses of Ancient Khorezm);
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class tickets for flights Tashkent-Nukus and Termez-Tashkent;
  • Ticket for train Tashkent-Kokand.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travelers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • Travel insurance.

 

Prices per person

 
 
Economy
Comfort
Deluxe
1 person
US$ 5,180
US$ 5,480
US$ 6,280
2 persons
US$ 3,060
US$ 3,230
US$ 3,520
3 persons
US$ 2,700
US$ 2,880
US$ 3,320
4 persons
US$ 2,320
US$ 2,550
US$ 3,000
Single supplement
US$ 480
US$ 570
US$ 950
Prices are for 2024 in US$ per person, with discounted prices for larger groups available on request.

Accommodation

Tashkent - 3 nights
Economy:
Ateca / Milan / Ramada Encore / Aster / Europe / Praga / Navruz / Moderno
Comfort:
Hampton by Hilton / Wyndham Tashkent / Courtyard by Marriot / Mercure Tashkent / Panarams
Deluxe:
Hyatt Regency / Hilton
Fergana - 1 night
Economy:
Asia Fergana
Comfort:
Asia Fergana
Deluxe:
Asia Fergana
Nukus - 1 night
Economy:
Jipek Joli
Comfort:
Jipek Joli
Deluxe:
Jipek Joli
Khiva - 2 nights
Economy:
Zarafshan Boutique / Asia Khiva / Erkin Palace / Minor Boutique / Bankir / Muso Tura / Orient Star
Comfort:
Zarafshan Boutique / Asia Khiva / Erkin Palace / Minor Boutique / Bankir / Muso Tura / Orient Star
Deluxe:
Farovon
Aydarkul - 1 night
Economy:
Safari Yurt Camp / Aidar Yurt Camp (in a shared yurt)
Comfort:
Safari Yurt Camp / Aidar Yurt Camp (in a shared yurt)
Deluxe:
Safari Yurt Camp / Aidar Yurt Camp (in a shared yurt)
Samarkand - 3 nights
Termez - 2 nights
Economy:
Meridian
Comfort:
Meridian
Deluxe:
Meridian

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Uzbekistan in Depth (Uz-9) Reviews

Author: Con & Sue   |   Rating: 518 October 2019
My wife and I are just back from 19 days - Uzbekistan in Depth (Uz-9) plus Two-Day Tour to Penjikent and the Seven Lakes from Samarkand extension - Private Tour. We normally arrive in a country and `do our own thing` BUT this time we wanted to fit as much as possible into these 19 days. Sevara Fayzieva from Advantour did a brilliant job of arranging all internal flights, train, and car and drivers. We are both in our 60`s and LOVED our extension into the Seven Lakes area of Tajikistan - do stay at the Guesthouse at Lake 4 rather than a hotel in Penjikent - you won`t regret the experience !!!!!!!!!

Visited October 2019
Author: Melina Neuer   |   Rating: 525 November 2017
We had a very impressive and surprising trip through Uzbekistan. The sights and cities we visited were beautiful, we especially liked the city of Bukhara and Samarkand for their good mix of old sights and modern day life. We hope that the restoration work will continue and improve in the future. Mostly, we were fascinated by the openness and truly welcoming way of the local Uzbek people. It would be great to increase tourism in all sorts of ways, also including more meet and greet options or homestays.

Visited September 2017
Author: Deborah   |   Rating: 504 May 2017
I normally do not go on tours, but my friend and I truly appriciated the excellent service before arriving in Uzbekistan and the wonderful guides and drivers who helped us everywhere. I would not hesitate to recommend Advantour.
Special thanks to guides - Vadim (very knowledgeable about history), Larisa (very knowledgeable and helpful guide), Djalol (so enthusiastic in explaining, especially at Khorezm sites), Ravshan (exceptional guide for archeological buddhist sites. Five stars!); Farhod and Mavlon (drivers) and of course Sultan (travel consultant).

Visited April 2017
Author: John and Claude   |   Rating: 521 October 2016
Our tour was masterly planned by Shavkat and everything went according to plan. Any question we had, any changes we wanted were dealt immediately. A Superior trip! Thank you!

Visited October 2016
Author: Heidi Hering   |   Rating: 501 July 2016
Excellent trip. All our wishes were fulfilled. No problems during the trip. Well organised and especially developed for us. All our interests were considered. Country has so many superb and historical places. People are friendly wherever we are, in contact with everybody. Nurata mountains are great.

Visited June 2016

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