Treasures of Uzbekistan (11 days / 10 nights)

Overview and description

Make your dream come true, discover the Treasures of Uzbekistan! The ancient land of Uzbekistan with its historical monuments, reflecting the long and rich history, keeps a lot of secrets and mysteries. 

Specialization: cultural and ethnographic tourism.
Duration: 11 days – 10 nights.

Cities to be visited: Tashkent (1 night) – Nukus (1 night) – Khiva (2 nights) Bukhara (3 nights) – Samarkand (2 nights) – Tashkent (1 night)

Nukus, the capital and the largest city of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan, is located near the Aral Sea. From the south and east the city is surrounded by the Kyzyl Kum desert.

The city of Khiva, whose final image was formed in the XVII century, throughout its long history has withstood all the tests of time and behind its adobe walls you can find masterpieces of the original architecture that have been preserved until nowadays.

The ancient city of Bukhara opens its doors to lovers of antiquity. Each stone in this city reflects the history. The great scientists, such as physician and encyclopaedist Avicenna and historian Narshakhi, worked in this city.

Shakhrisabz was one of the most important trade centres on the Great Silk Road. However, the greatest fame it acquired as the Motherland of Tamerlane, this is where the future great commander spent his childhood and teenage years.

One of the oldest cities in the world Samarkand with its 2750-years history amazes with its magnificent buildings of the medieval architecture that have been preserved until nowadays. It was here where the patron of science Mirzo Ulugbek erected his observatory in the XV century, which had no equal.


Between Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara, the Talgo train “Afrosiab” runs daily. Depending on the time of arrival / departure planned in the program you can do some of the above mentioned routes by train instead of road.

We can change this program or prepare a new one, tailor made according to your wishes and preferences.

Tour itinerary

  • Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent. City tour in Tashkent.

    Meeting at the international airport; Transfer to the hotel, check in and leisure.
    During the city tour, we will visit the old part of Tashkent: Khast Imam Square, with a number of historical monuments like the Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi, Barak Khan Madrassah, Tilla Sheikh Mosque and the library, which houses one of the oldest copies of Othman's Koran, dated to the VII century. Our further destination is the oldest Tashkent Bazaar – Chorsu. You will see several stations of the Tashkent Metro, walk through the Independence Square- Mustakillik; admire the Prince Romanov’s Palace (outside) and visit the Museum of Applied arts.
    Overnight in Tashkent.

  • Day 2. Tashkent – Nukus (flight). Excursion in Nukus – Muynak, a former Aral sea shoreline (200 km driving, about 3 - 3,5 hours) – Nukus (200 km drive).

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer to airport for flight to Nukus.
    Upon arrival we will visit the ancient Mizdakhan necropolis located in the city of Khodjeily not far from Nukus. It is one of the most unusual places of Uzbekistan, which combines ancient beliefs of Zoroastrianism and Islam. Here you will get to know many interesting legends and visit Shamun-Nabi mausoleum, Mazlumkhan Sulu mausoleum, Caliph Ereyep mausoleum and Dzhumart-Kassab hill. It is believed that the tomb of Adam is situated here and the mausoleum built over it, represents the world clock. When the last brick of this mausoleum falls, the end of the world will come. That’s why all people who come here build small pyramids of seven stones, it’s believed that so they can prevent this catastrophe and at the same time their own wishes can come true.
    Then we will go to the city of Muynak, the ancient port on the banks of the Aral Sea. Here we will see a sad view – the graveyard of beached ships. Your guide will tell you about the tragedy of the disappearing Aral Sea.
    Return to Nukus. Free time.
    Overnight in Nukus.

  • Day 3. Nukus – Khiva (250 km, 5 hours).

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Visit the state Museum of art named after I. V. Savitsky, which stores one of the best collections of Russian avant-garde art.
    Transfer to Khiva. On the way, you can visit the ruins of ancient fortresses of Toprak Kala and Ayaz-Kala.
    Arrival, check in the hotel and leisure time.
    Overnight in Khiva.

  • Day 4. Khiva. City Tour.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Khiva is the embodiment of oriental fairy tales, a walled city that looks like a scenery for filming movies about the Middle Ages.
    Visit of the walled city of Khiva – Ichan Kala includes: Kalta Minor Minaret, Mohammed-Amin-Khan madrasa, Kunya Ark Citadel with reception hall Kurinishkhana; Mohammed Rakim Khan madrasa, Said Alauddin mausoleum, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja madrasa and minaret;
    We will continue with the visit of the Juma Mosque with its amazing 212 carved wooden columns, Inaq Kutluq-Murad madrasa, Allakulikhan madrasa and Tash-Hovli architectural complex with harem.
    At the end of these visits we will have a bit of free time, and we can take marvelous photos of the sunset over the ancient city of Khiva.
    The most fearless of us can climb the Aksheikh Bobo tower, offering panoramic views of the old town of Khiva.
    Overnight in Khiva.

  • Day 5. Khiva - Bukhara (470 km, 7-8 hours)

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer to Bukhara.
    Today we have 470 km trip, where almost 300 km run through the Kizil Kum (red Sands) desert.
    On the way, we will have a break at biggest river of Central Asia – Amu Darya.
    Arrival in Bukhara. Check in the hotel and leisure time.
    Overnight in Bukhara.

  • Day 6. Bukhara

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    A full sightseeing day in Bukhara.
    Bukhara is a city-Museum under the open sky treasuring over 170 ancient monuments. One of the most ancient is the Tomb of Ismail Samani, built at the order of the founder of the Samanides dynasty. Visit the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Fortress, Poi Kalyan ensemble, consisting of Kalyan Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrassah and Kalyan Minaret, one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia built by the ruler Arslan Khan and the word “Kalyan” is translated as the great.
    Go on sightseeing and visit the Ulugbek’s Madrasah, built in the XV century by the grandson of Tamerlane, a prominent mathematician and astronomer, and the Madrasah of Abdulaziz Khan, located opposite the Ulugbek’s Madrassah. Passing through the trading domes, you will see the Magoki Attori Mosque and architectural ensemble Lyabi-Hauz, composed by three monuments: Kukeldash Madrassah, Nodir Divan Begi Madrassah and Khanaka. Bukhara is supposed to be a birthplace of the legendary Nasreddin Hodja, known for his sharp word and wisdom. The rest of the day, you can enjoy leisure time wandering the streets of Bukhara, its colourful bazaars and age-old monuments.
    Overnight in Bukhara.

  • Day 7. Bukhara. Sightseeing outside Bukhara.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Go on sightseeing in Bukhara in the morning.
    This day, we visit the Bahauddin Naqshbandi architectural ensemble established around the burial of one of the most prestigious founders of Sufism in Central Asia. Our further destination will be the Summer Palace of the last emirs of Bukhara Sitora and Mokhi Khosa Palace. We also visit Chor-Minor Madrassah, notable for its architectural shapes.
    Leisure time.
    Overnight in Bukhara.

  • Day 8. Bukhara – Shakhrisabz (284 km, 5 hours) – Samarkand (150 km, 3 hours driving by bus and 90 km, 1.5 hours by car).

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Departure to Shakhrisabz. Shakhrisabz program includes visit the architectural ensembles of the Temurid period - Dorus-Saodat complex, including the Tomb of Jahangir (the beloved son of Timur) and the crypt, intended for Timur; complex Dorut-Tilovat, which includes a Kok Gumbaz Mosque, the Mausoleum of Shamsiddin Kulala and Gumbazi Seidon , next visit the Ak-Saray Palace.
    Transfer to Samarkand after sightseeing in Shakhrisabz.
    Arrival and check in the hotel.
    Overnight in Samarkand.

  • Day 9. Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    A full sightseeing day in Samarkand. This day, we will take in the Gur Emir Mausoleum (tomb of the Timurid dynasty), the famous Registan Square, and its three monumental antique buildings - the Madrassah of Ulugbek, Sher Dor Masrassah and Tillya-Kori. Then we will visit the Bibi-Khanym Mosque according to legend built at the order of Tamerlane’s beloved wife.
    Walk through the Bazaar Siab, to see daily life of local people.
    Continue the tour by visiting the ensemble of mausoleums Shakhi-Zinda, a place of pilgrimage for Muslims and, at the same time, one of the most beautiful ensembles of this amazing city.
    Overnight in Samarkand.

  • Day 10. City tour of Samarkand. Samarkand – Tashkent (300 km, 5 hours).

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Continue of sightseeing in Samarkand. Today we will visit the silk paper Mill, which still applies the ancient technology. The first silk paper factory was built in Samarkand in VIII century, then with the growing influence of the Arab Caliphate the secret of its manufacture has spread around the world.
    Then we will visit the Ulugbek’s Observatory, as well as one of the most Holy sites of Samarkand – the Tomb of St. Daniel, the esteemed representatives of the three religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Then we will move into the ancient time visiting the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of the ancient settlement of Samarkand.
    After lunch, transfer to Tashkent. On arrival, check in the hotel and leisure time.
    Overnight in Tashkent.

  • Day 11. Departure from Tashkent

    Transfer to international airport for departure flight. End of the program.


Included in tour price:

  • Visa support (if required);
  • Double accommodation with breakfast;
  • Transportation throughout the tour according to the program;
  • Sightseeing according to the program;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums indicated in the program;
  • English speaking local guides for city tours (escort guide service is available on request).


Not included in tour price:

  • Early check in (before 14:00) and late checkout (after 12:00) from the hotel.
  • Single supplement;
  • Visa cost;
  • International air tickets;
  • Air ticket Tashkent – Nukus;
  • Photo-and video charges;
  • Additional sightseeing;
  • Meals (Lunches and Dinners);
  • All personal expenses (telephone, extra luggage fee, room service, laundry, medical expenses, insurance, etc.);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Any other services not listed among the included.

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