The Buddha’s Road (11 days / 10 nights)

Overview and description

In this fascinating tour “The Buddha’s Road” we will visit Termez – one of the centres of Buddhism.

Since the ancient times the historical cities of Uzbekistan have been important commercial cities of the Great Silk Road. These cities are known even nowadays for their rich history and unique architectural and archaeological monuments.

Make your dream come true – discover the Ancient Orient!

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

Cities to be visited: Tashkent (1 night) – Samarkand (3 nights), Nurata – yurts (1 night) – Samarkand (2 nights) – Bukhara (2 nights) – Tashkent (1 night)

During our trip through the cities of Uzbekistan, along with the well-known cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, we will also visit Termez. It is one of the centres of Buddhism, which preserved its importance until the Arab invasion. The religion of Buddhism penetrated into the territory of Central Asia from the South, from the territory of Bactria. It reached its apogee during the reign of the Kushan Empire. The religious monuments of that time – fortresses, monasteries, stupas (Kara Tepa, Fayaz Tepa, Zurmala, etc.) are interesting not only for archaeologists, but also for many tourists. Architectural and archaeological monuments, communication with the local people, acquaintance with the history of the country will leave you an unforgettable impression of the trip.


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. Sightseeing in Tashkent.

    Meeting at the international airport. Transfer to the hotel, check in and a short rest.
    During the sightseeing tour of Tashkent you will visit the following sites: Khast Imam square, including Kaffal Shashi mausoleum, Barak Khan Madrassah and Tilla Sheikh Mosque, the library that holds one of the oldest codices of Koran of the 3rd Caliph Othman, dated to the 7th century. Our further destination is Chorsu Oriental Bazaar.
    Overnight in Tashkent.

  • Day 2. Tashkent – Termez (flight). City tour in Termez.

    After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the domestic airport and flight to Termez. Arrival. On the way to the hotel we will visit the Zurmala Stupa and Chor Sutun Mosque. Check in the hotel.
    Continue sightseeing in Termez: Complex of Hakim at Termezi, named after one of the founders of Sufism.
    Overnight in Termez.

  • Day 3. Termez. City tour in Termez.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    In the morning, we will visit the memorial and cultic complex of Sultan Saodat - the family tomb of Termez sayyids, the fortress Kirk Kiz, which still looks like unassailable castle.
    Further, our way leads to the architectural monument - settlement Kampir Tepa, the former harbour for trading ships with a panoramic view of the old Termez, the Amu Darya and the opposite bank of the river.
    Overnight in Termez.

  • Day 4. Termez. City tour in Termez.

    After breakfast we will go to the outskirts of the city to visit the Buddhist religious centres Kara Tepa "Black Hill" (a special permission is required) and Fayaz Tepa. The monasteries of Kara Tepa existed in the 2-3 centuries AD. In all temples and monasteries an invisible Buddha’s image is present (the figure of the Buddha can be seen in the museums of Tashkent and Termez). And, of course, we will visit the museum of history and archaeology of Termez. Free time at leisure.
    Overnight in Termez.

  • Day 5. Termez – Shakhrisabz (transfer 294 km, 5 hours). Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz.

    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer through the mountain pass to Shakhrisabz. On the way we will see fairy rocks, green hills and meadows with luxuriant vegetation. Arrival to Shakhrisabz- Tamerlane’s Motherland. With arrival to this city a new phase of history - the reign of the Timurid dynasty- begins. We will visit the Ak Sarai Palace, architectural complexes of Dorut Tilovat and Dorus Saodat, Jahangir Mausoleum (the beloved son of Timur), Kok Gumbaz Mosque and a crypt, destined for Timur, which finally remained empty.
    Overnight in Shakhrisabz.

  • Day 6. Shakhrisabz – Samarkand (150 km, 2,5 – 3 hours by bus or 90 km, 1.5 hours by Sedan type car). Sightseeing in Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel. After acquaintance with Timur’s Motherland, our way lays to the capital of his Empire - Samarkand, a city with a 2750-year history, where new unforgettable impressions await us.
    Today we will visit Registan Square with three monumental Madrassahs: Ulugbek, Sher Dor and Tilla Kari.
    Check in and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Samarkand.

  • Day 7. Samarkand. Sightseeing in Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Continuation of the city tour.
    Today, we will visit the tomb of the male representatives of the Timurids - Gur Emir Mausoleum, the largest Mosque of Central Asia Bibi Khanum, and then Oriental Bazaar Siab. We will finish our day tour by visiting the Ulugbek observatory and a pilgrimage site - the ensemble of Shah-I Zinda.
    Overnight in Samarkand.

  • Day 9. Bukhara. Sightseeing in Bukhara

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the oldest monument in Central Asia – the Tomb of Ismail Samani. Close to the mausoleum, you can see the restored part of the defensive wall, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum. Next, going to the operating Bolo Khauz Mosque and the Citadel (Ark) – the residence of the governors of Bukhara.
    One of the lively places of Bukhara is the architectural ensemble Lyabi Khauz, consisting of Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah and Khanaka. At the same area we can observe the monument to the legendary wit Khodja Nasreddin.
    Then we will see one of the first mosques - Magoki Attori, in ancient times located near the spice Bazaar.
    In the evening, there is an opportunity to attend the folklore show.
    Overnight in Bukhara.

  • Day 10. Bukhara - Tashkent (flight). Sightseeing in Tashkent

    Morning flight to Tashkent, arrival and transfer to the hotel. Check in. The sightseeing of a modern part of Tashkent includes Independence square -Mustakillik, Amir Temur Square, Monument to Courage, some stations of Tashkent metro, etc.
    Farewell dinner at one of the city restaurants.
    Overnight in Tashkent.

  • Day 11. Tashkent

    Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the international airport. 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 – Termez;
  • Air ticket Bukhara – Tashkent;
  • 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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