Silk Road Adventure & Uzbekistan Tour
UZBEKISTAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten track, this Uzbekistan tour is the one for you. Join other Solo Travellers on this amazing 10-day Silk Road adventure along the world’s oldest trade route. Experience the country’s best restaurants and nightlife in the country’s capital, Tashkent. Explore the archaeological sites of Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala in the friendly old town of Khiva. Visit the well-preserved madrassahs, mosques and bazaars of Central Asia’s holiest city, Bukhara. Spend a night under the stars at a traditional Yurt Camp in the Kyzyklum Desert. And marvel at Uzbekistan’s most stunning attractions in Samarkand, the epitome of the Silk Road.
Discover the rich history of the Silk Road’s most famed city, Samarkand
Spend the night in a traditional Yurt Camp
Visit the best attractions in the country’s capital, Tashkent
Explore the many Madrasah’s, mosques and minarets of Bukhara
Day 1 – Arrive Tashkent
Today you will be greeted by your guide at your hotel. You will then be given a sightseeing tour in Tashkent with visits to the Khast Imam Complex, Chorsu Bazaar and Kukeldash Madrasah. You will also visit the new parts of the city, including Mustakillik Square, the Museum of Applied Arts, Alisher Navoi Theatre and Square, and the Amir Temur Monument. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 2 – Tashkent / Urgench / Khiva
Today you will catch an early morning flight from Tashkent to Urgench. From here you will be transferred to the friendly Silk Road town of Khiva for a sightseeing tour. In the evening, we will visit a local family run cafe to watch a traditional bread making process. You will then have the pleasure of eating this delicious bread with your dinner! Overnight in Khiva.
Day 3 – Khiva / Ayaz Kala / Toprak Kala / Khiva
After breakfast, take a 1.5-hour drive to the Khorezmian ruins of Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala, dating back to between the 1st and 7th centuries, to learn about the original town of the Khorezmian region. Afterwards, you will be taken back to Khiva where you will have the afternoon free. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 4 – Khiva / Bukhara
After breakfast you will begin the long drive through the Kyzylkum Desert to reach Bukhara (approx. 8 hours), stopping for lunch along the way. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 5 – Bukhara
After breakfast you will spend the day sightseeing in Bukhara. Highlights will include The Samanids Mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Kalyan Mosque and Minaret, Miri-Arab Madrassah, Chor-Minor Madrassah, Modari-Khan Madrassah, Lyabi-Hauz Architectural Complex, and the Ark Fortress. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 6 – Bukhara / Yangikazgan
Today you will be transferred to the town of Yangikazgan, located in the Kyzyklkum Desert, stopping in Chashma on the way. This evening you will have dinner by the fire and spend the night in a traditional Yurt Camp.
Day 7 – Yangikazgan / Samarkand
You will begin your day at Aydarkul Lake, where you will be given the opportunity to go on an easy hike around the lake or swimming (weather permitting). You will then be given a picnic lunch atop a hill with great views of the lake before continuing the journey to Samarkand, where you will spend the night. In the evening, you’ll visit the Khovrenko Winery to learn about this ancient vineyard and do a wine tasting!
Day 8 – Samarkand
After breakfast, begin your days sightseeing tour of Samarkand. Highlights include Registan Square, Guri-Amir Complex, Bibikhanum Mosque, Siyob local bazaar, Shah-I-Zinda, Ulugbek Observatory and the Afrosiab Musuem of the ancient town. In the afternoon, we’ll make a visit to a local paper mill to discover ancient methods of paper making. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 9 – Samarkand / Tashkent
You will have the morning to further explore Samarkand before being transferred back to Tashkent in the afternoon. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 10 – Depart Tashkent
Today is a departure day so there are no planned activities. You are free to depart Tashkent anytime today.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE UZBEKISTAN TOUR
- Accommodation based on sharing a twin room with breakfast
- One night stay in a Yurt (single option not available)
- Entrance fees
- Internal flight between Tashkent & Urgench
- Transportation in air-conditioned coach
- English-speaking guide for entire tour
- Visa support to Uzbekistan
- 2 bottles (o.5) of mineral water per person per day
- Up to eight weeks before departure, a place can be reserved for the Uzbekistan tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- You will need to book your own international flights for this trip. Please do not book these until we have given the go-ahead. Get in touch for recommendations or if you’d like help with booking.
ESSENTIAL TRIP NOTES
You will need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and that you have a couple of blank pages. Please ensure the name on your booking and flight match your passport.
It is the responsibility of the traveller to ensure they have the correct visa for travel. If you are a British passport holder then you will not need a visa to enter Uzbekistan. If you hold any other nationality passport or originate from any other country, please check the relevant Embassy website. Information for British nationals can be found on the FCO website.
You may want to take a copy of your passport and flight confirmations with you – if you lose the originals it is easier to get replacements if you have copies.
FLIGHT TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION
Please ensure you have proof of return travel tickets and hotel accommodation to hand for arrival as you may need to present details of this.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips and you need to carry a copy of your certificate with you. If you haven’t purchased It already, we have partnered up with Columbus Travel Insurance and you can buy your policy through us.
MONEY & COSTS
The currency in Uzbekistan is the Uzbekistani Som (UZS). You will need to take cash with you to change upon arrival. US dollars are the easiest currency to exchange, followed by Euros. Please ensure that notes you are taking to exchange are in good condition. You should take enough cash with you for your entire trip as ATM’s are only available in Tashkent’s high-end hotels and credit cards are not widely accepted, so you should not rely on these. It is always a good idea to take a credit card with you in case of emergencies.
Uzbekistan is an inexpensive country to visit. We recommend budgeting £15 – £20 a day for meals, water, drinks (not including alcohol) etc. however this is just an indicative amount and can vary from local restaurants to more western style, so you may end up spending less or more. Any souvenir shopping you wish to do would be on top of this. You will have a better idea of how much you usually spend when on holiday, so please plan accordingly.
If you feel as though you have received a good service, please reward your local guides and drivers with a tip. We recommend $4 – $5 USD per person, per day for local guides, and $2 – $3 USD per person, per day for your drivers. You can of course tip in the local currency.
If you would prefer to have your own room on this trip, the additional cost would be £250. Please let us know at the time of booking as it cannot be guaranteed closer to the time. Please note that you may be required to share at the yurt campsite.
You will be taking one internal flight during the trip, travelling from Tashkent to Urgench on Day 2. The flight is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes long. You will have one piece of checked luggage allowance on the flight, as well as one piece of hand baggage.
There will be a number of long drives during this trip, the most notable of these is on Day 4 between Khiva and Bukhara (approx. 8 hours), so if you ever feel like you need to take a break or want to get out and stretch your legs, let your guide or driver know so that we can stop. You will be travelling in private air-conditioned vehicles.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable walking shoes or trainers
- A mixture of conservative clothing, including long skirts, tops and/or trousers. During the Spring (APR-JUN) and Autumn (SEP-OCT), we recommend bringing some layers with you, however it can be warmer during the day. During the Winter (DEC-FEB) we recommend bringing thermals layers as temperatures can drop to below zero degrees. During the Summer (MAY-SEP), it’s wise to wear lighter, conservative clothing. Uzbekistan is a predominantly Muslim country and we recommend dressing to respect the local culture – women should take a head scarf for visiting religious sites
- Adequate sun protection – hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Waterproof jacket (just in case!)
- Insect repellent
- Re-fillable water bottle if it has built in filters
- Good book or music to entertain you during the drives
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – you’re going to want to take some photos!
- Plug adaptors – these can be viewed here.
We never recommend taking more luggage than you can personally carry as there might not always be someone on hand to help you. One suitcase ideally that can be wheeled, and a small day pack will be more than enough.
Whilst travelling around, we recommend you don’t bring anything you won’t really need – expensive jewelry and watches are not necessary, you can leave them at home. Be vigilant always and avoid carrying large amounts of money around with you. You could invest in a money belt to go under your clothes to keep cards, money or air tickets in for extra safety.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
You should visit your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before departure date to make sure your vaccinations are all up to date. Please check the government website if you need more information.
It is not recommended to drink the tap water in Uzbekistan. Although it is clean and safe for locals to drink, what you are used to at home will differ and you could end up with an upset stomach. You should keep hydrated whilst you’re out there, so make sure you always have a bottle of water with you. We recommend taking a reusable water bottle with built-in water purifiers to reduce plastic waste.
If you take medication for anything or think you may need something whilst you are away, it’s better to take it with you from the UK as items may not be as readily available as they are here. If you are taking prescription medication into the country, you should always check the list of prohibited medicines and the quantities you can take into the country.
If you are travelling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever, you will need to take a valid certificate with you to prove you have had the vaccine.
We recommend you read the travel advice for any country you are visiting ahead of your visit. This can be accessed on the FCO website.