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Welcome to Uzbekistan, where you will have an exciting tour to the world of oriental fairy tale. The Eight-Day Cultural Uzbekistan Tour: is a visit of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva the cities sparkling like diamonds with striking multifaceted architecture, rich of traditions and ancient customs of mysterious and hospitable Uzbekistan.
Explore the historical cities of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent with this Uzbekistan Small Group Tour. Our most popular group tour takes you to the most popular cities in Uzbekistan, while also introducing you to tourists from around the world. Enjoy the modernity of Tashkent, the monuments of Samarkand, the serenity of Bukhara, and the history of Khiva, all while making the most of your time and money (and making new friends).
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Discover Uzbekistan in your 8 days trip in the country. You will start from the capital city Tashkent, visiting its old and new town with Madrasah, Mosque and old Bazaar of Tashkent as well as its modern part with museums, galleries, workshops and beautiful squares and parks. Most highlights of your trip will be Registan square in Samarkand, original Koran of 7 Century in Tashkent Hasti Imam complex, Kalyan Minaret and Trade Domes of Bukhara, the birth place Temur in Shahrisabz, Open city museum of Khiva with its many minarets and madrasah. You may also want to learn to cook local meals with local families in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as each region of Uzbekistan has their own specific food that can be offered to guests. You will start your journey in Tashkent and travel by fast train to Samarkand, later to Bukhara and return to Tashkent by flight from Khiva. You will definitely be impressed by local hospitality and kindness of Uzbek people.
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by a driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Meet your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya-Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station. The high-speed Afrosiyob train departs Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at train station to begin the city tour in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
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
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 h.*). Stop on the way at Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Continue driving to Bukhara. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Spend your afternoon in fascinating Old Bukhara which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Explore Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque, madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes, Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Chor-Minor Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
*The drive on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
Start the second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Then visit 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. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzyl Kum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya River. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
*Since there is only one cafe on the way, you might want to consider preparing a packed lunch before this trip.
**Some parts of the road are not in the best condition.
Check-out from hotel till noon. Today you will visit Itchan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Try yourself at climbing Islam-Khoja minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva in Kunya-Ark. Free time in the afternoon. In the evening you will be transferred to Urgench airport (30 km, 35 min.) for flight to Tashkent (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
Made my first trip to Uzbekistan so convenient and easy
I found this company online and used them for transfers from the airport(s), guides in Khiva and Bukhara, and a train ticket.
I was able to pay cash to the taxi driver they arranged and get my pre-booked train ticket from him. In other words, no extra running around and no worries arriving in unfamiliar cities alone after midnight.
Everything they did was professional and worked perfectly. Highly recommend.
For us, this is a first. Everything in our 18 day Uzbekistan tour went perfectly. No glitches or hiccups. Olga organized every detail of our trip to our exact wishes and it all flowed smoothly. The guides all spoke very good and understandable English. No heavy accents. They were knowledgeable and accommodating in every way. The drivers were competent and spoke enough English to manage easily. The sightseeing was spectacular. All the hotels were first rate except one. That was our fault for choosing to make a shorter travel day and asking to stop there. (There is nothing better in that town)
Uzbekistan is rife with the old soviet style bureaucracy. GRADEROY made all that transparent. We only needed to keep all the slips of paper that were issued to us at each hotel.
The people of Uzbekistan are among the nicest of any place we have traveled in. They are friendly and helpful. There were no intrusive hawkers crowding us at every turn. There are few beggars. And at no time did I or my wife get sick from the food, even though we ate salads and fruit and sometimes food from local street vendors. The importance of hygiene is understood.
This is really a must see country, but it is best done through a competent local travel agency that will competently take care of the bureaucracy and choose the best hotels and guides. Graderoy (and Olga) will do that for you. If you want to ask me about our trip I am sure Olga will be able to give you my email address or you can contact me via Tripadvisor.
On a side note – I had expected to meet a big Russian lady named Olga. She is actually a young and attractive “domestic Korean” who has a better command of English than I do.
most memorable trip
I’ve used many travel companies to visit countries around the world and have found Graderoy is among the best I’ve experienced. It is a standout for many reasons: we had excellent hotels, efficient transportation, expert guides and enjoyed great support, responsiveness and care. I read the very positive reviews and I’m delighted to add to them. Our travel consultant Gulsanam Rozikova is first rate.
I have nothing but the highest praise for this company. They are not only super professional but they have managed to retain a very human side to their dealings with clients.
I was a solo, female traveller and was looked after beautifully. I felt totally safe at all times and all my drivers and guides were excellent and helpful. My itinerary went like clockwork with no issues whatsoever. The wonderful Gulsanam organised a female guide when I asked for one (Aral Sea trip), helped me with a dental issue and even sent me flowers for my birthday ! That’s service.
This company is highly recommended by someone who is pretty picky.
We booked a 8 day Central Asian Express private tour with Graderoy Royal Travel for the end of May/beginning of June. I didn’t have time to research hotels, trains, etc so it was awesome having a company do all of the booking so I could sit back and enjoy the tour. Everything was extremely well organized, the guides and drivers were always early for pick up, even for our extremely early flights coming in and going out. We received a packet of tickets, maps and helpful hints when we arrived into the 1st city.
We opted for the comfort option and the hotels ranged from very good in three of the cities to excellent in two of the cities. The train from Tashkent to Samarkand was super fast, the other train was a regular train but still comfortable. The guides were all knowledgeable, in particular the guide in Samarkand was excellent.
As for the Stans, I really enjoyed our time in Samarkand, UZ with all of the interesting architecture and in Bishkek, KR with the natural beauty of the mountains. The open air markets are fascinating, the food is interesting. The border crossings ranges from comical to did that really happen but we were always treated respectfully and from UZ to KR it was like we were VIPs.
Don’t drink tap water, try not to eat food that might be washed, bring only new clean money and lots of small bills if you want to buy souvenirs. At many of the markets everything was quoted in USD. We never felt unsafe, even walking back to the hotel at night.