Uzbekistan and the Silk road tour

From $3,149
Duration 10 Days
Departures from May 2020 - May 2021
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From $3,149
Duration 10 Days
Departures from May 2020 - May 2021
Tour Overview

​Follow in the footsteps of ancient traders on our Uzbekistan & The Silk Road tour. Uncover the amazing architecture of the country’s cities and enjoy unique cultural experiences while travelling on comfortable high-speed trains.

  • New for 2020
  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 9 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 19 included meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners including a welcome drink & dinner
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport & porterage included.​

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​Guided tour of Tashkent’s highlights
  • Walking tour of Khiva’s architectural complex
  • Visit a handicraft centre famed for woodcarving & carpet weaving
  • Trip to see Bukhara’s highlights, including the Fortress & Zindan prison
  • Local puppetry & miniature school workshops
  • Silk Road Spices tea-tasting with local artist performance
  • Locally guided tour of Samarkand
  • Wine-tasting at a local winery
  • Traditional theatrical performance
  • Cookery demonstration of traditional Uzbekistan cuisine in a local’s home
  • Lesson in the ancient art of papermaking
  • Learn how to make Uzbekistan's tasty national dish, 'plov'

Itinerary

Day 1 Tashkent

Make your own way to Tashkent​, where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. ​After arriving at your first hotel and freshening up, it'll be time to get your first glimpse of Tashkent on a panoramic tour. The city is a real melting pot of architectural influences, from bustling bazaars to imposing Soviet-era structures. We'll pass a handful of its highlights before you get to know your fellow travellers over a traditional meal.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Khiva

​Today, we'll be leaving the bright lights of Tashkent behind and taking an internal flight to Urgench. From there, it's a short drive to Khiva, one of the Silk Road's best-preserved cities. It's a haven for history buffs thanks to its dozens of architectural monuments, which largely date back to the 19th century. Examples include the turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret and Tash-Khauli Palace, famed for its richly decorated interiors.
We'll also be shown around Ichan Kala, a UNESCO open-air museum at the heart of Khiva, by a Local Guide. Afterwards, you'll be able to explore a handicraft centre known for its woodcarving and carpet-weaving wares. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Bukhara

Today, the group will journey from Khiva to Bukhara on the newly opened direct high-speed train service. Relax in comfortable, contemporary carriages as you travel past vast stretches of untouched countryside. We'll arrive in Kagan, and then it's just a short 30-minute drive to Bukhara and your next hotel.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Bukhara

​Once a major stop on the Silk Road and an important centre of Islamic culture, Bukhara has no shortage of incredible monuments. A full-day guided tour of the historic city will unveil many of them, from the 288 splendid domes of the Poi-Kalyan Mosque to the Lyab-i Hauz complex of madrassahs, which dates to the 16th and 17th centuries.
Today's tour will also include a handful of unique heritage activities. Attend a puppet workshop where you'll learn how to craft a colourful puppet from papier mâché, admire tiny works of art at the Bukhara miniature school, and sip on fragrant teas at the Silk Road Spice teahouse whilst watching a performance by a local artist. In the evening, you'll get to sample regional delicacies at a local restaurant. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Bukhara

​Bukhara's treasures are too vast to experience in just one day, so we'll continue our explorations with visits to key sites like the immense Ark of Bukhara Fortress and the sacred 9th century Samanid Mausoleum that sits just outside the city centre.
Wander Bukhara's historic walls to see the city's towers and minarets from above, before stopping for lunch. We'll then admire the ornately decorated Saifuddin Bukhari and Buyan Khuli Khan Mausoleums, both important holy places in Islamic culture. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Bukhara - at Leisure

​You'll have another morning to explore Bukhara at your own pace. If you'd rather get out of the city, join our optional excursion to the Bahautdin Nakshbandi Necropolis (the burial tomb of Nakshbandi, the leader of Sufism) and the stunning Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace (the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara).
After lunch, we'll begin our two-hour train journey to Samarkand from Kagan. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Samarkand

​The ancient city of Samarkand has a pretty turbulent history, from being captured by Alexander the Great in 329 BC to being ruled by Genghis Khan during the height of the Silk Road trade. As a result, it has an eclectic culture and fascinating mix of architectural styles, which we'll explore in detail.
After admiring attractions like the huge Siab bazaar and the mix of intricately tiled mausoleums, we'll embark on a wine-tasting tour at the Hovrenko Wine Factory. Samarkand's wine culture dates back centuries and you'll get to sample several on a tour of this 19th century winery. Later, we'll enjoy a historical theatrical performance complete with traditional music at the Samarkand Theatre of Historical Costumes.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Samarkand - at Leisure

​Spend the day meandering around Samarkand's many majestic monuments or sign up to our optional tour to Shakhrisabz. It's where Uzbekistan's national hero Timur was born in the 14th century, and it was later developed into a thriving city by his descendants. Admire the ruins of Ak-Saray Palace that are covered in gold mosaics, and the impressive Kok Gumbaz Mosque with its eye-catching blue dome.
​In the evening, we'll all head to a friendly local's home for a memorable cooking class where you'll get to learn how to prepare 'plov', Uzbekistan's tasty national dish. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Samarkand - Tashkent

Enjoy another morning exploring Samarkand, including a trip to the Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand that's full of ancient archaelogical artefacts, and a stop at the Meros Paper Mill to learn about the historic art of paper making. 

In the afternoon, we'll take another high speed train back to Tashkent and finish the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Tashkent - Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfers​.
Meals included: B

Accommodation

Lotte City Hotel

The 4 star Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace is centrally located and features a lovely outdoor pool with sunloungers and relaxation areas as well as boasting a health club. The restaurants offer a wide selection of both Eastern European, Asian and International cuisine and guests can dine either on the roof terrace or the courtyard garden. The rooms are classic in style and are equipped with a TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee, minibar, wifi and complimentary toiletries.

Orient Star Hotel - Khiva

The Orient Star Bukhara is a 4 star hotel in the commercial area of Bukhara. Once an historical building, this hotel now features a restaurant and bar and rooms have wi-fi, air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, free toiletries and refridgerator.

Orient Star Bukhara

Ideally located in Bukhara, this 4 star hotel features a lovely buffet breakfast each morning in the hotels restaurant and also has its own bar. Rooms are spacious and have air conditioning, tv, fridge, kettle and a hairdryer.

Hotel Diyora

The Hotel Diyora is one of the newest in Samarkand yet has been built in a classic style. Just 5 minutes from Registan square and the old part of the city it is ideally located. The hotel also boasts an outdoor pool, restaurant and a gym. The rooms are authentic and feature air conditioning, tv, minibar and wifi.