Duration

10 Days / 9 Nights

Price from

1,550 US$

Starting

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Ending

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Group size

Max 12

Tour code

CATS-PSR-001

Pearl of the Silk Road Uzbekistan

(10 Days / 9 Nights)

The itinerary covers the main legendary cities of the Great Silk Road including Tashkent, Khiva Samarkand, Bukhara, Gijduvan and Shakhrisabz. You will be able to admire the beauty of blue domes, glazed tiles, tallest minarets, delicious cuisine, delicate handicrafts, hospitable people, picturesque nature…. Deep impressions and memorable experiences are guaranteed!

Currently, a negative PCR COVID-19 test is required 48 hours before departure flight to Uzbekistan.

Arrive at Tashkent International Airport, transfer to hotel (Check-in after 14:00).

Afternoon proceed for half-day city tour & visit:

  • Hastimon Complex (Barak Khan Madrassah, Muyi Muborak library with Holy Osmani Koran, Tillya Sheikh Mosque, and Kaffal Shashiy Mausoleum).
  • Chorsu Bazaar - One of the most authentic historical markets of Uzbekistan.
  • Kukeldash Medresah-still functioning Medresah belonging to XVI c.
  • Applied Art Museum-unique collection of more than 7,000 pieces of traditional folk art, starting from the first half of XIX century until modern times.

Welcome dinner at restaurant & transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Unique Experiences

Visit ceramist Rakhimov’s workshop (famous ceramist in Uzbekistan) with traditional tea drinking.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Dinner.

After early light breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the domestic airport for flight to Urgench.

Drive to Goybu village for visiting one of the ancient Khorezmian local houses - Ulli Khovli. The guide will make 1-2 hours excursion through the village and clients will acknowledge with the traditional lifestyle of Khorezmians

Drive to Khiva - a legendary oasis in the middle of the Kyzylkum desert. Transfer to hotel, leave the baggage, fresh up & proceed for city tour.

Today's full-day excursion will be done by walking within Khiva's inner fortress-Ichan Kala (where royal families and their servants used to reside). Highlights include:

  • Ata Darvaza – One of four gates of Ichan Kala dating back to 1842.
  • Madrasah Allakuli Khan - Built in the middle of the XIX century with the richest decoration in Khiva.
  • Madrasah Muhammad Amin Khan – Erected during 1851-1854 by the order of Khiva ruler Muhammad Amin-khan.
  • Kalta Minar -  Translated as “short”. Initially, it was expected to become the highest minaret in the East.
  • Kunya Ark - "Old fortress" was Khiva rulers' residence and inner citadel, founded in the XVII century.
  • Muhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah – built in 1876 by order of Seyid Muhammad-Rahim II (1863-1910), known as the poet Feruzshah.
  • Juma Mosque – 16th-century mosque with 213 elmwood pillars belonging to different epoch of history starting from 10th century.
  • Tosh Hovli Palace – Translated as “a stone courtyard”; built during 1830-1838 to replace Kunya Ark.
  • Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrasah - The ensemble dating back to the beginning of XX century was named after the Prime Minister - Isfandiar Khan who sponsored its construction.
  • Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum - a famous poet and wrestler of XIV century.

Unique Experiences

Enjoy a bread-baking masterclass in tandoor.

Sundowner in a nice, elevated location with fresh ginger lemonade.

Khoresmian Folk Show in Harem (subject to permission).

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast. Dinner.

Relaxed breakfast & drive to Bukhara, a city as old as human records. You will pass through the beautiful Kyzylkum Desert; as the winding road takes you a stone throw away from the Amu Darya, where you will stop for some scenic pictures. You will have a lunch with some shashlik/barbeque at a local teahouse. Once you have had a chance to stretch your legs a little, the journey will continue to its final destination.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch.

Full-day excursion of the Noble Bukhara - ‘Second Bagdad’ in Islamic World. It is a city of contrasts where modern life exists in the ancient town. Visit the following historical places:

  • Labi Hauz complex- architectural ensemble Lyabi-Khauz is formed with three large monumental buildings: Kukeldash Madrasah, Khanaka and Nodir Divan-begi.
  • Jewish Synagogue, functioning synagogue built in 16th century.
  • Magoki Attori Mosque, built on the site of the pre-lslamic Moh temple.
  • Trade Domes , Bozori Kord Khammam (Sauna bathroom)-dating back to XIV century.
  • Abdullakhan Tim-a huge roofed shopping passage of XVI century.
  • Ark fortress - the most ancient architectural and archaeological monument.
  • Summer Palace -a suburban residence of last Bukhara emir built during 1912-1918.

Unique Experiences

Fayzulla Khodjaev Museum (House) -Bukharian architectural style of the late XIX century.

Splendid herbal teas at Retro Saloon Timur.

Plov cooking with local family.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast. Dinner.

Today, continue to explore ancient Bukhara:

  • Ulugbeg madrassahs – the only survived building in Bukhara of Timurid-era.
  • Abdulazizkhan madrassahs - is a part of architectural ensemble of Ulugbek Madrasah.
  • Poi Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan mosque and Miri Arab madrassah.
  • Bolo Hauz Mosque - one of the most significant historical monuments built  in 1712. 
  • Chashmai Ayub – the mysterious building in Bukhara related to biblical Job-Ayub.
  • Ismail Samani mausoleum –The earliest Islamic tomb to survive in Central Asia.
  • Chor Minor – A remarkable building with 4 minarets constructed in 1807.

Afternoon free for individual activities.

Unique Experiences

Visit puppet workshop in Lyabi Hauz complex & meet the master.  

Folk show at Nadir Devonbegi Medresah (if available).

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

After breakfast drive to Shakhrisabz, a motherland of Amir Timur the Great.

Upon arrival transfer to hotel, leave the baggage, fresh up & proceed for city tour (Check-in after 14:00). Explore Shakhrisabz:

  • Aksarai Palace - miracle residence of Amir Timur.
  • Dorus Saodat complex - it arose after the death of the eldest son of Amir Temur - Jakhangir (1376).
  • Dorut Tilovat complex inc. Kuk Gumbaz mosque, Gumbazi Sayidon, Mausoleum of Jakhangir.
  • Hazrati Imom mosque - a 19th-century building most probably linking to Abu Abdulla Muhammad ibn Nasr al Keshi, a local holy man in the 9th century, whose corpse, legend says, Tamerlane brought back from Baghdad.

Unique Experiences

Visit Yulduz opa’s textile workshop. Here you can see the process of producing carpets and national clothes and master class. Dinner with local artist family

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast. Dinner.

After breakfast drive to Samarkand via Takhtakarachi pass. Upon arrival transfer to hotel, leave the baggage, fresh up & proceed for city tour (Check-in after 14:00). Exploring Samarkand described as Eden of the East. Admire the colorful tiles, turquoise domes, giant-sized medieval constructions. Visit includes:

  • Registan Square- 'Sandy Place' a medieval commercial center.
  • Happy Bird Craft Center- meet with local artists.
  • Bibi Khanym Mosque - once the largest and most magnificent mosques in the world.
  • Famous Siyob bazaar.
  • Shah-i-Zinda - 'Tomb of the living King' an avenue of Mausoleums with one of the richest tiles works. It is connected with the legend that Qusam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad (swa) is buried here.
  • Afrosiab Museum - located at the historical site of Afrasiyab.
  • Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum - the final resting place for Timur (Tamerlane), his two sons and two grandsons.

Unique Experiences

Enjoy mini concert and mini lecture about national music instruments at Sherdor Medrassah.

Illuminated city tour (visit outside Registan Square & Gur Emir Mausoleum).

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast. Dinner.

Today, continue to explore ancient Samarkand:

  • Ulugbek Observatory - one of the finest observatories in the Islamic world.
  • Hodja Doniyor Mausoleum (Saint Daniil) is one of the most famous religious sites in Samarkand, was built in the time of Tamerlan in 1900.
  • Hazrat Hizr Mosque (Hazret-Khizr, Hazrat-Khizra), built in the XIX century.
  • Kalantarov’s House Museum (an old mansion, once owned by a rich merchant Kalantarov Abram built in the early XX century by the architect E.O.Nelle in the eclectic style, is located the Museum of local lore).

Unique Experiences

Koni Ghil Village & meet local master producing silk paper, ceramic.

Khudjum carpet factory – witnessing all stages of silk carpets creation, from unwinding the silkworm cocoon to drawing carpet ornament. All operations are performed manually. 

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast drive to Tashkent. Arrive & transfer to hotel for fresh-up. Then proceed for excursion of modern part:

Tashkent Metro - Underground which is famous for its cleanness and architectural designs; Amir Temur Square, walking through famous Sailgokh street where local artists are selling their artworks, Independence Square, Alisher Navoi Theatre Square, Earthquake monument dedicated to the earthquake of 1966.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast. Farewell Dinner.

Early morning transfer to the airport for return flight.

Price includes:

Unique Experiences
  • Bread-baking in Khiva
  • Fresh ginger lemonade on terrace to enjoy the evening view of Khiva
  • Splendid herbal teas at Retro Saloon Timur in Bukhara
  • Plov cooking demonstration in Bukhara
  • Carpet factory Khudjum in Samarkand
  • Ceramist-Rakhimov’s workshop with traditional tea-drinking in Tashkent

  • Accommodation (9 nights) will be provided in the mentioned hotels or similar category on sharing basis in twin / double room.
  • Single room accommodation is available with extra US$ 380
CityNightsHotel name
Tashkent1Ikat Villa Boutique
Khiva1Zarafshan
Bukhara3Minorai Kalon
Shakhrisabz1Kesh Palace
Samarkand2Arhan Palace
Tashkent1Ikat Villa Boutique
  • Meals: Breakfast (9)- Lunch (1)- Dinner (6)
  • Domestic air ticket in economy class
  • Entrance fees of museums and sights
  • Transport (air-conditioned) as per itinerary
  • English speaking Tour Guide
  • Portages at hotels
  • Mineral Water – on arrival and during long transfers
  • All local taxes

Not included

  • International Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry
  • Tips to guides & drivers
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Photo or video fees at museums or sights

Destination Specialist

Gulya Jumina

  • cats@cats.com.uz
  • +998 78 140 0788
Gulya was born in Tashkent. Gulya studied in the Faculty of English at the Uzbek State University of World Languages where she gained a Bachelors’ Degree. Since graduating she has worked for CATS performing a variety of roles, including most recently as a Tourism Manager. Gulya is fluent in Uzbek and Russian and has good English skills. She is married, adores her small lovely son; her passion outside of work is music.

Dates & Availability

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StartingEndingStatusPrice per person
19 Mar 202228 Mar 2022Available

1,636 US$

16 Apr 202225 Apr 2022Available

1,770 US$

23 Apr 20222 May 2022Available

1,770 US$

7 May 202216 May 2022Available

1,785 US$

21 Mar 202230 Mar 2022Available

1,785 US$

11 Jun 202220 Jun 2022Available

1,636 US$

16 Jul 202225 Dec 2021Available

1,550 US$

20 Aug 202229 Aug 2022Available

1,770 US$

3 Sep 202212 Sep 2022Available

1,785 US$

17 Sep 202226 Sep 2022Available

1,785 US$

8 Oct 202217 Oct 2022Available

1,785 US$

22 Oct 202231 Oct 2021Available

1,770 US$

5 Nov 202114 Nov 2021Available

1,550 US$

Cancellation Policy & Conditions

Please read the terms & conditions and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

10% deposit is required to secure your reservation & balance payment 25 days before the arrival date.  

You may postpone, change the tour or destination with the same deposit up to 25 days before arrival (one-time change is allowed). The difference in tour price will be payable.

If you cannot travel due to travel restrictions of the home country then the full deposit will be refunded. Or you have the right to free date change (seasonal differences may apply).

You can cancel your reservation up to 25 days before departure and refund your deposit (bank /services charges may apply).