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Chor Minor Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Narrow alleyways, sectioned by dark imposing heavy carved wooden doors, open out onto delightful squares with pools, fountains, trees and men playing backgammon.

Bukhara is a city full of the atmosphere showcasing some of the artisan crafts that made the great legendary Silk Road city.

Workshops hide master knife makers, skilled embroiderers sewing intricate designs from gold silk threads, wood carvers and miniaturist painters.

Close up of woman's hand embroidering with gold silk.
The art of gold embroidery, Bukhara

Why visit Bukhara?

The Kalyon minaret, the only monument spared by Genghis Khan when he sacked the city, dominates the centre of the town but there are also mosques and merchants houses to explore. Bukhara definitely has a lot to offer travellers to Uzbekistan and is a worthwhile city to visit for travellers wanted a historical and a cultural city experience.


What do you really love doing? We’ll tailor your itinerary to suit you.

Registan Square

Wander around Samarkand exploring the restored madrasas flanking the edges of Registan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the countries most iconic images.

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Kyzylkum Desert

Visit Aydarkul Lake in the Kyzylkum Desert – camp out in yurts and ride a camel.

Fergana Valley

Visit the fertile silk producing region of the Fergana Valley.

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Discover Bukhara

Stroll through the atmospheric streets of Bukhara, home to bazaars, minarets and madrasas.

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Explore the UNESCO city of Khiva, possibly the best preserved of all the Silk Road cities.

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Hike in the Chimgan Mountains

Embark on a day trek or a more challenging multi day hike in the Chimgan Mountains.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Very efficient, knowledgeable and personal service from Paul. The whole holiday exceeded my expectations and the guides were soviet style superb.


Very satisfied with all aspects of Steppes service and especially pleased with our guide whose deep knowledge of the country gave us a far better trip than we had even expected. We were inspired to keep learning more, both during the trip and afterwards.


Deborah, our main contact was quick to respond and thoughtful. We requested a guide who was excellent in the history and lore of the region and she secured us the best guide we have ever encountered. Great team, great trip!


Deborah was the best, getting back to us in a timely manner, always answering questions and being patient as we changed our plans. Our drivers were skilled and we always felt safe and our guide was the best ever. He was knowledgeable, willing to answer all questions, positive about his country but realistic, fun to talk with, courteous, full of energy and flexible. We could not have had a better person to introduce us to Uzbekistan.


Why Choose Steppes?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

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