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Hast Imam Mosque, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Highlights of Uzbekistan



10 Days

Prices Start from

£1,500pp (ex. flights)

This comprehensive holiday to Uzbekistan takes in the silk road cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Bazaar, Bukhara, Uzbekistan 1

Tashkent's Bazaar

Wander through Tashkent’s colourful bazaar for a wonderful insight into daily life.

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan 2

Registan Square

Visit the awe-inspiring restored madrasas standing on three sides of Registan Square in Samarkand.

Full frame close up of patterned red carpet. 3

Sacred Bukhara

Visit craft workshops in Bukhara where skilled artisans make knives, carpets and gold silk embroidery.

Curved mud brick walls and ramparts of Khiva ancient city walls. 4

UNESCO City of Khiva

Explore the city of Khiva, a UNESCO protected site and perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the Silk Road cities.

Why we like it

For a thousand years, the Silk Route, the greatest land-based trading highway the world has seen, wound its way from China, through Central Asia to Europe. Today, it is the independent state of Uzbekistan that contains some of the most interesting sites and this trip is designed to visit the great cities that survive from this legendary era. We would highly recommend an extension into less visited regions such as the Fergana Valley or even onto one of its neighbouring ‘Stans’ – Kyrgyzstan is home to some magnificent scenery and is visa free.

Explore the itinerary

Train Journey
Internal Flight
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
    Tashkent - Samarkand
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
    Samarkand - Bukhara
  • Day 6 - 7
  • Day 8
    Bukhara - Khiva
  • Day 9
    Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent
  • Day 10

Now for the details

Islamic Buildings, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Islamic buildings in Samarkand

Samarkand and Registan Square

Arrive by train into the evocative city of Samarkand, which survived the arrival of Islam, the havoc of the Mongolian hordes and then flowered under the rule of Tamerlane. Inextricably linked with the silk route it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to one of Uzbekistan’s most iconic sites, Registan Square.

Arguably the most spectacular architectural ensemble in Central Asia, the square is surrounded by three beautifully restored Madrasas and was built by the famous 15th century astronomer and Timurid ruler, Ulugh Beg. The square was originally used for public gatherings, which ranged from public executions to royal decrees.

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Close up of womans hand embroidering with gold silk.
The art of gold embroidery, Bukhara

Artisans and Architecture of Bukhara

The atmospheric old centre of Bukhara is full of madrasas and minarets. It was the beauty of the Kalyan minaret that saved it from being destroyed by Ghengis Khan in 1220 when the rest of the city was razed to the ground. The former capital is a centre of Islamic learning and has over 300 mosques. This, along with the city’s 80 madrasas, led to its reputation as the holiest city in Central Asia. Amidst the turquoise domes and minarets are many tea houses, carpet sellers and stalls where skilled artisans create and trade their wares. Silk embroidery and carpets are just two of the crafts for which Bukhara is known and you will have time to wander among the small shops taking tea and conversing with the locals.

View of mosque dome against blue sky.
Islamic architecture in Khiva
Woodworker, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Young woodworker in Khiva

UNESCO City of Khiva

Destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, Khiva was the first place in Uzbekistan to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, and is one of the most complete and best-preserved on the ancient Silk Road. Founded when water was discovered in the desert, Khiva’s importance as a well-placed oasis meant that it outlived the era of the Silk Road and remained powerful until the time of ‘The Great Game’.

It was here, in 1840, that Richmond Shakespear, a young British lieutenant, helped abolish the practice of capturing Russian slaves. In fact, due to much of the work done during Soviet times, Khiva’s monuments are in outstanding condition. The most famous of these, the Ichan Qala, is preserved as an open-air museum.

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Fergana Valley Pass, Uzbekistan
Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan

Fergana Valley

A wonderful addition is to extend your trip and travel into the Fergana Valley. This inland basin is fed from streams and rivers from the surrounding mountains making it an extremely fertile region and home to some exceptional crafts. Far less visited than the rest of the country, it is famed for its silk production and was a pivotal area on the ancient silk route.

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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!


A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £1,500 Per person

When to travel

From dry, hot summers to freezing, bitter cold winters, Uzbekistan has two periods when is best to visit. July and August are the hottest months while April to early June and September to early November see pleasant day time temperatures. Winter can be extremely cold in Uzbekistan.

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