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A classic itinerary in Uzbekistan to discover the four main historical cities on the Great Silk Road accompanied by our local experts in history and ancient art.

Tashkent, the ancient commercial oasis now eclectic capital of the Uzbek republic and the country’s largest economic and cultural center.

Explore the legendary Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world, by Unesco nicknamed “crossroads of cultures”. Be enchanted by the sparkling turquoise domes of the mosques and the Registan Square, among the best examples of Islamic architecture in the world.

Discover the magic of Bukhara, for centuries an important religious center of Asia. Almost unchanged over time, it houses numerous mosques and madrassas, still witnesses of a splendid past.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting Khiva, for centuries the capital of an independent khanate, a vital stop on the silk road. Explore the maze of streets that make up the core of the best-preserved historic center in all of Central Asia.

This example of itinerary can be customised according to your actual travel needs and can be combined with other routes.



Length : 7D 6N
Destinations  : Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Samarcanda



Khast Imam mosque © Gabriele StoiaKhast Imam mosque

Arrival in Tashkent and hotel accommodation.

Visit the Khast Imam complex, the religious center of the capital located in the oldest part of the city, and the Muyi Mubarak library which houses thousands of manuscripts including the 7th century Koran of Uthman, one of the oldest copies of the holy book in the world.

Following visit to Amir Temur square, in the modern part of the capital; in the center the equestrian state of the famous conquer undefeated Turkish-Mongol triumphs, known in the west as Tamerlane.

Not far is the remarkable Mustaqillik Maydonila, or Independence Square, symbol of Uzbekistan’s exit from the Soviet Union on August 31, 1991, surrounded by monuments, fountains and impressive public buildings.

Included : Private pick up at the airport, guide, transportations and hotel


Kunya Ark fortress © Gabriele StoiaKunya Ark Fortress – Khiva

After breakfast, short flight to Urgench and transfer to Khiva, the fascinating capital of the homonymous Khanate, considered one of the best preserved ancient historical town in all of Central Asia.

Delve into the maze of narrow streets of the core of the Itchan Qal’a city, a World Heritage Site, and let yourself be transported back in time surrounded by the exciting artistic contrast of the mud houses that alternate with the turquoise decorations of minarets and madrasas.

Go through the walls of the Kunya Ark fortress and explore the mythical citadel that houses impressive architectural masterpieces including the Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrasa, the largest in all Central Asia, the famous Kalta-Minor minaret in turquoise enamel with bricks and majolica, the madrasas Muhammad Rakhim-Khan II and Alla-Quli-Khan.

Explore the corridors and courtyards of Tosh Khauli palace and admire the turquoise dome of the mausoleum of the famous warrior Mahmud.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation


Sitorai-Mohi-Hosa Palace © Gabriele StoiaSitorai Mohi Hosa Palace

Transfer by train to Bukhara, through the Kyzylkum desert, once the intellectual and cultural center of the Islamic world, the thriving city of the Silk Road, little has changed since the days of the merchant caravans.

Visit Mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshband, the founder of the Naqshbandi order of the Sufis and one of the most revered figures in the Muslim world.

Relive the lifestyle charm of the last Emir Said Alim Khan at the Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace, country residence of the rulers of Bukhara.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation


minareto-Kalyan-Miri-Arab-madrasa-Mosque-Kalyan-Po-i-Kalyan © Gabriele StoiaPo-i-Kalyan Complex – Bukhara

We continue the visits in the historical center of Bukhara to the Ark citadel, the massive fortress built in the 5th century for military purposes and used as a residence of the royal courts until 1920.

Discover the Po-i-Kalyan religious complex whose bright blue domes are visible from afar, overlooking the iconic square dominated by the Kalyan Minaret, and admire the wonderful mosaics of the Divan Beghi Khanqah Madrasa inside the Lyabi Khauz Complex in the city center.

Visit the Chor Bakr necropolis and the Samanid Mausoleum, an icon of early Islamic architecture and the oldest funerary building in Central Asia.

The exploration of Bukhara continues at the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, at the Ulug bek Madrasa, an important Islamic school built in the 15th century, at the Abdul Aziz Khan Madrasa and at the Magok-i Attari Mosque among the oldest in Central Asia, prior to the Mongol invasion .

Relax in an authentic Tea House for tea and coffee tasting.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation


Amir Timur statue © Gabriele StoiaAmir Timur Statue at Shakhrisabz

Transfer to the Kashkadarya region to visit Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the famous conqueror Tamerlane.

Visit the remains of the architectural complex that includes the Aksaray buildings, the Dorut Tilovat memorial complex, the Shaykh Shamsaddin Kulal al-Keshi mausoleum, the Gumbazi-Seidon mausoleum, the Kok-Gumbaz mosque, and the remains of the dynastic tomb of the Timurids Dorus Saodat.

At the end we continue to Samarkand.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation


Registan Samarqand © Gabriele StoiaRegistan Square – Samarkand

Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world, a cultural crossroads and a fundamental stop along the Silk Road.

Visit the iconic Registan Square, home to some of the best examples of Islamic architecture in the world, dominated by the imposing Sher-Dor, Ulugbek and Tilla-Kori madrasas.

Explore the enchanting Shakhi Zinda complex adorned with an extraordinary spectrum of blue tiles, Timur tomb, and admire the sparkling turquoise dome of the Bibi Khanum cathedral mosque dedicated to Timur’s favorite wife.

Visit the ancient observatory of Ulugbek and the Hudjum, the silk carpet factory where you can observe the production process of the famous Samarkand rugs.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation


Chorsu Market - Tashkent © Gabriele StoiaChorsu Market – Tashkent

Early morning transfer to Tashkent by fast train.

The rest of the day is free for a final final walk in the capital or for shopping in the exotic and colorful Chorsu Bazaar market wrapped in the scents of spices, dried fruit and delicious Uzbek bread.

The transfer to the international airport follows in time for the departure flight.

Included : Breakfast and private transfer to the airport

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