Uzbekistan’s history reaches back thousands of years, and today there are countless relics preserved in both its cities and deserted corners that give us astounding glimpses of the life and accomplishments of our predecessors in this region. The desert fortresses that comprise the Golden Ring of Ancient Khorezm; the Ark Fortress where powerful emirs once ruled; the 2,000-year old remains of Ming Urik that now sit in the middle of a modern capital city; and the exquisite tomb of Tamerlane, whose exterior rivals many palaces, are all vestiges of former great empires.
The Ancient Cities of the Orient Tour is a 9-day expedition to Uzbekistan’s most famed destinations in Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and the Kyzylkum Desert. You’ll tour sights that are revered by historians, studied by archeologists, admired by travelers and preserved with pride by the people of Uzbekistan. Customize your tour by choosing the group size, time of departure and budget option best suited for you, and come prepared for a remarkable journey!
Airport and train station transfers; Transfers between Urgench to Ellik Kala, Ellik Kala to Khiva and Bukhara to Samarkand (1-2 ppl in sedan; 3-8 in minivan);
Economy class flight tickets from Tashkent to Urgench (flight times subject to change based upon availability);
Economy class train tickets for the Khiva to Bukhara and Samarkand to Tashkent routes (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace it with a reservation on the regular train).
Accommodation based on double/twin room at hotel (7 nights, with breakfast) and yurt camp, shared room (1 night, with lunch, dinner and breakfast);
Private, local English-speaking guide and entrance fees to the sights as per itinerary on days 2, 4, 6 and 8;
Transportation during the city tour on day 2 and 8 (1-2 ppl in sedan; 3-8 in minivan);