Uzbekistan Winter Group Tour 2023

6
Days
Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara

Although Uzbekistan may not seem like the natural choice for a winter holiday, winter is the ideal time to discover the country’s evocative Silk Road cities in peace and tranquillity. On this Uzbekistan Winter Group Tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of caravans as you journey to the fabled trading hub of Samarkand; visit mosques and madrassahs in the 2,000-year-old city of Bukhara; and experience the blend of old and new in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent. Photograph the famous monuments, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, without the crowds and, if you’re very lucky, with a dusting of snow. Depending on your departure date, you may also be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve in local style.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, 02 January, Mon: Arrival in Tashkent
 
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by our driver and transferred to the hotel. Meet your guide and driver and start sightseeing capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman– Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to visit Applied Arts Museum and walk through Navoi Theater to Amir Timur Square where you will end Tashkent city tour.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2, 03 January, Tue: Tashkent – Samarkand
 
Morning transfer to the railway station for the high-speed Afrosiyob train ride to Samarkand (journey time 2 h 10 min). Your guide and driver will meet you at train station to begin the city tour in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Turco-Mongol emperor, Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3, 04 January, Wed: Samarkand
 
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 4, 05 January, Thu: Samarkand – Bukhara
 
After breakfast, head to the Samarkand railway station to take the Afrosiyob fast train to Bukhara, departing at 8:50am and arriving at 11:19am (270km). Transfer to the hotel and begin your walking tour of Bukhara, stopping for lunch along the way. The tour includes Lyabi-Hauz Complex, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, Trade Domes, Kalyan Minaret and Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah, Abdulazizkhan Madrasah, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samanids Mausoleum and Chashma Ayub Mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5, 06 January, Fri: Bukhara – Tashkent
 
Start the second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samanid dynasty and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Then visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi.
At 14:40 transfer to the train station. Take Afrosiyob train to Tashkent departing at 15:50, arriving at 19:48 (540 km). Upon arrival the driver will transfer you to the hotel in Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 6, 07 January, Sat: Tashkent
 
Transfer to Tashkent International airport. Departure. End of the tour.
 

Dates & prices

Departure End Deadline Status Price
  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by van type car; 8-13 pax by 20-seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour programme with local, English-speaking guides in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy-class ticket for trains Tashkent- Samarkand- Bukhara-Tashkent (on the rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Bottled mineral water (500ml per person per day);
  • English-speaking tour leader to accompany groups of 6 or more travellers.
  • Tour leader for the whole duration of the tour (unless there are 6 or more travellers);
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Consular fee for Uzbekistan tourist visa (if required);
  • Camera fees charged separately by museums;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.

Accommodation:

Tashkent - 2 nights
Ateca, Navruz, Praga, Grand Capital
Samarkand - 2 nights
Usman, Meros, Asia Samarkand or similar
Bukhara - 1 night
Bukhara Minzifa, K.Komil, Bibikhanum, Amulet, As-Salom, Fatima, Kavsar or similar

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