12 Day Discover Uzbekistan

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Discover Uzbekistan
Wyndham Tashkent Tashkent
Bek Khiva Hotel Khiva
Komil Hotel Bukhara
Sasha & Son Hotel Bukhara
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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers arriving after midnight on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 3:00 am.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend two to three hours on our feet during tours. The pace is fast. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Tashkent, Tashkent-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flights: Tashkent-Urgench, Urgench-Bukhara
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Tashkent
    • 2 nights Khiva
    • 3 nights Bukhara
    • 2 nights Samarkand
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • High-speed train from Samarkand-Tashkent
  • 26 meals: 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners with wine (including welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
 

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • In Tashkent, tour Khast Imam Square, home to exquisite mosques, monuments and madrasas
  • A ride on the Tashkent Metro reveals its lavish decorations, a legacy of the former Soviet Union
  • At Tashkent’s Muyi Muborak Madrasa, view the oldest copy of the Koran in the world
  • Tour the walled city of Khiva, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at the storied House of Rashid dating back to the Rashidi dynasty
  • Visit the revered Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum in Khiva, built in honor of the legendary poet
  • Travel to Ayaz Kala, an archaeological site built on the edge of the Kyzylkum Desert
  • At a desert yurt camp, gather for a meal and perhaps even ride a camel!
  • Discover the beauty of Bukhara, one of the most important ancient cities in Uzbekistan
  • Tour the cultural heritage monument of Chor Minor, part of Bukhara’s World Heritage Center
  • Visit splendid Nadir Divan-Begi, part of a huge architectural complex on the Lyab-i Hauz ponds
  • A special visit, lunch and conversation with a skilled ceramicist in the town of Gijduvan
  • Travel through the mountainous Tahtakaracha pass to the 2700 year old city of Shakhrisabz
  • Tour Samarkand, brimming with history, the most romantic of the Silk Road cities
  • Walk to iconic Registan Square with its colorful mosaics, blue domes and lofty arches
  • Visit the Ulugbek Observatory, once the finest and most advanced in the Islamic world
  • Dinner with a local family - learn the secrets of how to prepare Pilav, a traditional rice dish
  • Visit Shah-i-Zinda, a necropolis of sparkling blue mausoleums grouped along medieval streets
  • Walk through the energetic Siab Market - feel the dynamic atmosphere of ancient Samarkand

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend two to three hours on our feet during tours. The pace is fast. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Uzbekistan
Depart on your flight to Tashkent, Uzbekistan

DAY 2, Sunday - Discover Tashkent
Arrive after midnight in exotic Uzbekistan with its stunning ancient cities accented by gleaming turquoise domes, desert landscape and towering minarets. Transfer to your hotel and check-in upon arrival. In the late morning, get acquainted with sprawling Tashkent, the country’s cosmopolitan capital. Walk the tree-lined streets to Independence Square dominated by the Memorial to WWII heroes with its eternal flame. Continue to the Alisher Navoi Theater built in neoclassical style, the Forum Palace and Amir Temur Square once dominated by a huge statue of Karl Marx. After lunch at a popular restaurant, visit the massive Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial. Then, a ride on the Tashkent Metro reveals its lavish decorations, a legacy of the former Soviet Union. End the day at the Museum of Applied Arts occupying an exquisite home with bright carvings and decorative ceramics. Leisure time before tonight’s orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the extraordinary discovery of Uzbekistan that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Tashkent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Khast Imam Square, Barak-Khan and Muyi Muborak Madrasas, Chorsu Bazaar
The cultural tour of Tashkent begins at Khast Imam Square, religious centre of the city and home to many exquisite mosques, monuments and madrasas (centers of Islamic learning) dating back to the 15th century. View the elegant blue-domed Barak-Khan Madrasa with its imposing gateway and the Muyi Muborak Madrasa housing elaborate ancient manuscripts, including the oldest copy of the Koran in the world. Passing the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and Tillya Sheih Mosque you arrive at the bustling Chorsu Bazaar with its bright green dome – acres of spices, sweets, fresh-baked breads and crafts await you! Afterward, return to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Tashkent
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Khiva’s Open Air Museum, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, House of Rashid
Depart Tashkent by flight to Urgench. From here, a drive past Goybu villages with their traditional homes to medieval Khiva. Upon arrival in this once major trading post on the Silk Road, take a walking tour along the ancient streets within the walled city, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pause at the elegant Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasa with its five domes and minaret decorated with bright geometric patterns of glazed bricks and the distinctive turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret, one of the iconic symbols of Khiva. Then to the Kunya Ark, the Khiva rulers’ own fortress and residence first built in the 12th century; remnants of the khans’ harem, stables, arsenal, barracks, mosque and jail can still be seen. Continue to Muhammad Rahim-khan Madrasa, one of the largest madrasas in Central Asia. A traditional lunch today at the storied historic House of Rashid dating back to the Rashidi dynasty that existed in the 1800s. The rest of the day is on your own. Tonight, dinner is at one of Khiva’s fine restaurants
Overnight: Khiva
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Djuma Mosque, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Medieval Old Town
Spend the morning at leisure. After lunch, on to the grand Djuma Mosque and the revered Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum with its sublime courtyards and magnificent tilework, built in honor of the legendary poet and philosopher who became Khiva’s patron saint. Here, in the historical complex of Ichan-Kala in the medieval Old Town, visit the Islam Khodja Mosque with its striking Minaret, one of the jewels of Khiva. Tour the sparkling blue palace of Tash Khauli, with its sumptuous interior decor including ceramic tiles, carved stone and wood; there are more than 150 rooms off nine different courtyards. Free time to wander on your own. Dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Khiva
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Toprak Kala, Ayaz Kala, Lunch in a Yurt Camp, Holy City of Bukhara
Departing Khiva, travel to the magnificent fortress of Toprak Kala, surrounded by a brick wall. View the King's Palace rising above the town with its three monumental towers that dominate the landscape. Next, to Ayaz Kala; view the towering mud-brick walls rising dramatically from the surrounding plains. Built on the edge of the Kyzylkum Desert between the 4th century BC and 7th century AD, these forts are the remains of regal palaces. At a nearby yurt camp, see the traditional housing of Central Asian nomads made of rope that’s easily assembled and disassembled. Gather for a meal, wash with water from copper jugs and perhaps even get to ride a camel! Afterwards, drive to Urgench. Enjoy dinner on your own before the flight to Bukhara, Central Asia’s holiest city. Overnight is in Bukhara
Overnight: Bukhara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Bukhara’s Treasures
Today, discover the beauty of Bukhara, one of the most important ancient cities in Uzbekistan, dating back nearly 1000 years before Alexander the Great conquered Central Asia. Begin your walking tour at the architectural complex of Poyi-Kalon that includes the Kalon Mosque, large enough to hold 10,000 people. Pass the Madrasas of Abdulaziz Khan and Kosh on your way to the oriental bazaar, offering rows of shops selling jewelry, carpets, and carved wood. After lunch on your own, visit the Lyabi Khauz Ensemble and Nadir Devon Begi Madrasa in the heart of Bukhara. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or join the optional Tea Ceremony in Bukhara
Optional: Tea Ceremony in Bukhara (PM)
Overnight: Bukhara
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Ark Fortress, Lunch in Gijduvan with a Ceramicist
Visit splendid Ismail Samani Mausoleum, a world-famous architectural masterpiece that was built for the founder of the Samanid dynasty at the end of the 9th century. Next, visit Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum that dates from the 12th century. Legend has it that the prophet Job struck his staff on the ground here, causing a spring to appear. Continue to the spectacular 5th century Ark Fortress, former residence of the emirs of Bukhara. Tour Bolo Khauz Mosque before your drive to the delightful town of Gijduvan, center of the ancient craft of ceramics. A special visit has been arranged to the home of a skilled ceramicist. Share lunch, conversation and view some of the beautiful works displayed that reflect the culture of different regions of Uzbekistan. Return to Bukhara with leisure time to explore the artisan shops and wander the narrow twisting streets and alleyways. Relax at an outdoor café, enjoy the local coffee and just ‘people watch.’ This evening, dine on Bukharian cuisine at a popular restaurant
Overnight: Bukhara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Tahtakaracha Pass to Shakhrisabz, Historic Samarkand
Departing Bukhara, travel through the mountainous Tahtakaracha Pass to the city of Shakhrisabz, almost 2700 years old. The city’s center, with its exceptional monuments, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the gleaming white Ak-Saray Palace built for Amir Timur, founder of the Timurid Empire and the beautiful 14th to 15th century mosques and mausoleums. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Shakhrisabz. Journey to Samarkand, a city brimming with history that grew prosperous at the crossroads between East and West. Samarkand, considered the most romantic of the Silk Road cities is magnificently adorned by decorative domes and minarets and is a melting pot of many different cultures and traditions. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Samarkand
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Registan Square, Guri Amir Mausoleum, Ulugbek Observatory, Cooking Lesson
The day begins at iconic Registan Square, the world-famous symbol of Central Asia with its colorful mosaics, blue domes and lofty arches. This grand plaza is surrounded by three splendid impressively-decorated madrasas of the 15th to 17th centuries; Ulugbek Madrasa, Sherdor Madrasa and Tilya Kori Madrasa. Visit the sumptuous Guri Amir Mausoleum, final resting place of Timur (Tamerlane), the Turco-Mongol conqueror; its interior is covered with elegant turquoise arabesques and inscriptions in gold. After lunch, travel along the shores of the Siab to the sacred Mausoleum of Daniel, the Old Testament biblical prophet. Pilgrims from all over the world come here to worship. On to the Ulugbek Observatory, once known as the finest and most advanced in the Islamic world. At day’s end, visit a local design studio or, enjoy free time on your own. This evening, a special dinner with a local family. Experience modern Uzbek culture, great food and learn the secrets of how to prepare Pilav, a traditional rice dish
Overnight: Samarkand
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Siab Market, Shah-I-Zinda, High-Speed Train to Tashkent
Start the day at the majestic Bibi-Khanym Mosque with its glistening blue domes, built as the largest mosque in the world enriched by sparkling walls, stately minarets and carved marble décor. A jewel in Tamerlane’s empire, the mosque was constructed as a tribute to his wife. Afterwards, a walk through the energetic Siab Market, a special place where you can feel the dynamic atmosphere of this ancient city. On to mysterious Shah-i-Zinda, a necropolis that includes sparkling blue mausoleums, embellished with some of the richest tile work in the Muslim world. These mausoleums, strategically grouped along the narrow medieval streets are an important place of pilgrimage. Lunch is followed by a drive to the train station where you board the Afrosiyob high-speed train to Tashkent. Upon arrival, settle in at the hotel and relax before tonight’s festive Farewell Dinner. Bid goodbye to your newfound friends and to your astonishing journey through Uzbekistan
Overnight: Tashkent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart Uzbekistan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Tea Ceremony in Bukhara

Participate in the formal and graceful ritual of a traditional tea ceremony. The demonstration is a very practical way to show the high priority given to hospitality. When a guest arrives, the hostess will serve tea, usually accompanied by a traditional snack. The freshly brewed tea is poured from the teapot into a ceramic cup and then returned to the teapot three times, allowing the full flavor and aroma of the tea to develop. The fourth time, tea is poured into the guest's cup, filling it only halfway so that it will be the perfect temperature for the guest to enjoy.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour. Details to be provided locally.

Day #7 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $25.00
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Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration, June 2018
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We had such a wonderful experience on the Kenya Tanzania Safari ... Especially I want to extol the wonders and praises of our driver guides ... All the while they are safely and carefully negotiating the rutted roads in the conservation areas and national parks ... noticing all those subtle signs that indicate wildlife that my eyes would never see. They have so much knowledge and understanding of the animals, the vegetation, the ecosystems, the interactions between animals! I especially commend Yusuf in Kenya and Nurdin Mohammed in Tanzania. Not only do they know the biology and zoology, they are completely conscientious about all of us as passengers and clients ... I want to make sure the company understands what treasures the driver/guides are and how important they are to your customers’ feeling of safety and comfort, but also they obviously enjoy the natural environment and the thrill of showing us these wonders of nature in their homeland. And as we drove through the villages and towns they were able to explain much about the local customs and people. This wonderful experience was made even more wonderful because of Yusuf and Nurdin!

Janell L. Nashville, TN
Kenya Safari Exploration with Zanzibar, June 2018
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Kenya and Zanzibar were spectacular! It was a great way to relax after the many amazing game drives through Kenya. Our guide, Daniel, was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. He explained the culture of Kenyans, the landscape of Kenya along with the habits and habitats of the many animals during the game drives. The itinerary was well planned (time/place), the Land Cruisers were perfect for the drives, the hotels and the "tent hotels" and food was excellent. Zanzibar is an idyllic island with its own history and culture, a learning experience. I would highly recommend this trip, but wait for the direct flights into Nairobi.

Constance I. Brooklyn, NY
Swiss Alpine Jewels, June 2018
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One of the best we’ve taken ... I attribute the success of the whole experience directly to our tour manager, Dennis Albright. While the itinerary was perfect, it was his preparation and attention to details that made it more than a wonderful holiday. Thanks to you, Gate1 for hiring the best and encouraging them to ensure the customer experience is the highest priority. Thanks and you will definitely seem us again. We’ve raved to friends and family and recommended Gate1 for all their travel needs now and into the future.

David G. Cardiff, CA
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Our Japan trip was excellent & very enjoyable. Tokyo & Kyoto hotels were very centrally located, convenient and excellent. I will give them A+. Our tour guide/ Manager Mr. katsumi was the best ... Wish we had manager like Mr. katsumi on all our tour. Very down to earth person.

Jash P. Indianapolis, IN
Discover Northern France, May 2018
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It was fantastic! Anne was an amazing guide. She was so attentive to everyone’s individual needs and request. I really enjoyed the small group. The itinerary was excellent. We learned so much about WWll in Normandy, experienced the beauty of Monet’s house and garden, and stayed at a gorgeous Chateau in Loire Valley, it was a perfect trip that I will be recommending to everyone!

Allison S. Ann Arbor, MI.
Amazing China with Tibet, May 2018
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I would like to add that EVERYONE on our trip to China was over-the-top crazy about our tour manager, Louise. She could not have been more professional or more caring ... She never seemed to tire of our endless questions! ... Another guide was taking us to the airport for our trip home, but when Louise's flight was cancelled, she made a point to find us in a very busy airport. I can't say enough wonderful things about her. I consider her a friend and tears were shed when we had to say good-bye!

Elizabeth G. McDonough, GA.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2018
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Trip was great, greatly organized, very nice hotels, great food and our driver Plato was outstanding and who really made this trip superior, was our tour guide Chris. He is so knowledgeable a good storyteller. Altogether wonderful experience.

Zdena V. Fair Lawn, NJ.
The Wonders of New Zealand, May 2018
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We enjoyed everything about our tour of New Zealand. We felt it was well thought out. The hotels were very good. The itinerary was excellent, as were the dinners. Our guide, Malcolm, was superb. He was so knowledgeable about NZ and tied in the Maori culture whenever possible which made the tour that much more interesting. Thank you for an excellent tour of NZ.

Frances R. San Jose, CA