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Experience the land of the Arabian nights
Amazing cities and desert landscapes
Includes an internal flight and three-star hotels


A unique opportunity

This very special expedition takes us to Uzbekistan, with its rich culture, world-famous historical cities and unique ancient architecture. As we explore the natural landscapes, as well as those crafted by human hands, we can imagine ourselves amongst the fairy tales of 'A Thousand and One Arabian Nights'.

British citizens no longer require a visa to visit Uzbekistan.

Sharing Uzbek warm hospitality

We stay in three-star hotels throughout. During the tour, we will have the opportunity to meet Uzbek people and hear their accounts of living in this distant land, allowing us to learn about the local customs and traditions.


Exploring the capital - Tashkent

The expedition starts by flying to Tashkent. The history of this city stretches back almost 2000 years. The Chorsu Bazaar is Tashkent's famous farmers' market. At the Abul Kassim Madrassah the artisans exhibit their works in the cellars of this large craft centre. The Tashkent Metro is a special experience with each marble station decorated by different artists.


The fortress walls of Ichan Kala

An internal flight transfers us to Urgench and we then drive in the desert to Khiva, a UNESCO heritage city that gives us a glimpse into the distant past. The architectural complex of Ichan Kala is surrounded by a large, mud-built fortress wall with four gates. Within the walls there is an amazing range of ancient buildings, from palaces to mosques. The busy craftsmen, housed in the ancient madrassahs, maintain skills from the past 2000 years as woodcarvers, silk carpet weavers, and pottery makers.


Driving through the desert

Another highlight of our expedition will be a drive through the Kyzyl-kum desert along the valley of the Amu Darya River. Bukhara is unlike any place you might see in Europe. The city consists of an appealing jumble of domes, defensive walls, city gates and markets. 


The famous Silk Road

Our fascinating journey continues as we head to Samarkand. This key location on the Silk Road experienced many upheavals during the times of Alexander the Great, the Arab conquest and Genghis Khan. As a result there is a mix of Iranian, Indian, Mongolian and Eastern cultures.

An unmissable tour

We return to Tashkent using the high speed train, providing the opportunity to see the country's interesting landscapes from a different perspective.

We meet each evening to hear a Bible talk, which is always a highlight. 

Join us for an 'Arabian Nights' experience and learn more about this absorbing country. 


Day #1
Depart UK. Please find below the provisional itinerary for the tour. The letters in brackets below indicate B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
Day #2
Arrive Tashkent. Check in to hotel. Breakfast and a chance to rest. Afternoon - city tour in the old part of Tashkent, including the Khazrati Imam Complex and Chorsu (the biggest bazaar in Tashkent). Overnight stay in Tashkent (B/-/D)
Day #3
Morning internal flight from Tashkent to Urgench. Visit the ancient fortresses of Toprak-Kala and Ayaz-Kala before transferring to Khiva. Overnight stay in Khiva (B/-/D)
Day #4
A walking tour of the stunning Ichan Kala Complex of Madrasahs and Mausoleums (12th to 14th centuries), which is included in the UNESCO. World Heritage List. Overnight stay in Khiva (B/-/D)
Day #5
Travel across the Kyzylkum desert from Khiva to Bukhara. Overnight stay in Bukhara (B/-/D)
Day #6
Tour Bukhara city including the Liabi-Khauz complex, shop the local bazaars, and visit the house of a rich merchant to see a collection of national Uzbek costumes. Overnight stay in Bukhara (B/-/D)
Day #7
Visit the 4th century Citadel Ark (the 'city within a city'), a fortified residence of the Emirs of Bukhara) and Chor Minor, a colourful madrassah. Travel from Bukhara to Samarkand. Overnight stay in Samarkand (B/-/D)
Day #8
Samarkand tour including the famous Registan Square and the city’s main bazaar, where they sell dried fruits, sweets and souvenirs. Overnight stay in Samarkand (B/-/D)
Day #9
Transfer to Tashkent, passing the beautiful landscapes and mountains of the Samarkand region. Overnight stay in Tashkent (B/-/D)
Day #10
City tour of the modern part of Tashkent including the Earthquake Memorial, Independence Square, the Amir Temur Statue and the Rakhimov ceramic studio showcasing traditional Uzbek craftmanship. Overnight stay in Tashkent (B/-/D)
Day #11
Depart Tashkent airport. Arrive back in UK (B/-)


The cost includes return flights from London Heathrow to Tashkent, airport taxes and charges, internal flight to Urgench, hotel accommodation in en-suite rooms for two, breakfasts and evening meals, entrance fees, coach transport and guide services.

British citizens do not require a visa. For other nationalities or status, please check with your embassy.

The deposit is £150 if booking more than two months in advance (plus single room supplement, if applicable).

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Independent Travel

We would not recommend independent travel for the Uzbekistan tour, as we book all the flights with the airline as a package, including the internal flight.