Uzbekistan Uncovered

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4.5 Based on 10 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Ends Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • +3
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Time to explore Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan
  • A visit to the KunyaArk, the 12th century fortress of the Khans
  • Two full days to explore Bukhara, a city with over 900 historical monuments
  • Spend the night in a traditional Yurt camp
The Uzbekistan Uncovered tour starts and ends in Tashkent. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 11 days taking you through Khiva, Tashkent and Samarkand in Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan Uncovered is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Who can mention the names of Samarkand, Bokhara or Khiva without conjuring up images of the romance and intrigue of the Great Game, of skull caps and silk sashes, of fabulously coloured mosaic domes and minarets, or of a newly arrived caravan train of traders just out of the deserts of the east? This journey to the heart of Central Asia [1] takes us back across the centuries but also reveals a modern day Uzbekistan.[1] taxonomy/term/156
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 10 reviews
Uzbekistan Uncovered
4 - Very Good
  • On Apr 16 2017
“This was well planned and organised, and very satisfactory. The variety, with city explorations plus trips to the desert fortresses and into the desert to stay in yurts, was a good idea, but entailed a lot of time spent in the bus driving over indifferent roads. Hard to avoid that, but the journeys used a lot of time. The advance notes were adequate, but incremental changes had been inserted and noted, some of which conflicted with the earlier text, but the whole document had not been adjusted and edited to create a clear narrative (about the details and practicalities, such as liability for a departure airport tax). The local leadership was excellent and might be worth more emphasis - it was a 24/7 service whilst I certainly expected to be relying on my own resources much more. The hotels were generally good (even the Uzbekistan in Tashkent had no hot water on day one, and the loos in Bukhara were somewhat smelly). The airline trip was really uncomfortable in both directions - London to Tashkent direct might only be possible with Uzbekistan Airlines, which is a plus, but the seating and the service - the food - was quite dreadful.”
Glad I went but glad it's over
3 - Average
  • On Apr 16 2017
“This was a bit of disappointment because I was hoping to see lots of exquisite Islamic art and architecture. There is some toward the end of trip in Samarkand but the mosques and madrasas in Khiva and Bukhora weren't very attractive. There was too much shopping time for my taste. I am vegetarian which limited food selections. The salads are very good but there isn't much choice beyond that and I don't think even the non-veggies enjoyed the food much. Sometimes a vegetarian dish was just a regular dish with the meat removed e.g. we were told chick peas were vegetarian but they came with some bits of meat which they had overlooked. The local beer, however is excellent.
An interesting part of the trip was learning about the Russian influence, good and not-so-good, and the changes that have occurred since the Soviet Union imploded and Uzbekistan became independent. I also enjoyed learning a about current life in Uzbekistan but am aware that we as tourists we may be presented with a somewhat sanitized view of things.”
A great mix of the old and new in Uzbekistan
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“A fascinating tour along the Silk Road seeing all the fabulous architecture, mixed with activities which were relaxing and interesting. This is a leisurely tour, a couple of early starts and a few long drives but nothing too onerous. Good to have some free time to explore places. We had an expert guide, helpful and friendly and quietly smoothing our path - perfect!”
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“Uzbekistan was the only section of the Silk Road that I had not travelled so this trip was on my bucket list and it met my expectations. We had a lively group. Travelling was fine, as described in the trip notes, and the pace was just right. Hotel accommodation was good with excellent service. We visited all the famous sights,shopped in the bazaars, enjoyed the local food and had fun at the yurt camp. I was impressed by the friendly and enterprising. people. A memorable trip.”
  • Day 1: Start Tashkent; city tour.
  • Day 2: Fly to Urgench; transfer to Khiva; city tour.
  • Day 3: Visit the desert castles of Toprak Qala, Qizil Qala and Ayaz Qala.
  • Day 4: Drive across Central Asian Plateau and through desert to Bukhara.
  • Day 5-6: Two days to explore Bukhara, including the 12 Century Char Minar, Bolo Khauz Mosque and the old Summer Palace of the Emirs.
  • Day 7: Drive via Gijduvan and Rabad Malik to our yurt camp in the desert.
  • Day 8: Free time at Aidarkul Lake; visit Nurata, then continue to Samarkand.
  • Day 9: Full day tour in Samarkand visiting Registan Square, Ulugbek Observatory and Mausoleum of Tamerlane.
  • Day 10: Free morning; return to Tashkent.
  • Day 11: End Tashkent
  • 9 nights standard hotels, all en suite, 1 night yurt (multi-share - 3-4 persons to a yurt) with basic shared washing facilities , All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner included
  • Travel by private bus/minibus, train and internal flight
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers (for group flights only)
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Some long drives
  • Experience local culture and nature
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Tashkent are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Uzbekistan Uncovered tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Uzbekistan Uncovered tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 16 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Uzbekistan Uncovered tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Uzbekistan Uncovered tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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