Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Tashkent to Samarkand via : Mountains & Historic Cities of Uzbekistan (11 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Tashkent, Uzbekistan To Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace Dinner

After checking-in to your hotel you'll have the rest of the day to explore this ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse capital city. Just to get an idea, take walk through centuries old wall-mudded houses in the old town, which are over-shadowed by Soviet-era housing blocks towering above. Or step out into the city center at night to witness the vibrant dance, music and culture scenes, reflecting both Islamic and Russian tastes.


Day 2
Fergana, Uzbekistan
Asia Fergana Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave in the morning by car for a long, but spectacular drive to Kokand and then Fergana. The majestic mountain road is decorated with snow-capped peaks and green slopes. You'll cross the huge Kamchick Gorge, which played an important role in development of Kokand through the silk trade. There'll be time to explore Kokand itself before getting back on the road to Fergana, where you'll be spending the night.


Day 3
Rishton, Uzbekistan
Marghilon, Uzbekistan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Both the picturesque market town of Margilan and the classic pottery town of Rishtan are close to Fergana, and today you'll be visiting them both. Margilan boasts a cute little town center which you'll be able to peruse at your own leisure - perhaps snapping up a bargain along the way in the busy local market. On to Rishtan, where you'll get to see a live demonstration of traditional pottery spinning. In the evening, it’s back to your hotel in Fergana for a second night.


Day 4
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning is a chance to do a quick sightseeing trip of Fergana City, the regional capital and administrative centre of this region. The quaint city center has some exquisite restaurants and a good selection of shops. After lunch, depart to Tashkent (217 miles). On the way there's a stop-off to learn more about one of Uzbekistan's most popular exports - cotton. Take a break from the road and meet cotton growers, seeing how it's made. Check in to your hotel upon arrival back in Tashkent.


Day 5
Khiva, Uzbekistan
Asia Khiva Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At this halfway point of your trip, you may be wondering why you're back in the capital. You're here not for a second visit, but to use its airport. In the morning, you'll fly to Urgench and then drive on to Khiva. The long trip is well worth it, and you'll have the afternoon to see why. Khiva, awash with blue-tiled mosques and monuments, is simply stunning. After a tour of the old town, enjoy dinner at the luxurious summer palace of Khiva.


Day 6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Asia Bukhara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Close to Khiva is another 'pearl' city of Uzbekistan - Bukhara. A morning ride through the countryside (stopping off for a picnic lunch) will take you to Bukhara from Khiva. Upon arrival, you'll be blown away by yet more spectacular Persian architecture and giant mausoleums in this monastery-like city. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner as you watch the sun set over this incredible, spiritual place.


Day 7
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Asia Bukhara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bukhara's beauty really deserves a full day of your time, and that's exactly what today is for. You'll have a private city tour visiting all the best sites, including the tranquil Lyabi Khauz Plaza, Ismail Samani mausoleum – the oldest building in Central Asia, and many other ancient monuments all keeping the secrets of the past.


Day 8
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Grand Samarkand Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If you're up and about early enough you'll be able to squeeze in some last visits around Bukhara and take it all in for one last time. After you've checked out of your hotel in Bukhara and had lunch, it's back on the road to Samarkand - possibly the most popular city in the whole country for both tourists and pilgrims. The city has long profited from its position at the crossroads of the ancient silk trading route from Asia to Europe. Have a look round in the evening and prepare for tomorrow's full day of touring.


Day 9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Grand Samarkand Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The first stop of most sightseeing tours in Samarkand usually involves the majestic Registan Square at the heart of the city. Marvel in the gorgeous architecture and intricate tiled walls throughout. It's then on to the equally spectacular Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the burial place of the Tamerlane (Timur) leader who once ruled much of Asia 500 years ago. There's also time to squeeze in trips to Shakhi-Zinda (a mini-necropolis of mausoleums), and to the former leader Uluabek's observatory on a hill.


Day 10
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The morning will be a continuation of the visits around the attractions of Samarkand, after all, there are so many of them that you'll need all the time you can get! See the blue domed Bibi-Khanym Mosque and visit the silk fashion studio of the famous designer Valentina Romanenko. There's also time to hit the buzzing Siyab Bazaar – a great opportunity to sample some local bread and fruit. In the evening, it's back to Tashkent by rapid train.


Day 11
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
None Breakfast

Enjoy a final goodbye buffet breakfast at your hotel and check out. You'll head by private transportation to the international airport of Tashkent for your onward flight, marking the end of your incredible journey through the stunning Fergana Valley.


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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

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Description

This fascinating journey through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley takes you along snaking mountain roads, across desolate deserts and into ancient cities that boast unrivalled beauty on quite an epic scale. The Fergana Valley, famous for its historic trade settlements and stunning natural beauty, is spread across a large part of eastern Uzbekistan, as well as neighboring Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The region's administrative center and largest city is Fergana City, which lies 260 miles from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Although this itinerary does include both of these relatively modern cities, most of your exploration time is dedicated to the older, more popular, and simply breathtaking cities of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. There are also trips to the smaller, yet equally as fascinating towns of Kokand, Margilan and Rishtan.


Highlights


  • Find your adventurous spirit as you pass mountains, negotiate gorges and cross rivers on the historic route from Tashkent to Fergana

  • Experience the untouched way of life in the classic pottery town of Rishtan

  • Take in the stunning surroundings as you enjoy dinner in the luxurious summer palace of Khiva

  • Explore the array of fascinating monuments in the ancient, spiritual, and monastery-like city of Bukhara

  • Delve deep into past conqueror Timur's 'crossroad' city of Samarkand, and discover why this is one of the country's most adored spots

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  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
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