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What’s included

  • English speaking local guides accompanying you to each of the four towns, plus local expert guides in some areas
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (usually 3-4 star) in main cities
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on tour except days 4, 9 and 12 (breakfast only)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

Silk Road to Samarkand

Tour

Uzbekistan | Tour

Silk Road to Samarkand

Duration:  15 days from the UK
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £2,130,
Land only from £1,635

Book now or call 01453 844400

A kaleidoscope of cultures, landscapes and architecture in one superb Silk Road tour.

Highlights

  • Visit the exotic covered bazaar and colossal Kalyan Minaret at Bukhara
  • Discover the domed mosques and ornately decorated madrasas of Samarkand
  • See the fascinating World Heritage site of Ichan-Kala at Khiva
  • Stay in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels throughout our Silk Road tour

Reviews          

The route was very well planned and I particularly appreciated the train journey from Samarkand to Tashkent. This was very evocative of the silk route going across the huge expanse of deserted steppe and seeing the small isolated villages.
Mrs C, Shropshire

What I appreciate most about Mountain Kingdoms is the small numbers. It means smaller, more characterful hotels, better and quicker transport and eating in a small party is so much more pleasant.
Ms S, Cambridge

The itinerary, sights and even the chosen hotels were the highlights of the trip. Exploring Khiva, Bukhara and old Samarkand were really enjoyable days.
Mr S, Scotland

The whole experience was super - our group got on well which was great. The free days were a good idea so one could re-visit many places.
Mrs C, Milton Keynes

This was an excellent tour - friendly participants, very good guide and excellent value for money. What more could one ask for!
Mr S, Taunton

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The Great Silk Road has a past filled with fearless warriors, pioneering explorers and, of course, the enterprising traders who travelled in long caravans across deserts, mountains and steppes. On our tours, Silk Road history is revealed in fascinating splendour. From the shores of the ancient Oxus River to centuries-old mosques, Uzbekistan is steeped in the history of the Silk Road; tours with Mountain Kingdoms give you the opportunity to experience it all.

Our Silk Road tours focus on three of the Great Silk Road’s most impressive cities, where trade in spices, gems and porcelain gave rise to great local powers. We depart from Tashkent, from where we fly west and travel to Khiva, the first major stop on our tours. Silk Road wealth bestowed upon this city a treasure trove of ancient buildings, including the World Heritage site of Ichan-Kala, as well as numerous mosques and mausoleums.

Heading south across the Kyzyl Kum desert, we spend time in Bukhara, where we’ll walk in the covered bazaars and see the colossal Kalyan Minaret. Finally our Silk Road tours reach Samarkand, once a simple oasis but now filled with magnificent blue domed mosques, ornately decorated madrasas and fascinating collections of ancient treasures.

in each of the three centres we visit on this well-paced, comprehensive tour, we have two full days exploring in and around the city plus time at leisure for personal sightseeing or just relaxing.

Throughout, the beautiful landscape and welcoming people enliven our experiences. With our tours, Silk Road history is not confined to the past.

Private Departures

Silk Road to Samarkand Private Departure

Silk Road to Samarkand Private Departure
We can also offer this holiday as a private departure for a minimum of two people sharing. Prices start from £2,255 per person, land only. International flights available from £600. Contact the office for further details or to book your private departure.


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At a glance

Duration:  15 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: Not applicable

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Tashkent

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: All meals on tour (except breakfast only on days 4, 9 and 12 as you are 'doing your own thing' and will probably want to choose where to eat).

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Tashkent. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Tashkent.
3
Fly to Urgench and drive to Khiva.
4-5
Time at leisure and sightseeing in and around Khiva.
6-9
Drive to Bukhara - 6-7 hours. Sightseeing in and around Bukhara. Time at leisure.
10
Drive to Samarkand - 7 hours.
11-13
Sightseeing in Samarkand.
14
Morning at leisure. Train to Tashkent.
15
Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Uzbekistan
Local leader, Uzbekistan

Our tour is led throughout by a knowledgeable, English speaking, Uzbek guide.  In addition to helping you get the most out of your visit and taking care of you, your leader will co-ordinate all your arrangements, ensuring that everything runs as smoothly as possible.


  1. Day 1 - Depart London.

    Depart London for the overnight flight to Tashkent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive in Tashkent, sightseeing.

    On arrival in Tashkent you will be transferred to your hotel. Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and rightfully claims to be the biggest and most cosmopolitan city of Central Asia. Although it has been continuously inhabited for over 2,000 years, a massive earthquake in the 1960s levelled the entire city and a modern city was born. The city is noted for its tree lined streets, numerous fountains and pleasant parks.

    In the afternoon, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour which will include visits to Chorsu Bazaar in the old part of Tashkent, Kukuldash Mosque and Khast Imom. Khast Imon is the official religious centre for Muslims in Central Asia and consists of Barak Khan Madrassa (16th century), Tilla Shaykh Mosque (the Osman Koran, believed to be world's oldest Koran, is kept in the library of this Mosque) and the mausoleum of Abu Bakr Kaffal Shoshi (a 13-14th century Islamic scholar).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Le Grande Plaza Hotel or Similar, Tashkent
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Urgench and drive to Khiva, 40kms.

    You will be transferred to the airport to catch the morning flight to Urgench. On arrival in Urgench you will be driven to Khiva. The short drive to Khiva is in itself an interesting insight into the culture, peoples and modes of transport in Uzbekistan. Expect to see anything and everything, from modern cars and motorbikes to beaten up Soviet style cars and trucks, and carts pulled by donkeys. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Orient Star Hotel Or Khievak Hotel or Similar, Khiva
  4. Day 4 - Sightseeing tour of Khiva. Time at leisure.

    Your sightseeing tour today will include the Ichan-Kala architectural complex (12-19th century). This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the residence of the last Khan. The complex includes the Ismail Khodja mausoleum, Mohammed Amin Khan madrassa, Kunya-Ark Castle (16-17th century), Kalta Minor tower, Tash-Hovli Palace (19th century), Pahlavan Mahmud mausoleum (14-18th century), and the Juma Mosque (10th century). The afternoon will be at your leisure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Orient Star Hotel Or Khievak Hotel or Similar, Khiva
  5. Day 5 - Sightseeing tour outside Khiva.

    Today you will visit Qalaqjig - the ancient fortress of Khorezm. You will also visit a salt lake and a yurt camp

    Overnight iconOvernight: Orient Star Hotel Or Khievak Hotel or Similar, Khiva
  6. Day 6 - Drive to Bukhara, 480km - 6-7 hours.

    Today you will be driven to Bukhara which is regarded by many to be one of the most cultural and evocative cities in the world. Again the drive is in itself an exciting and interesting part of your adventure tour. The road was still under construction in 2013, so the journey may take approx. 6-7 hours. You drive back through Urgench and cross a wide river (in ancient times called the Oxus), now called the Amudar'ja. The bridge is a series of flat topped metal barges, welded together. This then brings you to the main road leading to Bukhara. The country is surprisingly green and cultivated, though you will also see remnants of decaying Soviet industry too. You may see camels, roadside water melon sellers and more donkeys and carts. The road itself is of a reasonable high standard.

    Bukhara-i-Sarif - 'noble and sacred' is one of the numerous epithets awarded to this ancient city. In the IX and X centuries, some of the great poets of the East, (such as Rudaky, Dakiki, and Firdousi), devoted examples of their work to the city and it is said that the "History of Bukhara" had already been written by the tenth century, with the first period of the city's existence depicted in the national epics and numerous legends. A branch of the Great Silk Road, connecting China with Europe via Iran, passed through Bukhara.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel A S L Or Hotel Sasha & Son or Omar Khayam Hotel or Similar, Bukhara
  7. Day 7 - Sightseeing in Bukhara.

    You will be taken on a tour of Bukhara, including the Ismail Samoni mausoleum (a burial place of the Samani dynasty founder Ismail Samani, 10th century), Kalon Minaret and Poi Kalon Mosque, Miri Arab Madrassa (16th century), Ulugbek Madrassa (15th century) and Abdilazizkhan Madrassa (17th century) and Magoki Attory Mosque. Magoki Attory Mosque is of a very interesting construction as the facade is 12th century and reconstructed in 16th century and there are Zoroastrian temple ornaments underneath it. You will also visit the Lyabi House complex, Ark Fortress (a home to the rulers of Bukhara) and Chor Minor.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel A S L Or Hotel Sasha & Son or Omar Khayam Hotel or Similar, Bukhara
  8. Day 8 - Sightseeing around Bukhara.

    Today you will be taken to see some of the sights outside Bukhara, including the Nakshbandi Mausoleum, Chor Bakr and the Sitori-Mohi Khosa palace.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel A S L Or Hotel Sasha & Son or Omar Khayam Hotel or Similar, Bukhara
  9. Day 9 - Time at leisure.

    Today is free to do your own sightseeing or further exploration.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel A S L Or Hotel Sasha & Son or Omar Khayam Hotel or Similar, Bukhara
  10. Day 10 - Drive to Samarkand, 280km - 7 hours.

    Today you will be driven to Samarkand. On this drive you will pass through many small townships/villages; all very interesting and a unique window onto a life so very different from our own.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dilshoda Hotel or Orient Star Hotel or Hotel Malika Prime or Similar
  11. Day 11 - Sightseeing in Samarkand.

    Samarkand is located in the magnificent region of the Oxus and Syr Darya rivers and occupied a strategic and advantageous geographical position on the Great Silk Road. It is one of the world's most ancient cities, with a history which stretches back over 2750 years, which makes it as old as Rome, Athens and Babylon. It served as the capital city for Tamerlane. There are magnificent examples of medieval architecture preserved in Samarkand, striking in their shapes and rich colours.

    Today you will visit the famous Registan Square (with the 17th century Madrassa Sherdor, Tilla Kori and the 15th century Ulugbek). You will also visit the 15th century Gur Emir-Mausoleum where conqueror Amir Temur Tamerlane, his two sons and two grandsons are buried as well as Shakhi Zinda Necropolis, an important pilgrimage palace in Samarkand and the grandiose Bibi Khanym Mosque.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dilshoda Hotel or Orient Star Hotel or Hotel Malika Prime or Similar
  12. Day 12 - Day at leisure in Samarkand.
    silk road to samarkand sherdor madrasah registan.

    Today is free for you to relax and to continue to explore this fascinating city.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dilshoda Hotel or Orient Star Hotel or Hotel Malika Prime or Similar
  13. Day 13 - Sightseeing outside Samarkand.

    Today, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour outside the city and will visit a paper mill, Ulugbek Observatory and the Astrological Museum. Later you will return to Registan Square where you will be able to visit some local shops.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dilshoda Hotel or Orient Star Hotel or Hotel Malika Prime or Similar
  14. Day 14 - Morning at leisure. Train to Tashkent.
    silk road to samarkand mirzo ulugbek astroligical museum.

    Before catching the train to Tashkent you will have a chance to visit the Bazaar.

    The train leaves at 5pm and you will arrive in Tashkent by 8:30 pm. You will be transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Le Grande Plaza Hotel or Similar, Tashkent
  15. Day 15 - Fly to London.

    You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to London.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Fri 18 Aug - Fri 1 Sep 2017Guaranteed£1635 Book£2130 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Fri 11 May - Fri 25 May 2018Available£1675 Book£2370 Book
Fri 17 Aug - Fri 31 Aug 2018AvailableContact usContact us

2019

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Fri 10 May - Fri 24 May 2019AvailableContact usContact us

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Optional supplements
  • Single room supplement
    From £245
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £89
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No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • English speaking local guides accompanying you to each of the four towns, plus local expert guides in some areas
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (usually 3-4 star) in main cities
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on tour except days 4, 9 and 12 (breakfast only)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

What’s not included

  • Lunch & dinner on days 4, 9 & 12
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Airport departure taxes, (excepting UK Departure Tax)


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 8 reviews)

Well organised trip to Samarkand          

What we enjoyed about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was the small group size. We were the smallest group we saw and for us that made the trip all the more special and manageable. A well organised trip.

Silk Road to Samarkand          

Well-planned trip and well-organised. Helpful local staff.

Excellent value          

This was an excellent tour - friendly participants, very good guide and excellent value for money. What more could one ask for!

Super experience          

The whole experience was super - our group got on well which was great. The free days were a good idea so one could re-visit many places.

Evocative          

The route was very well planned and I particularly appreciated the train journey from Samarkand to Tashkent. This was very evocative of the silk route going across the huge expanse of deserted steppe and seeing the small isolated villages.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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