- Enjoy private guided tours of the cities – Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent;
- Gaze in the grandiose Ichan Kala citadel of Khiva;
- Explore the Kyzil Kum desert just like the caravans of the Great Silk Road ;
- Authentic immersion in nomadic lifestyle and overnigt in a nomadic yurt in the middle of a desert.
Tour of top cities and Camel Riding Uzbekistan tour. Explore Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Nurata yurt camp and ride Bactrian camels in the Kyzylkum desert on this private tour of Uzbekistan’s major cities and camel riding experience.
The best time to visit Uzbekistan on the Best Cities of Uzbekistan and Camel Riding Tour Uzbekistan is from April to late October.
This trip to Uzbekistan’s top cities and camel riding Uzbekistan tour can be customized based on your timeframe, dates, and interests. Pre and Post Extensions are available.
Travel through nature, nomadic experiences, and fabled architecture of the Uzbek cities. This tailor-made holiday package is diverse and takes you to the charming views of the desert and to the best historical places in Uzbekistan.
Day1. WELCOME TO UZBEKISTAN
Flight from Europe to Uzbekistan and arrival in Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent, welcome at the airport, and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Time for rest.
Day 2. SIGHTSEEING IN TASHKENT
After breakfast and some time for rest, you will start your journey full of cultural discoveries in Tashkent. In the morning we invite you to visit the most traditional and ancient part of Tashkent – Khastimam, where you will visit the old madrasahs, mosques, minarets, and mausoleums of Central Asian Silk Road architecture. During the visit, you can visit the biggest bazaar of Tashkent – Chorsu Bazaar. More sightseeing places to visit in Tashkent:
Overnight in Tashkent.
DAY 3. TASHKENT – URGENCH/KHIVA
Breakfast in the hotel. Early transfer to the Domestic Airport to catch a flight to Urgench (07:50). Arrive at Urgench airport at 09.20 and drive to Khiva (35 km), hotel check-in.
Today you will visit one of the most impressive places in all Central Asia – the Ichan Kala citadel. With some 250+ monuments, this citadel is a museum under the open sky. The visits of the day:
Climbing to one of the minarets of Khiva is one of the top unusual things you can do in Uzbekistan.
Tips: Evening walk in the streets of the old city is a veritable experience of the 1001 nights. In the evenings, you can also see a very typical folklore show in the courtyard of the madrasa Allakuli Khan.
Overnight in Khiva.
Day 4. KHIVA TO BUKHARA (450km, 6-7hrs)
After breakfast, you will take a long and enjoyable drive towards Bukhara. The road to Bukhara goes through small villages, cotton fields, and through the desert – Kyzylkum.
The highlights of the day: visiting the 3000-year-old Guldursun Kala citadel, encountering some of the rare camels in the desert, enjoying the beautiful panoramic view of the Amu Darya River.
*You can have lunch in a desert teahouse on the road where we will recommend you to enjoy delicious shashlik – kebabs.
You will arrive in Bukhara by the end of the day. Free time.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 5. THE SAINT BUKHARA (visits on foot)
Bukhara used to be the biggest Central Asian marketplace for the Silk Road traders and it is now one of the 3 most popular cities in Uzbekistan. When you see an uncountable number of small bazaars and caravanserais all around the old city, you will truly find yourself in the city of the caravans. Today you will be walking around Bukhara to visit its most wonderful monuments. The top activities of the day:
Overnight in hotel
Day 6. BUKHARA – NURATA (yurt camping)
Start the adventure, follow the tracks of the caravans. After a few days of guided visits, you will be able to immerse yourself in the best adventure that Uzbekistan has to offer: nomadic experiences, staying overnight in a yurt, live nomadic music, nomadic meals, and riding a camel.
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nurata.
The adventure part of your trip takes you to Safari Yurt camp in the Kyzyl Kum desert and goes through the ancient oasis town of Nurata. There are a few interesting things to see on your way to the yurt camp:
You will arrive at the yurt camp by the end of the day. On arrival, you will be offered welcome tea with dry fruits. You will have some free time to explore your yurt and the area around the yurt camp.
Later, when the camels return from the desert, if you want, you can make a short camel ride around the yurt camp which will be a preparation for the next day’s main camel ride.
Typical dinner (included) and traditional nomadic music around the campfire.
Overnight in a yurt.
Day 7. CAMEL RIDING – SAMARKAND
This is not a typical day in Uzbekistan. This is a day for a real adventurer! Riding a camel along the sand dunes is not the most comfortable thing you are going to do during your trip but it is an authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
After a typical and rich breakfast at the yurt camp, you can see the preparation of your camels. Start Riding Bactrian Camels towards the lake Aydarkul. This camel riding safari is a unique experience and you may enjoy the varied flora and fauna of the desert.
Distance of the camel ride – 7km.
Duration of the camel ride: 1.5-2 hours.
Lunch picnic with a panoramic view of the lake. If the weather permits, you can swim in the lake. If the weather permits, you can swim in the lake. Drive to Samarkand in the afternoon (260km). You will arrive in Samarkand by the end of the day. Transfer to the hotel and free time for rest.
Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 8. SAMARKAND – the architectural highlight of Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, in the very heart of the Silk Road, you will start the guided visits to some of the best sightseeing places in Uzbekistan. During the whole day, the city of Samarkand will keep surprising you with its top monuments. The best places to visit in Samarkand:
In the evening, we will invite you to a Samarkand by Night trip to see some top monuments of the city illuminated in different colors.
Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 9. SAMARKAND –TASHKENT
Breakfast at your hotel. Samarkand still has some more top places that you can visit. Today, you will visit one of the most iconic places of Samarkand – the mausoleum Gur-Emir. Being the mausoleum of Amir Temur (Tamerlane), Gur-Emir was richly decorated with gold, jade, marble, ceramics, and mosaics. After visiting the mausoleum, you will visit the observatory of Ulugh Beg and the Samarkand Silk Paper workshop, located in a beautiful village near Samarkand.
After the visits, you will be transferred to Tashkent through the Zerafshan mountains and the steppes of Hunger (4hrs). *Alternatively, the transfer can be made by high-speed train. The high-speed train leaves Samarkand at 17:00 and arrives in Tashkent at 19:20.
Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 10: FLIGHT FROM TASHKENT TO …
Depending on the time of your flight you will be transferred to the International Airport of Tashkent.
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A custom-made tour to the top cities of Uzbekistan and nomadic experiences awaits you. Hope to see you in the land of the sun, the crossroads of Silk Road. Good Luck!
Best Places to visit on The Road to Samarkand, 8 Day Tour
Most of the top places of Uzbekistan are covered in this private tour. If you want to add some hiking to your tour, the private Uzbekistan Tour with Hiking and Yurt Camps can be the right match for you. This tour also includes the essentials of Uzbekistan as well as riding camels in the Nurata area. All these tour itineraries are prepared by local travel experts in Uzbekistan and they can be modified based on your interests.
Perfectly-located 3* hotels, in double occupancy including breakfast;
Accommodation in Yurt Camp with breakfast;
Dinner in the yurt camp;
Transportation with A/C, throughout the whole trip;
Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
Camel ride to the lake Aydarkul;
Entrance tickets to museums / monuments;
Samarkand by Night tour;
1b mineral water every day.
International air tickets;
Domestic flight Tashkent/Urgench;
Single room at hotels ($95)
Tips to driver, guides.