Welcome to Central Uzbekistan

The Timurid empire, Sheybanid Uzbeks and the emirate of Bukhara all ruled large parts of Central Asia from central Uzbekistan. For visitors Samarkand and Bukhara are the big draws and deserve a couple of days each. Shakhrisabz has some tantalising remains of Timur's summer palace, but recent renovations have destroyed much of the town's charm. Termiz is way off the beaten track but has some intriguing remains from its rich Buddhist past.

Top experiences in Central Uzbekistan

Central Uzbekistan activities

$37 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine Tasting Tour in Samarkand

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Samarkand in the morning or afternoon and drive you to Khovrenko Winery. Start by browsing through the Samarkand Museum of Winemaking, located at the winery, to learn about its history. Hear from your guide about the scientist who redesigned methods for producing award-winning vintage wines, earning prestigious recognition from worldwide competitions with multiple gold and silver medals.Taste 10 of the best varieties of Uzbek wines and two types of cognac produced by Khovrenko Winery — Sherdor and Samarkand — famous throughout central Asia.After wine tasting, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Samarkand where your tour concludes.

$119 Tours & Sightseeing

All Inclusive Private Day Tour: Discover Turpan including Karez System and Emin Minaret

Meet your guide in the lobby of your Turpan hotel at 9:00am. Visit the Bezklik Thousand Buddha Caves, an abandoned site. Here, fresco and statues dating back to the 15th century reside. Then, make your way to the Astana Tombs, once a public cemetery 1,000 years ago for the citizens of the Gaochang Kingdom. Take the opportunity to observe the incredible tomb paintings in three of the tombs in the burial grounds. Afterwards, you will head to the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang. The city was one of the most renowned kingdom in history along the Silk Road. Visit temples, stupas, city walls, and more that run through the town. Take a break for lunch in the yard of a local Uyghur's house. In the afternoon, visit Emin Minaret (built in 1,777 by a local king, Sulaiman), you will find it's in a typical Uyghur architecture style. It then served as the symbol of Turpan city. Then you will visit Kerez Irrigation System to explore where the water from in the oasis town. The last stop will be the ancient City of Jiaohe, built on a 124-foot (38-meter) highland and home to preserved houses, temples, and stupas. At the end of your tour, return to your hotel.

$74.21 Cultural & Theme Tours

One Day Crossroad of Cultures Samarkand Group Tour

At 9 am, your driver will be waiting for you at the lobby of your hotel, and then, you will start your day trip in Samarkand city with your guide at the Mausoleum of Amir Temur. First, you will visit the Mausoleum of Amir Temur - Tamerlane. Afterwards, you will stroll along the majestic Registan Square and explore the Mosque of Bibi Khanum before taking lunch break. In the afternoon, continue your sightseeing to Necropolis Shakhi Zinda. If you love cultural, architectural, shopping and culinary themed trips, this tour is perfect for you. At the end, you will be transferred back to your hotel where this tour concludes.

$170 Cultural & Theme Tours

2 Days of City Tour in Bukhara

Sightseeing program consists of a visit old tow of Bukhara: 09:00 Starting time, you should appoint meeting place in old town , it can be hotel or taxi station. • The mausoleum of the Samanids dynasty • Chashma-Ayub Mausolem with spring water,  • Ensemble Boli Hauz with Mosque Bolo Hauz and Tower,  • Ark Fortress - citadel     • Poi Kalyan historical complex, Kalyan minaret, Kalyan mosque and madrassahs Miri-Arab, • Trade Domes - bazaar,   • Ulugbek, Abdulaziz Khan,  • Magoki-Attori Mosque of 12 century,  • Lyabi –Hauz historical complex and mausoleum Turke Zhandi. Second day 09:00 Starting time, you should appoint meeting place in old town , it can be hotel or taxi station. • Historical Place Bahovaddin Naqshbandi • Chor Bakir necropolis  • Emir's residence palace Sitorai Mohi Khosa Then End of program What is included:  • Guide Service • Transportation during the tour Additional Expenses:  • Camera fee • TIPs to guide • Entrance tickets to museums and sightseeings 

$155 Cultural & Theme Tours

2 days Desert Yurt Camp tour

Day 1 – Bukhara/Samarkand – Nurata city - Yurt Camp You will be picked up from you hotel in Bukhara or Samarkand at 9:00 and be transferred by car to the desert Yurt Camp located near the village of Dungalak (total 5 hours of drive). On the way to the camp make, stop in Nurata city to have a lunch in local family’s house and visit some local sights such as the ruins of Alexander the Greats fortress, holly spring and mosque.  Arrive in Nurata and have lunch with local family. After lunch, start sightseeing in Nurata. There are many legends related to the origin of the city and its name. People refer the origin of the city to the fortress ‘Nur’, founded there in the 3rd century BC by Alexander the Great. However, according to archaeological excavations the cultural layer in this area reaches the age of 40 thousand years. Supposedly, the main reason to choose this place as a settlement was holly “Chashma” (spring). Visit the 9th century mausoleum, mosque and the remains of the Alexander the Great’s fortress.Once you complete the sightseeing in Nurata, continue to the Yurt camp (65 km / 1 hour)Arrive and settle in on of the 20 yurts of the yurt camp. In the evening, ride on the camel or just walk around the dunes. You might be lucky to spot steppe tortoises, hares and desert agamas depending on the season. After having dinner, enjoy listening to the songs of local bard around the fire.. Overnight stay in the Yurt campDay 2 – Yurt Camp –Lake Aydarkul - Samarkand/Bukhara After breakfast, you may drive or walk to the nearby desert village Dungalak (4km) to get familiar with the life of village people. The population of the village mainly live on livestock and sheep farming. After visiting the village drive by car or ride on the camels (additional 20$ per camel) from the camp to the lake Aydarkul located at 8 kilometers (3h) to the south –east. Aydarkul is an artificial salty lake that stretches 180km to the east,  being the largest wetland body in the area, it is a home to many aquatic birds such as cranes, pelicans, numerous waders, many duck and goose species. Depending on the season you can have a swim or just stroll along the lake shores watching the bird life at the lake.In the afternoon transfer to Samarkand/Bukhara (5 hours of drive).END OF SERVICE

$170 Cultural & Theme Tours

3 days Desert and Mountain tour

Day 1 - Bukhara- Gijduvan – Nurata - Yurt Camp  Pick up from your hotel in Bukhara at 9:00 and drive to the Yurt Camp located in Kyzyl-Kum desert. On the way to Yurt Camp stop in Gijduvan and Nurata cities. A small town of Gijduvan is situated in 46 km northeast from Bukhara. From the ancient times till the present, Gijduvan has been important trading town and crafts centre. Visit the ceramics workshop of Narzullayev’s family where you can see the process of ceramics making, visit the ceramics museum and purchase articles of Gijduvan craftsmen.Once the ceramics tour is completed, continue to Nurata city (2 hours of drive). Arrive in Nurata city by lunch time and have your lunch in a small local family tea house. After lunch, start sightseeing in Nurata and see the ruins of Alexander the Great’s fortress, holly spring 'Chashma' and medieval mosque.  Complete the sightseeing in Nurata and continue to the Yurt camp (65 km / 1 hour). Arrive and settle in the yurt camp. In the evening, ride on the camel or just walk around the dunes. You might be lucky to spot steppe tortoises, hares and desert agamas depending on the season. In the evening, enjoy listening to the songs of local bard around the fire Dinner and overnight stay in the Yurt camp Day 2 – Yurt Camp –Sentob villageAfter breakfast, drive via Lake Aydar to Nuratau Mountains. Depending on the season, you can have a swim or just stroll along the lakeshore watching the rich aquatic birdlife (cranes, pelicans, many duck and goose species and numerous waders etc.) Arrive in the homestay in Sentob village. Your host welcomes you and shows the homestay facilities. Almost all the houses in Sentob village have large gardens with the river passing through. Settle in a homestay. Lunch with the local family. After lunch, wander around the village to see the mosque, local school, village shop and building style of the local houses. Sentob is one of the few villages where almost all the houses are built in traditional way using local rocks. Wandering through the village is a fantastic way to see villagers doing their traditional livelihood activities. You will meet many friendly and curious locals willing to talk to you.  In the afternoon, you have a free time to chat with your host family. You may also watch or participate in the preparation of traditional dish ‘Plov’Overnight stay in a local homestayDay 3 - Sentob village –SamarkandAfter breakfast, leave for Samarkand (4 hours of drive).END OF THE GRAM

Central Uzbekistan in detail