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. 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.

$76.60 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.


Central Asia – Multi-Stan Adventure

With their reputation for welcoming visitors and their unique cultural footprint, the countries of Central Asia will remind you why you travel. This comprehensive 23-day tour will take you through all the 'Stans we visit, offering a fascinating glimpse at a beautiful part of the world most travellers miss. Stay at unique homestays, sleep in traditional yurts, discover the breathtaking mountain and desert scenery, enjoy free time in the Uzbek city of Tashkent, and roam gorgeous buildings built centuries ago. See Central Asia with a group of like-minded adventurers and an expert Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and cross off an entire and unexpected region of the world from your must-see list.

$2199 Classic

Best of Tajikistan & Uzbekistan

Get yourself to two incredible (and often overlooked) destinations: Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This 15-day combo trip brings together the best highlights of these two cultures for first-time visitors. Stay at unique Tajik homestays and roam the stunning countryside before heading to the cultural centre of Samarkand. Spend a night in a traditional desert yurt and discover a part of the world few others get to see. This is a tour for all kinds of adventurers.

$1349 Classic

Highlights of Uzbekistan

While it doesn't get a lot of attention, Uzbekistan is a life-changing destination for those who visit. These 10 days will take you through some of the greatest cultural highlights the country has to offer. Marvel at the gorgeous mosques in Samarkand, experience a one-night stay in a traditional desert yurt, and immerse yourself in the diverse culture of ancient Bukhara. Uzbekistan is a must-see for any seasoned or first-time traveller.

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