Our Uzbekistan group tours, private trips, and travel packages take you to the greatest cities of the Silk Road: Samarkand, Khiva, and Bukhara. The centres of these cities are intact versions of ancient Silk Road cities, where you can wander through alleyways and monuments and see these cities as they looked centuries ago. Recognizing their impressive architecture, atmospheres, and value to humanity, UNESCO has designated them to be World Heritage Sites.
As part of our Uzbekistan tours and holiday packages we offer a wide range of activities in addition to visiting historical sights: you can ride a camel in the Kyzylkum Desert, stay in a yurt, taste (or even cook) the best pilaf, or meet master-craftsmen as they make silk fabric in Margilan or pottery in Gijduvan. If you prefer an active holiday, visit the mountain resorts of Chimgan and Beldersay, or head to the Aral Sea for a unique opportunity for adventure seekers, photographers, and ecologists. Alternatively, spend some time in the Nurata Mountains, to see untouched nature and everyday village life while supporting local ecotourism.
For those who love the arts, the Fergana Valley, with its rich and colourful textiles and other handicrafts, is ideal. Intricate skills in embroidery, pottery, carpet-weaving and blacksmithing have been handed down through families for six or seven generations. Another option is to head to Nukus, which has one of the best art collections in the region, including the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde art. In Tashkent, attend a ballet or opera performance or dine at one of Uzbekistan’s finest restaurants.
Book an Uzbekistan tour with us if you love ancient history, mesmerizing architecture, exotic legends, applied arts, warm hospitality, rich pilaf with crispy bread, and abundant fruits and vegetables grown naturally under the bright sun. We’re pleased to offer both small group tours and private trips, and can even design a tailor-made travel package just for you! Whichever option you choose, by the time your trip ends, you’ll have an extra piece of baggage and many unforgettable memories to take home!
From the times of Alexander the Great, to the imposing armies of the 19th centuries, Uzbekistan has always drawn people from far and wide. For anyone who knows about Uzbekistan, it’s easy to understand — bright colors, intricate patterns, rich flavors and warm people await every visitor in Uzbekistan. Traces still remain of great empires that have long since blown away with the sands of time, while modern life grows and develops into new directions.
This means that there’s more in Uzbekistan than a single person can explore in a lifetime. Whether you crave a night in the vast serenity of a desert plateau or a walk through the streets of history, there’s sure to be something to strike your fancy. Tourism in Uzbekistan is all about explore what you’re interested in — you’ll be sure to find it here.
If you don’t know where to start, there’s no way you can go wrong with a tour through the historical sights and destinations in Uzbekistan. Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand are all UNESCO World Heritage Sights — and for good reason. Start with Samarkand, which used to be home to some of the finest architects and artisans, who created the masterpieces of Registan Square and Gur-Emir. Bukhara is more intimate, with holy sights and a historical landmark around every corner. Khiva is an open-air museum that captures the atmosphere of the Silk Road, with winding alleys and bright bazaars. But don’t miss out on smaller sights like Termez, a Buddhist center on the border with Afghanistan or Shahrisabz, the birthplace of the great warrior Timur.
Cultural Heritage Tourism
For those who love textiles, ceramics, patterns and colors, Uzbekistan is as good as it gets. The Fergana Valley is famous for its artisans, with the Rishtan ceramic school and the silk weavers in Margilan, while Samarkand has its own ceramics school and the famous Meros Paper Mill, which makes paper from mulberry bark using the same technologies as centuries ago. Bukhara is probably the best place to buy souvenirs, with a wide variety of excellent crafts and gifts. Tours through these places are a great way to meet the artisans themselves, and learn about how they make their famous products. Many techniques and technologies have been passed down through the generations, making Uzbekistan a strikingly unique destination for cultural tourism.
Words can’t do justice to the rich simplicity of pilaf (or plov), made of rice fried with lamb, or to the first juicy bites of a kebab, roasted over smoky coals. And it’s not enough just to try the local foods in one city in Uzbekistan — each region has its own signature dishes. Shivit oshi (noodles infused with dill and served with vegetables) and tuhum barak (boiled square dumplings filled with egg) are found only in Khiva, while Bukhara is home to a particular type of pilaf that’s cooked in layers, with meat, carrots, raisins and rice all simmered together. Make sure to try the bread in Samarkand, where large, shiny, round loaves are sold on the streets, and the norin in Tashkent (finely sliced meat and dough — freshly chopped in cafes and bazaars). If you love food (or fall in love with Uzbekistan’s cuisine), you’ll definitely want to visit a class to learn how to make the most famous dishes for yourself.
Adventure and Nature Tourism
Uzbekistan isn’t all cities. In fact, much of the country is taken up by mountains and the vast Kyzylkum Desert. These areas have fewer people, leaving them relatively untouched, but there have been people there for centuries. Heading out into nature gives you a completely new view of Uzbekistan. You can spend a night in a yurt, living the way that nomads have lived for centuries, or set out on a hike through narrow canyons of the Chimgan Mountains, not far from Tashkent. Some of Uzbekistan’s geographical features are man-made, such as the otherworldly plains revealed by the receding Aral Sea, or Aydarkul Lake, formed by a dam in 1969. Any of these destinations makes for an excellent change of pace from busy city life, or can even be a destination of their own right.
Religious and Pilgrimage Tourism
Located at the crossroads of several religions, Uzbekistan is rich in sights and monuments. The more ancient destinations were created when Zoroastrianism and Buddhism were the dominant religions of the area. Termez was a Buddhist center, though many of the stupas and monasteries are now in ruins, and the Zoroastrian monuments of ancient Khorezm have lost little of their power and presence despite centuries of disuse. But ever since the arrival of Islam in Central Asia, the region has been home to leading scholars and religious thinkers. Several tours stop at the mausoleums of these great figures, including Bahauddin Naqshbandi, founder of a famous Sufi order, and Imam al-Bukhari, who collected numerous hadith. No less notable are the many mosques and madrassas that supported spiritual life in Uzbekistan, that can be easily found in any city. Make sure to stop at the Khast-Imam Complex to see one of the oldest Qurans in the world, which according to legend, was the Quran the Caliph Osman was reading when he was killed.