Valleys, Deserts, Bazaars, and Oases

The center of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is home to three of the most renowned of the Silk Road oases – Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Journey through these UNESCO Sites, the incredible Savitsky Museum in Nukus and the lush Fergana Valley, where Central Asia’s silk production began with two cocoons hidden in the headdress of a royal Chinese bride.

15 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 12 passengers
  • Travels to:
    Central Asia, Uzbekistan
  • Explorer Series:
    A circuit of Uzbekistan, starting and ending in Tashkent

15 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 12 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Central Asia, Uzbekistan
  • Explorer Series:
    A circuit of Uzbekistan, starting and ending in Tashkent

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Meet Uzbek artisans in their workshops
    Learn about the life and work of Uzbek silk and ceramic artisans during visits to their workshops in the rural Fergana Valley. ...
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  • Dine at the home of an Uzbek family
    Dine at the home of a local Uzbek family and sample traditional Central Asian dishes....
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  • Overnight at a desert yurt camp
    Spend the night in a nomadic yurt camp in the desert, relaxing around a campfire under the stars...
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  • Enjoy the dazzling dances and costumes of Uzbekistan
    Visit a Bukharan madrassah to dine and enjoy a costume show and dance performance by local artists....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 30 years of Central Asia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Vassar, Dartmouth and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Central Asia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • MIR affiliate office in Uzbekistan
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-4: Tashkent, Fergana Valley

Gather in the modern Uzbek capital, Tashkent. Drive to the fertile Fergana Valley, heartland of Uzbekistan. Alexander the Great founded a city here in 329 BC. Bordered by the Tien Shan Mountains, the valley is an oasis of cotton fields and melon plantations, dotted with ancient villages distinguished for their silk production and ceramic tiles.

Highlights

  • Uzbekistan’s capital and largest city, Tashkent
  • The Square of Independence, tracing Tashkent’s history
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Days 5-7: Samarkand, Shakhrisabze

Continue to Samarkand, the grand capital of the conqueror Tamerlane. Admire the grace of the blue-tiled Registan, and visit Ulug Bek’s surprising observatory. Stop at Tamerlane’s hometown, UNESCO-listed Shakhrisabze, to see the remains of Ak Saray, or White Palace.

Highlights

  • Samarkand, a UNESCO World Heritage Site called “Crossroads of Cultures”
  • Registan Square, Samarkand’s most famous landmark
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Day 8: Navoi, Nurata, Kyzyl Kum Desert

Explore the vast Kyzyl Kum Desert, whose red sands protect the remnants of Alexander the Great’s ancient well system. Spend the night in a yurt camp, relaxing around a campfire under a dome of stars with a Kazakh musician sweetening the mood even further.

Highlights

  • Navoi, birthplace of the poet Navoi, on the Malik desert steppe
  • Ancient karez (well) system in Nurata
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Days 9-15: Bukhara, Khiva, Nukus, Tashkent

Visit Bukhara, whose densely inhabited UNESCO-listed ancient city center is a maze of mud-walled homes, mosques and stone bazaars, and whose 2,500th anniversary was observed in 1997. Stop in Khiva, the last great oasis on the northern caravan route, then drive to Nukus, capital of the autonomous region of Karakalpakstan to admire the fabulous collection of avant-garde Russian art rescued from the Soviets. Fly from Nukus to Tashkent where the odyssey concludes.

Highlights

  • Bukhara’s atmospheric Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Lyabi-Hauz Plaza, center of Bukhara’s Old Town
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 15 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2-12 Travelers $4,495
  • Plus Internal Air $150
  • Partial Single Supplement $495

2017 Dates

  • September 8-22
  • $4,495
  • Max 12 Travelers
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Trip Length: 15 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2- Travelers

2018 Dates

  • May 18-June 1
  • September 7-21
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Group Size

Really Small Groups – Never More than 12 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well located tourist to superior-tourist class hotels and bed and breakfast-style small private hotels; one night in an authentic yurt/tented camp. Yurts are shared among several group members and facilities are outhouse style.
  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 12 dinners. A few meals are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your flight arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end city.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Services of MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.
  • Bottled water at group meals.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (if applicable to your itinerary; please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Combine this tour with a customized extension to Tajikistan or our Essential Tajikistan independent private tour. Contact MIR for more information.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are as comfortable as possible for the region, they will vary from superior tourist class hotels to small intimate hotels. One night is spent in a rustic yurt camp (with shared WC facilities separate from yurts and no bathing facilities). Yurts are shared among several group members (5 or more travelers per yurt), and the camp has no indoor plumbing. It is important to keep in mind that Uzbekistan may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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