Uzbek Oases of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva

Roam the great Silk Road oases of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, all of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Admire their mosques, madrassahs and minarets clad in ceramic tiles the color of the desert sky. Every step along the way retraces the path by which silk, spices, ideas, politics and religions moved across the ancient world. 

10 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Central Asia, Uzbekistan
  • Flexible Essential:
    Tashkent, along the Uzbek Silk Road, and back to Tashkent

Overview Itinerary

MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • 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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  • Explore the majestic Registan in UNESCO-listed Samarkand
    Applaud the unsurpassed majesty of the Registan and learn about the architectural wonders of fabled Samarkand....
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  • Observe carpet weavers at work
    Observe the entire process of dying the thread and weaving the carpets at a carpet-weaving workshop....
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  • Discover the remote UNESCO-listed Silk Road oasis of Khiva
    Wander the streets of UNESCO-listed Khiva, a remote Silk Road oasis town whose compact old walled city is full of minarets, a khan’s fort, cobbled alleys, mosques...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Central Asia travel experience
  • The first American travel company to open an accredited office in Uzbekistan
  • 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”
  • 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 1-6: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara

Begin in modern Tashkent and travel by train to blue-tiled Samarkand, the city that Tamerlane built and decorated. Visit massive Bibi Khanum Mosque, inspect Ulug Bek’s incredible observatory and walk gracefully proportioned Registan Square. On day 4, travel by train to Bukhara for additional Silk Road touring.


  • Uzbekistan’s capital and largest city, Tashkent
  • The Square of Independence, tracing Tashkent’s history
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Days 7-10: Khiva, Tashkent

Travel overland to Khiva, the best-preserved of the caravan cities, its compact old walls filled with minarets, a khan’s fort, cobbled alleys and mosques. From Urgench, fly back to Tashkent, spending one final night in this exotic country.


  • Ichon-Qala, or Khiva’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Kyzyl Kum Desert, covering approximately 118,000 square miles
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 10 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $3,195
  • Plus Internal Air $100
  • Single Supplement $495

2020 Dates

Your Choice of Dates
Start on a Wednesday

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  • $3,195
  • Min 2 Travelers

Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class hotels throughout the itinerary. Call for hotel upgrade prices.
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 2 dinners, per the itinerary. A few lunches and most dinners are left free so you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers available at additional cost.) MIR will arrange for travelers to be met upon arrival and seen off on departure, whether we make your air arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private vehicle (size of vehicle depends on number of travelers in your group).
  • Evening cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides, drivers and other staff.

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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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…

Additional time is available within the tour dates to add an excursion from Khiva (at additional cost) to the city of Nukus to visit the Savitsky Art Museum and see its collection of thousands of banned avant-garde Russian art pieces.

This flexible-date private journey is designed to start on a Wednesday and end on the second following Friday. But the program is flexible enough to run in any 10-day time period, allowing for an alternate start day, and making it the perfect tour to link to small group programs. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these travel suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are comfortable, they will vary from superior tourist class hotels to simple and basic bed and breakfast-style small private hotels. 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.

Read our Travel Journals

MIR's Travel Journals offer first hand accounts of MIR's fascinating destinations.

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    Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia: Exploring the Silk Road

    Andrew Barron, MIR's Director of Scheduled Group Tours, visits the ancient Silk Road in Western China and the 'Stans with the Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia scheduled group tour. Read about his journey from Almaty to Urumqi, Kashgar and Bishkek.... Read More

  • Essential Uzbekistan Travel Journal

    Essential Uzbekistan Travel Journal

    A MIR traveler set out with her traveling companion on our Essential Uzbekistan program, where they enjoyed the sites and crafts of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as well as the many fabulous fabrics, carpets, tilework and adornments she found there. Take the journey along with her as you read her fascinating comments on this adventure.... Read More

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