Rich in Islamic architecture gracing the cities of the old Silk Road, Uzbekistan holidays dazzle with their dramatic mountains, stark deserts and fertile valleys. You won't be disappointed by the blend of Silk Road and Soviet history.
Scrape the surface of Soviet-era architecture in Tashkent to find ancient mausoleums, imposing madrassahs and the small Old Town with its narrow winding alleys. In contrast Samarkand positively flaunts its beauty with the glittering blue-mosaic covered mosques and madrassahs surrounding Registan Square. Still on the Silk Road, Bukhara boasts a citadel-like Ark, its labyrinthine streets home to mosques and madrassahs. Step back in time as you enter the ancient walled city of Khiva, a living museum.
For a more unusual city break, discover Uzbekistan’s capital and be rewarded with a unique glimpse into the lost world of the orient in one of the oldest cities in the world. Rebuilding has left little of the ancient city, but the small Old Town, with its narrow winding alleys, offers an insight into Tashkent’s Silk Road history. Look past the Soviet-era architecture and you will discover ancient mausoleums and imposing madrassahs. Climb up to the observation deck of the TV tower and discover a city that is remarkably green and attractive and for those who like to shop, be sure to visit the world-famous Chorsu Bazaar and haggle for souvenirs.
An Uzbekistan holiday isn't just about historic cities though, away from civilisation the Kyzyl Kum Desert is home to nomads and the lush Fergana Valley is surrounded by the Tian Shan and Pamir mountains.
Pass through the Soviet-built capital of the Karakalpakstan Republic, Nukus, on your way to intriguing Moynaq. Once a major port on the Aral Sea it now finds itself stranded 100km from the sea with skeletons of ships marooned on the bone-dry sea bed.
For those who prefer independent travel, our Central Asia Specialists can put together a tailor-made Uzbekistan tour. Let us know your time frame, interests and budget and we can suggest an ideal itinerary; perhaps you’d like to spend some extra time in Tashkent to wander the capital’s many museums, maybe you’d like to plan your visit so that you can experience Margilan’s wonderful Sunday bazaar, or you may wish to ask our advice on how long to spend in the incredible Silk Road cities of Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand in order to explore the magnificent monuments and mausoleums. Contact a Regent Central Asia expert to discuss your plans.
For pioneering independent travellers, embark on a tailor- made tour encompassing three of the Central Asian republics. Drive through Uzbekistan’s Kyzyl-Kum desert to the mausoleums and madrassahs of Bukhara, take the overnight train to Kazakhstan to explore Turkestan and Almaty, and discover the alpine meadows and flowing brooks of Kyrgyzstan’s Ala Archa Valley National Park. We will organise your private transfers, train tickets, sightseeing excursions and specialist local guides to ensure that you experience the highlights of the region, from the ghost city of Otrar to the museums and bazaars of Bishkek. Ask a Regent Central Asia Specialist for more details.