Example Itinerary

Ancient Wonders of Uzbekistan by Train

Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Luxury Trains
Destinations
Uzbekistan

On this once-in-a-lifetime nine-day tour, you will discover the beauty and marvels of historic Uzbekistan, the jewel of Central Asia’s Silk Road. Explore capital city, Tashkent, the center of Islamic study and home to towering minarets and porticos and the grave of Tamarlane himself. From there, enjoy the stunning countryside sweeping past the window of your carriage en route to Samarkand with its fragrant bazaars, vast squares and labyrinthine necropolis. Marvel at the architecture of World Heritage sites, Bukhara and ancient Khiva and witness Uzbekistan’s natural wonders, the deserts of Kyzl Kum and the great Amy Darya River.

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Highlights

  • Sacred Texts: Tashkent's Khast Imam Mosque Library houses the world's oldest copy of the Quran.
  • Ancient Architecture: The Kalyan Minaret of Bukhara was built in 1127 and so impressed conqueror Genghis Khan that he ruled the great minaret be spared while his armies destroyed the city around it.
  • Desert Dining: On the banks of the Amu Darya, one of the longest rivers in Central Asia, you'll stop for a traditional lunch in a local yurt.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

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Tashkent

Spend your first day acclimating to mesmerizing Uzbekistan in the nation’s capital, Tashkent. Check in to your comfortable hotel and take to the streets to explore the bustling Chorsu Market; in the ‘cultural capital of the Muslim world’, make like a pilgrim and visit the sacred Khast Imam Mosque Library to see the world’s oldest copy of the Quran and marvel at the countless minarets, mausoleums and madrassas.

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Why We Love This Hotel

History: The brand new Hyatt Regency Tashkent is exemplary of the quality for which the Hyatt name has gained its international reputation.

Location: On Navoi street, the hotel is near to numerous sites of interest in the Uzbek capital.

Service: The concierge desk and e-concierge service is on hand 24 hours a day for guests’ every need.

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Hyatt Regency Tashkent Preferred Hotel

Day 2

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Samarkand

Travel aboard the Afrosiab rapid train from Tashkent to historic Samarkand, the cornerstone of Tamerlane's mighty empire. See the vast and intricately decorated, turquoise-domed Bibi-Khanym Mosque; experience local delicacies in the Sivab bazaar; wander among the fountains of Registan Square and marvel at the architecture of its three stunning madrassas, decorated with mosaics and minarets. Finally visit the final resting place of Tamerlane himself at the mausoleum where lies his entire dynasty.

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Located in the heart of the city, the Dilimah offers convenience and comfort to visitors of this historic city. The 11 guest rooms are furnished with contemporary amenities and furnishings, and premium rooms feature a balcony.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

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The Hilton Samarkand Regency is a 5-star hotel and top pick in Samarkand. The property offers 233 guest rooms with dressed in contemporary furnishings and smart mod-cons including tea/coffee makers and complimentary WiFi.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Samarkand
Samarkand

Day 3

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Samarkand

Continue your tour of the wonders of Samarkand with a visit to Shah-i-Zinda, a necropolis formed over nine centuries; the elaborate mausoleum complex is the burial site of Kusam ibn Abbas, the cousin of the Prophet Mohammed. Gaze at the sky from the the seat of Islamic astronomical discovery - the 15th-century Ulugbek Observatory and learn ancient paper-making methods at the old paper mill. Round off your day of culture at the theater with a traditional El-Merosi performance.

Day 4

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Bukhara

Board the train destined for historic Bukhara and enjoy gliding through the majestic Uzbek scenery. After checking into your cosy accommodation, stroll to one of holy Bukhara’s most important sites, the Po-i-Kalyan complex. Its mosque and madrassa surround the skyscraping minaret, which has served as a lighthouse for travelers on the Silk Road and as the site of medieval executions.

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Located in the heart of Bukhara, Devon Begui hotel offers air conditioning, quick access to Bukhara's main attractions, and traditional Uzbek design with wooden furnishings. All 20 rooms are simply appointed with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and ensuite bathrooms - some accommodations also have views out to the historic architecture of the capital.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

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Positioned in the heart of the Old City, Lyabi Khauz Hotel provides warm Uzbek hospitality in a beautifully restored 19th-century house. All 40 rooms have been refurbished in a comfortable, modern manner with traditional Uzbek accents and mod-cons such as satellite TV, air conditioning, fridge, work desk and full bathroom.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Bukhara
Bukhara

Day 5

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Bukhara

Continue your exploration of the city-museum with a peaceful stroll around the shady pond at Lab-i-Hauz, framed by three beautiful buildings and take in the intricate mosaic work that covers central Asia’s biggest mosque. Experience local craftsmanship at the Dome of Jewelers and the Dome of Hatters. In Samani Park, be amazed by the architecture of the Ismail Samani Mausoleum - the final resting place of the Samanid Dynasty.

Day 6

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Bukhara

Before you leave the UNESCO World Heritage site, visit Buhkara’s opulent royal residences, the Baha-ud-Din Naqshband memorial - a sacred site for Sufi Muslims and wander through the winding alleys of Old Mahalla, the Jewish Quarter. The afternoon is yours to relax, we recommend browsing the domed bazaars of the old town to pick up some souvenirs. In the evening, enjoy dinner aboard the comfortable sleeper train as you travel through the night.

Day 7

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Khiva

Disembark your train at Urgench and meet your driver who will whisk you to ancient Khiva. The inner-city, known as Itchan Kala, is the first part of Uzbekistan to be deemed a World Heritage Site; your tour inside the crenellated walls will take in the 10th-century Djuma Mosque, with its hall supported by 112 columns and the mausoleum of Sayid Alauddin. After a day of wonders, enjoy dinner at Toza Bog, the last Khan’s Summer palace.

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This comfortable hotel, although relatively modern, is built and decorated tastefully in the authentic Uzbek style so that guests enjoy all the conveniences in an environment of intricate wood carvings, elaborate Khiva carpets and traditional design. Located within the crenellated walls of the Itchan Kala fortress, it sports stunning views of the skyscraping Islam Khoja Minaret and is a short walk from the mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

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Since 2004, the Malika Khiva hotel has been charming and enchanting its guests with its blend of old world authenticity, modern convenience and colorful, quirky decor. Situated at the very entrance of Itchan Kala at Ata Darvaza and built to look like a madrasah, it serves as a perfect doorway into the old town of ancient Khiva and boasts the very best views in the city.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Khiva
Khiva

Day 8

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Urgench

Discover the three hidden fortresses of Ayaz Kala and the crumbling citadel of Toprak Kala, amidst the red sands of the Kyzl Kum Desert, Enjoy lunch in a traditional yurt on the banks of the Amu Darya. After crossing the great river, you will head for Urgench to reboard the train for an overnight journey cross-country to Tashkent.

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One of the best ways to traverse Uzbekistan’s vast terrain is on the night train which connects its major cities, allowing for quick and efficient travel. These comfortable and high-quality trains have a restaurant and bar wagon attached.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 9

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Tashkent

Arrive at your hotel in Tashkent, refreshed from your journey and spend the morning relaxing and strolling around the city. We recommend a visit to the Palace of Prince Romanov with its distinct Russian architectural style. In the afternoon, witness exhibits of authentic Uzbek workmanship in the Museum of Applied Art and plunge into the Art Deco style of Tashkent’s stations.

Hotel Options
Why We Love This Hotel

History: The brand new Hyatt Regency Tashkent is exemplary of the quality for which the Hyatt name has gained its international reputation.

Location: On Navoi street, the hotel is near to numerous sites of interest in the Uzbek capital.

Service: The concierge desk and e-concierge service is on hand 24 hours a day for guests’ every need.

Read More
Hyatt Regency Tashkent Preferred Hotel
Tashkent
Tashkent

Day 10

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Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast in Tashkent ahead of check-out. Your driver will meet you at your hotel to take to you Tashkent international airport, ready for your flight home or to your next exciting destination.

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