Since I visited Iran 5 years ago, I fell in love with the Silk Road. Since then I’ve been trying to explore a bit more of this part of the world. This year I’ve had the chance to finally explore Uzbekistan, and it has definitely been up to expectations.

This itinerary will take you from ancient cities to vibrant bazaars, and breathtaking architecture. From the bustling streets of Tashkent to the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand, join me as we immerse ourselves in the rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality that Uzbekistan has to offer.

In front of the famous half-minaret of Khiva

When I was putting together this itinerary, I doubted whether it was worth or not the detour to get to Khiva (involving an internal flight). I'm so happy I decided to go for it: it was definitely the highlight of the trip.


10 days fully packed are enough to enjoy the very best of this country. However there’s so much to do and see that if you can extend your holidays a couple of extra days it will give you some extra time to chill.

Day 1 – Tashkent – A Glimpse into the Capital

Flight to Tashkent International Airport. There are some direct flights from major airports, but most likely you’ll do a layover. The connection via Istanbul is very convenient.

The airport is only 30 minutes away from the city center. You can use a similar app to Uber called Yango. Petrol is super cheap in Uzbekistan, so are rides, so it’s a super convenient way to move around.

Day 2  – Unveiling the Charms of Tashkent

With a full day to explore Tashkent, begin with a visit to the historic Old City, where we explore the revered Khast Imam complex. Here, we encounter the world-famous Uthman Quran, a holy manuscript. We then make our way to Chorsu Bazaar, a bustling market offering an array of spices, textiles, and local delicacies. Afterwards, savour a traditional Uzbek dish, plov, at the Central Asian Plov Center. The day continues with visits to the State Museum of Applied Art and key landmarks such as Independence Square, Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, Amir Temur Square, and the Monument of Courage. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 3 – From Tashkent to Khiva

We embark on an early morning flight from Tashkent to Urgench (operated by Uzbekistan Airways), followed by a transfer to the ancient city of Khiva. Upon arrival, we leave our luggage at the hotel and begin exploring the well-preserved walled inner town of Khiva, known as Itchan Kala. We visit magnificent madrasahs, mosques, palaces, and mausoleums, including Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, and Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. With free time to wander through the narrow streets and soak up the atmosphere, we fully embrace the enchanting spirit of Khiva.

Definitely don’t miss the sunset from the South Tower of the walls, it’s magic.

Day 4 – Journey from Khiva to Bukhara

After breakfast, we transfer to Urgench and catch a train to Bukhara, a city steeped in history and legend. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore at our leisure. We can meander through the charming streets of Bukhara, discovering architectural marvels, bustling bazaars, and ancient madrasahs.

Day 5 – The Timeless Splendor of Bukhara

Our day begins with a walking sightseeing tour of Bukhara, where we visit significant landmarks such as Lyabi-Khauz Complex, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Kalyan Minaret, and Ark Fortress. We immerse ourselves in the rich history and architectural grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage city.

Day 6 – Gidjuvan, Nurata, and arrival to the yurt camp

We depart from Bukhara and embark on a scenic drive to Gijduvan, where we visit a traditional ceramics workshop. Continuing our journey, we arrive in Nurata and embark on a self-guided walking tour, exploring the Chashma Spring Complex and the remains of the Fortress of Alexander the Great. In the evening, we reach the Yurt Camp, where we experience the nomadic lifestyle and spend the night under the starlit desert sky.

Day 7 – Lake Aydar and Sentyab Village

After breakfast, we venture to Lake Aydar, where we take a leisurely walk along the lakeshore, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. We then proceed to Sentyab Village, known for its picturesque landscapes and abundant flora and fauna. We enjoy a traditional meal and spend the night in a guest house, immersing ourselves in the local culture and hospitality.

Local children are super happy to act as your guide for a local hike so check with your accommodation.

Day 8 – From Sentyab Village to Samarkand

We bid farewell to Sentyab Village and embark on a scenic drive to the magnificent city of Samarkand. It’s a long drive but we arrive on time for lunch and have free time to explore the city. 100% recommended visiting the Gur-Emir Mausoleum and the iconic Registan Square at night.

Day 9 – Samarkand: A Jewel of Central Asia

Our sightseeing tour of Samarkand takes us to architectural marvels such as the Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, and the vibrant Siab Bazaar. We also visit the Khazrat Khizr Mosque, Mausoleum of Islam Karimov, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, and Ulughbek Observatory. Additionally, we have the opportunity to witness the traditional craft of papermaking at the “Meros” paper mill in Konigil village.

Day 10 – Shakhrisabz and return to Tashkent

We depart from Samarkand and embark on a scenic drive to Shakhrisabz, visiting the Mausoleum of Jakhongir and the remains of Ak Saray Palace. We then return to Samarkand and catch the famous high-speed train to Tashkent, called Afrosiyob.

Day 11 – Farewell Uzbekistan

Depart from Tashkent International Airport.


Uzbekistan is a cheap country overall. Samarkand is definitely the most expensive place of all (because it’s the most touristic one), but accommodation is inexpensive (and very high standards), food is very cheap (you can eat a very good meal for £3), and petrol is super cheap so using taxis to move around is recommended. A similar app to Uber called Yango is widely used making local transportation cheap and easy.

Return flights

You will find better deals if you do a layover. There are good combinations with Turkish Airlines stopping in Istanbul.


Travel Insurance

Remember to always have your insurance when you travel. I normally get an annual MultiTrip so it covers me all year round.



This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for 12 days, as well as all refreshments and snacks.


Local Transport

This included taxis to/from the airport, private van with driver for part of the itinerary, local train from Khiva to Bukhara, Afrosiyab train from Samarkand to Tashkent, internal flight from Tashkent to Khiva.



4 star hotels in double room, 1 night in a yurt, 1 night in a homestay


Entry fees & Excursions

Entrance to monuments, museums, guided walking tours in Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent, tips.