Luxury Uzbekistan & Central Asia Tours

Introduction to Uzbekistan
(8 Days)
Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

A Week in Uzbekistan
(7 Days)
Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand

Highlights of Uzbekistan
(10 Days)
Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

Best of Samarkand & Tashkent
(6 Days)
Tashkent, Samarkand & Shakhrisabz

Uzbekistan in Depth
(14 Days)
Tashkent, Fergana Valley, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva

Jewish Tour of Uzbekistan
(9 Days)
Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

Luxury Kazakhstan Tours

Introduction to Kazakhstan
(6 Days)
Nur-Sultan, Almaty with Charyn Canyon & Big Almaty Lake 

Highlights of Kazakhstan
(9 Days)
Nur-Sultan, Shymkent with Turkestan & Aksu Canyon, Almaty with Charyn Canyon & Big Almaty Lake 

Multi-Country Tours

Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan in Depth
(16 Days)
Bishkek, Karkara, Karakol, Kochkor, Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand 

Introduction to Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan
(11 Days)
Bishkek, Karakol, Kochkor, Tashkent, Samarkand 

Cultural & Natural Highlights of Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan
(13 Days)
Bishkek & Ala Archa National Park, Karkara, Karakol, Kochkor, Almaty with Charyn Canyon & Big Almaty Lake, Shymkent with Turkestan & Aksu Canyon 

Highlights of Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan
(13 Days)
Almaty with Charyn Canyon & Big Almaty Lake, Shymkent with Turkestan & Aksu Canyon, Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand 

Ultimate Journey through Central Asia
(20 Days)
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan 

Introduction to Central Asia
(14 Days)
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan

Introduction to Central Asia

(14 days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan

This private two-week tour through Central Asia features the major cities of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and the best nearby excursions, including fascinating Silk Road sites and archaeological ruins, important UNESCO World Heritage sites and spectacular mountain landscapes.

Begin in Tashkent, the modern capital of Uzbekistan. With your private guide, walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town, and visit the vast Hazrati Imam complex to see historic mosques and one of the oldest Korans in the world. Explore Chorsu Bazaar, a busy market under a huge Soviet-era dome that's stocked with spices, produce and other daily goods. Visit the Museum of Applied Arts, a richly decorated historic mansion dedicated to Uzbek crafts such as silk, ceramics, carpets and wood carving. Other touring options include walking through Independence Square, seeing a local synagogue, learning about the country's diverse cultural influences at the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan, seeing important historical artworks at the State Fine Arts Museum, and perusing interesting Soviet-era architecture in the metro stations and elsewhere.

Continue by high-speed train to fabled Samarkand, one of Central Asia's oldest and most important Silk Road cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During private touring, visit the magnificent Registan, a former trading square bounded on three sides by towering madrassas covered in dazzling tile mosaics. Gaze at the blue-tiled portals, minarets and domes while learning about Samarkand's role as the capital of the influential Timurid dynasty in the 14th and 15th centuries. See other Timurid landmarks such as the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, the ornate Gur-e-Amir mausoleum dedicated to legendary ruler Timur (Tamerlane) and his relatives, and the 15th-century Ulugh Beg Observatory, a monumental astronomical device. Walk among the beautiful tile-covered mausoleums of the Shah-i-Zinda ensemble, a hillside necropolis active for more than 800 years. Visit local markets and handicrafts boutiques, and stroll through the old Jewish quarter. Also tour the Afrosiab Museum, which houses archaeological artifacts and an important seventh-century fresco. One evening, enjoy a performance about Uzbek history and traditional costumes at the El Merosi theater. Upon request, Artisans of Leisure can also arrange a tasting at a local winery, a lesson to learn to make traditional bread and other activities.

One day, enjoy a private excursion over the mountains to the town of Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Timur (Tamerlane) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the historic center, see structures built during the Timurid dynasty, such as the colossal ruined gates of the Ak Saray Palace, the Dorus Saodat memorial complex, the Kok Gumbaz Mosque and the Chorsu Bazaar.

Next, enjoy a scenic transfer to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, with touring en route of Sarazm, a ruined ancient town and UNESCO World Heritage Site; Panjakent, a lively border town with an archaeological site; orIskanderkul Lake and the Fann Mountains, a region renowned for beautiful natural scenery.

During private touring around Dushanbe, visit the National Museum of Antiquities and the restored Hisor Fortress, which once protected local trade routes. Alternatively, take a private excursion to ShirkentNational Park to look for fossilized dinosaur tracks while hiking among green hills and rock formations.

Fly to Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a night before continuing to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. During private touring, explore the city center and see highlights such as the White House, the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts and the Osh Bazaar, a lively produce and housewares market, to browse for traditional Kyrgyz crafts such as felt hats, embroidered slippers and handmade carpets.

One day, take a private excursion to Ala Archa National Park, a deep river valley in the rocky Tian Shan Mountains, for short hikes among the forests and slopes of the breathtaking region. Alternatively, visit the Burana Tower, an 11th-century minaret and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see a field of mysterious, centuries-old balbals (carved stone heads and figures).

Next, cross the border to Kazakhstan and continue to Almaty, a cosmopolitan city (and former capital) in the shadow of the rugged Tian Shan Mountains. During private city touring, see highlights such as leafy Panfilov Park and the colorful wooden Ascension Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church also known as Zenkov Cathedral that dates from 1907. Also visit the Green Market, a large indoor food hall. Learn about the history and culture of Kazakhstan in the Central State Museum, which has objects from the Bronze Age to today. See landmarks such as Republic Square and the Independence Monument with its sculpture of the Golden Man on top. Depending on your interests, perhaps also visit the Museum of Folk Music Instruments or see Soviet-era buildings, the subway, Arasan Baths and other places that make up the urban fabric of Almaty. Upon request, we can arrange tickets to performances at the Kazakh State (Abay) Opera and Ballet Theater.

One day, enjoy a private excursion to Big Almaty Lake, a turquoise lake in Ile-Alatau National Park, for beautiful views of the water and the Tian Shan Mountains. Also visit a local falcon farm and bird-of-prey sanctuary to learn how hawks, falcons and other hunting birds are still used by traditional nomadic hunters.

Another day, enjoy a full-day private excursion in the region. Options include touring Charyn Canyon and the famed Valley of the Castles, a dramatic landscape of eroded, rust-colored cliffs and towers formed by wind and water; visiting Tamgaly (Tanbaly), a UNESCO World Heritage Site of rocky hills with more than 5,000 petroglyphs created from the Bronze Age through the early 20th century; seeing Tamgaly-Tas, where monumental Buddhist images and texts were inscribed hundreds of years ago on large rock outcroppings along the Ili River; and hiking in other parts of Ile-Alatau National Park, such as Turgen Gorge, a diverse landscape of waterfalls, river valleys, foothills and forests.

Conclude the tour in Nur-Sultan (formerly known as Astana), the capital of Kazakhstan on the Ishim River. During private touring in this city on the steppe, see futuristic architecture and important landmarks that reflect the cultural traditions and ambitions of the country. Tour the National Museum of Kazakhstan, a modern institution displaying important historical artifacts such as the ancient Golden Man treasures from the Issyk burial mound. See the iconic Bayterek Tower, which symbolizes a classic local legend, and the enormous Hazrat Sultan Mosque, built in 2012. Other highlights in Nur-Sultan include visiting two landmark buildings designed by British architecture firm Foster + Partners: the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation pyramid and the Khan Shatyr, a tentlike shopping mall and entertainment complex with a translucent plastic roof. Also see the Presidential Park, the Ak Orda Presidential Palace and the historic center of the city.

One day, opt to continue city touring, or enjoy a private excursion to Burabay National Park, where pine forests and dramatic rock outcroppings create a beautiful backdrop to Lake Borovoe and other lakes in the protected area. If desired, also visit the ALZHIR Museum-Memorial Complex, a gulag for thousands of Soviet women whose husbands were perceived as traitors under Stalin.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night. Afternoon private city tour

Day 2

Tashkent – Samarkand 

Private transfer to train station for high-speed train to Samarkand. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon private touring as time permits

Day 3

Samarkand 

Full-day private tour. Evening performance

Day 4

Samarkand & Shakhrisabz 

Private excursion

Day 5

Samarkand – Panjakent – Dushanbe, Tajikistan   

Private touring en route to hotel for 2 nights

Day 6

Dushanbe 

Full-day private scenic excursion

Day 7

Dushanbe – Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Private airport transfer for flight to Tashkent. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night

Day 8

Tashkent – Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 

Private airport transfer for flight to Bishkek. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 9

Bishkek & environs 

Full-day private excursion to Silk Road and cultural sites or Ala Archa National Park

Day 10

Bishkek – Almaty, Kazakhstan 

Private overland transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 11

Almaty & environs 

Full-day private excursion to Charyn Canyon or Big Almaty Lake

Day 12

Almaty – Nur-Sultan  

Private transfer to airport for flight to Nur-Sultan. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour

Day 13

Nur-Sultan & environs 

Private excursion to Burabay National Park and Lake Borovoe

Day 14

Depart Nur-Sultan 

Private airport transfer


Hotels
Tashkent: Hyatt Regency Tashkent
Samarkand: DiliMah Hotel or Hotel Grand Samarkand
Dushanbe: Hyatt Regency Dushanbe
Bishkek: Hyatt Regency Bishkek
Almaty: The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty
Nur-Sultan: The Ritz-Carlton, Astana or The St. Regis Astana

Cost
$15,620 Per Person (double occupancy)

Luxury Uzbekistan & Central Asia Tours

Introduction to Uzbekistan
(8 Days)
Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

A Week in Uzbekistan
(7 Days)
Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand

Highlights of Uzbekistan
(10 Days)
Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

Best of Samarkand & Tashkent
(6 Days)
Tashkent, Samarkand & Shakhrisabz

Uzbekistan in Depth
(14 Days)
Tashkent, Fergana Valley, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva

Jewish Tour of Uzbekistan
(9 Days)
Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

Luxury Kazakhstan Tours

Introduction to Kazakhstan
(6 Days)
Nur-Sultan, Almaty with Charyn Canyon & Big Almaty Lake 

Highlights of Kazakhstan
(9 Days)
Nur-Sultan, Shymkent with Turkestan & Aksu Canyon, Almaty with Charyn Canyon & Big Almaty Lake 

Multi-Country Tours

Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan in Depth
(16 Days)
Bishkek, Karkara, Karakol, Kochkor, Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand 

Introduction to Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan
(11 Days)
Bishkek, Karakol, Kochkor, Tashkent, Samarkand 

Cultural & Natural Highlights of Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan
(13 Days)
Bishkek & Ala Archa National Park, Karkara, Karakol, Kochkor, Almaty with Charyn Canyon & Big Almaty Lake, Shymkent with Turkestan & Aksu Canyon 

Highlights of Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan
(13 Days)
Almaty with Charyn Canyon & Big Almaty Lake, Shymkent with Turkestan & Aksu Canyon, Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand 

Ultimate Journey through Central Asia
(20 Days)
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan 

Introduction to Central Asia
(14 Days)
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan

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