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Uzbekistan

The ancient country of Uzbekistan is arguably the most fascinating of the Central Asian republics. A key link on the Silk Road connecting Beijing with Istanbul, it contains some of the oldest towns in the world, such as the legendary cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

Historically, some of the most influential and savage conquerors came and ruled these lands, such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, and influences from Huns, Turks and Arabs can still be seen today. However, Uzbekistan's golden age was under Tamerlaine in the 14th century AD, who made Samarkand his capital and left a breathtaking architectural legacy including mosques, madrassahs and majestic Registan Square.

Today, the old atmosphere of the Silk Road still survives in the oriental bazaars of Margilon, Andijon and Samarkand and the exotic tea houses where the many nationalities of Central Asia gather together wearing their colourful traditional clothes.

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Uzbekistan Tour Itineraries

All GetAboutAsia itineraries are customisable to suit your interests, budget and timeframe. To get you started we've listed some of our favourites below. Our Asia Travel Experts are waiting to answer your questions.

Uzbekistan: The Heart of the Silk Road

14 Days, from AU $5,479

Colourful markets, stunning architecture, ancient Silk Road cities, mountain home-stays, silk weaving, rural villages, Soviet cities, friendly Uzbekis.

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Uzbekistan Group tour

11 Days, from AU $2,249

Uzbekistan is a treasure of travel experiences. There is so much to see. Explore this fascinating country with our 11-day itinerary. Learn about the history and meet local people.

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Multi-Country Tour Itineraries with Uzbekistan

All GetAboutAsia itineraries are customisable to suit your interests, budget and timeframe. To get you started we've listed some of our favourites below. Our Asia Travel Experts are waiting to answer your questions.

Silk Road Explorer

16 Days, from AU $4,547

The Silk Road cities of Kashgar, Samarkand and Bukhara were famed trading centres in ancient times. Discover magnificent architecture and bustling bazaars on this spectacular journey to the heart of Central Asia.

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Central Asia - Multi-Stan Adventure

23 Days, from AU $4,099

Travel along the ancient Silk Road, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar, stay in a yurt with a Kyrgyz family, marvel at the sights in Bukhara and Samarkand.

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The Jewels of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran

24 Days, from AU $5,203

Beginning in Tashkent, we travel via the Silk Roads cities of Samarkand and Bukhara into the surreal world of Turkmenistan. Nomadic stays, mountain villages and dazzling Islamic architecture in Iran complete your adventure.

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Wild Kyrgyzstan

18 Days, from AU $4,875

Beginning in Tashkent, we travel through the Uzbek & Kyrgyz Fergana Valleys and marvel at the imposing Kyrgyzstan mountains. Eagle Hunting and Yurt stays in Tash Rabat and Song Kul round off this Wild Kyrgyzstan Adventure.

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Historic Highlights of Central Asia

17 Days, from AU $3,854

Explore medieval blue-domed cities, ancient bazaars and rugged landscapes. Central Asia encapsulates the romance of the Silk Road like nowhere else. Follow the paths of Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan and Timur.

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"Uzbekistan is very interesting with lots of very well preserved old cities and buildings. Khiva was wonderful. A real Silk Road flavour still. The guide said they are going to reconstruct the outer wall as it was originally and build more hotels for tourists. They are also building a fast train to connect the major cities. The driving distances are long at present. A 20th century mosque and a more modern one in Khiva. " — Mr and Mrs Martin, Sydney, October 2017

"Bukhara, Kiva, Samarkand (Uzbekistan) were our favourites, impressive sightseeing, colourful historical buildings and friendly people, we had a great time! Hotels and guides were good." — Family Froidevaux & Berton, Victoria, July 2015
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