The most visited country in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is a land of sandstone cities, home to vibrant bazaars and preserved architecture, contrasted with remote mountain villages and endless steppe. Uzbekistan’s major cities are at the core of the ancient Silk Road. On luxury holidays to Uzbekistan, visit Samarkand, an UNESCO-listed desert oasis of historic mausoleums and glittering turquoise domes and facades. Bukhara is Central Asia’s most ancient city and is dotted with structures of a bygone era while Khiva’s Old Town is scattered with various palaces, mosques, and fortresses while Tashkent, the capital, is famed for its many museums and its mix of modern and Soviet-era architecture. Leave the cities for the Gissar Mountains, learning about rural village life.
Knowledgeable expertise is crucial for a seamless holiday in Uzbekistan. We have partnerships with the country’s finest English-speaking guides, remote lodges, and boutique hotels. We’ll be by your side every step of the way, with 24/7 support and on the ground representatives.
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Defined by traditional sandstone buildings, striking Islamic architecture, Soviet-era landmarks and contemporary museums, cultural-rich Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and Central Asia’s largest city. Top attractions include the History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan, Chorsu Bazaar, the Minor Mosque and the Moyie Mubarak Library Museum, home to the world’s oldest Quran. Tashkent also offers a wide variety of cuisine including Uyghur, Korean, Chinese, Japanese and European, ensuring you’ll be spoilt for choice on your luxury holiday.
Samarkand, located in south-eastern Uzbekistan and one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia, was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001, for its importance as a key centre on the Silk Road route between China, India, and the West. A modern city, with a large town of vast avenues and parks, cultural sites such as Registan Square, Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Siab Bazaar and Shah-i-Zinda Complex should be high on your must-see list.
At OROKO, one of our favourite ways to holiday in Uzbekistan is to combine it with neighbouring Kazakhstan for the ultimate exploration of Central Asia’s ancient cities. The holiday will start in Uzbekistan, where you will enjoy privately guided tours in Tashkent and Samarkand, before continuing on to the Gissar Mountains, Bukhara, Khiva and Nukus. On arrival in Kazakhstan, discover the highlights of Almaty before ending the trip with two nights in the capital, Nur-Sultan, exploring its key landmarks.
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Luxury holidays to Uzbekistan wouldn’t be complete without privately guided tours of the ancient cities of Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara. Discover the rich history of the capital, Tashkent, with visits to Independence Square, Courage Monument, Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, and many other age-old gems. In Samarkand, marvel at the vast Registan Square, Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, Siab Bazaar and pay a visit to the labyrinthine Urgut Market. Bukhara’s cultural highlights include Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ark Citadel and Zindan Prison.