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The Great Cities of Central Asia’s Silk Road

Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan & Karakum Desert

Best time to travel
May – Sep
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Tashkent and home from Ashgabat.
  • Meet & Greet on arrival in Tashkent, all private transfers & express rail tickets.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Nukus, Darvaza and Ashgabat.
  • Marvel at the madrasas & mosques with guided tours of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Ashgabat.
  • Venture into rural Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and visit traditional villages, spend time in local family homes and experience the Darvaza Gas Crater.
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Connecting the East and West, the Silk Road is rich with ancient cities beckoning exploration. On this suggested itinerary, discover the lesser-explored Great Silk Road cities of the nations of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, as you venture from Tashkent to Ashgabat. On your journey, explore some of the world’s oldest cities and admire their ancient mausoleums, monuments and minarets. Between cities, get to know the traditional way of life as you visit the villages of rural Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, with a journey into the vast Karakum Desert in between.

Not often frequented by tourists, the collection of destinations in Central Asia can be difficult to navigate, but highly rewarding when you journey on a luxury holiday with OROKO by your side. Not only do we offer excellent value, but our expertise, 24/7 support and local representatives ensure a seamless luxury experience throughout Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. We’ll be with you every step of the way, introducing you to destinations we have explored numerous times and have awarded the OROKO luxury seal of approval.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Tashkent.

Upon arrival, you will be privately transferred to your luxury hotel where you’ll spend two nights. The capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent is famed for its many museums and its mix of modern and Soviet-era architecture.

Embark on a privately guided tour of Tashkent.

One of Uzbekistan’s oldest cities, its capital has an abundance of important sites. Discover the city’s rich history as you stop by Independence Square, Courage Monument, Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theater, the Old Town and many other age-old gems.

Transfer by high-speed rail to Samarkand.

Spend two nights in this Silk Road city, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a guided city tour visit Registran Square, Gur-E-Amir Mausoleum, Siab Bazaar and more. Spend a morning discovering traditional crafts at the labyrinthine Urgut Market in the neighbouring town.

Discover rural life in Uzbekistan.

Depart to the foothills of the Gissar Mountains. After a hike through the sheep herder trails, pay a visit to Ohalik, a mountain village nestled in the range. Visit a local family in their home and learn about life in the village. Continue to Bukhara for a three night stay.

Mountains Uzbekistan
Explore Central Asia’s most ancient city.

On a privately guided tour, discover the highlights of Bukhara including Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ark Citadel and Zindan Prison. Visit a private studio to learn the process of creating traditional Uzbek puppets from a master marionette-maker. Attend a traditional music and dance performance.

Journey to the Old Town of Khiva.

You’ll spend two nights here. Enjoy a privately guided tour of Khiva’s Ichan Kala (walled inner town) which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Juma Mosque, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Tash-Hauli Palace and Kunya Ark.

Visit Nukus for an overnight stay.

This small city is home to the Karakalpak people. Visit the Savitsky Art Museum and observe the collection of avant-garde Soviet art banned from the USSR. Enjoy a performance of Karakalpak throat singing before dining with a local family at their home.

Cross the Karakum Desert into Turkmenistan.

At the heart of the desert, visit the unusual Darvaza Gas Crater. A natural gas field collapsed into a cavern which was set alight by Soviets, the crater has been burning continuously since 1971. Spend the night in a yurt camp by the crater.

Darvaza Gas Crater
Head to Turkmenistan’s capital of Ashgabat for a three night stay.

Explore the contrasting day and nightlife of the city. Be in awe of the rainbow of lights that shine across the white marble buildings, fountains and boulevards during your city tour by night. On your guided day tour, visit Independence Park, the Arch of Neutrality and more.

Discover rural life in Turkmenistan.

Venture into the countryside to Nokhur Tribal Village. The tiny alleyways of the villages are lined with houses made of stacked stone and ornamented with carved timbers found nowhere else in Turkmenistan. Visit Geok Depe Fortress and Mosque and Kow-Ata Lake.

Rural Turkmenistan
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

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Where to rest your head

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Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace

Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace

Originally built in 1958 and neighbouring several cultural landmarks in the heart of Tashkent, experience unparalleled luxury during a stay at this palatial hotel. Spacious, elegant rooms boast ornate textiles and glossy, dark wood furniture.

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Hotel Dilimah

Hotel Dilimah

Conveniently located right by Samarkand’s timeless Registan Square, with plenty of nearby restaurants and shopping areas, Hotel Dilimah offers premium luxury and convenience along the Silk Road. First-class facilities include indoor and outdoor pools.

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Amelia Boutique Hotel

Amelia Boutique Hotel

Hidden in the old quarter of Bukhara, the Amelia Boutique Hotel is petite family-run hotel offering 10 stunning rooms, all individually decorated with handmade furniture and regional artwork. Just steps away are several eateries.

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Khiva Euroasia Hotel

Khiva Euroasia Hotel

A traditional hotel located in the old quarter of Khiva, Euroasia offers a comfortable place to rest your heard during your discovery of Uzbekistan. The hotel’s guest rooms feature traditional interiors, with all necessary in-room facilities.

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Jipek Joli

Jipek Joli Hotel

One of the top hotels in Nukus, Uzbekistan, Jipek Joli is a modern property comprising two buildings, the main building and the Jipek Joli Inn. Decorated interiors feature traditional Karakalpak design, with bright guest rooms.

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Yurt Camp, Darvaza Crater, Karakum

Yurt Camp (Karakum Desert)

Experience a unique sleeping experience during your stay in the Karakum Desert. Located near Darvaza, spend the night sleeping in a traditional nomad yurt. Rest your head in a comfortable bed with plenty of blankets to keep you warm.

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Oguzkent Hotel

Situated close to the administrative centre of Ashgabat and within walking distance of nearby points of interest, this modern hotel oozes comfort and luxury. Well-appointed rooms feature elegant yet traditional interiors.

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