Young Pioneer Tours

Uzbekistan Independent Tours

The ‘Stans’ make up some of the least visited and least known parts of the world. But naturally, YPT has you covered. Whether you like the mystery of Turkmenistan, ancient cities of Uzbekistan, a space launch in Kazakhstan or the mountain culture of Kyrgyzstan YPT has the trip for you.
Throw into that independent tours of Tajikistan and a group tour in Xinjiang, sometimes referred to as East Turkestan, and our reach in the region is pretty extensive.
And hey you might have heard we even go to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Uzbekistan Sample Itinerary – Independent Tours

Day 1              Tashkent

  • Meet and transfer to hotel by English speaking staff/ private car.
  • Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia with a guide.
  • Visit the old part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex and see the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman.
  • In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya-Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari.
  • Explore the vibrant Chorsu Bazaar.
  • Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center and take a walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and the Applied Arts Museum.
  • Enjoy free time in the afternoon.
  • Overnight at the Uzbekistan Hotel (4 star).

Day 2              Tashkent-Kokand-Ok Yer-Fergana

  • Transfer to the train station at 7:00 and catch the train to Kokand, departing at 8:05. *Alternatively go by car; the road takes about 6 hours and goes through the Kamchik Mountain Pass.
  • Arrive in Kokand at 12:16. Visit the Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque and Norbut-biy Madrasah.
  • Drive to Ok Yer village and visit the house of craftsman Bakhrom-aka to visit a traditional Kyrgyz family manufacturing wool carpets.
  • Continue on to Fergana city (80 km) to visit Akhmad Al-Fergani Park.
  • Overnight at the Hotel Asia Fergana (4 star).

Day 3              Fergana-Rishtan-Margilan -Tashkent

  • In the morning, drive from Fergana to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master, Rustam Usmanov. Here you can enjoy a pottery workshop and have a look at their ceramics collection in a small museum.
  • Drive to Margilan and visit Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah. Today, the madrasah is home to a number of craftsmen producing handmade carpets and silk.
  • Continue to Yodgorlik Silk factory to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns.
  • If it is Thursday or Sunday, visit Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market in Fergana Valley.
  • At 15:20 transfer to Margilan railway station to take the train to Tashkent, departing at 16:20.
  • Arrive in Tashkent at 21:25.
  • Transfer to the Uzbekistan Hotel.

Day 4              Tashkent-Samarkand

  • Transfer to the Railway Station at 7:15 and catch the high-speed train “Afrosiyob”, leaving for Samarkand at 8:00.
  • Arrive in Samarkand at 10:10 and start sightseeing.
  • Your tour will include visits to Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Registan Square, Bibi Khanum mosque, Shahi-Zinda necropolis, Ulugbek observatory.
  • Overnight in Bibi Khanum Hotel (3 star).

Day 5              Samarkand

  • Visit the famous Siab bazaar in Samarkand is early morning, the best time to see the market place in action.
  • Free time for the rest of the morning.
  • Continue sightseeing in the afternoon, visiting old Afrosiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel.
  • Overnight in Bibi Khanum Hotel

Day 6              Samarkand-Shakhrisabz-Bukhara

  • In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz (275 km, 4 hours).
  • Stop in Shakhrisabz for a city tour. Here you’ll visit the Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dor-us Saodat Memorial Complex, the remains of Ak-Saray Palace, the Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and the burial vault of Tamerlane’s father.
  • In the afternoon continue driving to Bukhara (90 km, 2 hours).
  • Arrive in Bukhara and check in to the hotel.
  • Overnight at the Omar Khayam Hotel (4 star).

Day 7              Bukhara

  • Your city tour of Bukhara will include vists to the Lyabi-Khauz Complex, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan. Madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums.
  • Overnight at the Omar Khayam Hotel.

Day 8              Bukhara-Khiva

  • Set off in the morning for Khiva along, through the Kizilkum desert. (480 km, 7-8 hours).
  • Stop en-route to enjoy views of the Amudarya River and the desert.
  • Arrive in Bukhara in the late afternoon and check in to the hotel.
  • Free time for the rest of the day.
  • Overnight at the Bek Khiva Hotel (4 star).

*We advise preparing lunch-boxes for this trip as there aren’t many places to stop along the way.

*Some parts of the road are presently being renovated, so travel times may vary depending on exactly when you do this tour. 

Day 9              Khiva

  • Spend a day at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Itchan-Kala Fortress, which is a living museum under the open sky.
  • Take a walking sightseeing tour in Khiva with a guide: visit Kunya-Ark Citadel, Tash-Khovli Palace, Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and Minaret of Islam-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon.
  • Overnight at the Bek Khiva Hotel.

Day 10            Khiva-Nukus

  • After breakfast, drive to Nukus (200 km, 4-5 h.).
  • Arrive in Nukus and drive to the former fishermen’s town of Muynak (220 km, 3 h.), which used to be situated on the shores of Aral Sea. On the way you can stop at the archaeological complex of Mizdakhan.
  • In Muynak have a look at a former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”.
  • Then visit the Local History Museum with art exhibits of the Aral Sea history.
  • In the afternoon return to Nukus.
  • Overnight at the Jipek Joli Hotel (3 star).

Day 11            Nukus-Tashkent

  • Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. This museum hosts the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and an exhibition of Karakalpak applied arts.
  • Take a short drive around center of Nukus: You’ll see the statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and the Drama Theatre.
  • Transfer to the Airport to catch your flight back to Tashkent.
  • Overnight at the Uzbekistan Hotel.

Day 12            Tashkent/Back to home

  • Transfer to the airport according to your departure flight time.

Sample pricing:

Based on 2 pax per group: USD 895 pp


    • Accommodation based on TWN rooms
    • Breakfast in the Hotels
    • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
    • Overland transportation by AC transport
    • All airport-hotel-airport transfers
    • Portage services in hotels
  • 2 bottle of 0.5 L still water per pax per day


  • International flights
  • Camera and Video charges during the sightseeing
  • Domestic flight ($120 if you would like us to book this for you)
  • Train Tashkent-Kokand-Margilan-Tashkent ($25 if you would like us to book this for you)
  • Meals ($10 per meal if you’d like us to arrange this for you, otherwise you can find places to eat quite easily during the itinerary)
  • English speaking escort guide ($60$ per day if you’d like this, plus train and plane tickets)
  • City guide ($35 per day)