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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.

As of 1 Feb 2019 it will be 30 days visa free for Australian passport holders.

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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.

Classic Uzbekistan Small Group Tour

10 Days, from AU $2,075

Discover the history and heritage of Uzbekistan. Visit the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia – Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand on this 10 day small group tour.

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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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Discovery of Uzbekistan

13 Days, from AU $3,545

Discover the historical, cultural and natural aspects of this pristine country in a small group tour.

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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.

Central Asia Explorer in a Small Group Tour

17 Days, from AU $3,383

Be entranced by the beauty and the wonder of Central Asia on this 17-day tour from the capital of Kyrgyzstan to the heartland of Uzbekistan.

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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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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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"We loved Uzbekistan. The company, guides, hotels were so unique and loved the Silk Road history and mosaic details. Incredible architecture" — Feys, Perth, October 2019

"We had a wonderful 2 months in Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan! Our guides were all excellent and we enjoyed our time with them.Our Iranian guide was excellent 10/10. We both loved Iran. The history of the 9 countries was amazing and don't think we will ever completely understand it all. Needed lots of homework! The people, the food, the sites, hotels were really good and only a couple of cultural hiccups that were easily fixed locally. Thank you for arranging. " — Vivienne and Trish, Canberra, October 2019

"Uzbekistan was a fascinating place on the silk road and we are looking forward to returning to other Stans in 2020. The people are lovely and architecture is great." — Mr and Mrs Cumming, Sydney, April 2019
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