Essential Central Asia (trip)

Essential Central Asia

  • Tashkent International Airport, Tashkent, Tashkent Province, Uzbekistan
  • Culture & Nature
“Our driver in Uzbekistan was absolutely outstanding. The tour was unusual, educational and very worthwhile. ”
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Asia

from $3,995* per person13 DaysYear-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: MIR Corporation 16 people max
Explore the markets, mosques, minarets and teahouses of oasis towns on the fringes of the Kyzyl Kum and Kara Kum deserts. Here spiritual beliefs were the greatest commodities to flow along trade routes, and civilizations blossomed amidst austere natural beauty.

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Locations visited/nearby

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Asia

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: The Browns located in Hillsborough, CA USA
    Our driver in Uzbekistan was absolutely outstanding. The tour was unusual, educational and very worthwhile.

3 testimonials about the provider, MIR Corporation:

  • Reviewer: K. Knack located in Malibu, CA USA
    Every day I am grateful for this fabulous trip. The destinations you specialize in are of much more interest now that I know what a well-delivered service you provide.

    MIR's tour manager made my trip more deeply meaningful and made sure that everyone on the train came away with a greater appreciation for this vast country. Thank you so much for your great itinerary, for the tremendous abilities of your staff... You can be certain I will recommend your company.

  • Reviewer: The Tobys located in Rockville Center, NY USA
    …It is safe to say without the expertise of your superb cadre of guides in the country we never could have put it all together. In fact, we were totally dependent on them to benefit from the extraordinary experienced of visiting three regions of [Ukraine] within a two-week time period.

    Clearly, MIR Corporation has a well-deserved reputation for superb customer service. We support that well-deserved reputation, which is possibly rooted in the fact that your associates like their jobs and that job satisfaction has been transferred to customer and client relations….

    Honestly, we were duly impressed with each of the regional guides and the drivers who accompanied us. Their local knowledge of the unique features of their respective region was so evident, impressive, and unmatched by any we have encounters over our 40 years of visiting 140 countries.

    I want to thank you for a most stupendous trip; 5 stars plus. Loved Ukraine, the people, the sites, the precision of our tour; the fine quality of the guides and drivers - how much they care, how much they know and how much they kept our interests foremost in their hearts and their minds. It was just stupendous.

    It was so fabulous we cannot stop talking about it. Again, thank you very much. And I will certainly recommend MIR Corporation when it is appropriate for our friends & colleagues.

    It was excellent beyond all expectations.

  • Reviewer: The Repkos located in Princeton, NJ USA
    We don’t know where to start – a perfect itinerary which satisfied all of our needs, excellent accommodations superbly located, flawless execution of all aspects including visas, vouchers, theatre tickets, etc., and last but certainly not least, truly outstanding and professional guides and drivers.

    …We only wish that MIR provided tours everywhere, in which case we would never use another tour company again..

    MIR Office in Seattle was outstanding…We have already told several friends about MIR and how wonderful they are! You all put together a trip for us that was perfect to our budget, time frame and interests. Russia is a fabulous destination – wonderful history, magnificent sites we can’t say enough about MIR and Russia.

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
  • Family oriented trip.


Days 1-7: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara

In Uzbekistan’s capital, wander the Chorsu Bazaar and visit the studio of a master ceramics craftsman. Tamerlane transformed Samarkand into one of the most beautiful cities along the Silk Road, overseeing an unmatched flourishing of architecture and decorative art. In Bukhara, admire the peaceful Lyabi-Hauz Plaza, embodying the soul of pre-Soviet Central Asia.

Days 8-9: Khiva

Continue to Khiva, a living museum with its dun-colored city walls, merchants hawking their wares from each side, and distinctive minarets watching over the whole scene.

Days 10-13: Tashauz, Ashkabad

In Turkmenistan, marvel at the meeting of ancient traditions and modern mores at Ashkabad’s Tolkuchka Bazaar, one of Central Asia’s best. Barter for jewelry and carpets, sealing each bargain Turkmen fashion, with a handshake. Explore UNESCO-listed Nisa, once a major center of the ancient Parthian Kingdom.

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