Essential Silk Road (trip)

Essential Silk Road

  • Tashkent International Airport, Tashkent, Tashkent Province, Uzbekistan
  • Culture & Nature
“The trip was a delight.  I had the freedom and time to really enjoy myself. ”
China, Asia

Contact provider for price10 DaysYear-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: MIR Corporation 16 people max
Roam the great Silk Road oases of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, all of them UNESCO Sites. Admire their mosques, madrassahs and minarets clad in ceramic tiles the color of the desert sky.

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Locations visited/nearby

China, Asia

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: S. Allen located in New York, NY USA
    The trip was a delight.  I had the freedom and time to really enjoy myself.

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 1-6: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara

Begin in modern Tashkent and drive to blue-tiled Samarkand, the city that Tamerlane built and decorated. Visit massive Bibi Khanum Mosque, inspect Ulug Bek’s incredible observatory and walk gracefully-proportioned Registan Square.

Explore Bukhara’s original fortress, the Ark Citadel, the 15th century Kukeldash Madrassah, the Kalon Mosque and Minaret and the perfect little Ismail Samani Mausoleum. Browse the bazaars for brilliant silks, wonderful caps, gorgeous wall hangings and hand-painted ceramics.

Days 7-10: Khiva, Tashkent

Travel overland to Khiva, the best-preserved of the caravan cities, its compact old walls filled with minarets, a khan’s fort, cobbled alleys and mosques. Flying back to Tashkent, spend one final night in this exotic country.

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