May 1 - May 17, 2024

Uzbekistan

Tashkent to Khiva

Escorted By: Jon and Susan Gurr

17 Days

41 Meals

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Central Asia, the "Land of the Caravans", is deeply influenced by the historic Silk Road Caravan routes. Today, Uzbekistan serves as a living testament to the legacies of remarkable empire builders. On this journey, we will immerse ourselves in Uzbekistan's vibrant cultural fabric and rich history. The warm hospitality of the locals will embrace us as we are welcomed into their customs and traditions. We will witness the enchanting art of atlas and adras (vivid traditional fabrics) which are recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and marvel at the intricate tilework that adorns the majestic mosques and madrasahs. Taste the flavours of Uzbek cuisine and savour the delightful melodies of traditional music and dance.

CT Rating 3.5 - CHALLENGING

This itinerary explores remote regions off the beaten track, with a range of accommodations from deluxe to the best available tourist-class properties, all with private facilities. We will travel by fast trains (where available) to minimize long coach days. Members may have to handle their own luggage at times.
Many excursions will involve walking, sometimes over rough surfaces with varying steps. Restroom facilities outside of our hotels may be of traditional Eastern style. Food will reflect the local cuisine. The timing of this tour is ideal, with warm days and cooler nights. It is important for participants to be physically fit and active in order to fully enjoy this tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Historic Centre of Bukhara, Itchan Kala (Khiva), Samarkand, and Western Tien-Shan
  • Witness the enchanting art of atlas and adras vivid traditional fabrics which is recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Enjoy lunch at the residence of a master ceramic artist and tour his private studio in Rishtan
  • Special dinners with Uzbek entertainment in Samarkand and Bukhara
  • Exclusive dinner prepared by a master chef in their home in Samarkand
  • Engage with locals, including an architect, students, artists and more
  • Learn pottery from a master and enjoy lunch in his courtyard in Bukhara

Inclusive Features

  • Return economy group airfare from Canada
  • 15 nights in comfortable, first-class, and deluxe hotels as indicated or similar
  • Travel by modern, climate-controlled motor coaches and high-speed trains (where available)
  • 41 meals included as noted (B - 14 breakfasts, L - 13 Lunches, D - 14 dinners)
  • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
  • All entrance fees for included visits
  • All gratuities, taxes, and fees for included services
  • Services of our Canadian tour leaders and national guide
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare

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Tour Cost in Canadian Dollars Per Person

Land Only (Join Tashkent / Leave Khiva)
$4,175
Toronto
$6,575
Ottawa / Montreal
$6,775
Halifax / Winnipeg
$6,975
Saskatoon / Regina / St. John’s
$7,175
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver
$7,075
Victoria
$7,175
Single Supplement
$565

Deposit is $700 per person. Final payment is due January 25, 2024.

Refer to inclusive features for details. Tour price is based on sharing a twin or double-bedded room and a minimum of 20 members. Rates, taxes and fees effective May 2023 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.

Insurance is NOT INCLUDED but is highly recommended. Estimated premiums range from $278 to $820 plus tax for travel arrangements as noted for up to 85 years of age – please contact our staff to receive a quote. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Clients 86 years old and older and/or clients residing outside Ontario - contact our staff to discuss procedures. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Check our website for the most current information.

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What are Craig Journeys all about?

Our goal is to offer meaningful authentic experiences that inspire a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. Through immersive sightseeing and engaging interactions with local people and cultural sites, we strive to foster a greater appreciation of our global community.

We go to great lengths to ensure the physical comfort of our members, providing excellent accommodations, delicious cuisine, comfortable transportation, and more. At the same time, we encourage them to embrace and engage with local customs.

Why should I book with Craig Travel?

All of our tours are carefully planned to provide a comfortable pace, quality accommodations, in-depth sightseeing, and fully inclusive pricing. We encourage you to compare our offerings with other tours available. Check to see exactly what is included and what extras you may be required to pay.

What do you mean by 'Fully Inclusive' pricing?

Almost all Craig Tours and Cruises include all prepaid costs, encompassing airfare and related taxes, hotel accommodations and/or cruise expenses with taxes and service fees, most meals as described for each departure, sightseeing with entrance fees, gratuities for included services (such as guides, drivers, hotel staff, porters), and even airport transfers. For those residing in southern Ontario, we provide transfers between your home and the airport in most areas, while other passengers receive a special credit or an overnight stay at an airport hotel, depending on the circumstances.

Not included in the published prices are personal services and items such as laundry, telephone calls, room service, and beverages with meals or otherwise (according to local customs; for example, beverages like water, tea, and coffee are typically not included in Europe except during breakfast). Shore excursions on ocean cruises are not included unless specified.

While taxes and fees are included in our prices, they always remain subject to change. Consequently, we may need to collect supplements to cover tax and fee increases that cannot be absorbed.