Gastronomy tours · Gastronomic tour in Uzbekistan

«ORIENTAL DASTARKHAN» (asian tablecloth)


Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights.

Itinerary: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent.                                                                                 

A Gastronomic Tour of Uzbekistan is an expert-led cultural food tour. The tour is designed to give you the exclusive experiences that best capture the unique food and culinary traditions of Uzbek cuisine.

The Uzbek cuisine is probably one of the most diverse in Asia. Situated on the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road, Uzbekistan has for many centuries been assimilating the most interesting and original recipes of food from various countries. Each meal in Uzbekistan has its own traditional way of cooking, and one and the same dish has innumerable methods of preparation throughout the country.


Let’s take the Uzbek plov, which has become Uzbekistan’s main culinary brand. In fact, the ‘true Uzbek plov’ includes about ten different recipes, each characteristic of a certain region of the country. Even with their eyes shut, a true plov-lover can easily tell by a mere taste of the dish where the plov he is eating has been cooked - in Samarkand, Fergana, Tashkent, Karshi, Bukhara or Khorezm. Welcome to Uzbekistan, where you can taste all the multitude of nuances of the Uzbek plov!

Certainly, plov is far from being the only remarkable dish in the Uzbek cuisine. Tender manty, juicy shashlyk shish kebab, aromatic samsa pasties, rich shourpa and horsemeat sausage kazy, naryn served on special occasions and khanum for an everyday family table, tandyr-kabob in Bukhara, lagman in Tashkent, nohat-shurak in Samarkand and exotic tukhum-barak and shivit-oshi in Khorezm - all of them form but a small part of the list of dishes in the Uzbek cuisine! And what about the dessert, consisting of a great number of Oriental sweets, fresh fruit, dry fruit and various kinds of nuts?

With the focus on Oriental gastronomy, this tour will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in Uzbekistan’s rich history and culture, to learn about treasured architecture of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva - the fabled cities still keeping the memory of Tamerlane, Alexander the Great, Genghis-khan, and many trade caravans of the Great Silk Road. Tall elegant minarets, grandiose madrassahs and mosques will be branded in your mind for long. But first of all, this travel will be appreciated by gourmets. Open for yourself the world full of oriental delicacies!

No doubt, this fascinating culinary tour for foodies will become the most 'delicious' in your collection!

 Discover Uzbekistan's incredible history and cuisine!



Day 1.

Arrival in Tashkent.

Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Rest after a long flight. Guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum. Lunch at the National Cuisine Centre, where you will taste Tashkent plov. After lunch continuation of sightseeing: Kukeldash Madrasah, museum of applied arts and the oldest bazaar of Tashkent - Chorsu. Evening meal at National Cuisine Centre “Milliy Taomlari” (the main dish naryn). Transfer to the rail station for night train №56 Tashkent - Urgench (20:15-12:53). Overnight in the train.


Day 2.

Urgench - Khiva.

Meeting at the station. Transfer to Khiva and check-in to the hotel. Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva (Ichan-Kala ‘inner city’ historic old city): Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Khoja Minaret and Madrasah, Avesta Museum. Lunch at “Zeravshan” National house (recommended dishes are shourpa, Khivan plov, typical Khorezmian dish tukhum-barak).

After lunch leisure time. Master-class for cooking gumma (patties) and evening meal at “Caravan Silk Road” restaurant located in medieval Madrasah. Overnight rest in hotel.


Day 3.


Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva: Tash Khauli-Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Amin-Khan Minaret and Madrasah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kalta Minor Minaret. Transfer to “Qora-Kul” lakes for tasting fried fresh-caught fish. Back to Khiva. Leisure time. Dinner at the restaurant “Muntur” (main dish Khorezm kebab). Overnight rest in hotel.


Day 4.

Khiva - Bukhara.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer across the Kyzyl-Kum Desert and along the Amudarya River to Bukhara. Lunch en route. Arrival in Bukhara. Leisure time. Evening meal at “Bodriddin” restaurant (recommended dish is Bodriddin meat). Overnight rest in hotel.


Day 5.


Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah. Lunch at a restaurant “U Rakhmonova” for tasting Bukharan plov. After lunch visiting the "Silk Road Spices" tea house and tasting teas prepared from herbs and spices. After tea-party guided sightseeing: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Evening meal at “Doston House” National House (recommended dishes are dolma, Bukharan samsa). Overnight rest in hotel.


Day 6.

Bukhara - out-of-town guided sightseeing tour - Samarkand

Breakfast in hotel. Out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband, Chor-Bakr Memorial Complex. Lunch at “Chor-Bakr” Uzbek chaykhona, tandyr-kabob (meat baked in tandyr oven) and shashlyk tasting. After lunch transfer to Samarkand. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko. Master class in cooking manty at traditional House ‘U Zarify’ (recommended dishes are manty, shourpa). Overnight rest in hotel.


Day 7.

Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum. Lunch at the plov centre ‘Panjab’ and Samarkand plov tasting. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Transfer to the rail station for train to Tashkent “Afrosiab” (17:00-19:10). Arrival to Tashkent. Meeting at the station. Transfer and check-in to hotel. Dinner at he restaurant “Sim-Sim” (main dish - shashlyk). Overnight rest in hotel.


Day 8.

Tashkent. Departure.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to airport. Departure from Uzbekistan.



The cost of the tour:

Pay in USD/person:

The cost of the tour for 1 person

895 USD/чел.

SGL supplement

+195 USD