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Last updated: 30 Nov 2022

Designing a tour in Samarkand: see what to do and where to go, important sights and landmarks

Tours and Itineraries in Samarkand

This section is to help design a one-day or two-days tour of Samarkand which would cover all its sights, attractions and landmarks in the most effective way. The proposed itineraries have been developed by tourism practitioners over years aiming at:
  • covering all monuments and places to visit in Samarkand such as bazars, museums, galleries, etc.;
  • visiting each site at the best time and approach it from the easiest angle to make photos or videos;
  • visiting each site with minimal effort and time, leaving more time for sightseeing, leisure, shopping and other activities;
  • reducing transportation costs and tour guide workload;
  • harmonizing the entire tour experience.

Tour of Samarkand as a part of country tour around Uzbekistan

Samarkand is centrally located in the country, being in the middle of any tour of Uzbekistan that aims to cover all important cities, regions and areas of the country. Typically, an uzbek tour operator would offer a so called circular tour: it means that you should travel through the country in circular movements or loops. This allows to visit each city and location with least possible effort and cost, without having to travel there and back on the same routes. A good principle for such as tour is: you never use the same road twice. It means that every new transfer or excursion takes you to see new places and get new impressions and memories.

See below an example of a cicular tour around Uzbekistan - Maveranahr, Great Empire of Timur

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A Circular Tour of Uzbekistan


Samarkand, a legendary city on the Great Silk Road, capital of mighty warlords and romantic home for renowned poets, still shines as the brightest star among historical and cultural centers of the present world. It is one of the most popular travel destinations in Central Asia

[+] Read more about history of Samarkand

Sights and Landmarks

Samarkand has many interesting places to visit, both historical and modern. Typically, travelers spend one day (intense) or two days (more relaxed) to visit traditional landmarks, monuments and historical buildings during a city tour.

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Videos about Samarkand

Other tourist attractions in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Madrasah and Mausoleum
Afrasiab Hill
Bagizagan Wine Factory/Cellar
Dahma of Shaybanids
Gur-Emir Mausoleum
Hazret-Hyzr Mosque
Ishrat-Khana Mausoleum
Khodja Akhrar Necropolis
Mausoleum of Khodja Daniyar (Saint Daniel)
Mausoleum of Kusam-Ibn-Abbas
Mausoleums of Abdi Clan
Memorial Complex of Imam Al-Bukhari
Observatory of Ulugbek
Registan Square
Ruhabad Mausoleum
Samarkand Paper Mill
Shahi-Zinda Central Group
Shahi-Zinda Northern Group
Shahi-Zinda Southern Group
Sher-Dor Madrasah
Temurid Female Necropolis
Tillya-Kari Madrasah on Registan Square
Tuglu-Tekin And Amir-Zadeh Mausoleums
Ulugbek Madrasah on Registan Square

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