The Kyzylkum desert is home to unique landscapes well worth visiting. Discover it with this fantastic 2-day tour from Samarkand. You will visit the ancient city of Nurota, picturesque Lake Aidar, and sleep in a yurt camp.
Kyzylkum Desert 2 Day Tour
Day 1: Samarkand - Nurota - Kyzylkum
We will pick you up from your hotel in Samarkand at 9 am before boarding the minibus to go to the Kyzylkum desert. During a four-hour journey, we will tell you all about the main characteristics of this desert whose name in Uzbek means "red sand".
The first stop is at Nurota, here we will visit the famous Chashma complex, an ancient ruined fortress dating back to the 4th century BC. This is one of the most important archaeological sites in Uzbekistan! We then continue the tour of Nurota at the Juma Mosque, the ancient Panjvaqta Mosque, and the city's Arabian baths. We will also enjoy a delicious traditional lunch in Nurota.
In the late afternoon, we will arrive at the Kyzylkym desert yurt camp where we will spend the night. You will eat a tasty local dinner, attend a fabulous folk show, and find out all about the desert way of life.
Day 2: Kyzylkum - Lake Aidar
Enjoy the unforgettable experience of waking up in the desert. We'll enjoy breakfast at the yurt camp while watching the first light of day bathe the sands of Kyzylkum in a warm red glow.
Afterward, we will set off for Lake Aidar. Here you can take a dip in the crystal waters and photograph the landscape before enjoying a wonderful camel ride through the dunes.
Finally, we'll set off back to Samarkand or to Bujara in a minibus. On the way, we will stop at the famous petroglyphs of Kyzylkum to learn about their history. Arrival at your hotel is scheduled for 5 pm.
End point of the tour
When you make the booking, you can choose where you want to end the tour. The options are Samarkand or Bujara.
The activity includes one night's accommodation in a desert yurt camp. This type of accommodation consists of spacious tents with a capacity for 4 people. You will be in full contact with nature and you will feel like a true nomad of Central Asia!
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.
This tour is a private tour, just for you and your partner, family, or friends. Choose the date and select the number of people to see the total price of the activity.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.
Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
Transport by minibus.
English speaking guide.
One night in a yurt camp.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Two 0.5 litre bottles per day per person.
Private tour, exclusively for you and your companions.
When to book?
Bookings are permitted up until 3 days before the activity as long as there are still places. Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability.
Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.
No, not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
If you have any other questions please contact us.