Wendy Wu Brochure
The Award-Winning Tour Specialist
Travel Safe with our COVID Safe Protocols

Good to Go

You can holiday to Uzbekistan without having to quarantine either on your arrival in the country or on your return to the UK. There are also no travel advisories in place against travel from the FCDO meaning you can book with complete peace of mind.

The Kalyan minaret, also known as the Grand Minaret, is the majestic centrepiece of the Poi Kalan complex, which also includes mosques and madrasahs.

The soaring 46-metre-high minaret dominates the historical heart of Buhkara, one of Uzbekistan's great Silk Road cities, and can be seen from all over the city. Built in 1127 to summon Muslims to prayer, the minaret survived the invasion of Genghis Khan as he was so impressed with its beauty he ordered it to be saved while everything around was destroyed.

The minaret is made of brick and narrows from nine metres diameter at the base to six metres at the top. A spiral staircase leads to the magnificent sixteen-arched rotunda near the top. It is also known as the Tower of Death because for centuries criminals were executed by being thrown from the top.

Travel Expert

How can we help?

For advice on where to go, what to do and how to choose your perfect tour, talk to our Travel Experts.

Call 0808 274 8594

Kalyan Minaret Holidays

What better way to experience it than on a Wendy Wu tour?

From our Blog

Read our latest articles or travel inspiration, exciting news about our destinations and all things Wendy Wu Tours


Best time to Visit Uzbekistan

Our month by month guide to the weather so you can choose the best time to visit Uzbekistan.

Follow in Joanna Lumley’s Footsteps

Given the wanderlust by Joanna Lumley’s Unseen adventures on ITV? Here’s how to re-enact them for yourself.

Central Asia Q&A

We talked to Bradley Mayhew, co-author of the Odyssey Guide to Uzbekistan, as well as the Lonely Planet guide to Central Asia and the Insight Guide to the Silk Road, on why this region is so close to his heart.

Five Unmissable Sites along the Old Silk Road

Take a journey along the Silk Road to discover ancient cities, crystal clear lakes, vast canyons and ‘The gate to Hell’!
Read more Uzbekistan blogs