Title of tour: Golden of Uzbekistan
Sites to visit: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Ayaz Qala, Nukus, Tuprak Qala, Ayz Qala
Day 1: Tashkent
In Tashkent, you will first visit Independent Square. It was constructed for the honor of victory over fascist Germany in World War II. Then enjoy the walk on the main Broadway, connecting Independent Square with Amir Timur Square. Have a ride on outstanding Tashkent subway, built during the Soviet time in 1977. Metro of Tashkent is one of the beautiful in the world. The secon half of the day will be dedicated to the old part of the city. They will be Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Complex of Hast Imam. There are some madrasahs, mosques and mausoleums. There is also most valuable artefact- Othman Quran, the oldest copy of Quran in the world. It was owned by the Othman Ibn Affan during the 8th century. He was four righteous Caliphs of Prophet Muhammad. In 8th century, when his enemy killed him, blood has spread on the book. Nowadays bloodstains can be seen on the paper of the book. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand (morning train)
Morning train will take you to the second largest city Samarkand. It is considered to be the as old as cities like Babylon and Rome in the world. Samarkand situated in the river valley Zarefshan. The sightseeing will present the most beautiful places of Samarkand. First is Registan Square with three amazing madrasahs. The beauty and majesty of the buildings will charm you most. The history of these beauties goes back to 15th-17th century. Next is Shakhi-Zindeh complex including large collection of mausoleums built in 11th-15th century. It is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage. In the end, Bibi Khanum Mosque will open its beauty. It was built by great conqueror Tamerlane for his favorite wife. You spend night in a hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand - Bukhara (train)
You will have a morning train to Bukhara. Today you will have a full day city tour in this fascinating city. At first you will visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara dating back to the 4th century named Citadel Ark which served as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then you will see Samanids mausoleum, a real masterpiece of architecture of 9th -10th century. Then the tour continues to Chashma Ayub, meaning Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque, known also as the mosque of forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Then you have a chance to walk along the shopping domes and visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble, famous central sightseeing of Bukhara. The tour will end with visiting Poi Kalon complex, the unique sample of architectural art of Bukhara. It consists of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 7 hours)
Today tour continues exciting city Khiva. It is the oldest city of Uzbekistan. Its development and history closely related to outstanding Khorezmshah's State, whose previous capital was Urgench. According to 10th century notes, Khiva was important center on the trade way like Silk Road. It served as stopover for caravans from Chine and to. Day and night, the long chain of camels passed through the city Khiva. Nowadays, city has many historical and architectural monuments to protect and preserve to next generation. On the way, you will drive via famous Kizilkum desert. You will also see Amu Darya River, the deepest river in Central Asia. It takes its beginning from Panj and Vakhsh Rivers and goes to Aral Sea. Enjoy leisure time in Khiva and rest in a hotel.
Day 5: Khiva - Tuprak Qala - Ayz Qala
In the morning, start city tour in fascinating city of Khiva. The oldest part of city is Ichan-Qala. It is in the center and rounded by high clay walls. In the boundaries of Ishan-Qala, there are old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravanserais, Bathhouses and many other interesting monuments. About 400 traditional houses and 60 architectural monuments comprise Ichan-Qala and make it real city museum. Since 1969, the territory of Ichan-Qala was announced as historical and architectural protected area. One of the significant sites is the Kunya-Ark fortress dating back to 17th century. It was established by Muhammad Arang Khan. There is also perfect examples of Khorezm architecture built during 1830s. They are Kalta Minaret and Tash Khouvli Palace. After excursion, drive to yurt camp in Ayaz Qala desert. Dinner near the fire and night in camp.
Day 6: Ayz Qala - Nukus
Today explore historical places like Ayaz Qala and Tuprak Qala. Ayaz Qala is an old palace of Khorezm state. It was called for the honor of famous slave-fighter Ayaz. The foundation goes back to II AD. Next is Tuprak Qala, in translation "clay fortress" was constructed in II century or I. Later many wars and conflicts left few in these places. Continue to Nukus and check in to hotel.
Day 7: Nukus - Tashkent (flight, 21:00-23:00)
Starting from morning, have enjoyable city tour in Nukus. Visit extraordinary local museum of Savitsky. This museum exhibits prohibited art masterpieces. During the 29th century, Russian art is found here. They are works of Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group. The coordinator of Karakalpakstan state museum gathered all work during 1960s. Some of the paintings were bought, while others were given by the artist itself. After long time of keeping secretly, he managed to exhibit in the museum. Later explore the outskirts of Nukus. It will be remains of ancients city -Mizdakhan necropolis. Archeological excavations confirm that during the 4th century BC and 14th century AD, the place was occasionally conquered. In the end, visit Zoroastrian monument, which is 2200 years old. It is located in the Chilpyk village. Take evening flight to capital and spend night in Tashkent.
Day 8: Tashkent - Flight
In the morning, drive to airport for new adventures.
Cost per person:
02 pax - 695 $
04 pax - 615 $
06 pax - 565 $
08 pax - 525 $
10 pax - 495 $
Single - 70 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
*Half board - 55 $
*Full board - 105 $
*Entrance fees - 60 $ available with escort guide only
Local guides - 200 $ per group
Escort guide - 440 $ per group
Tour cost includes:
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
Ayz Qala - Yurts Camp
Nukus - "Jipek Joli" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
- Dinner and breakfast in yurts camp
- Train tickets Tashkent-Samarkand, Samarkand-Bukhara
Tour cost does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museum