DAY 1. Arrival, Tashkent (Mon.)
You arrive in Tashkent by HY at 06:45, the capital of Uzbekistan. After having rest until noon continue with the sights-seeing of Tashkent.
Today we visit the historical complex of Khasti Imam in the Old Town. On the large square you will see the Tillya-Sheikh-Mosque, the Barak khan Medressah, the Mausoleum of KaffalShashi and the library, where the oldest manuscript of the Koran is kept. Today Tashkent is the modern capital of Uzbekistan, and it is considered as Islamic cultural centre of Central Asia. One cannot find many ancient landmarks as opposed to Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara. But it has its own sights. One of them is the Tashkent Metro, the first ever built underground system in Central Asia.Dinner at local restaurant and drive to train station to catch evening train to Khiva.
Train leaves at 20:30 and arrives in Khiva next day at 10:52
O/n at train.
DAY 2. Midnight train toKhiva (Tue.)
Arrival to Khiva, transfer to the hotel, check-in.On the way to hotel pay s vist to Tozabog summer residence of last khans of Khiva Khanate.
Today and upcoming day we visit the Ichan-Kala («the inner town»). Khiva is a town which looks back on a rich history and still looks the same today as it did hundreds of years ago. It is one of the few places in Central Asia which allow us to imagine what life was like in the Khan era. The famous buildings of Central Asia which have long become an emblem are to be found in Itschan-Kala: amongst them are the Mohammed-Amin-KhanMedressah and Kalta Minor (the short minaret), Islam Khodja Minaret, the Juma Mosque (Friday mosque)originally built as a Zoroastrian temple.Lunch at local restaurant.
O/n at hotel.
DAY 3. Khiva exploration day (Wed.)
Today we visit more sites within Ichan Kala town museum and further outskirt of the town. Sight-seeing include Juma Mosque, Tash Khavli palace.
O/n at hotel.
DAY 4. Khiva – Bukhara 450 km drive (Thu.)
Impressive journey through the vegetated Kyzyl-Kum desert («Red Sand» – desert) and the vast steppe to Bukhara (450 km). En route your escort guide will tell you about the national customs and traditions of Uzbek people. We reach Bukharaby late afternoon,so we still have some time to pay a visit to Jewish Quarter of Bukhara and go intoa Synagogue which is over 400 years old. Then wevisit a doll workshop.
O/n at hotel.
DAY 5. Bukhara (Fri.)
Today we start with the Excursion to the mausoleum of Ismail Samani. Then we visit the Chashmai-Ayub mausoleumand continue walking to the Old Town where you feel transported into the fairy-tales of One Thousand and One Nights. Amazingly even today some of medressahs (theological schools) function as they did hundreds of years ago. Admire the «classic» architectural complex of Lyabi Hauz with trading domes and several mosques, madrassahs and khanaka (dervish monastery) in the town centre, and understand the title of «noble town».
Enjoy your dinner tonight at old Jewish merchant’s house, the home of an Uzbek family. The Suzani (needle embroidery) master Abdurrahman tells us about Bukhara Embroidery. Today you will try Uzbek food “Manty” (steamed dumplings).
Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. O/n at hotel.
DAY 6. Bukhara – Gijduvan – Nurata – Yurt camp (270km)(Sat.)
After breakfast, start your day with visiting Bakhauddin Nakhshbandi Mausoleum. Then we say good-bye to Bukhara and set to journey to Gijduvan (45 km). Since ancient times Gijduvan has been known as a craft and trade Centre. Visit a ceramics workshop and its museum with a demonstration room.On the way to our destination,stop by at Nurata and visit local mosque with a holy spring water. Lunch at local restaurant
Arrive in Safari Yurt Camp, accommodation in yurt. Camel riding (enjoy riding experience for 10-15 min according to your will, you may skip this activity if you have no will) and free time. In the evening dinner at camping area. Overnight stand in yurts.
DAY 7. Yurt camp – Aydarkol – Asraf village(Sun.)
After breakfast in yurt camp, drive toAydarkol Lake. Enjoy your time at the lake and have lunch. Depending on the season, you can swim in the lake or observe the fauna (depending on the season you can see steppe turtles, hares or desert pangolins). In the afternoon depart the Aydarkul Lake and drive to Asraf village along Nurata mountain range. The village is located far away from roads and cities in a picturesque mountain area with fresh air, green orchards, singing birds, sky full of stars, and friendly people. Have a tour around the village and explore lifestyle of villagers. Overnight in the guesthouse.
Dinner at guesthouse.
DAY 8. Asraf village – Samarkand (Mon.)
After breakfast at guesthouse, further exploration of the village through moderate walking around the village. Then we after lunch we depart to Samarkand – one of the pearls of the Orient with a history over 2750 years. Samarkand is a town of the Tales of 1001 Nights – was considered in the Middle Ages to be one of the most beautiful towns of the world and has still today lost none of its charm and attraction. Check-in the hotel and have some afternoon rest. Dinner at local restaurant
O/n at hotel.
DAY 9. Samarkand (Tue.)
During your stay in Samarkand we visit one of the visiting cards of Uzbekistan – the famous Registan Square with its three unique madrassahs Ulughbek, Sherdor and Tillya Kori. We visit mausoleum of Guri-Emir, burial place of Tamerlane.
In the morning we visit the Bibi-Khanum-Mosque, which was once considered to be one of the greatest sacred buildings of the Orient. Next to the mosque is one of the oldest Bazaars in Samarkand, the Siyob bazaar, where we will spend half an hour. Then we will visit Observatory of Ulugbekh, which used to be the greatest research center in Central Asia; Shakhi Zinda or «living king» – a burial site where Tamerlane’s family members are buried. Samarkand – «the Rome of the Orient» – has been since time immemorial a flourishing trading and culture center. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. It is interesting that the entire production is done by hand, and guests can watch the manufacturing process. We also visit during our stay in Samarkand famous pilgrimage site, Mausoleum of Imam Al Bukhari, 17 km away from Samarkand.
O/n at hotel.
DAY 10. Samarkand Tashkent train journey (Wed.)
Free time until noon after checking out of the hotel visit Observatory of Ulugbekh astronomical research centre once gathered great scientists and thinkers of 15th century. After visiting AfrasiabMuseum drive to railway station to catch a bullet train to Tashkent 17:28 arrives to Tashkent at 19:44.
Upon arrival driver will meet you at Tashkent railway station and take you to your hotel.
Lunch at local restaurant
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