Uzbekistan Cultural and Exotic Tour, 11 Days
CULTURAL AND EXCOTIC TOUR 10 N 11 D
Itinerary: TASHKENT – URGENCH–KHIVA –BUKHARA – NUROTA-SAMARKAND – TASHKENT (AVILABE: FROM 15TH OF MARCH – TO 15TH OF NOVEMBER )
CULTURAL EXOTIC TOURS ARE A GREAT WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE UNFORGETTABLE AND UNREPEATABLE CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND WONDERS OF UZBEKISTAN. MANY DIVERSE TRADITIONS AND LIFESTYLE WHICH BELONGS TO LOCALS HAVE BEEN ATTRACTING ATTENTION OF BILLION TOURISTS FOR MANY YEARS.
1. Bukhara pilaw master class during the dinner in Bukhara
2. Pottery master class in Gijduvan (Bukhara)
3. Visiting marvelous “Registan” square in Samarkand
4. Dinner is at traditional Uzbek house in Samarkand
5. Traditional bread baking master class in Samarkand
6. Wine showroom and wine tasting in Samarkand.
7. Dancing show program during dinner in Bukhara.
8. Master class of gold knitting in Bukhara .
9. Free wifi during long journey- drives.
10. Experience nomadic life
11. Experience local life
12. Hot air balloon ride.
13. Coffee and tea at bus stops during long journeys.
14. Map of Uzbekistan and guide book in German, English, Italian languages in the first day.
Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent city.
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Morning flight to Urgench HY 51 TAS -UGC 0750 0930 (1100 km / 1hrs 40 min flight) Transfer from Urgench to Khiva (30 km 30-40 min drive)
11:00 Starting of city tour of Khiva Visit:
Which is a starting point of the city tour. Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Itchan-Kala Fortress, living museum under the open sky. Take a walking sightseeing tour in Khiva with a guide: visit Kunya-Ark Citadel, Tash-Khovli Palace, Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad khan Madrasah, 14:00 Lunch in Uzbek restaurant
Ata-Darvaza, Kunya- Ark, Madrassah of MuhammedAminhan, Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva - TashHauli, where the harem of 40 concubines was, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulihan, Pahlavan Mahmud Gates, Mausoleum of SeydAllaudin, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Minaret and Islam-KhojaMadrassah , Mosque and Jami Minaret.
20:00 Dinner in Uzbek restaurant with folk live music. Overnight in Khiva city.
Day 3: Khiva – Bukhara
06:00-07:00 Breakfast at hotel.
08:00 Drive to Bukhara (500 km 6/7 hours) Arrival and check in to hotel.
14:00 Lunch .
Bolo-Khauz Mosque- To the west of Ark Citadel, long before Bukhara was conquered by the Arabs, there had emerged a busy city center – Registan square. In the 17th century the area on the approaches to the square used to be occupied by rows of market shops. One of the caravan roads, connecting Bukhara and Khorezm, led to the square from Dashtak city gates.
Ark Fortress - Ark-Citadel is a residence of Bukhara khans. According to the last excavations, it was determined the citadel was on this place from 4 century BC. For many years of building and destruction, 20 meters h artificial hill was formed; its upper layers were built over in the time of last Bukharin emirs.
Poi - Kalyan Complex – Kalyan Minaret and Kalyan Mosque.
Dinner at Nadirdebanbegi - Madrassah with traditional folk and fashion show. Overnight in Bukhara city.
Day 4: Bukhara
07:00-09:00 Breakfast at hotel. Starting of city tour of Bukhara Visit:
Ismoil Somoniy Mousaleum - This world-famous architectural masterpiece was built at the close of the ninth century. The mausoleum was erected as a family crypt immediately after the death of Ismail
Chashma Ayub Mousoleum - Chashma-Ayub well, translated as Saint Job’s Source. A legend has it that the Bible prophet Job, having visited this land, decided to help the people who suffered from water shortage in the desert. He struck the ground with his stick, making a source of crystal clear water sprang at that place.
Bolo Khouz Complex - Bolo-Khauz Complex is the only preserved monument on the Registan Square. It is located on the opposite site of Ark - the Emir's fortress. The complex consists of the reservoir, Friday mosque and minaret. Lunch check in to hotel.
Lyabi Khaus Ensemble - Architectual ensemble Lyabi-Khauz is formed with three large monumental buildings: Kukeldash Madrasah in the north, khanaka and Nodir Divan-begi in the west and in the east. From the south the square was closed with Trade Street. The center of old Bukhara large ensemble became a reservoir.
Trading domes of Bukhara – the famous oriental wholesale bazaars - domes stretching in procession from Lyabi-Khauz to the Miri-Arab madrasah.
Overnight in Bukhara city.
Day 5: Bukhara – Nurata – Yurt Camp.
07:00-09:00 Breakfast at hotel.
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to a village located in Nurata Mountains (330 km, 5-6 hrs). Excursion in Nurata: Nurata complex is a place of worship of local people. The complex consists of a dervish monastery, with rooms for a ten-day and forty-day retreat, a 16th-century mosque erected in 1580 by Abdullahan Sheibani, in place of the temple of fire worshipers (the foundation of the 9th century). The holy spring of Nur, the remains of the watchtower fortress of Alexander the Great.
Local people themselves believe that the purest water and Islam are the most important riches that God has bestowed upon them.
Around the town, many sources with crystal clear water, considered sacred. Fish, living in springs and a pond, is also considered sacred, it is not eaten.
Transfer to the Yurt Camp in the Kyzyl Kum desert. Before us a panorama of the huge barkhans overgrown with the hosorpoon (garmal), camel thorn, saxaul. Accommodation in yurts. The yurt camp is located in 10 km from the coast of the lake "Aydarkul". In the camp there are yurts, which are richly decorated with hand-made carpets and sherds of local craftsmen. Color patterns and chandeliers create an unusually festive atmosphere in the yurt. The yurt camp is also equipped with stationary toilets and showers with plumbing fixtures, a yurta wardroom where lunches and dinners take place. There is electricity in the camp. Upon arrival in the yurt camp, tourists are offered green tea, which will quench and calm thirst.
Before dinner, you can meet the sunset on the barkhana with a holy place. Ritual, making wishes, tying ropes on sacred saxaul (more than 700 years). Dinner. Folklore performance of akyn at campfire.
Stars of extraordinary brightness and the milky way will allow you to enjoy harmony with nature and tranquility.
Day 6 Yurt Camp - Aydarkul - Sentab - Asraf
Breakfast in the camp.
Camel riding.(10-15 minutes) During a walk on camels, tourists will be able to observe the flora and fauna of a lifeless desert (up to 25 species of plants and a diverse animal world).
Departure to Lake Aydarkul.
Aydarkul is called the "turquoise sea in the sands", with each year it expands, while the Aral Sea becomes shallow. Lake in the middle of desert is not the mirage, but the real miracle of nature. It is called Aydarkul. Origin of crystal pure lake on the south-east of Kyzylkum desert is very mysterious. Although there is the scientific explanation. Earlier excess of drainage waters discharged to Arnasay Hollow with saline land. But in summer of 1969, extremely high water on the river Syrdarya exceeded the capacity of Chardarya Reservoir, and water filled the Arnasay Hollow. A lot of fish appeared in the lake.And already today many species of animals from the sea have moved to the shores of an amazing lake. You will be offered a picnic on the shore of Aidarkul (fried fish will be offered).
After picnic group will be transferred to Sentab village. Accommodation in local guest house. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 7 Asraf – Samarkand
Breakfast at guesthouse.
Half day hiking tour to around Asraf village
Asraf 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, during your hiking you can see the different type of flora and fauna of the village .There are three main ethnic groups Uzbeks, Tadjiks, Kazakhs that populates the Nuratau mountains and Kyzlkum steppe. Being the biggest ethnic groups Uzbeks arrived here in 13th century from the north of present Kazakhstan, Second biggest group of Tadjiks have more ancient settlement history dating back to the time of Alexander Greats reign in Central Asia. The third ethnic group Kazakhs before settling in the beginning of the 20th century were living in nomadic lifestyle from place to place in Kyzyl-Kum desert.
Lunch at guest house. Transfer to Samarkand (220 km – 4/5 hrs) Arrival to Samarkand . Check in to hotel. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 8 Samarkand Breakfast at hotel. City tour:
Bibi Khanum Mosque, once the biggest mosque in Central Asia, it was erected by order of Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399.
Shakhi Zinda (Alive King ) Necropolis, a site of pilgrimage visited since the 11th century and marked by holiness. The mausoleum of Qusam Ibn Abbas the cousin of Prophet Muhammads (s.a.v) also in this NecropolisIt consists of about 20 mausoleums of different centuries built between 11th – 19thcenturies.Interesting magic and historical legends will be told by your guide.
Overnight in Samarkand city.
Day 9 Samarkand – Tashkent
08:00 Breakfast in the hotel.
09:00Visit:Meros paper mill. The ancient paper mill which is producing Samarkand paper with old traditions.
The mausoleum of Gur Emir, a burial place of Tamer Lang and other princess of his family.
13:00 lunch at Uzbek restaurant Registan Square, the heart of Samarkand consisting of Madrassa of Ulugbek, Madrassa SherDor and Tillya-Kori Mosque.
Saint Daniel Mazar - The only place in Central Asia where Muslim, Jewish, Christian people together consider as sacred place in their religion.
Ulugbek Observatory – the biggest observatory of his time he was ruler and scientist. 18:00 Evening take a high –speed train “Afrosiyab” to Tashkent. (300km/2hrs) Arrival . Dinner . Check in to hotel.
Overnight in Tashkent city.
Day 10 – Tashkent.
Take a breakfast at hotel coffee shop and after breakfast take a tour to Charwak mountain.
Charwak mountain is situated 80 km away from city and situeated in the middle of three country borders Kazakistan – Kyrgzstan- Uzbekistan. On the way we can see the local villages and observe the local life of uzbek village.
Arrival to Chimgan hill and take ride on hot air balloon for 20 minutes it will fly till 75 – 100 meters and you will enjoy with the view Ugam-Chatqal mountain range and Charwak Lake.
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Lunch and picnic on mountain enjoy with a view of beautiful Charwak lake and landscape of Ugam - Chatkal mountain range and Charwak water
reservoir. Return back to Tashkent
Farewell dinner in a restaurant with belly dance show performance.
Day 11 Tashkent – Departure
Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
Tashkent –3 nights
Orient inn/ Orient Place 3***
Bukhara –2 nights
Fatima/Volida 3*or similar
Samarkand - 1 night
Malika Classic 3* or similar
Khiva – 1 night
Euro Asia 3* or similar
Aydarkul 1 night
Sentob 2 nights
Tour including services:
1. Accommodation on Double/Twin Sharing basis.
2. Complimentary Bottles of Mineral water as per specified;
3. (1 0.5 bottle mineral water per person per day )
4. VISA Support. (LOI)
5. Meals on full Board basis:
6. Services of Professional English/German speaking tour guide;
7. All Sightseeing as per above tour itinerary;
8. All transfers as per itinerary by car/minivan/AC Luxury Coach;
9. Train tickets;
10. One FOC for tour leader for 10+ groups .
11. Per night tourist fee tax
12. All applicable taxes
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.