The Highlights of the Tour
Tashkent – the capital of the country, the combination of the new and ancient architecture. Well-known with its wide range of museums and unusual underground metro stations.
Khiva – the pearl of the East which is divided into three parts: the fortress - Kunya-Ark, suburb - Dishan-Kala and the inner city - Itchan-Kala.
Bukhara – situated on the Silk Route and includes more than 140 architectural monuments.
The camp of yurts in Yangui Gazgan– traditional dinner, local troubadour songs of Kazakh Akyns, dances around the campfire. The thousands of stars in the blue sky open the door of another world…
Mitan village (the houses built of adobe, the valleys filled by cotton, super generous local people and their lifestyle, customs and etc.) –the winner of the World Responsible Tourism Travel Award 'To Do' at the ITB Berlin 2015.
Samarkand – one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia (UNESCO).
Day 1 (Fri) Homeland –Tashkent
Flight from homeland to Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan.
Day 2 (Sat) Tashkent (visits)
Arrival in Tashkent International Airport at 05:50 a.m. Welcome by guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel and leave there baggage (Standard check-in, at/after 14:00).
Breakfast at a local restaurant.
The first discovery by the visit to the complex of Khast-i-Imam (reconstructed in 2007), the religious centre of Tashkent. Architectural ensemble includes several constructions, built-in XVI-XIX cc;
Lunch at traditional Uzbek restaurant.
In the afternoon continue and visit The Museum of Applied Art of Tashkent, the ancient palace of Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev that is transformed into the museum in 1938. Then you will discover beautiful madrasa Kukeldash and Juma Mosque and Chorsu Bazaar –the biggest market of the country.
Dinner at the local restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 (Sun) Tashkent – Urgench –Khiva (domestic flight & visits)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Urgench.
HY 1051 | dep : 07h50 | arr : 09h30. In the morning, arrival at the airport of Urgench, the capital of Khorezm region and transfer to Khiva. On arrival, transfer to hotel for leaving there the baggage.
Explore the marvellous city, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sightseeing program includes an excursion in all monuments of Ichan Kala. Ichan Kala is the inner town (protected by brick walls some 10 m high) of the old Khiva oasis, which was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. Although few very old monuments still remain, it is a coherent and well-preserved example of the Muslim architecture of Central Asia: Juma Mosque, constitutes remarkable type of architecture of XVII cc.; Kunya Ark –the 'ancient fortress', established in 1686 - 1688 by Arang-Khan; to south of Kunya Ark were found Kalta Minor and the Medresa of Muhammad-Amin-Khan; The Tash-Kauli Palace, built-in 1830 - 1838 for Alla-Kulli-Khan, (whose name means 'slave of God', he was blissfully unaware of the plans being put into place in Russia for a massive invasion).
Lunch at restaurant and acquaintance with local cuisine.
After explore other exceptional monuments, situated in Ichan Kala – the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud (1247 - 1325); the Mausoleum of Sayid All-Uddin, which has retained its XIVth-century layout intact; the Medresa of Islam-Khodja (1908 - 1910), with its elegant minaret, at 45 m the highest in Khiva; The Medresa of Alla-Kuli, built in 1835 in an awkward space near the east gate of the inner town, is a celebrated example of harmonious blending into an ancient urban fabric.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 (Mon) Khiva – Toprak Kala-Ayaz Kala – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel.
Explore ancient fortresses Toprak Kala and Kyzyl Kala, situated in 80 km of Khiva. The fortress was built in the 3rd century and was used as the residence of khorezmshakhs - governors of the country- up to 305 A.D. Because of aggressive wars, that forced the governors to leave the residence, the city gradually fell into decay. During the expedition in 1938 and the archeological excavations, from the territory of Toprak Kala were found coins, fragments of ossuaries (Zoroastrian’s canopic jars), magnificent samples of art culture, like thin manufactured ceramics, wool, silk fabrics, gold ornaments and a necklace of 300 glass beads, paste, amber, corals, bowls.
Then drive to Ayaz Kala and visits ancient and biggest, mud-walled fortress, built on the top of a hill overlooking the vast Amu Darya plain (IV-II centuries B.C.). Lunchtime.
In the afternoon drive back to Khiva.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 (Tue) Khiva –Bukhara (450 km ~7-8h drive)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning drive to Bukhara direction by passing red sands of the desert Kizil-Kum. Rest stop and explore the river of Amu-Darya, a blue serpent in the desert...
Lunch on the way.In the afternoon going on the road doing another rest stop en-route near Gazli. Arrive late afternoon, transfer and check-in to the hotel.
Dinner at a local restaurant.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 (Wed) Bukhara (visits)
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the most mysterious city of the Silk Road –Bukhara and its magnificent historical monuments that attract thousands of visitors by their beauty.
Full day sightseeing program includes the visits to Architectural complex Poi-Kalyan (means «Foot of the Great»), situated at the foot of the minaret Kalyan. The complex consists of three constructions built in XII-XVI centuries: madrasah Miri-Arab, mosque and minaret Kalyan – “Great minaret” is the main decoration of the complex. Poi-Kalyan is one of the central architectural ensembles of Bukhara; the madrasa of Ulug Beg and Abdulaziz Khan. Built in 1652, a few centuries later than Ulugh-Beg Madrasah (built in 1417), Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasa marks the remarkable progress of medieval Central Asian architecture; Tim Abdullah Khan – a covered bazaar built in 1577; Magok-i Attari Mosque (today, Museum of Carpets) is one of the oldest architectural monuments where you will find heathen shrines, the remains of a Buddhist monastery, a Zoroastrian Temple in Bukhara.
Lunchtime. In the afternoon continue to explore other monuments, as architectural ensemble Laybi-Hauz (means «the shore of reservoir») –the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara. The pool dug in 1620 between khanaka and madrassa, has a length 42 m, a width 36 m, a depth 5 m. The ensemble consists of three monumental buildings: Kukeldash madrassa and two other religious buildings: Hanaka on the west and Madrasah of Nadir Divan-Begi on the east; Ark-Citadel –a residence of Bukhara khans, a massive fortress, built and occupied around the 5th century AD. Bolo-Hauz Mosque, built in the 17th century, was a place of prayer for the Emirs and their entourage. It is the only preserved monument in Registan Square that includes: multi-column aivan, domed mosque, minaret and a small pool; the mausoleum of Ismail Samani, one of the most ancient monuments in the city, mausoleum Chashma Ayub, or "Source of Job".
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 (Thu) Bukhara (visits)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will visit other monuments situated in the countryside of the Bukhara: the mosque Tchor Minor, or « Four Minarets », hidden in the alleys of the ancient district of the city, an example of XIX cc. monument; summer residence of Bukhara Emirs, Sitora-i-Mokhi Khossa, which was the second residence of the last emir of Bukhara.
The afternoon will be free time for personal discovery. You can go for a walk in a former Jewish district and visit the synagogue (opened after 17:00), or visit Shavkat BOLTAEV workshop and admire his gorgeous photography; As well as the visit to the workshop of popular puppet-creator Iskandar KHAKIMOV.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 (Fri) Bukhara – Nurata – Yangui Gazgan (Yurt camping)
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning drive to the Nurata direction. On the way make a stop en-route in Guijduvan, a small village 40 km far from the Bukhara. Guijduvan ceramic workshop is known throughout the country and is protected by UNESCO. Alisher Narzullaev will demonstrate with great pleasure our National ceramics which are very interesting.
Further, make another stop in the naval region, to visit ancient caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik (XI c) and medieval water keeper Sardoba (XV c). After arriving, visit a local house for lunch.
Afternoon- visit the ruins the ancient Citadel of Alexander the Great and finally arrive at a camping yurt. Accommodation in the camp yurt, riding Camels and dinner in a desert around the fire.
Overnight in yurts.
Day 9 (Sat) Nurata – Mitan village –Samarkand
Breakfast at yurt camping. Morning drive to Mitan Village.
Arriving at the village of Mitan which is the winner of the World Responsible Tourism Travel Award 'To Do' at the ITB Berlin 2015.
In the village, you will be a guest in one of the Uzbek local family. There you will meet your local guide.
Lunch at the local house, with traditional Uzbek welcome meals: “bichaks”- triangular baked pastries with meat or pumpkin; “plov”- cooked with rice, fresh mutton or beef, yellow or red carrot, onions and vegetable oil (you can take part in the preparation).
Authentic meetings and various exchanges between the visitors and local residents are the best ways of cross-cultural understanding; as well, participation in various kinds of activities leads to familiarization with the lifestyle of local people.
In the afternoon you can go for a walk in a village and observe beautiful nature almost untouched by human development. Having the tour in Mitan village, you really feel the Uzbek Life. You will have a unique opportunity to see the life of an ordinary Uzbek village with all its joys and difficulties. In Mitan village, away from the daily hustle and bustle of civilization, you will understand what really has meaning in life, and what is imposed by conventionalities of the external modern world. You will meet some incredibly friendly local people, to chat with them, together make Uzbek national meals in a host Village house and enjoy watching the traditions and customs as well as Uzbek hospitability.
In the afternoon drive to Samarkand, transfer and check-in to the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 (Sun) Samarkand (visits)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Right after begins sightseeing program: The Registan Square (“Sandy Place”), the ensemble of three madrasahs (the Ulughbek Madrasah (1417-1420), the Sher Dor Madrasah (1619-1636) and the Tillya Kori Madrasah (1646-1660)is a unique example of town-building art a remarkable pattern of the architectural planning of the main town square; the Gur-Amir Mausoleum –a world-known masterpiece of Central Asian architecture, the family crypt of the great dynasty of Tamerlane, with a fine ribbed dome and decorated with paper-maché inside.
Visit a family of “Khasanov” and see the process of making Uzbek traditional sweets. The main advantage of Uzbek sweets is that they are prepared exclusively from natural products. You will have an opportunity to take part in the preparation.
In the afternoon, you will discover other miracles of the city: The Pearl of Samarkand – Bibi Khanum Mosque. Constructed in 1399 by the best architects and artisans of Khorossan, Azerbaijan, Persia and India, the mosque was compared with the beauty and shining of the Milky Way; the Siyab Bazaar, the most ancient and biggest in Samarkand.
Dinner time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 (Mon) Samarkand (visits) –Tashkent (drive 4h.)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing program: the Shakhi-Zinda Ensemble with more than 20 buildings, built from early XI up to XIV cc. Each mausoleum has its own style of decoration and great fantasy of skilful artisans; the Observatory of Ulugbek –one of the famous observatories of the Middle Ages, built-in 1428-1429. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon drive to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent in the evening, transfer and check-in to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at hotel
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