Uzbekistan, from edge to edge!
Cities: Tashkent, Kokand, Rishtan, Fergana, Margilan, Nukus, Muynak (Aral Sea), Khiva, Bukhara, Nurata, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz;
Duration: 15 Days 14 Nights
Group size: Min - 3 persons;
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by guide and transferred to the hotel, check-in. After, start sightseeing in Tashkent-the capital of Uzbekistan. Visit old part of city with Khasti Imam Complex where the world famous Koran of Caliph Othman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khasti-Imam Complex you’ll visit Madrasah Barak Khan, Tilla Sheykh Mosque and Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi. Then visit Madrasah Kukaldash. Take a ride on Tashkent Metro then continue sightseeing to the city center with Independence Place and Museum of Art Applied. Overnight at the hotel
Day2: TASHKENT – KOKAND – FERGANA
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Fergana Valley (320 km). The steep road* which connects Fergana Valley with the rest of Uzbekistan runs via picturesque mountain pass Kamchik (2267 m. above the sea level). The first stop will be in the city of Kokand. Visit the Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Kamol-Kazy Madrasah, Jami Mosque and Norbut-biy Madrasah. After, continue driving to Fergana city (80 km). Visit, Akhmad Al-Fergani Park in Fergana. Check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day3: FERGANA – MARGILAN – RISHTAN - TASHKENT
In the morning, drive from Fergana to Margilan and visit Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah . Today, madrasah is home to a craftsmen producing carpets and silk. Visit traditional market and continue to Yodgorlik Silk Factory. If it is Thursday or Sunday, visit Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market in Fergana Valley. Drive to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master Rustam Usmanov. Enjoy a pottery workshop and have a look at ceramic collection in a small museum. Return to Tashkent. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: TASHKENT – NUKUS – MUYNAK - NUKUS
Breakfast in the hotel. Than flight to Nukus (1255 km, 2 h. 45 min.). Arrival in Nukus and drive to Muynak- former fishermen’s town (220 km, 3 h.). In Muynak have a look at a former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. Visit Local History Museum with art exhibits of the Aral Sea history. In the afternoon return to Nukus. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: NUKUS – KHIVA
Breakfast. Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. Have a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon depart to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: Chylpyk Zoroastrian dakhma, and Toprak-Kala – the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Arrive in Khiva, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: KHIVA
Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Itchan-Kala Fortress, living museum under the open sky. Take a walking sightseeing tour in Khiva: visit Kunya Ark Citadel, Tash-Khovli Palace, Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islam-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: KHIVA - BUKHARA
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzyl Kum Desert, as the present road does nowadays. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amu Darya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: BUKHARA
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: BUKHARA
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: BUKHARA – NURATA – YURT CAMP
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to yurt camp located in Kyzyl Kum desert (230 km, 4 h.). On the way stop in Gijduvan pottery masters workshop and Nurata town to visit a local mosque with a holy spring water. In the afternoon continue driving to yurt camp in Kyzyl Kum desert. Stop on Nurata pass to see petroglyphs. Arrive in Safari Yurt Camp, accommodation in yurt. Camel riding and free time. In the evening dinner near the camp fire with Kazakh akin singing folk songs. Overnight in the yurt.
Day 11: YURT CAMP – SAMARKAND
In the morning visit desert Aidarkul Lake Free time on the lake. Tourists can take a camel ride through the desert (8.5 km, 3 h) or the short ride to a nearby village (1.5km 30 min.), fishing and swimming here. In the afternoon depart the yurt camp and drive to Samarkand (270 km, 5 h.). Arrival in Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: SAMARKAND
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Ulugbek Observatory. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: SAMARKAND
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: SAMARKAND – SHAKHRISABZ – SAMARKAND – TASHKENT
In the morning drive to Shakhrisabz (90km 2h.). There you will visit Dor-us Siodat memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble with kok Gumbaz mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon come back to Samarkand. Check-out and transfer to the railway station of Samarkand at 16:30. The high speed train “Afrosiyob” leaves for Tashkent at 17:00 and arrives at 19:10. Check in to the hotel. Overnight at he hotel.
Day 15: TASHKENT – HOME
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.