Aral Sea Tour

Day: 1 (Tashkent - Nukus - Aral Sea)

Meet the driver at the hotel in Tashkent.

Transfer to the local airport.

Flight Tashkent - Nukus 

Arrival in Nukus.

Come out of the terminal and meet the driver. 

Transfer to Aral Sea lake shore with sightseeing and photo stops en-route.

The Aral Sea is the former fourth largest lake in the world bordering on Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. In 1960-s the construction of melioration canals for cotton irrigation from the Amu Darya River began, the Aral Sea began to shallow.  The area of the Aral Sea is rapidly decreasing, towns and villages that once the seaports are now far away from the present sea line.

The same is with Muynak, once located on the shore of the Aral Sea, now it is separated from the sea by 200 kilometers.

Photo stop in Ustyurt Plateau to enjoy unusual landscapes.

Arrival in the yurt camp, located the nearby Aral Sea.

Resting time in the afternoon.

BBQ dinner and overnight in a yurt.

Day: 2 (Aral Sea - Muynak - Nukus)

Camp-style brea kfast.

Transfer to Muynak via beautiful Red Canyons with beautiful and unusual Martian landscape. Arrival in Muynak city that used to be one of the richest city in the delta of Amu-darya,” the gates to Uzbekistan from the sea”. Nowadays there is only cemetery of Dead Sea. 

- Visit Mizdakhan necropolis on the way back to Nukus (about 20 km from Nukus), an ancient cemetery, and located next to the remains of the Gyaur-Kala fortresss (4-3 Century BC).

- Gaur Kala (translated as the fortress of pagans) was a Zoroastrian town with citadel, the fire altar and a large cemetery nearby. Even after Arab invasion and Islam expansion, the town was inhabited until 14th Century and people continued to bury their relatives in Mizdakhan as they believed the place was a sacred place.

Arrival in Nukus.

Resting time in the afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day: 3 (Nukus - Khiva)

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet the driver at the lobby.

- Visit to Savitsky Museum exhibiting a unique collection of antiques of Khorezm and Karakalpak, Uzbek fine arts and second largest collection of Russion avant- garde works after Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.

The founder of the museum, Igor Savitsky devoted his life to piece-by-piece collecting of the finest works of modern artists of Uzbekistan and Russian avant-gardists. In 70 s it was quite risky to become anti-Soviet propagandist. During perestroika and first years since Uzbekistan independence, the museum earned the world recognition and deserved rightfully the must-see site status in Central Asia.

Transfer to Khiva. The road will take ~ 4 hours (202 km) en- route photo stops at the ruins of fortresses of ancient Khorezm.

- Ayaz-kala and Toprak-kala, the fortresses of Kushan period of Ancient Khorezm that used to be mighty border forts protecting the residents from raids of nomadic tribes.  The forts were built in ~4-7th century BCE, during the ages when Khorezm achieved its independence. The fortresses are located on the hills quite close to each other and visitors are welcome to have a short overview tour in the monumental forts that currently are drowning in sands.

Arrival in Khiva. Check-in the hotel.

Resting time in the evening.

End of the tour.

For single travelers 799 USD

Tour Price included

  • Accommodation in standard twin- shared rooms in Nukus;
  • Meals: breakfasts in hotels; camp style breakfast,2 lunches and dinner during Aral Sea trip (fixed menu, alcohol excluding);
  • All transfers as per program by comfortable tourist class/SUV transport as per road conditions;   
  • Single entry tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums and nature fees as per program;
  • Tourist tax per person.

Tour Price not included

  • Single accommodation in Tashkent and Khiva (can be added by request);
  • Internal flight Tashkent - Nukus (economy class, price subject to change);
  • Photo/video fees (professional camera);
  • E/visa to Uzbekistan (if required);
  • Meals: lunches and dinners except those specified in “Tour Price Includes”;
  • Personal travel/medical insurance, portage, tips, personal expenses and other services not specified under “Tour Price Includes”.
Number of days: 3
Covered regions:
Karakalpakstan
Taskhent region
Samarkand region
Bukhara region
Andijan region
Jizzakh region
Kashkadarya region
Navoi region
Namangan region
Syrdarya region
Surkhandarya region
Fergana region
Khorezm region
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Transport: Minivan
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October
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Cancellation Policy

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.