This trip invites you to discover architectural pearl of Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan is a crossroad of caravan routes along which paper, silk, gold were conveyed. This trip will give a great opportunity to open Khiva – a masterpiece of Uzbek Art, Bukhara with its thousands of cupolas, mosques, mausoleums, madrassahs and bazaars, and which is considered to be one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia, majestic Samarkand with its mosaic and gardens.
Best period to visit: all the year round
– Urgench / Khiva
11 days / 10 nights by flights of Uzbekistan Airways, Turkish Airlines
, Aeroflot (Russian Airlines)
Day 1/2: Arrival Tashkent – Urgench / Khiva (flight + 30 km)
Arrival in Tashkent in the morning.
Start exploration of the capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent was known as important trade point on the Great Silk Route. Today it is a huge modern city of European style. Visit to an old part of Tashkent with its madrassahs and mosques, then panoramic tour of modern part of Tashkent: Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, and the Alisher Navoi Theatre Square.
Transfer to airport for evening flight to Urgench. Arrival and transfer to Khiva - the last capital of Khorezm region.
Day 3: Khiva
Today explore Khiva -
an architectural masterpiece of Central Asia, a city of palaces and splendor minarets, unique mausoleums and madrassahs. A walk in Khiva will bring you to the world of Thousand and One Arabian Nights fairytales from a long forgotten childhood.
Day 4: Khiva – Bukhara (450km)
Drive to Bukhara
– one of the most prosperous cites of a Great Silk Road - across the Kyzylkum desert.
Day 5-6: Bukhara
Explore Bukhara over the next 2 days - Central Asia's holiest city with ancient buildings dating back to the previous millennium, the city center has century-old buildings, and almost takes you back in time. Dinner with folklore performance and presentation of national costumes at ancient madrassah.
Day 7: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand (300 km+ 150 km)
Drive to Shakhrisabz
motherland of Tamerlane. Observation of Tamerlane’s palace - the Ak Saray “White Palace” (14th c), Kok Gumbaz Friday mosque and the Mausoleum of Dorut Tillovat. Drive to Samarkand - the city which has marvelous and attractive power. Poets and historians of the past called it "Rome of the East", "The pear of Eastern Moslem World".
Day 8-9: Samarkand
2 days spent on sightseeing tour of Samarkand
including majestic Registan Square, the most beautiful place of Central Asia, the Bibi Khanum Mosque, the necropolis of Shakhi Zinda and Mausoleum of Gur-Emir. Tea-party with halva at ancient caravanserai. Dinner at local house.
Day 10: Samarkand – village – Tashkent (2 h by train)
Visit to the village and get acquainted with local people and their traditions. Return to Samarkand.
Evening train to Tashkent.
Day 11: Tashkent – Departure
Transfer to airport for your next destination.
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