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Discover Uzbekistan

Pearl of Orient, The Kingdom of endless steppes, The land of a thousand legends and myths… - these are the names Uzbekistan got in the past. It always evoked curiosity tempting such great military commanders and explorers as Darius, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, who came to conquer this land in different eras. It was here that Tamerlane created his great Empire. As before, Uzbekistan remains a dream built on eternal sands. You have a great opportunity to admire this beautiful country and see the wonders of the world famous cities: Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, following the Great Silk Road. You have a great chance to visit “the Louvre in the Steppe” in Nukus - the Savitsky Museum, a treasury of art, a rich collection of paintings from the Soviet avant-garde and post-avant-garde era, collected by Igor Savitsky.”



Route: Tashkent – Nukus – Ancient fortresses – Khiva – Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent

Duration: 11 days/ 9 nights

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DAY 1  TASHKENT

International flight to Tashkent from your destination.
DAY 2  ARRIVE IN TASHKENT

Amir Temur monument, TashkentArrive in Tashkent early in the morning. Transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast.
Check in to hotel after 14h00
Discover Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, which is often compared with an oasis : Visit to Khast Imom complex including Barak-khan Madrassah, the only world-known original version of Khalif Osman’s Koran dated from 7th century is kept here in the library of Mui-Muborak Madrasah; Visit to the Museum of Applied Arts, housed in the ancient palace of tsarist diplomat.
Panoramic tour Independence square, Amir Timur Square, Opera House Square.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY3  TASHKENT – NUKUS – ANCIENT FORTRESSES – KHIVA UNESCO

Picture of R.Redko Morning flight to Nukus. Upon arrival, visit to Museum of Fine Arts by Igor Savitsky, known also as the Museum of Forbidden Art – the world’s foremost collection of 20th century Russian avant-garde painting (closed on Mon).
Depart for Khiva (app. 310 km, 5 hrs drive) with stops to visit the ruins of ancient fortresses of Ayaz-Kala, one of the impressive sites towering over the desert (III c. B.C.) and Toprak-Kala, one of the first capitals of ancient Khorezm (I c. B.C.).
Arrive in Khiva. Transfer to hotel, accommodation.
Overnight at hotel.











Day 4  KHIVA

KhivaWalking tour in Ichan Kala, architectural complex of the inner city, surrounded by the large fortress wall with four gates. There are more than sixty architectural monuments: palaces, mosques, madrassahs, minarets and mausoleums inside the inner town. You will visit Muhammed Aminkhan Madrassah and its minaret; Kunya Ark and Juma Mosque with 218 pillars (one of the most ancient structures in Central Asia); Tash Khauli palace (the Harem of Khiva Khans); Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud; Islam Khodja complex and others. Visit to workshops on wood carving.
Overnight at hotel.


Day 5  KHIVA – BUKHARA UNESCO

Kyzylkum desertTake in the undulating landscape of Central Asia and drive to Bukhara across the Kyzylkum desert (450 km, app. 7-8 hrs). Arrival and accommodation at hotel.
Overnight at hotel.


Possible option: Train ride Khiva/Bukhara (08h23/13h35) on Tue, Fri, Sun

 




Day 6  BUKHARA

Trading domes, BukharaFull day tour of Bukhara: Magoki-Attari mosque (XII c., XVI c.); trading domes: Tok-i-Sarrafon – Moneychanger’s Bazaar, Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon – Cap Maker’s Bazaar, Tok-i-Zargaron (1570) – Jeweler’s bazaar; visit workshops on golden embroidery and weaving, watch copper-smith and blacksmith’s works; Ulugbek’s madrassah (XV c.) and Abdulaziz-khan madrassah; Tim Abdullakhan (XVI c), which was a bazaar of the expensive textiles; Poi-Kalyan Ensemble; Fortress Ark (citadel), a fortified residence of Emirs of Bukhara); Chor Minor, a colorful madrassah with four peculiar looking towers, which was used as a library for students.
Attend folklore performance with music and dances accompanied by fashion presentation in the courtyard of an ancient madrassah (weather permitting)
Overnight at hotel.

Day 7  BUKHARA

Statue of Khodja Nasreddin on Lyabi Khauz square, BukharaContinue on: Liabi-Khauz Complex; the Samanids Mausoleum, the most precious Bukhara monument (IX c); Bolo-Khauz mosque (XVIII c); Chashma-Ayub shrine known as a curative source; walk along Bukhara city wall (XIX c.).
Overnight at hotel.






 

Day 8  BUKHARA – SHAKHRISABZ UNESCO – SAMARKAND

Central square, ShakhrisabzDrive to Shakhrisabz (300 km, 4-5 hrs drive), where the national hero Timur, also known as Tamerlane, was born. It was only a small town at the time of Tamerlane, but at his behest, his descendants continued the development of Shakhrisabz long after his death. Visit the Ak Saray “White Palace” (XIV c), Kok Gumbaz Friday mosque, the Dorut Tilavat mausoleum, the Dorus Siadat mausoleum.
Proceed to Samarkand (90 km/1.5-2 hrs drive by car, or 150 km/2.5-3 hrs drive by minibus).
Arrival and accommodation at hotel.
Overnight at hotel.



 

Day 9  SAMARKAND UNESCO

Siab bazaar, SamarkandToday we start to explore Tamerlane’s Empire: world famous Registan Square (meaning “sandy place”) that ranks first in Central Asia and among the greatest of all the grandiose and magnificent works of the Islamic world; visit to the impressive remnants of Bibi-Khanum Mosque built in honor of the ruler’s eldest and favorite wife; tea pause with khalva at ancient caravanserai; Siab bazaar, the city’s main bazaar (closed on Mon); Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis (The Living King) and ensemble of mausoleums (XI-XIX cc.)  
Overnight at hotel.

Day 10  SAMARKAND – TASHKENT

Gur-Emir mausoleum (XV c), SamarkcandToday we visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum (graves of Tamerlane and his descendants, XV c); unique Ulugbek’s Observatory (Timur’s grandson, 1428-1429).
Take train for Tashkent (2 hr train ride). Arrival and accommodation at hotel. Overnight at hotel.






 

Day 11  DEPARTURE TO YOUR DESTINATION

Transfer to International airport for flight back home.

*This tour itinerary can be adjusted accoding to your requirements and needs

N° of persons prices in USD per person
 

Single room supplement (except yurt camp)
$ 1182
$ 948
$ 884


$220

HOTELS:

Tashkent City Palace 4*/ similar 1 + 1 night
Khiva madrassah Orient Star Khiva/ similar 2 nights
Bukhara Omar Khayyam 3*/ similar 3 nights
Samarkand Orient Star 3*/ similar  2 nights

For price enquiries (group tariffs) and more details please contact us


PRICE OF TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation on double/twin base at above mentioned hotels;
  • Meal base: B & B base: 10 breakfasts;
  • A/C transportation for all transfers, drives and city tours:
  • Train ticket Samarkand/Tashkent (in economy class);
  • Local guide in each city for excursion time (English-speaking):
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums as per tour itinerary;
  • Folklore performance in Bukhara;
  • Tea pause in Samarkand
 
PRICE OF TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Travel health insurance;
  • International flights;
  • Visa for Uzbekistan – visa free regime for 77 countries (please, check here: https://www.mfa.uz/en/pages/visa-republic-uzb) and e-visa for 77  countries (please, check here: www.e-visa.gov.uz) (please contact us, if any questions or doubts);
  • Tourist tax in Uzbekistan – $ 34 per person/tour (actual cost, subject to change);
  • Air-ticket Tashkent/Nukus – from $ 75 per person (actual cost, subject to change);
  • Single room supplement;
  • All personal expenses, incl. payment for photo and video cameras at monuments;
  • Luggage overweight;
  • Gratuities for guides/drivers/hotel porters
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