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Uzbekistan – Silk, Mosaics and Deserts

Uzbekistan – Silk, Mosaics and Deserts

A tour that in addition to classic part offers a couple of days in yurts featuring camel ride and rest by the lake shore located in the middle of the desert, to get acquainted with nature of Uzbekistan. Plus a visit to the ancient town of Nurata with remnants of fortress built at the time of Alexander the Great.

Best period to visit:  April - October

Duration: 12 days/10 nights by flights of Uzbekistan Airways, Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot (Russian Airlines)

Day 1Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent.
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.

Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench/Khiva (30 km)
Morning flight to Urgench. Arrival and transfer to KhivaUnesco - the last capital of Khorezm region. Khiva is an architectural masterpiece of Central Asia, a city of palaces and splendor minarets, unique mausoleums and madrassahs.

Day 3: KhivaAncient fortressesKhiva
Visit to the ancient fortresses of Toprak and Ayaz Kala (III c. BC).
Return to Khiva.
Day 4: Khiva – Bukhara (450km)
Drive to BukharaUnesco – one of the most prosperous cities 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 – Nurata – Yurt camp (240 km)
Today we drive northeast to the small town of Nurata via Gijduvan - one of the oldest ceramic centers in Uzbekistan. Visit to the atelier and a small museum (tea and comfort break). We approach Nurata through the hilly region of the steppes with grazing herds. Upon arrival walk up to the remains of Alexander the Great fortress, this affords excellent view.  We will also visit Nurata Friday mosque with a Chashma spring and the pool with sacred fishes. From Nurata we cross the steppe further to the yurt tent camps. We stay overnight in yurts (nomadic felt tents) in a desert camp. The yurts are typical of those used by the nomadic people of Central Asia.
Dinner by the fire with live music of Kazakh singer Akyn.

Day 8: Yurt camp – Aydarkul Lake – Samarkand (240 km) 
Drive to Aydarkul Lake. Relax at the lakeshore, swimming (depends on weather condition). Drive to SamarkandUnesco - the city which has marvelous and attractive power. Poets and historians of the past called it “Rome of the East, “The pearl of the Eastern Moslem World”.

Day 9: Samarkand
Full day 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 – Zerafshan Mountains – Samarkand
In the morning drive to Zerafshan Mountains. Day dedicated to a walking in the countryside area near Samarkand, several hours hiking in the mountains overlooking a small village; meet with local people who will be glad to welcome you. Lunch picnic with shashlyk (grilled meat).
Return to Samarkand.

Day 11: Samarkand – Tashkent (2h by train)
Continue sightseeing tour of Samarkand. Evening train to Tashkent.
Day 12: Tashkent – Departure
Transfer to airport for your next destination.
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