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Legendary Capitals of Central Asia

Uzbekistan always evoked curiosity being a dream for 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. Take this opportunity to visit Uzbekistan – the only country in Central Asia with living ancient cities, such as Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, and admire the world famous and unique historical and architectural monumentslisted in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.



Route: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent

Duration: 8 days/ 6 nights

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DAY 1  TASHKENT

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

Palace of Prince Romanov (XIX c), TashkentArrive in Tashkent in the morning.
Meet at airport, transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast. Check-in to hotel after 14:00.
The history of Tashkent is almost 2000 years old, and for this period the city passed a long way from small settlement to the metropolitan center. Nowadays, Tashkent is one of the most important industrial, financial and cultural centers not only in Uzbekistan but also all over Central Asia.
Spend the day exploring Tashkent through the Independence square, Amir Timur Square, Opera House Square. Take ride through the most beautiful stations of the Tashkent metro. 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 Chorsu bazaar (closed on Mon) in the old city and to Kukeldash madrassah. Visit to the Museum of Applied Arts, housed in the ancient palace of tsarist diplomat.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3  TASHKENT – URGENCH – KHIVA UNESCO

Kalta-Minor minaret (XIX c), KhivaTransfer to airport for morning flight to Urgench. 
Upon arrival direct drive to Khiva (40-50 min drive). Arrive in Khiva. Check-in to hotel after 14h00
Walking tour in Ichan Kala, architectural complex of the inner city, surrounded by the large fortress wall with four gates. There more than sixty architectural monuments: palaces, mosques, madrassahs, minarets and mausoleums inside are the inner town: 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 other monuments.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4  KHIVA – BUKHARA UNESCO

ChildrenTake in the undulating landscape of Central Asia and drive to Bukhara across the Kyzylkum desert (450 km/app. 7-8 hrs). This journey presents an unprecedented opportunity to view this arid landscape, and glimpse the sheep farmers or hunters roaming across it.
We arrive in Bukhara in the early evening. Perhaps, take a stroll in the old town to stretch your legs.
Arrival and accommodation at hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Option: Train ride Khiva/Bukhara (08h23/13h35) on Tue, Fri, Sun
DAY 5  BUKHARA

Kukeldash madrassah (XVIc), BukharaArchitectural heritage of Bukhara  is very rich – caravan-sarais and trading domes, public baths and big pools, defensive walls and city gates, khanakas and mausoleums, mosques and madrassahs, individual structures and big complexes. Decorative methods, splendor designs and original ideas of architects strike the imagination of anyone.
Full day tour of Bukhara: Liabi-KhauzComplex; puppet wokshop; walk through the old Jewish quarter;Tok-i-Sarrafon – Moneychanger’s Bazaar; Magoki-Attari mosque; Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon – Cap Maker’s Bazaar; Ulugbek’s madrassah and Abdulaziz-khan madrassah; Tok-i-Zargaron– Jeweler’s bazaar; Poi-Kalyan Ensemble; Bolo-Khauzmosque; Fortress Ark (citadel), a fortified residence of Emirs of Bukhara); Chashma-Ayub shrine known as a curative source; walk along Bukhara city wall;the Samanids Mausoleum, the most precious Bukhara monument dated back to the 9th century;Chor Minor, a colorful madrassah with four peculiar looking towers, which was used as a library for students.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 6  BUKHARA – SAMARKAND UNESCO

Registan square (XIV-XVII cc), SamarkandDepart for Samarkand (300 km, 4-5 hrs drive). On the way we stop in Gijduvan to visit family ceramic workshop.
Arrive in Samarkand, a key city on the Great Silk Road thathas witnessed a lot of upheavals during the times of Alexander the Great (Macedonian), the Arabic Conquest, Ghengis-Khan Conquest and lastly Tamerlane’s. Hence, Samarkand’s culture was developed and mixed together with the Iranian, Indian, Mongolian and a bit of the Western and Eastern cultures.
Today we visit 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;Gur-Emir Mausoleum (graves of Tamerlane and his descendants).
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 7  SAMARKAND – TASHKENT

Gur-Emir Mausoleum  (XV c), SamarkandToday we continue on: Observatory of Ulugbek;Necropolis Shakhi-Zinda(The Living King) and ensemble of mausoleums of the 11th-19th centuries; visit to the impressive remnants of Mosque Bibi-Khanum built in honor of the ruler’s eldest and favorite wife; Siab bazaar, the city’s main bazaar (closed on Mon).
In the evening take train for Tashkent (2 hrs train travel). Upon arrival, transfer to hotel, accommodation.
Overnight at hotel.


DAY 8  TASHKENT – DEPART

Transfer to the airport for International flight home

*This tour itinerary can be adjusted accoding to your requirements and needs
N° of persons prices 2021 in USD

Single room supplement
$ 825
$ 670
$ 625

$ 160

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

HOTELS:

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

PRICE OF TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation on double/twin base at above mentioned hotels;
  • Meal base: B&B base: 7 breakfasts;
  • A/C transportation for all transfers, drives and city tours;
  • Train ticketSamarkand/Tashkent (in economy class);
  • Local guide in each city for excursion time (English-speaking);
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums as per tour itinerary

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 –  $ 23 per person/tour (actual cost, subject to change);
  • Air-ticket Tashkent/Urgench – from $ 66 per person (actual cost, subject to change subject to change);
  • Single room supplement;
  • Supplement for train option Khiva/Bukhara – $ 18 per person (in economy class);
  • All personal expenses, incl. payment for photo and video cameras at monuments;
  • Luggage overweight;
  • Gratuities for guides/drivers/hotel porters
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