14 Days Classic Tour Around Uzbekistan

CLASSIC TOUR AROUND UZBEKISTAN This classic tour covers the most prominent cities and places of Uzbekistan

This classic tour covers the most prominent cities and places of Uzbekistan. The tour begins in Tashkent – the biggest city of Central Asia and the modern capital of Uzbekistan. To its visitors and guests, Tashkent offers a unique mixture of the up-to-date infrastructure and city architecture with prominent historical and archeological monuments. Next destination is Nukus city located in the central part of Karakalpakistan Republic. This historical city is world-famous for its unique museums. The tour will then move forward to Khiva – the ancient capital of Kharezm emirate and an important World Heritage site. A walking tour will reveal the mysteries of this legendary town leaving the unforgettable impressions. Then we will proceed to Bukhara – “the Pearl of the East”. Most of the tourists and visitors note this noble and fabulous city as the most impressive and inspiring one. Old buildings, madrassahs, mosques, minarets and covered bazaars keep Bukhara as an oldest living city of the caravan days. Our next destination will be Sarmish-say – a river gorge on the south slope of the Karatau mountain ridge belonging to the Zarafshan mountain range. Amazing petroglyphs (the carved drawings of primitive people) from the Bronze Age (ca 6000-4000 BC), with a total number of more than 4 thousands, constitute the most important part of the archaeological landscape of Sarmish-say and attract thousands of people annually. The tour will then take us to the town of Nurata located 240 km far from Samarkand, and considered to be a nice pilgrimage place for Muslims. Nurata was founded as the ancient town Nur, in 327 BC by Alexander the Great. The remains of his military fortress in the south of the town and the water supply system – “Kariz”, that Alexander had installed (and which is still partially used) – are among the notable sight-seeing places of this town. Then the route will take us to Samarkand – one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, prospering from its location on the trade route between China and the Mediterranean Silk Road. Samarkand is rich of ancient monuments, buildings and places of interesting as well. In 2001, UNESCO added the city to its World Heritage List as Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures. Not far from Samarkand, there is another destination of this tour – town of Shakhrisabz – the birthplace of Timur (or Tamerlan), the 14th century Turco-Mongol conqueror , where everything someway or other connected with his name. This historical place will make you feel its unique aura. The tour will end in its starting point – Tashkent city.

  Country: Uzbekistan

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights

Day 1, Tashkent

Arrival to Tashkent. Check in to the hotel. Time at leisure.
Sightseeing program around the center of Tashkent.
Visit Independence Square, Romanov’s Residence, Amir Timur Square, Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alisher Navoi.
Welcome dinner in one of the best Tashkent Restaurant.
Evening at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 2, Tashkent – Nukus

After breakfast depart Tashkent. Morning flight to Nukus at 7 a.m. Check in to the hotel.
Full day guided sightseeing program in Nukus and its surroundings.
One of the most interesting sights which attracts visitors from all over the world, is the Art Museum of I. V. Savitskiy, world-known for its unique collection of paintings and sculptures of Russian Soviet avant-guard of 1920s to 1960s. Visit Karakalpak State Museum of Art which contains more than 50 000 paintings and other works of art.
Lunch.
Visit Mizdahkan site (30 kms) which consists of Gyaur-kala fortress(4B.C.) and the necropolis with mausoleums of Shamun nabi, Mazlumhan Sulu, Erejep Calif Mausoleum. Near to the ancient burial grounds until today one is capable to see the ruins of the Golden Horde City of Antakiya of 13-14 centuries.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Nukus.

Day 3, Nukus – Khiva

In the morning depart Nukus, drive to Khiva.(170 kms, 2.5 hrs)
Visit the ancient fortress of Khorezm:
Toprak Kala (“Clay castle”),the residence of Khwarazm Shahs dating back to the 1st- 5th centuries A.D.
20 km north east from Toprak Kala another one fortress Ayaz Kala (“Ice Castle”) is situated. The fortress is associated with romantic legend about a young man Ayaz who built a fortress to win the heart of the princess.
Arrival to Khiva, check in to the hotel.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Khiva.

Day 4, Khiva

After breakfast full day guided sightseeing program around Khiva.
Visit Ichan-Kala (12-19 centuries) – the inner town of Khiva city which retains more than 50 historic monuments and old houses: Kunya Arc Fortress, Pahlavan Mahmud Complex , stone country-estate -Tash-Khowli Palace , Kalta-Minor Minaret- the real symbol of the city, and Islam Khoja Complex.
Lunch.
Visit Juma Mosque and Minaret, Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam, Tim of Ala-Kulikhan, Abdulla-Khan Madrassah, Seyyid Allauddin Mausoleum, Madrassah of Muhamad Amin-Khan , Madrassah of Muhamad Rakhim-Khan, Nurullbay Palace, Walls and gates of Ichan-Kala.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Khiva.

Day 5, Khiva – Bukhara

Depart Khiva in the morning, drive to Bukhara (470 kms,10 hrs)
Trip through the Kyzyl Kum desert also called Qyzylqum, the 11th largest desert in the world.
During the trip you can admire the Amu Darya River, as one third of the road is parallel to the course of this great Central Asian river, and communicate with a family of local shepherds that have installed their yurt (nomads’ tent) close to the highway.
Lunch.
Arrival to Bukhara,check in to the hotel.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.
Night at the hotel in Bukhara.

NOTE: In case the flight Urgench-Bukhara is opened the Transportation Khiva-Bukhara will be arranged by plane.

Day 6, Bukhara

After breakfast full day guided sightseeing program in Bukhara.
Visit Ismail Samani – the burial place of Samanid dynasty dated 9 century, one of the most esteemed sights of central Asian architectures, Chashma Ayub (Job’s well).
Arc Fortress – the center of political events and residence of Bukharian rulers until 1920. Nowadays there is a museum inside. Poi Kalon Ensemble which includes Kalon mosque, best-known minaret and Madrassah Miri-Arab, Madrassah Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, the 12th century Zoroastrian Magoki-Attori Mosque.
Lunch.
Trading domes, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Nadir Divan Begi Madrassah and Khanaqa, Madrassah Chor-Minor.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.

Night at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 7, Bukhara

In the morning visit sights outside the city: summer palace of Bukhara Emir’s Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa, Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi mausoleum – the place of pilgrimage for Muslims which was erected in 1544 in honor of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi the prominent saint and the founder of the Naqshbandiya Spiritual Order.It is considered that Naqshbandi was Sayid, the direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad.
People from far countries come here to find the healing and wisdom.
Chor-Bakr Necropolis which was built over the burial place of Abu-Bakr-Said, who was one of the four of Abu-Bakrs (Chor-Bakr) – descendants of the Prophet Muhammad.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.
Night at the hotel in Bukhara.

Extras to do in Bukhara:

Bozori Kord Taqi-Telpakfurushon – The men’s bathhouse, daily except Tuesday
Kunjak Hammom – The women’s bathhouse near Kalon Minaret.
Folklore and Fashion Show – Nadir Divanbegi Madrasah
Puppet show
Museum-house of Fayzulla Khodjaev
Bukhara astrakhan plant in Karakul
Ceramic Workshop in Gizhduvan

Day 8, Bukhara – Sarmishsay – Nurata

Depart Bukhara, drive to Sarmishsay (150 kms, 2 hrs)
The historical place Sarmishsay is still called the Gallery of Portrayal of Stone Age. There you can find more than 3000 pictures on the rocks, petrographic constituents, the of wild animals, people, scenes of hunting, and the way of life in Stone Age.
Drive to Nurata.( 70 kms,1 hr )
Visit Chashma Complex with holy spring and ruins of the fortress Nur, which was founded by Alexander the Great in 4th century BC.
Lunch.
Continue driving to Yurt camp in Kyzyl Kum desert.
Arrive at Yurt camp, accommodation in yurts.
Camel riding and free time.
In the evening dinner near the camp fire with Kazakh akyn singing folk songs.
Overnight at yurt camp.

NOTE: Tips for cameleer and akyns are not included.

Day 9, Nurata – Samarkand

Early in the morning depart Nurata, drive to Samarkand ( 130 kms ,2 hrs)
On the way to Samarkand stop at the 11th century Rabat Malik.
The word “rabat” in Arabic means “castle” or “fortress”. It was used to refer to the fortified settlements and resting places found along caravan routes. Unfortunately only ruins of entrance arch remained to our days. This arch was called by local people “Bukhara gates” , “Gates to the desert” or “Gates to nowhere”.
The inhabitants of the settlement and Rabat Malik took water from the Malik sardoba, a gigantic brick tank buried in the ground, and covered with dome. The reservoir was filled with water from the Zerafshan river. It came along a subterranean canal – “kiaryz”. One still can reach potable water by walking down a ramp.
Arrival to Samarkand, check in to the hotel.
Lunch.
Sightseeing program in Samarkand.
Visit famous the 14th century masterpieces of architecture: legendary Registan Square and Guri-Emir mausoleum which contains the tombs of Tamerlane, his sons Shah-Rukh and Miran-Shah and grandsons Ulugh Beg and Muhammad Sultan.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 10, Samarkand

The day starts from visiting the ruins of legendary Bibi – Khanum Mosques. Not far from Bibi Khanum mosque there is one of the most mysterious Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, where you will find a complex consisting of more than twenty buildings, unique in Central Asia.
Visit Ulugbek Observatory – incredible construction of 15 century for studying astronomy and Afrosiab Museum.
The museum is located on the site of ancient settlement called Afrosiab. In 1220 the city was almost completely destroyed by the Mongol ruler Genghis Khan.
The revelations of Afrosiab narrate about the history and culture of Sogdiana, an ancient Persian province, 6-8 centuries. The wall-paintings from the palace of local governors come first among those revelations.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand..

Day 11, Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

Early in the morning depart Samarkand, drive to Shakhrisabz ( 90 kms,1.30 hrs )
Sightseeing tour around Shakhrisabz .
Visit ruins of Ak-Sarai. In Amir Timur’s time in the northwest part of Shahrisabz there was built the huge Ak-Sarai palace surpassing in sizes even the governmental residence in Samarkad. But the palace was destroyed in the second half of the 16th century by the Sheibanids who tried to erase any signs of the Temurids.
Visit Dorut-Tilyavat memorial complex with Kok Gumbaz Mosque ( “the Blue dome” mosque) and ruins of Doru – Saodat Complex( “Place of Power”) which consists of mausoleum of Jahongir, elder son of Amir Timur, Omar’s tomb Timur’s second son, Hazrat Imam Mosque and Timur’s vault.
Lunch at local family is a good chance to learn more about customs of Uzbek family.
Back to Samarkand.
On the way you will have a wonderful scenery of Kashkadarya landscape.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 12, Samarkand

Visit “The Relic of Three Religions” – the tomb of Hajji Daniyar.
He is equally held sacred by the followers of Moslem religion, by the Jews and Christians (under the name of prophet Daniel). According to the Bible, Daniel was a descendant of King Solomon and was born in the 6th centuries B.C. in Jerusalem.
Visit memorial complex of the outstanding Sunni theologian Imam Al-Bukhari (810 – 870) (Hartang settlement,30 kms from Samarkand)
Already from the 9th century Muslims worship the scholar’s tomb.The most notable is a grave-stone of Iranian onyx. Besides the mausoleum, the complex contains a mosque, built in 16 century, and domestic rooms for believers. The Muslems equate a visit to Al-Bukhari tomb to a small hajj.
Lunch.
Visit Koni Gil paper mill (10 kms from Samarkand, 2 hrs). A good chance to watch the old technology of silk paper production.
Dinner.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Extras to do in Samarkand:

Folk Show in Sherdor Madrassah
Silk carpet factory “Hojom”
Hazrat-Hyzr Mosque
Rukhabad Shrine Mausoleum
Maturidiy Shrine Mausoleum

Day 13, Samarkand – Tashkent

In the morning depart Samarkand, drive to Tashkent (300 kms, 4hrs)
Arrival to Tashkent, check in to the hotel.
Visit Museum of Applied Arts. There are more than 7000 rare works of applied art kept in depository. You will receive a real pleasure from originality of works of art while viewing the halls of the museum.
Lunch.
Visit the Old City of Tashkent: Kukeldash Madrassah and the third largest Friday mosque in Uzbekistan – Juma Mosque.
There is another one holy place to visit – Hast-Imam Complex which contains the most famous Koran in the world – the Othman Koran. It is considered to be the oldest in the world (7 century) and the primary source of the holy book of Islam.
The pride of Tashkent is its subway. It is one of only two subway systems currently operating in Central Asia (the other one is the Almaty Metro).Its stations are among the most ornate in the world.
Farewell dinner at Tashkent restaurant.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent

Day 14, Tashkent

Transportation to airport. International flight from Tashkent.

  Accommodation throughout the tour;
  Transportation throughout the tour, including airport pick-up and drop-offs on the 1st and 8 th days of tour.
  NOTE: If you arrive earlier or leave later, there will be an additional Transportation fee of $15 per car each way).
  English speaking guide – tour leader from Minzifa Travel;
  Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
  Air-ticket Tashkent-Urgench;
  Visa support for Uzbekistan;
  Welcome and farewell dinner at restaurant in Tashkent.

PRICE INCLUDE :

Price Does Not Include:

  Extra days accommodation in Tashkent (for those who arrives earlier or leaves later);
  Charges in the hotels for additional services;
  Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  Personal insurance;
  Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
  International Air tickets;
  Full board;
  Personal beverages;
  Any excess baggage charge;
  Tips for guides and driver.

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