Highlights of Uzbekistan – Arrive by plane to visit the evocative city of Khiva, one of the most complete and best-preserved cities on the ancient Silk Road. The journey then moves to Bukhara. It was the beauty of the Kalyan minaret that saved it from being destroyed by Ghengis Khan in 1220 when the rest of the city…
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Tashkent – Wander through Tashkent's bazaar for a wonderful insight into daily life and mingle with the locals in the lively Chorsu market.
Khiva – Visit the most romantic city on the Silk Road, a UNESCO protected the site and perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the Silk Road cities.
Bukhara – Admire Islamic architecture, browse bustling bazaars and take tea adjacent to the beautiful pool of Lyab-i-Khauz.
Yurt stay – Sample nomadic life with an overnight in a traditional felt tent
Samarkand – Discover the cultural gem of the Silk Road and visit the awe-inspiring restored madrassas standing on three sides of Registan Square.
Arrive in Tashkent, welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at 12:00 – 14:00.
Sightseeing tour of Tashkent: Abdul Kasim Madrassah, Khast Imam Complex – a religious center of the city
consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah, Tillya Shaykh Mosque, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of
Islamic Literature with Uthman Quran of the VIII century. Explore traditional Chor-Su Bazaar. Lunch at local restaurant.
Visiting modern part of Tashkent: Amir Timur Square, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, Independence Square. Welcoming dinner at local restaurant with show. Overnight in Tashkent.
Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Urgench. Arrive Urgench, transfer to Khiva. Leaving luggage at the hotel and starting city tour – walled inner town Ichan Kala (UNESCO WHS, XIV-XX CC) with Muhamad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Rahim Khan Madrassah, Juma
Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli Palace, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Khiva.
Khiva – Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. At 08:00 drive to Bukhara through Kyzylkum Desert (7-8 hours). Stop at Amudarya River bank. Lunch in a local café. Arrive Bukhara, free time. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Starting city tour in Bukhara at 09:00. City tour with visits to the Ark Fortress – residence of Bukhara khans (I-XX CC), Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum – Shrine of Ismail Samani and other members of the Samanid Dynasty (IX-X CC), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum – Saint Job's
well (XII-XVI CC). Lunch at local restaurant. Continue sightseeing by walk: Poi-Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret (XII C) through orient bazaars with three trade domes of Toki Zargaron (XV C), Toki Sarrafon (XVI C), Toki Telpak Furushon (XVI C), Ulugbek Madrassah (XV C), Abdulazizkhan Madrassah (XVII C). Visiting Lyabi Hauz complex consisting of Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI C), Magoki AƩori Mosque now used as a carpet museum (XII C), Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah and Nadir Divan-begi Khanaka. Dinner at local house, master class on traditional bread (non) baking and making plov – Uzbek main dish.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive outside Bukhara for sightseeing: Baghautdin Nakhshbandi Mausoleum – center of Sufism, Sitorai Mokhi Khosa – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. Drive back to Bukhara and visit to Chor-Minor (Four Minarets). Overnight in Bukhara.
Bukhara – Aydar Yurt Camp
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Aydarkul with a stop in Nurata. Visiting ruins and fortifications remained after Alexander the Great, saint spring and medieval mosque Namazgokh. Transfer to the yurt camp. Camel riding instructions and then camel riding (around camp – for free).
Overnight in yurts.
Aydar Yurt Camp – Samarkand
After breakfast camel riding to the Aydarkul Lake through the desert (10 km, 3 h.). Swimming, fishing on the lake. Camel riding to the lake is an optional service and subject to extra fee – about 20$ per person.
In the afternoon depart yurt camp and drive to Samarkand (270 km, 5 h.). Arrive Samarkand, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start sightseeing from gem of Samarkand – Registan Square and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah (XV c), Sher-Dor Madrassah (XVII c), and Tillya-Kari Madrassah (XVII c) – covered with gold. Visit to Gur Emir Mausoleum – tomb of Tamerlane, Shakhi Zinda Necropolis – ensemble including mausoleums and other ritual buildings of IX-XIV and XIX CC, Ulughbek Observatory, built in XV century by Timurid ruler and astronomer, Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Amir Timur (Tamerlane) in XV century and Siyab Bazaar. Overnight in Samarkand.
Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Check- out. Continue sightseeing in Samarkand: Excavation of an ancient city and museum of Afrosiab, and Tombstone of Saint Daniyar. The prophet Daniyar (Daniel) is revered by three world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and mausoleum is still a pilgrimage place for the followers of all three Abrahamic religions. Drive to Konigil village to visit Samarkand Paper Mill “Meros”, where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient technology. Transfer to the railway-station for evening train. Arrive in Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
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