Ring of Uzbekistan – On this 12 days journey you will explore Uzbekistan, the country steeped in antiquity with a lasting legacy from the warriors and emperors who made their mark. Visit some of the oldest cities in the world such as the legendary Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. Each one boasts a glorious architectural legacy that…
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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 – Nukus
Transfer to domestic airport for morning flight Tashkent-Nukus. Arrive Nukus, transfer to the hotel, leaving luggage. Drive to former fishermen's village Muynak, which used to be situated on the shores of Aral Sea. Visit to Local History Museum. Lunch at guesthouse. In the afternoon drive back from Muynak to Nukus. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Nukus.
Nukus – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit to the State Art Museum named after I.V.Savitsky, which hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avantgarde art and one of the largest collections of applied art of Central Asia. Lunch at the hotel. Drive to Khiva and visit en route ancient fortresses of Khorezm – Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala. Dinner at local restaurant with show. Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. 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. Drive to Bukhara through Kyzylkum Desert (7-8hours). 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. 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 Attori 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 in the hotel. Visit to Chor-Minor(Four Minarets), Sitorai Mokhi Khosa – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Baghautdin Nakhshbandi Complex – a center of Sufism. Drive back to Bukhara. Overnight in Bukhara.
Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand
Breakfast and check out from hotel. Depart to Samarkand, en-route stop at Gijduvan – local center for ceramics. Later stop to see XII century sight caravanserai Malik Rabat and Sardoba. Arrive Samarkand. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. 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 – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Shakhrisabz – hometown of Tamerlane.In Shakhrisabz we will visit the magnificent Palace of Timur – Ak Saray. The palace is covered with beautiful blue, white and gold mosaics. Continue by visit of Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and Dorus-Saodat Mausoleum. Drive back to Samarkand. Overnight in Samarkand.
Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue sightseeing in Samarkand: visit to 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. Visit to the Silk Carpets factory 'Khujum', where you can observe the whole process of weaving silk carpets based on hand made technology. Transfer to the railway station for evening train. Arrive in Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
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