Have you decided where to spend your vacation or your time leisure? Do feel a surge of positive emotions and vivid impressions? Would you like sacraments of the East, to take pleasure in its exquisite beauty?
All this in Uzbekistan!
Head as soon as possible and look forward to delightful Uzbekistan, the land of the sun. Sunny by the people inhabiting it friendly, emotions and a palm pressed to a heart.
Duration of the tour: 13 DAYS 12 NIGHTS
Destinations: YOUR CITY – TASHKENT- NUKUS – MUYNAK – NUKUS –KHIVA –BUKHARA- NUROTA-SMARKAND – TASHKENT – YOUR CITY
SEASON : APRIL,MAY,SEPTEMBER,OCTOBER
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning flight to Nukus (1255 km, 1 h. 45 min.). Arrive in Nukus and drive to former fishermen’s town Muynak (220 km, 3 h.), which used to be situated on the shores of Aral Sea. On the way stop at archaeological complex Mizdakhan. In Muynak have a look at a former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. Then visit Local History Museum with art exhibits of the Aral Sea history. In the afternoon return to Nukus. Overnight at the hotel.
Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. The museum hosts the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items. Have a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon depart to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm:Chilpyk Zoroastrian dakhma, and Toprak-Kala – the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Arrive in Khiva, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Itchan-Kala Fortress, living museum under the open sky. Take a walking sightseeing tour in Khiva with a guide: visit Kunya-Ark Citadel, Tash-Khovli Palace, Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islam-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.). The Great Silk Road once routed through
Bukhara and Khiva ran through the KyzylKum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amu Darya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel.
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, UlugbekandAbdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to a village located in Nurata Mountains (330 km, 5-6 h.*). On the way stop in Gijduvan pottery masters workshop and Nurata town to visit a local mosque with a holy spring water. In the afternoon continue driving to Nurata Mountains. Stop on Nurata pass to see petroglyphs. Arrive in Sentyab accommodation in the guesthouse.
Sentyab village is located far away from roads and cities in a picturesque mountain area with fresh air, green orchards, singing birds, sky full of stars, and friendly people. Have a tour around the village and explore life of locals.
Overnight at the hotel.
People have been living in Nurata Mountains since the times of Alexander the Great. Villagers keep house and farm as it was done centuries ago. Women cook on the open fire, weave, spin yarn, bake their own bread, milk the cows. Men farm, shepherd, built houses of stone, rocks and clay.
Stay in a village, watching birds, hiking, riding donkey, and participating in cooking traditional food gives an excellent opportunity to witness life of local peasants.
Extras to do in the area:
Option 1. Take a guided hike to a waterfall. Have look at petro glyphs on the way. (6-7 km, 2-3 h. one way). Return to the guest house . Option 2. Take a ride on a donkey.
Depart the village and drive to Samarkand (220 km, 4 h.). Arrival in Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour.
At 16:00 transfer to railway station to take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 19:10. Pick-up and transfer to hotel in Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.
Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia with a guide. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya-Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Timur Square. After lunch transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure.
Tour including services:
- 1. Accommodation on Double/Twin Sharing basis.
- 2. Complimentary Bottles of Mineral water as per specified;
- 3. (1 0.5 bottle mineral water per person per day )
- 4. Meals on full Board basis:
- - 12 Buffet breakfasts at your hotel;
- - 12 Lunch and 11dinner at local restaurant with traditional food.
- 5. Services of Professional English/Italian speaking tour guide;
- 6. All Sightseeing as per above tour itinerary;
- 7. All transfers as per itinerary by car /minivan/AC Luxury Coach;
- 8. One FOC for tour leader for 10+ groups .
- 9. Per night tourist fee tax
- 10. All applicable taxes
Tour excluding services :
- 1. Charges in hotels for additional services;
- 2. Domestic air ticket Tashkent – Nukus (75$)
- 3. Consular fees for Uzbekistan visa;
- 4. Photography and video making fees at the sites;
- 5. Personal insurance;
- 6. International air tickets;
- 7. Tips and gratuities;
- Any services not included in the above itinerary;