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You will really enjoy this tour itinerary having the combined city, desert and nature touristic points of Uzbekistan.
Travel itinerary:Homeland - Tashkent – Samarkand – Yangigazgan – Nurata – Bukhara – Khiva – Nukus – Aral Sea – Nukus – Tashkent – Charvak – Tashkent - Homeland
Duration: 12 days/11 nights
Kind of route: airway, railway and bus tour.
Best time to travel: april, may, june; august, september, october
Accommodation: single or double accommodations in hotels
Description:You will really enjoy this tour itinerary having the combined city, desert and nature touristic points of Uzbekistan.
DAY ITINERARY 01 Homeland - Tashkent
Arrival at the international airport of Tashkent. You will be met by the guide and driver and transfer to the hotel (early check-in). Breakfast at the hotel. After having breakfast we visit the Madrassa Kukeldash Complex Khast Imam, the religious heart of the city with the Barak Khan Madrassa, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Mosque Djami and Local Chorsu Bazaar Market - Bazaar is the heart of every oriental city, the center of public life, breadwinner of the whole city. Since the dawn of time bazaars appeared on the intersections of trade roads, on big squares of cities. On counters of this oriental Bazaar you will find fresh fruits, amber-colored dried fruits, toasted Uzbek bread , fresh-killed meat, kazy (horse meat sausage), and what not else. And all these things are so attractive that one can’t stand to pass by them and taste. Lunch at restaurant “Tv tower” enjoying the over view of the City. Then we continue our tour in the modern part of Tashkent with the Panoramic view: Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, Amir Temur Square. The tour ends with the beautiful metro (underground) in Tashkent, where every station is decorated in various themes.
Dinner at restaurant “Sim-Sim” with music and dance show. Overnight in Tashkent.
02 Tashkent - Samarkand
After early breakfast transfer to the railway station to catch the fast train “Afrosiyob” to Samarkand (300 km and it takes 2 hours and 20 minutes). Arriving in Samarkand at 10:30 am. We start our excursion with the magnificent Registan Square with three Madrasses completely covered with tiles and mosaics of lapis. Lazuli is one of the most extraordinary monuments of Central Asia with the Ulugbek Madrassa, the Sher Dor Madrassa and Tilla Kari Madrassa that are followed by the giant mosque Bibi Khanum built by Amir Timur for his favorite wife. After visiting the giant mosque of Bibi Khanum. We will have a free time for shopping in the Siyab Bazaar. Pyramids of water-melons and melons, bags with walnuts, seedless raisins and dried apricots, bunches of grapes and alluring piles of figs attract the visitor with sweet tooth. Red apples and sweet-scented pears lay on counters next to leathery fruits of a pomegranate. The air is fragrant with a strong smell of spices - pepper and saffron, cardamom and nutmeg, zeera (cumin) and caraway seeds.
Lunch in national restaurant with local people. After lunch transfer to the hotel and check-in. After a check – in the hotel we continue our tour with the Museum of Wine making at Khovrenko Winery. The winery has an interesting wine museum, which familiarizes the visitors with its history as well as that of Samarkand wine making, its international awards and, of course, arranges tasting of Samarkand wines. Visit the Mausoleum Guri Emir, the mausoleum of Amir Timur familial with its beautifully fluted dome.Dinner at restaurant with dance show.
Overnight in hotel.
03 Samarkand – Nuratau “Yangigazgan” desert camp
After breakfast we go to one of the nearby villages to watch Buzkashi horse riding game that is specially organized for you, which literally means ‘goat fetching,’ is a traditional horse game of the steppe nomads in Central Asia. It has been played since the epoch of Genghis Khan, the 12th-century ruler of the Mongol Empire, and variations of the game are popular in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, northern northern Pakistan and Kazakhstan, as well as in Uzbekistan, where, having first found followers in rural villages, it is today a celebrated national sport. Buzkashi competition is fierce. It’s the kind of sport that requires dexterity, courage and force from the athletes, while also presenting a fantastic and fascinating show for spectators. After the performance we have lunch and leave Samarkand and start our way to Nuratau Nature Reserve. We take a break from the architecture, and spend one night in the Nurata region Yurts - decorated with hand made carpets and sherdaks (felt rugs) of local craftsmen, where you will have a jolly night enjoying dancing around the fire at night. Dinner.
Overnight in Yurts Camps.
04 Nuratau “Yangigazgan” desert camp – Bukhara
After breakfast you we have our most wanted camel riding in the vast desert like an ancient Caravans did on the Great Silk Road. Then will have an unforgettable excursion to Aydarkul Lake, which is also known as "geographical miracle" that formed in the waterless desert. Watch the rich aquatic bird life, swim or just stroll along the lakeshores. Picnic lunch with fresh fried fish from the lake. After lunch drive to Bukhara via the town of Nuratau where we visit Chashma complex, including pool with holy fishes and ruins of ancient citadel and continue our way to Bukhara (280 km). On arrival in Bukhara check-in the hotel. Dinner at restaurant “Dolon”. Restaurant “Dolon” has the terrace with nice view of Bukhara.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Full day sightseeing tour of Bukhara: Visit Poi Kalon minaret and mosque, see Madrassahs Aziz Khan and Ulugbek, Lab-i-khauz ensemble, the pool and chaikhana of which is the modern centre of traditional Uzbekistan. Master class making of Uzbek national meal “Palov” for lunch. Visit Ark Fortress, the Mausoleum of Tchashma Ayoub, Mosque Bolo Khaouz "mosque over the bath", mausoleum of Ismail Samanid.Dinner at Medrese Nadir Devan Begi with folklore show. Overnight in the hotel.
06 Bukhara - Khiva
After breakfast we leave for Khiva, the route crosses the desert Kyzyl Kum "red sands", the road that skirts the edge of the large bed of the river Amu Darya, whose dry offers stirring views of unusual beauty. During the journey stops are scheduled for lunch and short walks for taking photos at an impressive place in the middle of the “Kizil Kum desert” Then continue the way to Khiva. Arrival in Khiva and check in hotel. Free time for rest and wash. In the evening we go to Uzbek wedding party where you will have a chance to enjoy a real Uzbek wedding party with different customs and tradition of Uzbek people.
Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. The day will be dedicated to visiting Khiva. “Ichan Kala”, its old town dating from the fifth century BC was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The excursion starts from the West Gate Ata Darvaza, the statue of the great scholar Al-Khorezmi (Algorithme), founder of algebra; Complex Muhammed Aminkhan (XIX s) with the Madrassa Aiminkhan and Kalta Minor Minaret, the Fortress Kunya Ark, the residence of local rulers with the Reception Hall, the Royal Mosque, the Harem, the Old Prisons, etc., Mosque Djouma (x, s) is the most beautiful Friday Mosque of Khiva from the 213 carved wooden columns. Lunch at café “Zarafshon”. After lunch visit the Palace Tash Khovli, the second residence of the rulers of Khiva with the Harem, the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud, poet, philosopher and legendary wrestler, patron saint of the city, one of the most sacred and beautiful of Khiva, the Royal Caravanserai with its fascinating bazaar and just from this sight you may have a free time for walking and shopping in a Local Bazzar in Khiva. Dinner at Kheyvak restaurant.
After dinner we will go to Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrassah to watch folklore show and dance for jolly Khorezmian music “Lazgi”. After the folklore show you will have a chance to feel the charming Khiva night walking. Overnight in Khiva.
08 Khiva – Nukus – Kungrad – Usturt Plateau – Sudochie lake – Aral Sea
Earky Breakfast and drive to Nukus (160 km, 2-3 h). Arrival in Nukus and Meet your guide and driver to start a full day trip to Aral Sea through Usturt Plateau. The distance till the water line of Aral Sea is 450 km and it takes approximately 8-9 hours to cover it. Pass via Kungrad district, which used to be one of the trading centers on the Silk Road. On the way, see remains of a lighthouse; pass by the ruins of abandoned settlement Urga. Photo stop at the Lake Sudochie. Have a picnic lunch on the way. Continue driving on the immense Usturt Plateau. Arrive at the Aral Sea late in the afternoon. Set up the tent. Camp-style dinner.
Overnight in tent.
09 Aral Sea – Muynak – Mizdakhan – Gyaur-Kala – Nukus – Tashkent
Early wake up to take pictures of sun rise. After breakfast head back to Nukus. Stop to take pictures of beautiful canyons and the collapsed land. Drive on the dried bottom of the sea. Stop in Muynak to have a look at the former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. In Muynak, visit Local History Museum (might be closed without prior notice). Picnic lunch. On the way to Nukus, stop at Mizdakhan memorial complex and Gyaur-Kala Fortress. Arrive in Nukus. Transfer to local airport. Departure to Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Tashkent.
10 Tashkent – Charvak – Tashkent
Breakfast and transfer to Chimgan Mountains (80 km, ~2 h.). You will be driving the road lying in picturesque surroundings full of local villages, gardens, and streams. If the cableway is functioning take 3 km long ride in Beldersay gorge to Kumbel peak (2400) where the longest ski track has its start. Have a walk in mountain area. Continue to the shore of Charvak reservoir, surrounded by green mountain flanks. With numerous resorts, beaches, and children summer camps, Charvak Lake is a favorite place of locals and foreigners to enjoy summer days outside the city. Photo-stop in Charvak. Return to Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent.
Overnight in Tashkent.
11 Tashkent – Homeland
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the International Tashkent Airport to catch return flight to Homeland with great expressions!!!
Hotels in Cities Comfort Option Budget Option Tashkent Hotel City Palace 4* or Hotel Ramada 4* “Grand Orzu” 3* or similar Samarkand Hotel Sultan Boutique or hotel “Konstantin” 4* Hotel Malika Classic 3* or Hotel Ideal 3* Bukhara “Asia Bukhara” 3* or Minzifa Boutique or Komil Boutique hotel Hotel “New Moon” 3* or hotel “Rangrez” 3* Yangigazgan Overnight in Yurts Overnight in Yurts Khiva Hotel Asia Khiva 3* or Maliha Kheyvak 3* Hotel Old Khiva 3* or Orient Star Khiva3* Aral Sea Overnight in tents Overnight in tents
Tour price included:
- Visa support for Uzbekistan
- Transportation with A/C, throughout the whole trip;
- Accommodation in shared double/twin hotel room, including breakfast;
- Accommodation in shared single trekking tent (including sleeping mat, sleeping bag and pillow in Aral Sea, including breakfast);
- English speaking escort guide;
- Domestic airline tickets economy class (Nukus-Tashkent);
- Domestic train tickets Tashkent – Samarkand (Fast Train);
- • Bottled drinking water en route
Tour price does not include:
- Consular fees for Uzbekistan visa – 70 $ per pax;
- Full board (FB) - 180 $ per pax;
- Entrance fees to sites mentioned in program – 60 $ per pax;
- Tips for driver and guide;
- Personal items and souvenirs.
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