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Uzbekistan is located in the heart of Central Asia between the Amu Darya and Syr Darya Rivers. The history of Central Asia is, to a large extent, the history of present-day Uzbekistan. The ancient leading cities on the famous Silk Road are Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. The economy is based primarily on agriculture and natural resource extraction. Uzbekistan is a major producer and exporter of cotton, natural gas, gold, uranium, and strategic minerals. Since the proclamation of independence from the Soviet Union on September 1, 1991 the government has followed a policy of gradual transition to a free market economy, but most large enterprises are still state owned or controlled.
Day 1: Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent where you will be met and assisted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight. (D)
Day 2: Tashkent
Full day excursion of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan with a history of more than 2,500 years. Tashkent was one of the central cities on the Great Silk Road and there are numerous museums and historical monuments preserved from the Middle Ages. We visit Hasti Imam Complex, located in the center of old Tashkent, where we will visit important museums and medrassahs, including the Museum of Arts (one of the largest in Asia) and the Medrassah Kukeldash. Continue to the Oriental Chorsu Bazaar to see, taste, and buy oriental sweets. Continue to Independence Square, A. Novoi National Park, Abul Kasim Madrassah, and the Applied Art Museum. Take a ride on the Tashkent Metro, beautifully decorated in the Oriental style trimmed with marble, granite, and ceramics. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 3: Tashkent - Kokand - Rishtan - Fergana
After breakfast leave for the Fergana Valley via the mountain passes of Kamtchik and Rezak. The Fergana Valley is fed from the waters of the upper Syr-Darya River and is basically an oasis with the finest soil and climate in Central Asia. Even before the Silk Road came to Fergana, the Greeks and Persians of the 2nd century BC told tales of prosperous farms there. Visit Kokand, once the capital of Kokand Khanate in the 18th and 19th centuries, and see the ornately-decorated Khudayarkhan Palace of the last Khan. Departure to Rishtan, famous for its ceramics, and visit the Rustam Usmanov ceramic studio. Departure to Fergana, founded in 1877, the center of the development of the textile, chemical, and mining industries. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 4: Fergana - Kuva - Fergana
From Fergana depart for ancient Margilan (more than 2000 years old) in the center of the Fergana Valley. Margilan, long famous for its silk production, has several silk factories operating today. We will visit the Factories of Handmade Silk and the Factory of Modern Silk Knitting to learn about the process, starting with the uncoiling cocoons to the final product, all done by hand. The silk is not only used for fabric but also in the making of handmade silk carpets. The handmaking of silk is an ancient tradition and a source of national pride. Each year great numbers of tourists visit Margilan from all over the world to observe the ancient craft and art of silk knitting. Depart for Kuva. Visit the Archeological Complex and the monument of the great medieval mathematician, Akhmad Al Fagoniy. Return to Ferghana for overnight. (B, D)
Day 5: Fergana - Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva
Morning departure for Tashkent (about 5 hours). Our route takes us back through the Fergana and Namangan region, the gem of Uzbekistan with colorful lush gardens and fields. Upon arrival in Tashkent we will stop for a leisurely lunch before transferring to the airport for the flight to Urgench in Western Uzbekistan. Arrival at 7:30pm. Meet and assist at the airport for transfer to Khiva, one of the most ancient cities in Central Asia. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 6: Khiva
According to legend, Khiva was founded when a son of Noah, Shem, discovered a well in the middle of the desert and exclaimed "Khi-wa!" According to archaeologists, Khiva was founded in the 5th or 6th century. As Islam spread to the area, the first major structures were built near Shem's well, and Khiva became a small trading post on the Silk Road. Today Khiva is said to be a complete immersion into the past, compressed into a comparatively small space enclosed by fortress walls. The inner city ancient complex of Ichan-Kala is surrounded by walls with eleven gates built in the 10th century and later restored by the Russians, who have had a role in Khiva's history since the 1800's. The architectural complex from the 12 - 19th centuries is the home of at least fifty historic monuments. Ichan-Kala was a residence of the last Khan and includes Khodja Mausoleum, Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah, Kunya-Ark Castle, Kalta Minor Tower, Tash-Hovli Palace, and Juma Mosque. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 7: Khiva - Bukhara
Drive to Bukhara (approx. 10 - 11hrs) and en route view Amudarya River, called Oxus in ancient times. The Amudarya and the Syrdarya are the two rivers that shaped the history of Central Asia and cradle Uzbekistan. The Amudarya finds its source in glaciers of the Pamirs. Both rivers once fed the Aral Sea, but due to irrigation the water no longer gets that far. Free time in Bukhara, an Oriental Gem. Overnight at hotel (B, D)
Day 8: Bukhara
In 1997 Bukhara celebrated its 2,500th anniversary. Glorified by philosophers, poets, scientists, theologians, master-craftsmen, and architects, over many years a unique culture developed in Bukhara. On the first day in Bukhara you will visit Kalyan Minaret and Poi Kalyan Mosque from the 12th century, the Miri Arab Medresse (16th c.), the Toki Zargaron Market Dome (15th c.), Ulugbek and Abdullazizkhan Medresse (15th c.), Toki Telpak Furushon Market Dome (15th c.), Magoki Attory Mosque, Toki Sarafon Dome, and the Lyabi Hauz Complex. Marvel at the beauty of turquoise domes and the colorful intricacies of the interior and exterior designs. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 9: Bukhara
After breakfast continue with the sites and sounds of Bukhara by visiting yet more of its treasures like the Ark Fortress (5th c.), where the last coronation of Alim Khan took place in 1910. Within the fortress is the Bolo House Mosque where the emir worshipped. Continue to the Ismail Samoni Mausoleum (9th c.), which is among the town's oldest monuments, and the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum and Bazaar. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 10: Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
After breakfast depart for Samarkand via Shakhrisabz, the home of the great ruler, Timur, born in 1339 (about 4 hours). Though there is not much left in the town, in Timur's lifetime Shakhrisabz was a great rival of Samarkand. Visit Ak Saray Palace, once the summer palace of the despot, and Kuk Gumbaz, which was once a great mosque. Continue with what is left of Gumbazi Saidon Mausoleum, the Khazrati Imam Mosque, and lastly, the Mausoleum of Jakhangir (Timur's son). Continue drive to Samarkand. Overnight at hotel. (B ,D)
Day 11: Samarkand
Timur waged a nine-year conquest that extended to the Caucasus, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and eastern Turkey that ended in 1395. While he plundered riches and treasures, he also captured the best artisans and craftsmen and brought them back to Samarkand to create a lavish city known as the "Pearl of the Islamic World." Samarkand was home to many famous scientists, poets, and philosophers, among them Omar Khayam. Our day of sightseeing starts with Registan Square at the center of Samarkand, which boasts three beautifully-ornate, majestic Medresses. Visit the beautiful Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Gur Emir Mausoleum, and Shakhi Zinda Necropolis of Temuridas. Ulugh Beg built the Ulugbek Observatory between 1424 to 1429 and made his heavenly calculations without sophisticated instruments and with astounding accuracy. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 12: Samarkand - Tashkent
After breakfast take advantage of the remaining hours of sightseeing in Samarkand. Our train departs for Tashkent at 5:00pm (about 3.5 hours). Upon arrival you will be met at the train station and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel. (B, D)
Day 13: Tashkent
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure to the next destination.
Land Cost Per Person:
Single supplement: $390
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 travelers and a maximum of 10 travelers. Other group rates available on request.
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Price Does Not Include:
- Accommodation in double room at 3* hotels with A/C
- Meals - Half board: breakfast and dinner
- Meeting and seeing off
- Flight ticket Tashkent-Urgench (Khiva)
- All transfers between cities, airports, and hotels
- Transport services in excursions
- Guide services in cities
- Entrance fees for museums and monuments
- Visa support
- International Airfare (unless otherwise arranged)
- Departure and custom fees
- Gratuities and individual daily expenses
- Additional beverages
- Travel insurance
- Trip cancellation
- Medical and luggage insurance are recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances
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