2017 Land Cost Per Person: (double occupancy)
2 Travelers – $2275
Single Supplement – $390
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 travelers and a maximum of 10 travelers. Other group rates available on request.
- ACCOMMODATION IN SUPERIOR CLASS HOTELS ON TWIN SHARING BASIS 13 NIGHTS
- BREAKFASTS AT HOTELS
- MEALS: LUNCH AND DINNER
- WATER 2 BOTTLES OF 0.5L PER PERSON PER DAY
- ONE DINNER & PICNIC LUNCH DURING THE STAY AT YURTS
- A/C COMFORTABLE TRANSPORT WITH PROFESSIONAL DRIVER PER ITINERARY
- ENGLISH SPEAKING LOCAL GUIDES
- ENTRANCE FEES FOR ALL MENTIONED MONUMENTS (EXCEPT PHOTO AND VIDEO CHARGES)
- UZBEKISTAN VISA SUPPORT
Price Does Not Include:
- VISA CONSULAR FEES AND PROCESSING
- PHOTO AND VIDEO CHARGES
- INTERNATIONAL AIR TICKETS TO / FROM TASHKENT
- DOMESTIC TICKET TASHKENT – NUKUS
- TIPS AND GRATUITIES
- ANY PERSONAL EXPENSES
- ANY SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE ITINERARY
Day 1: TASHKENT
Arrival at Tashkent Airport, where you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel for check in and overnight. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 2: TASHKENT
After breakfast at your hotel meet with your local guide at reception for your Tashkent City tour. Highlights include Independence Square and Amir Timur Square. Take a ride on the famous Tashkent Metro decorated from Soviet times. Visit the old city with its bazaars, narrow streets and ancient Madrasahs from the 15th and 16th centuries. Optional lunch at an authentic Tashkent restaurant. Continue the tour walking the streets to visit local artists, souvenir shops, city fountains and modern monuments. Visit other important mosques and historic buildings of the city. Optional dinner at Binkent Yughur Restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3: TASHKENT – NUKUS
After breakfast transfer to domestic airport of Tashkent for your flight to Nukus. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check in and overnight. You will meet the local guide at the hotel lobby and start the city tour. You will visit the famous Savietsky State Museum or as also known the museum of forbidden art. The curator of Karakalpakstan State Museum collected the banned works produced by persecuted Soviet artists, often for little or no money, conserving and ultimately displaying them in this remote central Asia outpost. After optional lunch at a national restaurant, you will visit the ancient city of Mizdakhan on the outskirts of Nukes and the Chilpyk-Zoroastrian tower of silence. Optional dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 4: NUKUS – KHIVA
After breakfast you will drive to Khiva. En route you will visit Ayaz Qala, the largest castle of ancient Khorezm. The region is the homeland of Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest religions. The castle has been named after the legendary warrior-slave Ayaz who threw himself at an amazon princess who lived in the Kirk-kiz fortress. You will also visit the ancient settlement of Toprak-Kala which is as outstanding monument of Khorezm culture. After optional dinner, overnight at your hotel.
Day 5: KHIVA
After breakfast, meet the local guide at the hotel reception for your full day city tour including the Ichan Qala Inner Fortress with its almost intact Medieval old town area or inner defence circle, the first UNESCO site in Central Asia. You will also visit Kyunya-Ark Fortress with its gorgeous interior wall decorations, the Kalta Minor Minaret and the Tash Khouvli Palace built by the Khan who spared no expense in the decorations of his palace. Optional dinner at the Toza Bog Restaurant at Khorezmshah’s Summer residence. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 6: KHIVA – BUKHARA
After breakfast at the hotel morning drive to Bukhara crossing the Qizilkum desert. Optional lunch at a local fisherman’s house or picnic lunch. Continue driving with short stops for photos till arrival in Bukhara. Optional dinner at Bella Italy Restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 7: BUKHARA
After breakfast at your hotel meet with your local guide for your city tour of Bukhara. Your tour begins with the Citadel Ark a fortress from the 4th century which encompassed the town and served as a home for the royal courts that ruled the region around Bukhara. Visit the Samanides Mausoleum (9th to 10th century) one of the most important and finest sites of Central Asian Architecture and the resting place of the powerful Ismail Samani, an Amir of the Samaid Dynasty that ruled in the 9th and 10th centuries. Chashma Ayub (14th century) or Job’s Well which is still a source today of pure water constructed under the reign of Timur. Optional lunch at Lyabi Hovuz open air restaurant. After lunch continue the city tour with some shopping. Also a stop at the Medreseh of Nodir Divan Beghi to learn more about Uzbeck culture. Lastly a visit to the Poi Kalon Complex the central tourist attraction dominated by structures built in the 12-16th centuries consisting of the Kalyan Minaret, Klyan Mosque and the Mir I Arab Madrasah. Optional dinner at a traditional Uzbeck house with a local family where you taste authentic homemade dishes.
Day 8: BUKHARA
After breakfast meet with your local guide for another city tour of Bukhara visiting Bahauddin Naqshabans complex located outside Bukhara. This is the memorial complex of the Islamic Saint Baha-Ud-Din, the Asian Philosopher and Sufi. Continue your visits to Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex (meaning star-like and moon-like palace) dedicated to emir’s wife who died very young and to Chor Bakr Memorial Complex, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Optional dinner at Dolon Restaurant’s roof top. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 9: BUKHARA – NURATA – DESERT CAMPING
After breakfast at your hotel drive to Nurata visiting en route the ancient Caravan Sarai Rabat Malik. According to the legend, lost wanderers in desert suddenly saw a ray of light and went towards it. The historians connect the foundation of the town construction with the Fortress Nur (meaning “Ray”),built by Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C. Optional lunch at local cafe. Continue the drive for camping near Aydarkul lake. Upon arrival accommodation at traditional nomadic yurts. You enjoy dinner while listening traditional nomadic songs.
Day 10: DESERT CAMPING – SAMARKAND
After breakfast you can take a camel ride for 1 to 2 hours on the banks of the unique Aydarkul lake stretching for 250 km. along the desert. You can taste the freshly caught fish for lunch, relax, swim in warm,slightly salted water and sun bath on the picturesque bank. Drive to Samarkand. En route you will stop over at Sariamish Stone Paintings. More than 3000 pictures have been discovered here displaying animals, people and hunting scenes. Upon arrival to Samarkand check in at the hotel. Optional dinner at Karimbek restaurant, famous for its shish kebabs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: SAMARKAND
After breakfast at your hotel meet with your local guide at 9:00 AM in the hotel lobby to begin your Samarkand city tour. Samarkand is one of the oldest cities of the East. It played a huge role in the development of the Great Silk Road that connected East and West. It was not only a centre of trade but also of manufacturing and handicrafts that were sought throughout the ancient world. Samarkand’s Registan Square dominates the city with its three great Medresehs, Ulunghbek (15th century); Shir-Dor(17th century); and Medreseh Tilla-Kori (17th century). Visit the architectural complex Shahi-Zindeh (11-15 centuries) where a cousin of the prophet Muhammad who came with the Arab invasion from the 7th century is said to be buried. Optional lunch at an Uzbeck house to taste local homemade dishes. After lunch visit the Mausoleum of Guri Emir (14- 15 centuries). The architectural complex with its Azure Dome contains the tombs of Tamerlane, his sons and grandsons. Timur’s teacher Sayyid Baraka is also honoured with a place in the tomb. Optional dinner at an old city restaurant.
Day 12: SAMARKAND – TASHKENT
After breakfast at your hotel free time to explore the city on your own by visiting the national bazaar and the local broadway where you can buy a lot of souvenirs and sweets.You can also visit the carpet factory and paper workshop. Optional lunch at Platan restaurant. Late afternoon drive to Tashkent. Upon arrival check in and accommodation at the hotel. Optional dinner at Sim-Sim restaurant.
Day 13: DAY TRIP TO CHIMGAN MOUNTAINS
After breakfast at your hotel transfer to Chimgan mountains. You will use chair lift for both going up and down. At the Beldersya peak you will have free time for photo and video shooting and enjoying the beautiful landscape. Optional lunch at a local restaurant. Continue the drive to Charvak lake and free time for your own activities such as swimming, boating, etc. Return to Tashkent. Optional dinner at Tarona restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 14: TASHKENT – DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to Tashkent international airport for departure.
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