Along the roads of oriental fairy-tale

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Route: Tashkent Fergana valley - SamarkandShakhrisabzBukharaKhiva – Urgench – Tashkent
Tour duration: 10 days/9 nights
Brief description:
The new tour will present and demonstrate the original pearls of the Oriental culture and cities. A fascinating cultural journey including the ancient cities which were little known, however they are the masterpiece of the Word’s Heritage. Such cities as Fergana , Shakhrisabz and Urgench will stay in your memory for a long time. With beauties of the mountain ranges, shining of the deserts and glazed ornaments of the colossal memorials you will be delighted. The excursion of the cities of Fergana , Kokand and Shakhrisabz will not be in the regional museums, the whole cities are the museums themselves. The old tales livening in the heart of Asia will be shared with you and let even the most pessimistic traveler to feel the charm of the history. Walking in the streets where maybe Aladdin was walking many centuries ago and meet the multi-century culture all of these perfect events will be waiting for you in the land which is called Uzbekistan.

Daily itinerary:

Day 1:Tashkent
On arrival in Tashkent you will be met by our representative with meeting board “Asia Travel Discoveries”. Transfer to hotel. After short rest, sightseeing of Tashkent. You will start from the exploring of Old city: visit Khast Imam Complex with Barak Khan Medressa, Mausoleum of Yunus Khan & Kafal-Al-Shashi. Next to the Old city under the green dome lies Chorsu bazaar - one of the largest and oldest in Central Asia. Behind the bazaar is Kukeldash Medressa – an Islamic school that located beside the Juma Mosque dated back to 15th century. Also, we visit Abdul Kasim Medressa where we can see a lot of souvenirs workshops. After lunch we will continue to explore New city and visit Applied Arts Museum where kept the best Uzbek handicrafts. Next to see Independence Square – the main square in Uzbekistan. Then we can walk to the Alisher’s Navoi Uzbek state Opera and Ballet Theatre. Finally we see the Monument of Courage dedicated to earthquake in 1966 year.
After excursion transfer to hotel.

Day 2: TashkentMargilan – Rishtan - Fergana – 380 km
In the morning transfer to Fergana . Today we will see Margilan and Rishtan - two famous cities of Fergana valley, which is used to be called as ‘Garden of Uzbekistan’. Margilan – ancient city of Uzbekistan was laying in the crossing of the ways of Great Silk Road and still is famous as craft centre of silk producing. Exactly here ‘Yodgorlik’ silk factory is located. Visiting factory we will see silk producing process step by step. Silk, cotton silk, Atlas, Adras, etc. in traditional and modern designs of very good quality are produced here. After Margilan we will also make a visit to Rishtan – famous pottery producing centre. Ceramics producing had appeared here about 1000 years ago. Ceramics of Rishtan’s craft men in blue “ishkor” glazed was in requisition at the territory from China till Arabian Peninsula – in extension of whole Silk Road, although many famous ceramists from other regions has painted pottery with leaden-colored glaze too. After excursion transfer back to Fergana for overnight.

Day 3: Fergana Kokand - Tashkent – 230 km
In the morning drive to Tashkent. En route we will see Kokand- one more interesting city of Fergana valley. We visit the following monuments: Khudoyar-khan palace, Dakhman-Shahon complex, Juma mosque, Mulkabad mosque (1913), Miyon-Khazrat (XVIII) complex, Midarakhan necropolis and graveyard. Arrival to Tashkent.

Day 4: TashkentSamarkand – 300 km
Today we will be transferred to Samarkand – one of the ancient oasis of Silk Road. Upon arrival to Samarkand, check-in to the hotel and start to explore Samarkand. We will go to the Central Registan square with the majestic Medressas dated back to different centuries: Ulugbek Medressa (1417-1420), Sher-Dor Medressa (1619-1636) and the Tilya Kori Medressa (1647-1660), Gur- Emir Mausoleum – the famous necropolis of Tamerlane. After excursion, transfer to hotel.

Day 5: Samarkand
Continuation of exploring Samarkand: visit the Shahi Zinda complex and the famous oriental Bazaar Siyob, Bibi-Khanum Mosque dedicated to one of Tamerlane’s wife. And finally we will observe Ulugbek Observatory – one of the greatest in the middle ages.

Day 6: SamarkandShakhrisabzBukhara – 380 km
In the morning we will be transferred to Shakhrisabz – the pearl of Orient, dated back to the XV c. All monuments in Shakhrisabz related to Tamerlane and his family. We explore the summer Palace Ak-Saray, Dorut Siodat complex and Dorut Tillavat Medressa. After excursion, proceed to Bukhara. Bukhara - a real jewel of Central Asia, the sacred city of Muslims, carefully preserved its ancient monuments.

Day 7: Bukhara
Today we explore the mausoleum of the Samanids (IX-X cc.) - the pearl of Central Asia . Next we visit the tomb of Chashma Ayub (XII century.), which means "source of Job." Bolo House complex including a reservoir, a Friday mosque and minaret. Friday Mosque Bolo House is located at the entrance to the Arc citadel. Inside the citadel was situated a town, which includes residential and office buildings: the mosque, a prison, a harem, the treasury, the residence of the Emir, etc. Then we see Poi Kalyan complex (XII-XVI cc.) includes the Kalyan Mosque , Mir-Arab and the famous Kalyan Minaret. After lunch, we explore one of the biggest architectural ensembles of Bukhara "Lyabi House." The oldest part of the complex - Medressa Kulbaba-Kukeldash, which has 160 cells and it pretend the biggest in Bukhara. Medressa "Nadir Devanbegi" was built by order of vizier Nadir-devanbegi shortly after the device pool and logically completed the ensemble “Lyabi- House”. The oldest mosque Magoki Attori located next to the ensemble “Lyabi House”, built in the tradition of figurative brick masonry and carved ornaments of archaic majolica. And finally, you see interesting monument - Chor Minor Medressa, built in 1807 on money Turkmen traveler. Until present time have survived four minarets, which gave the name of this complex.

Day 8: Bukhara - Khiva - 450 km
Drive to Khiva - ancient and interesting city and UNESCO heritage. The road will be via Kyzylkum desert and Amu Darya River, the largest in Central Asia. Kyzylkum desert, an oasis of ancient Khorezm, located among the dunes, keeping the ruins of ancient cities. "Kyzyl Kum" means "red sands". Indeed, the local sands are reddish, oddly mirrored in the waters of the great Amu Darya river. Later in the afternoon we arrive to Khiva. Today Khiva - an open air museum, rightly claims as "the eighth wonder of the world."

Day 9: Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent – 1050 km
Khiva is a beautiful and ancient town and perfect for exploring by walk, with impressive four walls at the centre of each side of the old city. Upon entering through its gates we are welcome by high minarets and many medressas. We visit many of these monuments including the Kalta Minor Minaret and Mohammed Rakhim Khan Medressa, Juma Mosque (XVII c.), the Islom-Khodja complex includes mosque and minaret, the Kuhna Ark, which was the main fortress, the Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum complex and Toza Bog Palace, which was the summer palace of Mohammed Rakhim Khan II. In the evening transfer to Urgench airport for flight to Tashkent. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day 10: Tashkent
Transfer to airport for flight to your destination. End of tour.

Price is given in USD per person:

Number of person: Budget option 2*(guest houses) 3-4* Hotel option
2 1230 1440
3-4 1060 1270
5-7 855 1065
More than 8 Per request Per request
Additional payment for single supplement 135 200

Offered hotels:

Cities: Budget option 2*(guest houses) 3-4* Hotel option
Tashkent «Atlas» or similar «Shark» or similar
Bukhara «Dilshoda» or similar «Devanbegi» or similar
Samarkand «Fatima & Ibrogim» or similar «Grand Samarkand Superior» or similar
Khiva «Islambek» or similar «Asia Khiva» or similar
Fergana Guest House "Club 777" or similar

Price includes: Price excludes:
Letter of Invitation for Uzbekistan (not visa fees) International air fare to/from Uzbekistan
All transfers by comfortable vehicle Additional service at the hotels
Accommodation in twin room sharing with breakfasts Full board (lunches/dinners)
Excursions with Professional English Speaking guides Photo and camera fees on sights
Entry tickets Early check - in, late check - out
Air fare Urgench - Tashkent (economy class)
Folklore show in Bukhara
Mineral water 1 lt per day on transfers between cities

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