Uzbekistan explorer

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Tour: Uzbekistan Explorer

Route: Tashkent-Samarkand-Sentyab Village-Nurata-Bukhara-Khiva-Tashkent

Tour duration: 11 days/10 nights

Brief description: This tour is especially unique not only because it includes the most of the historical places of Uzbek but also the majority of natural picturesque zones. Nurata, for instance is a masterpiece of the nature. It is famous for National Parks and panoramic nature-made Mountains. Nurata is one of the rarest places which have the unique beauty of offering the full view of the rising and setting of crimson sun in the heart of Central Asia in a calm environment. That perhaps makes Nurata one of the world's unique Mountains. You will fall in love with natural beauty of this place.The tour will be passed throughout the ancient centers of the world, which will present you the happiness of communicating with local.All in all the tour is promising to be unforgettable.

Detailed 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 Me-dressa – 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: 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 3: 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 4: Samarkand – Sentyab village – 300 km
Today we will reach the small Sentyab village located in the mountains, where locals have established small private guesthouses and welcome tourists to their homes. Local people are ethnic Tajiks and offers delicious home cooked meals. We can relax after long walk under the walnut trees or continue to walk in local walking trails nearby.
Day 5: Sentyab village – Nurata – Kizil Kum desert - 220 km
In the morning drive to the Kyzylkum desert. Enroute visit Nurata. The main attraction of the city is a complex "Chashma" (means spring) - one of the most important Islamic centers in the region. On the southern part of Nurata there is another ancient monument - fortress Nur, built by Alexander the Great. After excursion in Nurata, arrival to the camp. After short rest - dinner under the open sky with folklore show at the campfire.
Day 6: Kyzyl Kum desert – Gijduvan - Bukhara - 240 km
In the morning we can walk to the beautiful Lake Aydar-Kul, surrounded by desert sands, like a mirage! Aydarkul - one of the most beautiful places in Uzbekistan - the turquoise lake located among Kyzylkum desert. On arrival at the organized beach at the lake – we can swim in its cool, clear water, sunbathing on the loungers, and then have a delicious lunch with fresh fried fish. After lunch, you will explore the gorge Sarmysh, where scientists have discovered a huge gallery of ancient petroglyphs. After excursion, you will drive to Bukhara via Gijduvan – the city of craftsmen and potters. In the evening we arrive to 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
In the morning we drive to summer palace of Bukhara emirs "Sitora-I-Mohihosa.", built in fusion of European &
Bukhara’s traditions, more than hundred years ago. Next we visit the complex of Bahauddin Naqshbandi shaykh, as well as a necropolis Chor Bakr - city of shadows, dated to the 16th century. After excursion back to Bukhara. Free time for shopping.
Day 9: 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 mir-rored 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 10: Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent – 1050 km (1022 by air)
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 airport in Urgench for flight to Tashkent. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Day 11: Tashkent – departure
Transfer to airport for flight to your destination. End of tour.

Tour price mentioned in USD:

Number of person: Budget option 2*(guest houses) 3-4* Hotel option
2 1160 1330
3-4 1120 1285
5-7 875 1045
More than 8 As per request As per request
Additional payment for single supplement 80 185

Offered hotels:

Cities: Budget option 2*(guest houses) 3-4* Hotel option
Tashkent «Rovshan» or similar «Le Grande Plaza» or similar
Samarkand «Dilshoda» or similar «Asia Samarkand» or similar
Desert Kyzyl Kum Yurt camp «Aydar»
Bukhara «Fatima & Ibrogim» or similar «Asia Bukhara» or similar
Khiva «Islambek» or similar «Asia Khiva» or similar
Sentyab Village “Guest house” “Guest house”

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 225$ per person (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) Insurance
Folklore show in Kyzyl Kum desert
Mineral water 1 lt per day on transfers between cities