Fairy cities of Uzbekistan

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Tour:«Fairy cities of Uzbekistan»

Itinerary:Tashkent Fergana Margilan – Rishtan – Fergana KokandTashkentNukusMuynakKhivaBukharaSamarkand - Tashkent
Duration: 14 days/13 nights

Brief description: Speaking about Uzbekistan, generally people mention about the ancient cities of Samarkand,Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkentand hospitality of people living here. However, that is only the top of the iceberg! The most impressive for tourists getting Uzbekistanis the atmosphere of unknown world, where all the dreams come true. At present such cities as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva can present not only the ancient monuments, but also the opportunity to feel the spirit of Medieval Era. These cities are as other first centers of human civilization - Babylon and Memphis, Athens and Rome, Alexandria and Byzantium intended to go through many events and shakes. They are the witnesses of the history, how the civilizations appeared and disappeared during the pathway of the peoples inhabited here. The tour of “Fairy cities of Uzbekistan” is proud to present Khivacity, which is city-museum, like Pompeya and Gerkulanum, but unlike those places it is alive city. As many Eastern cities, Khiva was born "on the water" - in the lower reaches of the Amudarya river and grew up on the irrigated lands of Khorezm oasis. Khiva is one of the few cities in the world, where the historical building up has actually been preserved; as a matter of fact it is a whole city in the open air. Monumental architecture of Khiva of the end of the 18th - mid-19th centuries formed this newly built city and the energy with which the city grew up in the course of only two-three generations of masters fascinates us until now. Moreover, the visitors will be able to see Sacred Bukhara. In the middle centuries it was the big commercial center along the Great Silk Road. Bukhara is an "open air museum city" too as well as Samarkand and Khiva; it has more than 140 architectural monuments from the Middle Ages. Such ensembles as Poi-Kalyan, Kos-Madras, Mausoleum of Ismail Samani and others, established 2300 years ago is still draws the huge attention. The tour is going to be fascinating!

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 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 – 250 km
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, where we will see silk producing process step by step. After excursion in 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 proceed to Fergana .

Day 3: Fergana Kokand - Tashkent – 310 km
In the morning transfer 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, Djami mosque, Mulkabad mosque (1913), Miyon-Khazrat (XVIII) complex, Midarakhan necropolis and graveyard. After excursion, proceed to Tashkent. Upon arrival to Tashkent, check-in to the hotel.

Day 4: Tashkent - Nukus - Muynak - Nukus - 420 km
Transfer to airport for morning flight to Nukus - the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. Meeting at the airport and drive to Muynak - a small town, where was a port until 1980, but now there is a small museum and the remains of the Aral Sea. After excursion drive back to Nukus.

Day 5: Nukus - Khiva - 220 km
Today we visit a museum of Igor Savitskiy. Museum exhibits collection of Russian avant-garde painting 20-40 years of the20th century, the world's second largest after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. After visiting the museum, we drive to the village Khodjeyli (35 km), where we see architectural complex "Mizdakhan." The archaeological complex of ancient Mizdakhan, located in a large area over 200 hectares include Gyaur Kala fortress, Shamun nabi, Mazlumhan Sulu Erejep Halfa, caravanserai. After excursion, drive to Khiva.

Day 6: Khiva
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 Pakhlavon Mahmud Mausoleum complex and Toza Bog Palace, which was the summer palace of Mohammed Rakhim Khan II. After excursion, transfer to Urgench for flight to Bukhara by HY 1058 09:00/10:00 hrs PM. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day 7: KhivaBukhara – 450 km
Drive to Bukhara - 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. In the evening arrive to Bukhara and transfer to hotel.

Day 8: 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 9: 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 Bakhauddin Naqshbandi shaykh, as well as a necropolis Chor Bakr - city of shadows, dated to the 16th century. After excursion drive back to Bukhara. Free time at leisure upon arrival.

Day 10: BukharaNurata – Kyzyl Kum desert (Yurt camp) - 220 km

We will drive to the Kyzylkum desert! We explore the gorge Sarmysh, where scientists have discovered a huge gallery of ancient petroglyphs. On the way visit the city Nurata. "Chashma" (spring) - one of the most important Islamic center in Nurata. The complex includes: Juma Mosque, Mausoleum of Nurata. Next to visit fortress Nur, built by Great Alexander. After excursion in Nurata proceed to Kyzyl Kym desert. On arrival, accommodation at Yurt camp “Aydar”. After dinner, you will see the national folklore show at the campfire.

Day 11: Kyzylkum desert - Samarkand - 270 km
We can walk to the beautiful Lake Aydarkul, 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 excursion, drive to Samarkand.

Day 12: Samarkand
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). Next we visit the Shahi Zinda complex and the famous oriental Bazaar Siyob.
Continuation of exploring Samarkand: visit the Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the famous necropolis of Tamerlane, 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 13: Samarkand- Tashkent - 300 km
After check-out from the hotel, drive to Tashkent. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Afternoon free time in Tashkent. We advise you to use Tashkent’s metro as vehicle since it’s the most beautiful in the world: each station has particular non-recurrent design and could be compared with many ancient monuments with beauty. Overnight at hotel in Tashkent.

Day 14: Tashkent
Transfer to airport for flight to your destination. End of tour.

Price is given in USD per person in twin room sharing:

Number of person: Budget option 2*(guest houses) 3-4* Hotel option
2 1650 1940
3-4 1520 1810
5-7 1140 1435
More than 8 Per request Per request
Additional payment for single supplement 180 250

Offered hotels:

Cities: Budget option 2*(guest houses) 3-4* Hotel option
Tashkent «Atlas» or similar «Shark» or similar
Samarkand «Dilshoda» or similar «Grand Samarkand» or similar
«Fatima & Ibrogim» or similar «Asia Bukhara» or similar
Khiva «Islambek» or similar «Asia Khiva» or similar
Kyzyl Kum Desert Yurt camp «Aydar»

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