Tour in Uzbekistan: Tour 8
Duration: 9 days
Places to visit: Tashkent - Samarkand - Urgut - Gijduvan - Bukhara - Khiva -Tuprak Qala - Ayaz Qala - Urgench - Tashkent
Day 1: Tashkent
Upon arrival we will visit Independence square then walk along the local Broadway, the famous Tashkent metro opened in 1977. Then you will visit the old part of the city which comprises: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that entails of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The highlight of our tour is the Othman Quran which is the world's oldest Quran copy (8th century). Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph but he was killed in the 8th century. His blood can be seen in the pages of Quran. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand
Today is transfer to Samarkand. This wonderful city is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan. Travelers will have a city tour and visit Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square has three madrasahs found in the 15-17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh signifies a rich collection of mausoleums found in the 11th-15 centuries. It is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque is built by the order of Tamerlane. She was his beloved wife. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand - Urgut - Samarkand
In the morning you will travel to a small village outside of Samarkand called Urgut. This village is famous along travelers. In the afternoon we will return to Samarkand and visit the memorial complex of Al Bukhary. He was an Islamic scholar, who gave the hadith collection known as Sahih al Bukhari, observed by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic Hadith collections. Night is in a hotel.
Day 4: Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara
After breakfast we will start our way to Bukhara. On the way, we will pass over at Gijduvan village visit the famous private pottery workshop. Gijduvan ceramics school has its deep roots. The skills have been passed from generation to generation. Nowadays Gizhduvan is home for the sixth generation of potters from Narzullayevs family which overvalued Gijduvan school ceramics all over the world. Gijduvan School of ceramics is renowned by a geometric pattern. Green and blue colors triumph in adornment of products. Afterwards we will continue to Bukhara. Night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara
Today is a city tour of charming city of Bukhara. Travelers will visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara of the 4th century called Citadel Ark. Afterwards we will visit Samanids mausoleum found in the 9th -10th century. The tour continues to Chashma Ayub so called Job's well and Bolo Hauz mosque. See forty columns devoted to Bukhara ruler Abu Fayud Khan. Guests will walk alongside the shopping domes and visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. The tour will end with visiting Poi Kalon complex. It consists of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.
Day 6: Bukhara - Khiva
The morning will start travelling to Khiva. It was a capital in Urgench in ancient times. In the 10th century Khiva is stated as a foremost dealing center on the Silk Road. We will pass from Bukhara to Khiva goes via the well-known Kizilkum desert. On the way we will relish the outlook to Amu Darya river as the deepest river in Central Asia, produced by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flowing into Aral See. Upon arrival in Khiva, night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Khiva
Today is a city tour of Uzbekistan. It will be inside of Ichan Qala, the inner city in Khiva rounded with strong walls. See ancient sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan Sarais and Bathhouses converted Ichan Qala into exclusive city-monument. Ichan Qala entails of over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments. In 1969 Ichan Qala was elected an ancient and architectural conservation area. The most extraordinary sites in it are the Kunya Ark fortress of the 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace. Night is in a hotel.
Day 8: Khiva -Tuprak Qala - Ayaz Qala - Urgench - Tashkent
Drive to the capital of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Nukus city. It is located in the north of Uzbekistan nearby the Aral Sea, bordered by three deserts as the Kara Kum, Kyzyl Kum and Ustyurt. On the way we will visit two eminent fortresses: Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. Ayaz Qala is an ancient castle of Khorezm dedicated to warrior-slave Ayaz. He was a Turkic folklore hero. The site was found in the II century AD. Tuprak Qala and means "clay fort", was the majestic city of Khorezmian ruler Artav. It was built in I or II century AD. It was conquered until 6th century AD. Night is in a camp.
Day 9: Tashkent - Flight
Transfer to airport.
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus
Price per person:
02 pax - 650 $
04 pax - 560 $
06 pax - 520 $
08 pax - 480 $
10 pax - 450 $
Single - 90 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
*Half board - 60 $
*Full board - 110 $
*Entrance fees - 55 $ available with escort guide only
Local guides - 210 $ per group
Escort guide - 450 $ per group
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Urgench-Tashkent flight - from 80 $
- Train tickets Tashkent - Samarkand - 30 $