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The Heart of the Desert

Duration:14 days – 13 nights

Tashkent – Ferghana valley – Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva – Topraq-Kala – Ayaz-Kala – Khiva – Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent

Exclusive tour to the most interesting places of the heart of Central Asia - Uzbekistan. Literally, everything that falls on the eye of the traveler can be given epithets "unique", "only one in the world." Cities of Uzbekistan live in the imagination as symbols of oriental beauty and mystery. Here, as nowhere else feel the breath of time, because Uzbekistan is well retained its relics from ancient times.

things to do in Tashkent

TOUR PROGRAM

Day 1. Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent and meeting with a tour assistant. Transfer to hotel. Old city tour: Khast Imam Square, the Tilya Sheikh Mosque, the Barak-khan Madrassah, the Kafal Shashi Mausoleum, the Muy Muborak Museum-Madrassah, the Kukeldash Madrassah, the Chorsu Bazaar. Dinner at a local restaurant.  Overnight at the hotel

Day 2. Tashkent – Ferghana valley

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Ferghana valley through the Kamchik Pass. En route you will see Khudoyar-khan Palace, the cemetery of Kokand Rulers (the Dakma-i-Shakhon and Madori Khan Mausoleums). Lunch in Kokand.  Transfer to Margilan. Guided tour to the Yodgorlik laboratory and silk fabric.  Transfer to Ferghana. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Tours around Ferghana valley

Day 3. Ferghana valley

Breakfast at the hotel.  Visit to the archeological site Kuva (one of the ancient capitals of Central Asia in VI-XIII centuries) and the local museum with archeological findings. Lunch at a private house. Transfer back to Fergana. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Ferghana valley – Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer back to Tashkent. Arrival and accommodation at hotel. Lunch at restaurant.  City sightseeing: Amir Timur Square, Independence Square, the Alisher Navoi Theater, completed in 1947 by Japanese prisoners, the Museum of Applied Arts. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5. Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Tashkent Airport for the flight to Nukus. 

A full day tour to the Savitskiy Karaqalpak State Art Museum with an important collection of Russian and Uzbek avant-garde pictures, unquestionably one of the most beautiful museums of the country and the whole Central Asia. The State Museum presents a rich collection of traditional jewelry, typical national clothes and musical instruments. Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon tour to the remains supposed to be of Mizdakhan (IV B.C.), a big commercial city extant till today. A sacred place with tombs, mosques and madrassahs of the XI century. The Mazlum Khan Slu Mausoleum (XII), the inscriptions on the Gyaur Qalq Fortress (IV B.C.).Move to Khiva. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Mausoleum of Makhmud Pakhlavan, Khiva

Day 6. Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

A full day tour of Khiva, the most ancient and conserved city on the “silk road”. Visit to the Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah, the largest one of the city, the Kelle Minor Minaret, the ancient Kuhna Ark fortress built in the XII century and then extended during the XVII century, there are a harem, a mint, a stable, an arsenal, a summer mosque; the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud, the patron saint of Khiva. Lunch at a private house. Visit to the Islam Khoja Madrassah and Minaret, the most recent monument of Khiva; the Juma Mosque, interesting for its 213 wood columns (3,15m high); the Tosh Howli (“Stone House”); the Alla Kuli Khan Madrassah, Bazaar and Caravanserai. Dinner in a private home. 

Arrival at the hotel and overnight.

Day 7. Khiva – Topraq-Kala – Ayaz-Kala – Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.  A full day tour to the archeological jewelry and heritage of Karakalpakistan – Topraq-Kala and Ayaz-Kala. Transfer in a shuttle bus (100km) and on-foot excursion to the ruins of the Fortresses (Vi-VIII) where the movie “Gengis Khan” was shot. Visit to the same-named lake. Lunch at camp of yurtas.

Return to Khiva in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8. Khiva – Bukhara

Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Bukhara through the Kyzyl-Kum Desert. Arrival in the noon. Lunch at the restaurant. Free time for recreation. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Tours in Bukhara

Day 9. Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

A full day of city sightseeing. Visit to the Poi-Kalon Complex, the square separating the Mir-I-Arab Madrassah and the Kalon Mosque;  the Kalon Minaret (“grand” from Tajik), one of the Bukhara’s symbols of 47m high (XII), three bazaars – Taqi Zargaron, Taqi Telpak Furushon and Taqi Sarrafon, the Magok-I-Atori Mosque, the remains of a Buddhism monastery, a temple and a mosque, the Nadir Divanbegi Madrassah, built in XVII, the Kukeldash Madrassah, one of the greatest Islamic schools of Central Asia. Lunch at a local restaurant.  In the afternoon visit to the Ark Fortress, a city-in-city, as ancient as Bukhara itself, having served as the residence of Bukhara’s rulers for a millennium; the Bolo Hauz Mosque, the Ismail Samani Mausoleum (IX-X), one of the most stylish constructions of Central Asia. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 10. Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning visit to the religious complex where the Naqshbandi Mausoleum, the necropolis of Samarkand and Bukhara rulers and noble men are; visit to the mosques, the madrassah and the minaret. Visit to the summer residence of Said Alim Khan, the last emir of Bukhara, the Sitora-I-Mokhi Khossa Palace and the entrance of the Chor Minor Madrassah. Lunch at a restaurant.  Free time for recreation in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 11. Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

things to do in Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Shakhrisabz. Arrival and visit to Ak-Saray Palace, the summer residence of Tamerlan (XIV), the Kok Gumbaz Cathedral, the mosque built by Ulugbek in honor of his father (XV), the meditation house and in the end the Crypt of Timur. Lunch at a private house. Transfer to Samarkand. Arrival and hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 12.  Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. A full day of city sightseeing. Visit to the Ulugbek Observatory (XV), where the remains of grand astrolabe for observation of star position and the Afrasiab ruins with the museum are; the necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noble men, the Shakhi Zinda, the Bibi Khanym Mosque (XV) and the Siab Bazaar. Lunch at a restaurant. In the afternoon visit to the Gur Emir (from Tajik: “Tomb of Emir”), the Mausoleum of Temur and his descendants (XV), Registan Square. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

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Day 13. Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the private fabric, the only one in Central Asia that produces silk paper.

Dinner at a restaurant. In the afternoon visit to the religious complex of Al-Bukhari, the biggest traditionalist of the whole Islam world. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 14. Samarkand – Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Tashkent.

Lunch at a restaurant. Transfer to the airport.

 

Order and time of the excursions can be changed according to local circumstances and airplane time-table. If any of the events is not possible, our tour operator will replace it for an equal one.

The cost includes:

  • Accommodation at 3*-4* hotels in all the cities;
  • Meals: BB / HB / FB;
  • All transfers in AC car;
  • All excursions according to the program;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Air tickets Tashkent – Urgench;
  • Entrance tickets.

Cost does not include:

  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Photo & video camera fees;
  • International flight ticket;
  • early check-in and late check-out in hotel.

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