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Turquoise trails of Central Asia

Duration: 11 days – 10 nights

Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva – Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent

   There is no place on earth that would be so great; there is no place on earth, wherever there would be such an abundance of colors. Central Asia, with its mighty mountain ranges and vast desert, country of abrupt climate contrasts, the cradle of hardiest nomads always attracted by its beauty.

   Unique monuments with bright turquoise domes, shrouded in warm rays of the sun, the freshness of the fountains, and compelling Oriental girls in traditional attire - all this creates a unique magical atmosphere.

   You will pass along the turquoise trails of Central Asia, will see with your own eyes its extraordinary beauty and will always remember this delightful and charming place.


                                             Tour Program                        

Day 1. Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent and meeting with a tour assistant. Transfer and accommodation at hotel.

Excursions around Khiva

Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

Day 2. Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva

Breakfast at 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 a private house. In the afternoon tour to the remains supposed tobe of Mizdakhan (IVB.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.

Tours to Khiva

Day 3. Khiva

Breakfast at hotel.

A full day tour of Khiva,the most ancient and conserved cityon the “silk road”. Visit to the Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah, the large stone 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, astable, 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 Allah Kuli Khan Madrassah, Bazaar and Caravanserai.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4. Khiva – Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel early in the morning. Transfer to Bukhara through the Kyzyl-Kum Desert. Arrival in the noon. Lunch at a private house. Free time for recreation. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 5. Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel.

excursion in Bukhara

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 ofa 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 private house. In the afternoon visit the Ark Fortress, a city-in-city, asancient as Bukhara itself,having servedas the residence of Bukhara’s rulers for a millennium;the Bolo Hauz Mosque, the Ismail Samani Mausoleum (IXX), one of the most stylish constructions of Central Asia. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 6. Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel.

In the morning a visit to the religious complex where the Naqshbandi Mausoleum, the necropolis of Samarkand and Bukhara rulers and noble men are; visiting 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 Palaceand the entrance of the Chor Minor Madrassah. Lunch at restaurant. Free time for recreation in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Excursion to the medieval monuments of Shahrisabz

Day 7. Bukhara – Shahrisabz – Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel.

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

Day 8. Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel.

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

Day 9. Samarkand

excursion in Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel.

Visit to the private fabric, the only one in Central Asia producing silk paper. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon visit the religious complex of Al-Bukhari, the biggest traditionalist of thewhole Islamic world. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 10. Samarkand – Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to Tashkent. Lunch at restaurant. City sightseeing:Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, the Alisher Navoi Theater, completed in 1947 by Japanese prisoners, the Museum of Applied Arts.

Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 11. Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel.

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 inall the cities;
  •  Meals: BB / HB /FB;
  •  All transfers in AC bus;
  •  All excursions according to the program;
  •  English speaking guide;
  •  Air tickets Tashkent – Nukus;
  •  Entrance tickets.

Cost does not include:

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

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