Central Asia

Duration : 13 Nights

Departure : 1st of April to 31st of October 2017
Start City : Tashkent
End City : Tashkent

Tour stop : Tashkent - Fergana Valley - Khiva - Bukhara - Nurata/ Yurt camps - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Tashkent

Your journey to Uzbekistan will dazzle you with its arid landscape around the Kyzylkum desert, the essence of nomadic life, the traditional chant of Katta Ashula, famous Uzbek pilav, and more...

1st of April to 31st of October 2017 1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-9 pax Single supp.
USD per person $4,460 $2,830 $2,680 $2,290 $450

Prices include

  • English speaking guide,
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation in mentioned or similar hotels
  • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • Entrance fees for all sites stated in the itinerary
  • Tourist tax in Uzbekistan
  • Entrance fees for all sites stated in the itinerary
  • Tickets for high-speed train between Samarkand and Tashkent
  • Visa support fee
  • Domestic flight: Urgench - Tashkent

Prices do not include

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fee payable to consulate
  • Personal expenses and all beverages during meals
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver
  • Luggage overweight

Hotels

Or similar

Tashkent - Hotel City Palace 4*
Fergana - Hotel Asia Fergana 4*
Bukhara - Hotel Omar Hayyam 4*
Khiva - Hotel Asia Khiva 4*
Samarkand - Hotel Asia Samarkand - 4*
Desert - Yurt Camp

Tour’s Program

Upon arrival meet with our representative and transfer to your hotel.
We start our explorations of the historic monuments of the Uzbek capital. Visit to the madrasah of Kukeldash. This restored Koran School was built in the 16th century by the grandson of Timur, an enlightened despot who loved poetry, and today it is a high school where Islam is taught. Within walking distance is the Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi, that together with the 16th century Barak Khan Madrasah and the Telya Shekh Friday mosque (the largest in the city) is part of the Khast-Imam complex. Via one of the few authentic Uzbek districts we finally go to the Chorsu Bazaar. After lunch, continue excursion by visiting the Ceramics workshop “Usto-Shogyrd” founded by world famous ceramic masters of fifth and sixth generation Akbar Rakhimov and his son Alisher Rakhimov. The tour ends by visit to the Square of Independence, with its large fountains; this gigantic square is a favorite place for the citizens of Tashkent. Independence Square was also the largest square in the entire Soviet Union. Via the Presidential Palace and Broadway we come to the square of Amir Temur with his monument and Alisher Navoi Theatre Square. MEALS BLD
Drive to Fergana via Kamchik Mountain pass. On the way a stop in Kokand for a tour of Urda Palace of Khudojor Khan and Djuma mosque. Further drive to to family ceramic work-shops of artisan Rustam USMONOV – for over Rishtan for visit 13 years the factory produces blue ceramics (kouza), mostly vases and tureens. Continue drive to Fergana. MEALS BLD (211 mi)
Drive to Tashkent (via mountain pass) with a stop in Margilan (app. 15 km) for visiting the silk factory “Yodgorlik” where the visitors have a chance to observe the technology of silk manufacturing. Upon arrival in Tashkent direct transfer for flight to Urgench. Arrival in Urgench. Drive to Khiva. MEALS BLD ( 230 mi)
Khiva, a city of over a thousand years in age, is on an ancient caravan route and was an important stopping place on the Silk Route. The city belonged to the Khoresm kingdom that was consecutively conquered by the Arabs in 712, the Mongols in 1221, by Timur in the 14th century and by the Uzbeks in 1512. In the 17th century Khiva became an independent khanate. Khiva consists of modern suburbs and an ancient inner town, Itchan Kala, completely encircled by a defence wall made of clay. The city is a veritable open-air museum of mosques, madrasahs and minarets that are sumptuously decorated with tiling that is overwhelmingly blue in color. We visit the most important monuments of the city, such as the Kunya-Ark citadel with the Kurinish Khana; the mausoleums of Seyid Allauddin and Pakhlavan Mahmoud; the Juma or Friday mosque with its 218 decorated wooden columns and the caravanserai; the Palace of Tash Hauli; madrassah and minaret of Islam Khodja. Visit to workshops on wood carving and carpet weaving. Dinner at ancient madrassah. MEALS BLD
Today we drive from Khiva to Bukhara and cross a large part of the Kyzyl Kum (Red Sand) desert. En route we stop at the Oxus river. In the late afternoon we arrive in Bukhara. MEALS BLD (279 mi)
After breakfast we explore Bukhara built in the 13th century BC. It was a well-known centre of Zoroastrianism. In 1220, the city was conquered by the Mongols under the leadership of Genghis Khan. In the 17th century, as an independent khanate, the city would reach the summit of its power. With its 350 mosques and 100 religious study centres, Bukhara remains a holy city for Muslims to this day, and is a significant Islam study centre. Sheikh Bahauddin Naqshbandi played an important role here, and was a central figure in the Sufi belief with its philosophical wisdom. The Islamic architecture is preserved so well here that this city museum with its narrow streets and alleys, parks and green gardens has been named a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Visit splendid water complex Lyabi Hauz, Nodir Divan-Begi, Khanaka and that of Kukeldash; Magaki Attari Mosque - the mosque was built on a higher level in order to protect the burning fire from the wind, and dates from the Zoroastrian period (fire played a crucial role in Zoroastrianism). Visit Tok-i-Sarrafon – Moneychangers Bazaar, Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon – Cap makers Bazaar, Taqi Zargaron - Jeweler’s Bazaar. Also visit to puppet workshop. Visit to Poi Kalyan complex, one of the high points of Bukhara. The complex consists of the 12th century Kalyan minaret that was in use for many years as a sort of beacon that showed the way to Bukhara. A bit further on we see, from the 15th and the 17th centuries respectively, the Ulugbek and Abdul Aziz Khan madrasahs the Ark Citadel. MEALS BLD
We start the day with a visit to Mausoleum of Ismail Samani teaches us all about the different dynasties that ruled Bukhara. We also take a look at the Bolo Hauz Mosque (also known as the mosque with the 40 pillars) and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum: believers come here to drink the holy water. After visit to the madrasah of Chor-Minor and lunch you have free time to explore this highly interesting city yourself. MEALS BLD
Today we drive northeast to Nurata via Gijduvan - one of the main ceramic centers in Central Asia. The closer we come to Nurata, the hillier and greener the landscape becomes. We enjoy beautiful panoramas, we see grazing herds, and now and then we see people picnicking along the flowing mountain streams. Nurata is the main starting point from which to cross the steppe further to one of the yurt tent camps in the vast area around the Lake of Aydarkul. There we visit the Walk to a fortress built at the period of conquest of Alexander the Great, Nurata Friday mosque with a pool of sacred fishes. Continue drive to the Yurts. Riding on camels. Dinner by the fire with live music of Kazakh singer Akyn. MEALS BLD (148 mi)
Drive to Aydarkul Lake. Swimming if weather permits. Then drive to Samarkand, probably already existed in the 4th century BC under the name Maracanda. After Ghengis Khan’s arrival with his Mongol army and levelled the city to the ground, the city remained a ghost town for one and a half centuries. We visit the Mausoleum of Gur-Emir. Timur was buried in this tomb. Visit to the excavation site of Afrosiab and museum of the city foundation (incl. wall painting of 7th century). Visit to the workshop of the famous designer Valentina Romanenko with demonstration of the collection of silk costumes. MEALS BLD (149 mi)
Continue exploration of Samarkand with Registan Square. The Ulugbek madrasah, the Sher-Dor madrasah and the Tillya-Kari madrasah. The last Koran school has a built-in mosque with breathtaking decorations in which more than 1,000 m² of gold leaf are used The Bibi Khanym Mosque is a little further on: it was named after one of Timur’s beloved wives. Take a brief stroll through Siab bazaar. We visit the necropolis of Shakhi Zinda. This necropolis is one of the holiest pilgrim places in Uzbekistan. A huge gate and a 70-metre long staircase passing graves and mausoleums lead to the top where there is the Tomb of the Living King. Near Shahi-Zinda; visit the silk carpets factory. MEALS BLD
We drive to Shahrisabz, where the national hero Temur was born. A visit to his summer palace is something not to be missed. The construction of this Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”) was commenced in 1380 and completed some time in the 15th century. After this visit, we have lunch with an Uzbek family and enjoy the traditional Uzbek cuisine. In the afternoon we take a peek into the Kok Gumbaz Friday mosque and the Mausoleum of Dorut Tilavat: the mosque was built in 1437 by Ulug Bek in honour of his father Shah Rukh. The Mausoleum was never used as a tomb. The Mausoleum of Dorus Siadat was built by Temur to bury his 22-year-old son after he was killed by a fall from his horse. MEALS BLD (124 mi)
We visit Ulugbek Observatory, which dates from 1420. Ulugbek was the grandson of Temur and a famous astronomer. Excursion to the Meros Paper Mill, the small family manufacture situated in the picturesque garden, at the bank of Siab River. Lunch at local village, where you have an opportunity to see cooking of national bread ‘’non’’. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening transfer to railway station to take a high-speed train ‘’Afrosiyob’’ to Tashkent (17h00/19h10). Arrival in Tashkent. Farewell dinner with wine in a city restaurant. After dinner transfer to your hotel. MEALS BLD (199 mi)
Transfer to Tashkent airport. MEALS B

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