Uzbekistan

Duration : 7 Nights

Departure : 18 March;15 Apr; 29 April; 27 May; 10 Jun; 8 July; 12 August; 9 September; 7 October; 4 November
Start City : Tashkent
End City : Tashkent

Tour stop : Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva/Urgench - 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.

High Season (departures tour dates) 3* Hotels 4* Hotels
15 Apr; 29 April; 27 May; 9 September; 7 October $995 $1,150
Single supplement $200 $250
Middle Season (departures tour dates) 3* Hotels 4* Hotels
18 March; 10 Jun; 8 July; 12 August; 4 November $960 $1,050
Single supplement $200 $250

Prices include

  • Accommodation on mentioned hotels or similar
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches)
  • Transport for transfers and excursions throughout in vehicles with A/C
  • Car for 2 passengers; 11-14 seated minibus for 3-7 passengers); 18 seated minibus for 8-9 passengers; 30 seated bus from 10 passengers or more
  • Flight Urgench-Tashkent by Uzbekistan Airways (economy class)
  • All excursions and entrance fees to monuments as indicated in the program
  • English-speaking local guides in each city for excursion only for groups of 2-7 passengers & National English-speaking guide-escort from arrival till departure for groups from 8 or more passengers
  • Tourist tax in Uzbekistan – 2 USD per night per person
  • Folklore performance at Nodir Divan Begi madrassah
  • Visa support fee
  • Small bottled water per person per day

Prices do not include

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fee payable to consulate
  • All personal expenses (payment for photo cameras and videos at monuments, luggage overweight etc)
  • Tips for guides & drivers & porters at hotels
  • Supplement for 7 dinners ($120.00 per person)

Hotels

4* Hotels: (or similar)

    Samarkand: Asia Samarkand Bukhara: Omar Khayyam / Minorai Kalon Khiva: Asia Khiva Tashkent: City Palace/ Ramada

3* Hotels: (or similar)

    Samarkand: Orient Star Bukhara: Asl B & B Khiva: Madrassah Orient Star Khiva Tashkent: Shodlik Palace

Tour’s Program

DAY 1, Saturday: TASHKENT - SAMARKAND (198 mi)
Arrive in Tashkent, you will be welcomed at the airport by your driver and transferred to the hotel for breakfast. Today explore Tashkent. Visit Amir Temur Square, Alisher Navoi Theatre Square; visit to Museum of Applied Arts (built at the end of the 19th c. by the local craftsman, is located in the former residence of Russian Diplomat Polovtsev); Independence Square. In the afternoon drive to Samarkand. Arrival and overnight at the hotel. Meal: B, L

DAY 3, Sunday SAMARKAND
Explore Samarkand which probably already existed in the 4th century BC under the name Maracanda. Tour Registan Square which is surrounded by the Ulugbek's madrassah, the Sher-Dor madrassah, Tilla-Kori madrassah; Mosque Bibi Khanyym and color local bazaar. View Samarkand's Necropolis Shakhi-Zinda, and its ensemble of mausoleums dating from the 11th to 19th centuries. Excursion to the Meros Paper Mill, the small family manufacture situated in the picturesque garden, at the bank of Siab river. Samarkand paper has been fabricated here since VIII c. from the mulberry bark. Recently the local artisans have restored the ancient process of paper production. Samarkand Meros paper is well known in the world for its quality. Overnight at the hotel. Meal: B, L

DAY 4, Monday SAMARKAND - BUKHARA (186 mi)
Continue your tour of Samarkand with an excursion to Gur-Emir Mausoleum (graves of Tamerlane and his descendants, 15c), the Observatory of Ulugbek. Explore the Afrosiab archaeological site, and marvel at the museum of Samarkand's foundation. Drive to Bukhara, which is Central Asia's holiest city and an ideal location to glimpse pre-Russian Turkestan. With ancient buildings dating back to the previous millennium, the city center has century-old buildings, and almost takes you back in time. En-route visit to Gijduvan – famous ceramics workshop. Arrival and overnight at the hotel. Meal: B, L


DAY 5, Tuesday BUKHARA
Start your sightseeing tour in Bukhara: View the Samanids mausoleum, a masterpiece of Central Asian architecture that was the first Muslim mausoleum in Central Asia. Continue on to the Chashma-Ayub shrine, the local bazaar, and the Bolo-Khauz mosque with its curious minaret. Continue your explorations of Bukhara with a stop at the Fortress Ark citadel, and the Poi-Kalyan complex. Overnight at hotel. Meal: B, L


DAY 6, Wednesday BUKHARA
Continue your tour of Bukhara: Complex Lyabi-Khauz, Mosque Magoki-Attari, Mausoleum Chor Minor (in the narrow old street, not far from the Mazar Gates, is a colorful madrassah with four peculiar looking towers, it was used as a library for students). Afternoon is free for your own exploration of the city. Folklore performance at Nodir Divan Begi madrassah (depending on weather conditions).
Overnight at hotel. Meal: B, L


DAY 7, Thursday BUKHARA - KHIVA (279 mi)
Take in the undulating landscape of central Asia, drive across the Kyzylkum desert. This drive presents an unprecedented opportunity to view this arid landscape, and glimpse the sheep farmers and hunters who roam across it. Arrival in Khiva. Perhaps stretch your legs after your drive by taking in the town. Khiva is at its best by night when the moonlit silhouettes of the tilting columns and madrassah, work their magic. Overnight at hotel. Meal: B, L

DAY 8, Friday KHIVA/ URGENCH - TASHKENT
The historic heart of Khiva is preserved in its entirety - and acts as a 'city museum. Today explore its mosques, tombs, palaces, and madrassah, while imagining the mystique, bustle and squalor of its heyday. Visit Ichan-Kala, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at its strong fortress walls, towers, and heavily fortified citadel. In the center of Ichan-Kala, is one of the most ancient structures in Central Asia, the multicolumn Juma mosque (10th c). Its fine wooden columns, decorated with amazing carved ornaments, are in an excellent state of preservation. The minaret standing next to the mosque dates back to the 9th century. The Seyid Allauddin mausoleum and the Bagbanli mosque were built in the 14th century, Mukhammad, Khurdzhum and Shirgazi-khan madrassahs - in the 17th and 18th centuries. Other structures of special interest include the Kutlug-Murad-inak madrassah, the Pakhlavan-Makhmud mausoleum, Allakuli-khan madrassah, and the Tash-Khauli palace. Transfer to airport in Urgench for evening flight to Tashkent. Overnight at hotel. Meal: B, L

DAY 9, Saturday TASHKENT
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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