Uzbekistan 4

15 days

Uzbekistan

Highlights


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Tashkent – Kokand – Ferghana – Rishtan – Margilan – Tashkent – Nukus – Muynak – Khiva – Bukhara – Gijduvan – Nurata – Yangikazgan – Aidarkul – Sintab – Samarkand – Tashkent

 

15 days / 14 nights

Itinerary


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  • 1st Day. Arrival in Uzbekistan

     

    Arrival in Tashkent from Frankfurt on flight at 21:20 local time. Meeting at the airport and transfer to a hotel.  Overnight stay at a hotel in Tashkent.

  • 2nd Day. Tashkent

     

    After breakfast, you can devote your 1st day in Uzbekistan to the sights of the city. First, visit the square of Khast – Imam with the beautiful medreseh of Barak Khan, mosque of Tilla-Sheikh and mausoleum of KAffal-Shashi. Here you can take a look at the Koran, penscript by khalif Usman (644-656). Also program includes visit to the Museum of Applied arts and medreseh Kukaldash.

    After supper you continue tour about modern sight of the city and visit the Square of Independence and the Square of Amir Timur, Tashkent Subway, with its art decorated stations and the big market named “Chorsu bazaar”. Overnight stay in Tashkent.

  • 3rd Day. Ferghana Valley

     

    Your journey through the Ferghana Valley will begin with a visit to Kokand – the “city of winds”. Kokand was once an important hub along the Silk Road and with numerous mosques and madrassahs, the religious center of the Ferghana Valley, as well as the capital of the Kokand Khanate. Here you will visit the Juma Mosque with its 98 impressive wooden columns, which today is a museum. In addition, you can visit the magnificent palace of Khudayar Khan, which is a charm from the outside: its facade measures 70 meters and is decorated with countless arabesques and patterns of various styles and materials.

  • 4th Day. Ferghana Valley Craft Center

     

    A day full of skill awaits you! You will go to Rishtan. The city is famous for its ceramic workshops. Here you will find the traditional Rishtan school of ceramics. There are various schools across the country that practice their own methods and patterns. They will show you a master class and teach you the basics of handicraft.

    After, you can be a direct participant in the preparation of the Ferghana pilaf. And you will be awarded certificates (that you joined the handicraft business and you are an assistant cook for preparing Ferghana pilaf). After you visit Margilan, the center of the Uzbek silk industry. You will visit the “Yodgorlik” silk weaving factory and learn all about the production process of noble fabrics. And also take a walk around the bazaar, visit the Chakar Mosque and Saeed Ahmed Khoja Madrasah. After, through the beautiful mountain scenery, you will again return to the capital of Uzbekistan. Overnight in Tashkent.

  • 5th Day. Republic of Karakalpakstan – Nukus city

     

    Departure by a morning flight on the route Tashkent – Nukus. Upon arrival, you will travel to Muynak on the edge of the Aral Sea. The city was founded in 1963. Until the 1980s, the city had a port on the southern shore of the Aral Sea, as well as a fish cannery, which used to be a bastion of the local economy.

    Muynak was originally located on the southern shore of the Aral Sea – now this place is located about 200 kilometers from the current shore of the lake. People had to abandon fishing, and most of the inhabitants emigrated. Here you will see the ship cemetery, which opens a view of the endless desert and serves as a monument. On the way back you will make another stop at the ruins of the funeral city of Mizdahan. Seven tiered stairs lying on many graves symbolize the transition from one world to another; set aside stones correspond to certain desires.

    Visit to the Mizdahan necropolis – an ancient cemetery and one of the most famous places of Muslim pilgrimage in Karakalpakstan. Mizdahan is a complex with the mausoleums of Mazlumkhan Sulu, Chamonix Nabis, a medieval caravanserai, and the Half Erejep Madrasah. Drive to the ruins of Gyaur – Kala. Overnight in Nukus.

  • 6th Day. From Nukus to Khiva

     

    After breakfast, visit the Savitsky Museum. It contains numerous art treasures, including the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art, one of the largest and very interesting collections of applied art and archaeological finds in Central Asia. Then you will set to Khiva, on the way visit Shilpyk Kala, Toprak Kala and Ayaz Kala. Upon arrival, check into a hotel. Overnight in Khiva.

  • 7th Day. Oasis - city Khiva

     

    Today you explore the oasis city of Khiva, one of the best-preserved cities on the Silk Road. The former capital of Khiva-Khanaten from 17. Century has survived to this day the fabulous atmosphere of the ancient Eastern city. You will visit the Old City of Khiva -Ichan-Kala-with a beautifully decorated Islam-Khoja minaret, Kwan Palvan complex and Muhammad Rahim Khan Madrasah.

    In the afternoon, continue the tour and visit the Kunya-Ark fortress and the mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud. By the way, the fact that the sights of the city, Calta minor, by name and appearance is a “short minaret”, was not even originally planned. He was supposed to be even the tallest minaret of the city. Unfortunately, from a height of 26 meters it could not be built for static reasons. Allakuli Khan Madrasah not only boasts beautiful architecture, but is especially interesting if you want to see and acquire craftsmanship. After all, inside them are small craft enterprises. Overnight in Khiva.

  • 8th Day. Through the desert to Bukhara

     

    Traveling through the Kyzyl Kum desert, you will find that even the seeming wasteland has a lot to offer. They ride along the Amu Darya River, the life-giving course of Central Asia. In addition, your guide will use the time to tell you about the country and people. Thus, you can look forward to a varied trip. Overnight in Bukhara.

     

  • 9th Day. Bukhara

     

    Visit the most magnificent sights of Bukhara. You will see the mausoleum of the Samanids, the former ruler of Ismail Samani (IX – X century), “Chashmai Ayub” and the beautiful Bolo-House mosque. Other highlights include the giant Ark Citadel in the form of floors of the Great Chariot constellation and the Poi Kalon facility, which consists of a minaret, mosque and the beautiful Miri-Arab madrasah.

    It is also worth visiting the Ulugbek Madrasah, named after the famous astronomer. In addition, you can experience the daily bustle in three domed bazaars and the Silk Market. Your guide will also tell you about the secrets of the Labi Hauz complex, which invites you to stop: several cafes (teahouse) are grouped around it. Once, with the help of a reservoir, they provided water to almost all the inhabitants of the city. The perfect end to a perfect day – a dance performance in a madrassah. Overnight in Bukhara

  • 10th Day. Bukhara – Nurota

     

    From Bukhara, go first to Nurata. On the way, you can make a stop in Gijduvan, which is famous for its skillful ceramics. Nurata is a famous pilgrimage site where you will see the Chil-Ustun mosque, as well as the ruins of the fortress of Alexander the Great. In addition, this place is famous for its source of Chashma – it, along with fish swimming in the water, is sacred and the goal of many pilgrims. After that, you will be escorted to the Yurt camp of the village of Yangikazgan, located in the Kyzylkum desert.

    The highlight of your trip is an unforgettable camel trip through the sand dunes of the desert, in which you can demonstrate your talent. Special rooms await you here as you spend tonight in a traditional yurt. The evening can be spent at a campfire dinner, accompanied by folk songs, under the starry sky of Uzbekistan. Overnight in Yangikazgan.

  • 11th Day. Rural life in Uzbekistan

     

    After an exciting night in the desert, go to the picturesque Aydarkul Lake, which will amaze you with a length of 200 kilometers. Here you can eat on the beach during a delicious picnic and relax and dream a bit. In the afternoon, head to the Nurata Mountains. Here you will get acquainted with the rural life of local residents and be able to explore the countryside. Accommodation and overnight in a very simple guest house in Syntaba.

  • 12th Day. Samarkand

     

    Transfer to Samarkand. Fragrant bazaars, huge mosques and a mysterious atmosphere: this is Samarkand. Arriving here, you will immediately see the main attractions of the city. They begin with the mausoleum of Gur Emir, the last resting place of the famous ruler of Timur. Within walking distance you will reach the heart of Samarkand, the beautiful Registan Square with three magnificent madrassas: Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tilla-Kari. Overnight in Samarkand.

  • 13th Day. Magnificent Samarkand

     

    You have not seen everything yet! Your guide will continue with you a tour of the stunning Samarkand. Their path will lead you to the dead city of Shah-i-Zinda, which consists of numerous, elegantly decorated mausoleums. Ulugbek Observatory invites you to go to the stars. You will be amazed at how precisely then it was already possible to identify celestial bodies. Even the sight of the beautiful Bibi Khanum mosque, you will surely not forget so quickly. Bibi Khanum at one time was to become the largest mosque in the eastern world. After visiting the archaeological site of Afrosiab, of course, you cannot miss a walk through the eastern bazaar. Visit to the theater “El Merosi”. Overnight in Samarkand.

  • 14th Day. Tashkent

     

    You are returning to the capital, Tashkent. Along the way, you can enjoy a special treat: people from nearby villages meet at the honey market in Jizzakh to offer their products. From May to June there is flower honey, in the next two months you can try the “cotton honey” variety, harvested during the flowering of cotton. In addition, you can stock up on delicious apples, pears, plums and persimmons. In addition, you will stop along the way at the gates of Amir Temur. The rest of the day is at your disposal. Take advantage of the last day to visit the numerous bazaars and squares of Tashkent. Overnight in Tashkent.

  • 15th Day. Departure from Tashkent

     

    Today, unfortunately, this is called saying goodbye. With new impressions and experience in your luggage, you will be delivered to the Tashkent airport, from where you will go home. Unique memories will always remain with you and will often adorn everyday life.

     

     

    The package includes:

    –              Accommodation in “SHARQ HOTEL” 4 * hotels in Tashkent (4 nights). Hotel “Hotel Malika” in Bukhara (2 nights), in Yurt (1 night), “Hotel Chinzano Complex” in Samarkand (2 nights), Hotel “Orient Star Khiva” (2 nights), Hotel “Ratmina” (1 night), Hotel “Sintab” (1 night), Hotel “Fergana” (1 night) – double occupancy with breakfast

     

    –              Transport services: pick-up, movement around the city and between cities by car. Flight to Tashkent-Nukus

     

    –              Guide services: excursions with a certified guide along the route

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