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Uzbekistan Tour

5 Days Uzbekistan Tour (Tour To Aral Sea)

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Tour to the Aral Sea is very popular for fans of extreme adventure and extraordinary travel.

The name "Aral Sea" comes from the word "aral" meaning island. The sea's name reflects the fact that it is a vast basin that lies as an island among waterless deserts. The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth largest inland sea. Its problems began in the 1960s with the diversion of the main rivers that feed it to provide for cotton cultivation in arid Soviet Central Asia. Throughout this tour, you will have the unique opportunity to discover Karakalpakstan (Autonomous Republic of Uzbekistan) and drive to the present coast of the Aral Sea to see Ship Graveyard. This region is one of the most ancient centers of civilization in Central Asia. We shall visit monuments whose foundation goes back to the beginning of our era and the world-famousMuseum of Art named after Igor Savitskiy.

Nukus

At Nukus airport we shall be welcomed by our guide and transferred to the hotel. We shall visit Igor Savitsky Art Museum world-known for its unique collection of paintings and sculptures of Russian Soviet avant-guard of 1920s to 1960s,which contains more than 50 000 paintings and other works of art. Nearby is the Museum of Applied Arts showing local fabrics, traditional clothing and jewelry. The Karakalpak State Museum exhibits examples of natural history, including the very last Turan Tiger,caught in 1972.

Meals :

  • Breakfast
  • Snack
  • Dinner

Overnight at the hotel Silk Route in Nukus.

Nukus The Aral Sea

Depart from hotel at the crack of dawn for the long 8-hour drive to the Aral Sea. In the way visit Mizdahkan, the 14th century architectural complex and the ruins of Gyaur-Kala, a fortress dating to 4-3 centuries B.C. Continue the way to Ustyurt Plateau, stop at Sudochie Lake: fishermen's houses, old fish plant, handmade fridge to keep fish, former Light house in Urga.Take pictures of unusual landscape: cliffs, dried bottom of the Aral Sea,etc. Next we shall drive down from the plateau to the camp where we shall stay for the night. From here we are free walk to the seashore and enjoy the unique experience of swimming in the Aral Sea's salty waters. In the evening we shall enjoy the meal cooked over the open-air campfire.

Overnight at the camp.

Muynak-Nukus

After an early breakfast we ascend back onto the Ustyurt Plateau and drive southeast toward Muynak. This town used to be a prosperous fishing town, but since the Aral Sea disaster it is a poor town with a few thousand residents at most. The tour continues to the settlement of Uchsai, formerly the Aral Sea port. We can relive Muynak's glory years in the local museum.Next we shall visit Muynak's famous Ship Graveyard. After lunch we shall return to Nukus and enjoy a traditional Karakalpak dinner.

Overnight at the hotel in Nukus.

Shilpik Zoroastrian Grave Mound

Visiting historical sites After a late breakfast, we shall drive to historical sights and fortresses: Shilpik Zoroastrian Grave mound, Kiz-Kala,Toprak-Kala and Ayaz-Kala.

Overnight at the yurt camp near Ayaz-Kala fortress.

Ayaz-Kala - Khiva City

After breakfast we can hike or ride a camel in the surrounding desert or scramble around the fortress. The fortress is set up on the hill and offers a great panorama of the dessert. In the afternoon we shall drive to Khiva.

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End of the tour.

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