Tour to the Aral Sea is very popular for fans of extreme adventure and extraordinary travel.
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.
This tour is not available during the whale year, please, request first for available dates to make a trip.
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.
Overnight At The Hotel Silk Route In Nukus.
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.
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.
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 Fortre
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.