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Tour “Treasures of Uzbekistan” - 22 Days

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Tour of the ancient cities of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with visits to places like Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Penjakent, Iskanderkul, Dushanbe, Norak, Kalai Kum, Khorog, Ishkashim, Yamg, Langar, Yashil Kul Lake, Bulunkul Lake, Murghab, Osh, Ferghana, Kokand, Charvak. With professional guides and comfortable hotels. Discover the mysteries of the history of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

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Itinerary

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Day 01 :
Tashkent

Tashkent ✈
……AM Arrival time at Tashkent
Flight ….

Our driver will meet you at the exit of the airport with sign Minzifa Travel
Transfer to Tashkent hotel, accommodation, rest

Free day in Tashkent

Night in Tashkent hotel

Day 02 :
Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel

10:00 Sightseeing program around the center of Tashkent. 

  • Hasti Imam complex – historical sight where we will see the oldest Othman Koran in the world.
  • Chor-Su market (the one of the biggest bazaars in Tashkent).
  • Independence Square, 
  • Amir Timur Square, 

After lunch in Choy-khona (local teahouse) we will visit: 

  • Old city
  • the Museum of Applied Arts 
  • Opera and Ballet Theatre naFamous metro stops

Duration of tour: 4-5 hoursmed after Alisher Navoi (from outside), 

Night in Tashkent hotel

Breakfast

Early breakfast at hotel

Tashkent – Urgench -Khiva (by plane) ✈

06:00 Transfer to Tashkent airport

07:25 Departure from Tashkent

08:55 Arrival in Urgench

Transfer to Khiva to have breakfast

10:30-11:00 Trip  (by car/2 hours) to Qyzyl- Kala, Topraq -Qala, Ayaz- Qala Fortress.

Lunch time in Ayaz Kala

Return to Khiva

Overnight in Khiva

Breakfast
Day 04 :
Khiva

Breakfast at hotel

09:00 Khiva city tour.

Khiva’s old city, known as Ichan Kala, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit carpet workshop. Guided sightseeing program in Khiva:
You will see palaces with the rich mosaic, unique beautiful minarets, madrassas and mosques such as: 

  • Kunya-Ark Fortress, 
  • Pahlavan Mahmud complex ,
  • Tash-Khowli Palace (Harem), 
  • Kalta-Minor Minaret, 
  • Islam Khoja Complex.

Lunch in chaikhana.
Visit woodcarving and carpet workshop.

Continuation of sightseeing program:

  • Juma Mosque and Minaret, 
  • Karavan-Saray, 
  • Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam, 
  • Tim of Ala-Kulikhan, 
  • Madrassah of Abdulla-Khan, 
  • Seyyid Allauddin Mausoleum, 
  • Madrassah of Muhamad Amin-Khan , 
  • Madrassah of Muhamad Rakhim-Khan, 
  • Walls and gates.

Duration of tour: 4 – 5 hours

Time for lunch

Overnight in Khiva

Breakfast

Breakfast at hotel

09:00 Trip to Bukhara by car

16:00 Arrival time in Bukhara

Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest

Additionally in Bukhara: evening leisure (upon request)

  • Bozori Kord Telpak furushon-Eastern men’s bath.
  • Hamam Kunzhak – Eastern women’s bath near the Kalyan Minaret.
  • Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi (by availability)
  • Puppet theater and a workshop for making dolls.
  • Workshop for the production of scrawl
  • Bukhara carpet shop
  • Workshop on embroidery Suzane

Overnight in Bukhara

Breakfast
Day 06 :
Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel

Bukhara  

10:00 Transfer to the starting point of the excursion

Sightseeing program in Bukhara; 

  • Visit the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani – the burial place of Samanid dynasty dated 9 century, one of the most esteemed sights of central Asian architectures, 
  • Chashma Ayub (Job’s well).
  • Arc Fortress – the center of political events and residence of Bukharian rulers until 1920. Nowadays there is a museum inside.

Break for lunch  

  • Poi Kalon Ensemble which includes Kalon mosque, best-known minaret and Madrassah Miri-Arab, 
  • Bazar and trading domes, 
  • Lyabi Hauz Complex. 

Duration of tour:  5 – 6 hours ( 10km)

Additionally in Bukhara: evening leisure (upon request)

  • Bozori Kord Telpak furushon-Eastern men’s bath.
  • Hamam Kunzhak – Eastern women’s bath near the Kalyan Minaret.
  • Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi (by availability)
  • Puppet theater and a workshop for making dolls.
  • Workshop for the production of scrawl
  • Bukhara carpet shop
  • Workshop on embroidery Suzane

Overnight in Bukhara

Breakfast

After breakfast guided sightseeing program in suburb of Bukhara city.

  • Pilgrimage sight – Bahovadin Nakshbandi theologist of sufizm 14 century.
  • Sitorai Mohi Khosa – Summer palace of Emir of Bukhara.]
  • Madrassa Chor-Minor.

Lunch in local teahouse

14:50 Transfer to Bukhara train station

15:50 Departure from Bukhara to Samarkand by train 

17:20 Arrival time in  Samarkand

Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest

Additionally in Samarkand: evening leisure (upon request m- not included in price):

  • Wine Faktory “Filatov” You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and their products such as cognac and famous Samarkand youth elixir and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan.
  • Theater of of historical national clothes (performance)  
  • Night Samarkand (by car Registan Square, Gur Emir with the terrific lightnings) 

Overnight in Samarkand hotel

Breakfast

Departure from Samarkand  to Shahrisabz , the transfer will be arranged by land. 85 km. 1,5 hours of driving 

Breakfast in the hotel

09:00  Departure from Samarkand. Drive to Shakhrisabz

In Shakhrisabz, an excursion around the city:

Ak Saroy – ruins of the palace of Amir Timur of the 14th century. A colossal building, imposing dimensions and amazing beauty are the architecture of the portal entrance to the palace.

Dorut Saodat – the family necropolis of Timurids, burial of two sons of Timur and the sarcophagus of Timur (14th century). KhojaImam Mosque and the tree of the plane trees (750 years old to this tree)

Dorut Tilyavar – the complex consists of two mausoleums, the Mausoleum of Emir Taragay (Timur’s father) and his spiritual mentor Mir Kulol. Also in the complex there is a 15th-century Kuk Gumbaz mosque and a madrasah with a small minoret.

Duration of the excursion program is 4 hours.

Drive back to Samarkand

Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest

Night in Samarkand hotel

Breakfast
Day 09 :
Samarkand 

After breakfast:

10:00 A full day guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand.

  • We shall start our tour from visiting the most famous site of Uzbekistan – Registan square, which was the center of Samarkand during centuries.
  • There is another symbol of Samarkand- Gur-Emir Mausoleum 
  • Bibi Khanym mosque (the 15th century) it was the biggest mosque in CA
  • Syob bazaar

Duration of tour: 5 – 6  hours

Free time in Samarkand

Additionally in Samarkand: evening leisure (upon request – not included in price):

  • Wine Faktory “Filatov” You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and their products such as cognac and famous Samarkand youth elixir and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan.
  • El Merosi Theater of historical national traditions (performance)  
  • Night Samarkand (by car Registan Square, Gur Emir with the terrific lightnings) 

Overnight in Samarkand

Breakfast
Day 10 :
Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel 

10:00 Suburb city tour in Samarkand:

  • Shahi Zinda necropolis 
  • Visit Ulugbek Observatory – incredible construction of 15 century for studying astronomy and Afrosiab Museum.The museum is located on the site of ancient settlement called Afrosiab. In 1220 the city was almost completely destroyed by the Mongol ruler Genghis Khan.
  • Tomb of  St. Daniel

Break for lunch

  • The revelations of Afrosiab narrate about the history and culture of Sogdiana, an ancient Persian province, 6-8 centuries. The wall-paintings from the palace of local governors come first among those revelations.
  • Visit Koni Gil paper mill (10 kms from Samarkand, 2 hrs). A good chance to watch the old technology of silk paper production.

Duration of tour: 4 – 5  hours

Free time in Samarkand

Night in Samarkand hotel 

Breakfast

Samarkand – BP Jartepa

Early breakfast at hotel

08:00 Transfer to uzbek-tajik border. Border formalities

Your Tajik guide and driver will meet you at Tajik-Uzbek border Jartepa and move to Penjakent. 

The city of Penjakent (“five villages”) is located in a picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Quite possibly the five villages started the history of this remarkable city which originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd. It was even named “Central Asian Pompeii”. The ruins of this ancient city were found only in the last century. Today the tourists can see the remains of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshiper’s church. We will drive today to the Fannsky Gory (Fan Mountains). They are one of Central Asia’s most popular hiking areas. You will do a day trip from Panjakent to the Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes), about 60 km south of Panjakent. At this place you will have time to go for short hiking. There road goes along a gorge where 7 lakes are located. They are situated on different altitudes and have different colors. Also you will meet local people that live at that area. It will be very interesting to see their way of life. Then you will drive back to Panjakent. 

Overnight in Panjakent

Breakfast

Our trip today is to high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). It is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. This fabulous area is one of the best places of Central Asia. After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along it beaches. Also we will a hike to see a waterfall. 

You will drive to Dushanbe via Anzob pass. The road will go over a mountain passes and you will have many photo stops. Upon arrival to Dushanbe you will drive 35 km to visit Hisor fortress (VII- XVII centuries). This historical site has fortified areas and citadel. The fortress used to be the residence of the delegate of the Emir of Bukhara; it was located on a high hill and was well defended with 1 m thick walls and loopholes for guns and cannons. In the evening you will have night walk in the city center. We will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, House of parliament and etc. After it we will walk in National park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the second biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. We will see today the main highlights of Dushanbe and you will find out many interesting facts about Tajik people.

Overnight in Dushanbe

Breakfast

Today we will drive to Kalai Khum village. You will see Norak water reservoir that is called Tajik Sea. The highest point of the day is Shuraba pass (2 267 m) and after drive along Afghanistan border starts. This part will amaze you by its unique mountains – it is already Territory of Pamir Mountains. Over the centuries, the Pamirs have inspired the world’s greatest explorers – Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad Haidar. And now you also have a chance to travel here. You will drive along natural border – Pyanj River. Having visited the Pamirs, many travellers called this giant mountain system the ocean of white and blue mountains. This night you will spend in a home stay to see the way of local people’s life.

Night in guest house

Breakfast

In the morning we will drive to Khrorog. It is perhaps one of the tiniest cities on the map of the world. It is surrounded by rocky mountains from all four sides. The town was built on the confluence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdara river and Ghund river flow into Pyanj river. On the way to Khorog you will meet Pamir people. A number of anthropological features set the Pamir people apart from the Tajik people. Among the Pamiris, there is a high percentage of people with blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Pamirs Mountains are the highest mountains in the world with human population after the Himalayas in Tibet. Life in the mountains made traditions of local people different from Tajik people. Dinner is in a restaurant. ]

Night is in a guesthouse.

Breakfast

Today we will drive along Tajik-Afgan border to Ishkashim. Drive towards the Wakhan corridor. On the road we will visit Kah-Kaa and Yamchun fortresses, further up the hillside are the hot spring at Bibi Fatima: dense and very salty minerals, the water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear.  There are several places of interest to stop.  Above the village of Vrang , on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th– 7th centuries. At Yamg , we visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic Muabara Kadam , who died in 1910. Near this house there is stone pillar with a hole in it which he used to calculate a solar calendar. 

Overnight in homestay.

Breakfast

The most beautiful lakes of the Pamirs are Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes), stretched on the altitude of 3 700 meters above sea level, are situated in the Murghab district. Today we will spend a night near them. The color of water in Bulunkul is a subtle inter-play of violet and dark-blue in the sunlight. Species of fish like are found in abundance in the lake. There is the opportunity to see yaks, a unique species of domestic animals, sharing features of cow and sheep, traditionally used as a beast of burden apart from giving milk and meat products. On the way to the lake you will drive over Khargush pass (4 344 m). Dinner and night is in a home stay.

Breakfast

Right on the highway of the Pamir Tract is situated the light-blue lake of Karakul (3, 815 m), the name of which can be translated as “The Black Lake”. On the way to the lake you will drive over the highest Ak Baital pass (4 655 m). Karakul is the highest large mountain lake of the world, excluding those in Tibet and Titicaca. The lake is situated in a meteorite crater and surrounded by swampy and wet meadows and bogs with a rich flora and fauna and several endemic species. The largest of a string of 42 small lakes, Tulpar Kol stretches for nearly a kilometre in between the final small foothills and the first major ridge of the Trans-Alay range. Strolling the quiet lake shore or searching out the other 41 lakes nearby offers ever-changing angles on the peaks and glaciers leading towards Lenin far above. At 3 500 m, though, you may well run out of breath before you run out of lakes.

Night in Yurt camp

Option:

After it you will cross the border and drive towards the view of Peak Lenin (7 134 m) which is the third highest peak in the former Soviet Union and is considered to be one of the easiest mountains over 7 000 m. Because of this fact it has become one of the most popular peaks in the world and annually receives hundreds of climbers from all over the world. Famous for its Soviet era summit artifacts and infamous for its bad and unpredictable weather. Then transfer to Sary Tash village. Night is in a homestay.

Night in Yurt camp

Breakfast

Today we will drive from Tulpar Lake to Osh city. The road will go along amazing mountains and high passes. On the way you will drive over a high mountain pass – Taldik. It is 3 615 meters high! You will never forget the amazing views of the road and mountains around it. With 93% of mountains in Kyrgyzstan, nomadic life in remote places – our country is a real paradise for people that are in love with mountains and unusual cultures. The route takes you along roads that wind along incredible gorges. During the day be prepared for amazing views of the impressive mountains and gorges.

 In Osh city you will have a walk and will get to visit a famous and special place – Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain) is situated in the city center and it is considered a place of pilgrimage for local Muslims, because according to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. Overnight in Osh

Overnight in Osh

Breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel

08:00 Transfer Osh Fergana Valley (118 km)

Osh   Dostuk BP  (15 km, 20 min)

The crossing of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border and the road to Fergana

12:00 Approximate time of arrival in Fergana

Arrival in the city of Ferghana and a walk in the central park named after. Ahmad Al-Ferghani

Lunch

Afternoon drive to the city of Margilan

The city of Margilan is located 20 km from Fergana and is one of the oldest cities in the Fergana Valley. Since ancient times, Margilan was famous for its fine and fine silk and ikat patterns. The most famous landmark of the city of Margilan is “Yodgorlik” silk weaving factory. Visit Fazlidinna master for the production of hand-woven fabric.

Also in Margilan you will visit the Madrassah of Said Ahmad Khuzha where the center of crafts of the people of the Fergana Valley is located, and if the excursion falls on Thursday or Sunday – a trip to the Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market of the Fergana Valley, stroll through the Central Bazaar – The Famous Bazaar “Kumtepa”, with its abundance of satin and adrase fabric, where you can buy at a very low price.

Next stop is village Rishtan, which since ancient times was famous for its ceramics. Rishtan pottery is distinguished by its richness of decor, in which the blue color dominates. This unique blue glaze “ishkor” is made by hand from natural mineral pigments and mountain plants. Today every third family in Rishtan produces ceramics. After visiting several masters we are going to Fergana.

Return to Fergana

Overnight in Fergana

Breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel

09:00 Moving of Fergana Kokand Tashkent

In the morning we go to Kokand, which is the main transport hub in the Ferghana Valley, leading to the northwest through the mountains to Tashkent, and to the west to Khujand. In Kokand we will visit the palace of the 19th century Khudayar Khan. After losing his power over his possessions, Khudayar Khan spent all his money and energy on decorating his city with a host of elegant mosques, madrassas and his huge palace with its 113 ornate rooms – 19 of which are currently open as a museum. Another beautiful monument to the mausoleum of Modari Khan is a burial vault for all women, khan’s relatives.

15:30 Transfer to train Station

16:29 Departure time to Tashkent

21:07 Arrival time in Tashkent

Transfer to hotel

Overnight in Tashkent

Breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel

Trip to Chimgan Mountains and Charvak Lake 

Overnight in Tashkent

Breakfast

Breakfast in hotel 

……..Transfer to airport

…….Departure time from tashkent

Tashkent-Frankfurt ✈ Your city

The end of Tour!

Breakfast

Include

  • All transfer and Land transportation during the whole tour (according itinerary) . Some places minivan 5 seats, some places a sedan car.
  • Accommodation based on bedroom at boutique hotels and 2*- 3* stars hotels (according to itinerary).
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • Local English Speaking tour guide in the cities
  • Entrance tickets to sightseeings and museums
  • Local flight tickets - Tashkent - Khiva (Economy class)
  • Train tickets Bukhara - Samarkand (Economy class), Fergana - Tashkent (Economy class)
  • Including tourist fee.

Exclude

  • International air tickets to and from Uzbekistan
  • Charges for additional service in hotels
  • Consular fee for Uzbek visa
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunches and Dinners in local restaurants and teahouses.
  • Personal beverage ( alcohol, beer and so on)
  • TIPS to guides and drivers
  • Camera/video fees during sightseeing
  • Full Board in Uzbekistan - $240 per person
  • Half Board in Uzbekistan - $120 per person

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