Tour to Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva (Golden road of Uzbekistan)

Trip code: WTE-506

Trip Facts

  • Train, car
  • 8-12
  • 3*
  • 6
  • Tashkent
  • Tashkent
  • Spring, summer, autumn
  • Cultural, historical, traditional
  • Half board
  • Russian, English, Spanish, Turkish, German

Overview

Tour to Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva (Golden road of Uzbekistan). Adventure tour through Uzbekistan for 10 days, visit famous cities and get quantitated with its ancient architecture and unique cultural heritage. Cities overflowing with turquoise mosques, mausoleums and madrassas. 10 days Tours begs and ends in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan

In this trip you will cross the whole Uzbekistan, and follow the footsteps of traders, pilgrims and other historical noblemen as notable personalities like Alexander The Great and Tamerlane himself. You take a walk in an ancient streets of Bukhara, touch blue-tiled buildings, see the disappearing Aral sea, and try national food in a yurt and spend an evening in the desert around the ancient ruins of Fords.

Uzbekistan travel highlights

  • Trips to legendary cities: Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara, Khiva
  • Famous Madrassas and Mosques
  • The Culture and Hospitality of the East
  • Unique architecture
  • History and sights from the times of Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great to the present day
  • National cuisine, pilaf, samsa, lagman
  • Seasonal Uzbek fruits, vegetables, berries
  • Forbidden Art in Nukus
  • Graveyard of Ships in the former Aral Sea

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent (local time)
It will take you a maximum of 1 hour to go through customs in airport.
… .. Approximate time of exit from the Airport. At the exit you will be met by our guide/driver holding a MinzifaTravel sign.
Transfer to the hotel.

Sightseeing Program Around The Center Of Tashkent.

  • Independence Square,
  • Amir Timur Square,
  • Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alisher Navoi,
  • The Museum of Applied Arts.
    After Lunch In Choy-Khona (Local Teahouse) We Will Visit:
  • Old city
  • Chor-Su market (the one of the biggest bazaars in Tashkent). We will go there by Tashkent metro (subway).
  • Hasti Imam complex - historical sight where we will see the oldest Othman Koran in the world.

Night In Tashkent Hotel.

09:00 Breakfast. Check Out Of The Hotel 10:00 Transfer To Fergana , Through The Kamchik Mountain. On our way we visit Kokand city, excursion in palaces of Kokand Khan, further Rishtan city which is famous with its ceramic , we go to the one workshop to see the whole process of producing ceramics. 18:00 Arriving To Fergana , Accommodation And Leisure At Hotel. Overnight At Fergana Hotel.

In the morning drive to Margilan to see the famous workshops of adras fabric (Ikat) And hand made carpets. Visit Edgorlik factory of silk hand made fabric.

In Andijan we will visit house-museum of Babur - the founder of the Mughal Dynasty, the great grandson of Amir Timur - following a series of setbacks, finally succeeded in laying the basis for the Mughal dynasty in the Indian subcontinent and became the first Mughal emperor.

Drive Back To Tashkent
Overnight In Tashkent

07:00 Transfer to the train station Depart From Tashkent At 08:00 By Fast Train "Afrosiyab'? Arrival To Samarkand At 10:10, And Transfer To The Hotel. Check-in to the hotel. 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. Registan Square is a complex of three monuments: Ulugbek Madrassah (15 th century), Sher-Dor Madrassah (17 century) and Tilla-Kari Madrassah (17 century). There is another symbol of Samarkand- Gur-Emir Mausoleum ("the grave of Emir'?). The construction of the mausoleum, which was started in 1403, was concerned with the sudden death of Muhammad Sultan, the direct heir and beloved grandson of Tamerlane. In 1405 Timur died in Otrar city and his sons decided to move his body and bury him near his favorite grandson. From that time this mausoleum became the burial-vault of Timurids dynasty. We will visit Bibi Khanym mosque (the 15th century) it was the biggest mosque in CA, Syob bazaar and Shahi Zinda necropolis of Temurids dynasty ( the 12th - 15th century) where Khusama Ibin Abas was buried, the cousin of Muhammad the Prophet. Dinner In Famous Samarkand Restaurant “Samarkand” With Show Program , Life Music And Local Dance Performance. Night In Samarkand Hotel
Day 5 :
Samarkand

After Breakfast We Will Continue Excursion By Visiting :

Memorial complex of Al-Bukhari, theologist of 9 century who created catalog of Hadises, memorial complex is located 30 km away from Samarkand.
Ulugbek Observatory of 15 century.
Museum of ancient settlement Afrosiyab.
Mausoleum of Saint Daniel (Khodja Daniyor).

  • Additional Activities In Samarkand On Request :

14:00 Wine Faktory "Filatov'? You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan.
18:00 Theater of of historical national clothes (performance)
Night In Samarkand Hotel

9:00 Departure From Samarkand To Bukhara, The Transfer Will Be Arranged By Land. 300 Km. 4,5 Hours Of Driving

  • Stop at village on the way , to see the life of rural people.

Lunch on the way , shihs-kabab at Gijduvan city and visit ceramic workshop On the way we will stop at little village of Afshona - the birthplace of Abu Ali Ibn Sino (Avicenna). His main interests were medicine, philosophy and logic, science, astronomy and astrology, chemistry, aromatherapy, poetry and so on. He authored five-volume medical encyclopedia: The Canon of Medicine, which was used as a standard medical textbook in the Islamic and European world up to 18th century. His museum is located in the village of Afshona

14:30 Arriving To Bukhara, Check In Hotel.

  • Lunch In Local Choi-Khana

Sightseeing Program :
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.
Poi Kalon Ensemble which includes Kalon mosque, best-known minaret and Madrassah Miri-Arab,
Madrassah Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan.
The 12th century Zoroastrian Magoki-Attori Mosque.

Additional Activities In Bukhara :

18:00 Fashion and national dance show in Nodir Devon Begi madrassah

Night In Bukhara Hotel

Day 7 :
Bukhara

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, Abu Ali Ibn Sino.
13:00 Lunch In Local Teahouse, The Famous Lagman In Bukhara.

After lunch you have a free time and walk in old Bukhara bazaar.
Bazar and trading domes, Lyabi Hauz Complex.

Additional Activities :
17:30 Master class of Plov in local family house and dinner. Plus miniature paintings.
Night In Bukhara Hotel

Day 8 :
Khiva

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, Nurullbay Palace.
Walls and gates.

Dinner At Restaurant In Khiva And Folk Show.
Night In Khiva Hotel

Breakfast in the hotel or lunch boxes in the road.
Departure from Khiva to the Muinaq. The duration of the trip hours.

The road runs through the fortress Gyaur Kala, Mizdakhan necropolis (XIV century.) and further to the "graveyard of ships". We will make a stop on our way - settlement Uchsay previously - the port of the Aral Sea.

The exhibits of the local museum will tell us about the former glory of years past. Then the city of Muinaq. This town was once a thriving center for fishing craft. But after the environmental disaster of the Aral Sea, this city with a population of several thousand inhabitants poorer and virtually deserted.

  • Lunch Outdoors In Muinaq.

We will visit Museum of Forbidden Art in Nukus, which holds the largest collection (90 pcs) of forbidden in Soviet Union Avant garde art objects.

Nukus Tashkent

15:45 Departure from Nukus (Flight duration 2 h 15 min)

18:00 Arrival in Tashkent
Tashkent - Home Land
Departure From Tashkent (International Flight)

Includes

  • All transfer and transportation by Minibus (Hyundai Starex) with 5- 6 seats during the whole tour (according to itinerary)
  • Accommodation based on Twin bedrooms at boutique hotels and 4 - 5 stars hotels (according to itinerary).
  • Half board; breakfast, lunch (according to itinerary) + dinner during the trip to Aral sea. (Muynak)
  • Accompanied by a local English-speaking tour guide during the whole tour. Kindly note: You will have two different guides for Tashkent and Urgench (Khiva)
  • Air ticket Tashkent-Urgench (Khiva),
  • Train "Afrosiyob' Samarkand - Tashkent, economic tickets
  • Entrance tickets to sightseeing and museums
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan, Tourist Visa

Excludes

  • Charges for additional service in hotels
  • Consular fee for Uzbek visa
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal beverage ( alcohol, beer and so on)
  • TIPS to guides and drivers

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