Tour to Uzbekistan “Four Pearls” - 9 Days

Trip code: WTE-495
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Overview

Tour Four Pearls of Uzbekistan covers the four must-visit cities; Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

In tour four Gems of Uzbekistan we added for you Shahrizabs city as bonus. Shahrizabs is known as birth place of Amir Timur the ruler of 14 century. Who had conquered modern Iran, the Caucasus, Mesopotamia, Afghanistan, most of Central Asia, as well as parts of modern Pakistan, Syria.

The tour begins in Tashkent — the biggest city of Central Asia and the modern capital of Uzbekistan. To its visitors and guests, Tashkent offers a unique mixture of the up-to-date infrastructure and city architecture with prominent historical and archaeological monuments. Next destination is Khiva — the ancient capital of Kharezm emirate and an important World Heritage site. A walking tour will reveal the mysteries of this legendary town, leaving the unforgettable impressions. The tour will then move forward to Bukhara — “the Pearl of the East’?. Most of the tourists and visitors note this noble and fabulous city as the most impressive and inspiring one.

Uzbekistan travel highlights

  • Trips to legendary cities: Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara, Khiva, Shahrisabz
  • 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

Itinerary: Tashkent - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Tashkent

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Day 1 :
Tashkent

Departure from Your Home Land  airport to Tashkent. The flight lasts _ hours _ minutes. Airbus flight
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 driver holding a Minzifa Travel sign.

Transfer to the hotel, check-in, rest
Free day in Tashkent

Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent

11:00 Sightseeing program around the center of Tashkent.
Visit 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 the old city and  Chor-Su market (one of the biggest bazaars in Tashkent). Kukeldash Madrassah. We will go there by Tashkent metro (subway).
Hasti Imam complex – historical sight where we will see the oldest Othman Koran in the world.

Duration of tour: 4-5 hours
18:00 Dinner at a local restaurant

Overnight in Tashkent hotel

5-6 hours
Breakfast

Tashkent – Urgench (by plane ✈ )

05:30 Check out and meet your driver at lobby
06:00 Transfer to Tashkent airport
07:00 Departure from Tashkent
08:30 Arrival at Urgench

Urgench – Khiva (by car )

Transfer from airport Urgench to Khiva (35 km, )
Transfer to hotel to leave Luggage and take some rest.

11:00 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 “National House”
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.

Overnight in Khiva

4 hours
Breakfast

Khiva – Bukhara (by Minivan 400km / 7 – 8 hrs )

Breakfast at hotel
Free time in Khiva or ask out for additional program outside of Khiva.
Lunch at local teahouse

Khiva Bukhara (by car 400 km, 7 – 8 hrs)

13:00 Departure from Khiva
20:00 Arrival to Bukhara
Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest
Free time in Bukhara

Extra service 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

7 hours
Breakfast

Transfer to the starting point of the excursion

10:00 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.

Break for lunch  in local restaurant “Old Bukhara”
Poi Kalon Ensemble which includes Kalon mosque, best-known minaret and Madrassah Miri-Arab,

Bazar and trading domes,
Lyabi Hauz Complex.

Extra service in Bukhara: evening leisure (upon request, not included in price)

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

5-6 hours
Breakfast

Bukhara – Samarkand (by train)

Breakfast at hotel
10:00 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

14:45 Transfer to Bukhara train station
15:55 Departure from Bukhara to Samarkand by train

Arrival to Samarkand
Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest

Additional Activities in Samarkand on request (is not included in price, please, ask your travel manager for extra services):

  • Wine Faktory “Filatov” You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan.
  • Theater of of historical national clothes (performance)
  • Evening Samarkand

Overnight in Samarkand hotel

4 hours
Breakfast
Day 7 :
Samarkand

After breakfast:
Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand
We shall start our tour from 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.
Registan is a square in the center of Samarkand. The main squares in the cities of the Middle East were called “Registan”

Break for Lunch at “Plov Center”
We will visit Bibi Khanym mosque (the 15th century) it was the bigest mosque in CA, Syob bazaar and Shahi Zinda necropolis of Temurids dynasty ( the 12th – 15th century) where was buried Khusama Ibin Abas, he is cousin of Muhammad Prophet. Mausoleumof Hoja Ismail

Lunch Break and Continuation of tour program
Ulugbek Observatory of 15 century, Museum of ancient settlement “Afrosiyob”,
Mausoleum of Saint Daniel (Khodja Daniyor).
Paper factory Meros where you will see the ancient technique of paper production From mulberry tree

Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest
Overnight in Samarkand hotel

7 hours
Breakfast

Shakhrisabz – Samarkand short tour (by car 200 km)
9:00 Departure from Samarkand. Transfer to Shakhrisabz (120 km, 1,5 hours) through the mountain pass Urgut.
In Shakhrisabz, an excursion around the city:
On the way mysterious plateau of “Devil’s Valley”
Ak Saroy – the 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 the Timurids, the burial of two sons of Timur and the sarcophagus of Timur (14th century). Khoja Imam Mosque and the tree of chinara (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 minaret.

Lunch at the Urgut pass or in Guest house in Shahrisabz
Samarkand – Tashkent (by fast train)
15:30 Departure from Shahrizabs to Samarkand
17:30 Arrival in Samarkand, Transfer to railway station
18:00 Departure from Samarkand to Tashkent by fast train Afrosiyob
20:10 Arrival to Tashkent
Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest
Overnight in Tashkent hotel

6-7 hours
Breakfast
Day 09 :
Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the International Airport of Tashkent for the further departure back to homeland.
Departure from Tashkent

The End of Tour.

Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation throughout the tour;
  • Transportation throughout the tour, including airport pick-up and drop-offs on the 1st and 8 th days of the tour.
  • NOTE: If you arrive earlier or leave later, there will be an additional transfer fee of $15 per car each way).
  • French, German, Spanish, English - speaking guide ( due to order)
  • Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums, and other sights
  • Air-ticket Tashkent-Urgench
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan
  • Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Boutique hotels

Cost Excludes

  • Extra days' accommodation in Tashkent (for those who arrives earlier or leaves later)
  • Charges in the hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa
  • Personal insurance
  • Camera fees, charged separately by museums
  • International Air tickets
  • Personal beverages
  • Full board - Lunch and Dinner
  • Any excess baggage charge
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Extra fee for those who would like to stay in single accommodation - 165$
Railroad tickets for train "Afrosiab"

If there are no tickets available for the train “Afrosiab” Tashkent – Bukhara, Samarkand – Tashkent, tickets will be purchased for the train “Sharq”, “Registan”, which arrives 2.5 hours later

Hotels check-in and check-out

Hotels: Check-in after 13:00, Check-out before 12:00

Trip Facts

  • English, German, Spanish, Turkish, Russian
  • Train, car
  • 2-12
  • Hotel 3*, Boutique hotels
  • 6
  • Tashkent city
  • Tashkent city
  • Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Сultural tour
  • Breakfasts

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