This one tour of Uzbekistan, highly logic and perfectly thought-out, will cover the most popular travel sites, the best places to visit and the country’s main tourist attractions. You will thus travel in two absolutely different dimensions - first in the world of unique nature and enormous areas with extraterrestrial landscapes away from civilization, and then in the urban world of human genius, centuries-old culture, oriental cuisine and authentic hospitality.
May your vacation and adventure holidays in Uzbekistan be interesting, eventful and diverse!
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Itinerary: Tashkent / Urgench* - Nukus - Mizdakhan Complex - Ustyurt Plateau - Sudochye Lake - Aral Sea - Muynak - Khodjeyli - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
* Due to the fact that the international airport of Nukus is undergoing reconstruction works and cannot be considered for direct arrival in Nukus, we were obliged to change the city of arrival and add one additional day in the beginning of the tour. You may choose the option that suits you best: arrive either in Tashkent or in Urgency and start your tour according to the Option 1 and 2 respectively.
Option 1: Arrival in Tashkent.
Arrival in Tashkent by flight HY 604 at 16:55. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Option 2: Arrival in Urgench.
Arrival in Urgench by flight S7 695 at 03:30. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to Khiva and accommodation at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Rest. Check out until 12:00. Transfer to the artificial ponds named Kharot where the tourists may taste fresh-caught fried fish (lunch is not included into the tour’s cost). Transfer to Nukus (180 km). Arrival in Nukus and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Nukus
Option 1: Tashkent - Nukus.
Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Nukus by morning flight HY 011 (07:10-08:55). Group gathering. Visit to the Museum named after Savitsky. Accommodation at the hotel after 14h. Proceeding to and visiting Mizdakhan Complex (Khodjeyli district) Visiting Mizdakhkan: Caliph Erejep, Jumart-kassab hillock, half-underground Mazlumkhan-sulu Mausoleum, Shamun-nabi Mausoleum. Back to Nukus. Overnight in Nukus.
Option 2: Nukus.
Breakfast at the hotel. Group gathering. Visit to the Museum named after Savitsky. Proceeding to and visiting Mizdakhan Complex (Khodjeyli district) Visiting Mizdakhkan: Caliph Erejep, Jumart-kassab hillock, half-underground Mazlumkhan-sulu Mausoleum, Shamun-nabi Mausoleum. Back to Nukus. Overnight in Nukus.
Day 3. Nukus - Kungrad - Ustyurt Plateau - Sudochye Lake - Aral Sea.
Early breakfast at the hotel. At 07:00 in the morning departure from Nukus. Proceeding to Kungrad, then up to Ustyurt Plateau. Transfer to Sudochye Lake. Proceeding to Village of Urga, first Russian settlement in Khorezm and Aral Sea region, lunch en route. Then transfer to Aral Sea. Photographing canyons en route. Arrival at camp site; descent to shoreline. Dinner. Overnight in tents.
Day 4. Aral Sea - Muynak - Khodjeyli - Khiva.
Breakfast in tent camp. Camp disassembly. Proceeding to Muynak along the bottom of the disappeared sea. Visiting monument to the victims of the Second World War (now a monument to the Aral Sea), which is the highest point of the town of Muynak providing a wonderful panorama of the town and the bottom of the former sea.
Visiting famous “Cemetery of Ships” in Muynak. Next visiting a museum at the House of Culture in Muynak, where you can familiarize yourselves with the works of artists F. Madgazin and R. Matevosyan, who used to depict the Aral Sea and the Amudarya River. Lunch in traditional guest house of Muynak. Transfer to Khiva. Overnight in Nukus.
Day 5. Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided city tour in Khiva, visiting Ichan Kala (historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Alakuli Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Amin-Khan Minaret & Madrasah, and Avesta Museum.
Overnight rest in hotel.
Day 6. Khiva - Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Ride across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya River to Bukhara. Lunch en route. Arrival to Bukhara. Leisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7. Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Architectural Ensemble of Kosh-Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah. After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8. Bukhara out-of-town guided sightseeing tour. Bukhara - Samarkand.
Breakfast in hotel. Out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband, Chor-Bakr Memorial Complex. After lunch transfer to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand, transfer to hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9. Samarkand - Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia - the Registan Square (madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor madrasah, Tilya-Kori madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum - necropolis of the Timurids. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory. Transfer to the railway station. Transfer to Tashkent by premium service train «Afrosiab» (17:00-19:10). Meeting at the railway station. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 10. Tashkent. Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out untill 12:00. Leisure time (without any transport and excursion services). Visiting bazaars and walking around the city are recommended. Transfer to the airport. Departure.
GUARANTEE DATES OF GROUP TOURS IN 2017*:
Group №2. 29.08 - 07.09.2017
Group №3. 23.09 - 02.10.2017
* This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.
The cost of the tour for 1 person in 2017:
Option 1: Arrival in Tashkent: 1095 USD (+120 USD SGL supplement)
Option 2: Arrival in Urgench: 995 USD (+130 USD SGL supplement)
• Accommodation at the hotels 3* on twin/double share
• Services of the driver with comfortable transport
during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
• Sightseeing tour in each city according to the tour program;
• Escort-guide in the Aral Sea part of the tour;
• Sightseeing tours with local guides in cities;
• Train tickets (economy class) for high speed premium service train «Afrosiab» (Samarkand - Tashkent);
• Domestic flight Tashkent - Nukus (economy class)
- Option 1;
• Full service in the active part of the tour from 2 to 3 days:
- Full board (lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch);
- Cook, service staff;
- Accommodation in double tents;
- Sleeping bag;
- Communication facilities: satellite phone;
• Bottle of mineral water per day/per pax;
Cost does not include:
• International air flights;
• Sites entrance fees;
• Medical insurance;
• Meals with the exception of included in the cost.
• Sites entrance fees - 95 USD/per person/on all route;
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at hotels 3* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services with notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere; mainly located in or near city centers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What nationals need visas to enter Uzbekistan?
Citizens of any countries other than Uzbekistan and the CIS countries enjoying visa-free regime agreements with Uzbekistan need visas to enter Uzbekistan or travel through its territory. These people can obtain Uzbekistan entry visas through a Visa Invitation Letter (Visa Support) from their host parties (host tour operators). Citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK can apply for Uzbek visas to embassies or consulates of Uzbekistan without getting Visa Invitation Letter, independently. Please read here for more information.
2. Is it necessary to get a stay permit (temporary registration of stay) while visiting Uzbekistan?
Any foreigner to Uzbekistan is to get a stay permit within 3 working days (consecutive or not) during his / her visit to the country. If he / she stays at an Uzbekistan hotel or a guesthouse, such a stay permit for the period of stay at it is granted automatically. (Inquire whether the hotel / guesthouse you want to stay at provides such a permit unless your accommodation is organized by a host tour operator. Also make sure you are given your stay permit certificate with the seal of your hotel / guesthouse when you check out.) If you stay at other lodging facilities during your visit, you will have to get your stay permit from a local visits registration police department.
3. What is Uzbekistan’s currency? Where can I exchange money?
The national currency of Uzbekistan is the som (UZS). There are 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000-som banknotes and 25, 50, 100 and 500-som coins used currently. The banknotes are similar in size but vary in color; they depict Uzbekistan’s cultural and heritage sites.
You can exchange money at Uzbekistan’s National Bank outlets, most of the hotels and official currency exchange offices commonly located near bazaars and at shopping centers. You will need your passport and stay permit to exchange money through them.
There is also a black market of currency exchange in Uzbekistan. Although its rates are higher, we do not recommend that you exchange money through its dealers (commonly individual money changers in the street, usually near bazaars). There is a risk of falling prey to cheaters or be arrested red-handed if you go for their services.
Note that the most common foreign currency in Uzbekistan is US dollars. The US banknotes you exchange in the country should be in good condition - without defects, bad folds, worn areas and scribbles - or it will be hard to exchange them.
4. Can I use credit cards in Uzbekistan?
You can use Visa and MasterCard cards mainly in Tashkent and at fewer locations in Samarkand and Bukhara for cash withdrawals through ATMs (cash machines) in their large hotels or banks. You can also make payments with these cards at some hotels, restaurants and stores in Tashkent. However, technical failures of the card handling equipment may occur, so it is advisable to always have enough cash on you.
5. What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.
6. Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stays in the country?
Yes, they can if they have a stay permit to show.
7. Can I bring alcoholic beverages into Uzbekistan?
A person is permitted to bring a maximum of 2 liters of alcoholic drink(s) into the country.
8. What maximum amount of cash can I bring into Uzbekistan?
There is no limit on the amount of cash in a currency that is foreign to Uzbekistan a person can bring into the country. If you bring in over 5,000 USD (or the equivalent in other currencies), you will be given a ТС-28 certificate. If you bring in over 10,000 USD, you will have to pay a 1% duty on this sum.
9. What maximum amount of cash can I take out of Uzbekistan?
The amount of cash (in a currency foreign to Uzbekistan) you can take out of the country must not exceed the sum you brought in as per your arrival customs declaration. Taking out the amount exceeding the sum you brought in is possible if permitted by Uzbekistan’s Central Bank or another Uzbekistan’s authorized bank. Note that taking out Uzbekistan soms is not permitted unless they are several souvenir coins or banknotes.
10. Can I use a photo / video camera at the tourist sites?
Photographing and videoing at the tourist sites is allowed unless a site has a prohibition sign. They charge fees for using cameras at most tourist attractions though. Photographing and videoing is prohibited in Tashkent metro, at the airports and railway stations. Using a camera at the functioning mosques is possible if allowed by the worshippers there.
11. What kind of clothes should I wear in Uzbekistan? Are there any clothing requirements for women in the country?
Clothes made of cotton and other natural textiles will be the best choice in warm and hot weather. Both men and women will feel best in T-shirts and shorts. Your footwear must be comfortable, light and strong, since you will have to walk a lot. Have sunglasses, a light headwear and sunblock lotion.
If you travel early in spring (March to the beginning of April) or at the end of autumn (October to November), it is advisable to take a windbreaker, a sweater or a similar garment. In winter the temperature may fall to minus 10°С or so, so a raincoat, a warm coat and headwear will be necessary.
There are no strict limits on women’s clothing in the country. However, you should be considerate towards the local traditions, culture and religion. While visiting religious places women should wear loose garments covering most of their arms and legs, and of course the cleavage. Headscarves will also be advisable to put on. Note that you will have to take off your shoes while entering some of the sacred places.
12. What languages do people in Uzbekistan speak?
The official language is Uzbek; it is spoken by a majority of the population. Russian is spoken by the country’s largest Slavic minority and is still used widely in business and as a lingua franca, especially in Tashkent and other major cities. Tajik is widespread in Samarkand and Bukhara for their large Tajik ethnic minorities. Karakalpak is spoken in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan where it is an official language besides Uzbek. English is popular as a foreign language to study but there is little chance of coming across a good English speaker in the street. However, in the historic cities of Bukhara and Samarkand many young souvenir sellers dealing with foreigners speak elementary English.
The price depends on the number of participants (persons) in a group and the fact whether it is a group tour or private one
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