Uzbekistan holds some of the most beautiful unspoiled landscapes in the world! It’s a land of desert, mountain and steppe, of valleys, rivers and lakes just waiting for the intrepid traveler to discover. Ride a camel; the traditional 4-wheel drive of the desert, camp out in a yurt and ride horse-back on trails in the famed Tian-Shan mountains. See the sights of thousands of years of history and enjoy traditional hospitality in the cities of Uzbekistan.
Day 1: Tashkent. Upon arrival you will be met by our representatives and will be transferred to your hotel which will be your home for two nights.
Day 2: Tashkent- Charvak. Well begin our exploration of Tashkent with a walking tour in ancient part of Tashkent. Then we will have a sightseeing day drive to Charvak Lake (80 km from Tashkent) in Tian Shan Mountains. Bus trip to the mountains. Picnic. Horse back riding. Return to Tashkent.
Day 3: Tashkent-Urgench. Tashkent city tour: Abul Kasim Medreseh (XIX c.), Old city with Hast Imam Complex: Medreseh Barak-Khan (XVI c.). Friday Mosque Tello Shayh (XIX c.), Mausoleum Kaffal Shashi (XVI c.) Old bazaar ”Chorsu”, Medreseh Kukaldash (XIV c.). Flight from Tashkent to Urgench.
Day 4: Khiva. Drive to Khiva (35 km.). Excursion to Ichan Kala (old city): Ata –Darvaza (West gate, XVII – XVIII), Kalta Minar (XIX c.), Medreseh Mohammad Amin (XIX c.), Kunya Ark (XVII-IX c.), Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum (XVIII-XIX c.), Medreseh Khodja Islam with minaret, Tash Hauli Palace which includes a view of the women's quarters (XIX c.), Caravanserai (XIX c.), Juma Mosque (XI-XII c.) with 200 wooden pillars. Return to Urgench.
Day 5: Urgench-Ayaz Kala (Yurts). Day drive to Ayaz Kala, accommodation in desert Yurts. Excursion to Ayaz Kala, Toprak Kala, Koykirilgan Kala, Kizil Kala (Fortresses from Zoroastrian period).
Day 6: Ayaz Kala-Bukhara. Drive to Bukhara (450 km). Stop at Amu-Darya River bank to observe the panorama. Picnic in Uzbek Chaykhana (tea –house) in Kizilkum desert. Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation in hotel.
Day 7: Bukhara. Full-day Sightseeing tour: Labi Khaus Complex: Nadir Divan Begi Medreseh, Kukaldash Medreseh, Khanaka Nadir Divan Begi (XVI-XVIII c.), Magoki Attari Mosque (XII-XVI c.), trade domes/markets (XVI c.), Poi–Kalon Complex: Minaret Kalon (Great Tower, XII c.), Mosque Kalon, Miri Arab Medreseh (XVI c.), Fortress-Ark ( I c.), Ismail Samani (IX c.) and Chashma- Ayub (XII-XVI c.) Mausoleums, Summer Residence of Last Bukhara Emir “Sitorai Mohi-Khossa (XX c.).
Day 8: Bukhara. Visit the “Gazella Nature Reserve”. This nature reserve in a lush valley near Bukhara is named for the native gazelle of the region. Enjoy all the pleasures of Tuda-kul Lake (swimming, fishing, boating).
Day 9: Navoi-Sarmish George-Nurata. Drive to Navoi (100 km). Excursion to old Karmana town. Drive to Sarmish Gorge (29 km) to see rock paintings; Bronze age petroglyphs (Bronze period). Drive to Nurata (90 km). Picnic lunch. Transfer to the yurt camp on the bank of Aidarkul lake. Dinner with folklore show around fire. Night in yurts.
Day 10: Nurata-Samarkand. Lake tour: fishing, camel riding, swimming and boating. Drive to Samarkand. Accommodation in hotel.
Day 11: Samarkand. Samarkand sightseeing tour: Ulugbek’s Observatory (XV c.), Afrasiab Ruins and Museum (VI-XIII c.), Registan Square: Ulugbek, Sherdor and Tilla Kori Medreseh (XV-XVII c.), Mausoleum of Guri Emir ( XV c.), Complex of Mausoleums Shakhi-Zinda (“living king”) and Bibi Khanum Mosque (XV c.), Medreseh Hodja Ahrar ( XV c.). Laser show in Samarkand in Registan Squire.
Day 12: Samarkand – Tashkent. Sightseeing day drive to Tashkent. Pass through the "gate" of Amir Temur; where two mountain ranges met. Visit Tashkent Bazaar Char-Su. Free time. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 13: Tashkent. Transfer to an International Airport of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Departure.
Land Cost: $3799-$4199
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