Day 1: Arrival to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Rest. Acquaintance with tour group.
Day 2: Transfer to Samarqand (350 km, approximately 5 hrs). Sightseeing: Registan square - Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, Bibi-Khanum the gigantic congregational mosque (XV c.), Guri-Emir mausoleum of Timur, his sons and Ulugbek the grandson (XV c.), Ulugbeks the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420 y.) - the remains of an immense (30 m. tall) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda, The Living King (XI-XVIII c.c.) necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noblemen, consisting of set of superb decorated mausoleums, exotic Siab bazaar.
Day 3: Continue of excursion. After lunch transfer to yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert (300 km; approximately 5 hrs). Camel back riding and walking through the desert. Supper in yurt camp at a fire place with accompany of local akyn (folklore singer) songs under bright oriental constellations. Spending the night in yurts.
Day 4: Rest on Aydar-Kul lake. Excursion to Nurata and Sarmysh gorge. Transfer to Bukhara (250 km, approximately 4 hrs). On road excursion to Sarmysh gorge petroglyphs (more than 3500 figures of a "bronze" century - one of the greatest rock picture galleries in the world) and also to the sacred complex of a source with sacred fishes, a dinner in Nurata.
Day 5: Sightseeing in Bukhara: Chashma Ayub Mazar (graveyard) (XIV-XIX c.c.), Poi-Kalan complex (XI-XVI c.c.), Miri-Arab madrassah (XVI c.), Lyabi-Hauz complex (XVI-XVII c.c.), Mausoleum of Samanids (IX-X c.c.), Nadir Divanbegi Madrassah (XVI c.), Ark - ancient fortress (VI-VII c.c.), Chor-Minor (XVIII c.) minaret.
Day 6: Transfer to Khiva via Kyzyl-Kum desert (500 km, approximately 8 hrs). Lunch-picnic on the picturesque shore of Amudarya river.
Day 7: Sightseeing in Khiva: Ichan-Kala the city-museum on open-air, protected by UNESCO, Kalta-Minor minaret (XIX c.), Kunya Ark fortress (XVII c.) - a former residence of Khiva khans, Pakhlavan Mahmud (XIV-XIX c.c.) - the complex of national hero and poet, Islam Khodja madrassah and minaret (1908 y.), Juma mosque (X-XVIII c.c.), Tash-Hauli and Allakuli Khan palaces (XVIII-XIX c.c.), bazaar market where it is possible to buy world-known Khiva carpets. Flight to Tashkent.
Day 8: Departure from Tashkent.
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