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Uzbekistan Ecotourism

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Uzbekistan  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3499 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3999 US Dollar (USD)

Come with us for environmentally and socially responsible travel to Central Asia. Travel “green” to the treasures of the Silk Road alongside knowledgeable guides with years of ecotourism experience. So much of Uzbekistan is agricultural land, using organic growing methods. Any visitor will be delighted with the fruits and vegetables grown here, always abundant on any table. There are plenty of opportunities to arrange a meeting with cotton farmers, and everyone has a garden at their home which they’d be proud to show off! Near Bukhara there are villages engaged in sericulture where travelers can see the process of silk worm breeding first-hand. Nature, the environment and wildlife are important in Uzbekistan and meetings with professors or teachers can be arranged to discuss these issues. Ecological management is an integral part of Uzbekistan’s economic reforms as an independent nation. Wildlife reserves are part of these efforts to preserve the country’s unspoiled natural beauty, and you will have every opportunity to see it at its best – from city to village, desert, steppe and mountain!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Ceremonial welcome with traditional folklore ensemble. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Dinner.

Day 2: Tashkent-Urgench. Begin the day with a city tour of Tashkent. Visit Abul Kasim Medreseh, old city with Hast Imam Complex. Enjoy the exotic uzbek bazaar ”Chorsu”. This evening we shall take flight to Urgench.

Day 3: Khiva. Drive to Khiva (35 km.). Excursion to Ichan Kala (old city): Ata –Darvaza, Kalta Minar, Medreseh Mohammad Amin, Kunya Ark, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Medreseh Khodja Islam with minaret, Tash Hauli Palace which includes a view of the women's quarters, Caravanserai, Juma Mosque with 200 wooden pillars. Return to Urgench. Dinner.

Day 4: Urgench-Bukhara. Drive to Bukhara (450 km) via KyzilKum Desert. Stop at Amu-Darya River bank to observe the panorama. Picnic in Uzbek Chaykhana (tea –house) in Kyzilkum desert. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 5: Bukhara. Sightseeing tour: Labi Khaus Complex: Nadir Divan Begi Medreseh, Kukaldash Medreseh, Khanaka Nadir Divan Begi, Magoki Attari Mosque, trade domes/markets, Poi–Kalon Complex: Minaret Kalon (Great Tower, XII c.), Mosque Kalon, Miri Arab Medreseh, Fortress-Ark, Ismail Samani and Chashma- Ayub Mausoleums, Summer Residence of Last Bukhara Emir “Sitorai Mohi-Khossa". Dinner.

Day 6: 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 7: Navoi-Sarmish George-Nurata. Drive to Navoi (100 km). Excursion to old Karmana town. Drive to Sarmish Gorge (29 km) to see Bronze era petroglyphs. Drive to Nurata ( 90 km). Picnic lunch. Transfer to the yurt camp on the bank of Aidarkul lake. Dinner with campfire folklore show. Night in yurts.

Day 8: Nurata-Samarkand. Lake tour: fishing, camel riding, swimming, boating. Drive to Samarkand. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 9: Samarkand. Samarkand sightseeing tour: Ulugbek’s Observatory, Afrasiab Ruins and Museum, Registan Square: Ulugbek, Sherdor and Tilla Kori Medreseh, Mausoleum of Guri Emir, Complex of Mausoleums Shakhi-Zinda (“living king”) and Bibi Khanum Mosque, Medreseh Hodja Ahrar. Laser show in Samarkand in Registan Squire

Day 10: Charvak. Drive to Charvak Lake (80 km from Tashkent) in Tian Shan Mountains. Accommodation in “Charvak Oromgohi” Hotel. Bus trip to the mountains. Relax on the lake. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 11: Charvak. Breakfast. Lake tour. Picnic. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 12: Tashkent. Drive to Tashkent (80 km). Accommodation in the hotel. Visit the museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Amir Temur. Walk down the central pedestrian street of Tashkent.

Day 13: Flight from Tashkent.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Land Cost: $3499-$3999.

Price Includes:
- Visa support
- Local air tickets from Tashkent to Urgench
- Ground Transportation (air-condititioned coach bus)
- English-speaking guide/escort
- Hotel accommodation in double room
- Meals on a full board basis: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Entrance fees to museums and monuments
- Folklore Show in Bukhara (Samarkand).