Silk Road Tour, Cultural Journey of Tashkent, Khiva and Samarkandoffered by supplier M21489 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 5 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 50 people
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 948 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1324 US Dollar (USD)
Day 1: Arrival to Tashkent.
Transfer to Hotel followed by dinner at a restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent / Tashkent – Khiva.
Breakfast at hotel. Discovering the old city of Tashkent: largest Central Asian bazaar (market), ensemble that includes Friday Mosque with the Holy Book of Quran – one of the oldest in the World, Barak Khan Madrassah, Mausoleum Kaffal-Shash and Khast-Imam Square. Lunch at a restaurant. Transfer to Tashkent airport to take flight HY1057/18:00 to World Heritage city of Khiva through its gateway of Urgench airport, flight duration 1 hr 40 min. Check-in to Khiva hotel followed by the dinner at a restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Khiva. Breakfast at hotel.
Morning devoted to the discovery a real treasures of architecture that seems came out from the fairytale stories of ‘1000 and 1 night’ of Shaherezade: Muhammad Amin Khan Medrese and Minaret Kalta, the fortress Kunia Ark which includes the Juma Mosque, Throne Room and the Chancellery. Lunch at a restaurant. Continuation of the tour with Islam Khodja Madrassah which has the tallest minaret in the city, Tach Khaouli or ‘Palace of Stone’ and its Harem, Friday Mosque with 218 wooden carved columns, mausoleum Pakhlavon Makhmud – most remarkable architectural monument followed by folk concert and dinner in Allakouli Khan Madrassah. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Khiva – Bukhara (450 km).
Breakfast at hotel. Driving to Bukhara via red sands of the Kizil Kum desert. On the road discovering Amudarya river. Truly Oasis in the desert that crosses also the Prairie Arrid with its sheep herds. Lunch - picnic in a traditional Uzbek Chaykhana (Tea House). In the afternoon exciting drive to Bukhara. Late arrival. Dinner and transfer to a hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara.
Breakfast at hotel. Full day of discovering the most mysterious of caravan cities with fascinating narrow streets and monuments: Poi Kalyan square, which consists of the XII c. Mosque and Minaret Kalon. Visiting the Madrassahs of Ulugbek and Abdulaziz Khan, ancient trade domes and Mosque Magok-i-Attari, former Zoroastrian temple, Lyabi Hauz Square with its Madrassah and Caravan-Saray. Lunch at a restaurant. Time for seeing Mausoleum of Samanids, one of the oldest monuments of architecture of the IX-X centuries in Central Asia, Citadel Ark, former residence of the Emirs of Bukhara and Bolo-Hauz Mosque with its twenty pillars followed by dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Bukhara.
Breakfast at hotel. Keeping discovery the mysteries of Old Town of Bukhara by visiting holy place of Chashma Ayyub Mausoleum – mostly famous as a pilgrimage place during the Holy Month of Ramadan among the Muslims. Legend tells – ‘Water drunk from the natural water key brings your dreams come true’. Lunch at a restaurant. Free time. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Bukhara – Nurata – Yangi Gazgan (300 km). Breakfast at hotel. Departure in the direction of Nurata. On the way stop to visit UNESCO protected Gijduvan ceramic workshop, which is famous throughout Uzbekistan. Continue drive to Nurata. Lunch-picnic. Arriving to Nurata, visiting ensemble Chashma and ruins of ancient Citadel of Alexander the Great. Continue drive to the village of Yanghi Gazgan, arrival and short ride to the camps of yurts, accommodation in yurts. Desert camel rides followed by evening cocktails and dinner around the campfire with traditional music and songs of the Kazakh troubadour Akyns. Overnight in yurts.
Day 8: Yangi Gazgan – Mitan – Samarkand.
Breakfast in Yurts. Departure to fascinating and most mysterious Samarkand via Mitan village in the framework of sustainable project of our company. First acquaintance with the village and local families and exotic lifestyle. Lunch in a local traditional house. Main dish – Pilov (Pilaf). Continue drive to Samarkand, arrival, check-in to a hotel followed by dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Samarkand.
Breakfast at hotel. Discover the pearl of the Orient - Samarkand, which evokes a magical name, loud, but speechless invitation to Asia. Registan square is a great complex of Mrza Ulugbek and Sher-Dor Madrassahs and Tillya-Kori Mosque. Moving on to breathtaking view of Bibi Khanum Mosque, the biggest Mosque of its time in all over Central Asia, followed by visiting one of the largest Bazaar in a Silk Road times - Bazaar Siab, the most colorful and busiest place in the city. Lunch at a restaurant. Excursion to blue-and-golden Mausoleum Gur-i-Amir – Mausoleum of Tamerlan (Amir Temur) – greatest conquer and brilliant politician, whose empire spread from modern Turkish Anatolia till the Great Walls of China. Ongoing trip to the village of Koni-Guil, 8 km away from Samarkand to visit the workshop of tissue paper. Participation in the production of IX c. piece of paper.Visit the manufacture of silk carpets to observe all stages of the manufacture of carpets. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Samarkand – Sahkhrisabz – Samarkand (100 km). Breakfast at hotel.
Day’s destination is Shakhrizabs, motherland of the Greatest conquer of Central Asia – Tamerlan (Amir Temour). Lunch. Time to discover Mosques, main city road and local community. Driving back to Samarkand followed by dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Samarkand.
Breakfast at a hotel. Visit the necropolis Shakh-i-Zinda, a real pearl of the architecture of XIV-XV cc. of Samarkand, where you can find unique processes of all artistic decoration of Islamic buildings. Visit the ruins of Ulugbek Observatory, the first observatory in Asia, where an enormous sextant allowed contemplating the stars. Lunch at a restaurant. Free time. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Samarkand – Tashkent (270 km) / Tashkent.
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Tashkent. Lunch at a restaurant. Visiting Museum of Applied Arts, the Independence Square, Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Alisher Navoi. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Tashkent – Homeland city.
Breakfast at a hotel. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport (International Departure Terminal).
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Full board (three times daily meals / mineral water and tea at every meal (unlimited);
- Transportation and transfers (land) according to the program (air-conditioned);
- English-speaking guide;
- Entrance fees (museums and sightseeing);
- All visits fees and excursions mentioned in the program;
- Drinks: local vodka (2 shots/person), local wine (1 glass of red/white wine/person) during the home stay lunch in Mitan (day 8).
- Drinks: local vodka (2 shots/person), local wine (1 glass of red/white wine/person) on a grand farewell dinner in Tashkent (day 13);
- Luggage handling at hotels;
- A souvenir gift to each traveler of the group;
- A free Tour Leader (all services excluding ticket fare on HY1057 Tashkent-Urgench).
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