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On Baktrian Camel Tour through Kyzyl-Kum Desert

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Uzbekistan  
Specialty Categories: Camel Riding   Desert Expeditions  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 400 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 400 US Dollar (USD)

The trek goes through the center of the Kyzyl-Kum ("Red Sand") desert. During the tour many discoveries and interesting meetings are waiting for our participants every day. The dromedaries nicknamed as "ships of desert" will be taking you softly along the ancient caravans' roads through the sand dunes and thicket of haloxylon.

You will meet the wonderful flora and fauna of the desert. Nobody can be indifferent to the original blossoming of the desert in early spring or to meeting a "dragon" of these places - a giant grey monitor lizard.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at airport. Transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Morning half day sightseeing tour in Tashkent. At afternoon drive by coach to Samarkand (340 km; 5hrs). Visit the old town of Tashkent to see medieval monuments: Barak-Khan Barak-Khan medressa (XVI c.), Kaffal-Shashi Mausoleum (XVIc), Kukeldash Medressa (XVIc), Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, Friendship of Peoples Square, Tashkent Metro, Theatre Square where Uzbek National Opera House is and others.

Day 3: Full day sightseeing tour in Samarkand. Hotel. Visit the Guri-Emir mausoleum (XVc), Rukhabad necropolis (XV c.); Registan Square complex (XVII c.), Bibi-Khanum cathedral mosque (XV c), Ulugbek observatory (XV c.), Shakhi-Zinda mausoleum ensemble (XIVc), Siob bazaar.

Day 4: Drive Samarkand via Nurata to yurt base camp near Dongulek village (340km; 6 hrs). Visit the Khasan - Khuseyn Mosque (XVI-XVII c.), blacksmith's and potter's workshops and a sacred pond with sacred fishes - a place for pilgrimage by Muslim worshipers in Nurata. Also to visit are Medressa of Sheihun Hasan Nury, Mamazgokh Mosque (XIVc) and remains of so called “Alexander the Great's Fortress”. Overnight in yurts.

Days 5-9: Ride on the camel back across desert from base camp via Uruztaykuduk - Pahtakyr - Eltay - old base at point 271 to Aydarkul Lake. We cover for 15km to 20km a day. Landscape is typical sandy desert dunes slightly enliven with rare xenophoric vegetation. On the way we see wildlife of the desert - tortoises, lizards, giant lizards, snakes, vultures etc. and get acquainted with the desert flora.

Last day of riding we end up at the Shore of Aydarkul Lake, which looks like a miracle in the middle of the desert with its area above 2000 sq. kms. We swim, fish and enjoy relaxation. Overnight in tents.

Day 10: Rest on the lake. Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Drive from desert to Bukhara (240 km; 4 hrs). Hotel.

Day 12: Full day sightseeing in Bukhara. Hotel. Visit round architectural monuments including Samanids' Mausoleum (IX-X cc AD), Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (XIV-XIX cc.), Poi-Kalon complex (XII-XVI cc.), Ulugbek Medressa (built by Ulugbek - the grandson of Tamerlane and distinguished mathematician and astronomer), Lyabi-Hauz complex (XVI-XVII cc.).

Day 13: Full day sightseeing in Bukhara. Hotel. Visit monuments: Sitorai Mokhi Khosa ("Palace of Moon and Stars") - summer palace of Bukhara emirs (XIX c.), Bolo Khauz Mosque (XIX), Ark - ancient citadel and fortress where from Bukhara started growing (VI-VII cc BC - XVI); Chor-Minor minaret (XIXc).

Day 14: Take a flight Bukhara to Tashkent. Hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 15: Departure.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.