Culture & Nature

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  • Tour duration 11 days
  • Uzbekistan
  • Min number of people 3
  • Max number of people 10
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In this Culture and Nature trip you combine visits to the old cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Shakhrisabz and also explore the beautiful Uzbek nature. With the jeep we drive along the Nuratu mountains to the desert of Kyzylkum and visit the mountain villages of Tersak and Urgut, places that are inaccessible to many tourists. This way you can get acquainted with the lifestyle of the local population, as well as with the open markets and taste sweets, bio fruit, (water) melons, etc.

Locations you will visit

  • Tashkent
  • Samarkand
  • Bukhara
  • Shahrisabz
  • Kyzylkum desert
  • Tersak and Urgut villages in the mountains

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 3* and 4* hotels
  • Accommodation 4 pers/room in guesthouse (mountains)
  • Accommodation 4-6 pers/yurt (desert)
  • Meals: breakfasts, lunches on day 5th and 9th days; dinners on day 5th and 8th.
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned transport
  • Accompanying English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Domestic train ticket
  • Mineral water 0.5 l. pp / pd

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals
  • Fees for video and photo shooting
  • Insurances
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Meals not included in the program
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visa (if applicable) and any other administrative costs

Your Itinerary – in brief:

Day 1: Brussels – Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand
Day 3: Samarkand
Day 4: Samarkand (yurt camp)
Day 5: Gijduvan – Bukhara (yurt camp)
Day 6: Bukhara
Day 7: Bukhara – Karshi – Taragay – Shakhrisabz
Day 8: Shakhrisabz – Takhta-Karacha pass – Tersak village
Day 9: Tersak – Urgut – Samarkand – Tashkent
Day 10: Tashkent – Chimgan – Tashkent
Day 11: Tashkent – departure to Brussels

Day 1Brussels – Tashkent

Arrival in Uzbekistan. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
Lunch
• City tour Tashkent:
√ Khast-imam architectural complex
√ The medieval Yunus-khan and the Kafal-Shashi mausolea (XVI)
√ Barakh-khan and the Kukeldosh madrasas (XVI-XVII)
√ Islamic University
√ Library in Tillya Sheykh Mosque
√ Istiqlol square with the Abdul Kasim madrassa (XVI-XVII)
√ Alisher Navoiy monument
√ Amir Timur square (Timoer Lenk)
√ Timurides museum
√ Monument of courage
√ Mustaqillik (Independence) Square
√ The “Ezgulik” arch, the eternal flame and the fountains

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 2Tashkent – Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Tashkent – Samarkand (express train)
• Check-in at the hotel
Lunch
• Samarkand city tour part I:
√ Registanplein: the “heart” of Samarkand
√ Ensemble of 3 majestic madrasas (XIV-XVI):
˚ Sherdor, Ulugbek
˚ Tillya Qory
˚ Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XV)
√ Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XV)

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 3Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Samarkand city tour part II:
√ Astronomical and scientific observatory by Timoer Lenks.
√ Shakhi-Zinda (XI-XVIII)
√ Necropolis of the rulers and noblemen of Samarkand, consisting of a set of
beautifully decorated mausoleums.
√ Exotic Siab market

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4Samarkand (yurt camp)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Transfer from Samarkand to the yurt camp in the Kyzylkum desert (350 km).
Dinner in a yurt camp by the campfire
• Listening to the songs of the local singer Akyn

Overnight stay in yurts.

Day 5Gijduvan – Bukhara (yurt camp)

Breakfast at the Yurt.

Timetable:
• Ride on Baktric camels
• Trip to the Aydarkul Lake (4 km) and walk
The Lake is 200 km long and 15 km wide, surrounded by sand and dunes of the
KyzylKum Desert
• Tour through the desert, where you will find many shepherds’ houses and
covered with sand settlements can see
• Then we go to Gijduvan (50 km from Bukhara).
Small town known for its potters, shashlik, apricot seeds
• Memorial complex of Gijduvan with the mausoleum and the madrassa
• Ceramic workshop at the very famous Narzullaev family
(Ceramic dynasty of 8 generations)
Lunch is in this house
• Transfer to Bukhara

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Bukhara

Ontbijt in het hotel.

Dagplanning: Stadsrondleiding Bukhara
• Architecturale complex Lyabi-Khauz (XIV-XVII) omgeven door:
√ Khanaka van Nadira Divan-begi (XV-XVI)
√ Kukeldash madrassa (XV)
• Poi –Kalyan complex omvat:
√ 48 m hoge minaret Kalyan (XII)
√ Vrijdag-moskee Kalyan (XV)
√ Madrassa Mir-i Arab (XVI)
√ Samanid mausoleum (IX-X)
√ Ark citadel (IX-XX)
√ Chor-Minor (XIX)
√ Sitorai-Mohi-khosa paleis (XIX-XX)

Overnachting in het hotel.

Day 7Bukhara – Karshi – Taragay – Shakhrisabz

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Trip to Shakhrisabz (350 km)
• On the way we visit the exotic mountain villages of Taragay and Kuruksay.
• Visit to the monument for Timur Lenk, the sanctuary Saypantysh with old
paintings in red ochre and a large rocky monolith.
• Arrival in Shakhrisabz

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 8Shakhrisabz – Takhta-Karacha pass – Tersak village

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Shakhrisabz:
• Ruins of the great palace Ak-Saray (1380-1404)
• Doruttilyavat Ensemble (XIV-XV)
• Cook Gumbaz Mosque (1435)
• Trade Dome Chorsu (XV)
• Museum of History in medieval madrassa Chubin (XIV-XVI)
• Caravanerai “Koba” (XVI)
• Trip to the picturesque Takhtakarachapass (1800 m)
Lunch at the Ming Chinar mountain bar in the shade of centuries-old trees
• Fascinating walk around the picturesque mountain to the village of Tersak
• Reception in a host family
• Walking to the beautiful waterfall
• Preparing national dishes for dinner

Overnight stay in the guesthouse.

Day 9Tersak – Urgut – Samarkand – Tashkent

Breakfast with the guest family.

Timetable:
• Trip to Samarkand
• Stop at granite boulders and a reservoir
• Continue on to the small old town of Urgut located at the foot of the Zeravshan
mountain ridge and famous for its thousand-year-old chinaras (plane trees) and
the market.
Lunch in Samarkand
• Siab market, where you can buy fruit, sweets and souvenirs
• Afrosiab high-speed train: Samarkand – Tashkent.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 10Tashkent – Chimgan – Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Walking in the picturesque Ugam-Chatkal Nature Park (1600 m).
• Black waterfall in the Aksu Gorge
• By cable car to the observation point with a magnificent view of the Tien-Shan
Mountains and the summit of Chimgan (3308 m)
• Return to Tashkent via the Charvak mountains

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 11Tashkent – Brussels

Departure. Transfer to the airport by the local partner.

Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston Respublikasi, Ўзбекистон Республикаси), is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia. It is a unitary, constitutional, presidential republic, comprising twelve provinces, one autonomous republic and a capital city. Uzbekistan is bordered by five countries, Kazakhstan to the north; Tajikistan to the southeast; Kyrgyzstan to the northeast; Afghanistan to the south; and Turkmenistan to the southwest. Once part of the Turkic Khaganate and later Timurid Empires, the region that today includes the Republic of Uzbekistan was conquered in the early 16th century by Eastern Turkic-speaking nomads. The area was gradually incorporated into the Russian Empire during the 19th century, and in 1924 what is now Uzbekistan became a bordered constituent republic of the Soviet Union, known as the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (Uzbek SSR). Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, it declared independence as the Republic of Uzbekistan on 31 August 1991 (officially celebrated the following day). Uzbekistan is officially a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage. The country's official language is Uzbek, a Turkic language written in the Latin alphabet and spoken natively by approximately 85% of the population; however, Russian remains in widespread use. Uzbeks constitute 81% of the population, followed by Russians (5.4%), Tajiks (4.0%), Kazakhs (3.0%), and others (6.5%). A majority of Uzbeks are non-denominational Muslims.
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