High, Dry & Magic Cities

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  • Tour duration 11 days
  • Uzbekistan
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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In this Uzbek journey you will combine visits to the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent and you will also explore the beautiful Uzbek nature. With the jeep we drive along mountain passes and picturesque gorges and drive through the sand of the Kyzylkum desert. In addition, we visit places that are inaccessible to many tourists. This way you can get to know the lifestyle of the locals in forgotten mountain settlements and get to know the work of the local craftsmen. We also visit the open markets where you can taste sweets, organic fruit, (water) melons and famous Uzbek dishes.

Locations you will visit

  • Tashkent
  • Ugam-Chatkal National Nature Park
  • Samarkand
  • Kyzylkum desert
  • Bukhara
  • Karshi
  • Shahrisabz
  • Mountain pass Takhtakaracha

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 2* and 3* hotels
  • Food: 10 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Accompanying English speaking guide
  • Domestic train ticket

Not included

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

Your itinerary – in brief:

Day 1: Brussels – Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent – Nevich – Shampan – Kumyshkan – Aksakata – Gazalkent – Chimgan (150 km)
Day 3: Mountain hike National Park Ugam-Chatkal – Tashkent (100 km)
Day 4: Tashkent – Samarkand (300 km)
Day 5: Samarkand
Day 6: Junayty gorge – Lyangar – Kyzylkum desert (380 km)
Day 7: Kulimbet – Gijduvan – Bukhara (270 km)
Day 8: Bukhara
Day 9: Karshi – Taragay – Shahrisabz (350 km)
Day 10: Shakhrisabz – Takhtakaracha mountain pass – Samarkand – Tashkent (80 km)
Day 11: Tashkent – Brussels

 

 

Day 1Brussels - Tashkent

Arrival in Uzbekistan. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, check-in, breakfast and time for rest.

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 - Nevich - Shampan - Kumyshkan - Aksakata - Gazalkent - Chimgan (150 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• By jeep to the natural park Ugam-Chatkal (90 km from
Tashkent)
• Walk along the rocky gorge of Bashkyzylsay
• Visits to a unique large solar stove in the center of science
Physics-Sun
Lunch in a mountain village
• Introduction to the typical way of life of the Uzbek family

Overnight stay in a small cozy hotel on the coast of the high mountain reservoir Charvak.

Day 3Mountain hike National Park Ugam-Chatkal - Tashkent (100 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Hike in the picturesque mountains in the Ugam-Chatkal National
Park in the Chimgan ski area.
• Admire the black waterfall in the Aksu Gorge
• Lifts to the cable car
• Transfer to Tashkent

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 4Tashkent - Samarkand (300 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Arrival at Samarkand and check-in at the hotel.
Lunch
Samarkand city tour:
√ 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 5Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Followed by a city tour of Samarkand:
√ Astronomical and scientific observatory by Timur 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 in the hotel.

Day 6Junayty gorge - Lyangar - Kyzylkum desert (380 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
•  Exploration of the Nurata Mountains
• The goal is the Junayty summit, which is situated on the ridge of Aktau.
A beautiful mountain of white granite, surrounded by wild flowers.
• On the way we visit the valley of the monuments with large stones with fantastic
shapes.
• From Junayti to the mountain village of Angidan
• Then through the picturesque mountain pass Lyangar to Kyzylkum desert
• Arrival at the yurt camp Safari
• Large campfire in the evening
• Listening to the songs of the local singer Akyn

Dinner and overnight stay in the yurt camp.

Day 7Kulimbet - Gijduvan - Bukhara (270 km)

Breakfast at the yurt camp.

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 can see many shepherds’ houses and sand-
covered settlements.
• 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 with the very famous Narzullaev family (ceramic dynasty of 8
generations)
Lunch is in this house
• Transfer to Bukhara

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 8Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour of Bukhara:
• Lyabi-Khauz architectural complex (XIV-XVII) surrounded by:
√ Khanaka of Nadira Divan-begi (XV-XVI)
√ Kukeldash madrassa (XV)
• Poi -Kalyan complex includes:
√ 48 m high minaret Kalyan (XII)
√ Friday-mosque Kalyan (XV)
√ Madrassa Mir-i Arab (XVI)
√ Samanid mausoleum (IX-X)
√ Ark citadel (IX-XX)
√ Chor-Minor (XIX)
√ Sitorai-Mohi-khosa palace (XIX-XX)

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 9Karshi - Taragay - Shahrisabz (350 km)

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 10Shakhrisabz - Takhtakaracha mountain pass - Samarkand - Tashkent (80 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Shakhrisabz:
• Ruins of the great palace Ak-Saray (1380-1404)
• Doruttilyavat Ensemble (XIV-XV)
• Kok 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)
• Arrival in Samarkand
• Visit the Siab market and taste Oriental sweets, buy fruit and souvenirs
• Travel with the Afrosiab high-speed train to Tashkent

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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