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  • Tour duration 12 days
  • Uzbekistan
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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Uzbekistan, one of the most important stops on the Silk Road, has a rich cultural and architectural heritage and is one of the most unique countries to discover! The country is home to a wealth of architectural monuments and some of the oldest cities in the world. Highlights include the mix of modern and Soviet buildings in Tashkent, the vibrant bazaars in Samarkand’s twisting streets and alleys and the incredible ceramic tiled details in the royal tombs and sanctuaries of Bukhara.

On the way to Bukhara, you’ll stay in a yurt camp and take a camel ride through the desert.

 

Locations you will visit

  • Tashkent
  • Khiva
  • Bukhara
  • Gijduvan
  • Sarmysh
  • Samarkand
  • Shahrisabz

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 3* and 4* hotels and yurtcamp
  • Half board + 1x lunch
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Folklore show
  • Domestic airline tickets
  • Train ticket
  • Workshop miniature painting
  • Wine tasting
  • Accompanying English speaking guide

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Lunches
  • Fees for video and photo shooting
  • Insurances
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visa (if applicable) and any other administrative costs

Your itinerary – in brief:

Day 1: Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent – Khiva – Urgench
Day 3: Khiva
Day 4: Khiva – Bukhara
Day 5: Bukhara
Day 6: Bukhara
Day 7: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Sarmysh – Nurata
Day 8: Nurata – Samarkand
Day 9: Samarkand
Day 10: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Day 11: Samarkand – Tashkent
Day 12: Tashkent – Brussels departure

Day 1Tashkent

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

Timetable: City tour Tashkent:

Old part of town:
• State Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan
• Religious complex Khasti Imam consisting of:
√ Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV)
√ Barrack Khan Madrassah (XVI)
√ Muy-Mubarak Mosque
√ Dzhuma mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali
√ Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI)
√ Abdulkasim Madrassah (XIX)
Dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight stay in the hotel.

 

Day 2Tashkent – Khiva – Urgench

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Trip to the mountain area (100 km)
• Cable car ride in the Chimgan Mountains
• Photo stop at the Charvak reservoir
• Return to Tashkent
• Transfer to the local airport for the evening flight to Urgench
• Arrival and transfer to Khiva (30 km)

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Khiva:
• Kala architectural complex (XII-XIX)
• Ismail Khodja Mausoleum
• Muhammed Amin Khan Madrassa
• Kunya-Ark castle (XVI)
• Kalta Minor Tower
• Tash-Hovli palace (XIX)
• Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum (XIV-XVIII)
• Juma Mosque (X)
Dinner at the Yasavulboshi restaurant

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 4Khiva – Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Transfer from Khiva to Bukhara (6 to 7 hours)
• Exotic landscapes of the desert with stray camels, Nomadic yurts and the ancient
Amudarya River (Oxyus)
• Arrival in Bukhara
• Check-in at the hotel in Bukhara
Dinner
Workshop miniature painting

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 5Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Bukhara:
• Ismael Samani Mausoleum
• Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (XIV)
• Bolo-Hauz Mosque (early XX)
• Citadel Ark (IV)
• Poi Kalon Ensemble consisting of:
√ Minaret Kalon (XII)
√ Kalyan Mosque (XII)
√ Miri Arab Madrassah (XVI)
√ Ulugbeks Madrassah (1417)
√ Magoki-Attori Mosque (XII-XVI)
√ Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (XIV-XVII)
√ Chor-Minor (4 minarets)
Free time: We recommend you to visit the Bukhara Dome Markets (XV-XVI):
√ Toki Saraffon (the dome of money changers)
√ Toki-Telpak Furushon (the dome of hairdressers)
√ Toki Zargaron (the dome of jewellers)
√ Tim Abdullakhan (the centre of silk)
Dinner and folklore show – program in Nodir Devon Begi Madrassah

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 6Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: Trip out of town to visit:
• Mausoleum Bahouddin Nakshbandi (XVI-XIX)
• The graves of his mother and teacher (XIV)
• Summer residence Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa (XIX)
• In the afternoon there is free time to explore the city by yourself
• Dinner at the old Bukhara restaurant

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 7Bukhara – Gijduvan – Sarmysh – Nurata

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Trip to Nurata via Gijduvan Cuty and the Sarymish Valley
• Continue to the village of Yangigazgan
• Arrival at the yurt camp
Dinner with a folk concert in the open air
• Walking ‘under the stars’ in the area of the yurt camp

Overnight stay in the yurt camp.

Day 8Nurata – Samarkand

Breakfast at the yurt camp.

Timetable:
• Short camel safari through the desert
• Then to the Aydarkul Lake in the desert
Picnic lunch near the lake
Free time
• Transfer to Samarkand
• Arrival and check-in at the hotel

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Samarkand:
• Mausoleum Guri Emir – Tomb of Timur Lenk (XIV-XV)
• Registanplein consisting of 3 madrassa’s:
√ Madrassah Ulug Bek (XV)
√ Madrassah Shir-Dor (XVII)
√ Madrassah Tillya-Kori (XVII)
• Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV-XV)
• Shakh-i-Zinda necropolis (XI-XV)
• Then to Khawrenko for a wine tasting
Free time at the national bazaar: Uzbek fruit, sweets, souvenirs, etc.
Free evening: admire the sunset on Tegistan Square and take unforgettable
photos
Dinner

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 10Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Trip to Shakhrisabz via the Tahtakarachapass (110 km)
City tour:
√ Ruins of the Ak-Saray Palace (XIV-XV)
√ Dor-ut Saodat complex consisting of:
˚ Khazratiy Imam Mosque (XIV)
˚ Jahongir mausoleum (XIV)
√ Dor-ut Tillavat complex consisting of:
˚ Gumbazi-Seiidan
˚ Cook Gumbaz Mosque (XV)
• Return to Samarkand (110 km)
Dinner in restaurant New Arbat

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 11Samarkand – Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Visit to the Al Bukhary Memorial Complex
• Departure to Tashkent with the Afrosiyab high-speed train
• Arrival in Tashkent
Dinner at the Sim – Sim restaurant

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 12Tashkent – Brussels departure

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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