High, Dry & Magic Cities
€1 600 (в т.ч. налог) / per person
- Tour duration 11 days
- Min number of people 7
- Max number of people 14
Tours available in 2019 and 2020: Aug 6-16; Sep 3-13; Oct 1-11; Mar 3-13; Apr 7-17; May 5-15.
This wonderful tour will acquaint you with world-famous sights of ancient cities in Uzbekistan – Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent; you will observe the extraordinary nature of Uzbekistan. Our jeeps will drive you through the sand of a great desert Kyzylkum, along mountain passes and picturesque gorges. You will visit amazing and inaccessible for many tourists places of Uzbekistan. You will be the witness of living styles of local people in forgotten mountain settlements, visit noisy local east markets, try dishes of the famous Uzbek cuisine, east sweets, fruit, watermelons and melons, get acquainted with the handicraftmen and his works.
Locations you will visit
- Ugam-Chatkal National Nature Park
- Kyzylkum desert
- Mountain pass Takhtakaracha
- Accomodation: 2-3* hotels, twin
- Food: 10 breakfasts and 3 lunches
- Comfortable, air-conditioned transport
- Entrance fees
- Excursions with english-speaking guide
- Domestic train ticket
- International flight tickets (optional)
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- Dinners, lunches and speacial requests on other meals
- Personal expenses
- Photo and video charges
- Leisure activities
Your itinerary — in brief:
Day 0: Brussels — Tashkent
Day 1: Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent – Nevich – Shampan – Kumyshkan – Aksakata – Gazalkent – Chimgan
Day 3: Walking in the mountains (Ugam-Chatkal National Nature Park)
Day 4: Samarkand
Day 5: Samarkand
Day 6: Junayty gorge – Lyangar – yurt camp Safari (Kyzylkum desert)
Day 7: Kulimbet – Gijduvan – Bukhara
Day 8: Bukhara
Day 9: Karshi – Taragay – Shahrisabz
Day 10: Takhtakaracha pass
Day 11: Tashkent-Brussels
Arrival in Uzbekistan. Pick up from the airport by the local partner.
Hotel check-in and have a rest after the long flight. After lunch excursion: old town, cult-architectural complex Khast – Imam (Khazret – Imam ) with grand Friday mosque, medieval Yunus-khan and Kafal-Shashi mausoleums (XVI c), Barakh – khan and Kukeldosh madrasahs (XVI-XVII c), Islamic University, library in Tillya Sheykh mosque with one of Osman caliph’s (VII c) original Korans, the oldest in the world; Istiqlol square with Abdul Kasim madrasah (XVI-XVII c) (the craftsmen works and sells their original products and souvenirs here), Alisher Navoiy monument, great amusement park, аnd the color music fountain; Amir Timur square (Tamerlan) with the park, equestrian statue of Tamerlan, surrounded by historic and administrative buildings such as the Forum palace, the Timurids museum, Uzbekistan Hotel, Tashkent chimes, Tashkent University of Low and others; Courage monument – the monument to Tashkent people suffered from the destructive earthquake in 1966; Opera and Ballet theater, built by the Japanese prisoners of war in 1945, аnd the color music fountain; Mustaqillik (Independence) square with the Independence monument, “Ezgulik” arch, the eternal flame, the fountains. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Jeeping Tashkent – Nevich – Shampan – Kumyshkan – Aksakata – Gazalkent – Chimgan (150km). Drive to Ugam-Chatkal National Nature Park, located in south-west Tien-Shan Mountains in 90 km from Tashkent. Our way runs along picturesque foothills through colourful settlements, surrounded by gardens and vineyards. We will walk along the rocky canyon of Bashkyzylsay, visit a unique huge solar stove in scientific centre Physics-Sun, have lunch in the mountain village and get acquainted with Uzbek typical family way of live, overpass lack of roads in valley of the river Aksakata. Stay for overnight in a small cosy hotel on the coast of high mountain reservoir Charvak.
Breakfast at the hotel. Exploring the mountains. Transfer to Tashkent. (100 km). Today we walk in picturesque mountains in Ugam-Chatkal national nature park at skiing resort Chimgan, admire the Black waterfall in Aksu gorge, lift to review point on the cable-way and come back to Tashkent in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Tashkent – Samarkand (300 km, 4 hours). Excursion Samarkand city. Legendary Samarkand is waiting for us today, the city with 2700 years history. On arrival we accommodate in the hotel, have lunch and move for an excursion: Registan square — the «heart» of Samarkand — ensemble of 3 majestic medreses (XIV-XVI c.c.) – Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, the grandiose cathedral Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XV c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XV c.), where Tamerland, his sons and a grandson Ulugbek buried. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Samarkand city excursion continuing.
After breakfast we continue our familiarity with Samarkand: Tamerlan’s grandson Ulugbek’s the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420 y.) — the remains of an immense (30 m. tall) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda – “The Living King” (XI-XVIII c.c.) Necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noblemen, consisting of a set of superb decorated mausoleums, exotic Siab bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer Samarkand – Junayty gorge – Lyangar – yurt camp Safari. (380 km, 9 hours). Today we explore Nurata mountains. Our aim is Junayty peak, it is located on the mountain ridge Aktau. It is a beautiful hill of white granite, surrounded by wildflowers. On the way we will visit the valley of monuments – there are big stones with fantastical shapes. With your «imagination» skills, you will observe gigantic stone figures of tortoises, snails, eagles, snakes, dragons, mushrooms, skulls and others. From Junayti to Angidan we drive along the mountain river, pass a lot of shallows of the river. Driving on asphalt road, and through picturesque mountain pass Lyangar to Kyzylkum dessert, we stay for overnight in yurt camp Safary. In the evening a big campfire will be organised, where we will enjoy sitting around and listen to the mournful songs of the local singer-akyn under the light stars.
Breakfast in the yurt. Safari – Kulimbet –Gijduvan – Bukhara 70 km of sand (3.5 hrs), 200 km of asphalt (2.5 hrs). After breakfast, the riding of Bactrian camels, then driving 4 km to Aydarkul lake, the walking around the beach and swim. Aydarkul is a large lake (more 200 km long and 15 km wide), surrounded by sand and dunes of Kyzyl-Kum desert. After the walking, we drive through the desert (not difficult Safari route), where you can see lots of shepherd’s houses and settlements covered by sand. The dunes are higher houses here. Drive out sand and go to Gijduvan (50 km from Bukhara). It is a small town, which is famous with its potters, Gijduvan shashlik, Gijduvan apricot pits, baked in ashes. You visit the memorial-cult complex of Gijduvan with the mausoleum and the madrasa, master-class of making and painting of ceramic ware in the family of the very famous dynasty (8 generations) of Narzullaev ceramists. Lunch is in this house. Driving to Bukhara. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion city of Bukhara: the heart of Bukhara – historic- architectural complex Lyabi-Khauz with the oldest in Central Asia pool (XIV-XVII c) surrounded by medieval buildings madrasah and kanaka of Nadira Divan-begi (XV-XVI c) with the facade, decorated with gorgeous mosaic, Kukeldash madrasah (XV c) — the largest madrasah in Bukhara. Poi –Kalyan Complex includes: 48m minaret Kalyan (XII c) – the symbol of Bukhara; large Friday mosque Kalyan (XV c) with galleries topped with 288 domes of 1-hectare area; the only one active madrasah in Bukhara Miri-Arab (XVI c). the Samanids mausoleum (IX-X cc), Ark citadel (IV-XX cc) — the oldest residence of the Emirs, Chor-Minor – the original building of four minarets (XIX c). Sitorai-Mohi-khosa Palace (XIX-XX cc) — the country summer palace of Bukhara Emirs. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer Bukhara – Karshi – Taragay – Shakhrisabz (350 km, 8 hrs). Today is an interesting and saturated day. We visit Amir Temur’s motherland Shakhrisabz through ancient town Karshi. On the way, we will visit exotic mountain settlements Taragay and Kuruksay on the southern side of Zarafshan ridge. Taragay settlement has an ancient history, scientists think that a great conquer Amir Temur’s father – Amir Mukhammad Taragay was born exactly here. Tamerlan’s progeny – barlases live here apart even now. We will visit an original national monument of Tamerlan, sanctuary Saypantysh with ancient pictures painted by red ochre, fantastical huge rocky granitic monolith. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer Shakhrisabz – Takhtakaracha pass – Samarkand (80 km, 3 hrs) – Tashkent (fast train Afrosiab). After breakfast sightseeing the historical centre of Shakhrisabz city, visit ruins of huge Ak-Saray Palace (1380-1404), a great monument of Amir Temur, Doruttilyavat Ensemble (ХIV-XV cc), Kok Gumbaz Mosque (1435), trade dome Chorsu (XVcc), museum of History in medieval madrassa Chubin ( XIV-XVI cc), caravanserai “Koba” (XVI c.). The excursion to Samarkand through picturesque mountain pass Takhtakaracha (1800 m above sea level). Walking on the pass. On arrival in Samarkand, we will visit Siab market, buy fruit, east sweets, souvenirs and drive to the railway station for evening speed train “Afrosiab” Samarkand – Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.
Departure. Transfer to the airport by the local partner.