Winter Delight

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  • Tour Duration 8 days
  • Узбекистан
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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Visiting Uzbekistan in winter is an extraordinary experience! The high tourist season has already passed, and the most beautiful sights of Uzbekistan present themselves in their peaceful appearance. The clear air of winter gives a special shine to historical monuments. This season the most beautiful and most prestigious sights of Uzbekistan whose ski resorts await you!

Located in the middle of the Great Silk Road, Uzbekistan is known not only for its historic cities like Samarkand and Bukhara, its excellent cuisine and its traditional hospitality but also for its beautiful mountains and ski resorts. In recent years Uzbekistan has become an attractive destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Two hours ‘ drive from Tashkent, in the Tian-Shan mountains, are the best ski resorts in Central Asia – Chimgan and Beldersay!

The snow is dry and cold, suitable for skiing! Skis and snowboarders will find nice slopes steep enough to enjoy the descent. You will be enchanted by the clear mountain air, the mild winter, the beautiful landscapes, long routes, comfortable hotels, sunny days, cable cars without tails, perfect conditions for the free-ride, backcountry, heli-skiing, Eastern markets and traditional Uzbek hospitality.

During this trip, you will discover three magnificent, ancient and the most popular orient cities – Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent in combination with snowy Chimgan mountains, where you will love skiing, snowboarding and exploring winter mountain areas of Uzbekistan. Thanks to the nonseason period,  sometimes without the crowds, you enjoy the beauty and serenity of these ancient monuments in peace and tranquillity. Those, who are especially lucky will see these famous places dusted with snow, something that not every visitor gets the chance to experience. This winter holidays will be exciting and unforgettable, as you will spend it in incredible winter atmosphere in the heart of Central Asia!

Locations you will visit

  • Tashkent
  • Bukhara
  • Samarkand
  • Chimgan mountains

Included

  • Accommodation: 3 and 4* star hotels, twin
  • Full board
  • Accompanying English speaking guide
  • Ski coach for 3 (three) days
  • Transportation and driver services
  • Entrance fees, excursion programs
  • 3 domestic train tickets (economy class)

Not included

  • International flight tickets (optional)
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Photo and video charges
  • Insurances
  • Personal expenses
  • Special requests on food and meals
  • Leisure activities outside tour package

Your Itinerary — in brief:

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent (Tashkent City tour)
Day 2: Tashkent — Bukhara (Train ~660km)
Day 3: Bukhara – Samarkand (Train ~270km)
Day 4: Samarkand (City tour) – Tashkent (Train ~306km)
Day 5: Tashkent – Chimgan mountains (A road trip ~110km)
Day 6: Chimgan mountains
Day 7: Chimgan mountains – Tashkent (A road trip ~110km)
Day 8: Tashkent — Departure city

Day 1Tashkent – city tour

Arrival in Uzbekistan. Pick up from the airport by the local partner.

Early morning arrival and hotel check-in. Breakfast at the hotel. Free time to rest after a long flight.

City tour Tashkent:

  • Khazrati Imam Complex consisting of Barak Khan Madrasah (XVI c.)
  • Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV c.)
  • Muyi-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad
  • Djuma Mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali
  • Kukeldash Madrasah (XVI c.)

Free time for shopping in Chorsu bazaar (local open market) and visit souvenir shops.

Dinner at the national restaurant. Night stay in Tashkent.

Day 2Tashkent - Bukhara (Train ~660km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Bukhara by Afrosiab high-speed train.

Bukhara city tour. Locations to visit:
Lyabi Khauz Ensemble which consists of Khanaka (17th c.)
Nodir Devon Begi (17th c.)
Kukeldash madrassahs  (16th c.)
Magoki Attari mosque (12 – 16th cc.)
Toki Zargaron, Toki Sarrafon and Toki-Telpak Furushon trading domes.
Poi-Kalon architectural complex which includes famous Kalon minaret (1127)
Kalon mosque (16th c.)
Abdullazizkhan madrassah (17th c.)
Miri Arab madrassah (16th c.)
Ulugbek madrassah (15th c.)

Dinner at the local restaurant.

Night stay in Bukhara.

Day 3Bukhara – Samarkand (Train ~270km)

After breakfast, you will continue another half day of sightseeing tour in the Bukhara city. Locations to visit:

Ark fortress (1st c. BC – 19th c.), Bolo-Hauz complex (18 – 20th cc.), Ismail Samanid Mausoleum (end of 9th – the beginning of 10th cc.), Chashma-Ayub mausoleum (12 – 16th cc.), Chor-Minor Madrasah (1807). After lunch, you will have free time for shopping in Karvon bazaar – optional. After shopping, you will be transferred to the railway station.

Transfer to Samarkand by Afrosiab high-speed train.

Transfer to the hotel.

Night stay in Samarkand.

Day 4Samarkand (City tour) – Tashkent (Train ~306km)

After breakfast, extensive day tour of Samarkand city. The first monument is the heart of Samarkand Registan ensemble which consists of three madrassahs – Sher-Dor, Mirzo Ulugbek and Tilla Kori. Later visit famous Gur-Emir mausoleum – the family tomb of Tamerlane, the conqueror, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shakhi Zinda necropolis — here is buried the cousin of prophet Kussam Ibn Abbas, who is one of the outstanding persons among all, which are buried in Shakhi Zinda.

Evening transfer to the railway station heading back to the Tashkent city.

On arrival in Tashkent, you will enjoy dinner at the local restaurant.

Night stay in Tashkent.

Day 5Tashkent – Chimgan mountains (A road trip ~110km)

After, early morning breakfast drive to the Chimgan Mountains (L= 110 km). «Chimgan» complex is situated at the height of 1600 meters above the sea level in the Chatkal ridge. Here is a great opportunity to feel the dry snow, which descends to the foothill of the mountain.

The snowy peak of Big Chimgan Mountain (H=3309m) has been attracting tourists by its magnificence and beauty. The driver will bring you to the starting point of Chimgan cableway to ski-tracks of Chimgan mountains. The length of the chair lift road in Chimgan – 800 m. Elevation of heights – 385 m. Length of the rope-tow – 570 m. Elevation of heights – 250 m. Chimgan has several routes and type of complexities, a ski-track for beginning skiers, extended up to 1500 m has a rope-tow lift, considered as “blue” tracks long, flat, and easy. The ski-track for slalom is extended up to 900 m and equipped with chair lift and classified as a “red” track of mid-level difficulty. Later afternoon, you will return back to the hotel. Dinner time.

Night stay in Chimgan.

Day 6Chimgan mountains – Tashkent (A road trip ~110km)

After breakfast, transfer to Beldersay. Highest point – 2880 m. Length of the ski-track – 3017 m. Elevation of heights – 765 m. The average bias of the ski-track – 27. Maximal bias – 52.1. Extension of the chair-lift – 2250 m. Elevation of heights – 565m. Extension of the rope-tow – 700m. Elevation of heights – 200m. Ski-tracks of Beldersay basically are intended for skilled mountain skiers, nonetheless there are also excellent conditions for beginners. The peculiarity of local climate creates extreme temperatures and plentiful snowfalls which promote a high-quality snow cover. Descents are carried out from mountain Kumbel, which slopes in the area of skiing have smoothed relief (steepness up to 30 degrees) without deep gorges and canyons. Archa (spruce) and the deciduous woods grow on slopes alternating with open glades. Going up to the top of Kumbel mountain is carried out by chair lift road (length 2250 m) and further proceeds on rope-tow lift (length 700m). Ski-tracks for mass riding are laid out along the rope-tow and chair lifts.  Width of slopes for free descents up to 1 km, length of descents up to 5 km. Return back to the hotel.

Night stay in Chimgan.

Day 7Chimgan mountains

Today, you will enjoy Chimgan peak and then descend towards the Charvak Lake. (Or, subject to the snow conditions, repeat the most exciting element of previous days). Return back in Tashkent.

Night stay in Tashkent.

Day 8Tashkent - departure city

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.  Transfer to the airport by the local partner. Departure.

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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