Uzbekistan, historically the richest of the “Stans”, has often been referred to as The Land of A Thousand and One Nights. It is culturally a very rich country with very friendly people. Our Splendors of Uzbekistan offers a wonderful opportunity to see this rich civilization. It is after all, the birthplace of Tamerlane and that also of Babur the founder of the Great Moghuls.
|Tour Duration||:||12 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||08 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Tashkent
This evening you are scheduled to arrive Tashkent. Once clearing through Customs & Immigration, you will be met by our local representative for a transfer to your hotel. Check in time starts from 1500 hrs.
Overnight: Lotte City Tashkent Palace Hotel, Tashkent (1 night)
Day 02: Tashkent/Nukus (Flight)
Morning transfer back to the airport for a flight to Nukus. Upon arrival, we are met and driven to a former fishermen’s town of Muynak, which used to be situated on the shores of Aral Sea. On the way stop at archaeological complex Mizdakhan. In Muynak have a look at a former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. Then visit a Local History Museum with art exhibits of the Aral Sea history. In the afternoon return to Nukus.
Overnight: Jipek Joli Hotel, Nukus (1 night) (B, D)
Day 03: Nukus/Khiva (Drive)
Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. The museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items. Have a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon depart to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk – a Zoroastrian dakhma, and Toprak-Kala – the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Arrive in Khiva, check in to the hotel.
Overnight: Asia Khiva Hotel or Malika Kheyvak Hotel, Khiva (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 04: Khiva
Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Kala Fortress. Visit Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Kunya-Ark, Juma Mosque, Toshkhovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom Khodja. Free time in the afternoon. (B, D)
Day 05: Khiva/Urgench (Drive)/Bukhara (Flight)
In the morning, depart Khiva and drive to Urgench airport for a flight to Bukhara. Upon arrival, we will be met & transferred to the hotel. If time permits, a visit to a Gijduvan ceramics workshop will be included; otherwise, will be visited in the afternoon of Day 07.
Overnight: Zargaron Plaza Hotel or Omar Khayam Hotel or Asia Bukhara Hotel, Bukhara (3 nights) (B, D)
Day 06: Bukhara
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. (B, D)
Day 07: Bukhara
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore on your own. (B, D)
Day 08: Bukhara/Shakrisabz/Samarkand (Drive)
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz to visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dor-us Saodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon continue driving to Samarkand.
Overnight: Grand Samarkand Hotel or Malika Prime Hotel, Samarkand (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 09: Samarkand
Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. (B, D)
Day 10: Samarkand/Tashkent (Train)
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrosiyob Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. At 1600 hrs, transfer to railway station. Take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 1700 hrs (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 1910 hrs. Pick-up and transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Lotte City Tashkent Palace Hotel, Tashkent (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 11: Tashkent
Meet your guide to start sightseeing of the capital, the largest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chor-Su Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Temur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. (B, D)
Day 12: Depart Tashkent
Check-out by 1100 hrs. Transfer to the International Airport for your flight out. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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Apr 26; May 17; Jun 28; Jul 12; Aug 09; Sep 06; Oct 04*
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|Departure(s)||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|2017||US$ 2190||US$ 420|
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants
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