Discover Uzbekistan Tour 3

Discover Uzbekistan: Tour 3, Uzbekistan tours 

Discover Uzbekistan: Tour 3
Destination: Uzbekistan 
Duration: 10 days
Places to visit: Tashkent - Nukus - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva - Bukhara - Shahrisabs - Samarkand - Tashkent

Day 1: Tashkent
We are glad to see you at Tashkent international airport. You will be met by the driver and travel to the city. Visit the main square of the country defined to be a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. The next destination is visiting Broadway and Tashkent metro, found in 1977. In the afternoon we will see old parts of the city as Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that has several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. Don't miss to visit the Othman Quran which is defined to be the world's oldest Quran copy of the 8th century. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.

Day 2: Tashkent - Nukus (domestic flight)
In the morning is flight to Nukus from Tashkent. On arrival you will have a guided tour and visit the Museum of Savitsky where you can admire the masterpieces of forbidden art. Russian avant-garde paintings of 20th century such as Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group collected there. The museum composed these artworks by the curator of Karakalpakstan state museum of art. He took forbidden by state works from unlawful soviet artists and presented them in this distant central Asian art-house. The next destination will be in Mizdakhan necropolis that used to be ancient city of the 4th century BC till about 14th century AD. See Chilpyk considered to be Zoroastrian ancient monument of about 2200 years old. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 3: Nukus - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva  
In the morning you will be transferred to the oldest city in Uzbekistan and learn more about history of the city connected with the mythical Khorezmshah's State with its capital in Urgench. Khiva was labelled as a trading center on the Silk Road in the 10th century. The road passed to China with many caravans. The tour will be continued visiting Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala Ayaz Qala belonging to an ancient castle of Khorezm that was called by a Turkic folklore hero who was a warrior-slave. It was built in II century AD. Artav was Korezmian ruler who lived in the royal city as Tuprak Qala. Transfer to a hotel for rest.

Day 4: Khiva
Next thing that you will do in Khiva is city tour. You will spend all day admiring a delightful tour for sights in the oldest city of Uzbekistan. It starts from the inner city - Ichan Qala, rounded with strong walls. There are centuries - old buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan Sarais and Bathhouses transformed Ichan Qala into unique city-monument. In Ichan Qala there are more than 400 traditional dwelling and about 60 monuments. In 1969 Ichan Qala started to be historical and architectural maintaining area. The most incredible part here is Kunya Ark fortress that was built in the 17th century and discovered by Muhammad Arang Khan. Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, a breathtaking example of Khorezm architectural mastership of 1830s was also found by him. Night is in a hotel.  

Day 5: Khiva - Bukhara
Today is transfer to Bukhara. Bukhara is a "town museum" that has more than 140 architectural monuments and found in the middle ages. This wonderful city is made of green and narrow streets, large parks and lovely gardens, historical and architectural monuments of different epochs. We will travel to see Kizilkum desert as well as Amu Darya River that deliberated to be the deepest river in the Central Asia.  The river formed because of the merging of the two rivers from Tajikistan - Panj and Vakhsh, and flowing into Aral Sea. In Bukhara you will have rest and spend night in a hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara
Today is a city tour. We will visit citadel found in the 4th century - Citadel Ark. It ruled for several dynasties Bukhara Empire and belonged to the 9th- 10th century, called Samanids mausoleum. The next destination of our tour is visiting Chasma Ayub or Job's Well and mosque which has forty column named by Abu - Fabyud Khan of Bukhara governer - Bolo Hauz mosque. We will visit Shopping domes and the famous madrasah of Bukhara - Nodir Divan Begi. Nodir Divan Begi belongs to Lyabi Kalon Ensemble. Then visit Poi Kalon complex. It has three structure (12th- 16th centuries) as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and the last one is Mir Arab Madrasah. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 7: Bukhara - Shahrisabs - Samarkand
On this tour we will visit Amir Timur's birthplace in the town Shahrisabs. Travelers will have an opportunity to see the Ak Saray Palace built by Amir Timur. You will see an inscription on the main portal of the palace: "If you want to know about our power, look at our buildings". The tour will be continued seeing Jahongir's mausoleum dedicated to eldest son of the Amir Timur. Jahongir who died at the age of 20 years. Amir Timur's grief lasted for about 30 years. Then visit the Dorus Siadat and Dorus Tillavat memorial complexes where all Amir Timur's descendants and relatives rest. Transfer to a hotel for rest.

Day 8: Samarkand
Today is a city tour in Samarkand. Samarkand is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan as well as the second largest city in Uzbekistan. Being in Samarkand you will visit the Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan square will impress you by the Madrasahs (15th-17th). Shakhi Zindeh is another beautiful sight included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and has collection of mausoleums (11th - 15th). Bibi Khanum was beloved wife of Tamerlane and he built mosque dedicated to her. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 9: Samarkand - Tashkent
Samarkand city will impress you by interesting sights as Ulighbek observatory. It was built at the 15th century. He was the famous scientist of Samarkand. He found out about 1018 heavenly bodies in his book "Zidji Guragoni" and published in 1437, but later killed by his own son. Then we will travel to see the Broadway Street full of souvenir shops, teahouses, sweets and workshops as well as the National bazaar Siab. There are a lot of Uzbek traditional handmade products and sweets. In addition, you will visit a factory where around 400 women sew handmade carpet. Night is in a hotel.

Day 10: Tashkent - Departure
The driver will take you to Tashkent international airport for your flight to next destination.  

02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus

Price per person:
02 pax - 850 $
04 pax - 670 $
06 pax - 575 $
08 pax - 605 $
10 pax - 560 $
Single - 135 $

Early check-in - 35 $
Single early check-in - 40 $

Half board - 80 $
Full board - 145 $

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - 75 $ per person

English speaking local guides in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva - 265 $ per group

English speaking escort guide - 580 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Porso" Hotel 3*
Nukus - "Jipek jo'li" Hotel 3*
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
- Visa support
- Train tickets (if any)
- Mineral water supply

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Guides
- Full board
- Flight tickets
- Travel insurance
- Entrances to all museums