Route: Tashkent -Nukus-Khiva -Bukhara -Shahrisabz -Samarkand -Tashkent
Duration: 10 days/9 nights
Land Cost: $2999-$3,399
Single supplement: $475
Day 01 Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent International Airport. You will be met by your personal guide and driver and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Tashkent is cultural and economic center of Uzbekistan. Today we'll discover the Old City: Hast Imam Complex which consists of Medreseh Barakkhan, Friday Mosque Tello Shayh and the Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi. Visit the coloful exotic old bazaar ”Chorsu” and shop for souvenirs in the bazaars and watch craftsman at work. Visit Independence square and the Navoi Theatre, which have beautiful fountains and lots of green trees around them. We'll get a true taste of every day life.
Day 02 Tashkent-Nukus-Khiva
Early morning transfer to the airport to take a flight to Nukus. Sightseeing tour around Nukus and visit the Savitsky Museum which hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant garde art (after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg). It is also home to one of the largest collections of archeological objects and folk, applied and contemporary art originating from Central Asia.( http://www.savitskycollection.org). Nukus and its fabulous museum were featured in "The Desert of Forbidden Art". Late afternoon drive to legendary Khiva, one of the popular World Heritage Sites of the Silk Road. Stop by to the romantic dusty deserts and enjoy the archeological sites. Arrival and accommodation. Dinner.
Day 03. Khiva
Sightseeing tour in fairy-tale city Khiva Explore antiquities of Ichan Kala (Old City): Ata –Darvaza, Kalta Minar, majestic blue-tiled Tower from the XIX century, Medreseh Mohammad Aminkhan and Khodja Islam, Kunya Ark (Ancient Citadel), Tash Hauli Palace (Stone yard, with view of the palace's harem-women's quarter), Caravanserai ( traditional inn for travelling merchants), Juma mosque with 200 wooden beautiful pillars. Dinner panoramic view of Khiva on moonlight.
Day 04 Urgench-Bukhara
Early breakfast. Sightseeing day drive to Bukhara (450 km) through Kizilkum desert which was the main Silk Road that connected East with West, stop at the yurts and have nice picnic in local Chaykhana (tea-house), Photo opportunity near Amu Darya (Oxus River), one of the biggest rivers of Central Asia. Arrival in Bukhara.
Day 05 Bukhara
Bukhara, one of the most ancient and incredible cities in the world. This is another World Heritage Site.Visit Labi Khaus Complex ("the complex around the pond"), Nadir Divan Begi Khanaka (old hotel for merchants). Labi Khaus pond dates from the XVIIth century when it was the principal source of water. Enjoy tea in an ancient Chaykhana (Tea house), near the the sculpture of humorist Khodga Nasriddin. The demostration of national costumes in Fayzullo Khodjaev's house. The sightseeing continues with trade domes of money changers, hat sellers, silk, carpets, puppets and jewelry, Magoki Attari site which was originally a Zoroastrian temple, Abdulazizkhan Madreseh with its sandali (old version of house heating), Poi-Kalon Ensemble with the greatest minaret of Central Asia. Discover ancient winter residence of local rulers from the first century which is located near Bolo Khaus Mosque.Dinner and Folklore show featuring local dancers, singers and fashion stars.
Day 06 Bukhara
Today you will visit magnificent Summer Residence of Last Bukhara Emirs “Sitorai Mohi-Khossa“ (The Palace of Moon and Stars) and Chor Minor Minarets. Your afternoon is at your leisure.Wine tasting at the ancient Nugai karavanserai.
Day 07 Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand
Golden Road to Samarkand (300 km). ) through Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Amir Temur. Visit ancient ruins in Summer Residence "Ak-Saroy” , the Mosque Khazrati Imom, blue-tiled Kok Gumbaz. Evening arrival in Samarkand. Enjoy your stay in ancient paradise. Samarkand is the city with more than 3000 years history. It was the site of the marriage of Alexander the Great to the local princess Roxana. Dinner at the traditional Uzbekistan Restaurant.
Day 08 Samarkand
Full day exploration in ancient Samarkand. Sightseeing tour to Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place for holding the world’s finest old and modern music festivals and holidays. Ulugbek’s Observatory (he was a scientist, astronomer and architect of the XVth century) whose scientific and astronomic discoveries greatly advanced knowledge in these fields, Shahi Zinda Ensemble – ancient necropolis, Bibi Khanum Complex and Guri Emir Mausoleum. Visit one of the oldest wineries of Uzbekistan. Dinner.
Day 09 Samarkand- Tashkent
Photo opportunities from the highest point of Samarkand. Visit local bazaars and handicraft center. Enjoy the traditional food in Uzbek family. Drive to Tashkent. Stopping near the "gate" of Amur Temur where two mountain ranges meet. Opportunity to photograph two great mountain ranges of Uzbekistan and see the ancient river stream. Arrival in Tashkent. Farewell Dinner.
Transfer to the Tashkent Airport for your departure for your home country.
Day 10 Tashkent.
This tour program includes:
- Visa support
- Local air tickets from Tashkent to Nukus
- Ground Transportation (with air conditioning)
- English-speaking guide/escort
- Hotel accommodation in double room
- Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
- Entrance fees to museums and monuments
- Folklore Show in Bukhara
- Wine tasting
- Unlimited travel counseling
- Pre Departure Travel Packages along with Welcome Silk Road Gifts
- Uzbek Language Classes
- The tour program doesn’t include:
- International Flights
Charges in hotels for additional services