Exploring Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Aydarkul Lake, Sarmishsai Gorge, Samarkand, Baldersai/Chimghan Mountains
Experience 3000 years of history, from the earliest settlements through the time of Alexander the Great and Tamerlane. Admire the remains of countless palaces, fortresses and monuments, bazaars, caravanserais, blue cupolas, minarets, the lace-like ornamentation and brilliant ceramics of mausoleums and mosques. Hike in the mountains and enjoy horse back riding or camel safari under-the-radar-locations of Uzbekistan.
- Explore the ancient Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan
- Stay in a nomadic yurt and enjoy camel safari
- Experience warm uzbek hospitality, participate in cooking classes
- Hike in the spectacular Nurata mountains and swim at the cristal clear Aydarkul Lake
- Sunset photography in Chimghan mountains
Day 1. Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent Int. Airport. . Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel 4* for accommodation.
Day 2. Tashkent
Full Day tour. 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. Later we will visit fascinating Chorsu Bazar which is three thousand years old and then we explore Independence Square.
Day 3. Tashkent-Khiva
Morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Urgench /Khiva.
Explore Ichan – Kala (The inner city), with its palaces, mosques, madrassahs and caravansarays. Unique fortification have survived intact in this magnificent 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 uniquely carved wooden pillars. Dinner. Panoramic view of Khiva in moonlight. Boutique Hotel.
Days 4-5. Bukhara
Morning flight or High speed train to Bukhara. Arrival and Accommodation at Boutique Hotel. Bukhara is one of the most ancient and incredible cities in the world. This is another World Heritage Site. Visit of the city includes: Labi Khaus Complex ("the complex around the pond"), Nadir Divan Begi Khanaka (old hotel for merchants). Labi Khaus pond dates from the XVII century when it was the principal source of water. Enjoy tea in an ancient Chaykhana (Tea house), near the sculpture of humorist Khodga Nasriddin. Try on traditional outfits at the demonstration of national costumes in Fayzullo Khodjaev's house. The sightseeing continues with trade domes of money changers, hat sellers, silk, carpets, puppets and jewelry merchants. Magoki Attari, originally a Zoroastrian temple, now hosts a carpet museum. Abdulazizkhan Madreseh showcases “sandal” (old version of house heating), and last but not least is “Poi-Kalon” Ensemble with the greatest minaret of Central Asia. Discover ancient winter residence of local rulers from the first century that is located near Bolo Khaus Mosque. Dinner and Folklore show featuring local dancers, singers and fashion stars. The Tales of “1001” is never complete without a rose garden in a summer Palace. Today you will visit magnificent Summer Residence of Last Emirs of Bukhara. “Sitorai Mohi-Khossa“- The Palace of Moon and Stars; it is a great blend of European and Oriental architectural styles. Later see one of the unique constructions in Bukhara, the minarets of “Chor Minor”. Visit to the Mausoleum of Ismail Samoni, the pearl of the East.
Day 6. Bukhara – Nurato-Aydarkul lake
After breakfast, drive to Aydar Kul. Scenic journey through the outskirts of Kizil-kum desert. Today we will explore the small ancient town Vabkent where we can enjoy visiting the Minaret and Mosque. We will also visit Gijduvan city where you will enjoy your lunch and experience Uzbek Hospitality. Arrival in the Kizilkum’s Aydarkul location. Aydar Kul, an artificially created lake is a unique place in Uzbekistan. Enjoy the evening at the campfire during the traditional performance of nomadic music. Dinner. Overnight in Yurt.
Day 7. Aydarkul lake-Sarmishsai-Aydarkul Lake-Samarkand
Enjoy the morning walk near the Aydarkul Lake. Excellent opportunity for bird-watching. Lunch with freshly caught fish from Aydar-Kul Lake. On the way to Samarkand explore Nurato sites.. Then continue signtseeing scenic drive to Samarkand. Accommodation at 4*
Day 8. Samarkand
Enjoy two days exploration of 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. Shahi Zinda Ensemble – ancient necropolis is a true museum of tiles under an open sky. Bibi Khanum Complex the largest historic mosque in Central Asia. Special visit to one of the oldest wineries of Uzbekistan.Dinner
Day 9. Tashkent- Beldersay (Tashkent)
Drive to spectacular Tashkent Mountains (90 minutes). Arrival in Baldersay and accommodation at 4*Hotel. Chimghan – Charvak – Beldersay” located in the territory of Ugham Chatkal State Park. It is one of the oldest and biggest nature reserves that was founded in 1947 in the spurs of the Western Tien Shan Mountains. Admire beautiful scenery and take pictures. Your guide and driver will take you to the most spectacular part of the park where you can hike and enjoy the nature. Romantic dinner and sunset photography. Enjoy short hike at Baldersay mountains.
Day 10. Baldersay -Tashkent
Late morning drive from Chimghan mountains to Tashkent. Stop by in the small exotic villages and settlements of Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent and accommodation at 5*. After discovering Alay bazaar visit the Abul Kasim complex and the museum of Decorative Art. Farewell dinner.
Day 11. Tashkent Departure
Early morning departure from Tashkent International airport
This tour program includes:
- Visa support
- Domestic flights from Tashkent to Khiva and from Khiva to Bukhara
- Ground Transportation and High speed train
- 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 Package
The tour program doesn’t include:
- International Flights
- Charges in hotels for additional services
- Consular fees