EXPLORE UZBEKISTAN SILK ROAD

EXPLORE UZBEKISTAN SILK ROAD

Tashkent, Nukus, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

Stand at the crossroads of civilization as you begin your cultural discovery tour to Uzbekistan! Uzbekistan’s fairytale cityscapes and a mysterious desert beauty have attracted merchants, travelers, artists and kings since the beginning of time. Now, its rich and hospitable cultures await your arrival. Set off on your own magic carpet ride to visit ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent and meet generous peoples that will welcome you with open arms and flowing tea!

  • Dine against the backdrop of Khiva, the fairy-tale city of the Silk Road!
  • Get lost in the Kizil Kum Desert’s mysterious sites and soothing tranquility!
  • Shop in Bukhara’s bazaars for silk clothing, exquisite jewelry, and delicious treats!
  • Experience endless hospitality in four of Uzbekistan’s most diverse and fascinating cities: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva
  • Glance into history as your explore the madrasas, mosques, and palaces of Uzbekistan cities!

Day 1 Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent International Airport. You will be met by your personal guide and driver and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. International Hotel.

Today you will discover Tashkent, the cultural and economic center of Uzbekistan. Enjoy your tour at the Museum of History (excursion by outstanding professor of the country) and then visit Kukeldash Medreseh, Hast Imam Complex which consists of Medreseh Barakkhan, Friday Mosque Tello Shayh and the Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi.

Meet the main Imam of Tilla Shayh Mosque and see original 7th century Osman’s Koran. Visit the coloful old bazaar ”Chorsu” and watch craftsman at work. Before welcome dinner we enjoy our brief tour at the Independent Squire.

Day 2 Tashkent-Nukus-Khiva

Morning transfer to the airport to take your flight to Nukus. Sightseeing tour around Nukus and visit the Savitsky Museumwhich 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".

 Sightseeing drive to Khiva. 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. Shakhrezade Hotel. Dinner panoramic view of Khiva on moonlight.

 Day 3 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.

 Day 4 Khiva -Bukhara

 Drive to Bukhara through Kisil Kum Desert. 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 sculpture of humorist Khodga Nasriddin.

Day 5 Bukhara

Explore Poi-Kalon Ensemble with the greatest minaret in Central Asia. The sightseeing continues with discovering the ancient 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). Enjoy traditional lunch and the demonstration of national costumes from the 18th century at Fayzullo Khodjaev's house, the First President of Bukhara Independent State in early 20s century.

In Bukhara we shall also discover ancient winter residence ARK Citadel of local rulers from the first century and the magnificent Summer Residence of Last Bukhara Emirs “Sitorai Mohi-Khossa“ (The Palace of Moon and Stars). Wine tasting at the ancient Nugai karavanserai which hosted Omar Khayom. Visit Bahauddin Nakshbandi sufi center. Dinner and Folklore show featuring local dancers and singers.

Day 6 Bukhara-Samarkand

Golden Road to Samarkand (300 km). ) through Malikchul desert and ancient Karavan Serai Rabotai Malik. 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. 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. Discover Amir Timur Mausoleum.

Dinner at the traditional Uzbekistan Restaurant. Grand Samarkand Superior

Day 7 Samarkand

Full day exploration in ancient Samarkand. Visit Ulugbek’s Observatory and Museum (Ulugbek was a scientist, astronomer and architect of the XVth century), Shahi Zinda Ensemble – ancient necropolis, Bibi Khanum Complex and Guri Emir Mausoleum. Visit one of the oldest wineries of Uzbekistan. Dinner.

Day 8 Samarkand- Tashkent

Photo opportunities from the highest point of Samarkand. Scenic drive to Tashkent, stopping near the "gate" of Amur Temur where two mountain ranges meet. Arrival. Afternoon visit the museum of Uzbek Art, the Alisher Navoi Opera Theatre and Abul Kasim medreseh handicraft center. The show at Alisher Navoi Opera Theatre can be arranged upon request. It is the best Opera Theatre in Central Asia. Tashkent Palace

Day 9 Tashkent

Morning transfer to the Tashkent International Airport to take your flights home

WHAT YOU'LL EXPERIENCE

  • Silk Road Treasure Tours’ best adventures; hands-on cultural experiences, local exploration, participation at seasonal and traditional festivals, and travel to some of the world’s most beautiful and rarely visited locations with local, experienced Silk Road experts to attend a tea ceremony, relax in a chaikhana, enjoy a champagne picnic on the way to Samarkand.
  • Cooking classes with master chefs and local bakers, tastings of caviar from the Caspian in Tashkent and smooth local vodkas – a legacy of the Soviet era Wine tasting and dinners at centuries old medresehs, where Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, and Omar Khayam visited.
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites that have inspired imagination through the ages with outstanding archaeologists and historians.
  • Private, guided visits through Uzbekistan’s finest museums, visits to local artisans and galleries. Create your own 1001 nights in the lively bazaars of Uzbekistan

WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • Accommodation in the 5, 4 star hotels and Boutique Hotels, hotel taxes, early check-in
  • and late check-out
  • Private folk performances
  • Domestic Flight Tashkent – Nukus
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinners
  • Visa support/invitations
  • All ground transportation
  • Our hand picked guide
  • All entrance fees to the UNESCO Heritage sites and places, conservation fees
  • Tea stops and water

NOT INCLUDED:

Travel Insurance

For additional services at the hotels

Consulate visa fees and services

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