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Central Asia Travel Highlight - Uzbekistan

10 days
9 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 2,200.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,400.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

May 09, 2016 - May 18, 2016 
May 23, 2016 - Jun 01, 2016 
Jun 06, 2016 - Jun 15, 2016 
Aug 08, 2016 - Aug 17, 2016 
Aug 29, 2016 - Sep 07, 2016 
Sep 26, 2016 - Oct 05, 2016 
Oct 10, 2016 - Oct 19, 2016 
Oct 31, 2016 - Nov 09, 2016 
Apr 04, 2017 - Apr 13, 2017 
Apr 25, 2017 - May 04, 2017 
May 09, 2017 - May 18, 2017 
May 23, 2017 - Jun 01, 2017 
Jun 20, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017 
Aug 22, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017 
Sep 05, 2017 - Sep 14, 2017 
Sep 19, 2017 - Sep 28, 2017 
Oct 10, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017 
Nov 07, 2017 - Nov 16, 2017 

Hotels:

LOTTE Tashkent Palace - Tashkent
Konstantin Hotel - Samarkand
Sasha & Son - Bukhara
Asia Khiva Hotel - Khiva

Included:

Letter Of Invitation
Visa processing and consular fees
Hotel Accommodation (double room sharing)
Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Bottled water (1 lt per person per day)
All Land Transfers with A/C
Internal Flights
Accompany of guide/escort 24/7
Guided sightseeing
Entrance fees
Show programs

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Arrival to Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Welcome to Uzbekistan! Upon your arrival to Tashkent airport, you’ll be met and transferred to hotel to check in and rest. We’ll have a welcome dinner at 7PM with short introduction about Uzbekistan – one of the economically developed states of the Central Asian region, occupying a bit more than 11% of the territory of Central Asia. Main branches of industry of the republic are linked with the cotton growing, silk production, fruit and vegetable production and irrigation construction. Today we’ll overnight in Tashkent hotel.

Day 2  : Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel, today we’ll start our tour of Central Asia with a full day of sightseeing of Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent. While full day of sightseeing in Tashkent for many travelers seem as a necessary stopover en route to the dream destinations, this historical city holds many unexpected surprises. First half of the day we’ll visit old part of the city: Khast Imam Complex which displays unique Osman Koran thought to be the world’s oldest Koran. Chorsu bazaar- is one of the oldest, biggest bazaars of Tashkent. Madrasah Kukeldash – is a significant architectural sightvof the 16 century. After lunch we will continue on to modern part of the city: Independent square (Mustakillik) the main square of Tashkent, flanked by largest public buildings and walls of fountains. A. Navoi theatre square built in 1947 by Japanese prisoners in World War 2. Visits to museum of Amir Temur and museum of Handcraft Art will end our excursion of Tashkent, and we’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants and overnight at hotel in Tashkent.

Day 3  : Tashkent – Samarkand (Uzbekistan) – 190 mi

After breakfast we will make our way traveling though Central Asia to world famous Samarkand located 190 mi from Tashkent. The road to Samarkand is via Syrdarya and Jizzakh provinces and takes approximately 4 hours. We will arrive to Samarkand in the afternoon, check in to hotel and have lunch at Paper Mills Factory where we’ll have a presentation of paper production from mulberry tree. After short rest we’ll start our excursion of Samarkand by visiting: Afrasiyob Museum, Central bazaar of Samarkand- Siyobian where we’ll taste famous round bread (non) made only in Samarkand. After dinner at one of the local restaurants we’ll transfer to hotel for overnight in Samarkand.

Day 4  : Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel today we’ll have a full day sightseeing of Samarkand. Visit heart of the city – Registan Square which played great role in commercial and scientific life of the time. Gur Emir Mausoleum – mausoleum for the males of Temurid’s dynasty, real masterpiece of Central Asian architecture. Ulugbek’s observatory – dated to 1428 - 1429 – known as biggest observatory of the East with best equipment to the time. Shaki Zinda Necropolis in the northern outskirts of Samarkand. Bibi – Khanum Mosque construction of which started in 1399 after Victorian campaign of Temur to India. After this long day, we’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants and overnight in Samarkand.

Day 5  : Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara – 240 mi (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Samarkand and continue touring Central Asia in Bukhara with stop at a birthplace of Temurlane – city Shakhrisabz. Once an important stop on Great Silk Poad, Shakhrisabz takes us back to over one thousand years of history. The road from Samarkand to Shakhrissabz is 90 mi, through the mountains ranges Aman Kutan, through a range of orchards, fertile fields and vineyards. Upon arrival to Shakhrissabz, we visit the imposing Ak – Saray, the white palace which was Temurlane’s favorite and most ambitious undertaking in his home town. Next highlight of Shakhrisabz is Kok Gimbaz Mosque – built by Ulugbek, near the original mausoleums of Sheikh Shamsuddin Kulal, teacher and spiritual mentor of Temur’s father Amir Taragay. After lunch in Shakhrisabz we continue on our way to Bukhara which will take almost 4 hours. Upon arrival to Bukhara, we’ll accommodate at the hotel and head for dinner in one of the local restaurants. Today we’ll overnight in Bukhara.

Day 6  : Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast we’ll have a full day of sightseeing of this ancient city. Bukhara is one of most historically rich cities on the Great Silk Road attracting attention of thousands of people with its unique heritage. Today we’ll visit: Samanid’s dynasty mausoleum known to be one of the best architectural samples of the Samanids period (875 - 999). Chashma Ayub Mausoleum – legend say is it of Prophet Jove. Bolo – Khauz Mosque. The Ark Forteress – Citadel is the most ancient memorial of Bukhara, on archeological matter dated to the 3rd century B.C. Kalon Complex – consists of minaret, Mosque and Madrasah both of which are still active. Magoki Attori Mosque. Ulugbek and Abdulazizi Khan madrasahs. Next we’ll visit most popular place of Bukhara – reservoir Lyabi Khauz complex built in 1620 by khans’ dignitary Nodir Devan Begi. We’ll end the day with a dinner at the local restaurant followed by a show program. Today we’ll overnight in Bukhara.

Day 7  : Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast we’ll continue second full day of sightseeing in Bukhara: visiting Chor Minor memorial, former summer palace of Bukhara Emir Said Olimkhan – last Emir of Bukhara, Sitora – iMokhi – Khosa, Museum of Decorative Applied Art. After lunch we’ll take a 30 mi drive to Gijduvan, where we’ll visit Abdulla’s pottery house where we’ll be offered short presentation and a cup of tea. We’ll be back to Bukhara in time for dinner and have another overnight in Bukhara.

Day 8  : Bukhara – Khiva – 350 mi (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel, today we’ll have a long day ahead making our way through Kyzyl Kum desert going from Bukhara to Khiva. We’ll cover over 350 mi and spend most part of the day on the road. While it is a rather hard day, it is the only way to get from Bukhara to Khiva and we’ll try to make it as pleasant as possible. On the way we’ll make stops to visit ancient ruins Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala. We’ll have a picnic lunch and upon arrival accommodate in hotel in Khiva for rest and relaxation. Khiva is a fascinating place, walk through Ichan Kala – old walled city of Khiva, will give you an insight into the life led there from ancient days up to the present time. We’ll have a dinner at the local restaurant followed by a show program. Overnight is at the hotel in Khiva.

Day 9  : Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at hotel today we’ll have a full day sightseeing in Khiva - another of many highlights when traveling in Central Asia, visit Ichan Kala – a UNESCO World Heritage Site including madrasah Muhammad Amin Khan, Kelta Minar, Kunya Ark, madrasah Muhammad Rakhimkhan. We’ll have lunch at local restaurant and continue sightseeing program: visit Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrasah, Djuma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hovli Palace. After dinner at the local restaurant we’ll proceed to airport for a flight back to Tashkent by HY-1058 08:40/10:10 (subject to change). Upon arrival to Tashkent, we’ll accommodate in hotel for overnight and rest.

Day 10  : Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Today is the last day of the tour; we’ll have breakfast at the hotel and arrange transfer to the airport for your flight home.