This is a cultural classic tour combined with yurts and villages. On this trip we give you the opportunity to see and experience everyday life in Uzbekistan. Discover for yourself colourful Uzbekistan – a hospitable country along the Silk Road, where ancient and modern exist harmoniously side by side. This eventful trip will reveal many new and unexpected aspects of the country and illustrate its diversity.
Travel with us, we will show you the cultural richness of the region and lead you with competence and joy through our homeland!

 

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Stops on your tour: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiwa – Bukhara – Nurata – Jurtencamp – Aydarkul – Hayat – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Margilan –Fergana – Tashkent

Duration of the trip: 13 days / 12 nights

Travel time: all year

Accommodation: Hotels BB/ 3-4 *

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1. Day: Early arrival in Tashkent

On your arrival at the International Airport in Taschkent, you will be met by your travel guide who will accompany you to your hotel where you will together plan the following days. In the old town, you will visit the Hasti Imam complex. Around the large square there are the Tilla Scheich Mosque, the Barakkhan Medrasa and the Mausoleum Kaffal Schaschi and a library in which the oldest version of the Koran is kept. The Manuscript dates back to the third Khalif Osman. Then we will go to the Bazaar Tschorsu, which was already known in the Middle Ages and stood at the crossroads of the caravan processions along the Great Silk Road. This is one of the largest markets in Taschkent and is close to the town center. In the afternoon, you will walk through modern Taschkent and on the way visit Independence Square with the Mourning Mother Complex, the Alischer Navoi Opera House and the Amir Timur Park.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

2. Day: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiwa

Early morning transfer to the Airport. Arrival in Urgentsch and drive to Chiwa. Check-in to hotel.

Then you will visit Itschan-Kala («the inner town citadel»). Chiwa is a town citadel which looks back at a rich history and still looks today as it did centuries ago. It is one of the few places in Central Asia which has been preserved so one can imagine life as it was in Khan’s time. The famous buildings of Central Asia which became symbols long ago are in Itschan-Kala: among them are the Mohammed-Amin-Khan Medrasa and Kalta Minar (the short minaret), Islam Khodja Minaret, the Juma Mosque (thousand pillar mosque), which was originally built as a Zoroastrian temple.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

3. Day: Khiwa – Urgench – Bukhara

Trip through the semidesert Kizil-Kum («red sand desert») and steppes to Buchara (480 km). En route, Picnic in a Usbek «roadhouse» tea-room. Arrival in Buchara and check-in to hotel. Early evening sightseeing on your own.

Today’s included meals are breakfast, picnic and dinner.

4. Day: Bukhara

We start our tour with the mausoleum of Ismail Samani and the mausoleum of Tschaschmai Ayub. Then we make a town tour on foot. Buchoroi sharif (the noble Buchara) is a town with imposing market dome buildings, active mosques and madrasas. Buchara is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You will feel you are part of A Thousand and One Nights. It is hard to believe that, still today, active teaching and learning takes place in the mosques and madrasas, such as the madrasa Miri Arab and Minaret and Mosque Kalon. You can admire the «classic» architectural complexes Lyabi Hauz with  market domes and several mosques, madrasas and the dervish monastery – Chanaka in the town center, and will understand the honorary title «noble».

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

5. Day: Bukhara

Today we visit the Tschor Minor madrasa, the four minarets of which (tschor – four) and the whole style are reminiscent of the Indian style of building. Then we will visit the summer residence of the last Buchara emir – Sitorai Mokhi Hossa. Translated from Persian, the palace is called «The place where the moon and stars meet». As is generally known, Buchara is one of the seven holy towns of the Islamic world. There are a large number of orientations in Sufism, and in what is today Uzbekistan there have been at various times representatives of all the religious orders. Sufiorden Naqshbandiyya left the greatest impression and gave proof of his ability to survive.  

In the afternoon, we will visit the Jewish Quarter of Buchara and go into a Synagogue which is over 400 years old. Then we will visit a doll factory.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

6. Day: Bukhara – Nurata – Aydarkul

After breakfast, we will drive towards the Nurata mountains (about 250 km). According to legend, Nurata comes from the name of the fortress Nur, which was founded in the 4th century BC in the time of Alexander the Great. The main reason for founding the settlement was the source of fresh water, called Tschaschma, which was here. There we will visit the Mausoleum Nurata and the ruins of the Fortress of Alexander the Great. Then on to the Yurt camp above the Aydarkul Lake. Depending on the season you can swim in the lake or admire the fauna. Then we drive on to the yurt camp where, after a short break, you can ride on a camel* or simply walk around the dunes. Overnight stay in the camp (5km into the desert).

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

7. Day: Jurtencamp – Hayat

Today we will drive to the village called Hayat. Walk through the village to the abandoned settlement and walk around the nature reserve where you can see different desert animals.

Overnight stay in the guest house.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

8. Day: Hayat – Samarkand

Drive to Samarkand – one of the Pearls of the Orient, which is over 2750 years old.

Samarkand – the town of the tales from One Thousand and One Nights, was considered during the Middle Ages to be one of the most beautiful towns in the world, and it has still today lost none of its attraction. After your arrival in Samarkand, there will be a lunch break and then a visit to one of the visiting cards of Uzbekistan – the famous Registan Square with its three unique medrasas Ulughbek, Scherdor and Tillya Kori.

We will also visit the palace-like mausoleum Guri-Emir of the ruler Timur (Tamerlan).

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

9. Day: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

Drive to Samarkand via Schachrisabz. Today we will visit the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlan Ak Saray, the mosques Khasrati-Imam and Kok-Gumbas and the Dar-us-Saodat complex. Although Samarkand was the capital of Timur’s empire, he was born in Schachrisabz which therefore had to transmit an idea of the power of the ruler. The ruins of the summer palace are still simply monumental and testify to the past magnitude of Timur’s empire. Return to Samarkand, arrival late afternoon.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

10. Day: Samarkand – Tashkent

In the morning we will visit the Bibi-Khanim-Mosque, which was once considered to be one of the greatest sacred buildings of the Orient. Next we will go to the Siyob Bazaar. Then we will visit Ulugbeks Observatorium, which used to be the greatest research center in Central Asia; Schachi Zinda or «living king» – a burial site where today Timur’s family members are buried. After a break, we will drive to a silk paper manufacturer. It is interesting that the entire production is done by hand, and guests can watch the manufacturing process.

In the late afternoon, fast train “Afrosiyob” to Taschkent.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

11. Day: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Fergana

Trip to Fergana via Kokand (360 km). In the first half of the 19th century, Kokand was an important trading center and, with more than 300 mosques, the religious center of the Fergana Valley. We will visit the Khudayar Khan Palace in Kokand. This building is one of the last great buildings of Islamic architecture. A little further on, we reach Kokand’s largest mosque, the Dschuma-Moschee, then a sacred place Dachmai Schochon, which is in the middle of an old cemetery. Overnight stay in Fergana.  

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

12. Day: Fergana – Margilan – Rishtan – Tashkent

According to legend, the town of Margilan was founded by Alexander the Great. The town became famous mainly because of the silk materials produced here, which were delivered to places as far as Egypt and Greece along the Great Silk Road. Still today, Margilan ist known as the silk capital of Uzbekistan. You will see during a visit to a Silk Manufacturer how it is produced.

Before we go on to Taschkent, we will visit Margilan Bazaar in the town center, in order to buy supplies for the journey.

On the way to Taschkent we will visit Rischtan. This town has been and still is famous for its ceramics. Characteristic of the craftwork produced in Rischtan is the flatware with its geometric arabesques, plant motifs and representations of animals and people.  

Fergana – Margilan about 30 km., about a 40-minute trip.

Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

 13. Day: Tashkent – return flight

After an early breakfast, drive to Taschkent International Airport and flight home.


What is included

  • Overnight stay in the requested hotels
  • All meals mentioned in the travel program
  • All the sightseeing and transfer journeys in a vehicle with air conditioning
  • All the excursions and sightseeing listed in the program
  • Admission and other fees
  • Train journey with the fast train
  • 3 traditional dinners at the home of Uzbek families in Samarkand, Buchara und Chiwa
  • Dinner in Buchara in a local restaurant with classical Uzbek music
  • Uzbek Folklore Show in one of the towns of Uzbekistan
  • Farewell dinner in Taschkent

What is not included

  • International flights
  • Inland flights with Uzbekistan Airways
  • Visa for Uzbekistan (about 90 Euro per person)
  • Meals and drinks which are not listed as being included
  • Photo/Video-fees (15-50 Euro)
  • Tip for travel guide and drivers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Number of participant: min. 2, max. 20 person

Appointment 2016/2017: On demand

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