This tour shows you the whole of Uzbekistan, from the desert in the west to the mountain valleys in the east. On this trip, you will see the magical towns of the legendary Silk Road, the old fortresses in the desert, the famous «Louvre of the desert» and the countryside of Central Asia. Travel with us, we will show you the cultural richness of the region and lead you with competence and joy through our homeland!
Stops on your tour: Tashkent – Nukus – Kungrad – Ustjurt Plateau – Aralsee – Mujnak –Nukus – Khiva – Bukhara – Gijduvan – Nurata – Aydarkul – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Tashkent – Fergana – Margilan – Kokand – Rishtan –Tashkent
Duration of the trip: 17 days / 16 nights
Travel time: April to November
Accommodation: Hotels BB/ 3-4 *
1st day: early arrival in Tashkent
You will be met on arrival at Tashkent International Airport by your tour guide who will accompany you to the hotel. After breakfast, there will be a tour of the capital with a visit to the Khasti Imam Square with the Barak Khan Medrasa, the Tillya Scheich Mosque and the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum. The historical site is in the old town and still today consists mainly of those old clay houses which survived the earthquake of 1966. The complex evolved around the grave of one of the first Koran preachers of Central Asia, who was also a famous scientist. On this large square there is also a library with a collection of original manuscripts, one of which is the world-famous Osman Koran from the 7th century.Then you will go to the Bazaar «Tschorsu», which was already known in the Middle Ages and which stood at the crossroads of the caravan processions of the Great Silk Road. This is one of the largest markets of Tashkent and is not far from the town center.In the afternoon you can walk through modern Tashkent and on the way visit Independence Square with the Weeping Mother Complex and the Alischer Navoi Opera House and we will walk to Amir Timur Park.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
2nd day: Tashkent – Nukus (b, d)
Flight from Tashkent to Nukus – the capital of the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. Transfer to your hotel. Then a drive to the historical complex of Mizdakchan (20 km) – a gigantic cemetery with mausoleums and mosques and countless graves from various eras, a mystic place with a building dating from Adam and Eve with many piles of seven stones piled up on top of one another (known as ‘world clocks’). If the building falls, the stones should remain. Should both the building and the stones fall, the world will end. In the afternoon you will visit the world-famous museum in the name of Igor Sawitski with an extensive collection of oil paintings from the Russian avantgarde school of painting.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
3rd day: Nukus – Kungrad – Ustjurt Plateau – Aralsee (b, l, d)
Today we travel by jeep to the Ustjurt Plateau. This is an extensive desert-like and steppe-like plateau and is part of the lowlands of Turan. It lies between the Kaspian natural depression and the west Aral Lake. On our journey we pass a place called Kungrad – one of the most important reloading points of the Silk Road. We make a stop at Lake Sudotsche with a lunch break at a local fisherman’s. There are abandoned settlements along the way where we will make stops, for instance in Urga. Journey on to the Aral Lake.Towards evening erection of the tents where you will spend the night.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
4th day: Aralsee – Mujnak – Nukus (b, p, d)
Breakfast at daybreak. Breathtaking atmosphere. Journey back to Nukus, on the way visiting the cemetery of ships, the so-called Mujnak. The local museum shows archeological finds and tells the story of the lake. Overnight stay in a hotel in Nukus. (travel time 6-7 hours, 600 km).Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
5th day: Nukus – Ayaz Kala – Toprak Kala – Khiva
Trip to Khiva, on the way visiting Ayaz Kala – an impressive ancient clay fortress. In the Kyzylkum Desert, on the slope of one of the eastern foothills of the Sultanuvaystag, there are giant ruins of one of the largest fortresses of the old Choresm district – Ayas Kala. According to archeological excavations, the Ayaz Kala dates from the 2nd century BC. It was part of a system of border fortresses which stretched from east to west and defended the Khiva Oasis from the desert side. Continue on to Toprak Kala (ancient capital of Khoresm, 2nd century).In the afternoon, travel on to Khiva. Check-in to hotel. Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
6th day: Khiva
Visit to the Itschan-Kala town citadel. The town developed in the 8th century as a fortress and an important trading center along the Silk Road on the way to the Caspian Sea and the Wolga.The famous buildings of Central Asia which have long become landmarks can be found in Itschan-Kala: Mohammed-Amin-Khan (19th century) Medrasa and Kalta Minar (the short minaret), Islam Khodja Minaret, the Juma Mosque (Friday mosque), which was originally built as a Zoroastrian temple.In the afternoon we will visit a palace called Nurullabay, which was built by local and German craftsmen. The German Menotites lived for a while in Khiva in peace, and their handicrafts were very popular with Khiva people. This complex was built in 1912 as a Reception Palace for the Romanow Tsar family.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
7th day: Khiva – Urgench – Bukhara
Trip through the semi-desert Kizil-Kum («red sand desert) (480 km) and steppes to Bukhara. Picnic on the way in an Uzbek «Tea Room».Arrival in Bukhara and check-in to hotel. First sightseeing early evening.Today’s included meals are breakfast, picnic and dinner.
8th day: Bukhara
We begin with a visit to the mausoleum of Ismail Samani, the mausoleum Tschaschmai-Ayub. Then we explore the town on foot. Buchoroi sharif (noble Bukhara) is a town with impressive market dome buildings and active mosques. Bukhara was nominated by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site.You will feel transported to the world of the Tales of 1001 Nights and be amazed that even today active teaching and learning takes place in the mosques and medrasas, for instance in the medrasa Miri Arab and Minaret and Moschee Kalon. You can admire the «classical» architectural complexes Lyabi Hauz with trading domes and several mosques, medrasas and the dervish monastery Chanaka in the town center, and will understand the honorary title «noble».Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
9th day: Bukhara
We visit the Tschor Minor medrasa, whose four minarets (tschor – four) and the style remind one of India’s building style. Then we visit the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara – Sitorai Mokhi Hossa. «The place where the moon meets the stars» is what the name of the palace means in Persian. It is a well-known fact that Bukhara is one of the seven holy towns of the Islamic world. Memorial site Khoja Bahauddin Naqshbandi. There are a great many orders in Sufism and representatives of all the orders were present at different times in what is Uzbekistan today. The Sufi order Naqshbandiyya had the greatest and longest-lasting influence.This afternoon we visit the Jewish quarter of Bukhara and go to a Synagogue which is over 400 years old. Then we will visit a doll factory.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
10th day: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Nurata – Aydarkul
Journey to Gijduvan (45 km). On arrival, you visit a ceramics factory and its museum. After breakfast, you journey via the ancient town of Nurata to Jangikasgan (yurt camp «Camel») (ca. 250 km). In Nurata you make an expedition to the Mausoleum Nurata and the Ruins of Alexander the Great’s fortress. There are several legends as to how the town got its name. One of the versions is that it comes from the fortress Nur which was founded in the 4th century BC when Alexander the Great’s garrisons were here.Arrival in Jangikasgan, yurt camp. Picnic on the edge of the lake. Camel ride* or trekking on part of the route to the Aydarkul Lake (4-5 km.) and walk along the Aydarkul Lake (5km.). Depending on the season, you can swim in the lake or observe the fauna (depending on the season you can see steppe turtles, hares or desert pangolins). Dinner and a musical performance from Akyn – the local singer – by the campfire. Overnight stay in yurts.Today’s included meals are breakfast, lunch and dinner
11th day: Aydarkul – Samarkand
Journey to Samarkand – one of the pearls of the Orient which is over 2750 years old. Samarkand – the town of the Tales of 1001 Nights – was considered in the Middle Ages to be one of the most beautiful towns of the world and has still today lost none of its charm. After arriving in Samarkand there will be a lunch break and then you will go to one of the visiting cards of Uzbekistan – the famous Registan Square with its three unique medrasas Ulughbek, Scherdor and Tillya Kori.On the programme is also the palace-like mausoleum Guri-Emir of the ruler Timur (Tamerlan).Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
12th day: Samarkand
This morning you will visit the Bibi-Khanim-Mosque, which was once considered to be one of the greatest sacred buildings of the Orient. According to legend, Tamerlan had the mosque built for his beloved wife. Right after visiting the mosque you will go to the Siyob-Bazaar and try the famous Samarkand freshly baked bread.Then we will go to Ulugbeks Observatorium, once the greatest research center in Central Asia; Schachi Zinda or «living king» – a gravesite where today Timur’s family members are buried. Samarkand – «Rome of the Orient» – was since age-old times a flourishing center for trade and learning. After a break, we shall visit a Silk paper manufacturer, which was founded by the Brothers Muchtarov. Thanks to them, the old tradition of paper manufacture according to Samarkand technology could be revived. It is interesting that the entire production is done manually and the guests can watch the process.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
13th day: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
In the morning, journey to Shakhrisabz to see the ruins of Tamerlan’s Summer Palace «Ak Saray», the mosque Khasrati-Imam and Kok-Gumbas and the Dar-us-Saodat Complex. Although Samarkand was the capital of Timur’s empire, Shakhrisabz was his place of birth and should therefore illustrate the power of the ruler. The ruins of the Summer Palace are still simply monumental and bear witness to the past extent of Timur’s empire. Journey on to Samarkand, arrival late afternoon.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
14th day: Samarkand – Tashkent
After breakfast, we continue our sightseeing: First we visit one of the greatest places of pilgrimage of the Islamic world – the Grave Complex of Saint Daniel. Leisure time in Samarkand afterwards. Journey by fast train «Afrosiyob» at 18.00 /280 kmToday’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
15th day: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Fergana
At 08.00h leave for Kokand by car. The town is in the Ferghana Valley about 240 kilometers south-east of Tashkent. In the first half of the 19th century Kokand was an important trading town and with more than 300 mosques the religious center of the Ferghana Valley. Today it is the transport nodal point of this valley. You will see the Khudajar Khan Palace. This building was one of the last great buildings of Islamic architecture. Then you will continue on to the greatest mosque of Kokand, the Dschuma-Mosque. Then we continue on to Rishtan.Rishtan has for many centuries been famous for its ceramics, and still is today. Characteristic of the craftwork produced in Rishtan is the flatware with its geometric arabesques, plant motifs and representations of animals and people. In the factory, Usto (Master) will tell you all about the production and decoration of the ceramics. Then on to Fergana.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner
16th day: Fergana – Margilan – Tashkent
According to legend, the town of Margilan was founded by Alexander the Great. The town was particularly famous for the silk which was produced here and delivered along the Silk Road to Egypt and Greece. Margilan is still known today as the silk capital of Uzbekistan. During a visit to a Silk manufacturer, you will see how it is made.Before we go to Tashkent, we will visit the Margila Bazaar in the town center to get some supplies for our journey.Fergana – Margilan about 30 km., about 40 min. driveToday’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.
17th day: Tashkent – Return flight
After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.
b – breakfast, l – lunch, d – dinner, p – picnic
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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