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The journey starts with the famous old cities of Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Samarkand. For a long time these cities belonged to Amir Temur (in Europe known as Tamerlane). Memorable part of the journey are high minarets, blue domes, madrassahs, mosques, mausoleums, eastern markets, legends, the hospitality of the population and their tradition.
1: Tashkent (date)
Arrival in Tashkent. Met in
front of the arrival building of the airport by an English speaking guide and
transfer to the hotel in Tashkent city.
Check in at the hotel and free
time till 12 o’clock.
Afternoon tour of the old city
stopping at Khazrati Imom Complex
(XVI-XX centuries), The market
Chorsu (“four roads” in Uzbek), and metro
riding (the only Central Asian Underground, built in 1977).
2: Tashkent-Urgench-Xiva (date)
Transfer to the airport of
Tashkent and flight to Urgench (takes a
1-hour). Transfer from Urgench to
Khiva (35 km, takes 45 minutes). Transfer to the hotel and enjoy with
welcome drink (check in time at the
hotel after 2 pm) and start to explore Ichan
Kala (“Inner Fortress” in Uzbek).
After lunch check in at the
3: Xiva (date)
Full-day tour in Ichan Kala. The feeling in Inner Fortress transfers people into
the past in a city with narrow lanes, low houses, mosques, mausoleums and
4: Xiva-Bukhara (470 km, takes more than 7 hours) (date)
Transfer to Bukhara by couch
crossing the river Amu Darya (in the
antique called Oxus) and the desert Kizilkum.
5: Bukhara (date)
Bukhara is one of the most
ancient cities in Uzbekistan with over 2500
Excursion starts with Ismail Samaniy mausoleum (IX-X centuries),
the mausoleum of Chashmai Ayub (“Prophet
Job”), functioning mosque Bolo Hauz
(XVII century), the Citadel Ark
(I-XX centuries) and Poi Kalon
complex (“The foot of tall” in Uzbek) from XII-XVI centuries.
6: Bukhara (date)
Leisure time to wander this
fabulous city, exploring its bazaars, stone pools and ancient streets.
7: Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand (280 km+160 km, first part of journey from
Bukhara till Shakhrisabz takes more than 4 hours and the second part from
Shakhrisabz till Samarkand takes 2 hours 30 minutes) (date)
Transfer to Samarkand via
Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Amir Temur
(“the green city” in Uzbek). The old part of Shakhrisabz city has been
declared a UNESCO world heritage site
and contains an exceptional collection
of monuments, including Ak Saray Palace
(“a white palace” in Uzbek) built in 1380-1404,
the complex of Dor-us Siyadat
(“place of sadness” in Uzbek) from XIV
century and Dor-ut Tilavat
(“place of praying” In Uzbek) from XIV-XV
After sightseeing in
Shakhrisabz continue to drive to Samarkand.
8: Samarkand (date)
Samarkand is one of the
world’s oldest cities, located in the very centre of Uzbekistan.
Excurtion in the city starts
with famous Registan square (“sandy
place” in Uzbek) from XV-XVIIcenturies, Bibi Hanim mosque XV century
and local Siab market (“black
river” in Uzbek).
9: Samarkand (date)
Continue the tour in
Samarkand. Visit Konigil paper factory,
the Ulugbek Observatory (XV century), the
museum of Afrasiab (the history
museum of Samarkand and the highlight of this place is the original frescos of Turk Khanate “Turk kingdom” from VII century). The
complex Shahi Zinda (“alive king” in
Uzbek) from XII-XX centuries, visit a silk carpet factory and the Gur-Amir mausoleum (“the tomb of the
king” in Uzbek) from XV century.
10: Samarkand-Tashkent (by bus 290 km) (date)
After breakfast check out from
the hotel and transfer to Tashkent by bus (290 km, takes 5 hours). Arrival in
Tashkent and check in at the hotel. Walking and enjoying the Tashkent squares
and streets. Dinner in local restaurant and the rest at the hotel.
Day 11: Tashkent (date)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer
to the airport.