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The journey starts with the famous old cities on the Great Silk Road of Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. For a long time these cities belonged to Amir Temur (in Europe known as Tamerlane). Memorable part of the journey visiting old town of Tashkent to see how it was before earthquake (1966), having a full day sightseeing in museum city Khiva, having a feeling to be transferred into XVI century in Bukhara and wandering around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Samarkand and Shakhrisabz.
1: Tashkent (date)
Arrival in Tashkent. Met in
front of the arrival building of the airport by an English speaking guide from
“Samaria Travel”and transfer to the hotel in Tashkent city.
Tashkent is the capital of
Uzbekistan and has approximately 3 million inhabitants. The city is located in
the north eastern part of the republic, in the valley where the river Chirchik
is located. In the North of Tashkent the snow-covered tops of Big and Small
Chimgan mountain can be seen. Tashkent
is the fourth largest in the Commonwealth of Independent States after Moscow,
St Petersburg and Kiev.
The sightseeing in Tashkent
starts with the Khazrati Imom Complex
(XVI-XX centuries) the historical spiritual heart of the city (consists of functioning Friday mosque
“Khazrati Imom Mosque” from 2007, Barak-Khan Madrassa from XVI-XVIII
centuries—present-day serving as shopping place, Tellya Sheikh Mosque from XIX
century, Muyi Moborak Library— holds rare Oriental manuscripts collection, among which the world-famous Caliph
the VII century and the mausoleum of
Abu Bakr Mohammed Kaffal Shashi, the
first Koran preachers of Central Asia, who was also a famous scientist), the market Chorsu (“four roads” in Uzbek, the
commercial heart of the city and has been for hundreds of years), and metro riding (the only Central Asian
Underground, built in 1977).
2: Tashkent—Khiva (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).
is the city of Khorazm province, located in the
north-western part of Uzbekistan. 1990 the historical part known as a ICHAN QALA (“inner city” in Uzbek) was included into UNESCO World Heritage site. Full-day tour in ICHAN QALA. Khiva
is divided into two distinct sections; one being the older, museum-like ICHAN QALA where striking examples of
Islamic architecture were built over the span of 600 years; and the modern DICHON-QALA (“outside city” in Uzbek)
where both the majority of the population live and where all of the modern
buildings exist, but glimpses of Khiva’s greatness as a center of Islamic power
still linger. Today, the entire city is home to about 90,000 people. The city
is 35 km from the regional capital of Urgench and a mere 5 km from the border
After the breakfast full day sightseeing in ICHAN
QALA. The feeling in Inner Fortress
transfers people into the past in a city with narrow lanes, low houses,
mosques, mausoleums and madrassahs.
After breakfast check out from
the hotel in Khiva and transfer to Bukhara crossing the river Amu Darya and the
desert Kyzylkum. Uzbekistan is located in between two large rivers and they are
Amu Darya (known to the ancient Greeks
as the Oxus) and the Syr Darya (the
Arabs called it Jaxartes). Total drive is 470 km, takes more than 7 hours.
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.
After breakfast check out from
the hotel in Bukhara and transfer to Samarkand (280 km, takes more than 4 hours).
Arrival in Samarkand and check in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing in Samarkand.
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).
After breakfast check out of
the hotel and continuation of the visit in Samarkand.
Continue the tour in
Samarkand. Visit Konigil paper factory,
the Ulugbek Observatory (XV century), the
complex Shahi Zinda (“alive king” in
Uzbek) from XII-XX centuries,and the Gur-Amir mausoleum (“the tomb of the king” in Uzbek) from XV century.