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Ancient cities of Uzbekistan

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Itinerary:  Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent

Tour highlights: This most requesting tour is a chance to visit the ancient cities of Uzbekistan, located in the land which in different times called Sogdiana, the land between the Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya, or Transoxiana by the Romans and Mawaranahr by the Arabs (both means the land “Beyond the Oxus”). As well as to visit the land of ancient Khorezm civilization, which lays on the lower reaches of the Amu-Darya.

Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Accommodation:  twin/double in hotel
Season: year round

Tour program:

Day 1: Tashkent  The capital of Uzbekistan and peoples’ friendship.
Arrival to the Tashkent international airport and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest after flight. Free time in the evening Tashkent.

Day 2: Khiva  The only city-museum under the open sky in Central Asia.
Morning flight HY1051 at 07:00 to Urgench. Arrival at 08:40 to Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (35 km, 30 min). Guided sightseeing city tour. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress: Kunya-Arc, Sayeed Alauddin mausoleum, madrasa Arab-Mukhamadkhan, mosque Oq-Masjid, madrasa Hodjan Berdi-biya, Shirgazikhan, Abdullakhan, Juma mosque, madrasa Allakulikhan, Toshkhovli palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud mausoleum, minaret Islom-khodja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 3: Bukhara  “Sacred Bukhara” - one of the most esteemed city of Islamic culture.
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara through the Kyzylkum desert along Caravan road  (480 km, 7 h). On the way stop to see Amu-Darya (Oxus) river. Arrival to Bukhara in the afternoon. Check in to the hotel. Free time, walking through the backstreets of Bukhara. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 4: Bukhara
Sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit Samani dynasty mausoleum, Arc Fortress, Chashma-Ayub mausoleum, Imam Al Bukhari museum, Bolo-Houz mosque, Poi Kalon ensemble, Kalyan minaret and mosque, Miri-Arab madrasa, Toki Zargaron dome of jewelers, Magoki-Attori mosque, Khanaka and Nadir Divan Begi  madrasa, Kukeldash madrasa, Ulugbek madrasa, Abdulazizkhan madrasa, Abdullah-Khan madrasa, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz complex and Chor-Minor madrasa. Dinner with folklore show at Nodir Devan Begi madrasa. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 5: Sakhrisabz (Kesh) - A hometown of Tamerlane.
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz (270 km, 3,5 h). Sightseeing tour in Shakhrisabz. Visit ruins of Tamerlan's summer residence Ak-Saray palace, Tamerlane’s eldest and favorite son Jahongir mausoleum, complex Dor-ut Saodat: Khazratiy Imam mosque, mausoleum Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz mosque. In the afternoon drive to the ancient city Samarkand (90 km, 1,5 h). Arrival to Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 6: Samarkand (Marakanda to the Greeks) - One of Central Asian’s oldest settlements.The capital of Tamerlane’s  empire Mawaranahr.
Sightseeing tour in Samarkand. Visit Registan Square: Ulugbek, Shir Dor and Tillya-Kari madrasas, ruins of Afrosiab -  an archeological excavation and museum of the ancient town (6 BC-13 AD), Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Ulugbek observatory, and Siab bazaar in Samarkand. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 7: Tashkent (Chach ) – Modern city with old history.Starting from the settlement of Ming-Uruk (2 BC) to the nowadays.
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Tashkent (315 km, 5 h). Arrival to Tashkent, check in to the hotel. In the afternoon the sightseeing tour around Tashkent. Visit Old City part of Tashkent: Kukeldash madrasa, Kaffal Shashi mausoleum, Barak Khan madrasa, Juma (Friday) Mosque, Mui-Mubarak madrasa, Abdulkasim madrasa, Khast-Imom complex (which houses the 7th century Osman Quran, the world’s oldest), Chor-Su handicraft bazaar and the center of Tashkent with Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, Uzbekistan History Museum,  Applied Arts Museum. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 8: Tashkent
Transfer to the airport, departure.

Accommodation:   

City: Accommodation, option 1 - Comfort Accommodation, option 2 - Economy
Tashkent Tashkent Palace
The Park Turon
Grand Orzu
Malika Tashkent
Khiva Asia Khiva
Malika Kheivak

Sobir Arkanchi
Malika Khiva

Bukhara Omar Khayam
Zargaron Plaza
Minzifa
Amelia
Samarkand Malika Prime
Asia Samarkand
Sherdor
Malika Classic

 

Price includes: Price does not include:
  •  Uzbekistan visa support letter;
  • Accommodation based on twin/double room sharing (breakfast included);
  • Domestic air ticket Tashkent-Urgench;
  • A/C transportation throughout the tour, including airport pick-ups and drop-offs;
  • Sightseeing with local guide in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to historical monuments as above in the program;
  • Dinner with folklore show at Nodir Devan Begi madrasa in Bukhara.  
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan entry visa;
  • International air tickets;
  • Personal insurance;
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany the group for the whole period of the tour;
  • Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • Full board meal (dinners and lunches);
  • Camera fees, charged separately by some museums.