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Itinerary:  Tashkent - Nukus - Ayaz Kala - Khiva - Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Termez - Samarkand - Tashkent
Tour highlights:  Travelling across Uzbekistan. Welcome to the hospitable country Uzbekistan!

Duration:  14 days/13 nights
Accommodation: single/double in hotels and yurts
Season: March - October

Tour program:

1 Day: Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent international airport. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in and lunch. Modern Tashkent city excursion: square of Independence, museum of history of Uzbekistan, museum of Amir Temur, museum of applied arts. Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

Day 2: Tashkent - Nukus
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Morning HY flight departure to Nukus. Arrival to Nukus. Hotel check-in. Nukus city excursion. Visiting State Museum of Arts named by Igor Savitsky. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Nukus.

Day 3: Nukus - Ayaz Kala (170 km)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Ayaz Kala yurt camp. During the way sightseeing of archeological monuments: Chil'pyk Kala (Zoroastrian dakhma III-VIII AD, which looks like inverted bowl), Jampyk Kala, Sultan Bobo mausoleum, fortress Kyzyl Kala I-IV AD, fortress Toprak Kala II-III AD, first fortress Ayaz Kala IV-II BC, second fortress Ayaz Kala I-IV AD. Arrival to the yurt camp, located close to the ruins of ancient fortress. Lunch. Camelback riding to Ayazkul lake. Dinner round the fireplace. Overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 4: Ayaz Kala - Khiva (95 km)
Breakfast. Transfer to Khiva through Amudarya river (Oxus by ancient Greeks). Crossing the bridge through Amudarya river. During the way sightseeing of  ancient fortresses Bozor Kala and Kumbaskan Kala. Arrival to Khiva. Hotel check-in. Lunch. Khiva city excursion. Visiting of the fortress Ichan Kala and other historical sites of Khiva. Visiting local bazaar. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 5: Khiva - Bukhara (490 km, 6-7 h)
Breakfast in the hotel. Continue excursion in Khiva city and its suburb: residence of Islam Khoji (1910) - chief vizier (minister) of  the last Khan of Khiva, architectural ensemble Nurullabai (XIX AD.), Khosha Darvaza (XVIII AD). Lunch. Transfer to Bukhara by caravan road through Kyzylkym desert. Arrival to Bukhara. Hotel check-in. Dinner. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 6: Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel. Bukhara city excursion. During excursion visiting of Ismail Samani mausoleum (IX-X AD) - burial vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chashma Ayub mausoleum (XIV AD), Chor Minor mosque and other historical sites. Dinner. Free time. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 7: Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel. Continue excursion in Bukhara city: Registan ensemble, Ark fortress (16 AD), Bolo-Hauz complex (XVIII AD), Lyabi-Hauz (XVII AD), Nodir Devon Begi madrasah (XVII AD) and other historical sites. Dinner. Free time. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 8: Bukhara - Shakhrisabz (295 km, 5 h)
Breakfast. Transfer to Shakhrisabz. Lunch. Shakhrisabz city excursion: ruins of Ok-Saray palace (XIV-XV AD), Khazrat Imam complex, Dor-ut Tilyavat  (XV-XVI AD), Gumbazi-Seidan Makbarat Ulugbek, Kok Gumbaz mosque (XV AD), Jakhongir mausoleum. Visiting "Hudjum" craftsmanship factory. Dinner. Overnight in Shakhrisabz.

Day 9: Shakhrisabz - Termez (380 km, 5-6 h)
Breakfast. Transfer to Termez. Hotel check-in. Lunch. Termez city excursion: archeological museum, Fayaztepa (ancient settlement II-III AD), Khokim At Termiziy mausoleum (IX-XV AD) (4 km),  Buddhist stupa Zurmala (7 km), Sultan Saodat mausoleum (X-XV AD) (7,5 km), Khonako Kokaldor Ota  (XVI AD) (4 km), Kyrk-Kiz convent (IX-X AD) (4 km). Dinner. Overnight in Termez.

Day 10: Termez - Samarkand (385 km, 5-6 h)
Breakfast. Surkhandarya region excursion: Jarkurgan minaret (XII AD) (60 km far from Termez), Iskandar's (Alexander the Great) bridge (XVI AD) (45 km far from Jarkurgan), archeological excavations Dalverzintepa (II-III AD). Transfer to Denau city (30 km). Lunch. Denau city excursion: Said Atalik madrasa (XVI AD), local botanical garden. Transfer to Samarkand city. Hotel check-in. Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand, the capital of Timur's empire.

Day 11: Samarkand
Breakfast. Samarkand city excursion: museum of ancient settlement Afrosiab, Bibi-Khanum mosque  (XIV AD), Shakh-i-Zinda complex (IX-XIX AD), Gur-Emir mausoleum (XIV AD). Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 12: Samarkand - Tashkent (297 km, 4,5 h)
Breakfast. Continuation of excursion in Samarkand city: Registan square . (XV-XVII AD) and Ulugbek's observatory (XV AD). Lunch. Transfer to Tashkent. Hotel check-in. Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 13: Tashkent
Breakfast. Excursion in the old part of Tashkent: Khast-Imam square, Mui-Muborak library (XVI AD), Barakkhan madrasa, Chor-su oriental bazaar. Lunch. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 14: Tashkent
Breakfast. Transfer to the international airport to a flight of next destination.


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
Samarkand Malika Prime
Asia Samarkand
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.