Uzbekistan 8 day tour (Deluxe option)
UZBEKISTAN 8 DAYS TOUR (Deluxe option)
|Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent, be met and transferred to hotel in Tashkent for rest. (Depending your flight arrival time, sightseeing in Tashkent can be done this day afternoon or on the last day) Overnight|
|Day 2: Tashkent-Samarkand 300 km (by Fast train Afrosiab)
At 0700 transfer to railway station to get on Tashkent-Samarkand train at 0800. Arrive in Samarkand at 1010. Meet and transfer to hotel in Samarkand. Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the ancient city as well as modern Samarkand. Visit includes: Registan square with Sherdor Madrasa, Ulughbek madrasa, Tilla Sheikh madrasa all built in different periods but looking as one harmonious complex. It is also the main city square where locals celebrate have festivals and holidays and the international world music festival; Gur Emir Mausoleum, the stunning burial place of Temur’s teacher, sons and grandsons.
After lunch visit Bibi Hanum mosque, Bazaar, Shahi Zinda complex, a holy place in Central Asia famed for its tile work; Afrosiab ancient settlement destroyed by Ghengis Khan in the 13th century. The fascinating museum there holds a fresco dating from the 5th century AD. Day city tour ends up with folk show or Light and Sound show at Registan square (optional, available upon request or join booked show)
|Day 3: Samarkand
After breakfast you will proceed another full day sightseeing around Samarkand. You will visit Urgut market 40 km from Samarkand. You will enjoy the typical uzbek market where you can buy local handicraft like Suzana and kilims and on the way back you can stop at Konigil village. The local workshops here shows how Samarkand silk paper has been being produced from Mulberry tree.
|Day 4: Samarkand-Bukhara (optional you can drive via Shahrisabz or directly to Bukhara).
After breakfast drive to Bukhara 300 km and en rout you can stop at Rabbati Malik. The ruins of old caravansaray ruined in 11 C. Arrive in Bukhara. PM walking tour in old Bukhara. Evening you can enjoy uzbek music and costume show at Nadir Divan Begi madrasah.
(optional trip via Shahrisabz , the birthplace of Amir Temur. If you are a small group of 1-3 persons, you can drive over the mountain of Zarafshan pass (1450 m) and arrive Shahrisabz in around one hour; bigger groups will travel by van or bus around the mountain which will take around 2. 5 hours and see remote villages of the province.
Visit in Shahrisabz includes the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ak Saray Palace, Jahangir’s mausoleum and Kok Gumbaz mosque After lunch at a local restaurant you continue driving to Bukhara, another 290 kms through the semi steppe of Kyzilkum desert. Arrival in Bukhara at around 1800. Check in and overnight.
|Day 5: Bukhara
Today’s full day city tour, all on foot through this ancient, holy city, includes Chashmai Ayub mausoleum, Ismail Samani mausoleum, Bolo Hauz mosque and Ark Fortress. You will see palaces, trade domes, mosques, madrasas, hanaka, Turkish hammam, the bazaar and many souvenir shops.
After lunch at a local restaurants or café. you visit Kalyan minaret, Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasa, Nadir Divan Begi Madrasa and Khanaka, Magaki Attari mosque, Chor Minor madrasa.
|Day 6: Bukhara-Khiva 500 km, 7 hrs drive through Kyzylkum desert.
Today you will have a long journey through the Kyzilkum desert, which covers 1/3 of Uzbekistan's territory, crossing the river Amudarya (Oxus) near Urgench and arrive in Ayazkala fortress, the remains of ancient city fortress dating back to 1-2 AD . Arrive in Khiva late afternoon. Free time for walking tour in Khiva. The hotel is located inside of Ichan kala or just next the gate and you will see the open air museum city. Overnight
|Day 7: Khiva-Tashkent
After breakfast in the hotel will visit the whole town with its minarets, mosques, museums, palaces and caravanserai. You will meet also local people living in the old town, celebrating weddings in the city, shopping in the local market. Kunya Ark, Kalta minor, Muhammad Aminkhan madrasa, Muhammad Rahimkhan madrasa, Juma mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja minaret, Tash Hauli palace are the main but not the full list of attractions located in the town.
Interesting sites are the wood carving and local silk carpet workshops supported and organized by UNESCO. Evening transfer to airport of Urgench for flight to Tashkent at 2100. Meet and transfer to hotel in Tashkent.
|Day 8: Tashkent-Departure
Today, visit the old town and new part of the city. Sightseeing includes: Khasti Imam complex, Barakhan madrasa, Mui Muborak library, Chorsu bazar and Kukeldash madrasah. Transfer to airport. End of Services.