The Great Journey along Uzbekistan
«The Great Journey along Uzbekistan»
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Itinerary: Tashkent (1) – Samarkand (2) – Shaxrisabz(0) – Samarkand(1) – Yurt stay in Nurata (The Kyzyl-Kum desert) (2) – Bukhara(2) – Khiva (2)- Urgench – Tashkent(1)
Type of motion : flight and land transport (bus)
Accommodation: Standard single/double rooms in hotels, night yurt stays.
Evening arrival to Tashkent – capital of Uzbekistan. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Free time and rest after a long flight.
Breakfast. Transfer to Samarkand (315 km, 5 hrs) and check-in at the hotel. City tour: Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the tomb of Tamerlane and other Timurids, Rukhabad Mausoleum (“The Spirit Abode”) – according to one legend, inside this dome there is a box with seven hairs of Prophet Mukhammed (XIV c.), The Registan Square (“Sandy Place”) – the most visiting place of Samarkand, which consists of three magnificent monuments : Ulugbek Madrasa (XV c.), Sherdor Madrasa (XVII c.), Tilla-Kari Madrasa . The Khazrat Khizir Mosque – named after legendary Islamic Saint and eternal traveler (XIX c.), Bibikhanim Mosque, named after the elder wife of Tamerlane (XIV c.). The architectural complex Shakhi-Zinda (“A living King”) – The name of the complex is connected with the name of Kusam Ibn Abbas – the cousin of Prophet Mukhammed (XI-XV cc.). Night in the hotel
Breakfast. The city tours includes: Morning drive to the memorial complex of the Sunni theologian Imam Mukhammad Al-Bukhari (died in 870) (25km from Samarkand).After lunch visit the eastern market Siab , the excavation site and the museum of the ancient town Afrasiab,The Khodja Doniyor mausoleum – this name is connected with Koran and the Biblical prophet Daniil, , the unique Ulugbek observatory ( XV c). Free time. Night in the hotel.
Breakfast. Transfer to Shakhrisabz. (90 km, 1, 5 hrs). City tour around Shakhrisabz: the ruins of Ak-Saray palace (“the White Palace”) – Tamerlane’s summer residence (XIV-XV cc.), The mausoleum of Mukhammad Jakhangir- the mausoleum of the elder and beloved son of Tamerlane (XIV c.), The Dor-us-Saodat complex: “The Khathrat Imam mosque” -a multi-step mosque with a cupola shaped hall and decorated iwans (XIV c.), Gumbazi-Saidon – the mausoleum of Saids (relatives of Prophet Mukhammad, “The Kuk-Gumbaz mosque” (“Blue cupola”) – was built by Ulugbek on behalf of his father Shakhrukh (XV c.). Lunch. After lunch drive back to Samarkand. Arrive in Samarkand. Night in Samarkand.
Breakfast. Transfer to Yurt camp through Yangig’azg’an village (260 km, 4 hrs). Check-in at a Kazakh yurt. Lunch. Get to know the sandy landscape, flora and fauna of the Kyzyl-Kum. In the evening ride the camels. Dinner around the open fire with the songs of a Kazakh akin (singer). Night in the Yurts.
Breakfast. Transfer to Aydarkul Lake. Fishing. Swimming. Return to the Yurts. Ride the camels. Free time. Night in the Yurts.
Breakfast. Transfer to Bukhara (270 km, 4 hrs) through Nurata. On the way stop at Sarmish canyon to see the stone gallery of “The Bronze age Petroglyphs” Nurata city tour: “The Khasan and Khusan Mosque” – the site of pilgrimage of muslims, “Spring” (Chashma) – the holy spring with a number of “mariinka” fish in it. “Namazgokh Mosque” (X c.), “The Sheikh Khusan Nuri Madrasa” (XVI-XVII cc.), the ruins of Alexander the Great’s citadel. In the second half of the day arrive in Bukhara and check-in at the hotel. Free time. Dinner in a local guest house. Night in the hotel.
Breakfast. City tour: “The Samanids Mausoleum” – the most ancient brickwork building in Central Asia, the masterpiece of world architecture (IX-X cc.), “The Chashmai Ayub mausoleum”. “The Bolo Khavuz Mosque” (beginning of the XXth c.), The Ark Citadel – the center of government system of Bukhara (IV c. BC), the silk carpet shops, “The Poi Kalon Complex” (“The foot of the Great”), The Kalon Minaret – the main symbol of holy Bukhara (XII c.). “The Kalon Mosque”, The Mir Arab Madrasa – the functioning madrasa, one of the mostly esteemed spiritual Islamic universities (XVI c.), “Toki Zargaron” – The cupola of jewelers. (XV-XVI cc.),The Ulugbek Madrasa – the first of the three madrasa, built by Tamerlane’s grandson Ulugbek (XV c.), The Abdulazizkhan Madrasa, The Abdullakhan Madrasa (1588-1590.),
The Magoki Attori Mosque – the most ancient quarter mosque of Bukhara (XII c.), the masterpiece of Bukhara architecture , The Nodir Divan-begi Khanaka and Madrasa , which was used as an accommodation and mediation by Sufis (XVII c.), The Kukaldosh Madrasa (XVI c.) – one of the ancient madrasas of Bukhara, The Labi Khauz ensemble – The biggest artificial water reservoir “Chor Minor”( Four minarets) – a unique madrasa, built by Khalif Niyazqul (XVIII c.). Night in Bukhara.
Breakfast. Transfer to Khiva through Kyzul-Kum (480 km, 6-8 hrs). Arrive at Khiva – The only “Museum under open sky” in Central Asia. Check-in at he hotel. Night in Khiva.
Breakfast. City tour around the architectural complex “Ichan Kala” (XII-XIX cc.): Kunya Ark, The khan’s fortress – the internal citadel of the Ichan Kala (XVI-XVII cc.), The Kalta Minor Tower “Short Minaret”), was meant to be the biggest and tallest minaret in Central Asia (XIX c.), The Mukhammad Amin Khan madrasa – the biggest middle age madrasa in Khiva(1845-1855 cc.), The Juma Mosque with 212 wood columns a 32,5 meter tall minaret (X c.), The Tash Khavli (“The Stony Courtyard”) (XIX c.), The Ak Mosque (“The white Mosque”) – a small quarter mosque at the gates of Palvan-darvaza (1838-1842 cc.), The Pakhlavan Makhmud Memorial – the main cult center of Ichan Kala (1810-1913 cc.), The Islom Khodja Residence (1910) -The residence of the main vizier of the last Khiva khan . Free time. Night in Khiva.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Urgench (35 km, 30 min.) for the morning flight HY 1052 Urgench-Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent. Check-in at the hotel. City tour around Tashkent: visit The Khast Imam complex (16c), the library of Koran and other old manuscripts, Kukeldash Madrasa (16c), The local market “Chorsu”, The Museum of Applied Arts. Farewell dinner in a traditional Uzbek restaurant. Night in Tashkent
Breakfast. Transfer to the international airport of Tashkent for the morning flight