Uzbekistan tours

Heritage of Uzbekistan

Destination: Uzbekistan
Route: Tashkent - Khiva - Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand - Tashkent
Duration: 7 nights, 8 days

Day 1. Tashkent
Arrive to Tashkent International Airport. After passport and customs controls you will be met by your guide/driver. Tashkent - The Capital of Independent Uzbekistan, the cosmopolitan city in the heart of Central Asia, the crossroad of different cultures. Depart airport to hotel. Check in, rest. Dinner and o/n.

Day 2. Tashkent - Khiva
Early breakfast and transfer to the airport for the flight Tashkent-Urgench. Upon arrival drive to Khiva 30km and start your day by a walk into the splendid historical part of Khiva Ichan-Kala fort (IVc b.c-XXc). Your tour includes: Muhammad Aminkhan Madrasah and Kalta Minar (XIXc), Kunya Ark, the Museum of Zindan and Muhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah (XIXc), take a walk to The Mausoleum of local Saint Pakhlavan Makhmud (XIV-XXcc), Shergazi-khan Madrasah (XVIIIc), beautiful Minaret and Madrasah of Islam Khodja (XXc), Juma Mosque (Xc), Allakuli khan Madrasah and Caravan saray(XIXc), Tash-Khauli Palace and Harem (XIXc). Check in to the hotel and enjoy free time for a walk through old streets of Ichan-Kala and city walls. Dinner and o/n.

Day 3. Khiva Bukhara (450km)
Breakfast and start the drive to Bukhara through the Kyzyl-Kum desert, the second largest desert in Central Asia. On the way stop to see The Amu-Darya River, the largest river in Central Asia. Arrive to Bukhara check in to hotel. Dinner and o/n.

Day 4. Bukhara
City tour in Bukhara, the old center of Tajik culture, where locals speak Tajik language the dialect of Farsi. Explore one of the gems of Islamic architecture, the center of Mediaeval Islamic Education. Visit: The Ark(IVc b.c-XVIIc a.d), Bolo-Khauz Mosque(XVIIc), Samanids Mausoleum(IXc-Xc), Mausoleum of Chashmai-Ayub(XII-XVIcc), city walls (XVIc), Kalon Minaret (XIIc), Miri-Arab Madrasah(XVIc), Kalon Mosque(XVIc). Visit Madrasah Of Ulugbek (XVc), Madrasah of Abdul-Azizkhan(XVIIc), trade domes from (XVIcc), Magoki-Attor mosque(XIIc), Lyabi-Khauz complex consisting of Nadir-Divan Begi Madrasah(XVIIc) and Khanaka (XVIIc), and the Khauz-water-pond(XVIIc). Enjoy cultural performance in old madrassah. Dinner and o/n.

Day 5. Bukhara Shakhrisabz Samarkand (400 km)
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Shakhrisabz. Upon arrival city tour in Shakhrisabz, second major city of Tamerlanes Empire. Visit: Ruins of Ak-Saray Palace, Dorut-Tilovat and Dorus-Saodat Complex. Continue to Samarkand check-in to hotel and rest. Dinner and o/n.

Day 6. Samarkand
Breakfast and start SSG in the former capital of Tamerlanes Empire. City invaded by the horde of Mongols and destroyed to the ground, the Eden of the East; visit Gur-Emir mausoleum (XVc), Registan Square consisting of Ulugbek Madrassah (XVc), Sherdor Madrassah (XVIIc) and Tilla Kori Madrasah (XVIIc), the Museum of Ulugbeks observatory with the original part of main instrument sextant (XVc), Museum of Afrosiyab displaying the object from the archeological excavations (Vc b.c-XIIIc a.d), Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis (XI-XIVcc), lunch, and continue SSG by visiting Bibi-Khanum Mosque(XVc) and Siab bazaar, dinner and o/n.

Day 7. Samarkand Tashkent (320km)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Tashkent, through countryside, crossing The Sir-Darya River on the way, passing the parts of Pamir Mountains. Arrive to the capital and check in to hotel, short rest. Start SSG in Tashkent; visit the Museum of Applied Arts, Khazrat Imam Complex, Independence Square, and Monument of Courage.
Dinner and o/n.

Day 8. Tashkent
After breakfast check out the hotel for International flight back home.

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Useful Links
The Governmental portal of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National Company "Uzbekistan Airways"
National company "Uzbektourizm"
APTA - Association of Private Tourism Agencies