“Pearl Cities of Uzbekistan” TOUR ITINERARY
Day1. Homeland - Tashkent
Arrival in the morning, transfer to hotel for early check-in. After breakfast, we begin the tour visiting the capital, almost entirely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1966 Visit of the monuments of medieval city, the capital of which is located on the Silk Road that ran between Europe and Asia. The scientists consider Tashkent to be 25 centuries old - from the first settlements till the modern megalopolis with the towering buildings, crowded avenues and heavy traffic. We start our tour with the old city: the complex of Hazrat Imams, which includes the Barak Khan madrassah (XVI century), the old mosque Djami (Friday) still in the work, and the mausoleum of Kaffal Chachi - the tomb of a great philosopher, poet and teacher of Islam lived in the tenth century. Then we will stop at the bazaar Charsu, the city's most famous farmer's market and a great place to meet many locals coming from the surrounding countryside dressed in traditional costumes. Finally modern city tour: the Independence Square, the square of Amir Temur, the Theatre Square. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day2. Tashkent – Urgench - Khiva
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the domestic flight, direct to Urgench capital of the province of Khorezm. Arrival in Urgench. Meeting with the driver and starting to Khiva (30 km). Now Khiva is a large open-air museum. The city tour includes (The order of the visits will be determined by the guide): the Kunya Ark of the seventeenth century; Fortress and residence of the rulers of Khiva, in which there are the harem, the mint, the stables, the armory, barracks, mosque and the palace stables Tosh-Hovli; the Djuma mosque or Friday Mosque, with 213 carved wooden columns supporting the ceiling; the mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud. Free time.
Dinner. Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast. Today continue our excursion Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855), Medrese of Mukhamad Amin-Khan (XIX), Kunya-Ark Fortress (1868-1888). the minaret and the medrasa of Islam Khodja (1908-1910). Lunch time. After lunch free time.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day4. Khiva – Bukhara (500 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara via the Kizilkum desert.
En-route stop to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya river. Arrival in Bukhara, hotel check-in, free time. Dinner.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast. Full day excursion to Bukhara. The Bukhara city tour: Ark citadel, mausoleum of Samanids, Poi Kalon complex, Chashmayi Ayyub mausoleum and the local bazaar, Lyabi Khauz complex and the trade complexes of Bukhara. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast. Today you will visit the monuments outside the city of Bukhara which will include: the Naqshbandi necropolis, the summer residence of the emirs of Bukhara - Sitorai Mokhi Khossa, Chor Minor and the Chor Bakr necropolis. In the afternoon you will have some free time to enjoy walking in the old, narrow streets of Bukhara.
Day7. Bukhara – Shahrisabz – Samarkand
Breakfast. Morning drive to Samarkand through Shahrisabz. City tour around Shahrisabz: the ruins of Ak-Saray palace (“the White Palace”) – Tamerlane’s summer residence (XIV-XV cc.). 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” – was built by Ulugbek on behalf of his father Shakhrukh (XV c.).
Arrival to Samarkand and check-in at the hotel. Dinner.
Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast. Full day Samarkand city tour: the majestic Registan place with its 3 magnificent madrasas, Bibi Khanum mosque, Shakhi Zinda necropolis, the observatory of Ulughbeg, the museum and archaeological site Afrosiab and Saint Daniel's tomb. The best definition for this city is "the crossroads of cultures". The history of Samarkand begins in the mists of time. Dinner in a traditional house with local specialty “Uzbek Plov". Overnight at hotel.
Day9. Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast. After breakfast visit the mausoleum of Tamerlane (Guri - Amir), built by the order of Tamerlane for his nephew Mukhammad Sultan, who died in 1403, which houses the remains of the sultan and his family. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour.
16:00 Transfer to the station to catch the high speed train to Tashkent (2h10m), arrival and dinner time. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day10. Tashkent - departure
Breakfast. Return flight to Homeland with great expressions!
*The end of the tour
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