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  • Uzbekistan is a delightful country which contains many cultural and historical treasures. This is the land of the great Khanates and Sultanates, the kingdoms that controlled the towns of the Silk Road such as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Numerous historic monuments of these cities were included to the Global Heritage List. The Uzbek capital is Tashkent, which started life as a little oasis at the hills of the Golestan mountains several thousand years ago and has grown into the colossal city that it is today. The city has a myriad of statues, museums and art galleries to explore.

    Uzbekistan is most famous for its incredible historical cities. Samarkand was once home of the mighty warlore Timur, and home of the great Registan Square, where beautiful madrassas are loaded down with ornate majolica and azure mosaics. Bukhara perfectly captures the atmosphere of Central Asia before the Russian domination, and has many spectacular buildings such as the Ark Fortress, the Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and the Kalyan Minaret (Death Tower).

    The third of the main UNESCO sites is Khiva and is the best preserved Khanate. Its long and bloody history is fascinating, and the walls that used to provide sanctuary for the travellers on the Silk Road are as intact as the old town inside.

    Program at glance

    Arrive by plane to visit the evocative city of Khiva, one of the most complete and best-preserved cities on the ancient Silk Road. The journey then moves to Bukhara. It was the beauty of the Kalyan minaret that saved it from being destroyed by Ghengis Khan in 1220 when the rest of the city was razed to the ground.  The next stage is to Samarkand, which survived the arrival of Islam, the havoc of the Mongolian hordes and then flowered under the rule of Tamerlane. Then you will take Afrosiyob speed train that will take you back to Tashkent

    Tour Highlights
    • Tashkent - Wander through Tashkent's bazaar for a wonderful insight into daily life and mingle with the locals in the lively Chorsu market
    • Khiva - Visit to the most romantic city on the Silk Road, a UNESCO protected site and perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the Silk Road cities
    • Bukhara - Admire Islamic architecture, browse bustling bazaars and take tea adjacent to the beautiful pool of Lyab-i-Khauz
    • Samarkand - Discover the cultural gem of the Silk Road and visit the awe-inspiring restored madrassas standing on three sides of Registan Square
    Itinerary program
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    Arrive Tashkent

    Arrival in Tashkent. Meet your driver and transfer to the hotel. Check in at noon. Free day. Overnight at the hotel.

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    Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva

    Early breakfast. At 06:00 transfer to the domestic airport for flight HY051 to Urgench departing at 07:50 (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Arrival in Urgench at 09:30, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min.). Leave your luggage at the reception desk and start guided walking sightseeing tour (4-5 hours). Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress. In Ichan-Qala fortress visit Kunya-Ark, Sayeed Alauddin Mausoleum, Arab-Mukhamadkhan Madrasah, Oq-Masjid Mosque, Madrasah of Hodjan Berdi-biya, Shirgazikhan, Abdullakhan, Juma Mosque, Allakulikhan Madrasah, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

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    Khiva – Bukhara

    After breakfast depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.). The Great Silk Road once routed from Khiva to Bukhara through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Dinner and national show at Nodir Devan Begi Madrasah.

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    Bukhara

    Breakfast. In the morning start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara that will last around 6-7 hours.
    Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums.

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    Bukhara - Samarkand

    At 08:00 depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). On the way stop at Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Continue driving. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel.
    Later start Samarkand sightseeing tour (3-4 hours). Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Siab Bazaar. Free evening.

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    Samarkand - Tashkent

    In the morning meet with your guide and driver at the lobby of the hotel. Continue sightseeing: visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek observatory, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
    At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:30 (300 km) and arriving in Tashkent at 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel.

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    Tashkent

    Guided sightseeing (4-5 hours) in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran, holy book, of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center, stroll around Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Farewell lunch in one of the restaurants in Tashkent. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

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    Tashkent – departure

    Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

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    tour themeTour theme: Facts, Culture/Arts
    tour durationDuration: 8 days
    tour pathPath: Tashkent - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
    tour difficultyDifficulty level: Easy
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    2 $1150 $1450
    4 $970 $1370
    6 $900 $1300
    8 $860 $1260
    10 $840 $1240
    Single supplement  $190 $280

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    Tashkent Uzbekistan, Shodlik Palace Lotte City HotelMiran International 3
    Khiva Euro Asia, Old Khiva Asia Khiva 1
    Bukhara Omar Khayyam, Devon Begi   Asia Bukhara 2
    Samarkand Grand Samarkand, Diyora Registan Plaza 1

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    Included services
    • Visa invitation letter;
    • Transport service on comfortable tourist class vehicle (a certain type of vehicle is provided depending on the group size);
    • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Urgench;
    • Double/twin & Single sharing accommodation in the hotels with full breakfast;
    • English speaking guide accompanying you during the entire itinerary;
    • Sightseeing with a local English speaking guide in each city;
    • Economy class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
    • Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights ;
    • FREE HUGS.
    Not included services
    • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
    • Fees for the use of cameras and videos in the monuments and tourist sites;
    • Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings, tickets for a theatre and visits to museums which are not specified in the program);
    • Alcohol drinks;
    • Personal items;
    • Full board (lunch and dinner);
    • Charges in hotels for additional services;
    • Early check-ins / late check-outs;
    • International air tickets;
    • Travel insurance.
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