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  • While it doesn't get a lot of attention, Uzbekistan is a life-changing destination for all who are smart enough to visit. This 13 days tour will take you through some of the greatest cultural highlights the country has to offer. Marvel at the gorgeous mosques in Samarkand, immerse yourself in the diverse culture of ancient Bukhara, experience dynamic city of Tashkent, Central Asia's main political and transportation hub. Tashkent, being the capital of Uzbekistan harmonically embodies the elegance of modern times and rich historical heritage. You’ll be moving from city to city in the comfort of high-speed Afrosiyob train and have an excellent opportunity to see the country’s landscapes and the daily lives of ordinary Uzbek people leaving in rural areas.   

    For a thousand years, the Silk Route, the greatest land based trading highway the world has seen, wound its way from China, through Central Asia to Europe. Today, it is the independent state of Uzbekistan that contains some of the most interesting sites and this trip is designed to visit the great cities that survive from this legendary era. Discover the highlights of Uzbekistan on this 13-day train tour. Starting in Tashkent we follow the old caravan route south where we’ll see the fine Islamic architecture of Bukhara and Samarkand.

    Highlights also include the excursion in Tashkent, that harmonically embodies the elegance of modern times and rich historical heritage. The history of Tashkent starts back 2200 years ago. Nowadays, it is a home for excellent museums, opera and theatres, medieval architecture as well as fine dining.

    Program at glance

    Arrive by plane to Tashkent and take an excursion along Tashkent that will undoubtedly surprise you with the beauty of historical and modern monuments. 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. 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. 

    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
    • 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
    • Tashkent metro - Tashkent has an impressively decorative metro system (similar to the famous Moscow metro). Each station is unique, everything from cupolas, colonnades and chandeliers to Timurid tiles and cosmonaut-inspired art. Kosmonaut station is particularly beautiful with exquisite blue tiles and spooky 1960s glass cladding on the pillars.
    • Khivawas an ancient trading post/oasis on the Silk Road. It was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. The city is a the pearl of eastern middle age architecture.
    • Feghana ValleyFrom cities with stunning architecture to breathtaking scenery to fabulous handmade silks and ceramics, a visit to Fergana Valley is sure to intrigue the intrepid explorer.
    • Aydarkul Lake - stay overnight in the Yurt Camp, located in the vast expanses of the majestic Kyzyl Kum desert, next to Aydarkul lake
    Itinerary program
    day
    1
    Arrive Tashkent

     

    Arrive in Tashkent by flight, welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Standard check-in after 14:00.

    In the afternoon, we’ll have a city tour, starting with Khast Imam Complex – a religious center of the city consisting of Tillya Sheikh MosqueBarakkhan MadrasahKaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with original Uthman’s Quran of the VIII century.

    We’ll explore traditional Chor-Su Bazaar – oldest in Tashkent where you can buy souvenirs, watch Uzbek bread baking process in traditional oven, taste some local food.

    We will use Tashkent Metro with its amazing interiors, visiting modern part of Tashkent: Independence Square – symbol of Uzbek capital and popular place for people, and Amir Timur Square – the heart of the city, established on the intersection of two ancient trade roads, with many modern buildings.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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    2
    Tashkent – Kokand

    Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station at 07:00 for train Tashkent-Kokand, departing at 08:07. Arrive in Kokand at 12:13, pick up at the railway station and starting city tour: Juma (Friday) Mosque, Khudoyar-Khan Palace.

    Drive to Rishtan town, famous for ceramic production where you’ll visit the house of a well-known ceramic master. Drive back to Kokand.

    Overnight at the hotel. 

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    3
    Kokand – Margilan – Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Margilan city, well known by its silk production. If Thursday or Sunday, we can visit Kumtepa bazaar, full of handmade silk, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

    We’ll visit Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrassah, nowadays it houses artisans’ shops with handmade carpets and silk. Continue to Yodgorlik Silk factory to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns.

    Transfer to the railway station for train Margilan-Tashkent, departing at 16:48. Arrive in Tashkent at 21:38, transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel. 

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    4
    Tashkent – Samarkand

    Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station for morning train Tashkent-Samarkand.

    Arrive in Samarkand and meet your guide. We’ll start sightseeing from Gur Emir Mausoleum (tomb of Tamerlane), continue with iconic Registan Square (which means “desert” in Persian) and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah (XV c), Sher-Dor Madrassah (XVII c), and Tillya-Kari Madrassah (XVII c) – covered with gold.

    Visit to Shakhi Zinda Necropolis  – ensemble including mausoleums and other ritual buildings of IX-XIV and XIX CC, Ulughbek Observatory, built in XV century by Timurid ruler and astronomer, Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Amir Timur for his favorite wife in XV century.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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    5
    Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel. Continue sightseeing in Samarkand: ancient settlement and museum of Afrosiab, and Tombstone of Saint Daniyar. The prophet Daniyar (Daniel) is revered by three world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and mausoleum is still a pilgrimage place for the followers of all three Abrahamic religions. 

    Drive to Konigil village to visit Samarkand Paper Mill “Meros”, where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient technology.

    Overnight at the hotel. 

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    6
    Samarkand – Aydar Lake

    Breakfast at the hotel. Today we’ll depart to Aydar Lake (Aydarkul) in Kyzylkum Desert, where we’ll stay in the yurt camp – our home for the night!

    We can go camel riding through the desert and visit a local village Dungalak.

    In the evening, we’ll eat under the stars and listen to folk songs around the campfire.

    Overnight in the yurt.

    day
    7
    Aydar Lake – Bukhara

    After breakfast, we can spend time at Aydar Lake at leisure, the car will be at your disposal.

    In the afternoon, we’ll leave the yurt camp and set off to Bukhara. We’ll stop in Nurata, a small town full of legends set in the foothills of the Nuratau Mountains. We’ll visit ruins and fortifications from the time of Alexander the Great; a holy spring; and the medieval Namazgokh Mosque.

    Free evening in Bukhara.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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    8
    Bukhara

    Breakfast at the hotel. Today we’ll see Ark Fortress – residence of Bukhara khans (closed on Wednesday), Bolo Hauz Mosque, Samanids Mausoleum – Shrine of Ismail Samani and other members of the Samanid Dynasty, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum – Saint Job’s well.

    Continue to Poi-Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret through orient bazaars with trade domes and other sights, Ulugbek Madrassah, Abdulazizkhan Madrassah. Visiting Lyabi Hauz complex consisting of Kukeldash Madrassah, Magoki Attori Mosque now used as a carpet museum, Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah and Nadir Divan-begi Khanaka, Fayzulla Khodjaev Museum, and Zindan (Prison).

    Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    9
    Bukhara

    Breakfast at the hotel. Today we’ll drive outside Bukhara for sightseeing: 

    Chor Minor Mosque, Sitorai Mokhi Khosa – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara,Baghautdin Nakhshbandi Mausoleum – center of Sufism and most important pilgrimage site, Chor Bakr Necropolis –city of the dead. You can have a lunch at café Chor Bakr, famous among locals, serving best kebabs in the area.

    Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    10
    Bukhara – Khiva

    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station for morning/afternoon train Bukhara-Khiva (5-7h). Pick up at the station, transfer to the hotel, and time at leisure.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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    11
    Khiva

    Breakfast at the hotel.Today we’ll explore ancient inner town Ichan Kala (UNESCO World Heritage site, XIV-XX CC) – big open air museum consisting of Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Rahim Khan Madrassah, Juma Mosque of X century, Tash Hauli – main palace of Khiva rulers, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    12
    Khiva – Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport in Urgench (40 min from Khiva), for morning/afternoon flight to Tashkent. Pick up in Tashkent, transfer to the hotel, standard check-in after 14:00. Free time.

    Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    13
    Departure

    Transfer to the airport for onward flight. End of services.

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    tour themeTour theme: Culture/Arts
    tour durationDuration: 13 days
    tour pathPath: Tashkent - Fergana Valley - Samarkand - Aydarkul - Bukhara - Khiva - Tashkent
    tour difficultyDifficulty level: Easy
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    4 $1270 $1530
    Single supplement  $220 $275

     

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    Tashkent Bek Tashkent or similar Miran International 3
    Kokand Khan Hotel Silk Road Kokand 1
    Bukhara Komil Boutique   Asia BukharaShakhriston Voyage 1
    Samarkand Rabat
    DiliMah Luxury or similar 2
    Khiva Euro Asia or similar Asia Khiva or similar 2
    Aydarkul Yurt    1

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    PACKAGE INCLUDES:

    • - Visa support (if required)
    • - Accommodation (DBL/TWN room with breakfast at hotels, shared basis in yurts)
    • - Ground transportation in private, air-conditioned vehicle
    • - Train tickets Tashkent-Kokand, Margilan-Tashkent, Tashkent-Samarkand, Bukhara-Khiva/Urgench (economy): Train tickets are subject to availability if any official events/delegations etc, we reserve the right to change the program and/or substitute trains by other transport; Special note on Bukhara-Khiva/Urgench train: 1) if daytime train with seats, economy class tickets will be provided; 2) if night train with berths, coupe (shared compartment for 4 pax) tickets will be provided.
    • - Flight tickets Urgench-Tashkent (economy)
    • - English speaking local guides for city tours (Days 1-5, 8, 9, 11)
    • - 24-hour customer support hotline in all destinations
    • - Entrance fees for the sights
    • - Meals on Days 6-7 (1L, 1D, 1B)
    • - Drinking water during sightseeing
    • - All applicable local taxes.

     

    PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • - Visa fees
    • - Early check-ins / late check-outs
    • - Single supplement
    • - Photo/video fees at sights
    • - Extra services
    • - Lunches and dinners
    • - Insurance
    • - Gratuities (recommended)
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