Uzbek treasure 8
Time of the tour: 11 days
Places to visit: Tashkent- Nukus - Kungrat - Sudochye - Aral Sea - Muinak - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
Day 1: Tashkent
Welcome to Uzbek treasure 8. The guide will meet you at the airport and drive to the city. On reaching, you will have the city tour and visit Independence square as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Then walk to local Broadway and take photos of stunning views. We will drive to Tashkent metro and learn more about its history where the first line was opened in 1977. In the afternoon, we will visit Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex and enjoy seeing several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. It is worth visiting Othman Quran of the 8th century. Quran dedicated to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph who was the four blameless Caliphs who flourished the prophet Muhammad. Othman was murdered by unknown in 8th century. Transfer to a hotel for rest.
Day 2: Tashkent- Nukus (morning flight)
In the morning you will have a flight to Nukus. On arrival to the city tour. Visit the Museum of Savitsky which parades the masterpieces of outlawed art. Museum assembles 20th century Russian avant-garde paintings, works of Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group. The steward of the Karakalpakstan state museum of art collected the artworks in 1960s. He obtained expelled works from hounded soviet artists and placed them in this remote central Asian art-house. In the afternoon, we will drive outside of Nukus to see Mizdakhan cemetery which used to be some ancient city centuries ago. Night is in a hotel.
Day 3: Nukus - Kungrat - Sudochye - Aral Sea (420 km, 9 hours)
The tour will start by a long drive to Aral Sea where you will pass over Nukus - Kungrad - Plato Ustyurt - Sudochye Lake - Aral Sea. We will have a break at Gaur Kala Fortress or "fortress of the infidels", constructed around the IV century B.C. The height of walls which surpasses ten meters and bounded by the conserved till our days a few grips. When you arrive to Aral Sea you will have an opportunity to explore the backgrounds. Overnight is in tents.
Day 4: Aral Sea - Muinak - Nukus (440 km, 9 hours)
The tour will start by travelling to the charming canyons of Ustyurt and drive to Muinak by the dried bottom of the sea. Muynak is one of the outstanding examples of the natural catastrophe in the region. It was the largest Karakalpakstan's port and Aral Sea center of fishery. On arrival in Muinak travelers will visit the boneyard of ship in ex-shore of the Aral Sea and town museum. Upon arrival to Nukus. Night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Nukus - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva (290 km, 6 hours)
In the morning we will travel to Khiva. It is the ancient city in Uzbekistan. On arrival, you will learn more about Khorezmshah's State with its capital in Urgench. In the 10th century Khiva is revealed as a most important trading center on the Silk Road where caravans travelled to China and back with camels. Later on we will visit two famous fortresses as Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. Ayaz Qala is an antique castle of Khorezm belonged to the warrior-slave Ayaz. He was a Turkic folklore hero. Fortress was found in the II century AD. Tuprak Qala, means "clay fort", was the stately city of Khorezmian ruler Artav. Some sources said that the fortress was built in I or II century AD. It was engaged until 6th century AD. Transfer to a hotel for rest.
Day 6: Khiva city tour
Today you will have a sightseeing tour in the oldest city of Uzbekistan. It will be inside of Ichan Qala, the inner city in Khiva smoothed with solid walls. You will see sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses altered Ichan Qala into city-tribute. Ichan Qala comprises of over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments. In 1969 Ichan Qala was chosen a historical and architectural conservation area. The most notable sites in it are the Kunya Ark fortress originated in the 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, an implausible sample of Khorezm architectural mastership of 1830s. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Khiva - Bukhara (440 km, 7 hours)
Early in the morning is transfer to Bukhara. Being there on tours you will find more than 140 architectural monuments. Bukhara is also called "town museum" belonging to the Middle Ages. The city entails of narrow streets, green parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments have its place to dissimilar periods. The road from Khiva to Bukhara drives via famous Kizilkum desert. Travelers will enjoy the view to Amu Darya river. It is the deepest river in Central Asia, shaped by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flowing into Aral See. On arrival in Bukhara you will have free time. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 8: Bukhara
Today is the city tour of Bukhara. Visit the 4th century Citadel Ark which attended as a palace for numerous empires of Bukhara Empire. You will admire the Samanids mausoleum of the 9th -10th century and travel to see Chashma Ayub or Job's well and Bolo Hauz mosque where you can find forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. You will walk along the shopping domes and visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara as Nodir Divan Begi belonging to the Lyabi House Ensemble. The tour will end with visiting Poi Kalon complex where you can see three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries. They include Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 9: Bukhara - Samarkand (290 km, 3.5 hrs)
Today is transfer to Samarkand situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan like Babylon or Rome. Today you will visit its most remaining sights such as Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square will impress travelers by three stunning Madrasahs of the 15-17th centuries, Shakhi Zindeh symbolizes a big collection of mausoleums of the 11th-15 centuries which later included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque is dedicated to favorite Tamerlane's wife, after his positive operation in India. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 10: Samarkand - Tashkent (train)
The tour will be continued in Samarkand city. Visit Ulughbek observatory from the 15th century, found by Ulughbek. He was one of the most well-known Samarkand potentates and experts. Ulughbek produced in 1437 the "Zidji Guragoni" catalog, which had info about 1018 celestial bodies. Inopportunely, he was killed by order of his own son. We will walk along the local Broadway encircled by souvenir shops, teahouses, sweets and workshops as well as national bazaar Siab, oriental bazaar. Being there you will have an opportunity to find Uzbek traditional handmade products and local sweets. In the afternoon is transfer to Tashkent by train. Night is in a hotel.
Day 11: Flight
Transfer to airport. Uzbek treasure 8 is finished. We hope you satisfied on tours.
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 075 $
04 pax - 915 $
06 pax - 845 $
08 pax - 815 $
10 pax - 770 $
Single - 100 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
*Half board - 75 $
*Full board - 135 $
*Entrance fees - 75 $ available with escort guide only
Local guides - 220 $ per group
Escort guide - 580 $ per group
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Nukus - "Jipek Joli" Hotel 3*
Aral Sea - "Tents"
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
- Train tickets Samarkand - Tashkent
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Tashkent - Nukus flight from 90 $