14 days / 13 nights
Duration
7
Hotels

During several centuries Uzbekistan had been situated on the crossroad of different routes of the Great Silk Road through which a lot of tradesmen, geographers, missioners as well as tourists traveled.

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Day 1: Tashkent

Flight
Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel.
Depending on arrival sightseeing:
Modern Tashkent:
-Independent Square
-Museum Of History
-Oper
-Amir Timur park
-Underground.

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Day 2: Tashkent- Chimgan mountains-Charvak

Train (90km)
Transfer to the mountain. Start trekking program.
Marble River – Canon (Waterfall) – 12 marble baths – Pass (1850m) – Kumbel Mountain – Apple orchards – gigantic marble baths – Beldersay
Rich flora, beautiful marble jacuzzi and panoramic view to the south-east the snowy peaks of the Chatkal Range
12 km – 5-6 hours walk + some time for lunch
Climb up 300 m
Climb down 300 m
Trail
Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 3: Chimgan – Kiziljar peak (1800m) – Ishaakkuprik – Pyramids

Bus
After breakfast transfer to the next step of the trek.
All the way the route overlooking the Chimgan village, top of Chimgan, Charvak reservoir and all the mountains and countryside around us.
Trail and mountain ground road
17 km – 6.5 hours walk + some time for lunch
Climb up 300 m
Climb down 300 m
Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 4: Small Chimgan (2100m)-Tashkent

Bus (90km)
Birch grove – Gulkam – Canon of Gulkam gorge – water pipes – Mazarsay – Yangikul village –
From the top of the small Chimgan we can see all the villages around the Charvak reservoir as well as peaks of Kyrgyz snowy mountains, peaks of hunting, Ugam and Koksoy ridges. The rest of the canon we can either pass by ropes with belay or we can bypass the canon.
10 km – 7 hours walk
Climb up 700 m
Climb down 600 m
Trail
Transfer to Tashkent. Accommodation. Overnight.

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Day 5: Tashkent-Samarkand

Train 761
Transfer to the train station and departure to Samarkand by fast train “Afrosiab”.
Upon arrival sightseeing in Samarkand.

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Day 6: Samarkand-Ok Soi village-Samarkand

Bus
Today a piece of experience in the program. That visit is an authentic pilgrimage to “Cave of St. David”*** (1).
Return to Samarkand.

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Day 7: Samarkand-Eski Forish

Bus
Transfer to Eski Forisch area, where national Guest houses are situated *** (2). Here our guests can experience the everyday life of Uzbek village. Overnight in the Guest house.

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Day 8: Eski Forish-Aydarkul See-Yurt camp “Qizilqum Safari”

Bus
Transfer to Aydarkul Lake. Picknich.
Transfer to yurtcamp “Qizilkum Safari”
Accommodation. Today you have opportunity to experience nomadic life.Camel riding to the flock.
Overnight in the yurt.

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Day 9: Yurt Camp-Bukhara

Bus
Transfer to Bukhara. Upon arrival walk to the Lyabi House Square.

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Day 10: Bukhara

Bus
Sightseeing in Bukhara by bikes.

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Day 11: Bukhara -Khiva

Bus (480km)
Transfer to Khiva through Kyzylkum desert. Break at Amudarya river for taking photos. Arrival in the hotel.

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Day 12: Khiva

Bus
Sightseeing in Khiva.

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Day 13: Khiva-Urgench

Bus (480km) / Flight
Transfer to Urgench airport and flight to Tashkent. Having rest in Tashkent. The last possibility for shopping in Uzbekistan in popular “Chorsu Bazaar” situated in the Old City.

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Day 14: Tashkent

Flight
Transfer to the airport. Return flight.

*** (1) Today a very special trip is on a plan. We drive from Samarkand to a small village in the mountains around. From here we go with many locals on a pilgrimage over the mountain to the cave of St. David. From toddlers to the elderly, the locals make this pilgrimage. Tourists, however, are very rarely seen here. The rise itself takes about 1.5 hours of 1303 steps up on the ladders, which may be even longer, because our guests always like to enter and stay at the booths and huts of friendly locals. We also have scheduled no rush and the whole day is dedicated for this unique experience. Behind a ridge we go back down for a bit, until we reach the entrance of the cave. Here the St. David was hiding from his unbelieving persecutors, who wanted to kill him, leaving traces of his hands in the rock. According to the Bible God had endowed him with special powers.
You finally stand at the entrance to the cave, you have to expect long queues, which is sometimes too big. But when you finally reach the interior, an atmospheric ceremony expects you in the cave that will remain long in the memory.
The way down to the village we can take a different path, instead of the ladders on the ascent. This allows seeing other views of the mountains. Down in the village, we still have to prepare our food with the locals.
– Drive about 1.5 hours

***(2) Then we go further in the Nurata Mountains, in the region Tabiati Forisch, where we arrive early afternoon to the village of Ashraf. We live in a family guest house and get acquainted with the authentic life of the locals. Lunch will be served at the farmer’s family in the guest house. We dwell a little on the shady places. Later in the afternoon we go on a leisurely hike through the beautiful mountain landscape and enjoy the fantastic views. For dinner we go back in the guest house.

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