Description of the tour: Uzbekistan with its ancient monuments, rich NATURE and rapid modern development today attracts the attention of the whole world. During several centuries this country 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.
Day 1: Tashkent
Flight to Tashkent – capital city of Uzbekistan.
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Flight / Minivan / Bus (30km)
Arrival Tashkent early in the morning, transfer to the hotel.
After the breakfast, excursion along the city.
Nearly every trip to Uzbekistan begins from the capital city of Uzbekistan that is one of the biggest cities in Central Asia and has a history of more than 2200 years.
Today you will visit a wonderful complex Khast Imam located in the old part of the city which had being the biggest center of Islamic culture in Uzbekistan during thousand years. You will also have an opportunity to visit local bazaar Chorsu. This bazaar is one of the biggest and popular one in the capital. Under seven domes covered with colored ceramic piles there are pavilions where farmers sell products of own production. Here you can feel aromas of different eastern spices, vegetables and fruits.
Besides eastern atmosphere, Tashkent also has elements of modern city. By Tashkent metro we will reach the center of the city when we can see Amir Temur Square, Chimes and theatre square.
In the second half of the day we will have flight to Urgench.
On arrival, transfer to Khiva, check-in to the hotel.
Day 3: Khiva
Minivan / Bus
After breakfast start panoramic excursion along Khiva – one of the cities of the Great Silk Road which is well kept.
Previous capital city of Khiva khanate of 17th century even today keeps that mysterious atmosphere of the ancient eastern city. It is especially can be felt in the old part Ichan-Kala where a lot of historical-architectural monuments are situated. While walking in the labyrinth of narrow streets you will nearly find yourself in another epoch with palaces decorated with mosaic, mausoleums, mosques and madrasahs built of clay bricks. There are many columns and entrance doors around wonderfully and richly decorated by wooden carving – the art which was popular in Khiva from ancient times. Especially you will be impressed by the old fortress Ark, Tash Hovli palace, Djuma mosque (Friday mosque) and Pakhlavan Mahmud mausoleum. From far away you can recognize silhouette of Islam Khodja minaret. Many architectural buildings of Ichan-Kala city had been constructed at the period from the end of 18th century to the beginning of 19th century.
Khiva is included into the list of world heritage of UNESCO.
Day 4: Khiva - Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara via desert.
Arrival Bukhara by evening time.
CHECK-IN to the hotel and overnight.
Day 5: Bukhara
Minivan / Bus
Bukhara city also called “holy” or “blessed”. Monuments of ancient architecture in Bukhara are unique. Bukhara had been one of the most important trade centers on the Great Silk Road during many centuries, that is why there are majority of caravanserais and covered bazaars which attract tourists till our days.
Precious stone of the treasure of Central Asia is Samanids Mausoleum (9-10th cc.) which impresses by its ornament and brickwork.
Ark Citadel, Chor-Minor madrasah, Poyi Kalon ensemble, Ulugbek madrasah and other architectural monuments of great architectors of their time are located here in Bukhara.
Folk show program and dinner will be organized in Nodir Devonbegi madrasah.
Day 6: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand
After breakfast drive to Samarkand via Gijduvan city where you will visit madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdukhalil Gijduvany. We will visit a family that engaged in production of ceramic pottery and will take part in the production process.
Continue drive to Samarkand.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel and check-in.
Day 7: Samarkand – Tashkent
High speed train (354 km)
Brea kfast at the hotel.
Samarkand is one of the ancient cities in the world, contemporary of Athens, Roma and Babylon. Samarkand is more than 2500-years old. On the East Samarkand calls as “precious pearl”, appearance of the earth”.
Guri-Emir mausoleum and burial vault of Timurids dynasty from far away remembers a blue tulip with closed turquoise petals.
Registan Square is a heart of Samarkand. The square appeared many times before the Mongols invasion (18th century) as a place of city craftsmen and tradesmen crowding. The word Registan means “place on the sand”.
You will also visit Bibi-Khanum mosque (15th c.) and Shakhi-Zinda architectural ensemble (10-19th cc.) that consists of several mausoleums.
Later return back to Tashkent by high speed “Registan” train.
On arrival, meeting at the station and check-in to the hotel.
Day 8: Tashkent
Transfer to the international airport early in the morning.
Flight to the next destination.