The City Museums under the Open Air on the Great Silk Road

This tour is for you to explore all Uzbek cities that once used to be the part of Great Silk Road. Tour package consists of historical components, ceramic art, nature, best 12 days tour package for visiting the memorial complexes of Khiva - open air museum, holy Bukhara, Nurata, Aydarlake, legendary Samarkand and Tashkent.  

 

 

Itinerary

The City Museums under the Open Air on the Great Silk Road

Travel itinerary:Tashkent - Khiva - Bukhara – Nurata - Samarkand - Tashkent

Duration: 12 days, 11 nights

Kind of route: Airway, Train and motor coach tour

Best time to travel: april, may, june; august, september, october

Accommodation: single or double accommodations in hotels

Description: This tour is for you to explore Uzbek cities that once used to be the part of Great Silk Road. Traveling in major tourist cities of Uzbekistan. Tour package consists of historical components, ceramic art, nature, best 12 days tour package for visiting the memorial complexes of Khiva - open air museum, holy Bukhara, Nurata, Aydarlake, legendary Samarkand and Tashkent.

DAY

ITINERARY

01

Tashkent 
Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel 
Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent

02

Tashkent 
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion over Tashkent, one of the largest ancient cities in Central Asia, capital of Uzbekistan. In Uzbek, Tashkent means "the Stone City" and is also known as a city of striking contrasts. You will see both old and modern city. First, we begin with old part of the city; Khazrat-Imam Complex including Madrasseh Barak-Khan (XVI c.); Jami Mosque (XIX c.); Mausoleum of Kaffal-Shoshi (XV c.). Madrasseh of Kukeldash (XV c.). Modern Part of the city: Visiting Museum of Applied Arts, Opera and Ballet Theater named by Alisher Navoiy. Dinner at hotel restaurant. 
Overnight in Tashkent.

03

Tashkent - Urgench 
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Airport. Flight Tashkent – Urgench. Arrival in Urgench and transfer to hotel. Excursion over Urgench city. Urgench is a city where the atmosphere of joy and comfort is carefully created. Here you would find lots of green parks and vast squares like the Avesta Square, the Manguberdi Square and the square around the Clock Tower. Several ancient fuins, fortresses and mausoleums are also scattered around the city. Urgench is also known as the birth place of the famous medieval mathematician and the inventor of contemporary algebra al-Kwarizmi. His large statue is also an important sight to be seen during a vacation in Urgench. 
Overnight Khiva.

04

Khiva 
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion over Khiva: Ichan-Kala architectural ensemble - "Museum under the open sky". History of Khoresm dates so long back to ancient times that only few civilizations can equal its age. You will see palaces with the rich mosaic, unique beautiful minarets, madrasahs and mosques such as: Mausoleum of Pahlavan Makhmud (XVII-XIX), Tosh-Khowli Palace (Harem) (1830-1836), Kunya-Ark Fortress (1868-1888), Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855), Medrese of Shergazi-Khan (1718-1720), Complex of Alla-Kuli Khan (XIII-XVIII), Juma Mosque and Minaret (XII-XX), Karavan-Saray (XVIII), Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam (1908-1910), Tim of Ala-Kulikhan (XIX), Medrese of Abdulla-Khan (1865), Mausoleum of Said Alautdin (XIV), Medrese of Mukhamad Amin-Khan (XIX), Walls of Ichan-Kala (XVIII-XIX), Palvan-Darvaza Gate (XIX). (Architectural complex of Ichan-Kala is a mini town and excursion is held inside of Ichon-Kala by walk). LUNCH. Continuation of the fascinating excursion. DINNER. 
Overnight in Khiva.

05

Khiva – Bukhara (500 km by Bus) 
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara via the Kizilkum desert. Stop en route near the Amu Darya River and for picnic lunch. Arrival Bukhara, hotel check-in, free time. DINNER 
Overnight in Bukhara.

06

Bukhara 
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion over Bukhara: As mentioned in the holy Avesta book Bukhara is one of the most ancient Uzbek towns built on the sacred hill of spring time offerings put by Zoroastrians. The name "Bukhara" is derived from Sanskrit denoting "temple, cloister". This city was once a big commercial centre on the Great Silk Road, including: Ark Fortress (VII-XIX); Mausoleum of Ismail Samani (X), Medrese of Ulugbek (1417), Poi-Kalyan Complex including: Minaret of Kalyan (XII), Medrese of Mir-Arab (XVI), Kalyan Mosque (XV); LUNCH. Continuation of excursion over Bukhara: Taki-Zargaron Dome Bazar (XVI), Demonstration of silk production and materials, Lyabi-Khauz Mosque (XVI-XVII), Chor-Minor Medrese (1807). Dinner at Medrese Nadir Devan Begi with folklore show. (by request) 
Overnight in Bukhara.

07

Bukhara - Nurota - Aydarkul 
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Nurota via Gijduvan. Arrival in Gijduvan (80 km). Excursion program in Gijduvan, Ceramic studio. Lunch in Gijduvan Ceramic studio. Departure to Nurota- Aydarkul (180 km). Arrival to Nurota. Excursion program over Nurota: the Mosque of Brothers Khasan and Khusayn (15 - 17th c.), Sheikh Khasan Nuri Madrasah, Namazgokha Mosque (16th c.), ruins of ancient fortress. Departure to Aydarkul. Arrival in Aydarkul, accommodation in Yurts. Dinner in traditional Kazakh Yurts. 20:00 Enjoy with songs of Bakhshi - desert singer, around the fire. 
Overnight in Yurts.

08

Aydarkul 
Breakfast in the Yurta. Camel riding from Yurts to Aydarkul Lake. Arrival in Aydarkul lake, bird watching and fishing at the Aydarkul lake, be witness of scaling, cooking of delicious fish and enjoy fresh air. Enjoy with fresh cooked fish -lunch. Dinner. 
Overnight in Yurts.

09

Aydarkul - Samarkand 
Breakfast in the Yurta. Departure to Samarkand (200 km). Arrival in Samarkand, accommodation at hotel. Lunch. Half day excursion program over Samarkand. "The town of Blue domes". The history of Samarkand dates back to 2500 years and more from now landmarks dated back to the times of the Timur Dynasty and is of the same importance as architectural masterpieces of ancient Egypt, China, India, Greece and Rome. Visiting Registan square including: Madrasseh of Ulugbek (XIV), Sherdor Madrasseh (XVII) and Tillya Kari Madrasseh (XVII), Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XV c.),Rukhabad Mausoleum (1380s) LUNCH. Continuation of excursion: Visiting Ulughbek's Observatory (XV.), Afrosiab Museum, Shakhi Zinda Mausoleum (XII-XVI cc). Dinner. 
Overnight in Samarkand.

10

Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand 
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Shakhrisabz. Arrival in Shakhrisabz Excursion program over Shakhrisabz: Ak-Saray Palace (14-15 cc.), Darus-Saodat, Dorut-Tillavat Complexes (15-16 cc.), Ulugbek's Gumbazi-Seyidan Makbarat, Kok-Cumbaz Mosque (15 cc.). Driving back to Samarkand Arrival in Samarkand. 
Overnight in Samarkand.

11

Samarkand – Tashkent (by train) 
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Visiting Bibi- Khanum mosque and world famous Siyab Bazaar (oriental Market). 16:00 Transfer to Railway station. 17:00 – Transfer to Tashkent (Afrosiyab – fast train). Arrival in Tashkent and accommodation at hotel. DINNER. 
Overnight in Tashkent.

12

Tashkent 
Transfer to the airport. Departure home with great memories and experiences about Uzbekistan.

Hotel options: To make your stay pleasantly in Uzbekistan, we offer you 2 different Deluxe (3* or 4*) or Budget (2* or 3*) hotel options. Also for your convenience, according to your desire and budget you can choose any accommodation in Uzbekistan hotel list, and let us know by filling special cells - hotel name and room type in tour request form.

Hotels in Cities

Deluxe Option

Budget Option

Tashkent

“Miran International” 5*
or City Palace 4*

“Grand Orzu” 3* or similar

Khiva

Khorezm Palace 4*
or Asia Khiva 3*

Hotel Kala 2* or similar

     

Aydarkul

Yurts

Yurts

Samarkand

hotel Konstantin 4* or Regal Palace 4*

“Malika Classic” 3* or similar

Bukhara

Asia Bukhara 3*

hotel Rangrez 3* or similar

Standard tour price includes:

Accommodation;

Breakfasts;

Transportation with A/C throughout the whole trip;

Sightseeing tour program in all cities, including entrance fees to sights, museums, mausoleums, except camera/video fees;

Air-tickets for domestic flights;

Visa support;

Escort guide;

Lunches and dinners;

Tour price does not include:

Hotel charges for additional services;

Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance Visa;

International flight tickets;

Personal insurance and any items not mentioned above.

 

 

 

 

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