The Uzbek Heritage on the Great Silk Road 7/6
Traveling in major tourist cities of Uzbekistan. Short tour program with a visit to the cities of Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara.
Travel itinerary: Milan-Urgench-Khiva-Bukhara-Shahrisabz-Samarkand–Tashkent-Milan
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Kind of route: airway tour and motor coach
Places of visit (nights): Khiva (1) - Bukhara (2) - Samarkand (2) – Tashkent (1)
Best time to travel: april, may, june; august, september, october
Accommodation: single or double accommodations in hotels
Description: Traveling in major tourist cities of Uzbekistan. Tour package consists of historical components, ceramic art, nature, best 7 days tour package for visiting the memorial complexes of Khiva - open air museum, holy Bukhara, Shahrisabz, legendary Samarkand and Tashkent.
DAY ITINERARY 01 Milan - Urgench
Meeting at the airport.
Transfer to the hotel (30 km). Breakfast. 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). LUNCH. Continuation of the fascinating excursion. DINNER. (Architectural complex of Ichan-Kala is a mini town and excursion is held inside of Ichon-Kala by walk).
Overnight in Khiva.
02 Khiva – Bukhara 500 km (by Bus)
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Bukhara via the Kizilkum desert (460 km,7 hrs). Lunch box. Arrive Bukhara, hotel check-in, free time. DINNER.
Overnight in 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: Mausoleum of the Samanids (9-10th cc.); The mausoleum of Chashma Ayub (14th c.); Complex Poi Kalon (Beneath the Great): Kalon Minaret (12th c.), Kalon Mosque (12th c.) and Miri Arab Medressa (16th c.); Ulugbek Medressa (15th c.); Abdulaziz-Khan Medressa (17th c.); Magoki-Attari Mosque (10-16th cc.); DINNER
Overnight in Bukhara
04 Bukhara – Shahrisabz - Samarkand
Breakfast. Morning drive to Samarkand through Shahrisabz. City tour around Shahrisabz: the ruins of Ak-Saray palace (“the White Palace”) – Tamerlane’s summer residence (XIV-XV cc.), The mausoleum of Mukhammad Jakhangir- the mausoleum of the elder and beloved son of Tamerlane (XIV c.), The Dor-us-Saodat complex: “The Khathrat Imam mosque” – a multi-step mosque with a cupola shaped hall and decorated iwans (XIV c.), Gumbazi-Saidon – the mausoleum of Saids (relatives of Prophet Mukhammad, “The Kuk-Gumbaz mosque” ("Blue cupola") – was built by Ulugbek on behalf of his father Shakhrukh (XV c.). Arrival to Bukhara and check-in at the hotel. Free time. Dinner.
Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Full 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.
06 Samarkand – Tashkent (290 km)
Breakfast. Morning drive to Tashkent. Arrival to Tashkent accommodation at hotel. LUNCH. City tour around Tashkent: visit The Khast Imam complex (16c), the library of Koran and other old manuscripts, Kukeldash Madrasa (16c), The Museum of Applied Arts. Dinner in a traditional Uzbek restaurant.
Overnight in Tashkent.
07 Tashkent (290 km)
Breakfast. Free time. Shopping at the local market “Chorsu”. LUNCH. 14:00 Transfer to the airport. 16:00 - Departure home with great memories and experiences about Uzbekistan.
Hotels in Cities Hotel options Khiva Orient Star Khiva 3 * or Malika Kheyvak 3 * or Khorezm Palace 4* Bukhara Asia Bukhara 3 * or Minzifa Boutique Hotel or Komil Boutique Hotel Samarkand Hotel Konstantin 4 * or Regal Palace 4 * Tashkent City Palace 4 * or Hotel Ramada 4 *
Standard tour price includes:
- Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners;
- 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;
- Escort guide;
Tour price does not include:
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance Visa;
- International flight tickets;
- Tips to local staff;
- Personal insurance and any items not mentioned above.
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