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Expedition to the ancient Trade Routes

Destination: Uzbekistan
Route: TASHKENT-KHIVA-BUKHARA-NURATA-SAMARKAND-TASHKENT
Duration: 10 NIGHTS, 11 DAYS
Day 01. Tashkent

Arrive to Tashkent International Airport. Tashkent - The Capital of Independent Uzbekistan, the cosmopolitan city in the heart of Central Asia, the crossroad of different cultures. The city was an ancient center of The Great Silk Road, and where still today you can see the parts of the old city. After passport and customs controls you will be met by your guide/driver. Depart airport to hotel. Check in, rest and o/n at the hotel.

Day 02. Tashkent - Urgench – Khiva

After breakfast check out from the hotel for the morning tour around Tashkent, visiting the museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, Monument of Courage and visit to the old city where you will see mausoleums, madrassah and the Chorsu Bazaar, the oldest market in the city. Afternoon flight to Urgench, upon arrival drive to Khiva (35km), check in and o/n.

Day 03. Khiva

Start your city tour with UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan Kala Complex, Kalta Minar next to Muhammad Amin khan Madrassah. Turn towards Kunya Ark, the early period residence of the rulers of Khiva, fortified citadel as the part of the city. It includes a mosque, the palace of the khan, the residence of his harem, the mint, the arsenal, and the jail. Some of the other sites you will see include the Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud-the Patron of Khorezm, the Shergazi Khan Madrassah, the Islam Khodja Madrassah and Minaret, the Juma Mosque and Tash Khauli and the harem. Return to your hotel, rest and o/n.

Day 04. Khiva – Bukhara

Breakfast and depart to Bukhara via the Kyzyl-Kum (red sands) desert. After a while you stop on the shore of The Amu Darya (Ancient Greek Oxus River), to see a beautiful panoramic view to the river. Arrive late afternoon in Bukhara and transfer to the hotel and o/n.

Day 05.Bukhara

After breakfast start your city tour. Bukhara is known as Central Asia’s most ancient living city, as Morocco in the Middle East. Visit to the Citadel Ark, the palace of the rulers of Bukhara, Bolo Khauz Mosque with beautiful ayvan in traditional Bukharian style. Take a walk through the old part of the city towards Chashma Ayub Mausoleum in city park area. Continue to the “pearl of the east” The Samanid Mausoleum, the family tomb of the Samanid Dynasty. Later proceed to covered bazaars were built on a crossroads of caravan routes, Toki Zargaron – cupola of jewelers, Abdulla khan Tim – a center of silk trade, Toki Telpak Furushon – cupola of the hat sellers, and Toki Sarrafon – cupola of moneychangers, visit Magoki Attor Mosque one of the oldest Mosques in Central Asia, and the Lyabi Khauz in the heart of the city. The Jewish Quarter and the synagogue will be a part of the tour too. Return to your hotel for overnight. 

Day 06. Bukhara

In the morning you drive outside of the city to will visit The Holy place, the tomb of Saint Bakhautdin Nakshbandi, one the founders of Nakshbandia Sufi Orden. The place of pilgrimage for thousand believers and sufies, spend some free time to see local customs. Later drive to The Summer residence of Bukhara Amir’s Sitorai Mokhi Khosa palace, the piece of Russian culture in Bukhara built for the reception of Tsar Nicolay II Romanov. Last will be Chor Bakr necropolis, the burial area of local ruler representatives and aristocracy. 

Day 07. Bukhara – Dongelek

Morning drive to Nurata with a visit to Sheikh Nur Ata tomb and Namozgoh Mosque. After lunch at a local house continue to the Kazakh village of Dungalak. Enjoy a camel ride in Kyzyl Kum desert. Dinner at camping site and overnight in yurts (nomadic felt tents, very basic).

Day 08. Dungalak – Aydarkul Lake – Samarkand

Morning drive to Aydarkul lake, here you have opportunities for swimming, soft trekking and bird watching’s after picnic lunch depart to Samarkand, once named the "Rome of the East". On arrival to Samarkand check-in to the hotel and rest. 

Day 09. Samarkand

After breakfast city tour, including: Registan Square-15th century bazaar area and the center of trade and cultural life in medieval Samarkand, Bibi Khanum Mosque, erected by order of Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399. Gur Emir Mausoleum, family tomb of Timurid’s, Shakhi Zinda Necropolis; visit site of pilgrimage since the 11th century. There you can enjoy the finest samples of majolica, mosaic and terracotta tile works, mausoleums are concentrated around the shrine of Kusam Ibn Abbas. Further proceed to Afrosiyab. Among the sites of Samarkand outstanding one is the Museum of Ulugbek Observatory, with the original part of instrument – sextant. 

Day 10. Samarkand – Tashkent

Depart to Tashkent arriving in time for lunch. After arrival check in to the hotel, afternoon tour around Tashkent, visiting Memorial of Repressions, Tashkent Metro, and Abulkasim Madrassah – crafts center. Return to the hotel, refreshment. 

Day 11. Tashkent

After breakfast check out from the hotel for the flight back home.

 

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