Uzbek melody Tour 7
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva - Tuprak Qala - Ayaz Qala - Nukus - Tashkent
Day 1: Tashkent
We are glad to see you on Uzbek melody Tour 7. Our tours here promise to be on point! Today you will see the Independence square erected as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II and walk to the local Broadway as well as to Tashkent metro where the first line was opened in 1977. You will visit the old part of the city as Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that comprises of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. Don't miss to visit the Othman Quran which is the world's oldest Quran copy dating back to 8th century. and learn more about its unique history. Transfer to a hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand (morning train)
In the morning you will be transferred to railway station of Tashkent for your train to Samarkand. Samarkand is positioned in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan the same as Babylon or Rome. Today you will admire the beauty of Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square has three mesmerizing Madrasahs of the 15-17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh shows a big collection of mausoleums dating back to 11th-15 centuries. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque is dedicated to the favorite Tamerlane's wife, after his successful campaign in India. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand - Bukhara (train)
Morning train to Bukhara. On arrival, you will have a city tour. Visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara dating back to the 4th century as Citadel Ark which served as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. We will see Samanids mausoleum of the 9th -10th century. Then the tour continues to Chashma Ayub, meaning Job's well and Bolo Hauz mosque and see forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. Visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. You can end your tour with visiting Poi Kalon complex. It consists of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 7 hours)
In the morning we will travel to Khiva. You will learn more about the history of the legendary Khorezmshah's State with its capital in Urgench before. In the 10th century Khiva is stated as a major interchange center on the Silk Road. All the caravans had a stop here from China and back with an endless stream of moving string of camels. The road from Bukhara to Khiva goes via the famous Kizilkum desert where you can admire the view to Amu Darya river. It is the deepest river in Central Asia, formed by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flowing into Aral See. Transfer to a hotel.
Day 5: Khiva - Tuprak Qala - Ayaz Qala
Today you will have a sightseeing tour in the oldest city of Uzbekistan. It will be inside of Ichan Qala, the inner city in Khiva rounded with robust walls. See the centuries old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses made Ichan Qala into unique city-tribute. Ichan Qala has over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments. In 1969 Ichan Qala was chosen a historical and architectural conservation area as the Kunya Ark fortress of the 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, an unbelievable sample of Khorezm architectural mastership of 1830s. In the afternoon is transfer to Ayaz Qala desert yurts camp. Overnight in yurts.
Day 6: Ayaz Qala - Nukus
Ayaz Qala is an antique fortress of Khorezm, named due to legendary warrior-slave Ayaz, a Turkic folklore hero. Fortress was found in the II century AD. Tuprak Qala, means "clay fort", was the imperial city of Khorezmian ruler Artav. Archeologists rights that fortress was built in I or II century AD. It was employed until 6th century AD. Remains wars and attacks bushed the city and continued it without any sign of life. Transfer to Nukus and overnight.
Day 7: Nukus - Tashkent (flight, 21:00-23:00)
Today you will have a city tour. First you will visit the Museum of Savitsky which displays the masterpieces of forbidden art. Museum gathers 20th century Russian avant-garde paintings, works of Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group. The ruler of the Karakalpakstan state museum of art composed the artworks in 1960s. He got banned works from mistreated soviet artists as well as free and exhibited them in this remote central Asian art-house. In the afternoon, we will drive outside of Nukus to see Mizdakhan necropolis belonging to some ancient city centuries ago. Archaeological results long-established that area was unceasingly captured from the 4th century BC till about 14th century AD. Visit 2200 years-old Zoroastrian ancient monument - Chilpyk. In the evening is a flight to Tashkent. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.
Day 8: Tashkent - Flight
Transfer to airport. Uzbek melody Tour 7 is over. It was nice time with you on tours!
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus
Price per person:
02 pax - 695 $
04 pax - 615 $
06 pax - 565 $
08 pax - 525 $
10 pax - 495 $
Single - 70 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
*Half board - 55 $
*Full board - 105 $
*Entrance fees - 60 $ available with escort guide only
Local guides - 200 $ per group
Escort guide - 440 $ per group
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
Ayz Qala - Yurts Camp
Nukus - "Jipek Joli" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
- Dinner and breakfast in yurts camp
- Train tickets Tashkent-Samarkand, Samarkand-Bukhara
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums