The Magic of the Silk Road

Doubtless, you have already heard about Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva. These cities have resonances like a colorful mythology with an oriental scent! This round trip is an opportunity to discover them entirely, by passing through sights, where human has walked for several millennial.
Absolutely, you cannot even imagine what you will explore here. However, surely you would like to come back again. Travel to Uzbekistan – the crossroad of civilizations, religions and caravan routes of the Silk Road. Together with the best guides you will visit the capital, admire the desert and wild landscape while being inspired by the history of this country!
This ideal itinerary will delight and fill your curiosity with love of culture’s discoveries.
Welcome to Uzbekistan!

ITINERARY

Day 1         Tashkent
Arrival at Tashkent Airport. Transfer to the hotel, check-in, leisure time.

Day 2         Tashkent
At 09:00 meeting with the guide in the hotel’s lobby.
After the breakfast, we will start a city tour in Tashkent by a visit to the Chorsu Bazaar, the Amir Timur Square, the Independence Square, the Museum of Applied Arts and the “Soviet” Metro.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3         Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
In the morning, we will catch our flight to Urgench. Upon arrival, we will have our transfer to Khiva and check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, our city tour will start with a stroll to Itchan Kala - the fortress of the 17th century (the interior Khiva City), which is inscribed on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Site and consists of sixteen madrasas. Our tour will continue to Kunya-Ark Citadel, the Mausoleums of Allauddin Khan and Mahmud Pakhlavan, the Minaret of Islam Khoja, the Mosques of Masjid-Al Haram and Djuma, the Allah Kuli Khan Madrasah, as well as the Tash-Khovli Palace.
In the evening, there will be a free time for individual explorations by yourselves.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4         Khiva – Bukhara
In the morning, we will take our transfer to Bukhara. This road has been rebuilt, thus, it became longer. Along the way, we will enjoy having a stop at Amu Darya River in order to admire the splendid and picturesque surrounding landscape. After our tasty lunch, we will arrive at Bukhara, check-in at the hotel. Dinner and leisure time.
*The trip can be shortened by taking a plane to Bukhara (upon availability).

Day 5         A Discovery of Bukhara
The interesting day will start with a promenade in Bukhara City together with the local guide. Our program will be very rich by visits to important sights: as the Po-i-Kalon Architectural Ensemble, the Mir-i Arab Madrasah of the 17th century, the Magok-i-Attari Mosque, the Madrasas of Ulugh Beg and Abdulaziz Khan. Afterwards, we will discover the ancient Ark Citadel of the Lyab-i Hauz Ensemble and the Chor Minor Madrasah of the 19th century.
Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6         Bukhara
The exciting tour's program will continue around Bukhara City. Whereas, we will visit the Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, which was the residence of the Bukhara's Emir in the summer during the 19th-20th centuries. Afterwards, we will proceed to visit the Chor-Bakr memorial complex, which is a necropolis of the 16th century, as well as the Pilgrimage Site of Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari. In the afternoon, it will be the time for the final discoveries, like a pass-through a hammam or other interesting activities as well.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7         Bukhara – G’ijduvon – Nurata
Today, we will transfer to the yurt camps in Nurata. On the way, we will have an entertaining exploration at the pottery Factory of G’ijduvon, which is the major reference in Central Asia for its ceramics. In the second half of the day, we will head to the camps, by crossing the Nurata Pass. Here, we will discover the most ancient petroglyphs dating back to the Bronze Age.
Later, we will arrive at “Safari” camps. In the evening, we will enjoy a delicious dinner around the fire. Overnight in yurts.

Day 8         Nurata – Samarkand
We will have a free time in the desert, also, on the shore of Aydar Lake, as well as an optional camel ride possibility.
Late in the afternoon, we will leave the desert in order to reach Samarkand. Upon arrival, we will check-in at the hotel, have a dinner and leisure time.

Day 9         Samarkand City Tour
The whole day will be dedicated to Sogdia - the capital of the famous historical region. Accompanied by the guide, we will start with a visit to the Registan Square, the Bibi-Khanym Mosque - dating back to the 15th century, as well as the Central Bazaar, which is located right next to the complex. The sightseeing also contains a visit to the Observatory of Ulugh Beg and the two Mausoleums of Shah-i-Zinda and Gur-e-Amir.
Free time in the evening.

Day 10       Samarkand
We will continue our exploration in the city of “Thousand and One Nights”. In the morning, we will visit the five cupolas Mausoleum of Saint Daniel, it is constructed by Amir Timur at the beginning of the 14th century. Later, we will go to Konigil Village in order to see the manufacturing process of the silk paper.
In the evening, we will return to Samarkand, have a leisure time and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11       Samarkand – Tashkent
In the morning, we will have some free time to hang around the city as per preference. Late in the afternoon, we will depart to Samarkand by TGV Afrasiyab (the high-speed railway).
Transfer from the border to the hotel. Preparations for departure.

Day 12       Return flight
Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

PRICES / SERVICES

Price per person:

1690 €

Extra charge for single room:

200 €

Small group:

4-12 people

Included Services

  • Transport
  • • All transfers and transportation to the visiting places during the tour
  • • Domestic flight: Tashkent - Urgench
  • • Train: Samarkand - Tashkent
  • Accompaniment
  • • English-speaking local guide
  • Accommodation, meals and drinks
  • • 11 nights (comfortable hotels in double rooms)
  • • Full board (breakfast and dinner from the 2nd day of the tour to the 11th day (excluding drinks))
  • • Mineral water
  • Visits
  • • All entrance tickets
  • Travel preparation
  • • Travel documentation
  • • Visa fees

Excluded Services

  • Flight tickets
  • • International flight

DATES

STATUSDEPARTRETURNPRICE P/PEXTRA SGLNOTES
Available for inscriptions 06.05.18 17.05.18 € 1690 € 200  
Available for inscriptions 08.10.18 19.10.18 € 1690 € 200  

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