CLASSIC TOUR ALONG
THE SILK ROAD

Length

7 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURAL

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

A classic tour of Uzbekistan on the trail of the great Silk Road, the network of trade routes of about 8,000 km that for 2000 years allowed trade between East and West.

A trip to Uzbekistan through the caravan cities stimulates the imagination and memories of ancient stories, merchants, adventurers and explorers.

Wander through the maze of streets in Khiva, the best-preserved historic centre in Central Asia.

Discover the magic of Bukhara, with its bazaars, mosques and madrasas bearing witness to a glorious past.

Explore the legendary Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world, known as the “crossroads of cultures” and be enchanted by the sparkling turquoise domes of mosques and the Registan Square.

The itinerary can be customised to suit your travel needs and can also be combined with other routes.

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Length : 7D 6N
From : URGENCH
To : TASHKENT
Destinations  : Urgench, Khiva, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Samarcanda, Tashkent

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN URGENCH - TRANSFER AND VISIT KHIVA

Kunya Ark fortress © Gabriele StoiaKunya Ark Fortress – Khiva

Arrival in Urgench and transfer to Khiva, the most isolated of the caravan cities on The Great Silk Road, considered one of the best preserved ancient historical centers in all of Central Asia.

Wander through the maze of narrow streets of the World Heritage-listed Itchan Qal’a city centre and let yourself be carried back in time amidst the exciting artistic contrast of mud houses alternating with the turquoise decorations of minarets and madrasas.

Walk through the walls of Kunya Ark fortress and explore the mythical citadel with its impressive architectural masterpieces including the Muhammad Amin-Khan madrasa, the largest in Central Asia, the famous Kalta-Minor minaret made of turquoise enamel with brick and majolica, and the Muhammad Rakhim-Khan II and Alla-Quli-Khan madrasas.

We visit the mausoleums of Said Allauddin and Palvan Makhmud, the Shergazi-Khan Madrasa, and Islom-Khodja Minaret and Mosque. We continue the visit to the corridors and courtyards of the Tosh Khauli Palace and admire the turquoise dome of the mausoleum of the famous warrior Mahmud.

IncludedPrivate pickup from the airport, tour guide, private transportations, hotel

02. KHIVA - BUKHARA

Sitorai-Mohi-Hosa Palace © Gabriele StoiaSitorai Mohi Hosa Palace

Transfer by car to Bukhara, across the Kyzylkum Desert. Formerly the intellectual and cultural centre of the Islamic world, the thriving Silk Road city has hardly changed since the days of the merchant caravans.

Visit the mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshband, the founder of the Naqshbandi Sufis order and one of the most revered figures in the Muslim world.

Relive the glamorous lifestyle of the last Emir Said Alim Khan at Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace, the countryside residence of the rulers of Bukhara.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportations

03. BUKHARA

Mosque-Kalyan-Po-i-Kalyan © Gabriele StoiaKalyan Mosque

We continue our visit in the historical centre of Bukhara to the Ark citadel, the massive fortress built in the 5th century for military purposes and used as the residence of the royal courts until 1920.

Discover the Po-i-Kalyan religious complex whose bright blue domes are visible from afar, overlooking the iconic square dominated by the Kalyan minaret, and admire the wonderful mosaics of the Divan Beghi Khanqah madrasa within the Lyabi Khauz complex in the city centre.

Visit Chor Bakr Necropolis and Samanids Mausoleum, icon of early Islamic architecture and the oldest funeral building in Central Asia.

We continue our exploration of Bukhara at the Chashma Ayub mausoleum, the Ulug Bek madrasa, an important Islamic school built in the 15th century, the Abdul Aziz Khan madrasa and the Magok-i Attari mosque, one of the oldest in Central Asia, predating the Mongol invasion.

Relax in an authentic Tea House for tea tasting and coffee.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportations

04. SHAKHRISABZ - SAMARKAND

Amir Timur statue © Gabriele StoiaAmir Timur statue in Shakhrisabz

Transfer to the Kashkadarya region to visit Shakhrisabz, birthplace of the famous conqueror Tamerlane.

Visit the remains of the architectural complex that includes Aksaray buildings, Dorut Tilovat memorial complex , Shaykh Shamsaddin Kulal al-Keshi Mausoleum, Gumbazi-seidon Mausoleum, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, and the remains of the dynastic tomb of Timurid Dorus Saodat.

At the end we continue to Samarkand.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportations

05. SAMARKAND

Registan Samarqand © Gabriele StoiaRegistan Square – Samarkand

Samarkand, among the oldest cities in the world, cultural crossroads and a fundamental stop along The Great Silk Road.

Visit the iconic Registan Square, home to some of the world’s finest examples of Islamic architecture, dominated by the impressive Sher-Dor, Ulugbek and Tilla-Kori madrasas.

Explore the enchanting Shakhi Zinda complex adorned with an extraordinary array of blue tiles, Timur’s tomb, and admire the sparkling turquoise dome of the Bibi Khanum cathedral mosque dedicated to Timur’s favourite wife.

Visit to the colorful Siab Bazaar, the largest and oldest market in Samarkand, of strategic importance for the commercial development of The Great Silk Road. A special place where the exotic atmosphere of the ancient city is palpable.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportations

06. SAMARKAND - UKLAN - TASHKENT

Late morning transfer to Tashkent.

On the way, discover the Uzbek rural lifestyle at Uklan village by visiting a local family to learn about their culture and traditions.

Learn how to prepare the delicious Uzbek pilaf, one of the country’s most popular dishes.

Transfer to Tashkent and check-in at the hotel.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportations

07. TASHKENT - DEPARTURE

Khast Imam mosque  © Gabriele StoiaKhast Imam Mosque

Visit to Khast Imam complex, the religious center located in the oldest part of the capital, and Muyi Mubarak library that houses thousands of manuscripts including the Usman Koran dated 7th century, one of the oldest existing copies in the world of the holy book.

Afterwards visit Amir Temur Square, in the modern part of the capital; in the centre stands the equestrian statue of the famous undefeated Turkish-Mongolian conqueror, known in the West as Tamerlane.

Not far away we find the remarkable Mustaqillik Maydonila, or “Independence Square“, symbol of Uzbekistan’s exit from the Soviet Union on August 31, 1991, surrounded by monuments, fountains and impressive public buildings.

Wander through the exotic and colourful Chorsu Bazaar market surrounded by the scent of spices, dried fruits and delicious Uzbek bread.

Transfer to the international airport in time for your departure flight.

Included : Breakfast, tour guide, tickets, private transportations, private transfer to airport

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