NATURE TOUR IN UZBEKISTAN

Length

9 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURAL/NATURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

The Uzbekistan Nature Tour itinerary includes, besides the main locations, nature experiences at the Sentyab village on the slopes of the Nuratau Mountains, at Lake Aydarkul and at the Chimgan Mountains.

Explore the caravan cities on the Silk Road: Tashkent, the ancient trading oasis, today the eclectic capital of the Uzbek Republic; the legendary Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world, known as the ‘crossroads of cultures’; Bukhara, with its timeless architecture and for centuries an important religious centre in Asia.

Soak up the rural lifestyle of the Sentyab village, inhabited for over 2000 years and known for its distinctive flat stone houses built on the edges of steep mountain walls, and spend the night in an authentic Uzbek yurt.

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

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Length : 9G 8N
From : TASHKENT
To : TASHKENT
Destinations  : Tashkent, Samarkand, Sentyab, Fazilman, Aydar Kul, Bukhara, Chimgan

ITINERARIO

01. ARRIVE IN TASHKENT AND CITY TOUR

Khast Imam mosque © Gabriele StoiaKhast Imam Mosque

Arrival in Tashkent and check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon visit to the Khast Imam complex, the capital’s religious centre located in the oldest part of the city, and the Muyi Mubarak library which houses thousands of manuscripts including the 7th century Uthman Quran, one of the oldest copies of the sacred book in the world.

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, a symbol of Uzbekistan’s exit from the Soviet Union on August 31, 1991, surrounded by monuments, fountains and impressive public buildings.

Included : Private pick up at the airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation, hotel

02. TASHKENT - SAMARCANDA

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis - Samarqand © Gabriele StoiaShah-i-Zinda necropolis – Samarkand

Transfer to Samarkand by train, among the oldest cities in the world, cultural crossroads and fundamental stop along the Great Silk Road.

We visit the iconic Registan Square, home to some of the world’s finest examples of Islamic architecture, dominated by the impressive Sher-DorUlugbek and Tilla-Kori madrassas.

Afterwards we explore the enchanting Shakhi Zinda complex adorned with an extraordinary array of blue tiles, the Tomb of TimuridsGuri Amir, burial ground of the Timurid dynasty, a unique architectural monument, and the sparkling turquoise dome of the Bibi Khanum cathedral mosque dedicated to Timur’s favourite wife.

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

03. SENTYAB - TREKKING

Transfer to Samarkand by train, among the oldest cities in the world, cultural crossroads and fundamental stop along the Great Silk Road.

After breakfast we travel to Sentyab village (4h) in the foothills of the Nuratau Mountains. The village (650m above sea level) has been inhabited for over 2000 years and is set in a fertile valley off the beaten track, thus offering a special opportunity to experience the rural lifestyle of the place.

Afternoon hike in the area with a local experienced guide. We visit the ruins of ancient houses built of flat stones on steep walls.

As we continue the hike along the gorge, we reach a small waterfall where we can enjoy a relaxing break.

Included : Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

04. TREKKING SENTYAB - FAZILMAN

Lago Fazilman © Carpodacus / CC BY-SA - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fazilman_lake_and_Kichik_Fazilman_mountain.jpgFazilman Lake © Carpodacus / CC BY-SA

In the morning we continue the excursion by following the path that leads to the pass under the majestic peak of Mount Gaukum (1516 m.).

Along the route we admire the Sentyabsai river gorge, the view over Sentyab village, the peaks of the Nuratau mountain range and the Aidar Kul lake in the distance.

After about 1h30′ we reach the small mountain lake Fazilman, at an altitude of 1640 meters, where we stop for a packed lunch.

If you wish, you can continue the hike by climbing to the peak of Kichik Fazilman Hill at an altitude of 1833 metres.

Afterwards, return to Sentyab village (2h30 ‘).

Included : Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

05. SENTYAB - AYDAR KUL LAKE - YURTS CAMP

Yurta Uzbeka © Gabriele StoiaUzbek yurt

After breakfast we travel to Lake Aydar Kul and settle into a yurt, the typical nomadic dwelling, circular in shape and decorated with locally made sherdoke carpets. The camp has 10 yurts, a hut for preparing meals, shared outdoor toilets and hot showers.

During your stay you can take part in the preparation of typical local meals as well as ride through the desert on Battrian camels to learn about the local flora and fauna. If you are lucky and patient, you may spot giant monitor lizards, desert partridges, tortoises and other indigenous animals.

Included : Yurt, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

06. AYDAR KUL LAKE - TRANSFER TO BUKHARA

After breakfast walk along the shore of Lake Aydar Kul where you can take a swim or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful landscape.

After a packed lunch at the lake, transfer to Bukhara, formerly the intellectual and cultural centre of the Islamic world, and a flourishing city on the Silk Road, which has hardly changed since the days of the merchant caravans.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, lunch, tour guide, private transportation 

07. BUKHARA

Ingresso Madrasa Miri-Arab - Po-i-Kalyan © Gabriele StoiaPo-i-Kalyan Complex

Visits the Ark Citadel, the massive fortress built in the 5th century for military purposes and used as a residence of the royal courts until 1920.

Visit to Lyabi Khauz architectural complex in the city center where we can admire the wonderful mosaics of the Divan Beghi madrasa, the madrasas of Khanaqa Divan Beghi and Kukeldash.

We continue to the Po-i-Kalyan religious complex overlooking the iconic square dominated by the Kalyan Mosque, Miri-Araba Madrasa and Kalyan minaret, symbol of Bukhara, used for centuries as a beacon to guide the caravans arriving from the desert.

We visit the Chor Bakr necropolis, the Samanid mausoleum, the oldest funerary building in Central Asia and an icon of early Islamic architecture, and the Chashma Ayub mausoleum where we find a water spring named after the prophet Job (Ayuba).

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

08. TASHKENT - CHIMGAN

Chimgan Mountains © Sardorbek RakhimovChimgan Mountains © Sardorbek Rakhimov

Express train transfer to Tashkent. Then on to Chimgan, part of the Tian Shan Mountain range dominated by Greater Chimgan (3309 m).

Upon arrival we hike in the area. Nearby is the Beldersoy Gorge with the cable car leading to the longest ski slope in Uzbekistan.

Afternoon transfer to Tashkent and check-in at the hotel.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, lunch, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

09. TASHKENT - DEPARTURE

Chorsu Market - Tashkent © Gabriele StoiaChorsu Market – Tashkent

Free time for a final stroll through the capital or to go shopping in the exotic and colourful Chorsu Bazaar market surrounded by the scent of spices, dried fruits and delicious Uzbek bread.

Afterwards, transfer to the international airport in time for your departure flight.

Included : Breakfast, tour guide, private transportation and private airport transfer 

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