CLASSIC TOUR ON
THE GREAT SILK ROAD

Length

7 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURAL

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

A classic route tour in Uzbekistan on the tracks of The Great Silk Road, a network of trade routes of 8,000 km that for 2,000 years has allowed trade between the East and the West.

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

Forwarded in the maze of streets of Khiva, the best preserved city center in the whole of Central Asia.

Discover the magic of Bukhara, including bazaars, mosques and madrasas witnesses of 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.

This route sample can be customized according to the actual travel requirements and can 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.

Delve into the maze of narrow streets in the core of the Itchan Qal’a city, a World Heritage Site, and let yourself be transported back in time surrounded by the exciting artistic contrast of the mud houses and turquoise decorations of minarets and madrasas.

Crossing the walls of the Kunya Ark fortress we explore the mythical citadel which houses impressive architectural masterpieces including the Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrasa, the largest in all Central Asia, the famous Kalta-Minor Minaret in turquoise enamel with bricks and majolica, and the madrasas of Muhammad Rakhim-Khan II and Alla-Quli-Khan.

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 to Bukhara by car, through Kyzylkum desert. Once the intellectual and cultural center of the Islamic world, the thriving city of the Silk Road didn’t changed much 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 charm of the lifestyle of the last Emir Said Alim Khan at Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace, the country residence of Bukhara rulers.

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

03. BUKHARA

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

We continue the visits in the historic center of the Bukhara at Ark Citadel, the massive fortress built in the fifth century for military purposes and used as a residence of the royal courts until 1920.

Discover the religious complex Po-i-Kalyan whose bright blue domes are visible from a distance, 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 center.

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

Continued exploration of Bukhara at Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, at Ulug bek Madrasa, important Islamic school built in the fifteenth century, at Abdul Aziz Khan Madrasa and Magok-i Attari Mosque among the oldest in Central Asia preceding 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 Kashkadarya region by car to visit Shakhrisabz, the 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 best examples of Islamic architecture in the world, dominated by the imposing Sher-Dor, Ulugbek and Tilla-Kori madrasas.

Explore the enchanting Shakhi Zinda Complex adorned with an extraordinary spectrum of blue tiles, Timur Tomb, and admire the sparkling turquoise dome of the Bibi Khanum cathedral mosque dedicated to Timur’s favorite 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.

At the end transfer to Tashkent and checkin in 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.

Then visit the Amir Temur Square, in the modern part of the capital; in the center the equestrian statue of the famous conquer undefeated Turkish-Mongol, 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.

Immerse yourself in the exotic and colourful Chorsu Bazaar surrounded by the scents of spices, dried fruit and delicious Uzbek bread.

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

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

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