TOUR AMAZING UZBEKISTAN

Length

15 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE/NATURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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Tour Amazing Uzbekistan on the trail of the Great Silk Road, throughout the caravan city Tashkent, today’s eclectic capital of the Uzbek Republic, the legendary Samarkand, known as the “crossroads of cultures”, one of the oldest cities in the world, Bukhara, untouched by time for centuries an important religious center and Khiva between the old towns best preserved in all of central Asia.

Visit remote Muynak on the “Aral Sea” and the fascinating forts abandoned in the Kyzylkum desert. Immerse in the nature of Nuratau mountains and spend the night in an authentic Uzbek yurt, the typical house of circular shape nomadic decorated with area rugs.

Explore Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the famous conqueror Tamerlane and discover the ancient manufacturing traditions of the Fergana Valley.

This example itinerary can be customized according to actual travel needs and can be combined with other routes.

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Length : 15D 14N
From : TASHKENT
To : TASHKENT
Destinations  : Tashkent, Nukus, Moinaq, Khorezm, Khiva, Bukhara, Nurata, Sentyab, Fazilman, Aydar Kul, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Termez, Kokand, Fergana, Margilan

ITINERARIO

01. ARRIVE IN TASHKENT

Arrival in Tashkent, the ancient oasis trading today eclectic capital of the Uzbek Republic. A witness to the age old city and the ancient settlements are undoubtedly the remains found on the excavations sites.
Transfer to the hotel.

Included : Private pick up from them airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel

02. VISIT TASHKENT - NUKUS

 Khast Imam mosque © Gabriele StoiaKhast Imam Mosque

After breakfast visit Khast Imam complex, the religious center of the capital located in the oldest part of the city, and the Muyi Mubarak library which houses thousands of manuscripts including the 7th century Uthman Koran, one of the oldest copies of the sacred book existing at the world.

We continue to 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.

Transfer to the airport and flight to Nukus.

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

03. ARAL SEE - NUKUS

Moinaq © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelAral Sea, Muynaq

After breakfast drive to Muynaq. Once home to a bustling fishing community of thousands of the town was the only Uzbek port city overlooking the Aral Lake, northwest of Uzbekistan, lying across the border with Kazakhstan, so large in size that to be nicknamed Aral Sea. The considerable abundance of fish for decades has guaranteed the sustenance of the economy of the region thanks to industrial and canning fishing.

We visit the suggestive “graveyard of ships“, the fishing fleet of rusty ships stranded in the sand Ustyurt plateau for decades. 

At the end, return to Nukus with a visit to the Mizdakhan necropolis, once the largest city in the Khorezm region, inhabited since the 4th century. B.C. to the 14th century. Nearby resting on a hill the evocative remains of Gyaur Qala fortress dating back to IV-III centuries. 

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

04. KHOREZM FORTS - KHIVA

Ayaz Qala fortress © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelAyaz Qala fortress

Visit the Museum of Art, or Savitskiy Museum, the famous painter, archaeologist and collector Igor Savitskiy. With over 82,000 objects ranging from fine antiquities of Khorezm Karakalpak folk art, the Uzbek fine arts, the museum houses the second largest collection of Russian avant-garde in the world.

Transfer and visit the fortresses Qavat Qala, Toprak Qala and Ayaz Qala, the latter built on a hill overlooking the Kyzylkum desert, built in the second century. A.D. Kushan Empire probably part of a chain of forts guarding the borders of the desert. Inside the walls we find attractive residential structures.

Afternoon transfer to Khiva, the most isolated cities on the Silk Road caravan routes, considered one of the best preserved old towns in all of Central Asia.

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

05. KHIVA

Kunya Ark fortress © Gabriele StoiaKunya Ark fortress – Khiva

We spend the day exploring Khiva, an open-air museum that takes us back centuries in time, to the period of the caravans of merchants on the Silk Road.

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.

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

06. TRANSFER TO BUKHARA

Kyzylkum desert © Gabriele StoiaKyzylkum Desert

Transfer to Bukhara, once the intellectual and cultural center of the Islamic world, and thriving city on the Silk Road, which has remained almost unchanged since the time of the merchant caravans.

We cross the desert Kizylkum and the Amudarya River. On the way stop to learn about the fauna and flora of the desert. 

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

07. BUKHARA

Abdulaziz-Khan-Madrassah-Bukhara © Gabriele StoiaAbdulaziz Khan Madrassah Madrasa

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.

Continue 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.

Visit 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.

Continue to Chor Bakr necropolis, the Samanidi mausoleum, the oldest funerary building in Central Asia and an icon of early Islamic architecture, and to the Chashma Ayub mausoleum where we find a source of water considered to be named after the prophet Jacob (Ayuba).

We visit the Ulugbek madrasa, an important Islamic school, built in the 15th century, the Abdul Aziz Khan madrasa and Magok-i Attari mosque, among the oldest in Central Asia preceding the Mongol invasion. 

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

08. TRANSFER TO NURATA - YURTS CAMP

Yurta Uzbeka © Gabriele StoiaUzbek yurt

After breakfast drive to Nurata. In the area there are flint quarries, mines, ancient settlements, burial mounds, cemeteries of ancient nomads, pagan altars, crypts and about 4,000 petroglyphs, including monuments of the Middle Ages, Iron Age, Bronze Age and even of stone Age.

In the afternoon excursion to Chashma, the religious complex known throughout Asia at its center is a sacred spring ( “Chashma”), according to legend, created by a meteorite. Visit the remains of the fortress Nur.

Transfer to Lake Aydar Kul to the yurt camp, the typical house of nomads, circular sherdoke carpets decorated with locally produced. You can participate in the preparation of local dishes or take a camel in the desert to admire the flora and fauna, and to admire the beautiful sunset.

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

09. AYDAR KUL LAKE - FORISH - SAMARKAND

In the morning we walk on the shore of Aydar Kul lake where you can take advantage for a swim or simply enjoying the relaxing landscape.

After lunch continue to the Forish region (Sintob village, Asraf) where we will have the opportunity to learn about the rural lifestyle.

At the end transfer to Samarkand.

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

10. SAMARKAND

Registan Samarqand © Gabriele StoiaRegistan square – Samarcanda

We visit the iconic Registan Square, home to some of the best examples of Islamic architecture in the world, dominated by the imposing Sher-DorUlugbek and Tilla-Kori madrassas.

Later we explore the enchanting Shakhi Zinda complex adorned with an extraordinary spectrum of blue tiles, the tomb of Timuridi – Guri Amir, burial of the Timurid dynasty, a unique architectural monument, and the sparkling turquoise dome of the Bibi Khanum cathedral mosque dedicated to his favorite wife from Timur.

Visit the ancient Ulugbek observatory built in 1420 by the Timurid astronomer Ulugh Beg, considered by scholars to be one of the best observers in the Islamic world

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

11. SAMARKAND - SHAKHRISABZ - TERMEZ

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.

Later we drive to Termez by domestic flight, one of the oldest cities in Asia, located in Bactria on the border with Afghanistan, in the Hellenistic kingdom at the eastern end of Alexander the Great Empire.

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

12. TERMEZ - TASHKENT

After breakfast we proceed to the suggestive Kara Tepe Monastery, a Buddhist place of worship built on three hills, consisting of a series of temples and monasteries from the 2nd century AD, a combination of sandstone caves and uncooked brick surface buildings. 

Visit to the architectural Hakimi Termizi Complex, XI-XV century, which takes its name from the well-known author of numerous religious philosophical works, theorist of Islamic mysticism and founder of the order of dervishes.

Visit to the Sultan Saodat palace built between the 11th and 17th centuries on the tomb of the Sayyidis of Termez, according to some direct descendants of the prophet Muhammad. Continue to Kirk-Kiz Palace. Follow the domestic flight to Tashkent.

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

13. TASHKENT - KOKAND - FERGANA

Fergana market © Gabriele StoiaLocal market, Fergana

After breakfast transfer to Fergana Valley which, according to some European legends, was founded by Alexander the Great, nowadays known for the massive cotton production.

We stop in Kokand for the visit to Khudoyor Khan Palace, residence of the last ruler of the Khanate of Kokand. Built in 1871 according to the architectural traditions of Central Asia with a high in the central portal decorated with four minarets is undoubtedly among the most magnificent works of architecture in the area. 

We visit the Jami mosque, an important symbol of Kokand located in the Chorsu square, and the madrasa Norbut-biy built in the 18th century, important religious and educational center of the city.

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

14. FERGANA - MARGILAN - TASHKENT

Yodgorlik Silk Factor - Margilan © Gabriele StoiaYodgorlik Silk Factor – Margilan

We continue the journey to the town Margilan, milestone on the Silk Road along the path that ran through the dell’Alay mountains to Kashgar in China.

Visit to the Yodgorlik Silk Factory known around the world for its sublime silk manufacturing. The reputation gained over the centuries has guaranteed Margilan the nickname full title of “capital of Central Asia’s Silk”.

Visit to Rishtan one of the most famous and ancient pottery centers in Uzbekistan, with traditions handed down from generation to generation for over eight centuries. The town owes its success to the substantial clay deposit at the base of almost the entire area of the town. At the end transfer to Tashkent.

At the end transfer to Tashkent.

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

15. TASHKENT - DEPARTURE

Chorsu Market - Tashkent © Gabriele StoiaChorsu Market – Tashkent

Time for one last final walk to the capital or to go shopping in the exotic and colorful market Chorsu Bazaar surrounded by the scents of spices, dried fruit and delicious Uzbek bread.

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

Included : Breakfast, private transportation and private airport transfer 

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