TOUR NATURE IN UZBEKISTAN

Length

9 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURAL/NATURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

The Tour Nature in Uzbekistan includes, in addition to the main locations, naturalistic experiences at Sentyab village on the slopes of the Nuratau mountains, Lake Aydarkul and Chimgan mountains.

Explore the caravan cities on the Great Silk Road: Tashkent, the ancient commercial oasis now eclectic capital of the Uzbek Republic; the legendary Samarkand, among the oldest cities in the world, nicknamed “crossroads of cultures”; Bukhara, with its architecture unchanged over time, for centuries an important religious center in Asia.

Immerse yourself in the rural lifestyle of the Sentyab village, inhabited for over 2000 years known for its characteristic flat stone houses built on the edges of steep mountains, and spend the night in an authentic uzbek yurt.

This example itinerary can be customized according to actual travel needs and can 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

Arrive in Tashkent and accommodation at the hotel.

In the afternoon visit the 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.

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.

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 best examples of Islamic architecture in the world, dominated by the imposing Sher-Dor, Ulugbek 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.

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 continue with the transfer to the Sentyab village (4h) on the slopes of the Nuratau Mountains. Inhabited for over 2000 years, the village (650 meters above sea level) is immersed in a fertile valley in a remote area outside the tourist circuits and offers the special opportunity to get to know the rural lifestyle of the place.

In the afternoon hike in the area accompanied by a local expert guide. We visit the ruins of ancient houses built in flat stones on the steep walls.

Continuing the excursion along the gorge we find a small waterfall after which we can take advantage of a relaxing break.

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

04. TREKKING SENTYAB - FAZILMAN

Lago Fazilman © Carpodacus / CC BY-SA - //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 desired, it is possible to continue the excursion up to the peak of  Kichik Fazilman hill at 1833 meters altitude.

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 continue to Aydar Kul lake and checkin at the yurt, the typical home of the nomads, circular in shape, decorated with locally produced sherdoke carpets. The camp consists of 10 yurts, a hut for preparing meals, shared external bathrooms and hot showers.

During your stay you can participate in the preparation of typical local dishes and visit the desert riding Bactrian camels to learn about the local flora and fauna. With a little luck and patience it could happen to spot giant monitor lizards, desert partridges, turtles and other indigenous animals.

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

06. AYDAR KUL LAKE - TRANSFER TO BUKHARA

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

After a packed lunch at the lake, 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.

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.

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).

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

08. TASHKENT - CHIMGAN

Chimgan Mountains © Sardorbek RakhimovChimgan Mountains © Sardorbek Rakhimov

Fast train transfer to Tashkent. We continue to Chimgan, part of the Tian Shan mountain range dominated by the Greater Chimgan (3309 mt.).

Upon arrival, hike in the area. Nearby is the Beldersoy gorge with the cable car that leads to Uzbekistan’s longest ski slope.

In the afternoon transfer to Tashkent and accommodation at the hotel.

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

09. 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, tour guide, private transportation and private airport transfer 

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