Tour around Uzbekistan
Route: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Nurata - Samarkand -- Shakhrisabz - Samarkand – Tashkent
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Day 1 – Tashkent
Arrival in Uzbekistan, Tashkent . Passport and customs control at the airport. Meeting with representatives of the host country. Transfer to the hotel Tashkent. Dinner and overnight at the hotel .
Day 2 – Таshkent – Urgench – Khiva
After breakfast at the hotel , transfer to the local airport of Tashkent. Flight to Urgench - the center of Khorezm region (08: 40-10: 20). Upon arrival, transfer to Khiva - the historic capital of Khorezm (40 min.). Hotel accommodation. Excursion on the inner fortress Ichan Kala. Visit: Fortress Kunya Ark, Madrasah Muhammad Amin Khan with a tower Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, the Ak-mosque, Mausoleum Pahlavon Mahmoud, Madrasah and Minaret of Islam Khodja - the biggest minaret in Khive, workshops for wood carving and for the manufacture of carpets on ancient technology. Visit to folk Puppet theater in Khive, Dorboz Show (Rope walkers), and other actions. Visiting bazaar in Khiva. Free time. Dinner at the national restaurant or hotel ASIA Khiva 4 *
Day 3 – Khiva – Bukahra
After an early breakfast at the hotel , transfer to Bukhara via the Kyzylkum desert. Crossed by the river Amu Darya, where a special viewing platform "Supa" tourists can observe a general panorama of the area. Lunch on the way at the local house (extra). Upon arrival accommodation in Hotel. Starts City tour in Bukhara and its surrounding area: visit to the Mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshband - the great Sufi, founder of the Naqshbandi and his mentor, the famous representative of the Sufism Said Amir Kulol. Dinner – at the Madrasah Nadir Devon Begi with a concert and show-defile (showing national fashion). Walk on the evening Bukhara. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 – Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Starts City tour in Bukhara. Visit: the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, a spring Chashma Ayub, Complex Bolo Hauz, Ark Fortress - the main residence of the rulers of Bukhara, with more than 2,000 years of history. Lunch-extra at a local restaurant "Chinar". After lunch, the tour continued on Bukhara: Poi Kalyan, Madrasah of Ulugbek and Abdulaziz Khan, the Mosque Magoki Hattori, Trade domes, ensemble Lyabi Hauz (literally "by the pond"), Kukeldash Madrassah. Dinner at the national restaurant "Labi House." Rest. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 – Bukhara
After breakfast at the hotel, visit one of the local Mahalla - quarters of Bukhara: familiarity with the life and traditions of the local people, in particular, the Competition among young brides-daughters-in-law of Bukhara "Iffatli Kelin" ("The most skilful Bride"), participation in the preparation of the Spring holiday meals Halim and festive pilaf. Lunch-extra at a local quarter - Mahalla.
After lunch, continue city tour: visiting ensemble of Chor-Minor and the Palace Sitorai Mohi Khosa - summer residence of the Emir of Bukhara Said Alimkhan (XIX-XX centuries.). Free time. A festive dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 – Bukhara – Gijduvan – Nurata
After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Nurata Navoi region. On the way stop in g.Gizhduvane (40 km from Bukhara), which is famous for its history and craftsmanship. A visit to the Mausoleum Abdulkhalik Gijduvani (XII century.) - The great Sufi, founder of the Tariqa "Khodjagon" which later grew into the Naqshbandi Sufi order. In Gijduvan You can also visit the pottery workshop of Alisher Narzullaeva - famous potter in the 7th generation, where take part in the manufacturing process of making of ceramic ware,which differs by its color and quality of the ceramics from other regions of Uzbekistan.
Lunch (extra) in Gijduvan: you can taste the famous Gijduvan Kebab. After lunch, transfer to Nurata. Arrival. En route Excursion: Caravanserai "Rabat Malik", Sardoba and other historical monuments Nurata. After excursion - accommodation in yurt camp "Kyzylkum-Safari". Dinner in a yurt camp with the participation of Kazakh Akin (folk singer) and the Kazakh group "Dombra". Overnight in Yurt.
Day 7 – Nurata – Samarkand
After an early breakfast in Yurt, drive to Samarkand. En route , near Samarkand visit to the Mausoleum of Imam al-Bukhari - one of four authoritative Muhadith in the Islamic world (Collectors hadith - the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad), whose hadith is authentic. Upon arrival, accommodation in hotel. Lunch at a national restaurant in the local mahalla - a treat Samarkand pilaf. Then, continue sightseeing Samarkand: visit to the Mausoleum of Guri Amir and the Registan Square. Dinner at a local restaurant or Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8 – Samarkand
Breakfast at the Hotel. Continue sightseeing Samarkand. Visit: Ulugbek Observatory, Necropolis Shah-i-Zinda, Bibi Khanum Mosque, the Museum of Archaeology - Afrasiab, and the Tomb of prophet Daniel - (Donior Payghambar) - sanctuary of the three world religions. Lunch-extra at a local restaurant.
Then, a visit to a local Paper mill working on ancient Samarkand technology, transmitted from generation to generation for over 1,000 years. Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz
After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Shahrisabz. Accommodation at the hotel.
Lunch in the same hotel. After lunch city tour: the Palace of Ak-Saray, Mausoleum Jakhongir, Complex Dor-Us-Saodat, Gumbazi Saidon. Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
After breakfast at the hotel, again transfer to Samarkand. Visit to Oriental Siab bazaar in Samarkand. Lunch-extra at a local restaurant. Then, if desired, visit to the national theater of historical costumes and dresses "El Merosi" (extra). Accommodation at the hotel. Free time. Dinner at a local traditional restaurant. Rest. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 – Samarkand – Tashkent
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the capital - Tashkent. Lunch on arrival in the national tea house in Tashkent. After lunch, panoramic tour of the capital.
Visit: Hazrat Imam Complex, which houses one of the four original manuscripts of the Holy Quran - Khalifa Usman Mushaf dating VIII c., Brought by Tamerlane in Samarkand in the XV century.).Next we visit Barak Khan Madrasah, Tilla Shaykh Mosque, Kukeldash Madrasah, Eastern bazaar Chor-Su, the Museum of History of Uzbekistan. Then hotel accommodation Tashkent. Dinner in the same hotel. Free time, preparing to depart for home. Overnight at Hotel .
Day 12 – Tashkent
Early breakfast at the hotel (lunch-box on the road).
Transfer to the international airport of Tashkent city. Departure to home.
End of tour.
P.S. Locations of lunches (for an additional fee ) are advisory and tourists may wish to choose a different restaurant or other food item on the route