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11 Day Journey Through Uzbekistan

$1,699
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Typically $2,699
This 11 day tour takes you on a journey through ancient Uzbekistan and the old Silk Road.  You will explore cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent.

the tour

Let our 11 Day Uzbekistan tour take you on a journey through history. This fascinating country has a rich history, spanning several thousand years. It boasts ancient legendary cities with many historical and architectural monuments. You will explore cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent. With its diverse culture, Uzbekistan and its people have a very unique and traditional way of life. For many centuries, Uzbekistan was a center for trade in the heart of the Great Silk Road, one of the favourite places for caravans, traders and tourists hundreds of years ago.

Uzbekistan, and Central Asia in general, is a result of different cultures and people. Shaped and formed over centuries by rulers such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Amir Temur. Uzbekistan is proud of its architectural monuments that have been preserved until today. Many old sights have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage, the unique monuments and architectural wonders of these cities reflect the rich history of the country. The legendary past of Uzbekistan, the historical and engineering heritage of the Silk Road, the magnificent scenery of nature, the local handicrafts passed down from generations, the hospitality and human values ​​of the people have always fascinated tourists.

INCLUSIONS

Our Uzbekistan tour includes fully escorted sightseeing with an English speaking guide. 10 nights accommodation in your choice of 3 or 4 star hotels. Meals on a half-board basis with 1 dinner in a yurt camp. All transport including high speed train tickets and a domestic flight. Our tours depart with a minimum of 4 and are capped at maximum 10 people for small group touring. Plus, we have departure dates are set until the end of 2022. Secure your next tour to Uzbekistan with our interest free payment plans. See our terms for more details or give our friendly team a call.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Tashkent, Uzbekistan

When you arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, your local guide and driver who provide services in your language meet you with name board at Tashkent International Airport. Check-in time begins from 13:00 at the hotel. We will start our excursion from the capital, Tashkent city, which includes old and modern parts:

Khasti Imam Ensemble (16th -20th centuries): Kaffal Shashi tomb, Barakhan and Muyi muborak madrasahs *(madrasah – a school of Islam religion), Namazgah va Juma mosques. This shrine has a special place in the Islamic world, where the Holy Qur’an manuscript * (7th century), written by Caliph ‘Uthman, which is very vital for the Muslim people, is preserved in almost complete and original form.

Charsu Bazaar:You will discover oriental style huge and beautiful domed bazaar of Tashkent city and enjoy from Uzbek products.

Tashkent Underground: It is a magical world in the underground. The reason is that each station is designed based on a special work of art, and the decoration of each station in terms of artistic architecture symbolically reflects the name of the station; (stations: Kosmonavtlar (Astronauts), Alisher Navoiy, Paxtakor and Mustaqillik Maydoni (Independence square)). After this we will enjoy lunch at the national Uzbek restaurant.before seeing the following sights in the afternoon.

Broadway: It is located in the centre of Tashkent city and it is favourite place of Tashkent youths. While walking through Broadway you come across local artists, street singers and many more entertainments. (Amir Temur square, 1st Uzbekistan hotel and Palace of Forums, Twin clock towers, the first gymnasium in Tashkent are observed from outside). Finally we visit Amir Temur and Timurids museums before dinner at the national Uzbek restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the hotel for check in and stay overnight at the hotel.

MEALS: Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Tashkent

DAY 2: Tashkent ~ Urgench ~ Ayaz Kala ~ Toprak Kala ~ Khiva

After having breakfast, check out the hotel at 06:30 and transfer to Tashkent local airport to the morning flight in the direction of Tashkent – Urgench route. Departure and arrival times: 07:40-09:10. Arriving to Urgench city and we will start today’s excursion with the help of transport by visiting the ruins of the ancient Khorezm region:

Toprak Kala (3rd-4th centuries): It was the ruins of an ancient city and the residence of Khorezm kings. The name of the remains means a large soiled hill.

Kizil (Red) Kala (1st-2nd centuries): It was built by the ancient Khorezm region as a defensive fortress to protect the northeastern border and it was one of the fortifications of Khorezm.

Ayaz Kala (4th-3rd B.C.E centuries): It was one of the ruins of an ancient beautiful city and it was one of three castles.

After a morning sightseeing we will have lunch at the beautifully decorated camp that has long been considered a home for immigrants. In the afternoon we will drive to the fairy-tale city of Khiva. (90km). After hotel check-in, we will continue our journey within the ancient city of Khorezm, the birthplace of the science of Algebra and “A Thousand and One Nights” Khiva. Here enjoy free time. DINNER – at the national Uzbek restaurant and transfer to the hotel for check in and stay overnight

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Khiva

DAY 3: Khiva

After having beakfast at the hotel, we will start our excursion with the discovery of the Ichan Kala (inner fortress, 10th -19th centuries) complex in Khiva, which occupies an area of 26 hectares and a thick and high fortress wall surrounded it. In addition, it is also known as the “open-air museum city”:

Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrasah And Kalta Minor Minaret: The largest madrasah in Khiva was built by Khiva khan Muhammad Aminkhan, next to it, the Kalta Minor Minaret took place, which attracted everyone with its wonderful colours and appearance.

Kunya-Ark Citadel: One of the oldest and most beautiful eye catching buildings in Khiva is the Khan’s Palace, which is divided into four courtyards. By visiting this ruler’s residence, you will discover with your own eyes how the rulers of the past lived in those times.

OK Shaykh Baba Teressa: Allows you to observe the whole beauty of Khiva in the form of a panorama and it is a great chance to take great photos.

Muhammad Rahim-Khan (Feruz) Madrasah: Muhammad Rahimkhan Madrassah was built by the order of one of the most revered khans of Khiva, and it is also one of the most beautiful madrassas in the city and it consists of a mosque, a porch, a classroom, a library and rooms.

Friday Mosque: It is known as one of the first mosques built in Central Asia (10th – 18th centuries). It will amaze you with its 227 unique wooden pillars and you will not come across such a unique mosque anywhere else in the world. LUNCH – at the national Uzbek restaurant.

Tach Khaouli Palace and Khan’s Kharam: It was built by the order of Khiva khan Allakulikhan and it consists of 3 courtyards and 111 rooms: Arz courtyard, Ishrat courtyard, Kharam. The kharam part of the palace is also unique in that it is decorated with ornaments and woodcarvings. The kharam caused the huge interests for all tourists as it involves 5 separate porches (for the khan and his 4 wives), from which to the rooms are entered through the corridors.

Allakuli Khan Caravanserai: As Khiva was an important city at the Great Silk Road, caravanserais (caravanserai – an ancient structure of the hotel where caravans stop, exchange products, eat foods and spend a night) played a very important role, and such a historic place is still used for trade, which makes a tremendous impression on you.

The Madrasah and Minaret of Islam Khoja: Islam Khoja was an important prime minister in the history of Khiva, and you will get fascinating more information about madrasah and minaret named after him as well as his contributions to Khiva.

Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum: It was built for honour of the great philosopher, poet, philosopher, scientist, and wrestler, master of fur and hats maker Pakhlavan Mahmud. Moreover, It is impossible not to amaze you charmingly built mausoleums.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Khiva

DAY 4: Khiva ~ Bukhara (460km Train)

After having breakfast, check out the hotel, at 08:00 transfer to Khiva railway station for taking your seats on train in the direction of Khiva-Bukhara route. Departure and arrival times: 08: 30-13: 20. Arrival to Bukhara (Kagan) railway station and transfer to the ancient Bukharai-Sharif. By the way, Bukhara is the homeland of Avicenna (Ibn Sina), known as one of the greatest figures in the field of medicine known to the world. After placing belongings in the hotel, we will start our excursion through the ancient city of Bukhara:

Lyabi-Khabi-Khabi Ensemble (16th -17th centuries): Lyabi Havuz pool, Nadir Divanbegi khanakah and madrasah, Kukaldash madrasah is the most well liked place of local and foreign tourists as ancient eye-catching buildings influence positively to everyone. Originally, an open market square was exist in the site of this historic architectural complex. Later, large pool was dug in the middle of the square, surrounded by stones, and it has always been popular among the people.

Ancient and Oriental Domed Markets (16th -17th): Toqi sarrafon (dome of exchanging currency)–it was the main mall for exchanging currency. Toqi telpakfurushon (trading dome of hats) – a domed building for the manufacture and sale of hats. Tim Abdulla Khan trading dome – the largest trading dome in Bukhara. Toqi zargaron (trading dome of jewelleries) — it is a mall for the sale of jewelleries. Taqi Zargaron is the largest and most complex dome among others in Bukhara.

Ulugbek And Abdulaziz Khan Madrasahs (15th -17th centuries): They are architectural monuments whose decorations were made with high art and artisanship. The large portal is adorned with elegant and rare tile curry patterns.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Bukhara

DAY 5: Bukhara

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will continue our excursion with the legendary city of Bukhara:

Samanids Mausoleum (9th -10th centuries): We will be acquainted with the history of the Samanids, the world’s first brick building and the mausoleum, which is preserved in a good condition.

Chashmai Ayub Mausoleum (12th -16th centuries): The prophet Ayub is well known in several religions.

Bukhara Bazaar: Bukhara, like other cities, has many markets, but you will not find such a beautiful, oriental-style food market everywhere;

Bolo Hauz Mosque (18th -20th centuries): It was built gradually and amazes everyone with its stunning decorations and style. In particular, the huge portal at the entrance to the mosque, with its tall carved columns, and it is unparalleled beautiful verandas surprises everyone.

Ark of Bukhara (5th -20th centuries): It is historical castle-town monument. It was the residence of the rulers of Bukhara and it was one of the most luxurious and charming monuments of Bukhara. As you walk in the big gate through a long sloping corridor, each step is worth a century and takes you back to history. LUNCH – at the national Uzbek restaurant.

Poi Kalon Ensamble (12th -16th centuries): Poi Kalon mosque and minaret, Miri Arab madrasah. You will get memorable pleasure from the splendour and charm of this ensemble. Go closer to the bottom of the minaret and face the end of it, preferably keep your hat in your hand. Otherwise, due to its height and beauty, it may fall to the ground in a hat like Genghis Khan.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 star hotel, Bukhara

DAY 6: Bukhara ~ Gijduvon ~ Nurata ~ Yangigazgan (290km)

After having breakfast, check out the hotel. It is good to know Bukhara once recognized as the capital of Islam. We complete our short tour in the holy city, Bukhara by visiting several historical monuments outside the city from the early morning:

Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace (19th-20th centuries): A summer garden palace belonging to the 3rd generation of the Mangit dynasty of the Emirate of Bukhara. This summer palace of the Bukhara emirs will take you into the world of fairy tales with its variety of colours. Furthermore, this palace is very rich in interesting exhibits from each other.

On the way, we will visit Gijduvan pottery workshop, one of the most famous pottery schools in Uzbekistan and the Central Asia. There is we can observe how beautiful handicrafts, beautiful pottery and embroidery are made. Then we make our way to the endless desert without which it is impossible to imagine the Great Silk Road. Then we turn to Nurata, one of the ancient cities, and there are the remains of the ancient fortress of Nur (also called Alexander Fortress), the walls of the defensive wall (4th-3rdcenturies BC), the mosque “Chilustun” (9th- 20th centuries), we can get acquainted with the Great Dome Mosque (16th century) and taste the water of the mysterious spring of Nurata.

Today we enjoy lunch at a lunch at the real local Uzbek house! After having lunch, we will continue our journey and visit the largest lake in the country, Aydarkol, which looks like a mirage in the seemingly endless Kyzylkum desert. It is also possible to enjoy this beauty and swim* (of course, in the summer time period). At the end of the day, arrive to the campground in the desert. These tourist camps, which located in the Kyzylkum Desert, the largest desert in Central Asia, tell us about the life and past of ancient nomadic tribes. A quiet, peaceful, noiseless ride through the desert on camels is a great pleasure for any tourist! By the way, here you have the opportunity to observe wonderful sunset and sunrise.

A special dinner is prepared for you tonight as we sit around a campfire with the team, listen to magical and charming nomadic music, and dance together!

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Traditional Yurt Camp

DAY 7: Yangigazgan ~ Samarkand (280km)

After having breakfast, we will continue our caravan route to Samarkand city, which sounds like a fairy tale to you, as you heard about it from youth. Arrive to the famous Samarkand city, the Pearl of the East, and take the rest at the hotel. Enjoy lunch at a national Uzbek restaurant and then we will start our excursion in Samarkand city.

Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (14th-15th centuries): One of the masterpieces of Samarkand was built during the reign of Amir Temur and the Temurids, this monument always amazes people around the world with its unique beauty and majesty.

After completing excursion, transfer to the hotel for check in and take the rest for a while. Dinner at the national Uzbek restaurant and transfer to the hotel for staying overnight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Samarkand

DAY 8: Samarkand

Today we will continue our journey through the ancient and eternally old Samarkand city, which is almost three thousand years old:

Registan Square (15th-17th Centuries): Ulugbek, Tillya-kori and Sherdor madrasah. In the ancient Great Silk Road it became an international trade centre and later a centre of science “sandy place” – Registan Square will captivate you with its day and night charm

Bibi Khanym Mosque (14th-15th centuries): It was named after his beloved queen Bibi Khanym by order of Amir Temur. At that time it was known as the largest mosque in Central Asia.

Siab Bazaar: it is an opportunity to be acquainted with the ancient Siab bazaar in Samarkand and enjoy the oriental sweets and dried fruits that you read about in your fairy tales.

Shah-I-Zinda Ensemble: It is one of the holiest shrines for Muslims and includes a complex of mausoleums from the 9th to the 19th centuries. Shah-i-zinda means, “living king” and it is the title given to Qusam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. The mausoleum dedicated to him and the beautiful mausoleums of people connected with Amir Temur give a special beauty to the complex.

The Observatory of Ulugbek (15th century): It was founded during the reign of the Timurid ruler, the famous astronomer Mirzo Ulugbek, and the discoveries in the observatory made an important contribution to world civilization.

Dinner the national Uzbek restaurant and transfer to the hotel for staying overnight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Samarkand

DAY 9: Samarkand ~ Shakhrisbz ~Samarkand (180km)

After having breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Shakhrisabz, known as the “green city” in the history of Samarkand, which is closely connected with its history, and enjoy the architecture built by Amir Temur and his descendants, one of the great historical conquerors of history:

Ak-Saray Palace (14th century): “If you want to know our power, look at the buildings we have built” – A. Temur. It is not written in vain on the Kitoba of this building. Indeed, as you stand beside these ruins of the palace that have remained till us, your imagination describes it as a whole, and you realise how great and strong it was in its time.

Dorus Saodat Complex (14th-19th centuries): We will visit the mausoleum of Amir Temur’s eldest son Jahongir Mirzo, the ruins of the mausoleum of Amir Temur, the Juma Mosque;

Dorut Tilavat Complex (14th-15th centuries): The mausoleum of Sheikh Shamsiddin Kulol, the Mullah (teacher) of Amir Temur, the Gumbazi Sayidon mausoleum and the Blue Dome Mosque, which attracts everyone with its blue, green and elegant ornaments, will make a wonderful and tremendous impression on you.

After having lunch, we will complete our excursion in Shakhrisabz. Return to Samarkand city, and take the rest at the hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Samarkand

DAY 10: Samarkand ~ Tashkent (300km High Speed Train)

After having breakfast, check out the hotel. We will complete our excursion by visiting eye- catching sites outside Samarkand city:

Muhammad Al-Baukhari Complex: By visiting the holy shrine built for honour of the great hadith scholar Imam al-Bukhari, who collected authentic hadiths from a reliable source in the Islamic world, you can meet mainly the locals here.

The Ruins of Afrosiyab Frosiyob: Looking at the ancient hills and ruins of Afrosiab on 220 hectares, as well as the Afrosiab Museum, which tells about the whole past of Samarkand, you can feel the conquest of these lands by such conquerors as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Amir Temur. The ruins of this ancient city and the thousands of exhibits in the museum will tell you about the ancient Turkic peoples, the Persians, the Greeks, the Arabs, the Mongols, and others.

Samarkand Paper Mill Factory:A factory usually a place where equipment is manufactured, but the current paper mill is made by 100% labour work. As you are booked to visit here, you will find out how to make high quality silk paper that will last for thousands of years and how to make it by hand.

Samarkand Silk Carpet Factory: Here we discover the famous Samarkand silk carpet factory, which is uniquely colourful and made of high quality ancient handicrafts. Seeing each of the natural and precious carpets woven from high-grade silk individually by hand teaches a person to appreciate the work behind it. You have the great opportunity to observe the process by visiting the factory. LUNCH – at the national Uzbek restaurant; Transfer to Samarkand railway station for taking your seats on the modern Talgo-Afrosiyob high-speed train in the direction of Samarkand-Tashkent route. Departure and arrival times: 17: 00-19: 10. Arrival to Tashkent city in the evening. Transfer to the hotel for check in and take the rest before dinner. DINNER – at the national Uzbek restaurant and transfer to the hotel for staying overnight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Tashkent

DAY 11: End of Tour ~ Departure

After having breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to Tashkent International Airport in the morning. This is the end of our short journey to Uzbekistan. Thank you for opening the door to “The Lost World” with us. See you again!

MEALS: Breakfast

Description

Let our 11 Day Uzbekistan tour take you on a journey through history. This fascinating country has a rich history, spanning several thousand years. It boasts ancient legendary cities with many historical and architectural monuments. You will explore cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent. With its diverse culture, Uzbekistan and its people have a very unique and traditional way of life. For many centuries, Uzbekistan was a center for trade in the heart of the Great Silk Road, one of the favourite places for caravans, traders and tourists hundreds of years ago.

Uzbekistan, and Central Asia in general, is a result of different cultures and people. Shaped and formed over centuries by rulers such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Amir Temur. Uzbekistan is proud of its architectural monuments that have been preserved until today. Many old sights have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage, the unique monuments and architectural wonders of these cities reflect the rich history of the country. The legendary past of Uzbekistan, the historical and engineering heritage of the Silk Road, the magnificent scenery of nature, the local handicrafts passed down from generations, the hospitality and human values ​​of the people have always fascinated tourists.

INCLUSIONS

Our Uzbekistan tour includes fully escorted sightseeing with an English speaking guide. 10 nights accommodation in your choice of 3 or 4 star hotels. Meals on a half-board basis with 1 dinner in a yurt camp. All transport including high speed train tickets and a domestic flight. Our tours depart with a minimum of 4 and are capped at maximum 10 people for small group touring. Plus, we have departure dates are set until the end of 2022. Secure your next tour to Uzbekistan with our interest free payment plans. See our terms for more details or give our friendly team a call.

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2021:

August: 10th

September: 8th

October: 6th

November: 3rd

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

February: 9th

March: 9th

April: 6th

May: 4th

June: 7th

July: 6th

August: 3rd

September: 7th

October: 5th

November: 2nd

 

 

 

INCLUSIONS

 

11 Day guided tour of Uzbekistan

10 Nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels

10x Breakfasts, 10x Lunches, 1x Dinner

Airport Transfers

Tourist vehicle with A/C and driver

A dedicated English speaking tour guide

All sightseeing entrance fees per itinerary

Domestic airfare from Tashkent – Urgench

Train ticket Khiva – Bukhara

High-speed trains ticket Samarkand – Tashkent

1L a bottle of mineral water per person per day

Touristic maps of the cities

24 hours agency support

EXCLUSIONS

 

International airfare

Entry visa fee

Travel Insurance

Meals not mentioned in itinerary

Optional tours and extras

Camera Fees

Personal Expenses

Any other expenses which are not mentioned in inclusions

HOTELS

 

3 STAR HOTELS:

Tashkent: Arien Plaza, Viardo

Khiva: Siyovush, Malika Khiva, Shaherezada

Bukhara: Kavasr Boutique, Old House

Yangigazgan: Yurta

Samarkand: Platan, Ideal, Malika Prime

 

4 STAR HOTELS:

Tashkent: Rakat Plaza, Mirzo Boutique, Simma Spa Hotel

Khiva: Erkin Palace, Orient Star Khiva Madrasa

Bukhara: An-Nur Boutiquem Volida Boutique

Yangigazgan: Yurta

Samarkand: DiliMah, Emir Han

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

Upgrade to 4 Star Hotels for $300 per person

 

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extend your time in Uzbekistan with extra nights pre or post tour:

 

PRE/POST-TOUR

3 Star Hotel Tashkent – $160

4 Star Hotel Tashkent – $250

 

Prices are based per room per night and include breakfast. Airport transfer is not included.

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid for stays before 2 November 2022

Voucher valid for 1 person

Bookings must be made at least 60 days prior to departure and are subject to availability

 

RATES:

11 Day Journey Through Uzbekistan 3 Star Package – $1699 per person

11 Day Journey Through Uzbekistan 4 Star Package – $1999 per person

 

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum 4 people

Maximum 10 people

 

SINGLE TRAVELLER SURCHARGE:

3 Star Package – $700

4 Star Package – $800

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

Contact us for child prices

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

This tour departs with a minimum of 4 people. If minimum numbers are not met you will be given the choice to pay a supplement for the tour to depart with just 2 people, or choose an alternative travel date.

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