Name of tour: Uzbek Adventures
Itinerary duration: 9 days/ 8 nights
Day 1: Tashkent - Chimgan Mountains - Tashkent
Your guide will meet you at the airport and you begin to travel in amazing Uzbekistan. The first part of the day will be dedicated to Chimgan Mountains and the beautiful Charvak Lake. The rest of the day you will get acquainted with the sights of Tashkent. During the city tour you will visit Independence square, walk through the local Broadway, a walking street between independence square and Amir Timur square. Amir Timur square, one of the central squares of Tashkent, erected on behalf of national hero - Amir Timur. With almost two million people, Tashkent is the biggest city in Central Asia. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand
After breakfast you will be transferred to railway station of Tashkent and get on a train till Samarkand to continue your amazing tour in Uzbekistan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan and is more than 2750 years old. Today you will visit its most outstanding sights such as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. In 2001, UNESCO added the city to its World Heritage List as Samarkand - Crossroads of Cultures. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara
After breakfast we will start our way to travel to Bukhara, one of the marvelous cities of Uzbekistan. On the way, we will stop over Gijduvan village to visit famous private pottery workshop. Since ancient times Gijduvan has been known as a craft and trade centre. The incredibly beautiful and truly unique ceramics is a special pride of the village. The skills that ceramists use today have been passed from generation to generation. Then we continue driving to Bukhara. Night is in a hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara
Today will be devoted to fascinating Bukhara city tour. The name of Bukhara originates from the word "vihara" which means "monastery" in Sanskrit. With more than 140 architectural monuments it is a town museum dating back Middle Ages. The tour includes visiting Ark Citadel , Samanids mausoleum, a real masterpiece of architecture of 9th -10th century, the Chashma Ayub, and Bolo-Hauz mosque, also known as the mosque of forty columns. Then you will walk along the shopping domes and visit famous Nodir Divan Begi madrasah, a part of Lyabi House Ensemble, famous central sightseeing of Bukhara. The tour will end with Poi Kalon complex. Night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara
Today during your tours you will explore the surroundings of Bukhara. We will start with Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex. It is a memorial complex of famous Sufi Leader and Philosopher. Sheikh Bakhauddin Nakshbandi was Amir Timurs spiritual master. The complex consists of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana mosques, courtyard, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. Then you will drive to Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex, named after young wife of Bukhara Emir, after her death. The palace is the combination of various architectural styles. You will drive to Sumiton village to visit Chor Bakr memorial complex, the town of the dead. After excursion you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 6: Bukhara - Khiva
In the morning we will start our drive to Khiva to travel further. The history of Khiva is inseparable with the history of the legendary Khorezmshahs state and is the most ancient city in Uzbekistan. In 10th century it was mentioned as a major trading center on the Silk Road. The historic sights have been so well preserved that it's sometimes reffered as a ‘museum city'. The road from Bukhara to Khiva goes through famous Kizilkum desert. On the way we will enjoy the view to Amu Darya river, the deepest river in Central Asia, formed by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and then flowing into Aral See. Upon arrival in Khiva you will have free time. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Khiva
Today you will have a wonderful sightseeing tour in the oldest city of Uzbekistan. In Khiva there is another inner city - Ichan-Qala which many travellers enjoy a lot. Ancient buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses transformed Ichan-Qala into unique historical monument. It consists of over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments all surrounded by thik walls. In 1969 Ichan-Qala was proclaimed a historical and architectural conservation area. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 8: Khiva - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva - Tashkent
Today we will visit two famous fortresses during out tour in the outskirts of Khiva: Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. Ayaz Qala is an ancient castle of Khorezm. It is named in honor of legendary warrior-slave Ayaz, a Turkic folklore hero. Fortress dates back II century AD. Tuprak Qala, means ‘clay fort', was the royal city of Khorezmian ruler Artav. Archeologists claim that fortress was built in I or II century AD. It was occupied until 6th century AD when it fell into disuse. After excursions we travel nack to Urgench and take a flight to Tashkent. Night is in a hotel.
Day 9: Flight
Transfer to the airport is in the morning. End of tours.