Places of Visit: TASHKENT - URGENCH - KHIVA - BUKHARA - SHAKHRISABZ - SAMARKAND - TASHKENT - FERGHANA -TASHKENT
Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Transfers: By car or mini bus: Tashkent- Khiva- Bukhara-Shahrisabz-Samarkand-Fergana
By plane: Tashkent - Urgench
Day 1. TASHKENT
Arrival in Tashkent. Pick up at the Airport & hotel check in. Overnight in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for morning flight to Urgench. Arrival in Urgench. Transfer to Khiva (35 km). Accommodation in hotel. City tour around the architectural complex "Ichan-Kala" (12-19th cc.): Kunya-Ark khan's castle - the inner citadel of Ichan-Kala (16-17th cc.), Kalta Minor Tower (Short minaret) that would have become the biggest and tallest minaret in Central Asia (19th c.), Muhammad Amin -Khan - the biggest medieval madrassa in Khiva (1845-1855 yy.), Djuma Mosque with 220 wooden columns and a minaret 32,5 m height (10th c.), Tash-Hauli (Stone courtyard) palace looking like a fortress with a high battlements, towers and fortified gates (19th c.), Ak-Mosque (White Mosque) - a small quarter mosque by the gates of Palvan-Darvaza (1838-1842), necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud - the cultic center of Ichan-Qala (1810-1913 yy.), residence of Islam Khodja (1910 y.) - the vizier of the last khan. Ensemble consists of the smallest medressa in Khiva and a minaret whose top platform has a height of 45 m and is the highest observation point in town. Free time. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 3. KHIVA-BUKHARA
Breakfast at the hotel. Coach trip to Bukhara via the Kizil-Kum desert along the Caravan road, (480 km, 6-7 hrs). Arrival in Bukhara. accommodation in hotel. Free time. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 4. BUKHARA
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour: mausoleum of the Samanids - the most ancient brick building in Central Asia, a masterpiece of world architecture (9-10th c.), mausoleum Chashma Ayub that belongs to the esteemed "places of trace" left by saints persons (14th c.). The legend says that once the bible prophet Job (Ayub) visited this place. Visit to the museums of Imam Al Bukhari and "The Museum of Water". "Bolo-Houz Mosque" - the only monument of medieval Bukhara (beg. of 20th c.), Ark - the center of Bukhara statehood (4th c. B.C.), silk carpet shops, complex "Poi Kalon" ("Beneath the Great"): "Kalyan Minaret" - the main symbol of sacred Bukhara that symbolized the authority and power of the spiritual governors. (12th c.), "Kalyan Mosque"- its area of 130x80 m surpasses Bibi-Khanym mosque in Samarkand, "Miri Arab Madrassah" - active madrassah is one of the most esteemed spiritual Islamic universities (16th c.), "Taki Zargaron" - the dome of jewelers (15-16th cc.), "Ulugbeg Medressa" - one of the 3 madrassahs constructed by the grandson of Tamerlan - Ulugbeg (15th c.), "Abdulaziz-khan Madrassah" - traditional madrassah with 2 floors of hudjras and a mosque on the central axis ( mid. of 17th c.), Tim of Abdullah-Khan madrassah (1588-1590), atlas shops, "Magoki-Attari Mosque" - the most ancient mosque in Bukhara (12th c.) is considered a masterpiece of Bukhara architecture, "Khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan-Beghi" - a massive rectangular structure that was a place for the refuge and meditation of Sufis (17th c.), "Kukeldash Madrassah" (16th c.) - one of the biggest Bukhara madrassah, "Lyabi-Hauz" ensemble - the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara - is very popular among tourists (14-17th cc.).Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 5. BUKHARA
Breakfast at the hotel. Continuation of city tour: walking excursion through the old district, "Chor Minor" ("Four minarets") (18th c.).Tour outside the city: the Emir's Summer Residence Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th c.), memorial necropolises of Chor Bakr(10th c.), visit to the Bahouddin Nakshbandi mausoleum (16-19th c.), and to the sepulchers of his mother and his preceptor (14th c.). Visit to Zirobod - an ancient Persian settlement. There is a belief that the age of the settlement is 2500 years. Historical sources claim the settlement was established in the 4thcentury BC by ancient Persian tribes. Visit to an Ethnographic museum and ancient mosque. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 6. BUKHARA-SHAKHRISABZ-SAMARKAND
Breakfast at the hotel. Coach trip to Shakhrisabz (295 km, 5 hrs). City tour: ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (14-15th c.), Khazrati Imam Complex, Dor-ut Tillavat (15-16th c.), Gumbazi-Seiidan Makbarat of Ulughbek, Kok Gumbaz mosque (15th c.), Jahongir mausoleum, visit to the factory of art items "Khudjun". Transfer Shakhrisabz - Samarkand (170 km, 3 hrs). Hotel check in & overnight in Samarqand.
Day 7. SAMARKAND
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour: Excavations and museum of the ancient city of Afrosiab, Architectural complex Shahi-Zinda (Alive king) (11-15th c.), Ulughbek Observatory. Overnight in Samarqand.
Day 8. SAMARKAND
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour: Registan Square ("A sandy place"): Ulugbek Madressa (15th c.), Madressa Sherdor (17th c.), Madressa Tilla-Kori (17th c.), : Gur Emir Mausoleum - Tamerlan's tomb (14-15th c.), Bibi-Khanum Mosque, market place. Visit to the natural silk processing workshop "Aiesha". Overnight in Samarqand.
Day 9. TASHKENT
Breakfast at the hotel. Coach trip to Tashkent (340 km, 4 hrs). Accommodation in hotel. City tour around Tashkent: Independence Square, Navoi Theater square, Barak-khan Madrassa, The Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum (15th c.), Kukeldash Madressa (16th c.), the Djuma mosque (9th c.). Visit to the Opera and Ballet Theater named after Alisher Navoi. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 10. TASHKENT-FERGANA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Fergana Valley (417 km, 4.5 hrs) via Kokand. City tour: Palace of Khudoyar-khan (1870), Gishtlik Mosque (1913), Djami Mosque and Minaret (1809-1812), Kamol-Kazy Madrasseh (the middle of the 19th c.), Mulkabad Mosque (1913), Miyen-Hazrat Madrasseh (the end of the 18th c.), Dahman-Shakhon and Madirakhan Necropolis (early 19th c.). Afternoon arrival to Fergana. Hotel accommodation. Overnight in Fergana.
Day 11. FERGANA-TASHKENT
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent. Free time in Tashkent. Airport for flight to next destination.
·Domestic air-ticket Tashkent-Urgench
·Double/twin/triple accommodation in the 4 stars hotels with breakfast;
·All transfers by private air-conditioned bus or minibus;
·Comfortable bus/minibus service during tour;
·English speaking tour guide;
·Mineral water during the transfers
PRICE NOT INCLUDE
·Visa fee (consular fee);
·Additional services in the hotels;
·Any additional trips.
·Meals (except breakfast )
·Entrance fees for the monuments, museums and handicrafts workshops during the tour;
Tour code SS 2.