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Discover the history and heritage of Uzbekistan. Visit the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia – Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand on this 10 day small group tour. Also available as a private tour in your own vehicle with your own driver and guide. Explore local culture and traditions and enjoy the wonderful hospitality of Uzbekistan people.
You will meet your guide on arrival at Tashkent Airport, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Tashkent, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day.
This morning after breakfast begin your tour of Tashkent with a visit to the complex of Khast-i-Imam. Reconstructed in 2007 and the religious center of Tashkent, it includes several buildings from the 16th century. In the afternoon continue your tour with a visit to The Museum of Applied Art of Tashkent, the ancient palace of Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev, that was transformed into a museum in 1938. After dinner transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Urgench. On arrival in Urgench travel by road to Khiva.
Today, after breakfast at your hotel, explore this marvelous city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sightseeing program includes all the monuments of Ichan Kala, the inner town of the old Khiva oasis. Protected by 10 metre high brick walls, this was the last resting-place for caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. Although only a few ancient monuments still remain, it is a well-preserved example of Muslim architecture in Central Asia; Juma Mosque - a remarkable building from the 17th century; Kunya Ark – the 'ancient fortress', established in 1686 by Arang-Khan; and then to the south of the city to Kalta Minor and the Medresa of Muhammad-Amin-Khan; the Tash-Kauli Palace, built between 1830 and 1838 for Alla-Kulli-Khan, (whose name means 'slave of God').
After lunch explore other amazing monuments, situated in Ichan Kala – the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud; the Mausoleum of Sayid All-Uddin, which has retained its 14th century layout intact; the Medresa of Islam-Khodja with its elegant minaret, at 45 metres the highest in Khiva; the Medresa of Alla-Kuli, built in 1835 in an awkward space near the east gate of the inner town, and a celebrated example of harmonious blending into an ancient urban fabric.
An early start this morning for the drive to Bukhara, passing by the red sands of the Kizil-Kum desert. For centuries the desert marked the northern limits of Transoxiana and the edge of the boundless nomadic steppe. Stop en-route to explore the river of Amu-Darya, a blue serpent in the red desert, with a lunch stop on the way. In the afternoon continue on to Bukhara with another rest stop en-route near Gazli. Arrive in Bukhara in the late afternoon, transfer and check-in to your hotel.
Today we discover the most mysterious city along the Silk Road, with its magnificent historical monuments that attract thousands of visitors every year from all around the world. Boasting a different mosque for every day of the year and drawing the finest minds of the East with its cultural and commercial vitality, the city well deserved its ancient title of "Bukhara the Holy”. Your full day sightseeing program includes visits to Ark-Citadel, a massive fortress and residence of the Bukhara khans, built and occupied around the 5th century AD. Bolo-Hauz Mosque, built in the 17th century and a place of prayer for the Emirs and their entourage. Poi-Kalyan complex consisting of buildings built between the 12th and 16th centuries – the Madrasah Miri-Arab mosque and minaret Kalyan or “Great minaret” the main attraction of this complex, the madrasa of Ulug Beg and Abdulaziz Khan. After lunch continue to explore other monuments including Tim Abdullah Khan – a covered bazaar built in 1577. Magok-i Attari Mosque, today a carpet museum and one of the oldest architectural monuments where you will find heathen shrines, the remains of a Buddhist monastery and a Zoroastrian Temple. Trading Domes consisting of three main centers: Tok-i-Zargaron (Jeweler’s Bazaar) Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon (Cap Maker’s Bazaar) Tok-i-Sarrafon (Moneychanger’s Bazaar). Finish your day in Bukhara with a folklore show at Madrassah Nodir Dewon Begi.
Begin your second day in Bukhara with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, the former summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. This is a unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue on to the mausoleum of the founder of the Sufi Muslim order Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Five kilometers away to the west from Bukhara, where the fields are separated by rows of mulberry trees, the Chor-Bakr Necropolis, also called the city of the dead , is one of the most unusual landmarks. The first graves there appeared thousand years ago, when there was a small settlement of dervishes but the magnificent architectural ensemble that appears today was not built until the 16th century. After lunch the afternoon is free to explore Bukhara on your own. Perhaps take a walk in the former Jewish district and visit the synagogue or visit Shavkat Boltaev’s studio to admire his gorgeous photography or the workshop of popular puppet-creator Iskandar Khakimov.
Today drive to Samarkand with a stop en route in Shakhrisabz, the birth place of Amir Timur. Sightseeing here includes Ak Saray (White Palace) Timur’s summer palace. Kuk Gumbaz Mosque and Dorut Tilovat Complex a large Friday Mosque built by Ulugbek in honour of his father Shakhrukh . Gumbazi Seydon (Dome of Sseyids) finished by Ulugbek in 1438 as a mausoleum for his descendants. Dorus Saodat Complex built in 1392 by Timur as the seat of power and might. Hazrat Imam Mosque from the 14th century. After your tour of Shakhrisabz continue on to Samarkand and check-in to your hotel.
Today explore Samarkand, described as the Eden of the ancient East and the most precious pearl in the Islamic world. Today’s sightseeing includes the Gur-Amir Mausoleum a world renowned masterpiece of Central Asian architecture, the family crypt of the great dynasty of Tamerlane, with a fine ribbed dome and decorated with paper-maché inside. Registan Square (“Sandy Place”) the ensemble of three madrasahs - Ulughbek Madrasah, Sher Dor Madrasah and the Pearl of Samarkand – Bibi Khanum Mosque, constructed in 1399 by the best architects and artisans of Khorossan, Azerbaijan, Persia and India, this mosque was compared with the beauty and shining of the Milky Way and constructed by Timur for his wife. After lunch you will discover other miracles of the city including the Siyab Bazaar, the most ancient and biggest in Samarkand, where Silk Road caravans stopped for trade. Shahi Zinda mausoleum ‘Town of Dead’, a complex of more than 20 unique buildings of different ages. Ulugbek’s Observatory the first observatory in the orient with a 30m sextant built by Ulugbek to take exact astronomical records.
This morning continue your exploration of Samarkand commencing with the Mausoleum of Saint Daniel, where according to legend, the remains of the biblical prophet Saint Daniel rest. The Mausoleum attracts many nationalities and pilgrims from religions all over the world. Continue on to the Museum of Afrasiyob, built next to the ruins of the old city of “Afrasiyob” the museum tells the story of the history and life of the city.
In the afternoon visit Meros paper production mills where the ancient art of paper making has been kept alive. The whole production is carried out manually, with silk waste, mulberry bark and bamboo sprouts used as the raw materials. Continue on to Hudjum where handmade silk carpets are produced in the most vivid and varied colors, according to secret techniques passed from generation to generation. After your tour transfer to Samarkand train station to take the high speed train “Afrasiyab” to Tashkent. On arrival transfer and check-in to your hotel.
Today is at leisure to relax at your hotel, explore Tashkent on your own or take an optional tour, before it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight
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|Dates:||6 & 20 April 11 & 25 May 17 August 7 & 21 September and 5 October 2020|
"We loved Uzbekistan. The company, guides, hotels were so unique and loved the Silk Road history and mosaic details. Incredible architecture" — Feys, Perth, October 2019