Uzbekistan is a country located in Central Asia, known for its rich history, culture, and stunning Islamic architecture. The country is situated between the Amu Darya (Oxus) and Syr-Darya (Jaxartes) Rivers and has a severe continental climate that is dry and hot in summer and cool and wet in winter. The country is famous for its majestic, tilting madrassas, which are a near-overload of majolica, azure mosaics, and vast, well-proportioned spaces. The country has recently opened its doors to the world, and since doing so, this off-the-beaten-path destination is gradually becoming more and more popular with tourists.
Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand are three of the most famous ancient cities in Central Asia. Samarkand is the largest of the three and has been known for about 2700 years, while Bukhara has been around for about 2500 years. Khiva, on the other hand, has a history of about 1200 years. Samarkand was devastated by Genghis Khan and rebuilt from the ground in the 13th century, Bukhara blossomed around 1,300 years ago, and Khiva was an ordinary town until the 16th century. The three cities are treasure troves overflowing with more ancient monuments than you can handle. Samarkand is known for its majestic Registan, while Bukhara is an entire historical site on its own. Khiva is small enough to navigate on foot and has a stunningly integral environment of old adobe houses, including mosques, madrasahs, minarets, mausoleums, and khan’s palaces.
Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent (L, D)
Upon arrival at the “ISLAM KARIMOV” International airport, your guide will meet you outside the arrival hall. You will then head to a local fast food restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will visit Lokomotive-Park, where you can enjoy go-karting and take in the sights of the Eye Circle and Tw Tover from outside. Later in the evening, you will have dinner at an Uzbek restaurant. Finally, you will spend the night in Tashkent city.
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva. (B, L, D)
You will take a morning flight to Khiva, which is approximately 1000 km away and takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon arrival at Urgench, you will be driven to Khiva. You will then embark on a full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Itchan-Kala Fortress, which is a living museum under the open sky. During the walking sightseeing tour in Khiva with a guide, you will visit Kunya-Ark Citadel, Tash-Khovli Palace, Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, and Minaret of Islam-Khoja ¹. You will have free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own. In the evening, you will enjoy dinner with a folklore show and spend the night in Khiva city.
Day 3: Khiva – Bukhara. (500km/ 7 hrs) (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will depart from Khiva and drive to Bukhara, which is approximately **480 km** away and takes **7-8 hours** ¹. On the way, you will stop at a village to explore the life of local people. The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva, and the present road still runs through the Kyzyl-Kum Desert. You will stop en-route to enjoy the panoramic view of Amu Darya River and the desert, which borders Turkmenistan ². You will arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon and check into the hotel. You will have some time to rest before spending the night in Bukhara city.
Day 4: Bukhara (B, L, D)
You will start your day with a full-day sightseeing tour of the Old City with a guide. The Old City of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to several historical landmarks that date back to the 10th century ⁶. You will visit the following places: Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, a beautiful complex of buildings surrounding a pond, built in the 17th century, Magoki-Attori Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Bukhara, dating back to the 12th century. Then theTrade domes a collection of three domed bazaars that date back to the 16th century and proceed to Kalyan Minaret a 12th-century minaret that stands at 47 meters tall and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Bukhara alongside the Kalyan Mosque that dates back to the 16th century and is located next to the Kalyan Minaret.
After lunch we will pay a visit to Miri-Arab Madrasah which is 16th-century madrasah that is still in use today and make our way to Ulugbek Madrasah, a 15th-century madrasah that was built by Ulugbek, a Timurid ruler and astronomer. Walk to the Abdulazizkhan Madrasah that was constructed 17th-century by Abdulazizkhan, a Bukharan ruler. The highlight of the day is Ark Fortress: A citadel that dates back to the 5th century and was used as a royal residence until the 20th century and also has the Bolo-Khauz Mosque inside that was 18th-century mosque that is located near a pond. From there we will walk the nearby Ismail Samani Mausoleum which is a 10th-century masterpiece mausoleum considered to be one of the most important architectural monuments of the early Islamic period and end today s tour with Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum located nearby a spring. Finally, you will spend the night in Bukhara city, which has a rich history that dates back more than 2,000 years.
Day 5: Bukhara – Samarkand (240 km / 4 hrs) (B, L, D)
You will have an early breakfast at the hotel before departing for Samarkand at 8:00 AM. The city is approximately 200 km away and takes 3-4 hours to reach 1. On the way, you will stop at Gijduvan Ceramics Museum to see how handmade ceramics are made 2. You will arrive in Samarkand at 12:30 PM and have lunch at an Uzbek restaurant. After lunch, you will visit Saint Daniel Mazar, which is the only place in Central Asia where Muslim, Jewish, and Christian people consider it a sacred place in their religion 3. Later in the day, you will visit Meros, the ancient paper mill 4. Finally, you will have dinner and spend the night in Samarkand city.
Day 6: Samarkand – Tashkent (300km/2 hrs.) (B, L, D)
You will have an early breakfast at the hotel before visiting the mausoleum of Gur Emir, which is the burial place of Tamer Lang and other princesses of his family. You will also visit Registan Square, the heart of Samarkand consisting of Madrassa of Ulugbek, Madrassa Sher-Dor, and Tillya-Kori Madrassah. Later, you will visit BibiKhanum Mosque, which was once the biggest mosque in Central Asia and was erected by order of Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399 1. After lunch, you will have some time for shopping at the famous oriental Siyob bazaar. Later, you will transfer to the railway station and take a high-speed train “Afrosiyob” to Tashkent at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (300 km/2 hrs) 2. Upon arrival in Tashkent, you will be transferred to a restaurant for dinner. You will then check in and spend the night in Tashkent city.
Day 7: Tashkent- Charwak – Tashkent (B, L, D)
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. After that, you can embark on a full-day tour to Charwak Lake and Chimgan hill. Chimgan is the most popular ski resort in Uzbekistan, located 80 km from Tashkent on the slopes of Chimgan Mountains, which are part of the Chatkal range of western Tian-Shan. You can enjoy a ride on the chairlift and take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Afterward, you can head to Lake Charvak, a popular resort in the Tashkent region. Thousands of holidaymakers from all over Uzbekistan and neighboring countries visit the reservoir. You can have lunch there and enjoy your free time at the beautiful Charwak Lake with numerous relaxing optional activities, such as hiking, trekking, and mountaineering on various trails. The mountains also offer ideal conditions for skiing and snowboarding during the winter season, with several ski resorts available. Finally, you can transfer back to the city after a day full of adventure and relaxation.
Day 8: Tashkent – Departure
Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport.
End of the tour.
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March 10 (Arrive in TAS-Tashkent Airport) / March 17 (Depart from TAS-Tashkent Airport), 2024
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