TOUR to UZBEKISTAN ( 10 Days / 8 nights )
( along the Great Silk Road with russian or english speaking guide )
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«Great Silk Road» brand offers you to pass by routes of Mawarannahr, ancient Sogdiana and Khorezm. Unforgettable tours to Uzbekistan which are unique and full of adventures. Educational part will introduce you to the history, geography and culture of our country. During the tours you will see the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, pass the routes of the Great Silk Road. On the territory of Uzbekistan there is a large number of holy places. Visiting such places is a part of the tour . The crossroad of The Great Silk Road, the land of the ancient culture and the great historical values. More than 4000 architectural and archaeological monuments located in the territory of Uzbekistan, and some of them are listed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of its historical spots have centuries and millenniums.This tour is specially elaborated for intellectual people interested in reach history, colorful culture and grandiose architecture of Uzbekistan
Tour price depends on group size :
Price per person in USD
Day 1 Depart from USA to Tashkent with UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS
Day 2 Arrival to Tashkent airport , meeting with local representative , transfer to hotel, dinner , free time , overnight in Tashkent
Day 3 Breakfast at hotel.
Caravans come to China from West to East and our route starts from Khiva, museum city under the sky.
06:00 transfer to the airport, 07:50 flight to Urgench, 09:30 arrival and transfer to Khiva (30 km). Khiva Hotel accommodation.
If you ever dreamed of getting into Eastern fairy tale, than your dreams come true. City tour in Khiva around (walking excursion):
Itchan-Kala architectural complex (XII-XIX) UNESCO - Itchan Kala is the inner town (protected by brick walls some 10 m high) of the old Khiva oasis, which was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. Although few very old monuments still remain, it is a coherent and well-preserved example of the Muslim architecture of Central Asia
The old town retains more than 50 historic monuments and 250 old houses, dating primarily from the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries.
Muhammed Amin Khan Madrassah - The biggest medieval madrassah in Khiva . Its area is 78x60 m. The Madrassah has 125 hudjras and could receive up to 260 pupils. The portal is crowned with five domes and flanked by corner towers.
Kunya-Ark Castle (XVI-XVI) - Kunya-Ark ("Old fortress") is the inner citadel of Ichan-Qala. It was founded in the 17th century by Muhammad-Erenk Khan (1687-1688). Kunya-Ark had formed a "city inside a city" separated by a high wall, by the end of the 18th century. There were the Khan's mosque, residence, supreme court, reception (kurinysh-khan), powder mill, arsenal, mint, registry, harem, kitchens, stables, guardhouse and other structures.
Tash-Hovli Palace (XIX) – summer residence of Khivan Khans. It looks like a fortress with high battlements, towers and fortified gates. Its architecture is based on the traditions of Khorezm houses and country villas ("hauli") with enclosed courtyards, shady column aivans and loggias.
Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum (XIV-XVIII) - The necropolis of Pahlavan-Mahmud is the religious center of Ichan-Qala. It formed around the tomb of Khiva's patron Pahlavan-Mahmud (1247-1326). He was a poet, philosopher and wrestler.
Juma Mosque (X) - a mosque with a covered courtyard designed for the rugged climate of Central Asia, is unique in its proportions and the structure of its inner dimensions (55m x 46m), faintly lit by two octagonal lanterns and adorned with 212 columns.
The bathhouses of Anush-khan are supposed to be built in honour of Anush-khan by his father, the famous historian Abulgazi-khan (1644-1664).
Interesting are their heating, water supply and sewer systems. They consist of a lobby, changing rooms and washing rooms like typical oriental bathhouses. The bathhouses have a basement with an underground heating system, which allows for the preservation of heat. Only their skylight domes are visible outwardly.
Visit other sights of Khiva: Madrasah Shergazi - Khana, Mausoleum of Saida Allaudinna, Minaret Murad - Tura etc .
Narrow streets, carved “ayvans” veranda and doors, majestic minarets and mausoleums, heritage and arts –all kept with care in this city as great treasure.
Meeting sunset on the wall.Lunch included . Overnight in Khiva
Day 4 Breakfast at hotel.
09:00-18:00 continuation of the city tour, surroundings of Khiva - Dishan Kala
Luxury Palace Nurullabaya (1906yy.) - Nurullabay's Palace, located in the outer city of Khiva, in Dishan-Kala differs from the other palaces by its splendour, attraction, beauty and charming from other palaces built in different periods by khans.
Summer resident Kibla Toza Bog (IX-XX cc.) - The complex is an amazing combination of traditional Khiva architecture that took shape in the Middle Ages, and new Europeanized architectural techniques
Chodra Khauli (XVII-XIX cc, 1871) - one of the summer palace of Khiva khans, a unique example of the type of missing a single residential structure with towers made of clay blocks.
Memorial Complex Said Niyaz Shalikarbaya - This structure was built by a rich merchant Said Niyaz in 1842. The constructions of the mosque is linked a legend that the works of the mosque was running only one master, and the remaining was carried by children. Each of the children who brought a brick was issued one walnut. In order to gather more nuts running children collected bricks, and for this reason the construction of the mosque was very rapid. Currently mosque operates as a cathedral (Jami) Mosque of Khiva and the district. It also houses the office of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Uzbekistan
Visit other sights in Dishan Kala . Lunch included .
20.00 - Transfer to Urgench airport for flight to Bukhara. Arrival to Bukhara, check-in to the hotel.Overnight in Bukhara
Day 5 Breakfast at hotel
Holy Bukhara, homeland of Ibn Sino (Avicenna), loved city of all saints and worldwide known philosopher – cheery Hodja Nasriddin, lively, noisy and luxurious capital of Emirs, rich man of all nationals and patrons. When you hear “Splendor of East” – it is Bukhara!
09:00 – 18:00 City tour in Bukhara:
Ismael Samani Mausoleum - the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ dinasty at the end of IX - beginning of X. The monument is unique in many aspects. Here for the first time, such building materials as baked brick of Standard format are held together with a special ganch-based solution, providing the required strength. As Bukhara at the time was a world center for science, the most precise mathematical calculations were applied. The level of precision and the intricacy of the structure and layout are simply stunning.
Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (Spring of Job - XIV) - The complex of buildings built here in the 15th – 16th centuries includes ziyarat-khana (room for the ritual ziyara), chilla-khana (room for forty-day retreats), gur-khana with imaginary Ayyub tomb, a sacred well (chashma, bulak) with fresh water, probably spring by origin. According to the local legend, the water cures skin diseases. Around the complex until recently there has been a large cemetery.
Citadel Ark (IV) – Bukhara citadel of Ark obtained its modern appearance in the period of the Man-ghit dynasty (1747-1920). Ark was the center of Bukhara statehood. There was a palace of Bukhara amir, mosques, exchequer, governmental administration and prison. Its grand entrance fronted the Registan Square.
The massive gates were reinforced with two towers connected by the gallery above. In the past a lash was hanged above the gate symbolizing the power of amir. Arc suffered much in 1920 when Red Army conducted shell attack and bombed the city.
Since 1945, the Bukhara State Architectural Art Museum-Preserve has been situated in the Ark citadel.
Poi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great), religious heart of Sacred Bukhara, consists of Minaret Kalon (XII) - Kalyan Minaret (Great Minaret) is the main symbol of sacred Bukhara, Kalyan Mosque (XII) - Today's Kalyan Mosque was built at the beginning of the 16th century, at the first Shaybanids.
Visit other sights in Bukhara.Lunch included
Free time: we advise you to visit Bukhara Dome Bazaars (dated 15-16 centuries): Toki Saraffon (the Dome of Moneychangers), Toki-Telpak Furushon (the Dome of Cap makers), Toki Zargaron (the Dome of jewellers) and Tim Abdullakhan (the Center of silk). Overnight in Bukhara
Day 6 Breakfast at hotel
09:00 – 18:00 – Continuation of the city tour.
There are Rulers’ palaces and mausoleums of Sheikhs located out of city in Bukhara. A trip out of Bukhara city for a visit:
Bahouddin Nakshbandi Mausoleum (dated XVI-XIX century), to the sepulchers of his mother and his preceptor (dated XIV). At the architectural complex of Bahauddin the historical museum that bears the name of this popular mystic was open. It also includes the center for the Sufist study.
Mausoleum Chor-Bakr (dated X century) - also called the city of the dead. The first graves there appeared thousand years ago, when there was a small settlement of dervishes. But the magnificent architectural ensemble, now visited by thousands of pilgrims was not built until the XVI century.
Sitorai Mokhi Khosa - summer residence (dated XIX century). There you can see where Emirs of Bukhara spent their time during long and hot summers while taking a rest. Feed some bread to peacocks and make a pilgrimage to holy sites.
Free time for purchasing of souvenirs and east spices. We advise to visit the Gold Bazar.
Lunch included . Overnight in Bukhara
Day 7 Breakfast at hotel
08.00 am - Drive to Shakhrisabz (260 km, 4 hours).
12:00-14:30 – Arrival in Shakhrisabz and city tour in Shakhrisabz:
Ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (XIV-XV) - The Ak-Saray palace is a grandiose piece of civil architecture, and not just by Central Asian standards. Historical tradition ascribes the destruction of the majestic edifice to Abdullakhan, who, during one of the sieges of unsubdued Shahrisabz, is supposed to have ordered the splendid structures of Timur and his descendants to be demolished. Be that as it may, of the once luxurious royal palace only the pillars and part of the arch of the main portal remained by the second half of the 18th century.
Dor-ut Saodat Complex: Khazratiy Imam Mosque (XIV), Jahongir Mausoleum (XIV) - The Dor-ut Saodat ("repository of power") memorial complex was intended for the whole Timurid dynasty and was founded after the untimely death of Timur's eldest son, Jakhongir, in 1376. After his death his body was moved from Samarkand to Shakrisabz, the historical homeland of forefathers.
Dor-ut Tillavat Complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (XV).
The Dor-ut Tillavat memorial complex was formed after the death in 1370-1371 of the eminent religious leader Shamsiddin Kulal, the founder of Sufism, the spiritual mentor of Emir Taragay and of Timur himself, and the teacher of Bahauddin Naqshbandi. His grave immediately became a place of reverence for his numerous disciples.
13:30 – Lunch at local guest house (included).
15:00 - Continue to Samarkand (110 km, 3 hours).18.00 Arrive Samarkand. Overnight
Day 8 Breakfast at hotel
The science and art of ancient East where concentrated in Samarkand since olden times. Multinational and tolerant – it is spoken here that: “there are many stairs leading to the sky” and there is no difference in what language you pray.
09.00 - Full day city tour in Samarkand: Visiting of morning East Siab Bazaar,
Registan Square used to be the academic, administrative and religious center of the city. The word Registan means "a sandy place". Centers of all major cities used to be referred to as Registan in the Middle Ages. The areas and squares with such name were in Bukhara, Tashkent, Shahrisabz. One of the outstanding examples of the art of urban-planning in Central Asia was in Samarkand.
Mausoleum Guri Emir - Tamerlane's Tomb (XIV-XV). The Gur-Emir mausoleum is considered a model architecture of Central Asia. The building was laid by the grandson and heir of Amir Temur - Muhammad – Sultan as a madrassah (construction started in 1401). However, Muhammad - Sultan fell ill and died while returning from a campaign to Asia Minor. For this reason, his madrassah by the order of Amir Temur was rebuilt and Muhammad – Sultan was buried there.
Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV-XV) -
is known under a name of the legendary wife of Amir Temur: Bibi-khanym (Saray-Mulk-khanym). There is a legend that she constructed this building as an expression of love to her husband. The construction of the building began in 1399 and was finished in five years. The powerful entrance portal strengthened with the towers- minarets (up to 50 meters high) on the comers.
Architectural Complex Shakh-i-Zinda (dated XI-XV century) - The memorial ensemble Shahi-Zinda is the most esteemed place of pilgrimage in Central Asia. The meaning of the word is "the living king". This place is connected with the activity of the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad Kusam ibn Abbas who, by local legend, spread Islam during late 7th century together with the first Arabian conquerors to Central Asia. By the legend he was attacked but he hid in the well, whence ascended to heaven alive.
Also visit Jewish cemetery , Afrosiab museum and Ulugbek's Observatory Lunch included .
16:15 Transfer to the railway station for bullet train Afrosiab to Tashkent.
17:00 – 19.10 - Train ride to Tashkent
19:10 – Meeting at the train station and transfer to the hotel. Overnight inTashkent
Day 9 Breakfast in hotel
Excursion through the old part of Uzbekistan capital : the State Museum of Applied Arts - The Museum fund lists over 7,000 samples of applied arts: handmade embroidery, skull-caps (tyubeteyka), jewelry, carpets and other examples of craftsmanship of the beginning of the 19th century to present day. Also visit the religious complex Khasti Imam, Dzuma mosque of Khodja Akhrar vall - the most ancient among 157 mosques of modern Tashkent and much more . City tour along the new part of Tashkent : Independance square , Amir Timur Statue, Memorial to the WW2 victims , Monument of Courage , Alisher Navoi Theater square , much more . Lunch included . Overnight in Tashkent
Day 10 Transfer to the airport for early flight to USA with UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS
The following is included to the tour price:
- Accomodation in superior class hotels throughout Uzbekistan (twin / dbl shared)
- Meals: breakfast at the hotels and lunches at local restaurants, dinner on the 1st day
- Services for private A/C vehicle with driver per program:
- English or russian - speaking guide for all sightseeing and excursions from arrival till departure.
- Entrance fees to sites listed.
- Domestic flight Tashkent – Urgench .
- Domestic flight Urgench – Bukhara.
- Train ticket Samarkand - Tashkent.
- All airport transfers.
- Mineral water 1 L per day / per person.
- Visa support.
The following is not included:
- International air tickets
- Dinners, not mentioned in the program.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Visa consular fees.
Hotels used in the program :
Superior Class Hotels
Wyndham 4 **** or similar 4****
Asia Khiva 4**** or Malika Kheivak 3***
Asia Bukhara 4**** or Boutique hotel
Asia Samarkand 4 **** or similar 4***
|| Attention! The tour program described above is for information purpose only and may be changed for each tour date before departure . Passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months past the tour end date is mandatory. USA citizen require visas to Uzbekistan. Trip insurance is highly recommended. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with "The conditions and the rules" of our company. Thanks