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Through The Ancient Caravan Ways
Places of Visit: Tashkent–Urgench–Khiva- Bukhara- Nurata–Base camp (Kizilkum desert) - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz-Samarkand – Tashkent
Duration: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
Day 1: ARRIVE Tashkent
Arrive Tashkent, welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Time for rest. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Tashkent for 4 hrs: a visit to the Amir Timur Square, Theatre Square with the Opera House, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, People's Friendship Palace with Abdul Kasim Madrassah and Alisher Navoi National Park, Independence Square. Night in Tashkent.
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench– Khiva
Early transfer to the airport and fly to Urgench. Arrive Urgench and drive to Khiva (30 km), hotel check-in and breakfast.Full day for sightseeing of Khiva - AM sightseeing including visits to the inner town of Ichan Kala (XIV-XX CC) with Muhamad Amin khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Rahim khan Madrassah, Djuma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli Palace.Lunch in so called restaurant-Madrassah of the XIX century. PM sightseeing for 2 hrs: Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi khan Madrassah Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Night in Khiva.
Day 3: Khiva – Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Bukhara via the Kizilkum desert (460 km,7 hrs). Stop en route near the Amu DaryaRiver and for picnic lunch.Arrive Bukhara, hotel check-in, free time. Night in Bukhara.
Day 4: Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day in Bukhara.AM portion of city tour for 4 hrs with visits to the Ark Fortress (I-XX CC), Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum (IX-X CC), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (XII-XVI CC), Lunch. PM portion of s/s tour on foot along the old town of Bukhara from Poi- Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret (XII C) through orient bazaars with three trade domes of Toki Zargaron (XV C), Toki Sarrafon (XVI C), Toki Telpak Furushon (XVI C), Ulugbek Madrassah (XV C), Abdulazizkhan Madrassah (XVII C) to the Lyabi Hauz complex (XVI -XVII CC). Night in Bukhara.
Breakfast in the hotel. Today we drive outside Bukhara for sightseeing: Bagautdin Nakhshbandi Complex - a center of Sufism (XIV-XVI CC, 14 km outside the town), Sitorai Mokhi Khosa - summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara (XIX-XX, 4 km outside the town). Afternoon visit to the Chor Bakr Necropolis (XVI-XX CC, 10 km outside the town), back to Bukhara and a visit to the Chor – Minor (Four Minarets, XIX C).Dinner in Nadir Divan Begi Madrassah with folk show. Night in Bukhara.
Day 6: Bukhara – base camp (Kizilkum desert)
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Nurata (185km, 3hrs.) Enjoy guided tour around Nurata town for 2 hrs. en route: ruins and fortifications remained after Alexander the Great, saint spring and medieval mosque Namazgokh. Transfer to the base camp (65 km, 1.5 hrs). Camel riding instructions and then camel riding. Overnight in yurts (huts).
DAY 7: Base camp (Kizilkum desert) – Samarkand
After breakfast camel riding to the Aydarkul Lake for fishing and swimming with picnic lunch. PM transfer to Samarkand (290km, 4hrs.) Arrive Samarkand and hotel check-in. Night in Samarkand.
Day 8: Samarkand
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day in Samarkand.AM sightseeing tour in Samarkand for 4 hrs: Ulugbek Observatory (XV C), Excavation of an ancient city and museum of Afrosiyab, Tombstone of Saint Danyar. PM s/s for 3 hours visiting the Registan Square (XV-XVII CC), Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV-XV CC) and Samarkand local bazaar. Night in Samarkand.
Day 9: Samarkand- Shakhrisabz –Samarkand
Breakfast in the hotel. One day trip to Shakhrisabz (150 km, 2,5 hours). Shakhrisabz is a home - town of Tamerlane and during our 2 hour sightseeing tour we can enjoy the bright example of Central Asian architecture of XIV-XV centuries by visiting: The Ak Saray Palace, Ulugbek’s Blue Domed Mosque, Jakhangir’s Mausoleum.PM drive back to Samarkand (150 km, 2,5 hours). Arrive Samarkand. Night in Samarkand.
Day 10: Samarkand
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day in Samarkand.AM city tour for 4 hours to the Gur-Emir Mausoleum- Grave of Timur (XV C), Rukhabad Mausoleum (XIV C), Shakhi Zinda Necropolis (XIV-XV CC).PM visit to the "Samarkand-Bukhara Silk Carpets" factory for 2 hours where you can observe the whole process of weaving silk carpets based on "hand made” technology. Night in Samarkand.
Day 11: Samarkand - Tashkent
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Tashkent (320 km, 5 hours). Arrive Tashkent and hotel check-in. Afternoon visit to Tashkent Metro and Chorsu oriental bazaar. Night in Tashkent.
Day 12: Depart Tashkent
Transfer to the Tashkent International Airport and depart Tashkent. End of the tour.
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