Uzbekistan Tour 8

Uzbekistan: Tour 8, Uzbekistan tours 

Uzbekistan: Tour 8
Days of tour: 9
Country: Uzbekistan
Places: Tashkent - Samarkand - Urgut - Gijduvan - Bukhara - Khiva -Tuprak Qala - Ayaz Qala - Urgench - Tashkent 

Day 1: Tashkent
On arrival at the airport of Uzbekistan, you will be met and drive to the city. Today you will visit Independence square placed as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. The next destination is walking to the local Broadway. Then see the famous Tashkent metro where the first line was opened in 1977. The tour will be continued visiting the Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex. It has numerous madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The highpoint of its exhibitions is the Othman Quran which is the world's oldest Quran copy belonging to the 8th century. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph who was one of the four righteous Caliphs who prospered the prophet Muhammad. Othman was murdered by strangers in 8th century. Night is in a hotel.

Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand (350 km, 4 hrs drive)
You will be transferred to Samarkand. Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan and the second largest city of Uzbekistan. On arrival you will visit its most remaining sights such as Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square, a site of three mesmerizing Madrasahs of the 15-17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh embodies an immense gathering of mausoleums of the 11th-15 centuries (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Bibi Khanum Mosque was constructed in decency of favorite Tamerlane's wife, after his effective campaign in India. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 3: Samarkand - Urgut - Samarkand
In the morning you will drive to a small village outdoor of Samarkand named Urgut. This village is famed for its deafening and flamboyant national bazaar. In the afternoon we will return to Samarkand and drive to another village where you can see commemorative complex of Al Bukhary. Al Bukhary was an Islamic doctor, who authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, viewed by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic Hadith collections. He also transcribed other books such as Al Adab al Mufrad. Night is in a hotel.

Day 4: Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara
Having a hearty breakfast, we will start our way to Bukhara over at Gijduvan village in order to visit famous private pottery workshop. Gijduvan ceramics school skills have been passed from generation to generation. Nowadays Gizhduvan is home for the sixth generation of potters from Narzullayevs family which overestimated Gijduvan school ceramics all over the world. Gijduvan School of ceramics is eminent by a geometric pattern. Green and blue colors succeed in decoration of products.  Afterwards we will continue to travel Bukhara. Night is in a hotel.

Day 5: Bukhara
We are glad to present you the city tour of Bukhara. Visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara of the 4th century named Citadel Ark which aided as a palace for a number of dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then you will see Samanids mausoleum of the 9th -10th century. Then the tour continues to Chashma Ayub, so called Job's well and Bolo Hauz mosque, known also as the mosque of forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. The tour will be continued seeing the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. The tour will end with visiting Poi Kalon complex, the exclusive sample of architectural art of Bukhara. It entails of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 7 hours)
This tour will start by driving to Khiva. You will find out about history connected with the history of the legendary Khorezmshah's State with its capital in Urgench in past times. In the 10th century Khiva is stated as a foremost trading center on the Silk Road where caravans had a stop here with camels. The way from Bukhara to Khiva verves via famous Kizilkum desert. On the way we will see the view to Amu Darya river as the deepest river in Central Asia, molded by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flowing into Aral See. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 7: Khiva
In the morning you will have the city tour in the oldest city of Uzbekistan inside of Ichan Qala, where you can see the inner city in Khiva smoothed with strong walls. Find old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses transformed Ichan-Qala into fine city-testament. Ichan Qala has of over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments. In 1969 Ichan Qala was elected a historical and architectural conservation area. The most amazing sites in it are the Kunya Ark fortress of the 17th century, originated by Muhammad Arang Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, an unbelievable sample of Khorezm architectural mastership of 1830s. Night is in a hotel.

Day 8: Khiva -Tuprak Qala - Ayaz Qala - Urgench - Tashkent 
Today we will travel to the capital of the Republic of Karakalpakstan - Nukus city. It is placed in the north of Uzbekistan near the Aral Sea, walled by three deserts - the Kara Kum, Kyzyl Kum and Ustyurt. Visit two famous fortresses as Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. Ayaz Qala is a prehistoric castle of Khorezm, named on behalf of legendary warrior-slave Ayaz, a Turkic folklore hero in the II century AD. Tuprak Qala, means "clay fort", was the majestic city of Khorezmian ruler Artav. Archeologists title that fortress was built in I or II centuries AD. It was engaged until 6th century AD. Remains conflicts and incursions bushed the city and persisted it without any sign of life. Night is in a camp.

Day 9: Tashkent - Flight
Transfer to airport in the morning.

02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus

Price per person: 
02 pax - 650 $
04 pax - 560 $
06 pax - 520 $
08 pax - 480 $
10 pax - 450 $
Single - 90 $

Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $ 

*Half board - 60 $
*Full board - 110 $

*Entrance fees - 55 $ available with escort guide only  

Local guides - 210 $ per group

Escort guide - 450 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Urgench-Tashkent flight - from 80 $
- Train tickets Tashkent - Samarkand - 30 $