A journey in which you explore what is left of the powerful kingdom once built by the Great Tamerlane, as well as original cultures that flourished in Central Asia for centuries. You visit Tashkent, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva. It is a nice classic seven days tour, suitable for individual travelers, families, companies of travelers and bigger groups.
Uzbekistan, History, Culture and Traditions, Medium Classic
October, March, April, May, August, September
You are met and greeted at Tashkent Airport, and after Customs and Immigration clearance, transferred to one of modern hotels in the downtown. After a short fresh-up in the hotel, you have a city tour of Tashkent. You see the monuments and religious centers at the Hasti Imam Square (Barak-khan Madrassah, Mausoleum of Kafal Shashi), the ancient heart of Tashkent. Also, you visit the beautiful Amir Timur Square and the buildings around it, built in different periods over the last three centuries, the gorgeous Theater of Alisher Navoi, built by the Japanese in the midst of 20th century, Museum of Applied Arts with refined samples of Uzbek handicrafts. Overnight in Tashkent.
Transfer to Samarkand (289 km, 4-5 hours driving, or 2-3 hours by train); along the road you enjoy the typical Uzbek agricultural landscape. In Samarkand, accommodation in one of the city hotels just next to the ancient monuments. After lunch, you have a half day tour of Samarkand, visiting the mausoleum of Tamerlane, Guri Amir and the famous Registan Square. Overnight in Samarkand.
You have a full day tour of Samarkand and observe Ulugbek's Observatory, Tomb of Saint Daniel (Khodja Daniar), Afrosiab Museum, Bibi Khanum Mosque and Oriental Bazaar, Shahi Zindah (Huge Complex of Mausoleums). Overnight in Samarkand.
You drive westward to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz (360 km, 5-6 hours driving). During the stop in Shakhrisabz, you explore the remnants of the great White Palace built by Tamerlane, as well as Kok Gumbaz and Doru Saodat, where relatives and close friends of the Emperor were buried. After lunch, you head to Bukhara. Overnight in Bukhara.
Full day tour of Bukhara, the city of 1001 Nights. You attend the Ark fortress, Bolo Hauz mosque, mausoleum of Ismail Samani, Chashma Ayub, Kalyan minaret and mosque, Lyabi Hauz square with the spectacular Nadir Divan Begi Madrassahs. Also, you will see the Sitoran Mokhi-Khosa Palace situated a little north of Bukhara, a fanciful blend of oriental and modern architecture. Overnight in Bukhara.
You take a long drive (480 km, 6-8 hours) through the desert along the course of the Amudarya River to the capital of ancient Khorezm, Urgench (Khiva). The rest of the day is devoted to checking in the hotel and leisure. Overnight in Khiva.
You enjoy a full day tour of Khiva, the city of thousand domes. Ichan Kala, the inner fortress, is a museum in the open. You will visit Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassah and its minaret, Kunya Ark and Juma Mosque with 218 wooden pillars, the Harem of Khiva Khans, mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, a famous ancient wrestler and poet who patronized Khiva. Islam Khodja complex will provide you with a breathtaking view of Khiva from the top of its minaret. Upon completion of the excursion, you fly back to Tashkent by Uzbekistan Airways (1.5 hours) to make it to your flight home with pleasant experiences and memories of Uzbekistan.