This is a full-coverage tour that allows you to see almost every corner of Uzbekistan that is worth seeing. From eastern provinces of Fergana, to west-end Nukus, plus all must-see cities Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Visiting Nurata and Shakhrisabz, Muslim and Buddist monuments of Termez are an interesting bonus of this trip.
Fergana – Rishtan – Margilan – Kokand - Tashkent by car
In Rishtan - visiting famous ceramics shops. In Margilan - silk making factory.
Kokand excursion includes the famous Khudoyar-Khan Palace with nice examples of medieval architecture and later decoration styles. Also visits to Dehqon (Farmer) bazaar, Jami Mosque, Norbut-bit Madrasah and Kumtepa Bazaar.
A short drive to Khojeili to visit the Mizdakhan Complex with (10-14 centurries), viewing White Khanaka Caravan Serai, Nazlumkhansulu and Shamun Nabi Mausoleums, Halfa Erejep madrassah and ruins of Gyaur Kala fortress(2-4 centures BC).
Then, drive to Khiva, and rest.
You are taken to see ancient Khorezmian clay fortresses Tuprak-kala and Ayaz-kala dating back to the 2nd century AD. If lucky, you may still find in the dust archaic debris, such as pieces of ceramics, coins and arrow heads in the gloomy dark of half-buried rooms. You may have a lunch in a Yurt (nomadic tent) on the top of a hill right next to the huge clay fortress with a smaller fortification on the slopes of the hill.
All day for tour in Khiva. Visit Ichan Kala, the inner fortress, 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. Also, you will see Islam Khodja complex with a chance to climb up the 45m minaret and enjoy a breathtaking view of the evening Khiva at sunset from the top.
You take a long drive (480 km, 6-8 hours) through the desert along the course of the Amudarya River to the pearl of ancient Central Asia, Bukhara. During the drive you will make stops to enjoy breath-taking views of the ancient Amudarya (Oxus) river.
After arrival, the rest of the day is devoted to checking in the hotel and leisure.
Visit the old city, Ark fortress, Bolo Hauz mosque, Ismail Samani mausoleum, Chashma Ayub, Kalyan minaret, Trading Domes with all kinds of handicrafts, where carpets and jewelry are sold. You take pleasure of a lunch arranged in the comfortable setting of a private house in the old part of Bukhara. After lunch, you visit Maggoki Attori mosque, Lyabi Hauz square, Kukeldash Madrassah, Nadir Divan Begi Madrassah, and the Indian style Chor Minor of 19th century.
On this day you will visit sights and places that were left unseen on the previous day: Chor-Bakr Complex, Summer Residence of Bukhara Emirs (Sittorai Mokhi Khasa), Baha Ad-Din Naqshband Necropolis, Art gallery and Sale Exhibition of the Bukhara Gold Embroidery Factory (optional).
From Bukhara, to the north, you visit the city of Nurata, once a busy hub on the ancient Silk Road. In Nurata, you see Chashma - a Muslim shrine, famous for its reservoir with crystal clear water and fish.
Onsite there are two mosques - Chilustun (9th century) and Cook Gumboz (16th century). Also, Local History Museum with exhibits from prehostoric times till Middle ages and modern era.
Sightseeing Samarkand. Madrassah at Registan Square. Workshops in the Madrassah offer a variety of locally made handicrafts, of which musical instruments and carpets are made with exquisite taste. The artisans will tell you about Uzbek musical instruments and play charming old melodies.
Drive from Samarkand to Termez via Shakhrisabz. Excursions in Shakhrisabz.
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.
Al Khakim At Termizi Mausoleum - the burial site of a famous medeival Sufi author, who contributed to the development of islamic tradition. The Termez Kokildor-Ota is highlighted by researchers for its architectural planning unusual for a 16th century hanaqoh mausoleum. Termez Archaeological Museum features a big collection of paintings and antique sculptures dating back to Greco-Bactrian and Kushan period.
Day tour in Tashkent, a city with two thousand years of history. You visit the old part of Tashkent and its medieval Kafal Shashi Mausoleum and Barak-khan Madrassa. You take a quick overlook of the modern city's most spectacular buildings, the complex of Oliy Majlis, People's Friendship Palace etc. Then you attend the Museum of Applied Arts.