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Sightseeing tours through Uzbekistan

Itinerary # 3

Tashkent - Beldersai - Chimgan - Charvak - Tashkent - Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Bukhara - Khiva - Nukus - PlateauUstryurt - Muinak - Nukus - Tashkent

Duration: 14 Days

Notification:
1. The program of tour can be changed in accordance with your wishes and time-table of flights.
2. Food and entertains parts mentioned in the tour program are recommended and not included in the cost

Day 1
Tashkent

Arrival to Tashkent. Meet at the airport with tablet "Tashrif Tours".
Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 2
Tashkent - Beldersai - Chimgan - Charvak - Tashkent

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Transfer from Tashkent to the gorge of Beldersai river, to the lower station of cable car (Western Tien Shan mountain range Cumbel, L = 80 km, T = 1 h 30 min, H = 1500 m).
From the peak you may watch a magnificent panorama of the surrounding mountains with an array of top Big Chimgan (H = 3309 m).

At will you may run up on a cable car.

Transfer by car to Chimgan valley, which lies at an altitude within 1600 meters above sea level.
The route goes through the blossoming orchards of apple trees, cherry plum and hawthorn.

Picturesque gorge at the foot of the Greater and Lesser Chimghan especially beautiful in spring, in April, May. Riding on the horse (optionally).

Transfer to Tashkent by the road, passed across Charvak reservoir, on the shore of which you can stop if you wish.

Lunch-picnic, in teahouse or in the hotel.

Return to Tashkent after 05:00 pm.

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 3
Tashkent - Samarkand

08:00 am Breakfast.
Sightseeing excursion in Tashkent: In 1966 the strong earthquake in Tashkent completely destroyed the old part of the city, but the little, what was saved makes a strong contrast with the architecture of modern Tashkent.

  • Hazret Imam Square (16 c.)
  • Kafal al-Shashi mausoleum (16 c.)
  • Madrassah Barak Khan (15-16 c.)
  • Mosque Namazgoh (19 c.)
  • Mosque Tillya Sheik (19 c.)
  • Memorial of the victims of repressions
  • Kukeldash madrassah (16 c.)
  • Abul Kasim Sheik mausoleum (19 c.)
  • Monument to Alisher Navoi and the park with lake

01:00 pm Lunch at the restaurant.
Transfer to Samarkand (310 km) by car. Arrival in Samarkand. Accommodation in the hotel.
Free time for walking in evening Samarkand.

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4
Samarkand

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Sightseeing excursion in Samarkand - one of the most majestic cities of Uzbekistan, the beloved capital of the great Tamerlane:

  • Mausoleum of Gur-Emir (14-15 centuries) - there are the tombs of Tamerlane and his family in it.
  • Registan Square (15-17 centuries): the madrassah of Ulugbek, Tilla-Kori, Sher-dor.

01:00 pm Lunch at chaykhana (Samarkand's pilaf).

02:00 pm Continue the excursion:

  • Bibi Khanum Mosque (14 century) - built in honor of the beloved wife of Tamerlane.
  • Mausoleum of Shahi Zinda (12-15 centuries): there is one of the alleged graves of Kusama ibn Abbas (cousin of Prophet Muhammad) here.
  • Ulugbek's Observatory (15 century) - astronomer, scientist, ruler, beloved grandson of Tamerlane, who was killed on the orders of his own son.

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 5
Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Bukhara

08:00 am Breakfast.
09:00 am Transfer to Samarkand through mountain mouting pass (100 Íž).

From the pass you can see picturesque landscape of nearby mountains and surrounding countryside.
Sometimes this road is closed. In this case we have to ride to another road (+40 km). This way you will have the opportunity to visit handicraftsman Shariff Bobo. You will visit his hospitable house, drink tea and will be introduced to karshi carpets weaving technical. Also you can buy handmade wool rugs.

Excursion across Shahrisabz:

  • Ak-Sarai Palace (1380-1404 y)
  • The Ensemble of Dorus-Saodat (14 c.)
  • The Ensemble of Khazrati Imam (14 c.)
  • Mausoleum of Djakhangir (14 c.)
  • Architectural complex Dor-ut-Tilovat; The Mosque Kok-Gumbaz (1345 y.), Gumbazi Saidon (15-17 cent.)
  • Mausoleum and necropolis of sufi sheikh Shamsiddin Kulyal (15 c).

01:00 pm Lunch in the chaykhana.

02:00 pm Transfet to Bukhara (298 km). Accommodation at the hotel.

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 6
Bukhara

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Sightseeing excursion in "The Old City": Bukhara has kept a medieval lay-out, thanks to which, each building, each house on its curve narrow small streets, bears in itself charm of olden time. Here time borders are erased, here you lose sensation of time ...

the City architecture includes acquaintance to such monuments, as:

  • Mausoleum of Samanids (10 c.) - the pearl of Central asian architecture, the family tomb of Samanids' dynasty.
  • Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub (12 - 16 centuries), inside which there is a spring of healing water of saint Iova (Ayub).

Visiting markets: fruit, dried fruits, nuts, spices.

  • Bolo-Hauz Mosque (18 c.) - a quarter mosque.

01:00 pm Lunch at the national restaurant.

Continue the excursion:

  • Ark-Citadel - majestic fortress, the habitat of governors of Bukhara, stronghold of might and power (1 century BC - 19 c)
  • Mosque Kalyan (Big mosque)(16 c.)
  • Minaret Kalyan - the symbol of Bukhara, throughout centuries served as a beacon for caravans in the desert, which made their way to Bukhara. Other name of the minaret - "death tower", according to one of legends, in mediaeval time from this minaret were thrown down adulteresses and Bukhara freethinkers.
  • Functioning madrassah of Mir-i-Arab (16 c) - where studied the head mufti of Russian Moslems Ravil Ghaynuddeen and decedent president of the Chechen Republic Ahmad Kadyrov, who was mufti before.
  • Madrassah of Abdullazizkhan (17 centuries)
  • Madrassah of Ulugbek (15 c.) - constructed by Tamerlan's grandson. At the entrance there you can see an inscription in Arabian , words of the prophet Mohammed: "Aspiration for knowledge is a duty of each muslim man and woman"
  • Tim of Abdullakhan (16 c.) - the covered market used for trade by expensive silk fabrics.
  • Walk under trading domes of the 16th century: Toki Sarraffon, Toki Telpak Furushon, Toki Zargaron, where handicraftsmen (jewellers, miniaturists and others) sell their products.
  • Caravansarais of Bukhara.
  • Mosque of Magoki Attori (12-16 centuries) - was built where in ancient time were temples of fireworshipers. It is one of the three monuments in Bukhara, left safe after Genghis Khan's invasion.
  • Visiting the centre of Development of Bukhara's crafts, located in a caravansarai Sayfiddeen. Crafts: weaver's workshop, woodcarving, stamping, painting on a tree, Central Asian miniature, carpetweaving (from time immemorial, from generation to generation, secrets of skill of handicraftsmen were transferred. This tradition is alive until now).
  • Ensemble Lyabi-Hauz: khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan Begi (16 c.), Kukeldash madrassah (15 c.), the monument of Khoja Nasreddeen.

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 7
Bukhara

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am The country excursion:

  • Madrassah Chor Minor (19 c.) - is a tiny madrassah with four different minarets.
  • The necropolis of Bahauddin Nakshband (located 10 km from Bukhara) - is a buried place of Sufi mystic of the "nakshbandiya" order. Bahauddin Nakshband is admired in all Sufi –’¬ Muslim world as sacred.
  • Sitora-i-Mohi Hosa (located 4 km from Bukhara) - a summer palace of the last emir of Bukhara (19 century).

01:00 pm Lunch in chaykhana "Chor-Bakr" (some kinds of shish kebab, ballaza-nakhot - Bukharian shurpa (soup), which is cooked all the night long).

02:00 pm Continuation of excursion:

  • Necropolis of Chor-Bakr (10-16 c.) - "the city of shadows", a family residency of spiritual leaders of an award - of "nakshbandia" (4 km from Bukhara).

At 07:00 pm dinner and a folklore concert in age-old madrassah Nodir Devan Begi. The ancient building of the 16 century, where the concert take place, is one of the most beautiful and richly decorated madrassah. During the concert you will see performance of the national philharmonic society, performing national Uzbek dances in live musical accompaniment, and the demonstration of fashionable clothes made from handwork fabrics with national elements - harvest of creative imagination of Bukhara designers (You may reserve a table for dinner during sightseeing excursion through your guide).

Overnight.

Day 8
Bukhara - Khiva

08:00 am Breakfast.
09:00 am Transfer to Khiva across Kizilkum desert (475 km).
Short stop on the bank of Amudarya river.
01:00 pm Lunch on the way.
Accommodation at the hotel.
06:00 pm Dinner at the hotel. Overnight.

Day 9
Khiva

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Excursion in Khiva city:
Khiva is by right called the "fairy-town". Small, very compact, surrounded by medieval walls - the city seems unreal, fantastic. Everywhere you can meet caps of the minarets, madrassahs and mosques coexist with residential neighborhoods residents. There you can visit the biggest mosque of Khiva, the wooden columns of which are over a thousand years. You will visit the Khan's palace of the eastern ruler, get acquainted with cult architecture, and on each place the historically authentic information will be complemented by numerous beautiful and little sad legends. Ichan-kala - a reserved part of Khiva, where architectural monuments are concentrated as follows:

  • Mosque and Madrassah Said bay(18 - 19 c.)
  • Khanaka? mosque and mausoleum of Pahlavan Makhmud - poet, sufi and national hero
  • Madrassah Allakulikhan (1834/35 years)
  • Tim and caravanserai of Allakilikhan (19c)
  • Madrassah Abdullakhan (1865 y)
  • Mosque and chamber of Anushkhan (1657 y)

01:00 pm Lunch at the national restaurant.

02:00 pm Continue the excursion:

  • Tash Hauli (Allakulikhan's palace) (1830/36 years)
  • Oq (white) mosque (1832/42 years)
  • Juma Mosque and minaret (1788/89 years)
  • Mausoleum of Said Alauddin (14 c.)
  • Muhamad Amin Khan Madrassah (1851/52)
  • Minaret Kalta Minar (1855 y)
  • Kunia Ark (1868/88 years)
  • Minaret Tura Murat Tur¬  (1888 y)

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 10
Khiva - Nukus (197 km)

08:00 am Breakfast. Transfer to Nukus through the fortress, self-dependent sightseeing:

Arriving in Nukus.

01:00 pm Lunch.

City tour: Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitskiy.
Visit to craft workshops.

06:00 pm Dinner.

Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight.

Day 11
Nukus - Plateau Ustryurt (500 km)

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Departure to plateau Ustryurt. Overview and stop at Sudochye Lake (observing migratory birds, an abandoned village Urga, Canyons of the plateau, shores of the Aral Sea (accommodation in the tents).

06:00 pm Dinner around the campfire. Overnight.

Day 12
Plateau Ustryurt - Muinak (490 km)

08:00 am Breakfast. Walk along the sea-shore. Departure to Muinak. Observing canyons on the way to Muinak. Arrival in Muinak. Arrive Muinak on the former bottom of the Aral Sea. Visit the old fishing village Uchsay. Arrive in Muinak. Visit the cemetery ships - Museum of Local History and Sea.
Stop at the guest house.

06:00 pm Dinner at the guest house. Overnight.

Day 13
Muinak - Nukus (110 km) - Tashkent

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Visit the cemetery of ships - Museum of Local History and Sea.
Departure from Muinak to Nukus in the morning (110 km).
Arriving in Nukus.
01:00 pm Lunch. Accommodation at the hotel.

02:00 pm Excursion:

  • Mizdahan - Islamic complex in the village Hodjeyli (15 km).
  • Mausoleum of Mazlumkhan Sulu (XIV century).
  • Shamun Nabi Mausoleum (XII-XIII cc.).
  • Caravanserai (10-13 centuries).
  • Madrassah Khalif Erzhep (IX-XIII cc.).
  • The fortress Gyaur kala.

05:30 pm Transfer to the airport.
08:15 pm Departure to Tashkent.
09:40 Arrival in Tashkent. Pick up and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Dinner. Overnight.

Day 14
Tashkent

Transfer to the airport. Departure from Tashkent.

Khiva
Khiva
Shakhrisabz. Gumbezi Seidan Mausoleum
Shakhrisabz.
Gumbezi Seidan Mausoleum
Bukhara city panoramme
Bukhara city panoramme
Khiva. Minaret Islam Khodja
Khiva
Minaret Islam Khodja
Samarkand. Gur-Emir Mausoleum
Samarkand
Gur-Emir Mausoleum
Samarkand. Reghistan Square
Samarkand.
Reghistan Square
Plateau Ustryurt. Canyon
Plateau Ustryurt.
Canyon
Aral Sea. Cemetery of ships
Lost Sea.
Cemetery of ships
Aral Sea. Takyr
Aral Sea.
Takyr