Uzbekistan Tajikistan Tour - 216 Days | Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Termez, Dushanbe, Khujand

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Travelling in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is an excellent way of learning the culture of Central Asia. In Uzbekistan you will enjoy architectural beauties of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, see famous azure domes, indulge into the hospitality of local people and also pay a visit to Shakhrisabz, a home-town of Amir Timur (Tamerlane), as well as to Termez, the ancient centre of Buddhism. Tajikistan will impress you with the grandeur of the Pamir Mountains, sacrament of ancient fortresses and liveliness of variegated bazaars.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Early morning transfer to local airport for flight to Urgench (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Arrival in Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min.). Later proceed for guided walking sightseeing tour. Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Kala Fortress. Visit Mukhammad Amin-Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahim-Khan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Kunya-Ark, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islam Khodja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

Day 3: Khiva – Bukhara
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert.
Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel.
*pre-packed lunch is recommended
**some parts of the road are under construction

Day 4: Bukhara
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz EnsembleMagoki-Attori MosqueChor-Minor Madrasahtrade domesKalyan MinaretKalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab MadrasahUlugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahsArk FortressBolo-Khauz MosqueIsmail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 5: Bukhara
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 6: Bukhara – Samarkand
In the morning depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 hours’ drive). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik dating back to 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to hotel. In the afternoon meet your guide and start sightseeing Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Samarkand
Continue sightseeing Samarkand. Visit Ulugbek ObservatoryShakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, Afrosiab Museum. In the afternoon drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 8: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Termez
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Termez via Shakhrisabz (90 km, 1.5 h.*). Stop in Shakhrisabz for city tour. Visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dorus Saodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray PalaceDorut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon continue driving to Termez (300 km, 5 h.*).
Arrive in Termez, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
*The road on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours

Day 9: Termez
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby. Start sightseeing in ancient Buddhist center and one of the oldest cities in Central Asia – Termez. Visit Kokildor-Ota KhanakaFortress Kirk Kiz – a summer residence of Samani rulers, Sultan Saodat Ensemble, and Zurmala Tower – Buddha's stupa. Continue to Buddhist archaeological sites of Karatepa*, Fayaztepa and Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Termez – Sariosiyo BP – Dushanbe
In the morning depart Termez and drive to Uzbek–Tajik border (180 km, 3h.*). Meeting at Uzbek-Tajik border “Sariosiyo”. Transfer to Dushanbe (80 km, 2h.*). On the way to Dushanbe, the capital of Tadjikistan, you will visit Hissar Fortress. Hissar Fortress (18th c) is located 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress there are two Madrasahs (18th and 19th cc) and one mausoleum of 16th century. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 1-1.5 hours
*The drive on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.

Day 11: Dushanbe
Start sightseeing in the capital of Tajikistan. Visit Botanical garden- very beautiful garden with many old trees is the favorite place of Tajik people, Tajikistan United Museum (closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum), Somoni Monument, the Building of a national spirit, Stroll Rudaki Prospect and the Main Mosque of Dushanbe. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours

Day 12: Dushanbe – Istaravshan - Khujand
In the morning depart Dushanbe and drive to Khujand (250 km, 5-6 h.). Drive through Anzob tunnel. Lunch at local Chaihana (tea-house). In the afternoon drive through Shakhristan tunnel with stop in Istaravshan. Visit a local bazaar; Hazrat Shah architectural complex, which consists of Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum, and Namazgah Mosque dating back to 19 C. Continue to Mug Teppe, one of the ancient settlements located in Ura-Tube. The city is believed to be founded by King Cyrus in the North-East boundary of his empire. Arrival in Khujand. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 1.5-2 hours

Day 13: Khujand
In the morning sightseeing Khujand. Visit the Museum of Archeology and Fortification, Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque, and the Payshanba Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan, Arbob Palace named after S. Urunhodlaev (20th c), “Tajik Sea” Kayraccum HPS (Hydro Power Station) - the symbol of People’s Friendship, built in 1968. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours

Day 14: Khujand – Oybek BP – Tashkent
After breakfast transfer to Oybek border crossing point (70 km, 1 h ). As you cross the border, our driver will meet you on Uzbekistan side. Transfer to Tashkent (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Tashkent
Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia with a guide. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-KhanTillya Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Timur SquareIndependence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 16: Tashkent – departure
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.

Price includes, Uzbekistan part:

  1. All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus;
  2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  3. Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  4. Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  5. Economy-class ticket for flight Tashkent-Urgench;
  6. Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  7. Starting 8 persons English speaking tour leader from Advantour;
  8. Starting 10 persons +1 person travels free of charge accommodated in single room.

Price does not include, Uzbekistan part:

  1. Tour leader to accompany travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  2. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  3. Hotel charges for additional services;
  4. Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  5. Personal travel insurance.

 

Price includes, Tajikistan part:

  1. All transfers;
  2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  3. Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  4. English speaking tour leader;
  5. Visa support for Tajikistan tourist visa.

Price does not include, Tajikistan:

  1. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  2. Hotel charges for additional services;
  3. Consular fees for Tajikistan tourist visa;
  4. Personal travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Comfort Option
Economy Option
Tashkent - 3 nights
Wyndham Tashkent, Ramada, City Palace Ichan Qala, "Sharq", "Samir", "Shodlik"
Khiva - 1 night
Asia Khiva Malika Kheivak, Orient Star, Malika Khiva, Old Khiva
Bukhara - 3 nights
Omar Khayam, Devon-Begi, Zargaron Plaza, Asia Bukhara, Minorai-Kalon Amulet, Minzifa, K.Komil, Kukeldash, Zargaron, Kavsar, Rustam & Zukhra, Siyavush
Samarkand - 2 nights
Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Platan, Sultan, Malika Prime, Asia Samarkand City, Platan, Billuri Sitora, Jahongir, Caravan Serail, Malika Classic
Termez - 2 nights
Meridian Meridian
Dushanbe - 2 nights
Sheraton Dushanbe Lotus
Khujand - 2 nights
Grand hotel, Khujand Delux Vatan, Khujand Delux

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