Small Group Uzbekistan Tours 2019

Uzbekistan-Azerbaijan Tour 18 Days | Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Baku, Gobustan, Absheron, Khinalug

Tour mapExplore the best of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan in 8 days. You will explore rich history and unique culture, amazing architecture and breathtaking views in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara. Azerbaijan will open up contrasting Baku, where old quarter neighbours hi-tech Flame Towers. You will see the Temple of Eternal Fire – Ateshgah and home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes – Gobustan.
This trip will be full of new and unforgettable impressions.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – arrival
 
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel (check in is at noon).
Guided sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran, holy book, of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Tashkent – Bukhara
 
Morning transfer to the train station. Take the high-speed Afrosiyob train to Bukhara. You will depart at 07:30 and arrive at 11:17 (3 h 47 m, 605 km).
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel to leave luggage. Take a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in historic center of Bukhara enlisted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, trade domes, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, legendary Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
Continue guided sightseeing tour. Drive out of the city to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, and visit the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand (4 h, 280 km). Stop on the way at the 11th century Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours
Day 4: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby and start sightseeing. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur. At 16:00 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent. You will depart at 17:00 and arrive at 19:10 (2h 10 m, 300 km). Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5: Tashkent – Baku
 
Transfer to Tashkent International Airport for morning flight to Baku. Arrival in Baku. You will be met by our driver and transferred to the hotel (check-in at noon).
Meet your guide to start sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Martyrs' Lane, called ‘Shehidler Khiyabany’ among locals. When you walk through Martyrs' Lane, you will find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Continue touring new Baku and exploring architecture of 19-20th centuries: Nizami Street, Fountain Square, Nizami Ganjavi monument. Pay a visit to Azerbaijan History National Museum and move to the old part of the city – Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. Visit Maiden Tower, Shirvanshahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and market square with numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 6: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Gobustan – Baku
 
Today you will visit the area of the Greater Baku and Absheron Peninsula. Start with Gobustan National Park. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum to see rocks carved as far back as 10000 BC. If the weather allows, continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve (change of vehicle to smaller cars). Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. Later drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers located in Surakhany village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Continue to Yanardag Mountain, where natural gas has been burning for millenia. Return to Baku. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 7-8 hours
Day 7: Baku – Khinalug – Baku
 
Morning departure to the northern part of Azerbaijan – Quba region. Visit one of most ancient settlements in the country – Khinalug (3-4 h, 210 km). People have been continuously living in Khinalug for more than 5,000 years. The road to lies through picturesque mountain pass at an altitude of 2,000 m. Return to Baku. On the way back, stop in Quba and visit Sakina Khanum Mosque, medieval bath hammam, and carpet workshop. Overnight in Baku.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 10-11 hours
Day 8: Baku – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to Baku International Airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation

City

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Nights

Tashkent

Miran, Wyndham Tashkent, City Palace

Ichan Qala, Bek, Sharq, Shodlik, Samir, Gloria

2

Bukhara

Omar Khayam, Devon-Begi, Zargaron Plaza, Asia Bukhara, Minorai-Kalon

Amulet, Minzifa, As-Salom, K.Komil, Kukeldash, Zargaron, Kavsar, Fatima, Siyavush

1

Samarkand

Sultan, Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Platan, Malika Prime, Asia Samarkand

City, Platan, Billuri Sitora, Jahongir, Caravan Serail, Malika Classic

1

Baku

Park Inn, Holiday Inn

Central Park, Amber, Azcot, New Baku

3

 

  • All transfers by sedan type car;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Baku;
  • Business/Economy-class ticket for trains Tashkent-Bukhara, Samarkand-Tashkent as per option;
  • Azerbaijan tourist e-visa;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa; Azerbaijan e-visa;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Travel insurance.

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