Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2020

Uzbekistan-Georgia Tour9 Days | Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tbilisi, Mtskheta, Ananuri, Kazbegi, Gori, Uplistsikhe

During this nine-day tour, guests will experience the living history, natural beauty, and modern emergence of the nations of Uzbekistan and Georgia. Uzbekistan awes with the ancient madrasahs and bustling bazaars in Tashkent, Bukhara, and Samarkand. After Tbilisi’s cathedrals and fortresses, the captivating postcard views of Kazbegi, Ananuri, and Mtskheta provide an equally beautiful natural contrast.
Make sure you have enough storage in your camera for photos for beautiful views of Uzbekistan and Georgia.
Tour map

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent – Bukhara
 
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by your driver and transferred to the Advantour office to settle formalities. Meet your guide to start sightseeing in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and, biggest city in Central Asia. The tour begins with a visit to the Old City secton of Tashkent including the Khast-Imom Complex where the world-famous Quran of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom, you will also visit the Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, the Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi, and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. You will have some time to explore the expansive Chor-Su Bazaar before. Taking a ride on the Tashkent Metro to the city center. Here you will walk through Amir Temur Square, Independence Square and to the Applied Arts Museum. Evening flight to Bukhara, (605 km, 1 h. 45 min.). On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Bukhara
 
The day begins with a walking tour with your guide to the historic center of Bukhara which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Your will visit the Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah and various trade domes. The journey continues with the stops at the, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasahs, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, legendary Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, and Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums. Enjoy free time in the Old City. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
Continue sightseeing tour with your guide. First on the agenda is a drive from the city to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir – and visit the Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi. In the afternoon, the group will depart to Samarkand (280 km 4 h) stopping at Caravanserai Rabat Malik on the way to see the ruins which date back to 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon; check in to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours
Day 4: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby and start sightseeing. You will visit the spectacular Registan Square, the ruins of Bibi Khanum Mosque, and Siab Bazaar. The Ulugbek Observatory will follow, along with the Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of the famous Amir Timur. At 16:00, transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 19:10. Pick-up and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5: Tashkent – Tbilisi
 
Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure to Tbilisi. Arrival in Tbilisi. Meet our local driver and transfer to the hotel.
Day 6: Tbilisi
 
After breakfast, you will meet your guide to start a sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. The day starts at Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The Metekhi church is next on the docket, followed by and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. After that, you will take a cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the city and walk down to the district of Sulfur bath houses while passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Strolling through the Sharden district, you will find narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine-tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. The tour then moves to Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre before crossing the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park and heading to the Open-Air Museum of Ethnography. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 7: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Kazbegi
 
After breakfast, there is quick drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious center of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC. From the Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period built on a hilltop, you will enjoy the views of the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers. After visiting Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is kept, you will continue to the Ananuri architectural complex – a former residence of Argveti Dukes. The complex features churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries, which overlook the beautiful Jinvali Reservoir. The next destination is Kazbegi, a small town with postcard views of Mount Kazbek (or Mkinvari, 5033 m), The final stop of the day, accessed by 4WD vehicle, is the Gergeti Holy Trinity Church which sits at an altitude of 2170 m. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 7-8 hours
Day 8: Kazbegi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Tbilisi
 
In the morning, you will depart Kazbegi and drive to the city of Gori to explore the Stalin Museum which features the original small house where he was born and his personal armored train car. The tour continues at the cave town of Uplistsikhe, which dates back to the Hellenistic period and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of cave cultures and the co-existence of pagan and Christian architecture. Arrive in Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Tbilisi – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transferring to Tbilisi International Airport. End of the tour.
  • All transfers by sedan, 4WD vehicle to Gergety Holy Trinity church;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each country (in Uzbekistan in each city) with local English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Bukhara;
  • Business/Economy-class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent as per option (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent – Tbilisi;
  • Mineral water (0.5L per person a day).
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Tashkent - 1 night
Grand Mir, Sharq, Grand Capital, Bek, NavruzMiran, Wyndham Tashkent, Grand Mir, City Palace
Bukhara - 2 nights
Amulet, Minzifa, As-Salom, K.Komil, Fatima, Bibikhanum, Basilic, KavsarOmar Khayam, Devon-Begi, Zargaron Plaza, Asia Bukhara, Minorai-Kalon
Samarkand - 1 night
Platan, Meros, Orient, Malika Prime, Rabat, City, Billuri Sitora, Arba, Jahongir, Caravan SerailSultan, Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Platan, Malika Prime, Asia Samarkand
Tbilisi - 3 nights
Tiflis or similarRiver Side, Citrus or similar
Kazbegi - 1 night
Guesthouse Maili, guesthouse Gogi Alibegashvili or similarSno, Green Sheep or similar

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