Ancient Khorezm hasn’t yet been discovered by masses of tourists, but it has been popular with archaeologists for years. There are dozens of fortresses that were built over two thousand years ago to protect ancient kingdoms, and also as towns filled with artifacts of daily life. Time has not been kind to these monuments: though they were built using sturdy methods, time, wind, and sand has worn down the clay walls to their foundations. You can still wander through what used to be streets or defensive fortifications, and imagine what these places must have looked like at the height of their empires. The Ancient Khorezm Tour is the best Uzbekistan tour for something a little different and unusual, but no less spectacular than other destinations in Uzbekistan.
Khiva – Fortresses of Ancient Khorezm – Khiva
Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Khiva at 09:00. Trip to Kyzylkum Desert (150 km, 1,5-2 h) and visiting of archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: you will visit Kyzyl-Kala - a unique monument of Ancient Khorezm architecture relevant to Kushan- Afrigid period of antique history, Toprak-Kala -ancient settlement which was the capital of Khorezm in the III century AD. Not without reason Toprak-Kala is called "the museum of fine arts of Ancient Khorezm". It is the only completely dug out monument of architecture of Khorezm. Its sizes and genius of architectural design make Toprak-Kala one of the most unique monuments of Khorezm. There is a legend that the ancient subterranean passage connects Toprak-Kala and Kyzyl-Kala. It is quite possible that Kyzyl-Kala carried out the protective functions. Then we’ll visit one of the largest fortresses of Ancient Khorezm – Ayaz-Kala, II century AD, relevant to the period of Kushan Empire prosperity. Ayaz- Kala was neither a city nor a settlement, it was a fortress complex where nearly 19 centuries ago boundary groups of Kushan dynasty settled down. Return to Khiva.
Duration of tour: 5-6 hours; sightseeing will take 2-3 hours.
- Guided sightseeing tour;
- Transport throughout the tour;
- Entrance fees to the sights.
Price does not include:
- Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
** We recommend you to take lunchboxes for this trip as there are no cafes in the desert.