Extended Uzbekistan Group Tour12 Days | Tashkent, Nukus, Khorezm, Khiva, Bukhara, Nurata, Samarkand

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Group size: 1 - 16 persons

This extended Uzbekistan group tour showcases the history, architecture, and culture of Uzbekistan’s evocative Silk Road cities, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Follow in the footsteps of caravans as you journey to the fabled trading hub of Samarkand; explore Itchan-Kala, a maze of Islamic architecture within the walls of the old Khiva oasis; visit mosques and madrassahs in the 2,000-year-old city of Bukhara; and experience the blend of old and new in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent. Go further to explore some of Uzbekistan’s more remote destinations including Nukus, home of the renowned Savitsky art collection, the archaeological monuments of ancient Khorezm, the pilgrimage site of Nurata, and a yurt camp in the Kyzylkum Desert.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Tu: Tashkent – Arrival
 
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel, checking in from noon. Free time.
Day 2, We: Tashkent – Nukus
 
After breakfast, take a guided sightseeing tour of Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, the largest city in Central Asia. Visit the Old City, which includes the Khast-Imam Complex and Chorsu Bazaar. Within the Khast-Imam Complex, see the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman and visit the Madrassah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi, and Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore the vibrant Chorsu Bazaar. Travel to the city centre on the architecturally-impressive Tashkent Metro, walk around Amir Timur Square and Independence Square, and then explore the State Museum of Applied Art. Free time. Transfer to the airport to take the evening flight to Nukus at 18:05 (1,255 km, 1 h 40 min). Arrive in Nukus at 19:45 and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 3, Th: Nukus – Khorezm – Khiva
 
Breakfast. Visit the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitsky. The museum hosts the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and an exhibition of applied art from Karakalpakstan. Take a short drive around the centre of Nukus and see the statue of Berdakh, the Karakalpak poet; the Nukus City Hall; and the Karakalpak Music and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon, drive to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way, visit the archaeological monuments of ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk-Kala (a Zoroastrian dakhma, or Tower of Silence) and Toprak-Kala (the capital of Khorezm in the 3rd century). Arrive in Khiva and check-in to the hotel.
Day 4, Fr: Khiva
 
After breakfast, take a guided sightseeing tour of the ancient city of Khiva on foot. Visit the Ichan-Kala Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Climb the Islom Khodja minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva from the Kunya-Ark Citadel. Free time in the afternoon. In the evening, join a master-class on cooking tukhumbarak (traditional Khiva-style egg dumplings) at the National House of Zaravshan-opa. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Meals: dinner
Day 5, Sa: Khiva – Bukhara
 
Breakfast. Drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.*) following the route of the Great Silk Road (which passed through the Kyzylkum Desert on the way between Khiva and Bukhara). Stop on the way to enjoy views of the Amudarya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara in the late-afternoon and check-in to the hotel. Free time to rest or take a walk among Bukhara’s ancient buildings. Overnight at the hotel.
*depending on road condition (some parts of the road are currently being renovated)
Meals: we recommend that you take a packed lunch on this journey (not included)
Day 6, Su: Bukhara
 
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking sightseeing tour of Bukhara’s Old City. Visit the Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trading domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 7, Mo: Bukhara
 
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir and a unique combination of Oriental and Russian architecture. Enjoy free time in Bukhara in the afternoon. In the evening, see a traditional puppet show. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 8, Tu: Bukhara – Nurata – Yurt Camp
 
After breakfast, depart Bukhara and drive to a yurt camp in the Kyzylkum Desert (230 km, 4 h.*). On the way, stop in Gijduvan to visit a pottery master’s workshop and take a master-class on traditional pottery. After lunch, continue to Nurata town to visit the Chashma Complex of Religious Buildings and its famous holy spring. Stop at the Nurata Pass to see the Zukarnay Petroglyphs, which date from the Bronze Age. Arrive at the yurt camp and enjoy camel riding and free time. In the evening, enjoy dinner around the camp fire accompanied by a performance of Kazakh akin (folk singers). Overnight at the yurt camp.
Meals: dinner
Day 9, We: Yurt Camp – Samarkand
 
After breakfast at the yurt camp visit Aidarkul Lake, which is surrounded by desert. Free time at the lake and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, leave the yurt camp and drive to Samarkand (270 km, 5 h). Arrive in Samarkand and check-in to the hotel. Time for rest.
Meals: picnic lunch
Day 10, Th: Samarkand
 
Breakfast. At 9:00 start a sightseeing tour of the fascinating city of Samarkand. Visit the spectacular Registan Square, the Gur Emir (Tamerlane’s Mausoleum), the remains of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, and the Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. Then drive to Konigil village to explore the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 11, Fr: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Breakfast. Check-out of the hotel by noon. Free time to explore Samarkand or shop for traditional handicrafts. In the evening, transfer to the railway station to take the train to Tashkent (300 km, 2 h 10 min). Upon arrival, go to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: dinner
Day 12, Sa: Tashkent – Departure
 
Breakfast. Check-out of the hotel by noon. Free time until your transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car, 3-7 pax by minivan/van, 8-16 pax by 30-seat bus);
  • Accommodation throughout the tour;
  • Meals as per itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tour program with local English speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Nukus;
  • Economy-class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa (if required);
  • English-speaking tour leader to accompany group of 8 or more travellers.
  • Tour leader for the whole duration of the tour (unless there are 8 or more travellers);
  • Full board (lunches and dinners, unless otherwise stated);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.

Accommodation:

Tashkent - 2 nights
Navruz, Grand Capital, Praga or similar
Nukus - 1 night
Jipek Joli or similar
Khiva - 2 nights
Malika Kheivak, Orient Star or similar
Bukhara - 3 nights
As-Salom, K.Komil, Volida or similar
Aydarkul - 1 night
Oxus Adventure Yurt Camp, Safari Yurt Camp, Aidar Yurt Camp (in a shared yurt)
Samarkand - 2 nights
Platan, Meros, Orient Star or similar

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