Aral Sea Tour3 Days | Nukus, Kungrad, Usturt Plateau, Sudochie lake, Aral Sea, Muynak, Mizdakhan, Gyaur-Kala

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This three-day tour is the best tour for those who want to experience Uzbekistan in full, and go deeper into different aspects of this beautiful country. Even just fifty years ago, the Aral Sea was such a big saltwater lake straddling the border between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, that it had to be called a sea. As the sea began to recede, it left fishing villages far from the water and revealed the strange contours of the Aral Desert and the Ustyurt Plateau. Ships were left stranded, gathered into graveyards, and left to rust; communities that remembered the rich marshland ecosystems were suddenly surrounded by desert. A trip to the Aral Sea can be saddening, since it shows how much damage humans can create, yet the landscapes have an eerie and haunting beauty that will stay with you for long after you finish this tour.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – Nukus
 
Transfer to local airport for a morning flight to Nukus* (1255 km, 2 h. 45 min.). Arrive in Nukus, transfer to hotel. Check-in at noon. At your leisure, visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum**. The museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items. Spend your free time by taking a walk in the city center to see the statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre. Overnight at hotel.
*Guide for sightseeing tour in Nukus is not included and is available upon request.
Day 2: Nukus – Kungrad – Usturt Plateau – Sudochie lake – Aral Sea
 
Meet your guide and driver to start a full day trip to Aral Sea through Usturt Plateau. The distance till the water line of Aral Sea is 450 km and it takes approximately 8-9 hours to cover it. Pass via Kungrad district, which used to be one of the trading centers on the Silk Road. On the way, see remains of a lighthouse; pass by the ruins of abandoned settlement Urga. Photo stop at the Lake Sudochie. Have a picnic lunch on the way. Continue driving on the immense Usturt Plateau. Arrive at the Aral Sea late in the afternoon. Set up the tent. Camp-style dinner. Overnight in tent.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Aral Sea – Muynak – Mizdakhan – Gyaur-Kala – Nukus – Tashkent
 
Early wake up to take pictures of sun rise. After breakfast head back to Nukus. Stop to take pictures of beautiful canyons and the collapsed land. Drive on the dried bottom of the sea. Stop in Muynak to have a look at the former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. In Muynak, visit Local History Museum (might be closed without prior notice). Picnic lunch. On the way to Nukus, stop at Mizdakhan memorial complex and Gyaur-Kala Fortress. Arrive in Nukus. Transfer to local airport. Departure to Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer to hotel. End of services.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Note:
Due to weather condition, the overnight in tents usually starts from 15 April till 15 October.
Other days the overnight takes place in a guest house at Moynak.

  • Airport transfers in Nukus. For Aral Sea trip 4WD type of vehicle (max. 3 persons + 1 guide in one car, airport transfers 1-3pax sedan car);
  • Accommodation in Nukus based on double/twin room sharing, breakfast included;
  • Accommodation in the yurt camp;
  • Entrance fees to the Savitsky Art Museum, Local History Museum and Mizdakhan memorial complex;
  • Escort guide for Aral Sea trip;
  • Meals as per itinerary.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Round-trip tickets for flight Tashkent-Nukus-Tashkent;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Nukus - 1 night
Jipek Joli or similarJipek Joli or similar
Aral Sea - 1 night
TentTent

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