Central Asia has been hailed as a prime tourist destination for 2020 and Uzbekistan, bursting with old-world charm and historical wonders, is the crowning jewel of this underrated region. Somewhere between the grand palaces of Khiva, the regal turquoise-domed tombs of Samarkand and the imposing fortresses and madrassahs sprinkled throughout Bukhara’s exotic dusty streets, Uzbekistan is sure to reward each curious and open-minded traveler who visits this endearing land.
The Uzbekistan Relaxed Group Tour 2020-2021 allows you to experience the very best of Uzbekistan at a laid-back pace that will not leave you feeling tired, rushed or overwhelmed. This tour doesn’t compromise on content, taking you through the cities of Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Gijduvan and Samarkand and introducing you to the greatest sites in each region. Yet it also provides plenty of time for relaxation and personal exploration, giving you the benefits of both a guided group tour and the flexibility to choose which sites to focus on in each city.
Arrival in Tashkent. You will be met by an Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Free time during the day.
Overnight in Tashkent hotel.
Places for self-visit in Tashkent:
At 11:00 start a guided sightseeing tour in the capital of Uzbekistan, the largest city in Central Asia. You will start by exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex, where the world-famous Quran, the holy book that belonged to 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. Ride the Tashkent Metro to the city center and stroll around Amir Timur Square and Independence Square before visiting the Applied Arts Museum.
Overnight in Khiva hotel.
Duration of Tashkent sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Breakfast. Start the sightseeing tour at 10:00. Today you will visit Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Tosh-Khovli Palace and Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Climb the Islom Khodja Minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva in Kunya-Ark. Free time in the afternoon.
Overnight in Khiva hotel.
Duration of Khiva sightseeing tour: app. 6 hours
Breakfast. At 07:30 transfer to the Khiva train station. The train departs for Bukhara at 08:23; with arrival scheduled for 13:35. Meet your guide and driver at the Bukhara train station. Explore the vicinities of Bukhara. Visit Sitorai-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir and a unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Bukhara hotel.
After breakfast begin a walking tour in Bukhara. Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums. Dinner and National show at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah.
Overnight in Bukhara hotel.
Duration of Bukhara sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
At 11:00 depart Bukhara and drive to Gijduvan village (~1 hour), where you will have a masterclass and lunch in the Gijduvan pottery workshop.
Gijduvan ceramics are distinguished by their unique features and recognizable all over Uzbekistan. The ceramics school has deep roots -the skills have been passed from father to son for generations. Today Gizhduvan is home to sixth- generation potters from the Narzullayevs family, who brought the Gijduvan ceramics school to worldwide fame.
Return to Bukhara in the afternoon. Free time. Overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast and free time in the morning. Check out of the hotel by noon. At 14:50 transfer to the Bukhara train station, where the Afrosiyob fast train departs for Samarkand at 15:50. Scheduled arrival is at 17:25. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Samarkand.
Places for self-visit in Bukhara:
Meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby to start the Samarkand city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum, the authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Free time in the evening.
Overnight at the Samarkand hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Breakfast. Check out of the hotel at noon. Free time till the transfer to Samarkand train station at 16:30, where the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departs to Tashkent at 17:30 (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel in Tashkent. Overnight at the Tashkent hotel.
Places for self-visit in Samarkand:
- All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan; 3-7 pax by minivan; 8-14 pax by 30-seat bus)
- Transportation throughout the tour, including airport/train station pick ups and drop offs;
- Accommodation based on sharing of double/twin room; breakfasts included
- Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides
- Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary
- Economy class ticket for Tashkent-Urgench flight
- Economy class ticket for Khiva-Bukhara, Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent trains
- If more than 8 persons on the tour, a tour leader to accompany the travellers
- Lunch and masterclass in Gijduvan and dinner show in Bukhara.
- Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour (unless more than 8 persons on the tour)
- Full board (lunches and dinners)
- Hotel charges for additional services
- Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa
- Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa
- International flight tickets before and after the tour
- Travel insurance
|Tashkent - 2 nights|
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|Khiva - 2 nights|
|Malika Kheivak, Orient Star or similar|
|Bukhara - 3 nights|
|As-Salom, K.Komil, Volida or similar|
|Samarkand - 2 nights|
|Platan, Meros, Orient Star or similar|