Jeep Tour around Uzbekistan15 Days | Tashkent, Chimgan, Jizzakh, Samarkand, Nurata, Bukhara, Khiva, Nukus, Aral Sea

Jeep Tour around Uzbekistan

A jeep tour around Uzbekistan offers you a visit to the historical cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, filling your vacation with a lot of memorable moments. You will also see the Aral Sea, the famous "cemetery of ships" in Muynak, and other magnificent sights of Uzbekistan. The tour incorporates visiting religious centers, architectural monuments, and bazaars and driving along the route of the Great Silk Road. Also, you will have the chance to visit the Nukus Museum of Art, which houses the second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde artwork in the world; you will see the majestic mountains of Chimgan and much more.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent
 
Arrival in Tashkent. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Meet your guide to start a sightseeing tour in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit the Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world-famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya-Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi, and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar.
Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to visit Applied Arts Museum and walk through Navoi Theater to Amir Timur Square where you will end Tashkent city tour.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Tashkent – Tashkent – Obi-Rakhmat Grotto and Paltau Waterfall – Charvak
 
09:00-11:20 Transfer to Paltau region (100 km). Early in the morning, a driver and a mountain guide will meet you at the hotel. Leaving Tashkent towards the Chimgan Mountains, a wide highway brings you to the foot of the huge Charvak reservoir in an hour. Here the road rises higher, winding through the foothills. Driving alongside Charvak, we will park and begin the walk. There will also be a passage of a small border post.
11:30-12:30 Here begins the active part of the tour to the Obi-Rahmat grotto and the Paltau waterfall. Walk the dirt road to the Obi-Rakhmat grotto (2.5 km). Enjoy the surrounding landscapes, including beautiful view of the Chatkal River and the rock formations of Okhotnichiy Mountain. Turning to the gorge of the Paltau River, after a few of kilometers you reach the rocks. 12:30-13:00 A rocky ridge leads you to the entrance to the Obi-Rakhmat grotto. Traces of archaeological work remain, and you can inspect the site, learning about the people who lived more than 50 thousand years ago! Climbing the ridge you will discover two hidden caves.
13:00-14:00 After visiting the cave, the steep path to the bed of the Paltau River begins, taking you upstream (1.5 km). This path is narrow and steep in places – you will have to focus on walking and overcome small natural obstacles with the help of the guide. At the end, you will see a view of the whole 38-meters of the Paltau waterfall. Now you rest, relax and cool down.
14:00-15:00 Lunch is provided at the waterfall. Take photos with the backdrop of the waterfall, and even ‘shower’ and swim under the waterfall.
15:00-16:30 Return to the car via the same route. Transfer to hotel. Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: In case of bad weather guides reserve the right to change the route.
Day 3: Charvak – Chimgan – Tashkent – Zaamin mountains
 
In the morning drive to a brand new Amirsoy resort. Ride the cable car to the Kumbel Ridge (2,300 m) where you can clearly see the surrounding mountains and the peak known as 'Big Chimgan' (3,300 m). Continue drive to Tashkent. Lunch in Tashkent and drive to Zaamin district in Jizzakh (280 km, 4-5 hrs). Enjoy its majestic mountains, beautiful nature, clean and healthy air conceal. Check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Zaamin Mountains
 
Free day in Zaamin Natural Reserve in Jizzakh. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Zaamin Mountains – Samarkand
 
In the morning depart Zaamin for Samarkand (160km, 2.5hours). Upon arrival in Samarkand meet with the guide and start sightseeing Samarkand. The tour begins with a visit to Ulugbek Observatory, where part of the XV c. sextant is preserved. Continue to Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and remains of Bibi- Khanum Mosque. Walking on the alley with souvenir shops you will reach the spectacular Registan Square which has been the center of Samarkand for many centuries. During sightseeing you will have a chance to visit colorful Siab bazaar with stalls full of oriental sweets, local fruits, and variety of freshly baked traditional breads. The last point of interest to be visited is Gur-Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 6: Samarkand – Tim – Aksay – Samarkand
 
In the morning, depart Samarkand for Tim village. Visit Arab – Ata mausoleum which is located in one of the oldest cemeteries. The mausoleum’s age is more than thousand years and hides unreachable secrets of history in it. Leave Tim till noon and drive to Aksay (Sazagan). You will be at the foot of the mountain (on the height of 980m) with two roads leading there: stairs of 1303 steps and a horse road. Walking up the stairs takes much time; thus it is better to choose the latter and get to the top on horses or donkeys. Riding a horse for half an hour, you will be at the mosque and viewing platform (on the height of 1280m) where you will have an excellent panoramic view of the Samarkand valley. After seeing the mosque and enjoying wonderful views, you will go (200 steps) downstairs to Hazrat Daud Cave. There you will enjoy view of the cave, walk along the tunnel until the fingerprints of palms and feet of Hazrat Daud. Then, return to the mosque and go down the stairs (1300 steps) to the Aksay village. Return to Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: Horse ride cost is extra charge and not included in the price.
The guide will accompany in the same car during the trip.
Day 7: Samarkand – Sangijuman – Nurata – Safari Yurt Camp
 
In the morning drive to Khatyrchi District of Navoi Region where you will be visiting Sangijuman stone. The Spring season, when nature awakes from winter sleep, attracts many people to this extraordinary place. Some of them, believing in legends, pray for health, others – want to see these majestic stones. The beauty of nature and uncommon landscape draw tourists for photo shooting or just for enjoying the view. Moreover, there is a stream nearby that comes from under the ground, with crystal clear spring water.) After visiting Sangijuman, the driver will take you to Nurata. Arrive at Safari yurt camp. Free time. Overnight in yurts.
Day 8: Safari Yurt Camp – Gijduvan – Bukhara
 
In the morning visit desert Aydarkul Lake. Free time on the lake.
Extras to do in the area:
Option 1. Camel ride to Aydarkul Lake through the desert (8.5 km, 3 h., paid additionally). Enjoy your time on the lake and have lunch.
Option 2. Take a short camel ride to a nearby village Dungalak (1.5 km, 30 min, paid additionally). Participate in baking traditional bread “non”. Take a short walk in the village to see life of locals and return to the camp.
In the afternoon depart the yurt camp and drive Gijduvan, 50 km away from Bukhara. Visiting a workshop of Gijduvan pottery masters. Then drive to Bukhara (250 km, 5 h, in total.). Arrival in Bukhara. Check in to the hotel and overnight.
No guide service on this day
Day 9: Bukhara
 
A guide will meet you at hotel, which is a starting point of the city tour. Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 10: Bukhara – Khiva
 
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzyl Kum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya River. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
*we advise preparing lunchboxes for this trip.
**some parts of the road are presently being renovated.
Day 11: Khiva
 
Check-out from hotel till noon. Today you will visit Itchan-Kala Fortress which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli PalacePakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum and Islam-Khoja minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Free time in the afternoon.
Day 12: Khiva – Ayaz-Kala – Toprak-Kala – Nukus
 
In the morning depart to Nukus (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk Zoroastrian dakhma, Ayaz-Kala and Toprak-Kala – the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Continue drive to Nukus. Arrive in Nukus and 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. Check in to the hotel and overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 13: 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 14: 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 the airport. Take the flight to Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15: Tashkent – Departure
 
Transfer to the international airport. Departure. End of Jeep Tour around Uzbekistan.
  • All transfers 1-2 pax by 4W type car; 3-5 pax by two 4W type cars;
  • Accommodation based on single/double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Nukus-Tashkent;
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Personal travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Tashkent - 2 nights
Wyndham Tashkent, Courtyard by Marriot, Hampton by Hilton, Lumiere
Chimgan - 1 night
Avenue Park
Zaamin - 2 nights
Everest Plaza
Samarkand - 2 nights
Dilimah, Royal, Sultan, Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Platan
Bukhara - 2 nights
Omar Khayam, Minor, Asia Bukhara
Khiva - 2 nights
Farovon
Nurata - 1 night
юртовый лагерь Сафари или юртовый лагерь Айдар
Nukus - 1 night
Jipek Joli or similar
Aral Sea - 1 night
Yurt Camp

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