Uzbekistan Tajikistan Tour - 216 Days | Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Termez, Dushanbe, Khujand

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Traveling through Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is a great way to learn more about the culture and history of Central Asia. Uzbekistan is a home of architectural beauties: the curved walls of Khiva, soaring minarets of Bukhara, and monumental scale of Samarkand are sure to create vivid memories in your mind. Shahrisabz, the birthplace of the great leader Timur, and Termez, once a city of Buddhist monks, are the last two stops on the way to Tajikistan. Cross the border and drive to Dushanbe, a city with tree-lined streets and modern monuments. Finish up the tour with stops in the historical center of Khujand and the largest city in Central Asia, Tashkent. With visits to some of the most important archaeological and historical sights in two countries, the Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Tour 2 is sure to be the best tour you’ll take in Central Asia.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – arrival
 
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
 
Early morning transfer to local airport for flight to Urgench (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Arrival in Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min.). Later proceed for guided walking sightseeing tour. Spend a day in Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Mukhammad Amin-Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahim-Khan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Kunya-Ark, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islam Khodja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 3: Khiva – Bukhara
 
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert.
Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel.
*Since there is only one cafe on the way, you might want to consider preparing a packed lunch before this trip.
**Some parts of the road are not in the best condition.
Day 4: Bukhara
 
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz EnsembleMagoki-Attori MosqueChor-Minor Madrasahtrade domesKalyan MinaretKalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab MadrasahUlugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahsArk FortressBolo-Khauz MosqueIsmail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5: Bukhara
 
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 6: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
In the morning depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 hours’ drive). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik dating back to 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to hotel. In the afternoon meet your guide and start sightseeing Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Samarkand
 
Continue sightseeing Samarkand. Visit Ulugbek ObservatoryShakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur, Afrosiab Museum. In the afternoon drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 8: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Termez
 
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Termez via Shakhrisabz (90 km, 1.5 h.*). Stop in Shakhrisabz for city tour. Visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dorus Saodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray PalaceDorut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon continue driving to Termez (300 km, 5 h.*).
Arrive in Termez, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
*The road on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 9: Termez
 
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby. Start sightseeing in ancient Buddhist center and one of the oldest cities in Central Asia – Termez. Visit Kokildor-Ota KhanakaFortress Kirk Kiz – a summer residence of Samani rulers, Sultan Saodat Ensemble, and Zurmala Tower – Buddha's stupa. Continue to Buddhist archaeological sites of Karatepa*, Fayaztepa and Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi. Overnight at the hotel.
*Visit to Kara-Tepe is a subject to approval by the State Border Committee.
Day 10: Termez – Sariosiyo BP – Dushanbe
 
In the morning depart Termez and drive to Uzbek–Tajik border (180 km, 3h.*). Meeting at Uzbek-Tajik border “Sariosiyo”. Transfer to Dushanbe (80 km, 2h.*). On the way to Dushanbe, the capital of Tadjikistan, you will visit Hissar Fortress. Hissar Fortress (18th c) is located 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress there are two Madrasahs (18th and 19th cc) and one mausoleum of 16th century. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 1-1.5 hours
*The drive on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
Day 11: Dushanbe
 
Start sightseeing in the capital of Tajikistan. Visit Botanical garden- very beautiful garden with many old trees is the favorite place of Tajik people, Tajikistan National Museum of Antiquities (closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum), Ismail Somoni Monument, the Building of a national spirit, Stroll Rudaki Prospect and the Main Mosque of Dushanbe. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 12: Dushanbe – Istaravshan – Khujand
 
In the morning depart Dushanbe and drive to Khujand (250 km, 5-6 h.). Drive through Anzob tunnel. Lunch at local Chaihana (tea-house). In the afternoon drive through Shakhristan tunnel with stop in Istaravshan. Visit a local bazaar; Hazrat Shah architectural complex, which consists of Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum, and Namazgah Mosque dating back to 19 C. Continue to Mug Teppe, one of the ancient settlements located in Ura-Tube. The city is believed to be founded by King Cyrus in the North-East boundary of his empire. Arrival in Khujand. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 1.5-2 hours
Day 13: Khujand
 
In the morning sightseeing Khujand. Visit the Museum of Archeology and Fortification, Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque, and the Panjshanbe Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan, Arbob Palace named after S. Urunhodlaev (20th c), “Tajik Sea” Kayraccum HPS (Hydro Power Station) - the symbol of People’s Friendship, built in 1968. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours
Day 14: Khujand – Oybek BP – Tashkent
 
After breakfast transfer to Oybek border crossing point (70 km, 1 h ). As you cross the border, our driver will meet you on Uzbekistan side. Transfer to Tashkent (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Tashkent
 
Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia with a guide. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-KhanTillya Sheikh 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 walk through Amir Timur SquareIndependence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 16: Tashkent – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
  • Transportation throughout the tour: 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • Entrance tickets to the sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Urgench;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
  • Visa support for Tajikistan tourist visa;
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany the group in Tajikistan;
  • Starting 8 persons English speaking tour leader from Advantour in Uzbekistan;
  • Starting 10 persons +1 person travels free of charge accommodated in single room.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour in Uzbekistan (1-7pax);
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan and Tajikistan tourist visas;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Tashkent - 3 nights
Ichan Qala, Sharq or similarMiran, City Palace or similar
Khiva - 1 night
Malika Kheivak, Qosha Darvoza or similarAsia Khiva, Bek Khiva or similar
Bukhara - 3 nights
As-Salom, K.Komil or similarOmar Khayam, Asia Bukhara or similar
Samarkand - 2 nights
City, Billuri Sitora or similarSultan, Platan or similar
Termez - 2 nights
MeridianMeridian
Dushanbe - 2 nights
Atlas B&BSheraton Dushanbe
Khujand - 2 nights
Vatan, Khujand Deluxe (mansard room)Khujand Grand, Khujand Deluxe

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