Aydarkul and Sarmishsay Tour2 Days | Nurata, Sarmish-Say, Aydarkul

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For those who love a little ancient history, a trip to Aydarkul and Sarmishsay is just about the best Uzbekistan tour possible. Sarmishsay has a unique petroglyph gallery, with over 10,000 stone carvings depicting scenes from daily life of the people who lived here long ago. Then head out to Aydarkul for a taste of nomadic life, with camel riding and a night in a yurt in the Kyzylkum Desert. Aydarkul Lake and Sarmishsay are conveniently located between Bukhara and Samarkand, so if you have some extra time, add on a city tour extension.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – Navoi – Nurata – Yurt camp (155 km, 2 hrs)
 
At 06:30 transfer from your hotel in Tashkent to the train station. The high-speed train, Afrosiyob, departs at 07:30 and arrives in Navoi at 10:40. A driver will meet you at the train station, transfer to Sarmish-Say to see the petroglyphs. After the Sarmish-Say excursion you are to drive to Nurata where you can have lunch and visit a local place of interest – the Chashma Complex with a holy spring. After lunch transfer to the yurt camp. On the way a stop at lake of Aydarkul located in the amidst of a sultry desert. In the evening dinner near the camp fire with a Kazakh akin singing folk songs. Overnight at the yurt camp.
Day 2: Yurt camp – Samarkand – Tashkent (250 km, 3-3.5 hrs)
 
In the morning camel riding and free time. Then a drive to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand, lunch. At 16:00 transfer to a railway station. Return to Tashkent by high-speed train Afrosiyob, departure at 17:00. Arrival in Tashkent at 19:10.
  • Accommodation in the yurt camp hotel with full board (3 meals);
  • Economy-class tickets for Tashkent-Navoi and Samarkand-Tashkent trains (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Transportation throughout the tour, including airport/train station pick ups and drop offs.
  • Travel insurance.

 

Accommodation:

Aydarkul - 1 night
Oxus Adventure Yurt Camp, Safari Yurt Camp, Aidar Yurt Camp (in a shared yurt)

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