Tamerlane's gardens


Itinerary:
" Tashkent - Urguench – Khiva - Bukhara–Nurata – Aydarkul Lake - Samarkand- Shakrissabz – Samarkand - Tashkent "

Duration: 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS days

Price of the trip from : 811 $

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation (10 nights) in the hotels 4*-3*
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Transfers Airport / Hotel / Airport
  • Surface transport by air-conditioned comfortable vehicle for the whole trip
  • English speaking guide from the beginning to the end of the trip
  • Entrance fee on all mentioned sights
  • One liter of water per day p/pax
  • Domestic flight Tashkent – Urguench

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Personal expenses
  • Fee for photos on sights
  • Visa fee
  • Tips for guides and drivers

 

Program

Day 1 Tashkent
Arrival at Tashkent. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast. Time for rest.
Lunch.
Sightseeing in the capital: Stroll through the ancient part of the city, visiting Khast Imam square, the spiritual hearth of Muslims of Central Asia with its library keeping the oldest Coran of the Islamic world. In the Barak- Khan madrassah meeting with the renowned artisans: miniaturists, sculptors and painters… Drop in at capital’s big market, Chorsu.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2  Tashkent – Urguentch - Khiva ( flight + 30 km )
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Urguench.
Arrival at Urguench and transfer to Khiva 
Accommodation at the hotel.
City tour of the inner part of Khiva - Itchan Kala.
An amazing city in the blue faience, hidden in the desert Kizilkum (red sands), on the bank of the Amu Darya river (the unrestrained river), Khiva offers to eager travelers the architecture different from that of other Uzbek cities, with her 52 historical monuments. 
Lunch during the visits.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 Khiva – Bukhara ( 450 km )
Depart to Bukhara crossing the Kyzyl-Kum desert and Amu Darya river. On the way we stop to meet the fanciers of the Central Asian karakul sheep. 
Lunch on the way.
Arrival at Bukhara, a monastery-city, a place of education and pilgrimage. Lunch picnic.
Accommodation at the hotel.
First acquaintance with the city, stroll along Lyabi Khauz Place, a former place of Bukhara Emir’s treasurer.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 Bukhara
Among the visits of this day: Lyabi Khauz Place – one of the most famous places of Bukhara; the splendid Poi-Kalyan place, with its Kalyan minaret, the main symbol of Bukhara, serving in former times as a lighthouse for caravanneers; Ismail Samani mausoleum – the oldest building in the Central Asia, the pearl of the world architecture and many other ancient monuments Lunch during the visits.
Dinner at the restaurant-caravanserai with folk show.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 Bukhara
Continuation of the visits: Royal mosque Bolo Khauz;  the residence of Emir of Bukhara - Sitorai Mokhi Hosa; Bakhauddin Nakshbandi ensemble, the place of pilgrimage for the believers of Central Asia.  
Lunch during the visits.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 Bukhara – Nurata - Aydarkul ( 280 km )
Depart to Nurata, situated at the border of two worlds nomadic and settled, chiefly populated by Kazaks, who have preserved their tradition nomadic life. On arrival visit the mosque and its pool with sacred fishes, which local people consider as the spirit of their ancestors. Lunch at the national house. Drive to Aydarkul Lake to the Yurts (camping).
Camel riding in surroundings.
Dinner around the fire, accompanied by singing of the akyn (troubadour). Overnight in yurt.

Day 7 Aydarkul – Samarkand (230 km)
Depart to Samarkand  city situated on the crossroads of caravan ways.
Arrival at Samarkand and accommodation at the hotel.
Lunch.
Sightseeing in the capital of Tamerlane’s powerful empire: Registan Square – the heart of Samarkand with its three madrassahs – representatives of the great past of this city; Gur-Emir mausoleum – the burial place of the Tamerlane and his dynasty (XIV-XV c.).
Dinner.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 Samarkand
Whole day of sightseeing: Bibi-Khanim mosque, its blue dome competes with the firmament; Siyab local bazaar – taste the best breads and fruits of Samarkand; Shakhi-Zinda necropolis appears as the necklace of masterpieces, spreading by the sparkling train on the slopes of ancient Afrosiab; Visit Ulugbek observatory, the first and biggest observatory in the Orient; Mausoleum of the prophet Daniel, the place where three religions meet: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Lunch during the visits.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 Samarkand -Shakhrissabz- Samarkand ( 220 km )
Drive to Samarkand via Shakhrissabz. The road goes through the beautiful mountains landscapes. Sightseeing tour of Shakhrisabz, place famous thanks to Tamerlane, who was born in the neighboring village. Visit the summer residence of Great ruler - Ak-Saray Palace and other monument of this green city. Lunch.
After lunch back to Samarkand.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 Samarkand – Tashkent ( 320 km )
Visit the paper factory, producing famous Samarkand paper according to the ancient methods brought from China.
Lunch. Depart to Tashkent via Bakhmal village, discover cotton honey.
Arrival at Tashkent. Accommodation at the hotel.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Tashkent 
Transfer to the airport for the flight home.