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Treasures of the Great Silk Road

Treasures of the Great Silk Road

Treasures of the Great Silk Road, Uzbekistan tours.

The Name of tour: Treasures of the Great Silk Road 

Duration: 10 days 

Visiting landmarks: Tashkent, Nukus, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand

Day 1: Tashkent
This day you will arrive to a fascinating country Uzbekistan. You will arrive to Tashkent international airport you will be met with your driver with signboard at meeting area. Today you will have a wonderful highlight tour and discover the main sites of the capital. You will explore the main square of Uzbekistan –Independence square and here you will see charming attractions and amazing fountains. Further you will discover the local Broadway where you will observe the magnificent square of the capital Independence square and Amir Timur square. After that you will have a chance to ride in gorgeous Tashkent Metro that is the one of the most charming subways in the world. This metro opened in 1977. After that you will direct to the next point is the old parts of the city such as: a Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex. You will discover that it has several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. Today you will be inspired today by the outstanding attraction  of the city - the Othman Quran. You will know that this is the world’s oldest Quran copy dating back to 8th c. This night you will spedn in the hotel. 

Day 2: Tashkent – Nukus (domestic flight)
In the morning you will have a flight to Nukus from Tashkent. This day you will have a chance to explore the charming city and the main attractions.  The I. V. Savitsky Museum of Art of the Republic of Karakalpakstan is one of the largest and most interesting museums in the whole of Uzbekistan. The museum has the status of a state museum, and the unique collection collected here is recognized as the best art collection in the entire Asian region. It includes the most complete collection of works of the Russian avant-garde. The founder of the museum is the famous Russian artist Igor Vitalyevich Savitsky, who came to Karakalpakstan in 1950 and stayed here to live. The I. V. Savitsky Museum of Art of the Republic of Karakalpakstan is known all over the world. It stores materials from the 20th century such as Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group. Then you will travel to Mizdakhan necropolis. You will discover that it was the ancient city before. Today you will also explore the ancient site Chilpyk – Zoroastrian ancient monument that is 2200 years old. You will spend the night in the hotel. 

Day 3: Nukus – Ayaz Qala – Tuprak Qala – Khiva  
This day you will travel to the oldest city of Uzbekistan. You will be able to explore that this is a beautiful city, and it has charming architecture, and this city is an open-air museum. During the tour, you will find out that the history of Khiva itself is connected with the state of the Khorezmshahs. The city itself was large on a deserted stretch of the routes of the Great Silk Road. And in the past times, it played an important role and was a state where countless caravans loaded with camel goods, and passed through an open gate that was open from sunset to dawn. Then you will break near two fascinating fortresses and its names is Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. The Ayaz-Qala settlement in Uzbekistan, dated to the IV century BC, is now a unique historical monument of the times of Zoroastrianism. The Ayaz-Qala fortress is located in the Ellikkalinsky district of Karakalpakstan, twenty kilometers northeast of the ancient capital of Khorezm-the Toprak-kala settlement, to the west of the Kyrk-kyz-kala fortress, among the moving Kyzylkum sands and the spurs of the Sultan Uwais Mountains. Toprak-kala was the capital of Khorezm under the rule of the Afrigid dynasty. During the excavations, the remains of a palace with 150 halls and rooms richly decorated with monumental paintings and sculptures were found. The height of the palace reached 40 meters. You will spend the night in the hotel. 

Day 4: Khiva
This day you will discover the ancient city Khiva that has a lot of architectural sites. Along the way you will explore the history and observe the inner city – Ichan Qala, rounded with majestic walls. This day you will discover the ancient buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses transformed Ichan-Qala into unique city-monument. There are located 400 traditional dwelling and about 60 monuments. You will discover the interesting fact that in 1969 Ichan-Qala started to be historical and architectural maintaining area. Here you will also discover such prominent sites as Kunya-Ark fortress that was built in the 17th century and explored by Muhammad Arang Khan. Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace are the fascinating sample example of Khorezm architecture of 1830s was also found by him. You will spend the night in the hotel.

Day 5: Khiva – Bukhara
After breakfast you will travel to Uzbekistan. This day you will transfer to Bukhara. You will explore that this city as “town museum”. And there are located more than 140 architectural monuments. This day you will explore that Bukhara is a city that dates back to the middle ages and also attracts tourists with its colorful buildings and blue domes. Bukhara is called a Holy city because of the large number of mosques, mausoleums and madrassas. In this city are situated green and narrow streets, big parks and beautiful gardens, historical and architectural monuments. And there are situated different structures in different times, they are located next to each other. After that you will explore the fabulous by the amazing views of Kizilkum desert. Today you will travel through the amazing Amu Darya River that considered to be the deepest river in the Central Asia. Upon arrival you will to Bukhara you will have free time. You will rest the night in the hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara
You will have amazing city tour today in this wonderful city. The first site you will discover the amazing the ancient site of the city called Citadel Ark. You will explore this Citadel dates back to the 4th century and it was of the reign of Bukhara Emirs. Today you will be amazed be the fascinating mastership of architecture Samanids mausoleum (9th- 10th century). After that you will explore the picturesque Chasma Ayub "The source of Saint Job" is a revered place. After that you will explore the views of Bolo – Hauz mosque that was built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu – Fabyud Khan and has forty columns. Today you will also explore the fascinating shopping domes where you will have a chance to buy interesting souvenirs explore the souvenirs and immerse into the national atmosphere. After that you will explore the outstanding creation– Nodir Divan Begi mosque. Today you will discover the most attractive sites of Bukhara that is the part of Nodir Divan Begi of Lyabi Kalon Ensemble. Today you will also discover the last attraction of the day will be Poi Kalon complex. You will have a chance to explore to find there three structure (12th- 16th centuries) they are Kalon minaret , Kalon mosque and the last one is Mir Arab Madrasah. This night you will rest in the hotel.

Day 7: Bukhara – Shahrisabs – Samarkand
After breakfast you will amazing tour to the birthplace of Amir Timur in the town Shahrisabs. Along the way you will discover the fascinating landmark Ak Saray Palace. You will discover building it in 1379, after the fourth victorious campaign of Amir Temur to Khorezm. You will be able to explore that the complex consists of a large number of buildings, including luxurious rooms for receiving guests, inns for famous travelers. You will be amazed by the grandeur of the palace and enjoy its views. You can also explore the Jahongir Mausoleum, which was erected in honor of Amir's eldest son Timur. And it was built for the twenty-two-year-old beloved eldest son of Timur-Jahongir, who died in Samrakand. And after that, Amir fell into great grief for 30 years. Today you will continue the tour with exploring interesting highlights as the Dorus Siadat and Dorus Tillavat memorial complexes where all Amir Timur’s descendants and relatives were buried.

Day 8: Samarkand
This day you will discover the ancient city of Uzbekistan. In the tour you will be able to explore that Samarkand is an ancient city, which is located in the picturesque valley of the Zeravshan River. This is an ancient city of Uzbekistan that is 2,500 years old. And it is also the same age as Babylon and Rome. In the tours you can explore that Samarkand has a beautiful architecture and culture. In the tour you will have a chance to experience amazing attractions as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. During the tour you will explore that Registan is a beautiful square of Samarkand with beautiful madrasas that go back to the 15th-17th centuries, and it impresses with its views and grandiosity. Then you will be able to explore the interesting scenery of the Shahi Zinda complex, and it is home to many interesting mausoleums that date back to the 11th-15th centuries, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the tour, you will also be able to explore the beautiful Bibi Khanum Mosque, which will amaze you with its grandeur and grandeur, and which was built in honor of Tamerlan's wife after his trip to India.

Day 9: Samarkand – Tashkent
In the morning you will have a chance to explore the fascinating city Samarkand today. You will discover the amazing the Ulughbek observatory. In the tour, you will also be able to explore that he was a glorious ruler and a great scholar in the city. And it was also built in the 15th century. And you will also be able to explore 1018 celestial bodies in his guide “Ziji Guragoni", which he published in 1437. You can also find out that he was killed by his own son. The tour route will direct to the local Broadway and admire this fabulous street full of souvenir shops, teahouses, sweets and workshops. Today you will explore National bazaar Siab. There are you will have a chance to walk and buy traditional handmade products and sweets. After that you will discover to carpet factory where around 400 women sew handmade carpet. The overnight will be in the hotel.

Day 10: Tashkent – Departure
In the morning will be breakfast. Then driver will take you to Tashkent international airport for your flight to next destination.  


Transport:
02 pax - Sedan
04-08 pax - Minivan (Grand Starex, Istana)
10 pax - Midibus (Mitsubishi Rosa, Sprinter)

Price per person:
02 pax – 850 $
04 pax – 670 $
06 pax – 575 $
08 pax – 605 $
10 pax – 560 $
Single – 135 $

Early check-in – 35 $
Single early check-in – 40 $ 

Half board – 80 $
Full board – 145 $

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) – 75 $ per person 

English speaking local guides in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva – 265 $ per group
English speaking escort guide – 580 $ per group

 

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
      Tashkent – “Samir” Hotel 3*
      Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*
      Bukhara – “Porso” Hotel 3*
      Nukus – “Jipek jo’li” Hotel 3*
      Khiva – “Old Khiva” Hotel 3*
- Visa support
- Train tickets (if any)
- Mineral water supply                       

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Guides
- Full board
- Flight tickets
- Travel insurance
- Entrances to all museums

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