Name: Uzbekistan diamond 6
Duration: 11 days
Places to visit: Tashkent- Nukus - Kungrat - Sudochye - Aral Sea - Muinak - Nukus - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
You will be fascinated by the atmosphere that you feel upon arrival in the country. And also the impression that you will be able to see crowded caravans that pave the way for trade. Don't miss the opportunity to see the fabulous places.
Day 1: Tashkent
Today you will have Uzbekistan diamond 6. In course of the tour you will travel in Uzbekistan. The first destination for sightseeing is the Independence square that was erected as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. After it is the street that is known as the local Broadway the separates Independence square and Amir Timur square. After it you will have a ride in the famous Tashkent metro that is also the one the most beautiful subways in the world. And the first line of it was opened in 1977. Next destination is the old part of the city where you will travel to Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that consists of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The you will see the sight the tours to which are very interesting the world's oldest Quran copy dating back to 8th c. You can see the the blood of its owner who was killed in 8th. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent- Nukus (morning flight)
In course of the tour you will have a morning flight to Nukus. Upon arrival you will enjoy the guided city tour. You will have an excursion to the Museum of Savitsky. Here you will be able to find the masterpieces of forbidden art of 20th century Russian avant-garde paintings, works of Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group. The head of this Karakalpakstan state museum of art collected the artworks by buying them or getting for free in 1960s. Then he carefully preserved and after some time he presented the in the remote central Asian art-house. Then you will have to travel to Mizdakhan necropolis. This site once was ancient city that was captured from the 4th century BC till about 14th century AD. Night is in a hotel.
Day 3: Nukus - Kungrat - Sudochye - Aral Sea (420 km, 9 hours)
Today you will have a long drive to Aral Sea. Nine hours' drive will go through following route: Nukus - Kungrad - Plato Ustyurt - Sudochye Lake - Aral Sea. On the way we will stop at Gaur-Kala Fortress ("fortress of the infidels"), built around the fourth century B.C. The walls of the fortress, the height of which exceeds ten meters, are surrounded by the preserved till our days a few strongholds. Today it is impossible to say for sure what kind of buildings they were. You will arrive to Aral Sea is a little bit before the dusk. Driver will pitch a camp until you explore the surroundings. Enjoy your open air dinner. Overnight is in tents.
Day 4: Aral Sea - Muinak - Nukus (440 km, 9 hours)
Today you will have an opportunity to take a lot of interesting and breathtaking photos of the nature. In the morning you will drive to Ustyurt Canyon to see its picturesque beauty and farther drive to Muinak. The road to this city goes via the dried bottom of the sea. Upon arrival you will witness the best example of the ecological disaster in the region. Before this city was prosperous and largest Karakalpakstan's port and Aral Sea center of fishery. Here you will explore the graveyard of ship in ex-shore of the Aral Sea and town museum. After visits drive to Nukus. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 5: Nukus - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva (290 km, 6 hours)
In course of the tour you will have to travel to the one of the oldest city in Uzbekistan. Upon arrival you will enjoy the city of many monuments and sights from the past. This this closely connected to the legendary Khorezmshah's State with its capital in Urgench before. In the 10th century this city was prosperous due to the famous the Great Silk Road that started its way from China. Here you will be such prominent sights that were preserved through generations. On the way you will see two majestic fortresses that are known as Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. Talkiing about Ayaz Qala of 4th century you will learn that it used to be an ancient castle of Khorezm that was erected for legendary warrior-slave Ayaz, a Turkic folklore hero. Tuprak Qala can be translated as the ‘clay fort', was the royal city of Khorezmian ruler Artav that existed in 1 or 2-century AD. It was occupied until 6th century AD. This city became stays without people due to constants wars and invasions. Night is in a hotel in Khiva.
Day 6: Khiva city tour
You will start the tour in the morning. You will see the most prominent sights of the oldest city of Uzbekistan. You will visit its inner city that encircled by strong wall, the famous Ichan-Qala. Inside of this prominent site you will see the centuries old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses. All these sights made Ichan-Qala unique city-monument. Here you will be able to explore at least 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments. In 1969 Ichan-Qala became a historical and architectural conservation area. But even here you will find the most breathtaking attractions like Kunya-Ark fortress of 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, an incredible sample of Khorezm architectural mastership of 1830s. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Khiva - Bukhara (440 km, 7 hours)
In course of the tour you will have a morning drive to Bukhara. This prominent city is also known as a "town museum" due to the 140 architectural monuments that located here. These sights of the Middle Ages will impress you. Here you will see that the city possesses narrow streets, green parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments belong to different epochs, but locate very close to each other. You will be fascinate you by going via the famous Kizilkum desert where you can witness the Amu Darya river. This river is known as the deepest river in Central Asia, formed by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flowing into Aral See. Upon arrival in Bukhara you will have free time. Night is in a hotel.
Day 8: Bukhara
In the morning you will start the guided city tour of Bukhara. Today you will see the citadel that is considered to be the oldest in Bukhara. The Citadel Ark of 4th century was used as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. After it you will explore the master work of 9th -10th century the Samanids mausoleum. The next destinations of the tour are Chashma Ayub, meaning Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque which is also known due to the forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. You will have some free time to explore shops and then visit Nodir Divan Begi. This madrasah is the part of the Lyabi House Ensemble, famous central sightseeing of Bukhara tours to which are very popular. The last sights for visiting are Poi Kalon complex of three structures of 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.
Day 9: Bukhara - Samarkand (290 km, 3.5 hrs)
In course of the tour you will have a transfer to Samarkand. This city can be found in the valley of the river Zerafshan that is also known as the second largest city of Uzbekistan. It is worthy to know that the age of the city is similar to once of Babylon or Rome. You will see today the most outstanding sights of the city like Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square will mesmerize you by its complex of three fascinating Madrasahs of 15-17th centuries. Then is the Shakhi-Zindeh that is known due to the huge collection of mausoleums of 11th-15 centuries. Moreover this sight is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque was built in honor of favorite Tamerlane's wife, after his success in India. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 10: Samarkand - Tashkent (train)
Today you will explore other sights of the city that is known by its interesting history. The first destination to visit is the Ulughbek observatory. This prominent building was built in 15th century by order of Ulughbek who is known as one of the most famous Samarkand rulers and scientists. With the help of this observatory he created "Zidji Guragoni" catalog in 1437 where you can find information about 1018 celestial bodies. He was killed by his son. After it you will have time to stroll along the local Broadway to enjoy souvenir shops, teahouses, sweets and workshops. After it you will explore the real atmosphere of national bazaar Siab where you can find Uzbek traditional handmade products and local sweets. Afternoon transfer to Tashkent is by train. Night is in a hotel.
Day 11: Flight
Transfer to airport.
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 075 $
04 pax - 915 $
06 pax - 845 $
08 pax - 815 $
10 pax - 770 $
Single - 100 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
*Half board - 75 $
*Full board - 135 $
*Entrance fees - 75 $ available with escort guide only
Local guides - 220 $ per group
Escort guide - 580 $ per group
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Nukus - "Jipek Joli" Hotel 3*
Aral Sea - "Tents"
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
- Train tickets Samarkand - Tashkent
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Tashkent - Nukus flight from 90 $