Route: Tashkent – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Types of travel during the tour: Airplane / High-speed train / Car
Season: all year round
Accommodation: Single / double rooms in hotels 4 * / 5 *

VIP tour description

The incredible  combination of the modern metropolis and the unique colors of the eastern city are waiting for you in Tashkent (the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest metropolis in Central Asia).

The Khorezm region occupies a special place in human history as a major center of the world civilization and one of the important centers on the Great Silk Road. One of the cities of ancient Khorezm is  the city Khiva – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The uniqueness of this place is based on  the fact that this is one of the rare city museums in which almost all the historical buildings have been preserved. Also called “Open-air museum”.

Bukhara is the most ancient city of Central Asia, whose age exceeds 2,5 thousand years. The preserved architectural heritage of Bukhara is a rare combination of monuments from different eras that characterize the development of architectural architecture throughout the 25 centuries. The historical part of the city is included by UNESCO in the lists of cities of the world heritage of mankind.

The shining lake Aidarkul in the middle of the sultry desert Kyzylkum is called a geographical miracle. The area of the lake is 3000 square km. This is a great place for both historical and ecological tourism.

Samarkand is one of the ancient  cities in the world and  almost a peer of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome . More than 2 thousand years, the city was a key point on the Great Silk Road between China and Europe, as well as one of the main centers of science of the medieval East.
In Samarkand you will have a unique opportunity to plunge into old traditions and cultural customs of the Uzbek people, which will not leave you indifferent!

On the route you need to be: in the summer

  • closed comfortable shoes thickened soles
  • hats for protection from direct sunlight,
  • Sunglasses,
  • sunblock,
  • Outer clothing made of linen or cotton material, preferably with long sleeves

Seasonality action route – all year round

Programme stay on Route 1 and the last day depends on the time of arrival to the starting point of the tour and the time of departure from the destination, therefore subject to change.

What’s included in the tour

  • TOUR COST INCLUDES
  • AIR & FILE TICKETS FOR INTERNAL FLIGHTS
  • MOTOR TRANSPORT
  • GUIDE SERVICES
  • ACCOMMODATION IN B & B HOTELS
  • LUNCHES AND DINNERSYES INPUT TICKETS FOR THE PROGRAM

DAY 1: Arrival in Tashkent

The VIP tour will start by arriving  at Tashkent International airport. Our representative will meet you in the VIP-hall of the airport with a sign “AL-SAMARKAND”. The representative and the driver will take  you to the hotel.
Furthermore, You will have  enough time for relax in the hotel , and in the evening we  invite you to have dinner in the restaurant “Navvat”. You will spend the first night in Tashkent.

DAY 2: Tashkent. A Wonderful Day in the City

After breakfast at the hotel, You will go on a sightseeing tour to discover Tashkent accompanied by a driver and a professional guide.
You will visit the historically significant places for the city: the area “Friendship of Peoples”, the State Museum of History of Temurids and the Museum of Applied Art. Then there will be lunch in the local restaurant “Caravan”.
The second half of the day we will devote to  the national culture and life: visiting the Tashkent market “Chorsu”, immersion in the diversity and originality of the eastern bazaar; Madrasah “Abdulkasym” (XVII century), the Mausoleum “Kaffal Shashi” (XVI century), Madrasah “Barak Khan” (XVI century) and the largest Madrassah “Kukeldash” (XVI century.)
On the 2nd day we will conclude with a festive dinner with national dances for live music in the restaurant “Old-Tashkent”. The second night you will spend in Tashkent.

DAY 3: A bright way to Khiva

Early breakfast at the hotel. Then you will go to the airport in Tashkent for the morning flight to the city of Urgench, Khorezm region. The flight from Tashkent to Urgench will take 1 hour 40 minutes. Upon arrival you will be met by a driver and a professional guide.
Khorezm region occupies a special place in human history, as a major center of world civilization and one of the important centers on the Great Silk Road. One of the cities of ancient Khorezm – the city of Khiva – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Immediately upon arrival, you will go to the city of Khiva. The journey takes 30 minutes. Then there will be accommodation in the hotel, rest time and a delicious lunch in the restaurant “Ichan-Kala”.
In the afternoon we will go to explore the city-museum Khiva. We will visit the architectural complex “Ichan-Kala” (XII-XIX centuries), surrounded by powerful walls,  including: the Mausoleum of Ismail Khoja, the Madrasah of Mohammed Amin Khan, the castle “Kunya-Ark” (XVI-XVII centuries) .), The Palace of Tash-Hovley (XIX century), the Tower of Kalta Minor, the Mosque “Juma” (X century.).
The uniqueness of this place is based on the fact that this is one of the rare city museums in which almost all the historical buildings have been preserved. The museum is open-air, untouched for centuries.
A bright day in Khiva, we will finish dinner in the summer residence of Khan (XIX century.) – “TOZA-GOD”. The third night of the trip is spent in Khiva.

DAY 4: Holy Bukhara

After an early breakfast in the hotel you will be  waiting for the transfer to Bukhara. You will follow the caravans of the Great Silk Road on a comfortable SUV through the desert. The path is 480 km. You will overcome in 6 hours, interrupting only for a picnic in the desert.

After arriving in Bukhara, you will check  in  the hotel and have free time until the evening. In the evening you are invited  to dinner in the ancient Madrassah “Nodir Devon Begi” with the Bukhara folklore concert, after which you can make a walk through the old city. We spend the fourth night in Bukhara.

DAY 5

After breakfast at the hotel we go on an excursion tour with a professional guide. The historical part of the city is so beautiful that you should  get acquainted with this part by taking a walk .

The vital places to visit: Citadel “Ark”, masterpiece of world architecture – Mausoleum of Samanids (X century), Water Museum “Chashma-Ayub” (XIV century) and Mosque “Bolo-House” (XVIII century). Also, at will, we can get acquainted with one of the ancient national entertainments – cock and ram’s fights.

Next, you will stop to take a rest and to have lunch  in the Chaikhan Khan “LABY-HOUSE”, founded in the XVI-XVII centuries.
In the afternoon we will continue our walking tour to the  ancient city of Bukhara: visit the Kalyan Minaret (XII-XIV centuries), Kalyan Mosque (XV century), Miri-Arab Medrese (XVI century). Also, by car we will go outside of  the city to get acquainted with the mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshbandi (XVI-XIX centuries), the Summer Residence of Emir “Sitorai-Mohi-Khosa” (XIX century), and the Mausoleum “Chor-Bakr” (X in .).

We finish the busy 5th day of the trip with dinner at the madrasah “MADARIHON”.

Overnight in Bukhara.

DAY 6: The way to Nurata

After an early breakfast we will go to a small town with an ancient history – Nurata (170 km by car).

Upon arrival in Nurata, we will stop for the night in the Yurt camp, in order to plunge into the mysterious world of deserts (the camp is specially equipped for the reception of guests, and has everything necessary for a comfortable stay and overnight stay). We expect camel riding, swimming in the cleanest lake, a picnic with local fishermen. We have dinner at the fire according to local customs and songs of shepherds.

Shining Aidarkul Lake in the midst of the sultry desert of Kyzylkum is called a geographical miracle. The area of the lake is 3000 square meters. Km.

This is a great place for both historical and ecological tourism.

DAY 7: Morning on Lake Aydarkul, the way to Samarkand

The first half of the day we will spend on Lake Aidarkul: breakfast in nature, enjoy swimming in the lake and free time, we will have lunch with local fishermen with freshly caught fish of rare varieties.

And in the afternoon we will go on our way to Samarkand. Travel time to Samarkand will be 2 hours 40 minutes along the picturesque roads of Uzbekistan (165 km.).

Upon arrival in the fabulous Samarkand, we are accommodated, resting and having dinner in the national restaurant “Sangizar”.

The seventh night we spend in Samarkand.

DAY 8: Fairy Samarkand

Samarkand – is one of the ancient  cities in the world and almost a peer of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome . More than 2 thousand years, the city was a key point on the Great Silk Road between China and Europe, as well as one of the main centers of science of the medieval East.

After breakfast at the hotel we will go on a sightseeing tour of the city with a professional guide. We are expected to visit the Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XIV-XV cc.) And the Registan Square, which includes the Ulugbek madrasah (15th century), the Sher-Dor Madrasah (XVII century), the Madrasah Tilla-Corey “(XVII century.).

Then there will be lunch in Samarkand Tea-house, where we will try a real Uzbek pilaf. Also, if desired, we can participate in the preparation of pilaf.

In the afternoon we will continue to explore the incredible city of Samarkand, and visit the Ulugbek Observatory (XIV century), the mysterious Tomb of Saint Daniel, the Ensemble “Shahi Zinda” (XIV) and the “Afrasiab” Mound, which existed B.C.
We finish the 8th day of the trip with a traditional dinner in the restaurant “Samarkand”.

We spend the night in Samarkand.

DAY 9: Fairy-tale Samarkand, Day 2

The first half of the day we will spend in the old part of the city of Samarkand, exploring the Mausoleum “Bibi-Khonum” (XIV century) and “Siab Bazaar”, which is the largest and oldest in the city, an area of 7 hectares!
In the afternoon we will visit local residents in the mountainous region of Urgut, where we will master the technique of preparing national dishes – shish kebab and lulya-kebab.

You will have a unique opportunity to plunge into centuries-old traditions and cultural customs of the Uzbek people, which will not leave you indifferent!

If desired, we can spend the night in the village, where together with the locals we will prepare “Tandyr Kebab” and taste it at the fire for folklore songs and dances.

DAY 10: The way home

The final breakfast of our trip will be organized in a national style with traditional dishes, fresh farm milk and dairy products.
Next, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight in the following direction.

If you wish to extend your stay in Uzbekistan, we can offer the following places for more detailed acquaintance with the culture of the country:

  • The Winery Khovrenko, winemaking museum and subsequent wine tasting;
  • Visit to the production of silk paper and carpet factory with products exclusively handmade;
  • Presence at the national wedding (this option should be booked in advance).

Ирина Давидовна Россия, 48 лет

Тур – Сказка Востока 2016

Хочу поделиться впечатлениями и написать отзыв о своей поездке в Узбекистан. Ну, во-первых никогда не думала, что здесь так много туристов из разных стран и на памятниках старины было не протолкнуться, но все грандиозно и здорово интересно. Но начну сначала. Прилетели мы с подругой в Ургенч (так была составлена программа самаркандской тур-фирмы, даже порекомендовали рейс из Москвы), нас встретили, перевезли в Хиву, разместили в маленьком и уютном отеле, накормили ужином и пожелали «спокойной ночи». Утром после завтрака гид пригласил нас на экскурсию во «внутренний город». Мама, дорогая, мы думали, что там потеряемся – это не объяснить словами! Нам повезло с гидом: ненавязчиво, информативно, с перерывами на кофеек, на обед, не заметили как день прошел (экскурсия-то пешеходная) и пора ужинать и спать. На следующий день выехали в Бухару (аж 6 часов по пустыне). Но наш гид Наталья Михайловна — Наташа) так интересно рассказывала в пути и об истории края, и о пустыне, и о быте здешнего народа и отвечала на все наши вопросы, что мы и не заметили, как въехали в Бухару. Да, уж действительно средневековый город. Жили мы в маленькой гостинице с европейскими услугами, но с восточным колоритом. Питались в разных ресторанах, но меню нигде не повторялось. Благодаря Наташе, нам стало известно, что в Узбекистане рестораны специализируются на каком-то одном блюде национальной кухни, т.е. в меню есть много других блюд, но только местные жители знают, где вкуснее готовят именно это блюдо (например, плов или манты). Дальше по маршруту нас ждал юртовый лагерь в пустыне. Представляете, вокруг желто-серый песок, на улице жара и мы, честно говоря, подумали – зачем нас сюда завезли и вдруг в лобовое стекло авто видим большое голубое пятно – это оказалось то самое озеро, к которому ехали. Потом, конечно и накупались, и на верблюдах накатались и у костра насиделись. В общем, классно провели время (кстати, хорошо, что мы послушали туроператора Ирину и захватили с собой крем от загара и от комаров, спасибо). На следующий день после обеда выехали в Самарканд. За 2 дня мы успели осмотреть все памятники по программе, побывать на бумажной фабричке (это класс!), на дегустации (два класса!!), поесть почти все блюда самаркандской кухни (три класса!!!), посетить базар – это вообще вне конкуренции. Хорошо загоревшие, с кучей сувениров и впечатлений вернулись домой. Мы влюбились в Узбекистан. Спасибо тур-фирме за грамотно и подробно составленную программу на маршрут как мы просили, за профессионализм сопровождающего гида и водителя. Такое впечатление, что они никогда не уставали. Мы с подругой решили, что и на следующий год обратимся в фирму «Аль-Самарканд» и поедем на другой маршрут.

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