Overview and description
Adventure tour “Following the trails of the nomads” is a tour in which you will get to know the amazing free world of the nomads.
While traveling through the mysterious land of Uzbekistan, this region appears to us in all its diversity, combining centuries-old culture of the ancient cities and the life style of the nomads.
Specialization: cultural and ethnographic tourism.
Duration: 9 days – 8 nights.
Cities to be visited: Tashkent (1 night) – Khiva (1 night) – Bukhara (2 nights) – Yurt- camp (1 night) – Samarkand (2 nights) – Tashkent (1 night)
From ancient time, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva s were an important trading cities on the Silk Road. These cities are to this day famous for their rich history, unique architectural monuments.
The city of Khiva, which image finally formed in the XVII century, withstood all test of time during its long history, and its loamy walls preserved the masterpieces of the original architecture.
Ancient Bukhara opens its doors to lovers of antiquity. Each stone in this city breathes history. Such great scientists as a doctor and encyclopaedist Avicenna and historian Narshakhi worked here.
Samarkand is one of the world’s oldest cities. It’s more than 2750 years old. Its history still boggles the mind with its preserved magnificent buildings of medieval architecture. This is the place, where the patron of science Mirzo Ulugbek erected the Observatory in the XV century, which had no equal.
Between Tashkent and Samarkand the Talgo train “Afrosiab” runs daily. Depending on the time of arrival / departure planned in the program you can do some of the above mentioned routes by train instead of road.
We can change this program or prepare a new one, tailor made according to your wishes and preferences.
Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent. Sightseeing in Tashkent.
Sightseeing tour of Tashkent includes: Khast Imam square, including Kaffal Shashi mausoleum, Barak Khan madrasa and Tilla Shaikh Mosque, the library that holds an ancient Koran of the 3rd Caliph Othman, dated to the 7th century; then you’ll visit the oriental bazaar Chorsu and Applied Arts Museum, Tashkent Metro, Independence Square, the Palace of Prince Romanov (outside). Overnight in Tashkent
Day 2. Tashkent - Urgench (flight) – Khiva (30 km). Sightseeing in Khiva.
Flight to Urgench and transfer to Khiva. Visit of the walled city of Khiva - Ichan Kala includes: Kalta Minor Minaret, Mohammed-Amin-Khan madrasa, Kunya Ark Citadel with reception hall Kurinishkhana; Mohammed Rakim Khan madrasa, Said Alauddin mausoleum, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja madrasa and minaret, Juma Mosque with its amazing 212 carved wooden columns, Kutluq-Murad Inaq madrasa, Allakulikhan madrasa and Tash-Hovli architectural complex with harem. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 3. Khiva - Bukhara (470 km, 7-8 hrs).
Transfer to Bukhara. Crossing the desert Kizil-Kum (Red Sands), will have a break at biggest river of Central Asia – Amu Darya. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 4. Bukhara. Sightseeing in Bukhara
Bukhara is an open air city-museum with more than 170 ancient architectural monuments. Full day sightseeing tour of Bukhara includes: Samanids mausoleum (10th century), Chashma-Ayub mausoleum (Saint Job’s source), Ark fortress, Poi Kalon ensemble with its architectural monuments like Miri Arab Madrasa, Kalon Mosque and the famous minaret Kalon built in the 12th century, Ulughbek madrasa (15th century) and Abdulazizkhan madrasa. Then you will visit Taqi (trading domes), Magoki Attari Mosque and Lyabi-Khauz architectural ensemble, consisting of three monuments - Kukeldash Madrasa, Nodir Divon Begi Madrasa and khanako; Chor-Minor madrasa. Bukhara is the hometown of the legendary Khodja Nasreddin, famous for his graceful and immortal stories, known by everyone in the city. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 5. Bukhara – Gijduvan - Nurata – Yurt camp. Sightseeing outside Bukhara.
Bukhara is considered as a holy city. There are monuments associated with prominent Islamic saints around it. We will visit the architectural ensemble Bahauddin Naqshbandi formed around the burial of one of the most influential founders of Sufism in Central Asia, and then visit the Summer residence of the last emirs of Bukhara Sitora-i-Mokhi-Khosa Palace. Also visit Chor-Minor Madrasah, which is essentially, differs from other buildings with its architectural shapes.
Transfer to Gijduvan, where we visit the ceramics workshop and familiarise with special aspects of the local ceramics manufacture.
Transfer to Nurata and visit Chashma complex, consisting of two mosques, the sacred spring Chashma and the ruins of the fortress of the Alexander the Great times.
Transfer to the Yurt camp. Upon arrival, we can enjoy the camel ride. And in the evening we have dinner and akin’s (nomadic singer) soulful songs around the campfire.
Day 6. Yurt camp - Samarkand.
Transfer to Aydarkul Lake, which is called a wonder of the Nature, the lake, lying among the sands of the Kizilkum desert. Picnic. Departure to Samarkand. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 7. Samarkand. Sightseeing in Samarkand
Full day sightseeing tour of Samarkand includes: Gur Emir mausoleum, the famous Registan square composed of three huge monuments - Ulughbek, Sherdor and Tilla Kari madrasas; Bibi-Khanum mosque, local Siab bazaar, mausoleums of Shahi-Zinda necropolis. Overnight in Samarkand
Day 8. Tour in Samarkand. Samarkand – Tashkent (300 km, 5 hours drive).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we will visit the silk paper Mill, which still applies the ancient technology. Then we will visit the Ulugbek’s Observatory, as well as one of the most Holy sites of Samarkand – the St. Daniel Mausoleum, revered by representatives of three religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Then we will move into the ancient time visiting the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of the ancient settlement of Samarkand.
After lunch, transfer to Tashkent. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 9. Departure from Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. End of the program.
Included in tour price:
- Visa support (if required);
- Double accommodation with breakfast;
- Transportation throughout the tour according to the program;
- Sightseeing according to the program;
- Entrance fees to the monuments and museums indicated in the program;
- Full Board in Yurt camp (dinner, Breakfast and lunch-picnic on the Aydarkul Lake);
- English speaking local guides for city tours (escort guide service is available on request).
Not included in tour price:
- Early check in (before 14:00) and late checkout (after 12:00) from the hotel.
- Single supplement;
- Visa cost;
- International air tickets;
- Air ticket Tashkent – Urgench;
- Photo-and video charges;
- Additional sightseeing;
- Meals (Lunches and Dinners);
- All personal expenses (telephone, extra luggage fee, room service, laundry, medical expenses, insurance, etc.);
- Tips to guides and drivers;
- Any other services not listed among the included.