Legends of Uzbekistan (9 days / 8 nights)

Overview and description

Specialization: cultural and ethnographic tourism.
Duration: 9 days – 8 nights.

Cities to be visited: Tashkent (1 night) – Nukus (1 night) – Khiva (2 nights) – Bukhara (2 nigts) – Samarkand (1 night) – Tashkent (1 night)

Since the ancient times Samarkand and Bukhara have been important commercial cities of the Great Silk Road. These cities are known even nowadays for their rich history and unique architectural monuments.

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One of the oldest cities in the world Samarkand with its 2750-years history amazes with its magnificent buildings of the medieval architecture that have been preserved until nowadays. It was here where the patron of science Mirzo Ulugbek erected his observatory in the 15th century; it was a unique construction for its time.

Bukhara, which is as old as Samarkand, opens its doors to lovers of antiquity. In fact, every stone in this city reflects the history. The great scientists, such as physician and encyclopedist Avicenna and historian Narshakhi, worked in this city.

The final image Khiva was formed in the 17th century. Throughout its long history it has withstood all tests of time and behind its adobe walls you can find masterpieces of the medieval architecture.

Nukus, the capital and the largest city of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan, is located close to the Aral Sea. From the south and east the city is surrounded by the desert Kizil Kum. Besides the ancient Mizdakhan necropolis located not far from Nukus, you can visit the famous State Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitsky. Its collection is the best and in Asia and the second largest and important collection of Russian avant-garde paintings in the world.

 

We can change this program or prepare a new one, tailor made according to your wishes and preferences.

Tour itinerary

  • Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent. Sightseeing tour of Tashkent.

    Meeting at the international airport. Transfer to hotel, accommodation and a short rest.
    During the sightseeing tour of Tashkent you will visit the following sites: 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 will visit the oriental bazaar Chorsu, Tashkent Metro, Independence Square, the Palace of Prince Romanov (outside), Applied Arts Museum.
    Overnight in train

  • Day 2. Tashkent – Nukus (flight). Sightseeing of Nukus – Mizdakhan – Muynak (the ancient coast of the Aral Sea) – Nukus.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer to airport for flight to Nukus.
    Upon arrival we will visit the ancient Mizdakhan necropolis located in the city of Khodjeily not far from Nukus. It is one of the most unusual places of Uzbekistan, which combines ancient beliefs of Zoroastrianism and Islam. Here you will get to know many interesting legends and visit Shamun-Nabi mausoleum, Mazlumkhan Sulu mausoleum, Caliph Ereyep mausoleum and Dzhumart-Kassab hill. It is believed that the tomb of Adam is situated here and the mausoleum built over it, represents the world clock. When the last brick of this mausoleum falls, the end of the world will come. That’s why all people who come here build small pyramids of seven stones, it’s believed that so they can prevent this catastrophe and at the same time their own wishes can come true.
    Then we will go to the city of Muynak, the ancient port on the banks of the Aral Sea. Here we will see a sad view – the graveyard of beached ships. Your guide will tell you about the tragedy of the disappearing Aral Sea.
    Return to Nukus. Free time.
    Overnight in Nukus.

  • Day 3. Nukus – Khiva.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Visit the State Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitsky that holds one of the best collections of Russian avant-garde art.
    Transfer to Khiva. On the way we can visit the ruins of ancient fortresses Toprak Kala and Ayaz-Kala – without guide.
    Arrival, accommodation and free time at leisure.
    Overnight in Khiva.

  • Day 4. Khiva. Sightseeing of Khiva.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Khiva is the embodiment of oriental fairy tales, a walled city that looks like a scenery for filming movies about the Middle Ages.
    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;
    We will continue with the visit of the Juma Mosque with its amazing 212 carved wooden columns, Inaq Kutluq-Murad madrasa, Allakulikhan madrasa and Tash-Hovli architectural complex with harem.
    At the end of these visits we will have a bit of free time, and we can take marvelous photos of the sunset over the ancient city of Khiva.
    The most fearless of us can climb the Aksheikh Bobo tower, offering panoramic views of the old town of Khiva.
    Overnight in Khiva.

  • Day 5. Khiva – Bukhara (470 km, 7-8 hours)

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer to Bukhara.
    We’ll drive nearly 300 kilometers through the desert Kyzyl Kum (red sands).
    On the way we will stop near the biggest river in Central Asia – Amu Darya.
    Arrival in Bukhara
    Free time. Overnight in Bukhara.

  • Day 6. Bukhara

    Full day sightseeing tour of Bukhara.
    Bukhara is an open air city-museum with more than 170 ancient architectural monuments. One of the most important of them is Samanids mausoleum (10th century), built by Ismail Samani, the founder of the dynasty. You will visit Chashma-Ayub mausoleum (Saint Job’s source), Ark fortress, Poi Kalon ensemble with its architectural monuments like Miri Arab Madrasa, Kalon Mosque and one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia – the famous minaret Kalon built by the ruler Arslan Khan in the 12th century; the word kalon means great.
    We continue the city tour visiting Ulughbek madrasa built in the 15th century by a distinguished mathematician and astronomer, the grandson of Tamerlane, and Abdulazizkhan madrasa situated opposite it. Then we 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; as well as the most peculiar monument of the city 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. Free time at leisure. In the evening you can enjoy the street life, its colorful oriental markets and unforgettable monuments.Overnight in Bukhara.

  • Day 7. Bukhara – Samarkand (by train). Sightseeing tour of Samarkand.

    Early breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer to the train station for the train to Samarkand. Departure at 07:45, arriving in Samarkand at 10:50.
    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. Then we’ll see the Bibi-Khanum mosque, which, according to legend, was built in the 15th century by the beloved wife of Timur. We will stroll through the local Siab bazaar, a peculiar place where we can see the everyday life of the people of Samarkand.
    We continue with the visit of mausoleums of Shahi-Zinda necropolis, a place of pilgrimage for the local people and at the same time one of the most luxurious and beautiful ensembles of this amazing city.
    Overnight in Samarkand

  • Day 8. Sightseeing tour of Samarkand. Samarkand – Tashkent (by train).

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Today we will visit Meros paper mill, where the silk paper is produced according to the ancient technologies. The first silk paper mill was founded in Samarkand in the 8th century and later on due to the increasing of the power and influence of Arab caliphate this secret was spread all over the world.
    Then we will visit Ulughbek observatory where you can see the unique astronomical instrument of the Middle Ages, a sextant.
    After that we will visit one of the most sacred and revered places of Samarkand – St. Daniel mausoleum. This place is venerated in three religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
    Then we will go to Afrosiab History Museum.
    Transfer to the train station for the fast train that departs at 17:00. Arrival in Tashkent at 19:10. Transfer to the hotel.
    Overnight in Tashkent.

  • Day 9. Departure from Tashkent.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight.

Services

Included in tour price:

  • Visa support (if required);
  • Double accommodation with breakfast;
  • Transportation throughout the tour;
  • Sightseeing according to the program;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums indicated in the program;
  • English speaking local guides during city tour (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;
  • Economy class air ticket Tashkent – Nukus;
  • Economy class ticket for train Bukhara – Samarkand;
  • Economy class ticket for train Samarkand – Tashkent;
  • 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.

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