Shrines of Uzbekistan (10 days / 9 nights)

Overview and description

Uzbekistan, located in the very heart of Asia, on the crossroads of trade routes of the Great Silk Road, has a rich history, culture and architectural monuments that attract travellers from all over the world. And at the same time its ancient cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva attract believers who go forth to worship the Shrines of Uzbekistan.

During this tour you will experience interesting excursions in conjunction with the pilgrimage to the Holy places.

Specialization: cultural and ethnographic tourism.
Itinerary duration: 10 days – 9 nights.

Cities to be visited: Tashkent (1 night) – Samarkand (3 nights) – Bukhara (3 nights) – Khiva (1 night) – 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.

Tour itinerary

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

    Reception at the international airport; Transfer to the hotel, check in and leisure.
    This day, we will visit the following monuments: Khast Imam Square, which houses the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Uzbekistan, one of the most revered places in Tashkent. On the Square is located the Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi, one of the first preachers of Islam in this area, the Madrassah of Barak Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, a library which stores a precious relic - the ancient Koran of Caliph Othman, dated VII century.
    After visiting the Square we move to the Sheikhantaur complex, one of the most revered shrines of Tashkent, which currently consists of several mausoleums. Here, we will visit the mausoleums of Sheikh Hovendi Takhur and Kaldirgachbiy.
    Our next destination is Zangiota Ensemble, located in Tashkent suburbs.
    Overnight in Tashkent.

  • Day 2. Transfer Tashkent – Samarkand (300 km, 5 hours drive)

    Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Samarkand.
    Check in the hotel on arrival.
    The rest of the day is dedicated to sightseeing in Samarkand. Today we will visit the Gur Emir Mausoleum (Tomb of the Timurid dynasty) and the famous Registan Square, with its impressive monuments - the Madrassah of Ulugbek, Madrassas of Sher Dor and Tillya-Kori.
    Overnight in Samarkand.

  • Day 3. Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Full day of sightseeing in Samarkand. Today, we visit the architectural ensemble of Khodja Akhrar Vali, the Necropolis of Shahi Zinda, Hazrat Hyzr Mosque, and also the Tomb of Saint Daniel, revered by the representatives of three religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Then we will move into the ancient time, visit the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of the ancient settlement of Samarkand. Then we will visit the Observatory of Ulugbek. Overnight in Samarkand.

  • Day 4. Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Go on sightseeing of the ancient Samarkand; visit the Bibi Khanum Mosque, which according to legend, was erected on the order of a beloved wife of Tamerlane.
    Go through the Bazaar Siab, to be on the spot of a daily life of local people.
    Then we'll see the ensemble of Abdi Darun and Abdi Birun, located at the Samarkand’s Suburb. In conclusion, we will visit the memorial complex Imam al-Bukhari, a recognized compiler and researcher of Hadithes.
    Overnight in Samarkand.

  • Day 5. Transfer Samarkand – Gijduvan - Bukhara (280 km, 5 hours). Sightseeing of Bukhara suburbs.

    Transfer to Bukhara. On the way visit Gijduvan, where the memorial of Abdul Khaliq Gijduvani, one of the founders of the Sufi order "Hadzhagan" is situated.
    Before arrival to Bukhara we will visit the summer Palace of the last Emirs of Bukhara- Sitora-i-Mokhi-Khosa Palace and Chor-Minor Madrassah, notable for its architectural forms.
    Check in the hotel on arrival.
    Overnight in Bukhara.

  • Day 6. Bukhara. Sightseeing in Bukhara

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    A full day of sightseeing in Bukhara.
    Bukhara is a city-Museum under the open sky. We will begin the tour visiting one of the most ancient monuments of Bukhara - Tomb of Ismail Samani, then visit the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, which means "Job’s Spring", operating Mosque Bolo Khauz, Ark Fortress, Poi Kalyan Ensemble, ("At the foot of the Great"), composed by Kalyan Mosque, operating Miri-Arab Madrassah and Kalyan Minaret; the complex of Khoja Zaynutdin, consisting of the building of the khanaka and the khauz (pool).
    Continue the tour by visiting Ulugbek’s Madrassah, built in the XV century by the grandson of Tamerlane, a prominent mathematician and astronomer, and the Madrassah of Abdulaziz Khan, located opposite the Ulugbek Madrasah. The rest of the day we can enjoy free time wandering the streets of Bukhara, its colourful bazaars and age-old monuments.
    Overnight in Bukhara.

  • Day 7. Bukhara. Tour to Bukhara’s suburb

    After breakfast visit the architectural ensemble of Bahauddin Naqshbandi, established around the burial of one of the founders of the influential Sufi order "Naqshbandi."
    Continue the tour by visiting the Chor-Bakr Necropolis in Sumitan settlement.
    Upon the return to Bukhara we can go through the trading domes, stop by the artisan workshops, visit the Magoki Attori Mosque and architectural ensemble of Lyabi-Hauz, composed by three monuments: KukeldashMadrassah, Nodir Divan Begi madrassah and khanaka. Bukhara is supposed to be a homeland of the legendary Joker and wise cracker - Nasreddin Hodja.
    Overnight in Bukhara.

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

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer to Khiva. This day we have 470 km drive, where about 300 km lay through the desert of Kizil Kum (red Sands).
    On the way a rest stop near the biggest river of Central Asia – Amu Darya.
    Arrival in Khiva. Accommodation at the hotel.
    Free time. Overnight in Khiva.

  • Day 9. Khiva. Transfer to Urgench (30 km). Flight to Tashkent.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Khiva is the epitome of Oriental tales, the city surrounded by a defensive wall, like the scenery for a movie about the middle ages.
    Sightseeing of the fortress city of Khiva includes the following: Kalta Minor Minaret, Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, the Fortress Kunya Ark, hausing reception hall kurinishkhona, Muhammad Rakhim Khan Madrassah, Said Alauddin Mausoleum, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khoja Madrasah and Minaret.
    The further sight will be the Juma Mosque with 212 columns, surprising with a fine work of wood carving; Kutlug-Murad Inak Madrassah, Allakuli Khan Madrassah and Tash Khovli Palace with the Harem.
    At the end of the city tour we can make beautiful pictures of the ancient Khiva at sunset.
    The bravest of us can climb the tower Aksheikh Bobo, with wonderful panoramic views of the city.
    In the evening, transfer to Urgench and flight to Tashkent. Check in hotel and leisure on arrival.
    Overnight in Tashkent.

  • Day 10. Departure from Tashkent.

    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer to the international airport for departure flight. End of the program.

Services

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;
  • 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 Urgench – 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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