Tour’s name: Uzbekistan 10 day cultural tour
Duration: 10 days
Day 1: Tashkent
This day you will be met by your guide at the airport, after that you will transfer to capital of Uzbekistan - Tashkent. You are going to explore the best sights in your city around Tashkent. You will visit Independence square the main square of the country, where the main monuments of Tashkent are located. After you will stroll along the local Broadway, and you will have a chance there to buy souvenirs to your relatives. The nest destination will be amazing Tashkent metro, national color, decoration decorated with ornaments, design and style attract tourists. After that you will discover amazing sites that situated in the old part of the capital: Chorsu Bazaar one of the largest bazaars in the country, Kukaldash Madrasah a masterpiece of architectural art and Hast Imam complex amazing site. You will also observe fascinating landmark Othman Quran which is the world’s oldest Quran copy dating back to 8th c. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Nukus
After breakfast you will have a flight to Nukus. This day is dedicated to a city tour of Nukus. You are going to explore the Museum of Savitsky it is the largest Museum in the Asian region. The Creator of the Museum was Savitsky Igor Valentinovich. He also became its permanent Director. The hermit of Russian culture contributed the avant-garde, which was banned at the time, to the gallery's Fund. Igor Vitalievich spent on these paintings the funds allocated by the state for "official" art, as well as his own savings, wrote out receipts to artists, and borrowed paintings. Savitsky was not just an expert in this regard. He was an avant-gardist himself, a student of Falk. Then you will transfer outside of Nukus, there you will have a chance to observe Mizdakhan necropolis. Mizdakhan is popular among religious tourists who come here from all over the world. The complex itself was built in the IV century BC and consists of several structures and an ancient cemetery. In the tour you will explore a 2200 years-old Zoroastrian ancient monument known as Chilpyk. Night will be in the hotel.
Day 3: Nukus – Ayaz Qala – Tuprak Qala – Khiva
This day you will explore Khiva you will start your driving after breakfast. Khiva is a fabulous ancient city (more than 2500 years old), one of the most beautiful places. This city is abound with amazing highlights. Khiva is a pearl of the Khorezm oasis-declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. This city is an open-air museum thanks to its historical finds. Here are preserved priceless artifacts that survived the earthquakes and represent that distant and incomprehensible world for us. You are going to explore 2 amazing fortresses: Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. An interesting legend is associated with the construction of the Ayaz-Qala complex. It says that the complex of fortresses was conceived by the ruler Ayaz Khan. He himself came from a poor and insignificant family, for which he received the nickname Charyk Khan. Charyk was called shoes for the poor made of untreated leather. Toprak-Kala was the capital of Khorezm under the Afrigid dynasty. During the excavations, the remains of a Palace with 150 halls and halls richly decorated with sculpture and monumental paintings were revealed. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 4: Khiva – Bukhara
You are going to transfer today to amazing city Bukhara. In the South-West of Uzbekistan is the ancient city of Bukhara. It is often referred to as the "Holy city"or "star of the Islamic world". The city got these names because in the Middle Ages there were more than 36 mosques and about 80 madrasas. There is an old legend that all Muslim cities are blessed with light from sky and only over Bukhara it rises. You will drive in the tour from Khiva to Bukhara through amazing Kizilkum desert. According the route you will admire the landscapes of Amu Darya the most water-rich and largest river in the basin of Central Asia. Its total length is 2,660 km, of which 1,500 km is in Uzbekistan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara
You will start your adventure with sightseeing tour in amazing city Bukhara. You will visit fascinating site the most ancient citadel in Bukhara -Citadel Ark it has always been a protection and support for the Bukhara rulers. It was a symbol of greatness, power, and inaccessibility. After that you will discover Samanids mausoleum, ancient architectural masterpiece of Bukhara. Further you will visit Chashma Ayub, a sacred healing spring. The name of the mausoleum is associated with the name of Saint Job or Ayub, widely known in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. After that you will meander along the shopping domes and then explore famous madrasah Nodir Divan Begi madrasa in Bukhara, part of the architectural ensemble of the XVI-XVII centuries Lyabi-Hauz. You will complete your tour with exploring Poi Kalon complex that consists of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 6: Bukhara
This day you will explore the amazing landmarks of Bukhara. Your first sight will be Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex. An important Muslim tomb is the memorial complex located just a few kilometers from the city of Bukhara, which was named after the famous Eastern philosopher and Sufi Bahautdin Naqshbandi. This place is visited annually by pilgrims from various countries of the world to perpetuate the memory of the Saint. During his long and interesting life, Bahauddin Naqshbandi made a pilgrimage to Mecca 3 times. Further you will discover the countryside residence of Bukhara Emirs named Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. It was named Sitorai Mohi Hosa, which means "a Star like the moon" in Tajik. The extant Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace was built in 1912-1918 by order of the last Emir of Bukhara, Mir Sayyid Alimkhan. In the end you will discover Chor Bakr memorial complex. Chor Bakr (translated from Farsi means "city of graves"). The main components of the necropolis are such buildings as the sanctuary, it is essentially a unique structure, which was included in the UNESCO world heritage site and has become an integral part of the old town of Bukhara.In the end of your tour you will transfer to city. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand
Today you will start your journey with driving to Samarkand. According the route you will stop at Gijduvan village to visit famous private pottery workshop. The city of Gijduvan is located 46 km from Bukhara and is considered one of the most important craft centers of the country. Gijduvan traditionally produces incredibly beautiful ceramics using technologies that have been preserved for centuries. Only in Gijduvan today unique ceramics are created, the traditions of which are passed down from generation to generation. The local school of pottery is rightfully recognized as one of the best in its field, the products of its masters arouse the pride of the people, and the pottery itself is more an artistic creation than household items. Then you will transfer to Samarkand. Night will be in the hotel.
Day 8: Samarkand – Tashkent (transfer or train)
Today you will have a transfer or train to Tashkent. You are going to explore the highlights of Tashkent. You are going to visit first sight Courage Monument that is dedicated to the tragedy that occurred more than 50 years ago, an earthquake that claimed many lives. You will also discover Zangi Ota memorial complex. It is here that Sheikh Ai-Khoja under the pseudonym Zangi-Ota ("black man") - the fifth Murid of the great Sufi, the founder of the order of Khojagan Khoja Ahmad Yassavi and a spiritual follower of the famous mystic poet Suleiman Ata Bakirgani-rests. In course of the tour you will also explore the State Museum of Timurids’ history, this museum consists of 3,000 different items including jewelry, musical instruments, weapons, various coins, paintings, documents, historical manuscripts and clothing of Timurid’s period. You will finish your tour with discovering the State Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan, where stores fine examples of glasses and national clothing, hand and machine embroidery, skullcaps and national fabrics, carpets and woodcarving. Night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 9: Tashkent – Chimgan Mountains – Tashkent
After breakfast you will visit Chimgan Mountains. On arrival you will take a cableway to get to the top to observe Beldersay peak 30 min one-way. You will have here free time for the nature, enjoy the air and admire the view. When you will come back you will break at Charvak lakeside beach for free time, you can do water activities (as per season). Charvak is a favorite vacation spot near Tashkent. The reservoir is artificial. It was filled in 1970 after the construction of the Charvak hydroelectric power station in Uzbekistan and completed in 8 years. Night will be spend in the hotel.
Day 10: Flight
In the morning is transfer to airport.