Tour’s name: Eastern Heritage
Duration: 8 days
Day 1: Tashkent
You will meet the group at the airport in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. Firstly we will keep going to Independence square, central one in the country known as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Further you will have a walking along the local Broadway. It is a basic street between Independence square and Amir Timur square. After that there will excursion in popluar Tashkent metro. People know this place as a stunning worlds subways. First line was presented in 1977. Further you will visit the old parts of Tashkent: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that includes of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The occurrence of its artifacts is the Othman Quran which is the most ancient holy muslim book from 8th century. Quran is related to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph. He got success from last prophet Muhammad. Othman was killed by enemy from another religion. His blood stayed over the book to our days. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand (morning train)
As soon as you will have a breakfast we will go to the railway station of Tashkent in order to transfer you to Samarkand. It is a city in southeastern Uzbekistan and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia which is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the most famous and the second largest city in Uzbekistan. It is appropriately compare the age of Samarkand with Babylon or Rome. You will familiarize with prominent places such as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan square was a public square, where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis - and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of distinctive Islamic architecture. The square was regarded as the hub of the Timurid Renaissance. Complex Shakhi-Zindeh includes a big collection of mausoleums from 11th – 15th centuries dedicationg with UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum was created with big respect to Tamerlan’s wife, afther he was succeed from campaign in India. Niaght is in a hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand – Bukhara (morning train)
In the morning you will transfer to Bukhara by train. Firstly you will be guided in city tour seeing wonderful locations. At the beginning you will visit oldest citadel in Bukhara dating back to the 4th century called Citadel Ark. It was catered as a palace during existence of dynasties of great Bukhara Empire. Further the tour goes to Chashma Ayub which means Job’s well and Bolo-Hauz mosque, known also as the mosque of forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. After that it is possible to walk along shopping places and observe eminent madrasahs of Bukhara named Nodir Divan Begi. It involves to Lyabi House Ensemble, popular main sightseeing of Bukhara. The tour will end after our visiting Poi Kalon complex, one more special location with brilliant architecture dedicating with art in Bukhara. It has three building systems in the 12th-16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara – Khiva (440 km, 7 hours)
In the morning we will drive to Khiva. Along with Samarkand and Bukhara, Khiva is an important and often overlooked historical site on what was once the Great Silk Road. Famous for its long and brutal history as a slave trading post sandwiched in between the vast Kyzylkum and Karakum deserts, Khiva is now a quiet, sleepy oasis that awaits busloads of tourists instead of caravans of captives. It's difficult to imagine what exactly ancient Khiva was like, considering the historical areas were restored to a scrubbed and squeaky-clean look by the Soviets in the 1970s. However, the clustered array of mosques, madrassahs and tiled minarets within an area of less than 3 km give you a sense of how crowded and bustling this town must have been throughout its history. During our way we will see Amu Darya river. This longest river is formation of Panj and Valksh in Tajikistan. At the end it flows to Aral sea. Night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Khiva city tour
Today our city tour will be full of ancient sightseeings of Uzbekistan. It will be in Ichan-Qala. which includes old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses fomed Ichan-Qala into special city-monument. The mysterious City of Khiva has managed to keep an exotic image of the eastern city in the ancient Ichan-Kala, where numerous architectural monuments are located. Since 1967 Khiva's status as a museum city has ensured it remains the most homogenous collection of architecture in the Islamic world, deep-frozen, immune to time and lost in romantic imagination. The formerly renegade city of thieves and slave traders was tamed by Soviet rule into a showcase city without a soul. Today, however, Khivans are cautiously returning to the Ichan Kala, as if awakening from a bad dream, and traditional building work continues apace.The most famous corns are in the Kunya-Ark fortress from 17th century which was creature by Muhammad Arrng Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, an incredible instance of Khorezm architectural mastersip of 1830s. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 6: Khiva – Shavat border – Kune Urgench – Darwaza
In the morning you will be transferred to Shavat border where group will wait us at Shavat/Dashoguz. Further we will keep going to architectural monuments of Kone-Urgench, Khorezm capital 10th -12th centuries. Meanwhile we will see Mausoleum of Najm al-Din al-Kubra, Tyurabek-Khanum, Il-Arslan, Tekesh Ibn Hadzhibey. And minaret KutlykTimur. It was built in 1011 during the Khwarazmian dynasty. The height of the minaret is 60 meters with a diametre of 12 metres at the base and 2 metres at the top. There will be a luch time. Then we will drive through Karakum desert to Darvaza to see Gas Crater. Gas comes out of the hole and inflames more making the hot air even hotter. Tour to Darvaza crater are organized for the evening time, so you will enjoy a fascinating view of the sunset that slowly opens up vividly burning flames of the crater. There are few other holes around the crater, one of them is filled with turquoise liquid. These holes are recommended to watch in the daytime and cautiously as they crumble on the edges and one can feel the high temperature as well as the smell of the natural gas.
Day 7: Darwaza – Ashgabat
Early morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Ashgabat – capital of Turmenistan. Staying at the hotel. Rest time 1 hour. After lunch we will visit Bagir village, Parthian Fortresses of Nisa. Meanwhile you will observe Ruhy Mosque. Then keep going to Russian bazaar, Lenin square, Ertugrul mosque. There will be dinner. After it, we will end our city tour by enjoying the capital city. You will see basic major places as famed complexes, parks, statues etc.
Day 8: Flight
Transportation to the airport.
Transport in UZ:
02 pax – Sedan
04-06 pax – Minivan
08-10 pax – Bus
Transport in TM:
2 pax – Sedan
04-08 pax – Minibus 14 seats
10 pax – Bus
Price per person:
02 pax – 895 $
04 pax – 780 $
06 pax – 695 $
08 pax – 655 $
10 pax – 630 $
Single – 120 $
All dinners – 60 $*
All lunches and dinners – 105 $*
Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) – 45 $ per person
English speaking guides:
TM – included by law
UZ – local 160$ per group or escort 400$ per group
Tashkent – “Tourist Inn” Hotel 3*
Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*
Bukhara – “Old City” Hotel 3*
Khiva – “Old Khiva” Hotel 3*
Darwaza – Tents
Ashgabat – “Menzil” Hotel 3*
- Dinner at Darwaza
- Mineral water during the tour
- English speaking guide in TM
- Entrances to all museums in TM
- Train tickets Tashkent-Samarkand and Samarkand-Bukhara
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Migration tax
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
Note: Each Traveler should have 2 photos (5x6) to be presented at the points of entry.