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The Aral sea and oasis of ancient cities 2020: visit main sights of Uzbekistan with us!
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Group #1:September 21 – October 1, 2020
This tour combines the two most popular types of travelling in Uzbekistan: a guided tour of the country with excursions to the legendary historical cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand with grandiose architectural monuments and a jeep trip to the Aral Sea across the uninhabited and little-studied Ustyurt Plateau.
This one tour of Uzbekistan, highly logic and perfectly thought-out, will cover the most popular travel sites, the best places to visit and the country’s main tourist attractions. You will thus travel in two absolutely different dimensions – first in the world of unique nature and enormous areas with extraterrestrial landscapes away from civilization, and then in the urban world of human genius, centuries-old culture, oriental cuisine and authentic hospitality.
May your vacation and adventure holidays in Uzbekistan be interesting, eventful and diverse!
Day 1 – Arrival in Tashkent.
Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport according to tourist’s flight arrival time. Transfer to a hotel and check-in after 14:00 PM. Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 – Tashkent (city tour). Tashkent – Samarkand (330 km, 4-5 hours).
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel at 09:00 AM and meet the guide at the hall. Start of the city tour around Tashkent at 09:30. Visit the following sites: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent Chorsu. After lunchvisit museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square and Amir Temur Square. At 15:00 transfer from Tashkent to Samarkand. Upon arrival check-in and rest.
Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.
Day 3 – Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Start of the sightseeing tour in Samarkand at 10:00 AM. Visit the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia – the Registan Square (madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor madrasah, Tilya-Kori madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum – necropolis of the Timurids. After lunch continuation of city tour in Samarkand: visit Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 – Samarkand – Bukhara (300 km, 4-5 hours).
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide at the hall or the hotel. Transfer to Bukhara. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. After lunch start of sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Visit the show-room room of Bukhara gold-embroidery factory and karakul workshop.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 – Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah. After lunchvisit out-of-town sights of Bukhara: Sitorai Mohi Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara last emir (ruler) and Bakhautdin Naqshbandi complex.
Return to the hotel and overnight.
Day 6 – Bukhara – Khiva (440 km, 8-9 hours).
Breakfast at the hotel. At 08:00 AM transfer across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya River to Khiva. Lunch en route. Upon arrival in Khivaleisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 – Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide at the hall of the hotel and start the city tour around Khiva. Visit (Ichan-Kala historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Alakuli Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammadaminkhan Minaret & Madrasah, and Avesta Museum.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 – Khiva – Nukus (180 km, 3 hours). Nukus – Kungard – Ustyurt Plateau – Sudochie Lake – Aral sea (400 km, 5-6 hours).
Breakfast at the hotel. At 08:00 AM transfer out from Khiva to Nukus. On arrival in Nukus change the bus for 4WD vehicles. Proceeding to Kungrad, then up to Ustyurt Plateau. Transfer to Sudochie Lake. Proceeding to Village of Urga, first Russian settlement in Khorezm and Aral Sea region. Lunch en route. Further transfer to Aral Sea. Photographing canyons en route. Arrival at yurt camp site; descent to shoreline. Dinner.
Overnight in yurts.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 9 – Aral sea – Muynak – Nukus (390 km, 5-6 hours).
Breakfast at the yurt camp. Proceeding to Muynak along the bottom of the disappeared sea. Visiting monument to the victims of the Second World War (now a monument to the Aral Sea), which is the highest point of the town of Muynak providing a wonderful panorama of the town and the bottom of the former sea. Visiting famous “Cemetery of Ships” in Muynak. Next visiting a museum at the House of Culture in Muynak, where you can familiarise yourselves with the works of artists F. Madgazin and R. Matevosyan, who used to depict the Aral Sea and the Amudarya River. Lunch in traditional guest house of Muynak. Transfer to Nukus.
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursionin Savitsky Museum. Further visiting Mizdakhan Complex: Caliph Erejep, Jumart-kassab hillock, half-underground Mazlumkhan-sulu Mausoleum, Shamun-nabi Mausoleum. Transfer to Nukus airport. Flight to Tashkent.
Accommodation in hotel.
Day 11 – Tashkent (departure).
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out before 12:00. Transfer to the International airport for departure home.
Single supplement – 230 USD
Possible additional night in the hotel of Tashkent upon arrival (early check-in):
Single room – 55 USD/per room /per night (Standard);
Double room – 75 USD/per room /per night (Standard).
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
– Standard – cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
• Airport – hotel transfer on arrival/departure at any time indicated by tourists on the first and the last day of the tour
Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts, check-in to the hotels at 14:00, check-out at 12:00
Accommodation at the yurt camp near Aral Sea (6-8 persons in each yurt, twin and single accommodation is not possible)
Sightseeing tours in each city according to the program
Accompanying guide during the Aral Sea tour
Services of local English speaking guides for city tours only / Services of accompanying guide for the whole tour for groups of 8+ persons
Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport – hotel – airport transfers
Full services on active part of the tour on Days 8 & 9
Meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch)
Bedding: bed linen, mattresses, blanket, pillow
Crockery, cooking utensils
Communication: satellite phone
Internal flight tickets from Nukus to Tashkent (economy class, baggage allowance 20 kg)
A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour.
Does not include
• International flights
Entrance fees to the monuments and museums, listed in the program