9-day classical Uzbekistan tour. You visit the unique architectural complexes of the world–famous historical cities of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shakhrisabz on the Great Silk Road. You will experience the traditions and craftsmanship of the country with your guide. This is a great opportunity to learn more about local customs and traditions and to feel deeply hospitality and originality of Uzbek people.
Arrive in Tashkent, the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Meeting at airport. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Visit Khasti-Imam Square with the beautiful Barak-Khan Madrasa, the Tilla-Sheikh Mosque and the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum. Here you can take a look at the Koran, written by the third Caliph Osman (644 – 656). Next, visit the huge Chorsu Bazaar. In the afternoon, continue your exploration in the modern part of the city and visit the Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Transfer to airport for flight– Tashkent – Urgench . Upon arrival in Urgench, direct drive to Khiva (30 km). Arrival in Khiva. Overnight at hotel.
Khiva was the capital of the Khanate in the seventeenth century. It was one of the most major markets of Central Asia and prospered until the early twentieth century. Today the inner city, Itchan Kala, is a veritable outdoor museum open where you can admire the authenticity of monuments Kukhna Ark, the Friday Mosque and minaret, the madras of Islam Khodja etc. The city is surrounded by pink clay walls that give it the air of dating Middle Ages. Overnight at hotel.
Today, we make a reasonably early departure for the long drive back towards the east. After the first hour, our road runs alongside the Oxus River, locally known as the Amu Darya. Turning away from the river, we cut through the striking landscape of the Kyzylkum Desert, stopping off for lunch at a roadside restaurant. Arrival and accommodation. Overnight at hotel.
Bukhara is a city of poetry and fairy tales. Here the legends hover over the zigzag-like alleyways. Since in the verticals of the minarets, the flight of human genius rests, and every stone in the wall is covered with the dust of eternity. Bukhara is a city like a open-air museum. . Visit the town of Samaniden Mausoleum, the Bolo House, the Ark, the Mosque and the Minaret of Kalon, the Ulugbek and Abdul- Aziz-Khan, dome bazaar and others. Overnight in Bukhara.
Drive to Shakhrisabz – motherland of Tamerlane, where the great ruler and military commander Timur ordered to build Ak-Sarai Palace, two mausoleums. Today Shakhrisabz is a small town at foothills with beautiful landscapes of snowy mountains, sunny steppes and herds of cattle.
SS tour of Shakhrisabz: Remnants of Ak-Sarai Palace, bazaar of Shakhrisabz, Kok-Gumbas mosque & Gumbazi-Seidan mausoleum, Khazret-Imam mosque. Drive to Samarkand. Overnight at hotel.
Capital of Tamerlan, the great city of ancient Sogdiana is located at the crossroads of the main trade routes from China, Siberia, Persia and the West. FD SS tour of Samarkand: Registan Square (meaning “sandy place”) became an official centre of Samarkand since Tamerlane the Great’s time. The Square is surrounded by the Ulugbek’s madrassah (1417-1420), the Sher-Dor madrassah (1619-1636), and Tilla-Kori madrassah (1646-1660); Mosque Bibi- Khanum; Siab bazaar, a colorful main farmers’market; Necropolis Shakhi-Zinda ; Gur-Emir Mausoleum; Overnight at hotel.
Check out before 12h00 noon.
Continue SS tour: Afrosiab museum of the city foundation; Observatory of Ulugbek ;A visit to the Silk Paper Center “Meros” to see the ancient process of paper making..
Transfer to railway station for high-speed train “Afrosiab” Samarkand/Tashkent at 17h00/19h10.
Upon arrival transfer to hotel, accommodation.
Overnight at hotel.