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Here are some sample tours to whet your appetite. Of course we can combine elements of all the tours to create a special program just for you. There are many optional activities we can propose in each city, e.g. a scrub and massage at a traditional hammam in Bukhara. Also look at our Special Interest tours for short excursions in Uzbekistan.
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Arrival in Tashkent, be met and transferred to your hotel in Tashkent. Afternoon city tour of Tashkent, visit both the old town and new part of the city. Sightseeing includes: Khasti Imam complex, Barakhan madrasa, Mui Muborak library with Uthman Koran of 7th Century. Chorsu bazar is one of the biggest and oldest bazaars in Tashkent, next to it you can visit Kukeldash madrasah. If you have free time you can visit Tashkent Opera and Ballet theatre Alisher Navoi, performance starts at 1800. Overnight.
Tashkent-Samarkand (300 kms, 2 hours by fast train). After breakfast transfer to Tashkent railway station. Train time 0800-1010, Arrival in Samarkand mid-morning and transfer to hotel or proceed for city tour. You will start your tour with Registan square, the heart of Samarkand with 3 madrasah built between 15th and 17th centuries. It is also the main city square where locals celebrate have festivals and holidays and the international world music festival; Evening you can see Sound and Light laser show, usually performed at 2100. (Optional and can be joined if there is a show scheduled.) Overnight.
Samarkand Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the ancient city as well as modern Samarkand. Visit includes: Gur Emir Mausoleum, the stunning burial place of Temur’s teacher, sons and grandsons.
After lunch visit Bibi Hanum mosque, Bazaar, Shahi Zinda complex, a holy place in Central Asia famed for its tile work; Afrosiab ancient settlement destroyed by Ghengis Khan in the 13th century. The fascinating museum there holds a fresco dating from the 5th century AD.
Samarkand-Bukhara via Shahrisabz. (80 km+290 km) After breakfast drive to Bukhara via Shahrisabz , the birthplace of Amir Temur. If you are a small group of 1-3 persons, you can drive over the mountain of Zarafshan pass (1450 m) and arrive Shahrisabz in around one hour; bigger groups will travel by van or bus around the mountain which will take around 2. 5 hours and see remote villages of the province.
Visit in Shahrisabz includes the UNESCO-listed ruins of Ak Saray Palace, Jahangir’s mausoleum and Kok Gumbaz mosque After lunch at a local restaurant you continue driving to Bukhara, another 290 kms through the semi steppe of Kyzikum desert. Arrival in Bukhara at around 1800. Check in and overnight.
Bukhara: Today’s full day city tour, all on foot through this ancient, holy city, includes Chashmai Ayub mausoleum, Ismail Samani mausoleum, Bolo Hauz mosque and Ark Fortress. You will see palaces, trade domes, mosques, madrasas, hanaka, Turkish hammam, the bazaar and many souvenir shops.
After lunch at a local restaurants or café. you visit Kalyan minaret, Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasa, Nadir Divan Begi Madrasa and Khanaka, Magaki Attari mosque, Chor Minor madrasa. You can finish city tour with an optional folk show in Nadir Divan Begi madrasa at 1800.
Bukhara-Khiva (500 km, 8 hrs) Today you will have a long journey through the Kyzilkum desert, which covers 1/3 of Uzbekistan’s territory, crossing the river Amudarya (Oxus) near Urgench and arrive in Khiva at around 1500. Free time.Overnight.
Khiva tour then flight to Tashkent (1,20 hrs flight) Full day walking tour in Khiva. You will visit the whole town with its minarets, mosques, museums, palaces and caravanserai. You will meet also local people living in the old town, celebrating weddings in the city, shopping in the local market. Kunya Ark, Kalta minor, Muhammad Aminkhan madrasa, Muhammad Rahimkhan madrasa, Juma mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja minaret, Tash Hauli palace are the main but not the full list of attractions located in the town.
Interesting sites are the wood carving and local silk carpet workshops supported and organized by UNESCO. Lunch and local restaurant and in evening at around 1900 transfer to airport of Urgench for flight to Tashkent at 2100. Meet and transfer to hotel in Tashkent.
Transfer to international airport for next destinations. End of services.