11D10N - TASHKENT / URGHENCH / KHIVA / BUKHARA / NURATA /YANGHIKAZGAN / LAC AYDARKUL / NURATA / SAMARKAND / SHAKRIZABS /TASHKENT

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1 Day TASHKENT/URGENCH/KHIVA (FLIGHT + 30km)
Arrival to Tashkent. Meeting at the airport.
Transfer to the private local house for breakfast.
Visit of Tashkent.
Old part of the city: an architectural complex "Khazret-Imam" incl. necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and famous divine and poet (16th c), "Barak-khan Medressa" - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of Uzbek dynasty of Sheibanid's (16th c), "Tellya Sheikh Medressa" also called "Khast Imom Mosque" where Osman Quran - the world's oldest is kept (19th c), "Mui-Mubarak Medressa (19th c)", "Juma Mosque" (15-19th cc), Imam Ismail al Bukhari Islamic Institute - a two year post-medressa academy, "Hadra" square, "Kukeldash Medressa" ("Foster brother") - was built by Kukekdash - the vizier of Tashkent khans (16th c), "Jami Mosque"- the third biggest mosque in Uzbekistan, "Chorsu" - oriental bazaar,
"Friendship of People" square, "National park", "Abdulkasim Medressa" now is the centre for traditional arts with attractive souvenirs by local artisans (19th c).
Lunch
"Memories to Victims of Repressions" - the memorial complex and museum, "Monument of Courage" - the epicenter of Tashkent earthquake of 1966
Amir Temur square, Theatre square, Museum of Applied Arts, local "Broadway" - a walking street with artists, cheap souvenirs and eating places, city fountains and modern monuments.
Transport to Tashkent airport for evening flight to Urgench (HY-1057 TAS-UGK). Arrival in Urgench. Transfer to Khiva (35 km). Accommodation in hotel.
Dinner
Overnight at Hotel

 

2 Day KHIVA
Breakfast.
Visit of Khiva.
Complex "Ichan-Qala" (12-19th cc.): "Kunya-Ark" khan's castle - the inner citadel of Ichan-Qala (16-17th cc), "Kalta Minor Tower" ("Short minaret") that should have become the biggest and highest minaret in Central Asia (19th c), "Muhammad Amin-Khan" - the biggest medieval medressa in Khiva (1845-1855),
Lunch
"Djuma Mosque" with 220 wooden columns and minaret 32,5 m height (10th c), "Tash-Hauli" ("Stone courtyard") palace looking like a fortress with a high battlements, towers and fortified gates (19th c), "Ak-Mosque" ("White Mosque") - a small quarter mosque by the gates of Palvan-Darvaza (1838-1842), necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud - the cultic center of Ichan-Qala (1810-1913), residence of Islam Khodja (1910) - the vizier of last khan. Ensemble consists of the smallest in Khiva medressa and the minaret, which top platform has a height 45 m and is the highest observation point in town.
Dinner at Toza Bakh Palace
Overnight at Hotel

 

3 Day KHIVA-BUKHARA (480km)
Breakfast.
Coach trip to Bukhara via Kizil-Kum desert along Caravan road (480 km, 5-7 hrs). Lunch box on the way at local café.
Arrival to Bukhara - one of the most esteemed cities of Islamic civilization.
Hotel accommodation.
Free time for rest and walking through the old streets of Bukhara.
Dinner in traditional Uzbek house. 
Overnight at Hotel

 

4 Day BUKHARA
Breakfast.
Visit of Bukhara
Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Mosque Bolo-Khauz (beg. of 20th c.), Mausoleum of Samanids (9-10th c.), Chashma Ayub (14th c.), complex Poi Kalon, which consist of Minaret Kalyan (12th c.), Kalyan mosque (12th c.), Miri Arab madrassah (16th c.).
Lunch
Continuation of city tour: 3-rd Trade Dome (16th c.), Ulughbek's Madrassah (15th c.), 2-nd Trade Dome (16th c.), Magoki Attari mosque (14th c.), 1-st Trade Dome (16th c.), Lyabi Khovuz ensemble (14-17th c.), which consist of a pool, Honako of Nodir Divan Begi, Kukeldash madrassah, Nodir Divan Begi madrassah.
Dinner in traditional Uzbek house.
Overnight at Hotel

 

5 Day BUKHARA
Breakfast.
Continuation of city tour: walking through the old streets, Chor Minor (18th c.). Tour outside the city: Emir's Summer Residence Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th c.), memorial necropoles Chor Bakr (10th c.), visit to the Bahouddin Nakshbandi mausoleum (16-19th c.), to the sepulchers of his mother and his preceptor (14th c.).
Lunch.
After the lunch, upon tourist's wish, transfer to Kagan town (15 km) and visit Romanoff's Palace. Later transfer to Zirobod - ancient Iranian settlement (5 km). There is a version, that the age of a settlement is 2500 y. The sources of a history of a settlement's creation conduct by 4 c BC, to ancient Iranian tribes. The visit of an ethnographic museum and ancient mosque.
Dinner
Overnight at Hotel

 

6 Day BUKHARA/NURATA/YANGIKAZGAN/YURTS (280 km/ 03h30)

 

Breakfast.
Transfer to Nurata.
Lunch at the National House
Transfer to yurt camp via the village Yangigazgan.
Accommodation at traditional Kazakh yurts with all the necessary equipment: showers, kitchen etc. Experience of sandy landscapes, flora and fauna of Kyzil-kum desert. In the evening learn how to ride camels.
Dinner around the fire with Kazakh akin singing.
Overnight in the yurts (2-8 pax.)

 

7 Day YANGIKAZGAN/NURATA/SAMARKAND (230 kms/ 03h30)

 

Breakfast.
Drive to Aydarkul Lake. Fishing picnic. Swimming. Have a fried fish for lunch caught from the lake.
Transfer to Samarkand, one of the most ancient cities in the world
Hotel accommodation
Dinner.
Overnight at Hotel

 

8 Day SAMARKAND
Breakfast.
Visit of Samarkand.
"Gur Emir Mausoleum" - Tamerlan's tomb (14-15th c) that was build for Temur's grandson Muhammad-Sultan and tombs of three other Temurids - sons of Temur - Miranshah and Shahruh and his grandson Ulugbek, "Ruhabad Mausoleum" ("House of Spirit") - the legend says that under the dome there is a box with seven hairs of Prophet Muhammad (14th c), "Registan Square" ("A sandy place") - the major square of Samarkand: "Ulugbeg Medressa" - Sheikh Khodja Akhrar and poet Djami were among outstanding graduates of the medressa (15th c), "Sher-Dor Medressa" ("Having tigers") (17th c.), "Tillya-Kari Medressa" ("Coated by gold") - the richest gilding on the dome, walls and mihrab surpassed all famous buildings in Central Asia (17th c).
Lunch.
A mosque named after Hazret-Hyzr - an Islamic saint and eternal wanderer. He was esteemed as giving richness and good luck in far voyages and trade (19th c), cathedral mosque "Bibi-Khanym" that was named after the oldest wife of Tamerlan (14th c), an architectural complex "Shahi-Zinda" ("Alive king") - necropolis on the slope of the Afrosiab hill is connected with Kusam ibn Abbas - the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (11-15th c), Siab market place. Free time to spend at leisure.
Dinner
Overnight at Hotel

 

9 Day SAMARKAND/SHAKRIZABS/SAMARKAND
Breakfast.
Transfer to Shakhrisabz - the unique monument of town-planning and architecture.
Lunch
Visit of Shakrizabs.
"Ak-Saray Palace" - Tamerlan's summer residence that shocked the imagination of contemporaries (14-15th c), "Jahongir Mausoleum"- mausoleum of Tamerlan's eldest and favorite son (14th c), complex "Dor-ut Saodat": "Khazratiy Imam Mosque" - the multi-stage mosque with domical hall with decorated ayvans (14th c), "Gumbazi-Seiidan" - mausoleum of possible offspring's of Temur, "Kok Gumbaz Mosque" ("Blue dome") - was built by Ulugbek on behalf of his farther Shahruh (15th c).
Return back to Samarkand by The Road to the historical town of Samarkand - a crossroad of the world's cultures, one of the most ancient cities in the world (90 km, 1.5 hrs).
Dinner.
Overnight at Hotel

 

10 Day SAMARKAND/TASHKENT (350km)
Breakfast.
On the way to Tashkent (315 km, 5 hrs) you can visit memorial complex of outstanding Sunni theologian Imam Mukhammad al-Bukhari (died in 870) and the biggest observatory of 15th c. built by Ulugbeg.
Lunch.
Arrival to the capital of Uzbekistan
Farewell dinner in National House
Overnight at Hotel

 

11 Day TASHKENT-flight
Breakfast.
Transfer to Tashkent Airport for morning flight

 

- Please note that the first and the last days of above itinerary are made-up in accordance with flight schedule of International Flights (evening-arrival & morning-departure times)
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