12D/11N - TASHKENT / NUKUS/ MOYNAK/ NUKUS/ AYAZ-KALA/ KHIVA / BUKHARA / SHAKRIZABS / SAMARKAND / TASHKENT

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1 Day TASHKENT
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.
Dinner
Overnight at Hotel

2 Day TASHKENT/NUKUS
Breakfast
Transfer to Tashkent airport for flight to Nukus HY-1001.
Arrival in Nukus. Pick up at the Airport. Accommodation in the hotel.
Transfer to Moynak.
Visit to the Cemetery of the lost ships
Lunch on the road
Return Back to Nukus
Dinner
Overnight at Hotel
3 Day NUKUS
Breakfast
Visit of Nukus
Museum of Art named after Savitskiy (2nd part of the famous Nukus Museum), which will open up the culture of this region for you, Mizdahkan - Islamic complex in Hojeli village (15km.), Gyarur-Kala - nowadays archeologists make excavations in this region, Mausoleum Mazlumkhan Sulgu (14th c.), mausoleum of Shamun Nabig (12-13th c.), Madrassah Halika Erjep (9-13th c.), old town 'Ali Belgisiz (without name)' (16-17th c). Lunch. Continuation of city tour: Art Museum - the main part of world famous museum named after Savitskiy, where you can see art gallery of Russian Avangard, archeological-historical objects.
Dinner
Overnight at Hotel

4 Day –NUKUS/AYAZ-KALA
Breakfast.
Coach trip to Ayaz-Kala yurt camp (170 km) and visiting the following places on the road: view of Chilpik-Kala - zoroastran monument (3-8th c.), Jampik-Kala, Sultan Baba mausoleum, view of Kizil-Kala fortress (1-4th c.), Tuprak-Kala fortress (2-3rd c.), Ayaz-Kala fortress 1 (4-2nd cc. BC), Ayaz-Kala fortress 2 (1-4th c.).
Arrival in Ayaz-Kala. Accommodation in traditional nomadic style Karakalpak yurts located near ruins of old fortress Ayaz-Kala.
Lunch.
Training and camel riding to Ayaz-Kala lake, photo hunting.
Dinner with folklore concert.
Overnight in yurts.

5 Day AYAZ-KALA/ KHIVA
Breakfast.
Transfer through pontoon bridge on Amudariya river to Khiva (95 km).
Arrival in Khiva. Accommodation in the hotel.
Lunch.
Visit of Khiva
City tour around Ichan-Kala architectural complex (12-19th c.), the Residence of the last Khan including Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, Mohammed Amin Khan madrassah, Kunya-Ark Castle (16-17th c.), Kalta Minor tower, Tash-Hovli Palace (19th c.), Pahlavan Mahmud mausoleum (14-18th c.), Juma Mosque (10th c.).
Dinner
Overnight at Hotel

6 Day KHIVA/ BUKHARA
Breakfast
Transfer to Bukhara
Tour outside the fortress Ichan-Kala: the Nurullabay architectural ensemble (19th c.), Kosha Darvaza (18th c.).
Coach trip to Bukhara via Kizilkum desert along Caravan road, (480 km, 6-7 hrs).
Lunch on the way
Accommodation in the hotel.
Dinner
Overnight at Hotel

7 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

8 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

9 Day BUKHARA/SHAKRIZABS/SAMARKAND (270 km+90km)
Breakfast.
Transfer to Samarkand via 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).
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). Hotel accommodation
Dinner.
Overnight at Hotel

10 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

11 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

12 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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