Tour «On the Great Silk Road…»
Duration of tour: 8 days / 7 nights
Route: Tashkent - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
Possible dates of tour: till October 31, 2017.
We offer You group or individual tour to Uzbekistan which is considered like the cradle of ancient human civilization, and preserved the monuments of different eras. Here you can also taste various dishes of Uzbek cuisine, bring the famous Oriental sweets as souvenir, or just relax between excursions on the couch by a mountain stream.
The system of caravan trade routes connected the countries of Eurasia from Western Europe to China from the 2nd century BC to 15 century. The main ways were through 32 cities in Central Asia. Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Fergana Valley are the pearls of the Great Silk Road.
Program of tour:
|The 1st day Sunday||
Almaty - Tashkent
Departure from Almaty (flight НУ 764) at 22:40. Arrival to Tashkent at 23:20,
Meeting at the airport with a sign “Dolores Travel Services”, transfer to hotel, check-in, overnight at hotel
The 2nd day
Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva
After breakfast transfer to airport and departure to Urgench, transfer to Khiva.
Khiva sightseeing with a visit the Ichan-Kala architectural complex (12-19 cent):
the Kunya Ark Citadel (16-17 century) - residence of the last Khan including The Ismail Haji mausoleum, The Muhammad Amin Khan and Rahimkhan Muhammad Madrasahes, The Juma Mosque (10 century), The Juma Minaret & Mosque, The Shergazihan Madrasah, The Said Alauddin mausoleum, The Murad-tour minaret. The Pakhlavan Mahmoud architectural complex includes mausoleum of 14-18 centuries, The Islamhodzhi Minaret, the Ak Mosque, the Anusha khan Baths, the Allakulikhan Caravanserai, the Alpakulihan Madrasah (1834-1835), The Tash Hovli Palace (19th century), the Kalta-Minar Minaret and other attractions of Khiva.
Lunch at the Zarafshan restaurant, free time, overnight at hotel
|The 3rd day Tuesday||
Khiva - Bukhara (440 km)
The departure to Bukhara is possible by aeroplane if a flight HY 1052 will be operated (during 10:10-11:10 hrs)
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bukhara will be via the Kyzyl-Kum desert, on the road You can admire the great Amu-Darya river in Central Asia, You will discover the exotic landscapes of the desert. You can admire the dunes and caravans of wild camels wandering in the desert!
Picnic in the desert. Arrival to Bukhara, accommodation in hotel, free time, overnight at hotel.
The 4th day
Breakfast in hotel. City tour in Bukhara:the Ark citadel – a city within a city (4th century BC), the Bolo Khaus Mosque (early 20th century), the POI-Kalon Architectural ensemble (Pedestal of the Great), religious heart of sacred Bukhara consists of the Kalyan minaret and mosque , the Miri-Arab madrasah, the Ulugbek Madrasah (1417), the Nadir-divan-Begi Madrasah, the Abdul Aziz Khan Madrasah, the Magoki-Attori Mosque (12-16 centuries), the Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble (14-17 century), the Kosh-Madrassah Ensemble (consisting of two opposing madrassahs of Abdullakhan and his mother), the Samanids Mausoleum (the tomb of representatives of Samanids dynasty of the late 9th - the beginning of the 10th century), the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (Spring of Job), the Chor Minor (Four minarets).
Lunch at the Old Bukhara restaurant, free time, overnight at hotel.
The 5th day
Breakfast in hotel. The excursion program in Bukhara suburban surroundings: The Bahauddin Nakshbandi mausoleum (16-19th cc.) - the founder of the most significant Sufi order Nakshbandi; the Chor-Bakr necropolis with the graves of sheikhs from the Djuybarsk Sayyids dynasty. The necropolis is a rather large architectural complex listed in the UNESCO catalogue. The name of the "Chor-Bakr" necropolis means "Four brothers", but it is better known under the name "City of the dead" abroad; the Sitorai Mohi Khosa Palace (the Palace, like the stars and the moon") is a country residence of Bukhara Emir (19-20 centuries).
Lunch at the Minfiza restaurant, free time for shopping souvenirs (offer to visit the “Trade Domes”), overnight at hotel.
|The 6th day Friday||
Bukhara - Samarkand (260 km, 4 hours)
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Samarkand via Gijduvan city with the visit of the Ulughbeg Madrasah, the Shrine of Abd al Gijduvani Halyk and the workshop of the famous potter (no guide). Arrival in Samarkand, accommodation in hotel.
Lunch at the “Samarkand” national restaurant, free time, overnight at hotel.
|The 7th day Saturday||
Excursion program in Samarkand: You will visit the largest bazaar in Samarkand "Siab", free time to buy souvenirs and eastern sweets in the morning.
Registan square is one of the most outstanding examples of urban art in Central Asia from the 17th century, by which you can "turn the pages" of many epochs of Samarkand history. It consists of three madrasahs: of Ulugbek (1417-1420), Sher Dor (1619-1636) and Tillya Kari (1647-1660).
The Guri Emir mausoleum is a place of Tamerlane's tomb (14-15th cc) and place where Amir Temur, his sons and grandsons were buried.
The Ulugbek Observatory (15th century). Proceedings of Ulugbek were created thanks to a unique Observatory that he built in Samarkand. The main stationary construction was a giant quadrant placed inside a cylindrical building with a diameter of 48 m (the remains of the Foundation, or rather the trenches from it, were found during archaeological research).
The Bibi Khanum Mosque is the biggest in Central Asia and one of the largest in the Muslim world. Anyone who enters in the city directs his gaze on this structure: "Enormous, majestic, silent...".
The Prophet Daniel mausoleum, who is revered by three world religions simultaneously. He is one of the four great Jewish prophets, whose Book was included in the old Testament of the Bible. The legend says that Tamerlan brought part of Daniel remains to Samarkand, namely his hand.
The Shakhi-Zinda Architectural complex (11-15 centuries) is the burial place of Royal persons and nobles. The main mausoleum, where necropolis starts, is considered from imaginary grave of the cousin of the prophet Muhammad - Kusama Ibn Abbas. He is so-called "Shahi Zinda" which in Persian means "the Living King".
Lunch at the “Platan” restaurant, overnight at hotel.
|The 8th day Sunday||
Tashkent – Almaty (transfer by "Shark" train)
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to the railway station at 10.00 and departure to Tashkent at 11.25. Arrival to Tashkent at 14: 45 hrs. Lunch at the “Sim Sim” restaurant. Transfer to Tashkent airport at 17:00, departure to Almaty (flight НУ 761) at 19:10 hrs. Arrival in Almaty at 21:40 hrs.
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Accommodation in 3* hotels
"Shodlik Palace" in Tashkent,
"Registan" in Samarkand,
"Caravan / Rangrez / Old City" in Bukhara,
"Hyatt / Old Khiva" in Khiva
Accommodation in 4* hotels
"Lotte Tashkent Palace" in Tashkent,
"Registan Square" in Samarkand,
"Asia Bukhara / Kukaldosh" in Bukhara,
"Asia Khiva" in Khiva
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