Uzbekistan Itinerary 13 days



Tashkent-Nukus-Khiva-Bukhara-Baysun-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand-Tashkent

Day 01: Arrival to Tashkent



Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to the hotel. Check in.
Morning time rest at leisure after a long flight
Lunch
After lunch we go for a tour around Tashkent.
Today we descover old part of Tashkent, better say the heart of old Tashkent, the square Khazrat Imam. It is one of the most important religious and cultural centers of Tashkent. The mausoleum of one of the patrons of Tashkent Abu Bakr Kaffal Ash Shashi, whos spirit guards the people and the city, located there on the square. There is an old library on the square, it has the unique sample of the Holy Koran written in the 8th century by Calith Othman. Today Holy Koran is in the list of written heritage of UNESCO. Once the most important religious educational center madrassah Barak Khan, today the cradle of art, the place there the masters of craft will show us unique samples of their work.
From the square, if the weather let us, we take a walk along the old street of old town towards the oldest market Chorsu, or how local people say "bazar Chorsu". The market is one of the most important places for locals, people come here not just to buy but also to talk, to get some news, to find out something what they really need.
Dinner
Overnight at hote

Day 02: Tashkent - Nukus HY1001 07:10 – 09:55 – Khiva - 350 km



Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Nukus.
On arrival visit highlight of Nukus – recently relocated Igor Savitskiy Museum, home to one of the finest collections of Soviet avant-garde art from the 1920s and 30s; an age of relative artistic freedom before the demands from the ‘centre’ changed in the mid 1930s.
Lunch
Departure for Khiva en route visit Toprak Kala Fortress.
One of the capitals of the Ancient Khorezm Empire.
On arrival to Khiva transfer to hotel. Check in.
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Khiva



Today Khiva will open it's Gates of history for us. We will walk through the old streets of the town, between the houses there local people live, in the magic atmosphere of the old constructions.
Internal city is Ichan Kala most of the monuments of the past located there Kalta Minor minaret, Kuhnya Ark fortress, Madrassah Rakhimkhon etc. Khiva market is outside the wall.
Break for lunch
After lunch free time
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Khiva – Bukhara - 470km



Morning drive to Bukhara via Kizil Kum Desert (Red sands) The Kyzyl-Kum Desert is the 11th largest desert in the world. It covers ​​298,000 square kilometers and crosses Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, but Turkmenistan it touches partially. It is in Central Asia in the area between the Amu Daria and Sir Daria rivers.



Picnic lunch on the road
On arrival to Bukhara transfer to Hotel
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 05: Bukhara



Today we start the morning from exploration of Bukhara, one of the most interesting places in Central Asia. We will walk through the town, along the old and narrow streets, between the trading domes and madrasahs, workshops and mosques. The old city center Lyabi Houz with unique atmosphere of city life, the ancient Fortress Ark the silent witness of all Emirs of Bukhara, the second mausoleum in Muslim world built during the government of Samanid dynasty, will tell us the story of the area.
Break for lunch
Continue of the city tour. We will find a time and visit one of the most intersting carpet workshops of Bukhara. The owner will tell us the story of carpets of Bukhara
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 06: Bukhara



Sitora-i-Mokhi Khosa, the summer residence of the former emir of Bukhara where you can see unique mixture of traditional Russian style of architecture harmoniously mixed with local oriental traditions. Famous white hall decorated with carved alabaster resembles halls in Petergof Palace in the suburb of St Petersburg.
Pilgrimage to Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausolem famous Sufi spiritual leader of this region in 14th century. Bahouddin Naqshband's cult was highly venerated among the people. The rulers, too, paid a considerable attention to this architectural ensemble. Pilgrimage to the shrine of one of the most famous Sufi of the Muslim world
Lunch
Afternoon Free time
Enjoy walking among old Bukharian streets
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 07: Bukhara – Boysun 300km



Morning drive to Boysun via Karshi.
Boysun represents a space of original folk culture and unique landscapes. It is located in the southwest spurs of the Guissar Mountains. En route see legendary Iron Gates which were located in Boysun. They consisted of an artificial barrier in the mountain canyon, built to regulate the caravan trade and customs.
Lunch
Later visit one of the most visited places in Boysun is the salubrious spring of Omonkhona.(20 km from Boysun) Its water has a temperature of about 13°C and posses properties to cure liver diseases.
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 08: Boysun - Shakhrisabz – 200km



Half day sightseeing in Boysun:
Visit traditional local house. You will have unique opportunity to see a piece of uzbek folk art – “suzane” – patterns, manually embroidered in silk or colour threads on the cloth.
Lunch
After lunch drive to Shakhrisabz.
On arrival transfer to hotel. Check in.
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 09: Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – 90km



Morning half day sightseeing in Shakhrisabz - the birthplace and home town of Central Asia’s foremost conqueror - the Great Amir Temur. Visit to Ak Saroy Palace – the greatest palace, built by Tamerlan, similar in structure to Samarkand’s Bibi Khanum Mosque, but bigger in size and decoration. Dorus Tilavat Complex, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Dorus Saidat.
Lunch
Later drive to Samarkand.
On arrival transfer to hotel. Check in.
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Samarkand



Samarkand is the star of the East, will open the doors of the history for us. Will tell us the story of Registan Square, the heart of Samarkand. The fresh air of Samarkand will take us for a walk along the street Tashkentskaya down to the old Friday mosque Bibi Khanum and the market Siab. The unique memorial complex Shakhi Zinda in it's shining ceramic portals decipher for us hidden inscription
Break for lunch
The mausoleum of Tamarlane - Guri Emir, especially fantastic in the afternoon, is the essential part of our tour today.
Dinner in the local house
Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Samarkand



The scientific views of Mirzo Ulugbek, the grandson of Tamerlane, his great work and construction, we find out on the hill Qukhak, there the remains of the observatory were discovered in the beginning of the 20th century. Mausoleum of the Prophet Daniil. The Biblical Prophet Daniil, known in the East as Hoja Daniyar, lived in 4—5th century BC. He was a descendant of Solomon tsar, revered by the three world religion. It is considered that parts of Daniil remains, namely a hand, were conveyed to Samarkand by Temur.
Lunch
After lunch we are going to visit the Koni Gil village. In the village famous artist of Samarkand Zarif Mukhtarov and his family produce well known in the world Silk Paper
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 12: Samarkand – Tashkent – 330km



This morning we start the journey to Tashkent about 5 hours drive.
Upon arrival to Tashkent we stop in the local restaurant for lunch
After lunch check in the hotel
Afternoon tour around new part Tashkent, the symbol of Independent Uzbekistan, the shining square of Tashkent - Mustakillik. The subway of Tashkent - marble and ceramic decorated stations like palaces, kindly invite us for a train journey.
Dinner
Overnight at hotel

Day 13: Tashkent – Departure

Morning transfer to the airport
End of tour