Aral Sea Adventure 14 days - 13 nights


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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 HY 1001 07:00-09:45 - Aral See – 450km



Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Nukus.
Arrival to Nukus. From the airport of Nukus 8 hours about 500 km drive to the Aral Sea via Moynak. Eventually you’ll arrive at the cliffs that overlook the dried bottom of the Aral Sea’s former western border. From here you can barely make out a blue line on the horizon to the east. That’s the Aral Sea’s new shoreline, which now lies 185 km inside its former shoreline in Moynak. Around here you can take exclusive pictures of the sea, witness the massive landslides that have occurred as a result of the sea’s retreat, and observe unique desert vegetation
After picnic lunch you will drive down from the plateau to the camp where you will stay for the night. From here you are free to walk to the seashore. You may also collect sea shells or simply marvel at how this huge sea has decreased from 70,000 sq. km to 27,000 sq. km in the last 50 years.
In the evening you will enjoy a meal cooked over an open-air campfire before kicking back to enjoy the spectacle of a sky filled with thousands of stars and, if you’re lucky, a big moon. You’ll fall asleep breathing fresh air and listening to waves lapping the shore of the Aral.
Overnight: Tents

Day 03: Aral See – Muinak - Nukus – 500 km



After an early breakfast we ascend back onto to the Ustyurt Plateau and retrace our steps toward Urge. Before reaching Urge, however, we again descend from the Plateau and drive southeast toward Moinak. On the way to Moinak you will pass by oil rigs set up to exploit the oil lying under what was once the Aral Sea’s seabed.
After a stop for picnic lunch, the tour continues to the settlement of Uchsai, formerly an Aral Sea port. Thirty minutes later you arrive to Moinak. You can relive Moinak’s glory years in the local museum, where paintings depict a noisy and busy port town, with a bountiful harbor and rich fauna and flora. The museum also contains Karakalpak traditional tools, clothing, jewelry, and an exhibit on Moinak’s once-thriving fish factory. Next you will visit Moinak’s World War II Heroes Monument.
Your last stop is Moinak’s famous “Ship Graveyard”, where you can take photos and once again contemplate the scale of the Aral Sea disaster.In the evening you’ll return to Nukus and enjoy a traditional Karakalpak dinner at the cafe of the Jipek Joli Hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Nukus – Khiva - 200 km



Morning half day sightseeing in Nukus: You’ll spend the entire morning at the world-renowned Savitsky Art Museum, with thousands of works ranging from the first millennium B.C. to the present day. Here you’ll gain insight into the Central Asia’s unique cultural heritage, portrayed through the paintbrushes of the region’s top artists. The museum also has an impressive collection of Soviet Realism and a surprisingly large collection of works by well-known European masters.
After lunch depart for Khiva.
On arrival transfer to hotel
Overnight at hotel

Day 05: 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 06: Khiva- Bukhara- 460 km (6-7hour)



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 07: 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 08: 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 09: Bukhara – Nurata - 210km



Morning drive to Desert of Kizilkum , on the way stop to see the remains of caravansary Rabat-i-Malik and Sardoba.
Later continue to the mountains Nurata and see the “rock paintings” at Sarymysh Gorge. Arrival to Nurata: visit Mausoleum Mir Said Bakhorm, pond with holly fish.
Lunch at local national house.
After lunch drive to the desert camp
Dinner at the camp.
Overnight: yurts

Day 10: Nurata – Samarkand – 250 km



Morning camel ride. Proceed to Aidarkul Lake.
Lunch with fresh fried fish from the lake.
Later transfer to Samarkand – the Mirror of the World, the Garden of the Soul, the Jewel of Islam, the Pearl of the East. Another name, City of famous Shadows, reveals Samarkand as witness to the full sweep of Central Asia History.
On arrival to Samarkand transfer to hotel
Dinner Overnight at hotel

Day 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: Tashkent – Departure

Morning transfer to the airport
End of tour