Uzbekistan Grand Tour

Uzbekistan Grand Tour

The Cultural of Uzbekistan
Cities: Tashkent, Nukus, Muynak, Khiva, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz,Samarkand
Duration: 12 days/11 nights

Visit 7 cities of Uzbekistan at: once for 12 days in the bright cultural Uzbekistan Tour: Uz-4. This is an unforgettable journey, with the first part spent in Muynak, a former fishing village where once there was a shore of currently dried Aral Sea. There, you will see rusted remains of ships like midshipmen stuck in the sands of the sea having retreated in the face of human madness. You will also visit I.V.Savitsky Museum which keeps a unique collection of Russian avant-garde, the world second largest and most important. During the second part you will have a trip to Uzbekistan ancient cities: Khiva, Nukus, Sharkhrizabz, Samarkand and Tashkent, where you will enjoy an amazing beauty of architectural monuments of the antiquity and Middle Ages, visit famous oriental bazaars and, of course, learn more about national Uzbek culture, traditions, way of life coupled with a true oriental hospitability.

Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 Nukus – Khiva Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. The museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items. Have a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon depart to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk – a Zoroastrian dakhma, and Toprak-Kala – the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Arrive in Khiva, check in to the hotel.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 Khiva – Bukhara In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km,7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukharalate in the afternoon, check in to the hotel.

  • Time for rest and overnight at the hotel.
  • we advise preparing lunch-boxes for this trip.
  • some parts of the road are presently being renovated.

Day 7 Bukhara Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa –summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.

  • Overnight at the hotel.
  • Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 9 Samarkand Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolisand Gur-Emir Mausoleum –authentic shrine of Tamerlane.

  • Overnight at the hotel.
  • Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 11 Tashkent Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia with a guide. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya-Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.

  • Overnight at the hotel.
  • Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 2 Tashkent – Nukus – Muynak – Nukus Morning flight to Nukus (1255 km, 2 h. 45 min. flight). Arrive in Nukus and drive to former fishermen’s town Muynak (220 km, 3 h.), which used to be situated on the shores of Aral Sea. On the way stop at archaeological complex Mizdakhan. In Muynak have a look at a former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. Then visit Local History Museum with art exhibits of the Aral Sea history. In the afternoon return to Nukus.

  • Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 Khiva Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Itchan-Kala Fortress, living museum under the open sky. Take a walking sightseeing tour in Khiva with a guide: visit Kunya-Ark Citadel, Tash-Khovli Palace, Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor,Juma Mosque, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islam-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon.

  • Overnight at the hotel.
  • Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

Day 6 Bukhara Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Complex, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque,Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums.

  • Overnight at the hotel.
  • Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 8 Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz (275 km, 4 h.*). Stop in Shakhrisabz for city tour. Visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dor-us Saodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon continue driving to Samarkand (90 km, 2 h.*). Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel.

  • Overnight at the hotel.
  • The road on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
  • Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours

Day 10 Samarkand – Tashkent Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. At 16:00 transfer to railway station to take the fast-speed Afrasiab train departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 19:10. Pick-up and transfer to hotel in Tashkent.

  • Overnight at the hotel.
  • Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 12 ashkent – departure Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.

Number Of Nights ---- City ----- Hotel Options

03 Number of nights in Tashkent......Ramada, City Palace, Le Grande Plaza, Uzbekistan
01 Nukus......Jipek Joli, Rahnamo
01 Khiva......Asia Khiva
03 Bukhara......Asia Bukhara,Devon-Begi,Omar Khayam
02 Samarkand......Grand SamarkandSuperior,Grand Samarkand, Asia Samarkand, Malika Prime,Sultan

Inclusions

  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by van type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 45 seat coach;
  • Accommodation:based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing:tour program in each city with local guides (except for city tour in Nukus and trip to fortresses of Ancient Khorezm);
  • Entrance:tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy:class ticket for flight Tashkent-Nukus;
  • Economy:class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
  • Visa:support for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Starting:8 persons English speaking tour leader from Avantajtour;
  • Starting:10 persons +1 person travels free of charge accommodated in single room.

Exclusions

  • Tour leader:to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full:board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel:charges for additional services;
  • Consular:fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Personal:travel insurance.