E-030 On the caravan ways over mountains and sands (11 days)

Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva-Bukhara-Nurata-Yangikazgan-Kyzylkum Desert-Samarkand-Tashkent-Chimgan




Day 1. Arrive Tashkent.

On arrival in Tashkent, met and transfer to a hotel for check in, refreshment, free time. Lunch. Enjoy sightseeing around the city of Tashkent for 4 hours included visiting the Amir Timur Square, Theatres Square, Monument of Courage, Khast-Imam Complex (CXVI) consisted of the Barak-Khan Madrassah, Kaffal-al-Shashi Mausoleum and Tilla-Sheikh Mosque. Kukeldash Madrassah (CXVI) on the Chor-Su Square, orient bazaar of Chor-Su, Museum of Applied Art. Dinner.

Day 2 .   Tashkent-Urgench, Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel. AM transfer to the airport for the direct fly to Urgench (T=1.5hrs. in the air). Arrival in Urgench, met and transfer to a hotel for check in. . Enjoy full day sightseeing in Khiva (30km from Urgench) including visits to the inner town of Ichan-Kala (CCV-XX) consisted of Kalta Minor Minaret,  Shirgizi Khana Madrassah, Djuma Mosque, Tash-Khauli Palace, Divan Begi Madrassah, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum Muhammad Alin Khana Madrassah, Islam Khogja Madrassah, Abdulla Khona Madrassah and the Khiva orient bazaar. Lunch in a national house with an Uzbek family. PM return to Urgench. Dinner.

Day 3 .   Urgench-Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.Drive to Bukhara. (D=430km, T=7hrs.). On arrival in Bukhara check in a hotel. Lunch. Free time. Dinner.

Day4 .   Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing tour around Bukhara. AM portion of the excursion for 4 hrs. includes visiting Ark Fortress- Citadel (CCV-XIX), Bolo-House Mosque (CXVII), Ismail Samani Mausoleum (CIX), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (CCXII-XVI), Bukhara orient bazaar and Chor-Minor Mausoleum (CXIX). Lunch. Go on sightseeing tour for 4 hours afternoon with visits to the Poi-Kalan Complex with Kalan Minaret (CXII), Kalan Mosque (CXVI), ), Mir-Arab Madrassah (CXVI), Ulugbek Madrassah (CXV), Abdullazizkhan Madrassah (CXVII), trade cupolas of Toki Zargaron (CXVI), Toki Sarrafon (CXVI), Toki Telpak Furushon (CXVI), Guakshion Madrassah (CXVI), Magoki-Attari Mosque(CXII), Kukeldash Madrassah (CXVI) and Lyabi House Complex (CCXVI-XVII.). Dinner.

Day 5. Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. AM first portion of the sightseeing tour around Bukhara for 4 hours with visits to Bogoutddin Nakshbandi Complex (CXIV), Summer Residence of Emir Sitora-A-Mokhi-Khosa (CXIX). Lunch. Go on sightseeing tour for 3 hours afternoon with visits to Chor-Bakr Complex of Mausoleums (CVII), national house-museum named after merchant F. Khodjaev (CXIX) including tea-drinking and demonstration of national clothes CXIX – beginning of CXX. Dinner.  

Day 6. Bukhara-Nurata-Yangikazgan       

Breakfast at the hotel.Drive to Nurata (D=185km, T=3 hrs.). Enjoy guided tour around Nurata for 2 hrs. en route: ruins and fortifications remained after Alexander the Great, water mill (CXIX), saint spring and medieval mosque in Nurata. Transfer to the Yangikazgan settlement where the base camp is (D=65 km, T=1.5 hrs.) . Lunch. Instructing and then camel riding in the accompaniment with guides. Dinner. Overnight in Yurts (huts).

Day 7 . Yangikazgan/Aydarkul-Samarkand

After breakfast go on camel riding or according to the desires of clients transfer to Aydarkul Lake (D=30 km, T=o.5 hrs.) – walking, fishing, swimming. Lunch. Transfer to Samarkand (D=290 km, T=5 hrs.). On arrival in Samarkand check in a hotel. Dinner.

Day 8. Samarkand.

Breakfast at the hotel. AM excursion around Samarkand for 4 hrs. included visiting the Registan Square with its three madrassahs of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tilla-Kori, Samarkand orient bazaar, Bibi-Khanum Mosque (CCXIV-XV), Shakhi-Zinda necropolis (CCXI-XV). Lunch. . Go on sightseeing tour for 3 hours afternoon with visits to the Ulugbek Observatory (CXV), excavations of an ancient city and museum of Afrosiab, Tombstone of the Saint Daniar. Dinner .

Day 9. Samarkand, Samarkand-Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy half day sightseeing around Samarkand including visits to Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Tamerlane's dynasty (CXIV), Rukhabad Ensemble (CCXIV-XIX), Khazret Khizir Mosque (CVII), Khodja Akhrar Complex (CXVII), Abdi Darun Mausoleum (CXV) and Ishrat Khona Mausoleum (CXV).    Lunch. Drive to Tashkent. (D=290km, T=4.5-5hrs.). On arrival in Tashkent check in a hotel. Dinner. 

Day 10. Tashkent-Chimhan-Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. AM drive to Chimgan (west Tien-Shan). Chimgan Canyon and the high mountainous resort of the same name are situated 80 km west of Tashkent in the west Tien-Shan mountains, on the slope of Bolshoi (Big) Chimgan (3309 m).

                The road goes by the Chirchik River to this marvellous part of nature. Picturesque villages stretch one by one along the road, some of them alternate with fruit gardens and vineyards.

Then the road goes over the dam for the Charvak hydroelectric power station and on down to the water reservoir with splendid views of artificial mountainous lake revealed along the way. The lake is surrounded by mountainous ranges and filled by three mountainous rivers: Pscem, Chatkal, and Aksu. Here you can go boating and surfing, or just swim and lie under the sun.

Further up on Chimgan-sai you will get to Chimgan, situated at an altitude of 1500-1700 m. It is the most popular place to just rest. In the winter it is skiing; in the summer it is short walks, mountainous ascents and paragliding. By chair-ski lift you can rise to the altitude of 2000 m, and enjoy a wonderful panorama of the region. Here you can even ride a horse as you enjoy the views.