E-032 Buddhism in the history of Uzbekistan

Tashkent-Samarkand-Sahkhrizhabz-Termez-Bukhara-Urgench-Khiva-Tashkent (13 days)




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, Square of Peoples Friendship, orient bazaar of Alayskiy in the downtown. Dinner.

Day 2. Tashkent, Tashkent-Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. AM drive to Samarkand. (D=290km, T=4.5-5hrs.). On arrival in Samarkand check in a hotel. Lunch. Sightseeing tour for 4 hours with visits to the Registan Square with its three madrassahs of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tilla-Kori. Dinner.

Day 3. Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. AM sightseeing tour around Samarkand for 4 hrs. including visits to the Ulugbek Observatory (CXV), Tombstone of Saint Daniar, excavations of an ancient city and museum of Afrosiab, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis (CCXI-XV). Lunch. Go on sightseeing tour for 3 hours with visits to the Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Tamerlane's dynasty (CXIV), Rukhabad Ensemble (CCXIV-XIX) and Khodja Akhrar Complex (CXVII). Dinner .

Day 4. Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. AM excursion around Samarkand for 4 hrs. included visiting Khazret Khizir Mosque (CVII), Bibi-Khanum Mosque (CCXIV-XV),and an orient bazaar. Lunch. Free time or there is alternative to visit Folklore Concert, wine complex to taste wines. Dinner.

Day 5. Samarkand-Shakhrizhabz, Shakhrizhabz

Breakfast at the hotel. AM drive to Shakhrizhabz - home town of Tamerlane the Great (D=160km, T=2-2.5hrs.). On arrival check in the hotel and then sightseeing tour around the town of Shakhrizhabz for 1.5 hrs. including visits to Ak-Saray Palace (CCXIV-XV). Lunch and go on excursion programme for 3 hrs. to Darus Saodat Complex (CCXIV-XIX), Darus Tillavat Complex (CCXV), Orient Saunas (CCXIV-XVII). Dinner.

Day 6. Shakhrizhabz-Termez, Termez

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Termas (D=420km, T=6.5 hrs.). The road goes via Guzar and Sherabad along a big Uzbek highway. On this day you will see the gigantic one thousand-year-old chinar (platan) and medical mineral springs in the settlement of Sairob. Upon arrival you will check in the hotel. Late lunch.

Sightseeing includes visiting a Buddhist monastery complex of Kara Tepe and Mausoleum Fayaz Tepe (CCI-II AD). Dinner.

Day 7. Termez, Termez-Bukhara.

Breakfast at the hotel. Go on sightseeing for 3 hrs. includes visiting the Khakish-Al-Termezi Mausoleum (CCIX-XV), Sultan-Saodat Mausoleum (CCXI-XVII), Fortress of Kyrk-Kyz (CIX). Early lunch. Drive to Bukhara. (D=570km, T=7.5hrs.). Bukhara is the well known city all over the world thanks to its ancient monuments remained from epoch

of the Samanid's dynasty dominated there at their times. Check in a hotel. Dinner.

Day 8. 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), Chor-Minor Mausoleum (CXIX). Lunch. Go on sightseeing tour on foot for 4 hours afternoon with visits to the old part of the city, from Poi-Kalan Complex with Kalan Minaret (CXII) through orient bazaar with tree cupolas of Toki Zargaron (CXVI), Toki Sarrafon (CXVI), Toki Telpak Furushon (CXVI) to Laby –House Complex (CCXVI-XVII). Dinner.

Day 9. Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. AM first portion of the sightseeing tour around Bukhara for 4 hours with visits to the Chor-Bakr Complex of Mausoleums (CVII), Ismail Samani Mausoleum (CIX), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (CCXII-XVI). Lunch. Afternoon go on sightseeing tour for 3 hours with visits to the  Summer Residence of Emir Sitora-A-Mokhi-Khosa (CXIX), national house-museum named after merchant F. Khodjaev (CXIX) including tea-drinking and demonstration of national clothes CXIX – beginning of CXX. Dinner.

Day 10. Bukhara-Urgench.

Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for 2 hrs. as an alternative to visit Bogoutddin Nakshbandi Complex (CXIV). Transfer to Urgench via the Kyzyl-Kum desert and Amu –Darya River (D=470km, T=6.5-7hrs). Lunch en route (picnic in the Kyzyl-Kum desert), stop on the bank of the Amu-Darya River. On arrival in Urgench check in a hotel. Dinner.

Day 11. Urgench (Khiva).

Breakfast at the hotel. 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, Muhammad Alin Khana Madrassah, Islam Khogja Madrassah and etc. Lunch in a national house with an Uzbek family. PM return to Urgench. Dinner.

Day 12. Urgench-Tashkent, Tashkent.

Breakfast at the hotel. Guided tour to the pontoon bridge across the Amu-Darya River (T=1.5 hrs.). Return to Urgench for the direct fly to Tashkent (T=1.5hrs. in the air). Arrival in Tashkent, met and transfer to a hotel for check in. Lunch. Enjoy sightseeing for 3 hrs. includes visiting Khast-Imam Complex (CXVI) consisted of the Barak-Khan Madrassah, Kaffal-al-Shashi Mausoleum and Tilla-Sheikh Mosque and  Kukeldash Madrassah (CXVI). Dinner.


Day 13. Depart Tashkent.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Depart Tashkent.


The cost of this tour is:


10 pax + 1 (tour-leader is FOC) – USD12.415

20 pax +1 (tour-leader is FOC) –  USD20.658


The accommodation at hotels included in this price is combined:  In Tashkent  - Tsobi hotel (***), in Samarkand- Afrosiab hotel (****), in Shakhrizhabz – Shakhrizhabz hotel (**), in Bukhara – Bukhara New Fund hotel (****), in Urgench – Djeykhun hotel (***), in Termez – Surkhan hotel (**)  Grades of hotels are equal to the national local standard. 




The price quoted for this programme includes the following:

1.       Visa support letter

2.       transfers to and from airports, A/C transportation and all scheduled excursions detailed on the itinerary by “Mitsubishi Rose” or “Toyota Coster” for 10+1 pax, “Neoplan ” or “Mercedes” for 20+1 pax.   

3.       Air tickets Urgench-Tashkent with preliminary booking of air-tickets based on economy class travel

4.       double/twin sharing accommodation on B&B basis with private bath or shower in each hotel (one single room for tour-leader is free) 

5.       All meals (FB) according to the programme

6.       national guide (escort) speaking your native language and accompanying you for the entire itinerary

7.       SS programmes with local guides speaking your native language & entrance fees for the tourist sites, like main monuments and museums as specified in the programme


The price excludes the following:

1.       Visa for Uzbekistan

2.       Single supplement charge

3.       fees for extra service (folklore performances, meetings, tickets for a theatre and visits to museums which are not specified in the programme)

4.       airport tax

5.       fees for the use of cameras and videos in the museums, galleries and sites visited.