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Discover the most fascinating country of the Central Asian republics: Uzbekistan. Learn about the history, the local culture and traditions with our 11-day itinerary. This amazing tour begins in Tashkent, the capital of the country. You will have the opportunity to explore impressive mosques, exceptional mausoleums, ancient fortresses, wonderful minarets and more.
Experience nomadic life and enjoy camel riding. Meet local people and share incredible moments with them.
You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Tashkent, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day.
Visit the complex of Khast-i-Imam, reconstructed in 2007.
Tashkent is Uzbekistan’s capital city and home to three million people. This old Soviet city is a perfect place to encounter the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Central Asia.
In the afternoon discover The Museum of Applied Art of Tashkent, the ancient palace of Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev.
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Urgench. Upon arrival, transfer to Khiva. Khiva is one of the most iconic and enthralling towns ever to grace the historic Silk Road. You’ll be captivated by Khiva’s winding alleyways, tiled madrassa's and beautiful palaces.
Enjoy a guided city tour of Ichan Kala, the inner town of the old Khiva oasis. Few old monuments still remain. Visit the Juma Mosque, Kunya Ark –the 'ancient fortress' and The Tash-Kauli Palace.
This afternoon you will explore other exceptional monuments such as the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud,the Mausoleum of Sayid All-Uddin,the Medresa of Islam-Khodja and the Medresa of Alla-Kuli.
This morning explore Toprak Kala and Kizyl Kala, 80 km from Khiva. The fortresses was built in the 3rd century and was used as the residence of khorezmshakhs - governors of the country- up to 305 A.D.
Then drive to Ayaz Kala and visit ancient and biggest mud-walled fortress, built on the top of a hill overlooking the vast Amu Darya plain (IV-II centuries B.C.).
In the afternoon drive back to Khiva.
A long drive through the haunting Kyzylkum Desert, skirting the Turkmen border brings you to Bukhara.
A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, Bukhara is widely regarded as Central Asia’s holiest city. With more than one hundred officially preserved monuments, there is a lot to explore. With many monuments dating from the 8th to the 18th century AD, there is a vast span of history and architecture to uncover and the meticulous restoration of many of the mosaic and majolica decorations give you a true sense of how these buildings looked in their original glory.
Today enjoy a guided tour of Bukhara and the surrounding area. With its narrow alleyways and bustling bazaars, Bukhara is the quintessential Silk Road city. Visit the Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison, Ark Fortress, Kalyan Square with its great minaret and the Ismael Samani Mausoleum dating from the 10th century.
In the morning you will visit the mosque Tchor Minor, or « Four Minarets », hidden in the alleys of the ancient district of the city. You will also explore the summer residence of Bukhara Emirs, Sitora-i-Mokhi Khossa, which was the second residence of the last emir of Bukhara.
Enjoy free time for the rest of the day.
This morning continue your way to Nurata. En-route visit Guijduvan, a small village 40 km far from Bukhara. Guijduvan ceramic workshop is known throughout the country and is protected by UNESCO. Afterwards you will visit the caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik and the medieval water keeper Sardoba.
In the afternoon visit the ancient Citadel of Alexander the Great.
Accommodation in the yurt camp where you will enjoy camel riding.
Today drive to Mitan, which won the World Responsible Tourism Travel Award ‘To Do’ at the ITB Berlin 2015.
Authentic meetings and various exchanges between the visitors and local residents are the best ways of cross-cultural understanding; as well, participation to various kinds of activities leads to familiarization with lifestyle of local people.
In the afternoon you can go for a walk in village and observe beautiful nature almost untouched by human development. Having the tour in Mitan village, you really feel the Uzbek Life.
Later, continue your way to Samarkand.
Enjoy a guided city tour of Samarkand and the surrounding area, including The Registan, Ulugbek Medressa, Sher Do Madrasahm Gur-Amir Mausoleum and Bibi-Khanym Mosque.
This morning explore the Shakhi-Zinda, with more than 20 buildings, built from early XI up to XIV cc. Each mausoleum has its own style of decoration and great fantasy of skillful artisans. Visit the Observatory of Ulugbek –one of the famous observatories of the middle Ages, built in 1428-1429. Lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon drive to Tashkent.
After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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|Standard:||from AU $2,199|
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Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.