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Oriental Tale

Oriental Tale | Uzbekistan Tour | Silk Road Holidays

Can’t decide whether to explore the beauty of nature or historical towns of Central Asia? This 12-day tour offers the best of both travel styles. Explore the beaming waters of the Ayaz-Kul salt lake and the red sand of the Kyzylkum Desert. Our resident guides from “Travel Tour” will introduce you to the traditions, culture and history of the ancient cities such as Nukus, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, and Tashkent. Along your Silk Road Holidays, indulge in epicurean delights like traditional palov, shashlik, local fruits and the vegetables the region is famous for.

Why you choose this package!

  • • Hotel accomodation4*
  • • Hotel-based breakfasts;
  • • Entrance fees to monuments and museums;
  • • Transport for the entire route with air conditioning;
  • • Excursions specified in the program in the cities: Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand;
  • • Train tickets for the Afrosiab high-speed train: Tashkent-Samarkand (economy class);
  • • Railway tickets for the Afrosiab high-speed train: Samarkand-Bukhara (economy class);
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  • Arrival in Tashkent and meeting at the airport at 03:30
  • Transfer to the hotel and accommodation
  • Rest before lunch
  • After lunch, city tour, visit to the Old part of Tashkent:
  • Hast Imam Square, 16th century monumental buildings
  • Barakhan Madrasah (now it is a craft center)
  • Muyiy Muborak Madrasah, where the oldest Koran in the world is stored
  • Mausoleum of Kaffal-Shashi, who lived in the 10th century. and converted the population of Tashkent to Islam
  • Tillya Sheikh Mosque
  • Mosque built on behalf of the President of Uzbekistan.
  • Night in Tashkent.
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  • Early breakfast and departure to the airport
  • Departure with a flight at 7.00 to Nukus
  • Arrival in Nukus at 9.15 -9.20
  • Transfer to the I. Savitsky Museum
  • Excursion in the I. Savitsky Museum

Nukus is the capital of the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. The Savitsky Museum has the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde of the first half of the 20th century, collected by the artist Igor Savitsky from paintings prohibited by the Stalinist regime. Now this collection is very famous and exhibited in European countries. Savitsky also collected a unique ethnographic Karakalpak collection. The archaeological exposition telling about the history of ancient Khorezm (the former name of this territory) is very interesting.

  • Lunch organized in the cafe of the museum (Beshbarmak - the national Karakalpak dish)
  • Visit to the archaeological site of Mizdakhkan, 18 km from Nukus towards the Turkmen border
  • Then transfer to Ayaz-Kala, a camp from yurts.
  • Dinner and night in yurts.
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The yurt camp is located in a desert area at the foot of two natural hills on which fortresses were built in 4-3 centuries BC. At the site of clay excavation for construction, 4 km from the fortresses, the salt lake Ayaz-Kul was formed.

  • After breakfast, an excursion to the Ayaz-Kala fortress, and further acquaintance with the history of Khorezm
  • After lunch, a trip to the lake
  • Swimming is possible
  • Return to the camp and departure to Khiva (120 km, 2 hours)
  • It is possible to cross the Amu Darya on a pontoon bridge built from German barges during the war and see the
  • construction of a large automobile bridge.
  • Arrival in Khiva
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Overnight at the hotel.

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  • After breakfast, a tour of Khiva

The city consists of two parts - the inner city, Ichan-Kala, surrounded by a majestic fortress wall, and the outer city, Dishan-Kala (the wall was destroyed in 1920).

Khiva celebrated its 2500th anniversary at the end of the 20th century. This city arose in an oasis near the river, but in an area where there are underground sources of fresh water, although at a depth of less than a meter there are powerful layers of salt water of the former sea. Thanks to these sources and independence from the river, which often changed its course, Khiva to this day is in its former place. From the 1st century BC. to the 16th century AD Khiva was a fortified city where a garrison of soldiers lived, accompanying caravans. At the beginning of the 17th century. Khiva becomes the capital of the Khanate.

The ruling dynasties and feudal lords erected beautiful buildings in Khiva, designed in a single distinctive style: two palaces, many madrassas, mosques, minarets and mausoleums.

  • Night in Khiva.
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  • After breakfast, departure to Bukhara (450 km, 7-8 hours.)

On the way, tourists will once again cross the Amu Darya by a railroad bridge and stop on the riverbank, where they will see a lot of petrified shell rock left over from the time when the territory of Central Asia was covered by the prehistoric sea. Most of the road (almost 300 km) passes through the Kizil-Kum desert.

  • Photo-session in the Desert 
  • Arrival in Bukhara, hotel accommodation
  • Free evening. Night
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  • After breakfast, excursion:
  • Chor-Minor Madrasah (19th c.)
  • Citadel Arc
  • Mazar Chashma-Ayub and the mausoleum of the Samanids - the oldest Islamic mausoleum in the world (9-10 centuries)
  • Lunch
  • Excursion to the summer residence of the Emir of Bukhara and the place of holy pilgrimage, an old cemetery with the grave of St. Naqshbandi, founder of the Sufi order “Naqshbandiya” (14th century), located 8 km from the city
  • Dinner
  • Overnight at the hotel.

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  • After breakfast, excursion:
  • Chor-Minor Madrasah (19th c.)
  • Citadel Arc
  • Mazar Chashma-Ayub and the mausoleum of the Samanids - the oldest Islamic mausoleum in the world (9-10 centuries)
  • Lunch
  • Excursion to the summer residence of the Emir of Bukhara and the place of holy pilgrimage, an old cemetery with the grave of St. Naqshbandi, founder of the Sufi order “Naqshbandiya” (14th century), located 8 km from the city
  • Dinner
  • Overnight at the hotel.
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  • After breakfast, departure to Bukhara with passage through the city of Nurata
  • On the way, 60 km from Bukhara, stop at the ruins of Rabat-i Malik, the steppe residence of rulers from the Karakhanid dynasty, rulers of the region from the end of the 10th to the beginning of the 13th century. The residence, built in the 11th century, was destroyed in the 13th century. warriors of Genghis Khan. Subsequently, its surviving part was used as a caravanserai until the 18th century. About Rabat-i-Malik, Marco Polo mentions in his notes. Near the residence was dug Sardoba - a reservoir-pool. Acquaintance with one of the ancient hydraulic systems that allowed people to live in waterless steppes
  • Further along the road, a stop near the rock, on which ancient people carved numerous petroglyphs (2nd millennium BC - 8th century AD)
  • Arrival in the city of Nuratu, the place of Muslim pilgrimage at the holy spring of Chashma
  • Acquaintance with another ancient hydraulic system, invented by the inhabitants of the foothill regions and called kyariz. The source is located at the foot of the hill, on which in the 4th-3rd century BC a fortress was built, sometimes attributed to Alexander of Macedon, but perhaps built during the Greco-Bactrian kingdom
  • Continuation of the trip to Samarkand.
  • The second half of the road runs through the countryside and is very picturesque. Tourists can relax and enjoy the scenery
  • Arrival in Samarkand in the evening
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Night.
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Samarkand is the oldest city in Central Asia, celebrating its 2750th anniversary.

  • After breakfast, visiting the monuments:
  • Necropolis of Shahi Zinda (11-19 centuries)
  • Bibi-Khanum Mosque (14-15 centuries)
  • Walk on the Siab market
  • After lunch, a visit to the Afrosiab Museum and the remains of the Ulugbek Observatory (15th c.)
  • Dinner
  • Night in Samarkand.

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  • Day trip to Shakhrisabz, hometown of Amir Timur (Tamerlane)
  • Check out after an early breakfast
  • Arrival at 11 - 11.30
  • Tour of the monuments of Shakhrisabz:
  • The ruins of the entrance portal of the Tamerlane palace Ak-Saray (White, i.e. noble palace), 1380-1404
  • Kok Gumbaz mosque
  • Mausoleum of father Tamerlane, buried with a spiritual mentor
  • Mausoleum of the eldest son Timur
  • Crypt of the disappeared mausoleum built for Timur himself with a stone sarcophagus inside
  • After the excursion - return to Samarkand with a stop in the village at the local resident whose family is engaged in the production of woolen carpets
  • Returning to Samarkand, free time
  • Night.
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  • Excursion, after breakfast:
  • Mausoleum of Gur Emir (early 15th century)
  • Registan Square (3 madrassas of the 15-17th centuries)
  • Lunch
  • Departure to Tashkent (330 km, 4 hours)
  • Arrival
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Night.
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  • Excursion, after breakfast:
  • Mausoleum of Gur Emir (early 15th century)
  • Registan Square (3 madrassas of the 15-17th centuries)
  • Lunch
  • Departure to Tashkent (330 km, 4 hours)
  • Arrival
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Night.
  • The second part of the tour in Tashkent
  • Independence Square
  • Memorial to the fallen during the war
  • Palace of the Grand Duke Romanov (outside)
  • Theatre square
  • Square
  • Istiklol Square with a craft center and the Palace of Arts
  • Underground
  • Chorsu Bazaar
  • Night at the hotel
  • Airport transfer
  • Departure

 

  • Duration : 12 Days, 11 Nights
  • Person : 2 Persons
  • Availability : 40
  • Price : $

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