Best time to travel: April – October.
Uzbekistan – one of the five Central Asian countries collectively known as the Stans – can be called the Central Asian treasure trove: it boasts the region’s largest number of architectural monuments, including those in the world-famous cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva; it is the richest in museums and theaters, exotic (and surprisingly cheap!) bazaars and arts and crafts centers; it probably offers the most delicious traditional cuisine and has the most diverse terrain… In short, it is the country combining almost everything a traveler is supposed to enjoy in Central Asia while featuring tourism gems you will never see in the rest of the Stans.
The tour Chest with Oriental adventures will take you to the most interesting parts of Uzbekistan. They will be mysterious ruins of ancient settlements and masterpieces of medieval Islamic architecture, including Tamerlane’s sepulcher – all backed with rich historical and legendary backgrounds to them. They will be charming traditional adobe villages, Soviet-era neighborhoods and Independence-era sites. You will feast your eyes on breathtaking landscapes varying from desert widths to alpine heights, meet amazingly hospitable locals, taste their world’s best flat breads and pilaffs, see their captivating folklore performances, and enjoy many more other traveler’s tidbits.
Uzbekistan visa invitation (if necessary);
Hotels. We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
Hotels 2-3* – inexpensive yet cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere;
Hotels 3-4* – very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.
This tour comes with the following accommodation:
Arien Plaza Hotel 3*
Shark Hotel 4*
Arba Hotel 3*
Diyora Hotel 4*
Fatima Hotel 3*
Zargaron Plaza Hotel 4*
Shams Hotel 3*
Bek Hotel 4*
Jipek Joli Hotel 3*
Club Hotel 777 3*
Arrival in Tashkent.
Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in.
Guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, Tashkent oldest bazaar Chorsu.
After lunch: Independence Square, Applied Arts Museum.
Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast in hotel.
Transfer to airport. Morning flight Tashkent – Nukus (flight HY 1001, 07:10-08:55).
Meeting at Nukus airport.
Transfer and guided tour around, Mizdahkan Necropolis: Khalif Eredjep, Djumart Kasaart Hill, Mazlum-Khan Mausoleum, Shamun Nabi.
Return to Nukus. Tour around Savitskiy Museum.
Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to Khiva. Visiting ancient settlement sites Ayaz-Kala and Tuprak-Kala en route.
Arrival in Khiva. Hotel check-in.
Overnight rest in hotel.
Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva (Ichan-Kala ‘inner city’ historic old city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Khoja Minaret and Madrasah, Tash Khauli-Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Mohammad Amin-Khan Madrasah, Avesta Museum.
Transfer across Kyzyl-Kum Desert along Amu-Darya River to Bukhara.
Lunch en route.
Arrival in Bukhara.
Leisure time: souvenir shops recommended.
Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Samanids Mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Hauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Kalyan Minaret, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.
Guided sightseeing tour around sites near Bukhara: Sitora-i Mokh-i Khosa Palace, Baha-ud-Din Naqshbandi Complex.
After lunch: Chor-Bakr Necropolis.
Transfer to Samarkand through Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane.
Guided sightseeing tour around Shakhrisabz: Ak Saray Palace, Dorus Saodat Complex, Dorut Tillavat Architectural Ensemble, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque.
Arrival in Samarkand.
Leisure time: Siab Bazaar recommended.
Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square, most famous square in Central Asia (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah); Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, Tamerlane’s final resting place.
After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shakh-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.
Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Rukhabat mausoleum, tomb of Khodja Daniyar, “Afrasiab” Museum and settlement, Khazrat Khyzr mosque, Siab bazaar.
Visiting Samarkand Paper Mill, where famous Samarkand paper is made by hand on ancient technologies; Samarkand carpet factory “Hudzhum”.
Transfer to railway station. Departure for Tashkent by the high-speed train Afrosiab.
Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to hotel and check-in.
Transfer to airport. Flight to Fergana (flight HY 1413, 13:35-14:30).
Meeting at Fergana airport.
Transfer to Margilan. Visit Yodgorlik Silk Factory and local bazaar in Margilan.
Return to Fergana. Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to Rishtan: ceramic workshops.
Transfer to Kokand. Guided sightseeing tour around Kokand: Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Modari-Khan Mausoleum, Djami Mosque.
Transfer to Tashkent over Kamchik Mountain Pass.
Transfer to Chimgan mountains (Western Tien-Shan). A slight hiking program in the mountains.
Transfer to Charvak Lake.
Return to Tashkent.
Leisure time. Depending on the time of your Transfer to airport. Departure.