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UZ03: 10 Days Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Kyzylkum Desert - Bukhara - Nurata - Safari Yurt Camp - Samarkand - Tashkent

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Hotel: 3 to 4-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice

Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent, Airport pick-up, Tashkent city tour
Welcome to Tashkent! The driver will pick you up at the airport with a placard and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Then, the 10 days Uzbekistan itinerary starts. Your guide and the driver will take you to Khast-Imom Complex to visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Afterwards, head to the local market Choru Bazaar to have a visit.

Next, your guide will accompany you to take metro to the city center. Tashkent metro system is one of the most beautiful metro system in the world. Each station has its unique style. Your driver will later meet you in the city center. We'll then head to visit Independence Square and Amir Timur Park. The last stop of today is State Museum of Applied Art.

Accommodation: Wyndham Tashkent (4 stars)

Day 2: Take a flight to Urgench, Drive to Khiva, Khiva city tour
In the morning the driver will send you to the airport for flight to Urgench. The flight time is 1 hour and 40 minutes. Upon arrival, the driver there will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in Khiva for check-in.

Afterwards, your local guide will escort you to have a walking tour in Ichan Kala, the old part of the Khiva city surrounded by wall. First we'll visit Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah and Kalta Minor, the famous short minaret. Then we go to Juma Mosque to appreciate the elegant pillars with beautiful carvings. Next, head to visit Toshkhovli Palace and Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Afterwards, we'll try to climb Khodja Minaret. At last, we'll go to Kunya-Ark to overlook the Khiva city.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Asia Khiva or Bek KHiva (4 starts)

  • Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah
    Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah
  • Kalta Minor
    Kalta Minor
Day 3: Drive to Bukhara, Stop at Kyzylkum Desert
Today your driver will drive along the ancient Silk Road to send you to Bukhara about 480km (300mi) away. It takes 7-8h in total. On the way, pass through the Kyzylkum desert, which means "Red Sand" and stop here to admire the magnificent desert and Amudarya River.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Volida or Fatima or Sultan Hotel (3 stars)

Day 4: Full day tour to Old Bukhara
The attractions in Bukhara are close to each other, so the local guide will accompany you to tour Old Bukhara, the UNESCO World Heritage Site by foot. First we will visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, where many restaurants, cafes, galleries and souvenir shops gather. Then we will go to the Magoki-Attori Mosque, to appreciate the unique architectural style of early Islam. Then go to visit Chor-Minor Madrasah and the trade domes, the market center of this ancient city. Afterwards, go to madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, Kalyan Minaret and Kalyan Mosque.

Next we will walk to Miri-Arab Madrasah, one of the most sacred and oldest Islamic educational places built in the 16th century. Afterwards, go to visit Ark Fortress and then head to the Bolo Khauz Mosque famous for its wooden columns with intricate carvings. Finally, we will visit Samanid Mausoleum and Chashma Ayub Mausoleum. Then return to the hotel and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Volida or Fatima or Sultan Hotel (3 stars)

  • Chor-Minor Madrasah
    Chor-Minor Madrasah
  • Madrasahs of Abdulazizkhan
    Madrasahs of Abdulazizkhan
Day 5: Bukhara half day tour
Today your guide and the driver will be waiting for you at the hotel. After picking you up, we'll go to visit Summer Palace, also known as Sitorai Mohi Hosa, with the architecture style of both European and Central Asia. Next, we will visit The Mausoleum and necropolis of Bahauddin Naqshabandiy, the religious shrine of Naqshbandia. Then, we will continue to visit Chor-Bakr Necropolis, also named the city of the dead to appreciate the magnificent buildings. Transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Volida or Fatima or Sultan Hotel (3 stars)

  • Summer Palace, Bukhara
    Summer Palace, Bukhara
Day 6: Drive to Safari Yurt Camp with a stop at Gijduvan and Nurata
In the morning, the driver will take you to Yurt Camp 230 km (143 mi) away, taking 4 hours. We'll pass by Gijduvan pottery masters workshop to see exquisite ceramics. Then drive to Nurata to visit Nurata local mosque and the holy spring. When drive by Nurata pass, have a stop to admire petroglyphs and take pictures. After arriving at Safari Yurt Camp, we will arrange a camel ride for you. When night falls, enjoy dinner while listening to the folk song. Stay overnight in the camp.

Kindly Remind: This day's itinerary includes meals, but based on our experience, it is recommended that you bring some food on your own. There are no restaurants or shops near the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Safari Yurt Camp

Day 7: Visit Aidarkul Lake, Drive to Samarkand
In the morning, the driver will take you to visit Aidarkul Lake which is called the Blue Pearl. You can visit freely here and enjoy the beautiful waterscape. This afternoon, you will be sent to Samarkand and check in the hotel. The 270 kilometers (170 miles) journey takes 5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Grand Samarkand Superior (4 stars)

Day 8: Samarkand full day tour with Registan Square
On the 8th day, the driver and the guide will first take you to visit Registan Square. Then we will visit Siyob Bazzar and Bibi Khanym Mosque. Afterwards, we'll head to visit the biggest observatory in Central Asia history - Ulugbek Observatory. After visit the shrine of Central Asia Islam, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, we'll go to explore the tomb of Timur and other royal members - Gur-Emir Mausoleum.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Grand Samarkand Superior (4 stars)

  • Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis
    Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis
Day 9: Samarkand highlights tour, Take a high-speed train to Tashkent
First, the driver and the guide will take you to Afrasiab Museum. Next we will visit the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Finally, we will drive to Koni Ghil village to know the traditional way of making Samarkand paper. Then you can freely explore the surrounding attractions. In the afternoon, the driver will take you to the train station for the train to Tashkent. The time on train is about 2 hours and 10 minutes. The driver in Tashkent will be waiting for you at the train station and send you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Wyndham Tashkent (4 stars)

Day 10: Departure from Tashkent, Airport see-off
As your itinerary come to an end today, the driver will transfer you to Tashkent International Airport. Wish you a pleasant journey home!

Meals: Breakfast

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This trip can be tailored to match your dates and interests!
Tour Prices

2024 & 2025 Special: 10% off - Book before Jun 30, 2024

2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
USD1949 USD1754USD1749 USD1574
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
What's Included
  • Economy class airfare of Tashkent - Urgench.
  • High-speed train fare of Samarkand - Tashkent.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Free bottled water daily in the vehicle.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Uzbekistan.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Uzbekistan visa fee.
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