History and Culture (UZ)

Destination: Uzbekistan

Cities: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent – Fergana Valley – Tashkent

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights 

DAY 1: XXX – TASHKENT (flight, coach)

Arrival Tashkent by day-time flight. Meet and greet service by DOLORES TRAVEL staff. Transfer to the hotel and pre-arranged check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM).

After some rest start city tour along the new part of Tashkent: visit to Independence Square, Amir Timur Statue, Memorial to the World War II Victims, Monument of Courage,State Museum of Applied Arts, Alisher Navoi Theater Square.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 2: TASHKENT – URGENCH – KHIVA (flight, coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Tashkent Domestic Airport. Morning flight to Urgench (according to the schedule).

On arrival, meeting at the airport and drive to Khiva (30 km).

Excursion along the historical Complex Ichan-Kala (XII-XIX cc.) that is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List: Citadel Kunya-Ark (XVI-XVI cc.), Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Kazi Kalon Madrasah, Muhammad Rakhimkhan II Madrasah, Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, Sayid Allauddin Mausoleum, Kalta Minor Tower, Tash-Khovli Palace (XIX c.), Palvan Darvaza (Warriors Gate), Djuma Mosque (X c.), Allakulikhan Madrasah, Ota Darvaza (Father Gate), Kutlug Murad Inaq Madrasah.

Transfer to the hotel, check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM) and overnight.

DAY 3: KHIVA – BUKHARA (coach, 550 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

In old days, route from Khiva to Bukhara lasted more than a month. Today it takes 6-7 hours by vehicle, through mysterious red desert “Kyzyl-Kum”, the territory of “Khorezm”, which was called in the past as a “State of Thousand and Hundred Cities”. Meanwhile, you are invited to view the exotic landscapes of desert with roaming camels, nomadic yurts and Amudarya (Oxus) River.

Arrival Bukhara and transfer to the hotel. Check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM) and overnight.

DAY 4: BUKHARA (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Holy Bukhara, homeland of Ibn Sino (Avicenna), loved city of all saints and worldwide known philosopher – cheery Khodja Nasriddin, lively, noisy and luxurious capital of Emirs, rich man of all nationals and patrons.

Full day city tour in Bukhara: visit to Citadel Ark (IV c.) – city in a city, Bolo-Khauz Mosque (beginning of XX c.), Ismael Samani Mausoleum (the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ dynasty at the end of IX –beginning of X cc.),  Poyi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great) – religious heart of sacred Bukhara that consists of Minaret Kalon (XII c.), Kalyan Mosque (XII c.) and Miri Arab Madrasah (XVI c.),  Ulugbek Madrasah (1417),  Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque (XII-XVI cc.),  Kosh-Madrasah Ensemble that consists of Madari-Abdullakhan Madrasah, Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (XIV-XVII cc.), Nodir Divanbeghi Madrasah, (Abdullakhan’s mother) and Abdullakhan Madrasah.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 5: BUKHARA (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive out of the city to visit Bakhauddin Naqshbandiy Memorial Complex (XVI-XIX cc.). Further drive to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Complex (XIX c.) – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara.

Arrival back to the city and excursion over trade domes named Coumpol Bazaar (XVI c.) – trading points where tourists can enjoy real Uzbek bargaining process and make shopping. It consists of Toki Saraffon (the Dome of Moneychangers), Toki-TelpakFurushon (the Dome of Cap makers), Toki Zargaron (the Dome of jewelers) and Tim Abdullakhan (the Center of silk).

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 6: BUKHARA – SHAKHRISABZ – SAMARKAND (coach, 440 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabs (290 km). On arrival, excursion along the city: Amir Timur’s Ak-Saray Palace (White palace, 1380-1404), which is substantially destroyed, but it’s restoring intensively. MausoleumDorus-Saodat («Power Place», XIV c.) — crypt of Jahangir and Omar (Timur’s sons); Ensemble Dorus-Tilovat («A blue mosque», XIV c.) — the mausoleum of spiritual instructor TimurShamsiddinKulol, graceful Gumbazi-Seyidon Mausoleum (XVI c.), Kok-Gumbaz Mosque (1435), and Khazrat-Imam Mosque (XIV c.).

Continue drive to Samarkand (160 km).

Transfer to the hotel, check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM) and overnight.

DAY 7: SAMARKAND (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day city tour in Samarkand: visit to the famous Registan Square that consists of Madrasah Ulugbek (XV c.), Madrasah Sher-Dor (XVII c.), Madrasah Tillya-Kori (XVII c.); Guri Emir Mausoleum -Tamerlane’sTomb (XIV-XV cc.), Ulugbek Observatory (XV c.), Afrosiab Museum, Architectural Complex Shakh-i-Zinda (XI-XV cc.), BibiKhanum Mosque (XIV-XV). Further visit to eastern Siyob Bazaar for dried fruits, sweets and souvenirs.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 8: SAMARKAND – TASHKENT (coach, 350 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning drive to Tashkent by coach (350 km). On arrival, transfer to the hoteland pre-arranged check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM).

Optional: In the evening you are invited to enjoy Opera or Ballet performance at Alisher Navoi Theater (as per availability).

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 9: TASHKENT – FERGANA (coach, 340 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning drive to Fergana through mountain ass.

On arrival Kokand (240 km), city tour: visit to Khudoyarkhan Palace and Museum, Djami Mosque, Norbutabi Madrasah, Modarikhan Mausoleum. Further drive to Rishtan (45 km) and visit to Ceramic Studio of famous craftsman.

Continue drive to Fergana (55 km).

On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM). Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10: FERGANA – MARGILAN – TASHKENT (coach, 380 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning excursion in Fergana by visiting Uzbekistan State Museum.

Further drive to Margilan (20 km).On arrival, visit to “Yodgorlik” Silk Factory. Here you may see the process of silk production that is being kept from ancient times. Afternoon drive to Tashkent through mountain pass (360 km).

On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM).

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11: TASHKENT (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

City tour along the old part of Tashkent: visit to Khazrati Imam Complex consisting of Barak Khan Madrasah (XVI c.),  Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV c.), Muyi-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad; Djuma Mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali, Kukeldash Madrasah (XVI c.).

Free time for purchases in CHORSU bazaar and souvenir shops.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 12: TASHKENT– XXX (flight)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Registration and flight to the next destination as per the schedule.

 **END OF SERVICES**

Included:

  • Accommodation in the hotels on DOUBLE /TWIN sharing basis (11 nights in total)
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • Services of A/C comfortable transport with professional driver as per program
  • Entrance fees to the above mentioned sights as per the program (except photo and video charges)
  • Professional local guides in the cities for excursions
  • Uzbekistan visa support (LOI)

Not included:

  • Visa costs (Consular fees)
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Photo and video charges
  • International flight tickets
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary