Archeological Sites Of Uzbekistan (14n/15d)

The ruins of the Buddhist complex at Fayez Tepe

The ruins of the Buddhist complex at Fayez Tepe

Day 1. Tashkent    Transfer
Arrive to Tashkent’s airport at TBA from TBA, meet and greet service (COMPANY SIGN for meeting), transfer to hotel. After passport and customs controls you will be met by your guide/driver. Depart airport to hotel. Check in, rest.

Day 2. Tashkent –Nukus
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. City tour in Tashkent: Museum of Applied Arts, Monument of Courage, and Khazrat Imam Complex with the Museum of Islamic Calligraphy. Afternoon transfer to the airport for domestic flight Tashkent – Nukus, according to schedule. Upon arrival transfer to hotel, check in. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3. Nukus-Toprak Qala-Ayaz Qala
Breakfast and check out from hotel. Visit the State Museum of Savitsky, drive to Mizdakkhana Necropolis and explore of one the jewels of Central Asian architecture. Afternoon depart to the land of ancient civilization to visit the remains of ancient forts. First to Toprak Kala and Kizil Kala, continue to Ayaz Kala Yurt Camp. Dinner and overnight at Ayaz Kala Yurt Camp.

Day 4. Ayaz Qala-Khiva
Breakfast at yurt camp.Morning explore the ruins of citadel, once busy with its inhabitants and Silk Road traders, now almost fully destroyed. Start driving to the ancient capital of Khorezm – Khiva crossing Amu Darya – the largest river of Central Asia. Upon arrival check in to hotel and rest. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5. Khiva
Breakfast at hotel. City tour at World Heritage site, as per UNESCO list – Ichan Kala Complex, visit: Kalta Minar, Muhammad Amin khan Madrassah, Kunya Ark, Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud – the Patron of Khorezm, the Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, the Islam Khodja Madrassah and Minaret, the Djuma Mosque and Tash Khavli and the harem. Return to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6. Khiva-Bukhara
Breakfast and check out from hotel. Depart to Bukhara via the Kyzyl-Kum (red sands) desert. En-route stop to see a panoramic view over The Amu Darya river (Oxus). Arrive afternoon to Bukhara and transfer to the hotel, check in. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7. Bukhara
After breakfast start your city tour. Visit to the Citadel Ark, the palace of the rulers of Bukhara, Bolo Khauz Mosque with beautiful ayvan in traditional style. Take a walk through the old part of the city towards Chashma Ayub Mausoleum in city park area. Continue to the Samanid Mausoleum, Toki Zargaron – trading dome of jewelers, Abdulla khan Tim – a center of silk trade, Toki Telpak Furushon – trading dome of the hat sellers, and Toki Sarrafon – trading dome of moneychangers, Magoki Attor Mosque one of the oldest Mosques in Central Asia, and the Lyabi Khauz in the heart of the old city. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 8. Bukhara-Termez
Breakfast and check out from hotel. Depart to Termez. The road goes through vast and open steppe. Upon arrival check in to hotel and time to refresh. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9. Termez
Breakfast at hotel.Tour of Termez visiting: Archeological museum, Fayaztepa (a site of ancient settlement 2-3rd cc.), Mausoleum of Hakim At Termezi, Buddhist Stupa Zurmala, Mausoleum Sultan Saodat, Honako Kokaldor Ota, Nunnery Kirk Kiz. It was here the capital of Kushan Empire, with the Buddhism as the religion. Return back to the hotel.

Day 10. Termez-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand
Breakfast at hotel and check out. Depart early to Shakhrisabz, birth city of Tamerlane, city tour of ancient city Shakhrisabz includes: ruins of Oq-Saroy Palace, Dor-ut Saodat complex (Khazratiy Imam Mosque), Jahongir mausoleum, Dor-ut Tillavat complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque. Afternoon depart to Samarkand, the capital of Tamerlane’s Empire. Check in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11. Samarkand
Breakfast at hotel.City tour including Registan Square, the center of trade and cultural life in medieval Samarkand, Bibi Khanum Mosque, erected by his wife as a surprise for Temur on behalf of his victorious Indian campaign, Gur Emir Mausoleum, family tomb of Timurid’s, Shakhi Zinda Necropolis; visit a site of pilgrimage since the 11th century, there you can enjoy the finest samples of majolica, mosaic and terracotta tile works, mausoleums are concentrated around the shrine of Qusam Ibn Abbas. Further proceed to Afrosiyab (old Samarkand). Among the sites of Samarkand outstanding one is the Museum of Ulugbek Observatory, with the remains of sextant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12. Samarkand-Tashkent-Kokand-Fergana
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent, upon arrival drive to Fergana valley, the ancient area for the Silk Route, modern center of Silk industry in Central Asia. The road goes through the parts of Tien Shan Mountains, Kamchik Pass (2200m). We arrive to Kokand city in the afternoon, once the capital of the Kokand Khanate in the 17th and 19th centuries. City tour includes visits to the Khudayar Khan palace, Mir Mosque, Dahmai Jahon Mausoleum museum, Friday mosque and Norbutabiy madrasah. Continue driving to Fergana city, a green and youngest city of the Fergana valley which was founded by Russians after invasion into Central Asia. Check in to hotel and overnight.

Day 13. Fergana-Margilon-Rishton-Fergana
Breakfast at hotel. This morning you drive to Margilan-the city where silk production in Central Asia had started. You have a chance to join the old process of silk production and learn from the masters about the unique and natural colors and patterns historically known as Chinese and Uzbek art. After silk factory you drive to Rishtan, the center of Ceramics in Fergana Valley, visit the local ceramics workshop. Afternoon drive back to Fergana, rest at hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14. Fergana-Tashkent
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive back to Tashkent. Arrival at Tashkent, check in to the hotel, short rest. City tour around Tashkent, take a walk along the Alisher Navoi Theatre, Independence Square, through Pedestrian Street towards newly build Alisher Navoi library. Take a ride on famous Tashkent Metro. Return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15. Tashkent-Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Check out from the hotel for the International flight to the next destination.

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