Beautiful Nature of Uzbekistan (12n/13d)

The ruined gates of the Ak-Saray Palace

The ruined gates of the Ak-Saray Palace

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. Optional city tour of Tashkent in the afternoon: visit Amir Temur Square, Courage Monument, Hasti Imam Complex, Chorsu bazaar, Kukeldash madrassah, Applied Art museum, People’s Friendship Square and Abul Kasim madrassah (handicrafts workshops). Overnight.

Day 2. Tashkent –Beldersay Gorge
Transfer to the Beldersay gorge (85 km, 2 hrs.) active part of travel starts from there. Walking up to the Chetkumbel Pass (1880 m. non categorical). The camp is on the altitude 1500. 15km. Meals and overnight in the camp base.

Day 3. Nurek Ata River
Transition downwards on a valley of river Nurekata before merge to river Aksak ata. The camp is on the altitude 1100. 12km. Meals and overnight in the camp base.

Day 4. Shuldak settlement – Tashkent
Passing over on anonymous Pass to walk around the canyon of river Aksakata. Descent to settlement Shuldak. The route passes through numerous traces of sea adjournment. 13 km. Transfer to Tashkent (60 km, 1.5 hrs.). Overnight .

Day 5. Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva
Flight to Urgench according time-table, transfer to Khiva (30 km.). City tour around Ichan-Kala architectural complex (12-19th c.), the Residence of the last Khan including Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, Mohammed Amin Khan madrassah, Kunya-Ark Castle (16-17th c.), Kalta Minor tower, Tash-Hovli Palace (19th c.), Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum(14-18th cc.), Juma Mosque (10th c.)

Day 6. Khiva-Ayaz Qala camping
After breakfast drive to Kizikkum desert and visit ruins of ancient fortresses Tuprakkala (center of ancient Khorezm III BC), Kizilkala and Ayazkala, after continue to “Ayazkala” camping (110 km from Khiva). lunch and rest in yurts. Optional: camel ride, boating at Ayazkul lake, fishing and swimming. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7. Ayaz Qala camping- Bukhara
After breakfast drive to Bukhara. Free time at leisure. Overnight.

Day 8. Bukhara
City tour: Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Samanides Mausoleum (9-10th c.), Chashma Ayub(14th c.), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of the 20th c.), Coumpol bazaar, Medreseh Nodir-Divan-Beghi, complex Lyabi-Khauz (14-17th c.), Minaret Kalon (12th c.), Kalyan Mosque (12th c.), Medreseh Miri Arab (16th c.).

Day 9. Bukhara-Shakhrisabz
After breakfast drive to Shakhrizabs. City tour: ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (14-15th c.), Dor-ut Saodat complex (Khazratiy Imam Mosque (14th c.), Jahongir mausoleum (14th c.)), Dor-ut Tillavat complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (15th c.). Overnight.

Day 10. Shakhrisabz-Hazrat Bashir-Samarkand
Village Hazrta Bashir located on the territory of Kitab region at foots of Zarafshan mountain range (40 km). You will see centuries old planes and springs, visit mausoleum of sacred Hazrat Bashir and ascend 1800 meters high mountain or walk canyon range. Lunch in a national house and transfer to Ak-Tash village to see rock paintings of Mesolithic period. Drive to Samarkand.

Day 11. Samarkand
Breakfast at hotel. City tour program: Registan square – Medreseh Ulughbek (15th c.), Medreseh Shir-Dor (17th c.), Medreseh Tilla-Kori (17th c.), Ulughbek Observatory (15th c.). Excavations and museum of the ancient city of Afrosiab, Architectural complex Shakhi-Zindeh (11-15th c.), Mausoleum Guri Emir – Tamerlane’s Tomb (14-15th c.), Bibi-Khonum Mosque.

Day 12. Samarkand-Tashkent
Free time after the breakfast. Afternoon drive to Tashkent. (350 km, 5 hrs). walking tour at Amir Temur square, local “Broadway” – a walking street with artists, cheap souvenirs and eating places, city fountains and modern monuments.

Day 13. Tashkent-departure
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport. Departure to the next destination.

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