Day 1. Tashkent Transfer
Arrive to Tashkent’s airport at TBA from TBA, meet and greet service (COMPANY SIGN for meeting), transfer to hotel. Depending to arrival time, this evening we can have day city tour or free time at leisure. Short tour in Tashkent: Independence Square, Museum of Applied Arts, Amir Temur square, city fountains and modern monuments.
Day 2. Tashkent –Samarkand (320km)
Breakfast at hotel. Today we head to Samarkand settlement at the hotel upon arrival. After short rest and refreshment, we can have evening tour in Samarkand visiting: Registan square – Madrassa Ulugbek (15th c.), Madrassa Sherdor (17th c.), Madrassa Tilla-Kori (17th c.). Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 3. Samarkand
Breakfast at hotel. Check out from hotel. Continue tour of Samarkand visit the Museum of Ulugbek’s observatory with the original part of main instrument sextant, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Bibi-Khanum Mosque and Siyab bazaar. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 4. Samarkand-Nurata
Breakfast at hotel, check out from hotel. Today we ride to Nurata town, with little stop and sightseeing in the town, we continue to desert Yurt camps to experience the life style of nomadic tribes of the past. In Nurata we are going to visit the Holy Spring water with hundreds of trout, existence of which is another mystery in this small desert – isolated pool, next to 9th century mausoleum and the 16th century mosque. Another notable historic site is the remains of the fortress which once was occupied with the troops of Alexander the Great. We continue to Sarmysh Gorge, to explore and enjoy off the Petroglyphs, dated back to Bronze Age. After, transfer to desert Yurt camps for overnight. Depending on the time of the year you might spot steppe tortoises, hares and desert agamas.
Day 5. Nurata-Bukhara (220km) Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at Yurts. Self-activities like camel or horse riding, exploring the fauna of desert and ride to Aydarkol Lake. Depending on the time of the year you can have a swim, walk along the lake shore or watch the rich aquatic birdlife (cranes, pelicans, many duck and goose species and numerous waders etc.). Continue to the Yurt Camp. Transfer to Bukhara after lunch. Upon arrival to Bukhara, check into hotel and overnight.
Day 6. Bukhara
Breakfast in hotel. We start city tour in Bukhara visiting: The trade domes, Magoki-Attor mosque, Lyabi-Khauz complex consisting of Nadir-Divan Begi Madrasah and Khanaka, and the Khauz-water-reservoir. The Ark, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samanid Mausoleum, Mausoleum of Chashma-Ayub, the remains of ancient city walls of old Bukhara, Kalon Minaret, Mir-Arab Madrasah, Kalon Mosque, Madrasah of Ulugbek and Madrasah of Abdul-Aziz khan. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 7. Bukhara
Breakfast at hotel. Today we are going to visit Eco-Center near the Bukhara. This Eco-Center is the state research-industrial organization, which was established in May of 1977 with the aim of breeding rare species of animals. Currently Eco Centre “Jeyran” has been breeding such species listed in the Red Book of Uzbekistan and the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN):Jeyran – Gazella subgutturosa; Kulan – Equus hemionus; Horse of Prijevalskiy – Equus ferusprzewalskii;Bukhara mountain sheep – Ovis orientalis bokharensis; Markhor – Capra falconeri. Free in the afternoon and optionally dance-folk show in the evening. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 8. Bukhara-Tashkent
Breakfast and Check out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport in Bukhara for the morning flight to Tashkent according to schedule. Arrive to Tashkent and continue with half day city tour in: Independence Square, Barak-Khan Madrassah (16th c.), The Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum (15th c.), Kukeldash Madrassah (16th c.), the Jum’a mosque (9th c.), the monument of Courage, Tashkent TV tower view, from outside, and the monument of repression victims. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 9. Tashkent-Departure
Transfer to the International Airport for the flight to next destination.