Southern Frontiers of Uzbekistan (10n/11d)

Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum in Khiva

Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum in Khiva

Day 1. Tashkent
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. City tour around Tashkent: Independence Square, Navoi Theater square, Barak-Khan Madrasah (16th c.), The Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum (15th c.), Kukeldash Madrasah (16th c.), the Djuma mosque (9th c.), Museum of Applied Arts. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 2. Tashkent –Khiva
Breakfast and morning transfer to airport and flight to Urgench and further to Khiva (35km). City tour around Ichan-Kala architectural complex of Khiva(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.) Overnight in Khiva.

Day 3. Khiva-Bukhara
Breakfast in hotel. Road trip to Bukhara via Kyzyl-Kum desert, along the old Caravan route (480 km, 6-7 hrs). Arrival to Bukhara. Hotel accommodation. Overnight.

Day 4. Bukhara
City tour: Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Samanid’s Mausoleum (9-10th c.), Chashma Ayub (14th c.), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of the 20th c.), covered dome 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 5. Bukhara
A trip out of the city for a visit to Bahouddin Nakshbandi mausoleum (16-19th c.), to the sepulchers of his mother and his preceptor (14th c.), mausoleum Chor-Bakr (10th c.), visit to summer residence Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa (19th c.).

Day 6. Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand
Drive to Shakhrisabz (290 km, 4 hrs). 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.) Continue to Samarkand (110 km, 2 hrs). Hotel accommodation. Overnight.

Day 7. Samarkand
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 8. Samarkand-Tashkent
After breakfast transfer to Tashkent (350 km, 5 hrs). Afternoon excursion: Amir Temur square, city fountains and modern monuments.

Day 9. Tashkent-Termez
Transfer to Tashkent airport for morning flight to Termez. Arrival into Termez and city tour: Archeological museum, Fayaztepa (a site of ancient settlement 2-3rd cc.), Mausoleum of Hakim At Termezi (9-15th cc.) (4 km), Buddhist Stupa Zurmala (7 km), Mausoleum Sultan Saodat (10-15th cc.) (7,5 km), Honako Kokaldor Ota (16th c.) (4 km), Nunnery Kirk Kiz (9-10th c.). Overnight.

Day 10. Termez-Tashkent
Surkhandarya region tour: Jarkurgan’s Minaret (12th c.) (60 km from Termez), Bridge of Iskandar (16th c.) (45 km from Jarkurgan), Dalverzintepa archeological dig (1st c.), a capital of Kushan Empire. Transfer to airport and evening flight to Tashkent as per flight schedule. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 11. Tashkent-Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport and departure to next destination

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