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Tour itinerary: Tashkent - Nukus - Muynak - Nukus - Yurt Camp Ayaz-Kala - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
Season: may - october
Days: 9Nights: 8
Price: by request
Tour description:

Everybody knows that Aral Sea has been perishing. According to the forecasts of scientists, the remaining smooth surface of the sea will disappear within the next two decades. 

Let's visit Moynak city , the lively illustration of the Aral Sea disaster, to get a little understanding and answer to this question…

Day 1
Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting and transfer to the hotel, check-in. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2
Tashkent - Nukus - Moynak - Nukus 
Breakfast at the hotel.
06:00 Transfer to the airport.  

07:10 flight to Nukus HY1001

09:55 arrival in Nukus. 

Transfer to Muynak, that was the rich city in the delta of Amu-darya and consider the gates to Uzbekistan from the sea. Nowadays there's only cemetery of Dead Sea. We'll also visit City Museum of history of Muynak and Aral Sea. 

Drive back to Nukus. Overnight at the hotel.   
Day 3
Nukus - Yurt camp Ayaz-Kala
Visit Museum of Art named after I.V. SavitskyIt hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and one of the largest collections of applied art items of Central Asia. Free time. After lunch transfer to Yurt Camp Ayaz-Kala. It's a good place for rest, live in national yurta and ride a camel. You can also order folk show in the everning, listen to Uzbek, Karakalpak, Kazakh and Turkmen music and songs. Free time. Overnight in yurta. 
Day 4
Yurt Camp Ayaz-Kala - Khiva
Drive to Khiva (170 km), hotel check-in. 

After short rest sightseeing tour in the old part of Khiva – Ichan Kala known as “Inner town”. Ichan Kala is the biggest open air museum in Central Asia and consists of the following architectural monuments:  Ata Darbaza (West Gate), Kunya Ark, Muhammad Rakhim-Khan Madrassa, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, Kalta Minor Minaret, Jome Mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja Madrassa and Minaret, Said Alauddin Mausoleum, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, the last Khiva Khan Allakulikhan’s Madrassa and Tosh Hovli Palace where was the harem with 40 concubines, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulikhan.

Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5
Khiva - Bukhara
Breakfast. Transfer to Bukhara via the Kizil Kum desert (475 км). On the way stop to see Amudarya River. Arrival in Bukhara in the afternoon, check–in the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 6

Sightseeing tour of Bukhara with visiting Samanids Mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ark Fortress, Minorai-Kalon and Poi-Kalon Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrassah, Toki-Zargaron, Kosh Madrassah (Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan), Magoki Attari MosqueLyabi Hause ansemble.

We’ll also visit three trading domes (covered bazaars). In XVI century it was the center for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today tourists can also buy here different souvenirs of a wide range: from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.

Dinner with folk show in Nadir Divanbegi Madrassah. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Bukhara - Samarkand
After breakfast transfer to Samarkand. On the way we can visit workshop of famous Uzbek pottery master Abdulla Narzullaev in Gijduvan city. There you can learn how ceramics are making and even buy some of them. Arrival in Samarkand, check in the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 8

Sightseeing tour of Samarkand with visiting: Gur Emir Mausoleum (Tamerlan's tomb), Ruhabad Mausoleum, Registan Square (a heart of the city), Bibi-Hanum Mosque, orient bazaar Siyab, Shahi Zinda Necropolis and Ulugbek’s Observatory. We’ll also visit Mausoleum of Khodja Doniyor known as Saint Daniel.

Transfer to railway station. 

17:00 depart from Samarkand to Tashken by high-speed train "Afrosiab"

19:10 arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel, check-in.

Free time. Overnight in Tashkent.  

Day 9
Breakfast. Transfer to airport. End of the tour. 
City Hotels
Tashkent Shodlik / Uzbekistan
Nukus Jipek Joli / Rakhnamo
Khiva Old Khiva / Shakhrizoda
Bukhara Porso / Аsl
Samarkand Malika Classic / Bibi Khanum
Yurt Camp "Ayazkala" national yurta
Prices are available by request. In the case of interest and further reservation, please contact us by e-mail:
Tour price includes:
- Double / twin accommodation;
- Entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;
- Transportation services all over the tour;
- Local guides services;
- Airfare Tashkent - Nukus;
- Train tickets "Afrosiab" (Samarkand - Tashkent);
- Visa invitation letter for Uzbekistan (if necessary).
Tour price doesn't inlude:

- Airfare international flights;

- Video and photo shooting charge on the spots;

- Meals (lunches and dinners).

Tour reviews:
"Excellent and reliable"

We e-mailed Anur Tour in February to organize a 10-day Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara-Khiva-Muynak/Aral Sea tour with personal guides and drivers in May.
Ms. Elina from Anur replied promptly with an outline for such a trip. Over the next weeks we worked out the details for daily itineraries, hotels and domestic transportation. In the end our program was exactly what we had hoped for. For simplicity we choose to have Ms. Elina book all travel arrangements within Uzbekistan, including train and air travel.
Once in Uzbekistan Ms. Elina met us personally to deliver the travel documents. Later she called regularly to see if everything was well.
The tour itself went like clockwork. Everything was perfectly organized. Our guides and drivers were always waiting for us when we arrived in different cities. We thought our program was rather ambitious but thanks to Ms. Elina's good planning it seemed easy.
We highly recommend Anur Tour for quality and worry-free holidays.
Author: A Lien (Lakeville, Minnesota)
Reviewed: 27 may 2017
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