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7-days group tour during May holidays

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Tour itinerary: Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara-Khiva-Tashkent
Season: May 2020
Days: 7Nights: 7
Price: from $750
Tour description:

This guaranteed tour is a great opportunity to observe the Great Four - main cities of Uzbekistan, true hearts of ancient Uzbek culture and spirit.

Day 0 - Arrival in Tashkent
Tashkent

Departure to Tashkent from your city by the evening/night flight.

Day 1 -  1-st of May
Tashkent

Arrive in Tashkent in the early morning. Meet with our guide and driver at the exit #3. 

Transfer to hotel to drop off the bags. Standard check-in is in 14:00 PM local time. We can arrange you early check-in for additional charge.

09:00 Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent (5 hrs) visiting old and new parts of the city:

Theatre Square with the Opera House;

- Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966 and is erected in the approximate place of earthquake epicentre. Residents still come to the monument to honour those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent;

 - Abdul Kasim MadrassahIndependence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present and future of the country.

There are fountains standing for life energy of Uzbek people, the Cabinet and the Senate, the “Eternal flame" in honour of soldiers who died during the Second World War, arch " Good and noble aspiration" crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, road "Ok Yul" (“Good way”) leading to Independence Monument and a monument to Happy Mother that symbolize the hope for a great future.

One can often see the newly-weds who start a family and independent life walking through the arch of “Good and noble aspirations”, laying flowers at the monument of Happy mother and “Eternal flame”.

After lunch, continue city tour visiting

-  Amir Timur Square; 

Khast Imam Square – a religious centre of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;

Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century. 

- Free time. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 - 2-nd of May
Samarkand

07:00 Arrival on Tashkent's railway station for departuring to Samarkand

08:00 Transfer to Samarkand via fast train 'Afrosiyob'

10:10 Arrival in Samarkand. Meet up with our guide and driver and start excursion immediately.

Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered as one of the most significant sights of the world;

Continue to the famous Registan Square – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori;  Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15 Century; 

Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums formed by standing on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary grave) of the muslim saint Abbas ibn- Kussam; Ulugbek’s Observatory – the finest astronomical centers in medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;

Samarkand bazaar – Siyab

20:00 Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 3-rd of May
Samarkand-Bukhara

Breakfast in hotel

Free time

Transfer from the hotel to a railway station of Samarkand.

Departure to Bukhara via train 'Afrosiyob'

Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation in your hotel, free time. 

Optional: you can pre-order a supper on the folk show hosted in Nodir pan Begi madrasah or take a session in hammam (oriental sauna).

20:00 Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 - 4th of May
Bukhara day tour

Breakfast in hotel

09:00 Start WALKING sightseeing program in Bukhara.

- Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin);

-  Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest mosques survived in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion;

-  Abdullakhan’s Tim with numerous handicraft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes and carpets;

-  Caravanserai Sayfuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara)

There are three trading domes or so-called covered bazaars Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centres for trade of silk, jewellery and even for money exchange.

Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets;

- Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so called Kosh (pare) madrassas opposite each other with distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;

- Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impresses the imagination of every visitor.

- Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where one can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends and myths.

20:00 Free time. Overnight in the hotel. 

Day 5: 5th of May
Bukhara-Khiva
08:00 Breakfast in hotel
Transfer to Khiva through Kyzylkum desert via vehicle (~475 km)
Short stop-by Amudarya river to take a quick look at the stunning views of local lands.
Arrival in Khiva. Accommodation in hotel.
Free time. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6- 6-th of May
Khiva-Tashkent

Breakfast in hotel

09:00 Start walking excursion in the historical part of Khiva – the largest Museum in the open air in Central Asia- Ichan-kala (translated as “Inner town”): Ata-Darvaza, Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva, Madrassah of Muhammad Rahim KhanKunya- Ark

Tash Hauli (“Stone House”) with a wing with former harem of 40 concubines and south wing where a throne room is located.

Caravanserai and Tim Allakulihan, Mausoleum of Seyd Allaudin, Mosque and Jami Minaret. Juma Mosque differs from other mosques of Khiva, as there are no entrance arches, portals, and even traditional domed ceilings. Wooden elements of the mosque are of particular interest, made of hand carving by the best masters of the Khanate.

Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Pahlavan Mahmud was a poet and philosopher who became famous for his heroic strength and the ability to heal people. Originally, quite modest construction of the mausoleum was completed with khanaka and mosque where pilgrims said their prayer. Later the building was rebuilt into a magnificent construction with the largest dome in the city, covered with blue tiles.

Madrassah and Minaret Islam-Khoja is the symbol of Khiva, the tallest structure in Khiva visible from anywhere in the city. It is decorated with blue tiles of glazed ceramic. The gorgeous panoramic views of Khiva from Minaret make visitors feel like in the eastern fairy tale.

20:00 Transfer to Urgench airport (~30 km)

Departure to Tashkent via flight HY58 (~1h. 10 minutes long)

Arrival in Tashkent. Meet up with the driver and transfer to your hotel. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 7 - 7-th of May
Tashkent

Breakfast in hotel. 

Standard check-out from hotel till 12:00 A.M. Free time

Transfer to the airport.

Departure from Tashkent via morning/day flight.

End of tour.

Optional: also up to the guests' wish we can offer a 5-days tour during May holidays - Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara-Tashkent.

Accommodation in hotels:

City

Tourist class hotels

Tashkent

Uzbekistan /Shodlik

Samarkand

Zilol Baht / Malika Classic

Bukhara

Fatima/ Zargaron/ Kabir/ Kavsar

Khiva

Old Khiva / Euroasia

 

Tour price:

Group

Tour price per person

1 room/2 persons

$680

1 room/3 persons

$660

Kids from 10 to 14 y/o 

$650

Kids from 3 to 10 y/o $600

Child up to 2 years old

$68

Single person room

+ $155


Tour price includes:

- All the transfers as listed in the program.

- Accommodation in hotels with breakfast, 2-x persons per room.

- A professional guide service - 4 excursions in English.

- Entry tickets to the mausoleum and other sights as listed in the program.

- Train tickets (economy class) on the route Tashkent-Samarkand (the 'Afrosiyib' train could be replaced with 'Shark' due to the seasonal loading)

- Children upon 2 years old do not get extra bed or extra seat in trains.

- We attach a Russian-speaking tour leader for groups of 10 persons or more.

- Air ticket Urgench-Tashkent.

Tour price does not include:

- International air tickets to/from Tashkent.

- Fees for using a professional camera at the mausoleums/museums.

- Personal insurance. (includes medical/life)

- Meals - lunches, suppers.

- Luggage transfer in the airport and hotels.

- A service from our guides and drivers in your free time.

- Other personal costs and spendings.

Hotels & other information

All the hotels listed in program have 3-star service and anything what may come up to make your rest comfortable and chilly. Every of them has Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included in every hotel.

Transport information:

All the transfers as listed in program are included in the tour price. 

Depending on the group side, we offer 2 variants of transferring vehicles:

- mini-bus with 14-persons seats for group of 8 people;

- mini-bus with 20-persons seats for group of 12 people or more; 

The guides:

For groups of 10 persons or more we offer a special tour-leader, speaking both English and Russian.


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