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15 day tour Uzbekistan - Tajikistan

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Tour itinerary: Uzbekistan - Tajikistan
Season: April - October
Days: 15Nights: 14
Price: by request
Tour description:

15-day tour Uzbekistan - Tajikistan with excursions to Muynak, Khujand, Dushanbe and Samarkand, including some off-road sites.

Day 1
Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent. Our driver will meet you holding a sign 'ANUR TOUR.' Transfer to the hotel.
Meet with our manager. You will have time to discuss the tour details with him.  
Resting time. Overnight.
Day 2
Tashkent - Nukus - Muynak

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. 

Take a flight to Nukus. It will take 1h45 m.

Arrival in Nukus. Come out of the terminal and meet with our driver and guide. Drive to Muynak.

Arrival in 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 visit City Museum of history of Muynak and Aral Sea. Take a small excursion around it, visiting the abandoned port, Ships Cemetary, Museum and a Mother Memorial. 

Transfer back to Nukus, check-in the hotel.

Overnight. 

Day 3
Nukus - Khiva

Breakfast in the hotel. 

09:00 Meet a guide & driver in the lobby and transfer to the Savitsky Museum. Excursion to the museum.

Finish excursion. Start driving to Khiva. The road will take ~4 hours (202 km). During the drive quick stop-by Ayaz-Kala. (30 min)

Arrival in Khiva. Check-in the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 4
Khiva

Breakfast.

09:00 Meet with your guide in the hotel's lobby. Start your walking excursion in the old part of Khiva:

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

Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel. 

Overnight.

Day 5
Khiva - Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel. 

Departure to Bukhara by train 'Afrosiyob' or by car through the Kyzylkym desert. (depends on weather/schedule/tickets availability)

Arrival in Bukhara. Transfer to the hotel, check-in.

Overnight.

Day 6
Bukhara

Breakfast.

09:00 Meet your guide at the hotel's lobby and start WALKING excursion around Bukhara (4-5 hours):

– 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 stores offering you souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets; 

– Caravanserai Saifuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);

– There are three trading places or so-called covered bazaars: Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon, and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century. These bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry 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 standing in front of each other with a distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impressing 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.

Optionally can be added by request: a quick visit to Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture with a local guide.

Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 7
Bukhara - Gijduvan - Samarkand

Breakfast. 

Transfer to Samarkand (280 km). On the way, near town Gijduvan, you may visit to famous Uzbek pottery master Abdulla’s workshop. There you may see process of making ceramics and buy some of them.

Arrival in Samarkand.

Hotel check-in.

Overnight.

Day 8
Samarkand
Breakfast. 
09:00 Meet with your guide & driver at the hotel's lobby and start excursion in Samarkand:
 – Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants decorated with gold ornaments and considered as one of the most significant places in the world;
  • – Continue to the famous Registan Square – the heart of Samarkand and a 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 which 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) belonging to the Muslim person named Saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;
  • – Ulugbek’s Observatory – the finest astronomical centers in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;
  • – Samarkand bazaar – Siyab.
  • Finish your excursion. Transfer to the hotel.
  • Overnight.

Day 9
Samarkand - Penjikent - Seven Lakes


Breakfast.
08:00 Transfer to the border pass with Tajikistan "Sarazm". Pass the border.

Please, be aware that this procedure might take longer, than you expect. Meet with a driver on the Tajik side and transfer to Penjikent. Meet with a guide and start sightseeing tour visiting:

    • - The Seven Lakes, six of them dammed origin, except the lake Hazorchashma. Lake called Marguzor, but each of the lakes has its own name:  Nezhigon (other references Mizhgon), Soybean, Gushor, Nofin, Hurdak, Marguzor, Hazorchashma. They are often referred to simplify by the numbers, starting from the bottom of the lake: the first - Nezhigon second - Soy third Gushor, etc. 

    • The difference in level between the upper and lower lake - 692 meters.

    Transfer to the hotel. Resting time.

    Overnight.

Day 10
Penjikent - Iskanderkul - Dushanbe

Breakfast.

Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby. Start your excursion in Penjikent (2 hours) -  an ancient city located in Sughd province of Tajikistan. The popularity is approx.~ 32 000 people. The ruins of the old town just continue newer city borderline. The Sarazm Important Bird area (so-called natural reserve guarding a rich birdlife area) lies downstream of the new Panjakient city, covered by strong tugay groves.

Earlier in the Mid Ages Panjakent was a trading city standing on the Silk Roadway. The leftovers of it signifies that it was built from raw or poorly dried bricks so it was easy to break and even easier to collapse. 

Finish your excursion. Transfer to Iskanderkul - a literal pearl of Fann mountains, a lake locked between two thick roots of them. The lake is named after Alexander the Great - due to the legend he drown around 200 people in it who disobeyed to him. 

The water in Iskanderkul is very clean but also cold. Even in Summer the temperature of it barely goes higher than 10C.

Finish your walking & bird watching session. Take a picnic on the fresh air.

Transfer to Dushanbe (130 km, ~4h long)

Arrival, hotel check-in.

Overnight.

Day 11
Dushanbe
Breakfast.
09:00
 Meet the guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start city tour with visiting Tajik National Museum with Tajik pride – the biggest Buddha in Nirvana. Visiting Tajik flagpole-the World tallest flagpole (165 m); the main square of Dushanbe; Monument of Ismoili Somoni-the forefather of Tajik Nation. A 40-meter high monument built to the memory of Ismaili Saman-Khuda, founder of the Samanid dynasty in the X century. The base contains a permanent exhibition on the Samanids ad that is paved in granite slabs. The upper part of the statue is coated with gold.

Lunch in Choikhona-tea house in Dushanbe where you can enjoy the Tajik traditional food and feel the atmosphere of the East.

Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel. 

Overnight.

Day 12
Dushanbe - Termez

Breakfast.
Drive to the Tajik-Uzbek border ‘Tursunzade”
. On the way to the border, visit Hissar Fortress- the remains of the Bukhara Emirate Beck’s palace. Its thick walls once guarded a pool, garden, and palace, while the fortress itself opposed a noisy market and caravanserai. What remains today is the peace of wall and gate towers which represent the 18th and 19th-century styles.

The place is famous for its center of commerce during the Silk Road. You will also be able to visit the Old Medressa (Madrasai Kuhna) of the 16-17th century with a museum inside, the new Medressa of 17-18 century as well as Caravan Saray. Continue to the border.

Passing the border. Moving to Termez.

Arrival, hotel check-in. 

Overnight.

Day 13
Termez - Tashkent

08:00 Breakfast. Excursion in Termez all day long. Termez is one of the most ancient cities, brought a considerable contribution to the development of the Great Silk way which was in due time the basic crossroads of world civilization. It is via Termez in China and in the Far East spread Buddhism and the architectural traditions. The set of Buddhist temples and Muslim mosques were built in Termez.

Sights of Termez: Architectural complex of Khakim at-Termezi, tekke Kyrk-kyz, the Memorial complex of the Sultan-saodat, Buddhist cult center Koratepa and, the ancient settlement of Termez.

Transfer to the airport.

Departure to Tashkent by the closest flight. (~ 2 hours)

Arrival. Meet with a driver and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 14
Tashkent
Breakfast. 
09:00 Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start the excursion in Tashkent (5-6 hours)

– 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 the earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent - the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present, and future of the country; 

– Khast Imam Square – a religious center 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. 

– Visiting the Chorsu market and drive back to the new city by metro. 

Continue excursion with visiting Independence Square. There are fountains standing for life energy of Uzbek people, the “Eternal flame" in honor of soldiers who died during the World War II,  the arch " Good and noble aspiration" crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, a road "Ok Yul" (“Good way”) leading to Independence Monument and 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.

– Theatre Square with the Opera House.

– Amir Temur Square

Finish your excursion. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 15
Tashkent
Breakfast.
Departure to your home country by the closest flight.
End of the tour.
Accommodation:

City

Standard

Comfort

Tashkent

Uzbekistan / Grand Capital / Mirzo Boutique 

Dedeman Silk Road / Grand Mir / Lotte City Hotel

Samarkand

Malika Prime / Zilol Baxt /  City Hotel

Asia Samarkand / Grand Samarkand  / Emirhan

Bukhara

Basilic /As-Salom /Kabir/ Kavsar

Malika Bukhara / Asia Bukhara / Nodir Devon Begi

Khiva

Malika Khiva / Malika Kheyvak / Arqanchi /Eurasia

Erkin Palace / Khiva Silk Road / Lokomotiv / Asia Khiva

Nukus

Royal Nukus

Penjikent

Dushanbe

Termez

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME CATEGORY

 

Price of the tour:
Tour Price includes:
  • - Train tickets Khiva- Bukhara by standard train (economy class) OR transfer by car;  

  • - Train tickets Bukhara – Samarkand, Samarkand –Tashkent by tourist train “Afrosiab” or “Sharq” (economy class).

  • - Tajikistan visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass);

  • - Accommodation in a standard twin shared rooms with breakfast;

  • - Tourist tax per person;

  • - All transfers as per program by comfortable tourist class transport /SUV  as per terrain requires, including transfers to-from airports,  train stations, and border posts;   

  • - English speaking professional licensed local guides in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan;

  • - Single entry tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums as per program; 

Tour Price does not include:
  • - International & domestic flights to/from Tashkent ; 

  • - E-visa to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (if required),

  • - Tajikistan tourist visa from 55+2 USD per person (subject to change; nationality dependent);

  • - Meals (lunches and dinners, except those specified in the program);

  • - Photo/video fees (professional camera); 

  • - Transport and guide service for free time and after the standard city tours (can be added by request);

  • - Personal /travel insurance; charges in hotels for additional services; tips and gratuities, portage; other services not specified under “Tour price includes”.

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