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8 day tour Uzbekistan - Tajikistan

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Tour itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Penjikent - 7 Lakes - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent
Season: all the year around
Days: 8Nights: 7
Price: by request
Tour description:


A trip to ancient cities of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan is the best tour for those who are interested in the culture and history of Central Asia. Enjoy your visit to such famous cities as Panjakent, Khujand, Istaravshan and the main cities of Uzbekistan.

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 - Samarkand

Breakfast. 

07:00 Transfer to the railway station of Tashkent. 

08:00 Departure to Samarkand by train 'Afrosiyob'. 

10:08 Arrival. Meet with a guide and driver, and start sightseeing program in Samarkand (6-7 hours):

  • 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, the ensemble of 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; 

Finish excursion. Back to the hotel. Resting time.

Overnight.

Day 3
Samarkand - Penjikent - Seven Lakes - Penjikent

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 city.

    Check-in the hotel. Resting time.

    Overnight.

Day 4
Penjikent - Samarkand

Breakfast. 

09:00 Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start the excursion program in Penjikent.

Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu-Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry.  Before lunch, we'll visit the local bazaar and mosque.

Lunch in a traditional Chaikhana (tea room/tea house), for the lunch you will get a chance to taste plov (rice with meat and vegetables) cooked according to Penjikent recipe.

Ancient Penjikent - the ruins of the old Sogdian town founded in the 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins

Sarazm ruins - one of the ancient settlements in Central Asia with a 5500-year civilization. In 2010 Sarazm was added to the list of Human Heritage by UNESCO. 

In the evening transfer back to Tajik - Uzbek border pass.

Cross the border to Uzbekistan and meet up with a driver and transfer back to Samarkand.

Arrival, hotel check-in.

Overnight.

Day 5
Samarkand - Nurata

Breakfast. A little free time to take a last walk on Samarkand's streets.

Meet with a driver and transfer to Nurata, a town nearby Bukhara. The road will take ~3.5 hours (181 km)

Arrival in Nurata Yurt Camp. Accommodation at yurt.

After accommodation, take a camel/horse trekking tour over the surroundings. Visit to Aydarkul Lake. During the visit to Aydarkul, tourists will have a chance to swim in the lake.

Dinner near the campfire with accompaniment of national akyn’s songs, where you can listen to national Kazakh songs with the national string instrument "Dombra".

Overnight in the yurt.

Day 6
Nurata - Bukhara
Breakfast. Free time upon mid P.M.
Transfer to Bukhara by car, the road will take ~3 hours. (166 km)
Arrival. Meet the guide in the hotel's lobby.

Start WALKING sightseeing program in Bukhara (6-7 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;

    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 - Tashkent
Breakfast. 
09:00 Meet with a guide in the hotel's lobby and finish your yesterday's excursion:

– 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.

Finish your excursion.
14:30 Transfer to the railway station of Bukhara. 
15:50 Departure to Tashkent by train 'Afrosiyob'. (3.5h drive)
19:40 Arrival. Meet with a driver and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in, overnight.
Day 8
Tashkent
Breakfast. 
09:00 Meet with a guide & driver at the hotel's lobby and start your Tashkent city tour (6-7h) from:

– 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 airport.

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 SamarkandGrand Samarkand  / Emirhan

Bukhara

Basilic /As-Salom /Kabir/ Kavsar

Malika Bukhara / Asia Bukhara / Nodir Devon Begi

Penjikent

Guesthouse

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME CATEGORY

 

Price of the tour:
Tour Price includes:
  • - All the train tickets;

  • - 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 flights to/from Tashkent ; 

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

  • - Tajikistan tourist visa from 55 to 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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