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9 day tour Uzbekistan - Tajikistan

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Tour itinerary: Uzbekistan - Tajikistan
Season: all the year around
Days: 9Nights: 8
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 Penjikent & Nurata.

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. 

Transfer to the railway station of Tashkent. 

Departure to Samarkand by train 'Afrosiyob'. 

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

Breakfast.

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. It was once an ancient town in Sogdiana. The ruins of the old town area on the outskirts of the modern city. 

    • -The Sarazm Important Bird Area (UNESCO World Heritage) clay-brick ruins lie downstream of the city on the tugay-vegetated floodplain of the river. The archaeological site of the ruins of old Penjikent - a walled inter-city stood 2500- years ago - was once a Sogdian trading city on the Silk Road.

    Transfer to the hotel. Resting time.

    Overnight.

Day 4
Penjikent - Samarkand

Breakfast. 

Transfer back to Tajik - Uzbek border pass 'Sarazm'.

Cross the border to Uzbekistan, meet the driver and transfer to Samarkand. 

Arrival. Resting time

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".

Night in 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. Hotel check-in.
Resting time.
Overnight. 
Day 7
Bukhara

Breakfast

09:00 Meet the guide in the 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;

    – 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 8
Bukhara - Tashkent
Breakfast. 
Transfer to the railway station of Bukhara. 
Departure to Tashkent by train 'Afrosiyob'. (3.5h drive)
Arrival. Meet with a guide & driver at the railway station 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 hotel.

Overnight.

Day 9
Tashkent

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

Nurata

 

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;

  • - Accommodation in shared trekking tent/yurt  (incl. sleeping mat, sleeping bag, and pillow), 

  • - 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 a guide in 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 (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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