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12-days tour to Zoroastrian and Buddhist shrines in Uzbekistan

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Tour itinerary: Tashkent-Termez-Nukus-Khiva-Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent
Season: all the year round
Days: 12Nights: 11
Price: by request
Tour description:

This ziyorat religious tour going to introduce you to the most known holy places in Uzbekistan. All of them were built very long ago but still, contain a proud spirit of passed away dynasties and great people of the East.

Day 1
Tashkent
 Flight to Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent in the afternoon/evening.

Come out of the terminal and meet the driver holding a sign “ANUR TOUR” with your name on it. Transfer to the hotel..

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

Start of a sightseeing tour in Tashkent (5 hours) with a visit to all significant places of Zoroastrian and Buddhist spiritual places:

- History Museum of Uzbekistan;

- An ancient settlement called Ming Urik (1000 apricot trees)

- Old city part of Tashkent: Chorsu Bazaar, Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, Broadway.

- Free time. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2
Tashkent-Termez

08:00 Breakfast in the hotel, early check-out

10:15 Departure to Termez via local airlines (1h20mins in flight) 

11:35 Arrival in Termez. Meet up with our guide and driver and start excursion.

You will start the tour from an ancient Buddhist center - Kokildor-Ota Khanaka. Then you'll follow your guide to visit an impressive monument of the ancient Samani dynasty - a Kyrk-Kyz fortress. Legends say that 40 tireless spirits of 40 emirs' daughters are still there traveling endlessly. 

Then you will head over to Ensemble named Sultan Saodat after a famous emir who built it during his life. After that you'll see the most known monument of Zoroastrian culture - Zurmala Tower or so-called Buddha's stupa. 

And for the last ones you'll observe several Buddhist archaeological sites of Kara-Tepe, Fayaz-Tepe, and Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi.

Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Termez-Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer from the hotel to the north side of Termez - to observe ancient Greco-Bactrian Kingdom fortress called Kampyr-tepe. After this you'll visit Jarkurkan Minaret which is located in the suburb of Termez. On a way back to Termez you will have time to enjoy views of Surkhan oasis and Friendship Bridge, which connects Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. 

Visit local Archaeology Museum to acknowledge more about ancient Termez.

20:40 Departure to Tashkent via evening flight.

21:50 Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to hotel, hotel check-in.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 
Tashkent-Nukus - Ayaz-Kala.

Breakfast in hotel

XX:XX Transfer to the airport for departure to Nukus via morning flight.

XX:XX Departure to Nukus, 2h. 45 mins in flight. 

12:00 Arrival in Nukus, transfer straight to the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. It's a unique museum hosting the second world's largest collection of Karakalpak and avant-garde arts & art items. It was named after its founder - Igor' Vitalyevich Savitsky who hadn't only collected the artifacts of Karakalpak culture but also drew pictures himself. 

Continue your tour to the center of Nukus: take a look at Berdah poet's statue, Nukus City Hall, Drama Theatre. Drive to Ayaz-Kala Yurt Camp. Leisure/ free time in the evening.

Overnight in the yurt.

Day 5
Land of -Kalas - Khiva.
Breakfast in the yurt camp.
Transfer to a large fortress called Gayur-Kala - a big reminder of the past when khans ruled this place. Then you'll see Koi-Krylgan Kala and the fort of Toprak-Kala where the Khan of Khorezm had built his residence.
Drive to Khiva (200~ km)
Arrival in Khiva. Accommodation in the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6
Khiva

Breakfast in the hotel

09:00 Start walking excursion in the historical part of Khiva – Ichan-kala (translated as “Inner town”). Ichan-kala - the largest Museum in the open air in Central Asia consisting from the next monuments:

  • -          Ata-Darvaza,Kunya- Ark,
  • -          Madrassah of Muhammad Rahim Khan,
  • -          Madrassah of Muhammed Aminhan,
  • -          Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva
  • -          Tash Hauli, where the harem of 40 concubines was,
  • -          Caravanserai and Tim Allakulihan,
  • -          Pahlavan Mahmud Gates,Mausoleum of Seyd Allaudin,
  • -          Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum,
  • -          Minaret and Islam-Khoja Madrassah,
  • -          Mosque and Jami Minaret.

Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Khiva - Bukhara

08:00 Breakfast in the hotel. 

Standard check-out. Drive to Bukhara via vehicle or train (depends on the weather and train tickets availability). We will follow the Great Silk Road route through Kyzylkum, the current highway copies it completely. 

Quick stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert.

Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8
Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel.
09:00 Start your semi-walking tour from 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 most known bazaars: Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon, and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange.
-  Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so-called Kosh (pare) madrassas opposite 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 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.

Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9
Bukhara-Samarkand
Breakfast in the hotel.
Continue Bukhara tour by visiting the following places: Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa - the last shelter of Bukhara's emir Seid Alim-Khan; Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi
After lunch transfer to Samarkand via vehicle, because of quick stop-by at Caravanserai named after Rabat-i-Malik. This great building is dated from the 11th century. 
Arrival in Samarkand. Check-in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight.

Day 10
Samarkand

Breakfast in the hotel.
09:00 Start sightseeing program (5-6hours):
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 – 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 was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15 Century;

Overnight.
Day 11
Samarkand - Tashkent

08:00 Breakfast in the hotel. Early check-out. 
Continue Samarkand tour:

– 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 the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;

17:00 Departure to Tashkent via fast train 'Afrosiyob'.
19:10 Arrival in Tashkent.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 12
Tashkent - departure
Breakfast. Standard check-out. Transfer to the airport.
Departure from Tashkent.
End of the tour. 
Accommodation in hotels:

City

Tourist class hotels

Tashkent

Grand Capital / Arien Plaza

Ayaz Kala

Ayaz-Kala Yurt Camp

Khiva

Old Khiva / Euroasia

Bukhara

Fatima/ Zargaron/ Kabir/ Basilik

 Samarkand

City / Malika Prime/ Zilol Bakht

Tour price:

Group

Tour price per person

2-3pax

by request

4-5 pax

by request


Tour price includes:

- Accommodation in twin-shared hotel rooms;

-Tourist tax per person per night ;

-Meals: breakfasts in the hotels,

- Single entry fees to the sights as per program;

 English-speaking professional licensed  local guides  (10 standard excursions);
- Transport  service: all transfers as per program including transfers from- to the train stations/airports;
- Train tickets for tourist trains “Afrosiab”/“Sharq”  Samarkand - Tashkent (economy class);

Tour price does not include:
 Air tickets for international flights;
- Air tickets for internal flights Tashkent - Nukus;
- Meals (lunches and dinners);

- Travel insurance, personal expenses, tips, gratitudes, portage in hotels/ train station/airports, all other charges and services not mentioned under “Tour price includes.

Hotels & other information

All the hotels listed in the program have a 3-star service and anything that may come up to make your rest comfortable and chilly. Every one 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 size, 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 fluent English.

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