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In Ella Maillart’s steps

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Tour itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva - Tashkent
Season: all year round
Days: 8Nights: 7
Tour description:

Books of famous Swiss traveller Ella Maillart became for many tourists the guide to Central Asia. In the thirties of XX century she made unbelievable for that time trip around Central Asian republics. Without money, with only bag and camera she came to Tashkent by freight and passenger train.This tour is the trip in Ella Maillart footsteps!


Day 1

  Arrival in Tashkent Airport. You will be met and transferred to hotel. Hotel check-in. Time for discussion tour program and other details with our company representative. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2
Tashkent - Samarkand 

Ella Mailart  took a flight  to Samarkand by small triple plane “Yunkers”. It was  an opportunity to see caravan routes of the Great Silk Route in bird’s eye view. We offer you a comfortable and more economic option of  going to Samarkand by modern high-speed train “Afrosiab”.


Early breakfast.

07:00 Transfer to Tashkent railway station.

08:00 Depart from Tashkent to Samarkand by high-speed train “Afrosiab”

10:08 Arrival in Samarkand. Transfer to the hotel, check-in.

Sightseeing tour of Samarkand with visiting: Gur Emir Mausoleum (Tamerlan's tomb), Ruhabad Mausoleum, Registan Square (a heart of the city), Bibi-Hanum Mosque, orient bazaar Siyab, Shahi Zinda Necropolis and Ulugbek’s Observatory visit Mausoleum of Khodja Doniyor known as Saint Daniel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Samarkand - Bukhara

Ella Mailart was so excited about sightsseeing in the great historical city  Samarkand and felt sorry for leaving it soon. But there were a lot of interesting places must to be seen. First, she arrived to Kagan by train and then local people brought her up to Bukhara. So,  Bukhara is the next stp waiting for you  also!


Breakfast. Transfer to Bukhara (270km). On the way we can visit workshop of famous Uzbek pottery master Abdulla Narzullaev in Gijduvan city. There you can learn how ceramics are making and even buy some of them. Arrival in Bukhara, check in the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 4

During her staying in Bukhara, she lived in one of the hudjra (cell) of abandoned madrassa. This oriental city was very strange for her, but she loved Bukhara with all her heart! At the present days many hotels and guest houses are proud to demonstrate some ancient parts in architecture. Legends, romantique  keep the history of Bukhara most attractive for people all over the world.


Breakfast in the hotel.

Sightseeing tour of Bukhara with visiting Samanids Mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ark Fortress, Minorai-Kalon and Poi-Kalon Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrassah, Toki-Zargaron, Kosh Madrassah (Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan), Magoki Attari MosqueLyabi Hause ansemble.


We’ll also visit three trading domes (covered bazaars). In XVI century it was the center for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today tourists can also buy here different souvenirs of a wide range: from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.

 Dinner with folk show in Nadir Divanbegi Madrassah. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5
Bukhara – Khiva

22 miles from Urgench to Khiva Ella Mailart moved by mail bullock-cart. She was sitting on leather bags with letters and parcels. You’ll passs this distance by comfort bus / car, enjoying the views.


Breakfast. Transfer to Khiva via the Kizil Kum desert (475 км). On the way stop to see Amudarya River. Arrival in Khiva in the afternoon, check–in the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 6

Ella Maillart called Khiva "the city of nightingales". She loved the city, but most of all - its Khan's Palaces with walls all decorated with authentic  oriental ornaments. A visit to Khan's Palaces and Khiva, an open air museum in Central Asia, is a beautiful must-see place in Uzbekistan.


Breakfast.  Sightseeing tour in Ichan Kala (Inner town:  Ata Darbaza (West Gate), Kunya Ark, Muhammad Rakhim-Khan Madrassa, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, Kalta Minor Minaret, Jome Mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja Madrassa and Minaret, Said Alauddin Mausoleum, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, the last Khiva Khan Allakulikhan’s Madrassa and Tosh Hovli Palace where was the harem with 40 concubines, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulikhan.

 Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent

Ella Mailart used to  sit at the top of Minaret Islam Khodja. She wrote in her book: “I can see the Kizil Kum desert there, in the west, behind the oasis.” The desert attracted her and she continued her daring journey, continued her  going through the Kizil Kum desert in late autumn…

The  journey around Khiva comes to the end with  flights to Tashkent .

Early breakfast.

07:30 Transfer to Urgench, local airport.

09:20 Flight to Tashkent

10:50 Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel, check-in.


 What Ella Maillart liked most about Tashkent is its old part, narrow streets and mahallas. She had few day to  spent in old city, sitting near mausoleums, walking and speaking to local people.


After lunch sightseeing tour of Tashkent begins with visiting old part of the city: Architectural Complex Khast Imam (Mausoleum of imam Kaffal al-Shashi, Barak-khan Madrassah, Tellya Sheikh Madrassah, Mui-Mubarak Madrassah, Juma Mosque, Imam Ismail al-Bukhari Islamic Institute), Hadra square, Kukeldash Medressa, bazaar Chorsu.


Then we’ll visit European part of the city: Amir Timur Square, Theatre SquareIndependence Square, Monument of Courage, and Memorial to the Victims of Repression.

Free-time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 8

Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. Morning departure flight . End of the tour. 





Shodlik / Uzbekistan


Euroasia / Old Khiva


Zargaron/ Kabir/ Fatima


Zilol Baht/ Malika Classic



Prices are available by request. In the case of interest and further reservation, please contact us by e-mail:

Tour Price includes:

- Hotel accommodation in double / twin sharing rooms;
- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;
- Full transportation service and all transfers on vehicles with a/c;
- Local guides in each city ( 4 excursions);
- Escort-guide for the entire tour if the group size is more than 6 people;
- Folk show with dinner in Bukhara;
- Visa invitation letter for Uzbekistan (if necessary);

Tour Price does not not include:

- Air tickets for international flights;
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Meals (lunches and dinners).


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