The wonders of Central Asia
Discovery tour: 13 jours/12 nuits
Itinerary: Tashkent – Khiva – Bukhara – Nurata – Ukhum – Forish – Tepakul – Samarkand – Tashkent
Day 1. Home – Tashkent
Flight to Tashkent. Arrivals. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2. Tashkent – Khiva
City tour: Chorsu bazaar, Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI century), Hasti Imam Complex. Lunch at a restaurant in Tashkent. In the afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Urgench. Arrival in Urgench and transfer to Khiva (30 km). Accommodation in a hotel in Khiva for two nights.
Day 3. Khiva
Explore one of the best preserved cities on the Silk Road. The former capital of Chiwa- khanates in the 17th century has preserved the magical atmosphere of an ancient, oriental city until today. You visit the old town Chiwa- Djuma Mosque and Minaret, Madrassah Muhammad Amin Khan, Citadel Kukhna Ark, Minaret Kalta Minor, Pachlovon-Makhmud mausoleum, Alakuli Chan Madrassah, Complex Islam Chodja among others Overnight in Khiva.
Day 4. Khiva – Bukhara
Early in the morning we take the road to Bukhara, we go through the red sand of the Kyzylkum desert. In the late afternoon we arrive in the city of Bukhara in a traditional boutique hotel for three nights.
Day 5&6. Bukhara
Bukhara is one of the few cities in the world, the right since the V century.. Chr. In the same position. The city is one of the pearls on the Great Silk Road. Here were more than 60 caravanserais where merchants from India, China, Iran and other countries lingered. Bukhara is a scientific, cultural and Islamic center in the oasis. You will visit in Bukhara: Samanids Mausoleum, the Ark citadel, mosque Magoki Attori, Mausoleum Tschaschmai Ayjub, Madrassah Miri Arab mosque and minaret Kalon, madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulasiskhan and Ensemble Lyabi House. Not far from the city visit Bachauddin Naqshbandi Ensemble and Summer Palace Sitorai Mohi-Hosa. Übernachtun in Bukhara.
Day 7. Bukhara – Nurata – Ukhum
Departure to Nurata. On the way, we stop to visit the workshop of ceramic artists in Gijduvan. On the way we will visit Sardoba, old water tank. Arrival in Nurata and visit old Chashma-Source with sacred fish, mosques and the ruins of an ancient fortress of Alexander the Great. After lunch, continue to the settlement Ukhum. Dinner and overnight in a yurt.
4 hours drive
Day 8. Ukhum – Forish
In the morning we make a nice hike in the valley Ukhum. A valley inhabited by Tajiks, live located along the river and lined with ancient walnut trees more than 300 years in stone houses. Descent to the village Ukhum, lunch with our hosts, then take the road to the village Forisch. Dinner and overnight at the inhabitants.
Dinner and overnight at the inhabitant.
Walking time: about 4 hour / ascent: 400 m / M : 400 m.
Tag 9. Forish – Tepakul
In the morning we left the homestay and climb to a pass of 1700 meters above sea level. The view extends far down the Samarkand region in the south and the steppe lake with Aidarkul in the north, we go into the valley Norvon. Picnic in a large orchard on the banks of the river. Then we will find our vehicle in the south-east to go to zeravshan river Mountain (150 km). We arrive at the end of the day in the village Tepakul. Dinner and overnight at the inhabitants.
Walking time 4-5 hours. Ascent: 700 m..
Day 10. Tepakul – Samarkand
To get to know the daily life of villagers closer, we take the opportunity to wander briefly in the chain zeravshan river mountains and to make lunch with the local people. Afternoon drive back to Samarkand. Accommodation in our traditional boutique hotel for two nights.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11. Samarkand
Samarkand is one of the oldest cities in the world and is a famous city of modern Uzbekistan. The city was the capital of the mighty empire of Amir Timur in the XIV century. The famous under the name Afrasiab and Marakanda city was a center of the Great Silk Road and the culture, science and architecture. Visit today in Samarkand: Registan square with three madrasas, Gur Amir mausoleum, mosque Bibikhanum.
Lunch at a restaurant in town.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 12. Samarkand – Tashkent
Continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand. Visit Necropolis Shahi Zinda-a famous Seidenpapiermanifaktur of Samarkand. They also have time to stroll in the oriental bazaar. In the evening, take the train to Tashkent. Overnight in Tashkent.
Dinner at a restaurant in town and overnight at hotel.
Day 13. Tashkent – Home
Transfer to the airport. Flight home.