Uzbekistan Tour with Yurt Stay
Sogda Tour

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

Route: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Aydarkul – Samarkand – Tashkent

Day 1 In – Tashkent (air)

Arrival in Tashkent by air at PM. Meet with guide at the airport exit and transfer to hotel.

O/n at hotel.

Day 2 Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva (air HY+30km/30min)

Breakfast at hotel or breakfast-boxes. Transfer to airport and flight to Urgench by HY at AM. Arrival in Urgench and transfer to Khiva. Full day sightseeing: Kelte Minar tower & Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah Kunya ark (XVII c) – an inner fortress with administrative buildings, gunpowder works, law courts, mosque; Pakhlavan Makhmud complex (XIV – XIX c) – the most remarkable architecture memorial complex in Khiva with unique tiles.

Ak-Sheikh Baba Observation platform

  1. Check in hotel 12:00. Continue SS:
  2. Islam Khodja minaret and madrassah (1908) – 45 m high is the highest building in Khiva with, the observation area.
  3. Djuma mosque (X – XVII c) a cathedral mosque, the roof of which lies on 212 wooden fretted columns with unique acoustics and original technical ideas.
  4. Tash Hovli Palace – summer residence of Khiva Khans – was built in the first half of the nineteenth century. Palace has three yards connected by labyrinths of corridors

O/n at hotel.

Day 3 Khiva – Bukhara (450km/7hrs)
  1. Breakfast at hotel. Drive from Khiva to Bukhara by coach. On the way we will see:
  2. Amu Darya river – one of two biggest rivers of Central Asia can be observed from the road when it is 80 km to Urgench. The big dam dividing the river into 5 canals. 2 of them is going to Turkmenistan and 3 to Uzbekistan.
  3. Kizil Kum desert – biggest deserted area in Central Asia. Driving through the desert you can meet herd of ships lead by cowboy on a camel. During the history desert was a home for many nomadic people.
  4. Late afternoon arrival in Bukhara and check in hotel.

O/n at hotel.

Day 4 Bukhara

38, Registan str.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan 140101

Tel: +998 662 351320; 353423;

Fax: +998 662 351320;

e-mail: info@silktour.uz web: www.silktour.uz

  1. Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing of Bukhara:
  2. ARK Fortress (VI – XIX c)
  3. Bolo Khauz Mosque (1712) Mosque Near the Pool.
  4. Chashma Ayub Mausoleum
  5. Samanid’s mausoleum (IX – X c) – it was the first building in Central Asia constructed from backed bricks in the shape of a cube covered by a dome with unrepeatable geometrical brickwork design – a masterpiece of world architecture
  6. Lyabi – Haus (XVI – XVII c) – a complex with Nodir – Devon Begi madrassah, khanaka and big pool surrended by trees
  7. Poikalon complex (XII – XVI c) architectural ensemble in the center of old Bukhara – includes the cathedral mosque “Masjidi Kalon”, “Miri Arab” madrasah and the highest minaret (46 m) at that time in the Orient.
  8. Trading Domes consists of three trading centers: Tok-i-Zargaron (1570) – Jeweler’s Bazaar, Tok-i- Tilpak Furushon – Cap Maker’s Bazaar, Tok-i-Sarrafon – Moneychanger’s Bazaar.
  9. Magoki Attori – in 937 the four-pillared mosque was burn the ground in a city-wide fire and in the 12 th century the present mosque was erected, from which the focus of the mosque, the original southern portal remains.
  10. Chor-Minor – unique and one of the most surprising buildings in Bukhara with four minarets – one for each corner.
  11. Folklore Show at Medresse.

O/n at hotel.

Day 5 Bukhara – Nurata – yurt camp (Aydarkul lake) (270km/5hrs)
  1. Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Yurt Camp near Aydarkul lake. On the way stop in Nurata city and visit:
  2. Alexander the Great’s fortress – it was built in 4 century BC, and nowadays only ruins remain
  3. Chashma complex – includes Holy Spring, Juma (Friday) mosque, Nur-Ota pilgrimage place
  4. About 16:00 arrive in Yurt camp and accommodate.

YURT is a round felt tent on a wooden frame, preferred by Kazakh & Kyrgyz nomads to European style canvas tent for the most practical of reasons. It is also something of national symbol. Yurt is made of painted wooden slats, lashed diagonally into a lattice. More slats slope up to a cartwheel – sized birch hoop which serves as both chimney and skylight. The inside of yurts is very colorful. Sleeping places are on the ground. All other facilities are outside the yurt. Transfer to Aydarkul lake. Spend time in the nature, walking along the lake, swimming in the Aydarkul lake, enjoy Sunset Then return to Yurt camp. Enjoy your evening far away from civilization, sitting by the bon-fire, watching amazing stars in the desert sky Dinner &

O/n in Yurts

Day 6 yurt camp – Aydarkul lake – Samarkand (300km/4hrs)
  1. Breakfast in the yurt camp.
  2. Camel riding – You can ride on this dear animal easily with help of a herdsman. Try to get on a camel

and have a ride around Yurt camp! (more then 10 minutes ride needs additional payment)

Please remind that for central Asians people camel means very important and thorough desert on Silk

Road, many camels carried not only varieties of goods, but also the way of manufacturing paper, which

leaded to big change of human history.

 

38, Registan str.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan 140101

Tel: +998 662 351320; 353423;

Fax: +998 662 351320;

e-mail: info@silktour.uz web: www.silktour.uz

  1. Drive to Samarkand. Arrival and check in hotel. Sightseeing incl:
  2. Registan Square (XV–XVIIc) official center of Timur Empire, consist of grandiose Madrassah of Ulugbek, Sher Dor & Tillya Kari.
  3. Gur Amir mausoleum (XV c) – Timurids dynastic burial vault.

O/n at hotel.

Day 7 Samarkand – Tashkent (train)
  1. Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing:
  2. Bibi Khanum mosque (XIVc) built by Timur to be biggest mosque at time. Architect, craftsmen & amp; painters built in 5 years long.
  3. Siab Bazaar – main bazaar of Samarkand, staying on the crossroad of ancient trading routes.
  4. Watch the process of making famous Uzbek bread
  5. Shahi Zinda mausoleum (XIV–XV c) ‘Town of Dead’ a complex of more than 20 unique buildings of different ages.
  6. “Konigil Meros” Water Mill & Paper Factory – the craftsmen of organization “Konigil Meros” produce hand made Samarkand Paper by ancient recipe from mulberry tree bark.
  7. Ulugbek’s Observatory (XV c) 1 st observatory in orient with 30m sextant built by Ulugbek to make exact astronomical catalogue
  8. Afrosiab museum & Afrosiab Hill – Remarkable ancient wall paintings are exhibited in museum.
  9. Transfer to station and take train “Afrosiab” to Tashkent.

Arrival and accommodation at hotel.

O/n at hotel.

Day 8 Tashkent
  1. Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing:
  2. Khast Imom Complex including Barak Khan Madrassah, Kaffal Shashi mausoleum, Quran Library & Mosque.
  3. Chorsu bazaar – main oriental market in Tashkent
  4. Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI c) – The grand 16 th c. Madrassah has domed courtyard. Now the building is returned to service as an Islamic school.
  5. Amir Temur Square – central park with the statue of Amir Temur on the horseback and so called “Broadway”.
  6. Tashkent Metro stations
  7. Independence (Mustakillik) Square – former “Red Squire” the main squire of the Tashkent with the monument to victims of the WW II.
  8. Navoi Theatre – (from outside) Planning and construction is started in 1940 and Japanese prisoners of war completed construction in 1947.
  9. Local Supermarket visit

O/n at hotel

Day 9 Tashkent – Out (air)
  1. Transfer to airport. Flight to home country.