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Tours in Uzbekistan: Tour 8

Tours in Uzbekistan: Tour 8, Uzbekistan tours 

Tours in Uzbekistan: Tour 8
Route: Tashkent - Samarkand - Urgut - Gijduvan - Bukhara - Khiva -Tuprak Qala - Ayaz Qala - Urgench - Tashkent 

Day 1: Tashkent
We are happy to see you in Uzbekistan. We will visit Independence square initiated as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. We will walk laterally the local Broadway. On tour travelers will see the famous Tashkent metro opened in 1977. We will visit the old part of the city which includes: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that entails of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The highlight of its shows is the Othman Quran which is the world's oldest Quran copy of the 8th century. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph but killed by non-muslims in 8th century. Night is in a hotel.

Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand (350 km, 4 hrs drive)
In the morning you will be transferred to Samarkand. Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan. Today is a city tour and we will visit Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square, a multifaceted of three charming Madrasahs of the 15-17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh signifies a giant collection of mausoleums of the 11th-15 centuries (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Bibi Khanum Mosque is dedicated to Tamerlane's wife, after his positive movement in India. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 3: Samarkand - Urgut - Samarkand
In the morning you will travel to a small village outside of Samarkand named Urgut. This village is legendary for its loud and interesting national bazaar. Then we will visit Samarkand an honoring complex of Al Bukhary. Al Bukhary was an Islamic researcher, who authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al Bukhari, stared by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic Hadith collections. He is an author of books as Al Adab al Mufrad. Night is in a hotel.

Day 4: Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara
In the morning we Bukhara. We will have a break at Gijduvan village to visit famous private pottery workshop. Gijduvan ceramics school has its deep roots. The skills passed from generation to generation. Currently Gizhduvan is home for the sixth generation of potters from Narzullayevs family which overestimated Gijduvan school ceramics all over the world. Gijduvan School of ceramics is eminent by a geometric pattern. Green and blue colors succeed in decoration of products. On arrival to Bukhara. Night is in a hotel.

Day 5: Bukhara
Travelers will have a city tour of Bukhara. We will visit in Bukhara of the 4th century named Citadel Ark which served as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Travelers will see Samanids mausoleum of the 9th -10th century. The tour will be continued to Chashma Ayub, meaning Job's well and Bolo Hauz mosque. See forty columns dedicated Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. We will walk via the shopping domes and visit one of the most famed madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble, famous central sightseeing of Bukhara. We will visit Poi Kalon complex and see three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 7 hours)
In the morning we will start to travel to Khiva, the most ancient city in Uzbekistan full of history and captivating sites. Its history is associated with the history of the legendary Khorezmshah's State with its capital in Urgench before. In the 10th century Khiva is stated as a foremost exchange center on the Silk Road. The way from Bukhara to Khiva goes over famous Kizilkum desert. On the way we will enjoy the view to Amu Darya river as the deepest river in Central Asia, shaped by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flowing into Aral See. When you arrive in Khiva you will have free time. Night is in a hotel.

Day 7: Khiva
The tour will be continued visiting the oldest city of Uzbekistan. It will be inside of Ichan Qala, the inner city in Khiva smoothed with sturdy walls. Travelers will enjoy old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses malformed Ichan Qala into inimitable city-monument. Ichan Qala comprises of over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments. In 1969 Ichan Qala was nominated a historical and architectural conservation area. The most notable sites in it are the Kunya Ark fortress of the 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 8: Khiva -Tuprak Qala - Ayaz Qala - Urgench - Tashkent 
The tour will start by driving to the capital of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Nukus city. It is located in the north of Uzbekistan near the Aral Sea, bounded by three deserts - the Kara Kum, Kyzyl Kum and Ustyurt. On the way we will visit two well-known fortresses: Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. Ayaz Qala is an ancient castle of Khorezm, dedicated to warrior-slave Ayaz, a Turkic folklore hero found in the II century AD. Tuprak Qala or "clay fort", was the imperial city of Khorezmian ruler Artav. Archeologists right that fortress was built in I - II centuries AD. It was engaged until 6th century AD. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.

Day 9: Tashkent - Flight
Transfer to airport. Thank for a tour.

02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus

Price per person:
02 pax - 650 $
04 pax - 560 $
06 pax - 520 $
08 pax - 480 $
10 pax - 450 $
Single - 90 $

Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $ 

*Half board - 60 $
*Full board - 110 $

*Entrance fees - 55 $ available with escort guide only  

Local guides - 210 $ per group
Escort guide - 450 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour                                  

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Urgench-Tashkent flight - from 80 $
- Train tickets Tashkent - Samarkand - 30 $