With this trip we will take you to the most famous cities on the Uzbek Silk Road. But also places that many Uzbekistan travelers have not heard of are on the program. Let yourself be enchanted by the magnificent Samarkand, the medieval oasis city of Bukhara and the desert town of Khiva, where time seems to stand still. We will also let you in on the secrets of the former Buddhist center of Termes. In the remote village of Boysun you can still follow centuries-old traditions, the mountain landscapes invite you to hike and the Aidarkul Lake to jump in. Look forward to a varied and varied journey through the land of legendary cities.
Flight to Tashkent.
Welcome to Uzbekistan! When you arrive in Tashkent, your tour guide will be waiting for you and giving you a warm welcome. Together with your private driver, you drive to the hotel, where you can first arrive in peace. Overnight at hotel.
You can devote your first day in Uzbekistan to the sights of the multifaceted capital. You will visit the Khasti Imam Square with the beautiful Barak Khan Medrese, the Tilla Sheikh Mosque and the Kaffal Shashi mausoleum made of simple brickwork. Here you can take a look at the Koran handwritten by the third Caliph Osman (644-656). Continue with a visit to the huge Chorsu bazaar, whose oriental smells and spices will transport you into the fairy tales of 1001 nights. In the afternoon you will continue your exploration tour in the modern part of the city and visit the Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Overnight in hotel.
Drive into the picturesque Fergana valley over the high mountain pass with wonderful views of the snow-capped peaks. Arrival in Kokand, the former capital of the Kokand Khanate. The tour around Kokand starts the palace of the Khudoyar-Khan palace from the 19th century, Jami mosque, Norbuta-Biy madrasah, Modari Khan mausoleum, which is a mausoleum for all female relatives of the family of Khan. Overnight at hotel.
Today you drive to Rishtan and Margilan.
Rishtan is a town (50 km west of Fergana) famous all over the world for its pottery - every third family in Rishtan is a potter. Rishtan ceramics are decorated according to an ancient tradition that is more than 800 years old. Masters pass on their trade secrets from father to son. The unique ceramic masterpieces made of red clay are adorned with classic, naturally produced ultramarine, turquoise and azure ornaments known as the blue glaze "Ishkor". Continue to Margilan.
Walk through the local bazaar and visit the Yodgorlik silk factory, where visitors can watch the process of silk making with traditional “Ikat” decoration. If the tour is on Thursday or Sunday, you can take a stroll through the largest bazaar in the Fergana Valley, Kumtepa.
Drive back to Tashkent. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning you fly to Urgench. Transfer to Khiva.
As early as the 6th century, the city emerged on the most important route between east and west. You will explore one of the best preserved cities on the Silk Road. The former capital of the Khiva Khanates from the 17th century has retained the fairytale atmosphere of an ancient, oriental city to this day. The numerous sights of the historic fortress are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will visit the old town of Chiwas-Dschuma Mosque, Medrese Muhammad Amin Khan, Citadel Kochna Ark, Pachlovon-Machmud-Mausoleum, Alakuli Chan-Medrese etc. During the tour you will visit the important craft workshops. Overnight in Khiva.
Drive to the Kyzylkum desert and visit the Khorezm remains. You will visit the Toprak-alter-Kala settlement, which was the capital of Khorezm in the III century AD. It is the only fully excavated monument in Khorezm. Its size and ingenuity of architectural design make Toprak-Kala one of the unique monuments of Khorezm. Ayaz-Kala was neither a city nor a settlement, it was a fortress complex in which groups of the Kushan dynasty settled. Drive back to Khiva. Overnight at hotel.
As you drive through the Kyzylkum Desert, you will discover that the seemingly wasteland also has a lot to offer. You will drive along the Amu Darya River, the life-giving stream of Central Asia. In addition, your guide will use the time to tell you interesting facts about the country and its people. So you can look forward to a varied journey. Overnight in Bukhara.
You will discover this city as "the pearl of the desert". It is a city along the Silk Road. The city is a true home of Islam in Central Asia that flourished for many centuries. The city is home to hundreds of Islamic schools and crafts of carpets and decorations. You will visit the Samanid mausoleum, Friday mosque, Bolo House, Ark fortress, mosque and minaret Kalon, Madrasa Mir Arab, Madrasa Ulugbek and Abdul-Aziz-Khan, dome bazaars, etc. The perfect end to a perfect day is the dance performance in a madrasa. Overnight in Bukhara.
Around Bukhara there are other attractions that you should not be hidden. Your guide will let you in on the secrets of the summer palace of the last emir of Bukhara - Sitorai-Mohi-Khosa - and show you the Chor Bakr mausoleum and the Bakhauddin-Nakhshbandi ensemble. This tomb is visited daily by pilgrims and gives you an insight into the living Islam. Eventually you will return to Bukhara. The rest of the day is up to you. Overnight in Bukhara.
We drive to Nurata in the morning. On the way you visit the ruins of the caravanserai and water reservoir Sardoba. After we arrive in Nurata, visit the sights of the city. Nurata is a well-known pilgrimage site where you will visit the Chil Ustun Mosque as well as the ruins of the fortress of Alexander the Great. The place is also famous for its Chashma spring - it is sacred along with the fish swimming in the water and the destination of many pilgrims. Continue to Samarkand. Overnight at hotel.
Capital of Tamerlane, the great city of the ancient Sogdiana, lies at the crossroads of the main trade routes from China, Siberia, Persia and the west. This step alone is an essential point on the journey to understanding the power of the Khan dynasty at that time. You will visit Gur-Emir- Mausoleum, the last resting place of the famous ruler Tamerlane. A short walk takes you to the heart of Samarkand, the beautiful Registan Square with its three magnificent madrasas: Ulugbek, Shir Dor and Tilla-Kari, Ulugbek observatory, Bibikhanum mosque, Shahi Zinda necropolis. Overnight at hotel.
Today you will visit the Ulugbek observatory (XV century), which tells the fascinating story of the little son Tamerlane, the old tissue paper factory and in the afternoon you will have free time to stroll with your guide in the oriental bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Today we drive to Schakhrisabs (former Kesch), the hometown of Tamerlane. We visit the “White Palace” (Ak-Saray XIV century), including the impressive remains of the portal offering a unique mosaic decor. Kok Gumbaz Mosque in the fifteenth century, the Gumbazi Seidan mausoleum and especially the Khazrati Imam Mosque are reminiscent of the splendor of this city. In the late afternoon transfer through the mountain landscape to Darbent. Overnight in a guest house.
We hike a route about 11 kilometers long along numerous gorges; here trade caravans moved from Sogda to India over the Silk Road. Steep slopes, deep valleys, caves ─ a tremendous natural spectacle. At the highest point of the route we enjoy the breathtaking view over the landscape. Overnight in the guest house.
Your journey continues to the village of Boysun, which is idyllically situated on a valley floor, embedded in the beautiful landscape of the Surchandarja area. You will feel like you are going back in time. Experience pure tradition here and immerse yourself in a world in which centuries-old culture and customs are still alive. The secluded location has certainly contributed to the fact that the traditional lifestyle has been preserved for so long. You will see a local handicraft center as well as a bazaar. The village is ideal for talking to the residents and finding out more about their everyday lives. Continue to Termez.
Termez is one of the oldest cities in the world. The city lies on the north bank of the Amu Darya and thus on the border with Afghanistan. It is particularly significant because of its Buddhist heritage. Your guide will show you Fayaz-Tepa, a Buddhist monastery complex from the 1st century BC. During your exploration tour you will also visit the breathtaking mausoleum of Hakim-at-Termezi with a tomb made of white marble and the mausoleum of Sultan Saodat, burial place of the Zaiden family, whose members were considered to be the direct descendants of the Prophet Mohammed. The Termez Archaeological Museum is one of the best in Uzbekistan, so don't miss it.
In the evening transfer to the airport. They fly to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to the airport in Tashkent. Here we say goodbye to the group. We are left with unforgettable memories. Flight home.
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Number of participants: 2- 15 people
From 2 people as a private tour on your desired date.
The prices are valid for 2023 and are based on 4 people, with reduced prices for larger groups on request.