The Great Silk Road has been connecting Orient and Occident for 2000 years. The Uzbek part of the Silk Road is one of the greatest sections of this legendary trade route. On this trip you will experience the architectural testimonies of the past: Magnificent buildings with artistic ornaments and mosaics characterize the image of ancient Samarkand, Eastern Islamic architecture can be seen in Bukhara, the monuments in Khiva are clad with sky-blue tiles. You will discover the historical and cultural richness of Uzbekistan and get to know culture, tradition and history and encounters with compatriots await you.
Arrive in Tashkent, Meet your English-speaking tour guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Your first day in Uzbekistan you can devote all the attractions of the multi-faceted 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. In the evening transfer to the airport in Tashkent. You're flying to Urgensch. Reception at the airport and drive to Khiva. Overnight in hotel.
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 Khiva-Juma Mosque, Medrese Muhammad Amin Khan, Citadel Kukhna Ark, Pakhlovon-Makhmud-Mausoleum, Alakuli Khan-Medrese etc. During the tour you will visit the important craft workshops. Overnight in Khiva.
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.
Bukhara was one of the most important cities on the Silk Road. Traders flocked to sell their wares, carpets, and jewelry. It was also an important developing home for many religions such as Zoroastrianism and later Islam. The program includes the historical sights. You will visit the Samanid mausoleum, Bolo Houz mosque, 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.
Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz - birthplace of great Tamerlan (300 km). 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 Serafshan Mountains to Samarkand (100 km). Overnight in Samarkand.
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. Be amazed by these amazing shades of blue over sights such as the famous Bibikhanum Mosque, the Gur-Emir (tomb of the ruler Timur and his descendants) or the famous Registan Square (XV century XVII) that are never indifferent to any traveler. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning you visit the Shahi-Zinda necropolis, the old tissue paper factory and the Ulugbek observatory (15th century), which tells the fascinating story of the little son Tamerlane and have free time or stroll in the oriental bazaar. In the evening you will take the train to 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: 4- 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.