Date: 7th – 15th September 2019
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Package Cost: Rs.1,55,000/- per person
- Accommodation (08 nights on twin sharing basis) in the above mentioned hotel in the above mentioned hotel or similar
- Economy class return International Airfare on Uzbekistan Airways
- Domestic Flight from Tashkent to Khiva
- Uzbekistan Visa fee & Visa Support Letter
- All Meals (Meal Plan starts with Dinner on Day 1 and ends with Breakfast on Day 9)
- Airport & Tour Transfers in AC coach
- Professional English Speaking Guide
- Entrance Fees
- Cable Car Ride fee
- Train ticket (Samarkand – Tashkent)
- Meals and Drinks other than listed in the itinerary
- Insurance and Documentation like medical and travel insurance
- Tips & Gratuities
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen conditions like ill health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.
- Any Personal Expenses
- Any services not included in the above itinerary
Ready to begin your remarkable journey through one of the most spectacular Silk Road countries – Uzbekistan? Pack your bags, take your flight and land in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, where your tour captain/guide will escort you to the hotel. After check-in and lunch, we will embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Tashkent, the ‘stone city’. Start your exploration through Independence Square and Broadway street before continuing our sightseeing with a visit to the Palace of Prince Romanov. The residence was built by the Grand Duke Nicholas, who was the nephew of Alexander II and the grandson of Nicholas I. Continue towards Amir Temur Square, which is literally the heart of the capital. After that we will take a photo stop outside Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, which is worth a visit as much for its impressive interior and exterior as its fine opera and ballet performances.
After a half day exploring the rich history of Tashkent, we will return to our hotel for some well-earned rest.
Tashkent – Chimgan Mountains & Lake Charvak
Want to escape from Tashkent’s hot weather and head for the mountains? Today, we will depart to the Chimgan Mountains, crossing picturesque surroundings that’s full of local villages, gardens and streams.
Get excited as we take a 3 km long ride in the cableway to Kumbel peak. Once on top, breathe clean mountain air, sunbathe, hike, or take hundreds of selfies, while surrounded by picturesque mountains. Back on the cableway and onward to Lake Charvak, which is a huge artificial lake/ reservoir, surrounded by green slopes of the mountains that are crowned with snow caps. After lunch at Pyramids Resort, enjoy some leisure time at the lake. Feel free to indulge in some fun activities like bowling, Quadro cycling, or water sports, before we head back to Tashkent.
Tashkent – Khiva
After a hearty breakfast, we will head out for a city tour to adore this unique city of contrasts. We will begin in the Muslim heart of the city as we visit the Hast-Imam Square, located in the old area of Tashkent. Marvel at the architectural monuments before continuing our sightseeing with a visit to the Kaffal-Shashi Mausoleum. The site is dedicated to the patron saint of Tashkent, a remarkable poet and the author of many revered books on Islamic Law.
After having our fill of this beautiful city, it’s time to catch our onward flight to Khiva. Noting its importance in the exceptional heritage of ancient Silk Road traditions, Khiva was the first UNESCO World Heritage site in Uzbekistan.
The remote city of Khiva has been largely left untouched by the modern world. Today, lose yourself in the labyrinthine of sandstone streets. Be prepared to feel as if you are transported to a bygone era, as we head for a full day city tour. Discover cultural gems such as the Kalta Minar and Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah, the Kunya-Ark Fortress and the Pakhlavan Mahmud’s Mausoleum and Madrasah of Muhammad Rahim-khan (all from outside). After lunch, continue with a visit to the Tash Khauli Palace, the Juma Mosque and Karavansaray to name just a few of the sights.
Fun Fact: Scholar AI-Khoresmi, the father of algebra, who introduced algorithms to the world was born in Khiva.
Khiva – Bukhara
Pack your bags and get ready to hit the road as today we will be enjoying our drive to the magical city of Bukhara through Kyzylkum Desert, which is the 16th largest desert in the world. Bukhara is home to the most skilled artisans, 15th century madrassahs, teahouses, and spice markets. During today’s long drive, we’ll take occasional stops. From soaking in the sights of the mighty Amudarya River, that flows through the territory of Central Asia (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) to spotting Yurts in the deserts, this drive will be filled scenery and landscapes.
With its narrow alleyways and bustling bazaars, Bukhara is the quintessential Silk Road city. Get ready to lose yourself in imaginative Arabian Nights-style daydream as we head out to enjoy a full day tour through the narrow streets of old Bukhara.
With a history so vast, you might feel that a day’s time is less to explore Bukhara. Today we will visit the most important sights of this fabulous city. See the Ark Citadel; the Bolo-Khauz Mosque with its beautiful carved wooden pillars; Samanid mausoleum, which is considered to be one of the most highly esteemed works of Central Asian architecture and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (all these from outside) before taking a break for Lunch. Post that, we will continue the tour with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace: which is the residence of last emir of Bukhara and the memorial complex (shrine) of Khoja Bakhouddin Naqshbandi before heading back to the hotel.
Bukhara – Samarkand
Like we said, one day is not enough to explore all the beautiful sights that Bukhara has to offer. Today after breakfast, enjoy a half day city tour. Starting from Poi-Kalyan Ensemble, which is the main symbol of sacred Bukhara, continuing onward with a visit to Ulugbek madrasah, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Magok-i-Attari Mosque, Lyabi-Khauz (largest pond in the city) and Chor Minor.
Being short on time, we’ll be visiting all these places just from the outside.
Post lunch, we will enjoy our drive to Samarkand, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city itself was founded around the 7th century BC, making it even older than ancient Rome. Interesting, right?
Samarkand – Tashkent
During today’s full day sightseeing session, we will explore one of the key trading cities of the ancient Silk Route. From visiting Gur Emir – mausoleum of Timur, one of Uzbekistan’s greatest rulers to Registan Square, an architectural masterpiece with blue tiled madrassahs on three sides, we will cover all important sights of Samarkand. We will also visit the mosque of Bibi Khanum, once the largest in Central Asia and more throughout the day.
In the evening, we will head back to Tashkent. But wait this time, we won’t be going via our regular bus, but instead we will be boarding the bullet train. Sounds fun, right? In just 2 short hours, we will be in Tashkent. Spend your final evening together with the crew for that #OneLastTime party. Warning: Teary Eyes.
After spending days exploring the age-old monuments, mosques and mausoleums in Uzbekistan, it’s time to head back home. After breakfast, catch your flight back with a heart full of memories, new friendships & unforgettable experiences.
Don’t forget to miss this trip!