Ancient Cities of the Orient
Tour Type: Historical Tour Price:  $ 450.00 Duration: 5 day(s)

 

Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent

 

Meals: (breakfast)

Transfers: By car or mini bus: Tashkent- Khiva- Bukhara- Samarkand 
                  
By plane:      
Tashkent - Urgench

 

 

Day 1: Morning arrival in Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Rest after a long flight. Afternoon city tour: "New Tashkent Television Tower" - the highest in Central Asia and the eighth in the world - 375 m, "Memorial to the Victims of Repression" - the memorial complex and museum, "Monument of Courage"- the epicenter of the Tashkent earthquake of 1966 (1976). Old part of the city: the architectural complex "Khazret-Imam" incl. necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and a famous prophet and poet (16th c.), "Barak-khan Medressa" - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of the Uzbek dynasty of the Sheibanid's (16th c.), "Tellya Sheikh Medressa" also called "Khast Imom Mosque" where Osman Quran - the world's oldest - is kept (19th c.), "Mui-Mubarak Medressa" (19th c.), "Juma Mosque" (15-19th cc.), Imam Ismail al Bukhari Islamic Institute - a two year post-medressa academy, "Hadra" square, "Kukeldash Medressa" ("Foster brother") - was built by Kukekdash - the vizier of the Tashkent khans (16th c.), "Jami Mosque"- the third biggest mosque in Uzbekistan. Transfer to airport for evening flight to Urgench on flight HY 1057 at 18:00. 19:40 arrival in Urgench - the administration centre of Khorezm region. Transfer to Khiva - the only "Museum under the open sky" in Central Asia that has been completely preserved up to the present day (35 km, 30 min). Accommodation in a hotel. Overnight in Khiva.

 

Day 2: Breakfast in the hotel. City tour around architectural complex Ichan-Qala" - the historical center of Khiva which has been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List. City tour around the architectural complex "Ichan-Qala" (12-19th cc.): Kunya-Ark khan's castle - the inner citadel of Ichan-Qala (16-17th cc.), Kalta Minor Tower (Short minaret) that would have become the biggest and tallest minaret in Central Asia (19th c.), Muhammad Amin-Khan - the biggest medieval medressa in Khiva (1845-1855 yy.), Djuma Mosque with 220 wooden columns and a minaret 32,5 m height (10th c.), Tash-Hauli (Stone courtyard) palace looking like a fortress with a high battlements, towers and fortified gates (19th c.), Ak-Mosque (White Mosque) - a small quarter mosque by the gates of Palvan-Darvaza (1838-1842), necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud - the cultic center of Ichan-Qala (1810-1913 yy.), residence of Islam Khodja (1910 y.) - the vizier of the last khan. Ensemble consists of the smallest medressa in Khiva and a minaret whose top platform has a height of 45 m and is the highest observation point in town. Afternoon transfer to Bukhara via the Kizil-Kum desert along the Caravan road (480 km, 5-7 hrs). Arrival in Sacred Bukhara - one of the most esteemed cities of Islamic civilization. Hotel accommodation. Overnight in Bukhara.

 

Day 3: Breakfast in the hotel. City tour: mausoleum of the Samanids - the most ancient brick building in Central Asia, a masterpiece of world architecture (9-10th c.), mausoleum Chashma Ayub that belongs to the esteemed "places of trace" left by saints persons (14th c.). The legend says that once the bible prophet Job (Ayub) visited this place. Visit to the museums of Imam Al Bukhari and "The Museum of Water". "Bolo-Houz Mosque" - the only monument of medieval Bukhara (beg. of 20th c.), Ark - the center of Bukhara statehood (4th c. B.C.), silk carpet shops, complex "Poi Kalon" ("Beneath the Great"): "Kalyan Minaret" - the main symbol of sacred Bukhara that symbolized the authority and power of the spiritual governors. (12th c.), "Kalyan Mosque"- its area of 130x80 m surpasses Bibi-Khanym mosque in Samarkand, "Miri Arab Madrassah" - active madrassah is one of the most esteemed spiritual Islamic universities (16th c.), "Taki Zargaron" - the dome of jewelers (15-16th cc.), "Ulugbeg Medressa" - one of the 3 madrassahs constructed by the grandson of Tamerlan - Ulugbeg (15th c.), "Abdulaziz-khan Madrassah" - traditional madrassah with 2 floors of hudjras and a mosque on the central axis ( mid. of 17th c.), Tim of Abdullah-Khan madrassah (1588-1590), atlas shops, "Magoki-Attari Mosque" - the most ancient mosque in Bukhara (12th c.) is considered a masterpiece of Bukhara architecture, "Khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan-Beghi" - a massive rectangular structure that was a place for the refuge and meditation of Sufis (17th c.), "Kukeldash Madrassah" (16th c.) - one of the biggest Bukhara madrassah, "Lyabi-Hauz" ensemble - the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara - is very popular among tourists (14-17th cc.), "Chor Minor" ("Four minarets") is an unusual madrassah built by Caliph Niyazkul (18th c.). Overnight in Bukhara.

 

Day 4: Breakfast in the hotel. 06:00 transfer to the historical town of Samarkand - a crossroad of the world's cultures, one of the most ancient cities in the world (268 km, 4 hrs) and hotel accommodation. Tour around the capital of Tamerlane's Empire: Gur Emir Mausoleum - Tamerlan's tomb (14-15th c.) that was built for Temur's grandson Muhammad-Sultan and the tombs of three other Temurids - sons of Temur - Miranshah and Shahruh and his grandson Ulugbek, Ruhabad Mausoleum ("House of Spirit") - the legend says that under the dome there is a box with seven hairs of Prophet Muhammad (14th c.), Registan Square ("A sandy place") - the major square of Samarkand: Ulugbeg Medressa - Sheikh Khodja Akhrar and poet Djami were among outstanding graduates of the medressa (15th c.), Sher-Dor Medressa ("Having tigers") (17th c.), Tillya-Kari Medressa ("Coated by gold") - the rich gilding on the dome, walls and mihrab surpassed all other famous buildings in Central Asia (17th c.). The mosque named after Hazret-Hyzr - an Islamic saint and eternal wanderer. He was esteemed as giving richness and good luck in far voyages and trade (19th c.), cathedral mosque Bibi-Khanym that was named after the oldest wife of Tamerlan (14th c.), the architectural complex Shahi-Zinda (Alive king) - necropolis on the slope of the Afrosiab hill is connected with Kusam ibn Abbas - the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (11-15th c.). Overnight in Samarkand.

 

Day 5: Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent (315 km, 5 hrs). Transfer to Tashkent Airport for flight.

 

Price for tour package

 Three (3*) star hotelsFour (4*) star hotels
Number of touristsRate per personRate per person
2750790
4650690
6520555
8515550
10450490
 

 

FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED: 
 FOLLOWINGS ARE NOT INCLUDED: 

· Visa invitation letter

· Transport service on comfortable tourist class vehicle (a certain type of vehicle is provided depending on the group size)

· Air tickets Tashkent - Urgench  with preliminary booking

· Double/twin sharing accommodation in the hotels with full breakfast

· English speaking guide accompanying you during the entire itinerary

· SS programs with English speaking guide & entrance fees for the monuments specified in the program

· Luggage handling at the airports and hotels

· Mineral water for the entire itinerary

· Hotel accommodation and full board meal for the guide and driver

· Cost of the visa for Uzbekistan

· Fees for the use of cameras and videos in the monuments and tourist sites

· Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings, tickets for a theatre and visits to museums which are not specified in the program)

· Alcohol drinks

· Lunches, Dinners

· Items of personal nature    

 

Three (3*) star hotels

City Accommodation
KhivaMalika Khiva
SamarqandSherdor
BukharaMalika Bukhara
 

Four (4*) star hotels

CityHotel
KhivaMalika Heyvak
SamarqandSamarqand Plaza
Bukhara Omar Hayyam

 
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