Crafts tour in Uzbekistan
Best time to travel: March-April-May, Spetember-October-November
Day 1: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva (morning flight)
After arrival to Tashkent, you will have another flight to Urgench to start your travelling in Uzbekistan. Then transfer to Khiva city. During the exciting city tour, you guide will accompany you. Khiva is one of the most ancient cities on the Great Silk Road. The main attractive site will be the inner part of the city-Ichan-Qala, it is the central part, protected with high walls. Ichan-Qala seems like a city-museum due to ancient sand buildings, palaces, mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, minarets, caravanserais and bathhouses. It boasts with more than 60 architectural monuments and about 400 traditional houses. The territory of Ichan-Qala was defined as a historically and architecturally preserved area since 1969. The most important monument in its boundaries is Kunya-Ark fortress dating back to 17th century. Muhammad Arang Khan constructed it. The perfect examples of Khorezm architecture are Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, built in 1830s. Stay in a hotel.
Day 2: Khiva - Bukhara
Today day starts early. Travel to another amazing city of Uzbekistan Bukhara to enjoy city tour. There are over 140 historically important monuments in Bukhara. It makes it considerably rich in architecture. Different styles of architecture located in one street is the highlight of the town. On the way to Bukhara, you will drive through the famous Kizilkum deserts. You will also be able to see the deepest River Amu Darya. It is the joint of Panj and Vakhsh river, started from Tajikistan. It flows further into Aral Sea. After our arrival, have free time to relax. Stay in a hotel.
Day 3: Bukhara
From the morning, you will enjoy city tour in fantastic city Bukhara. The first site will be the oldest citadel of Bukhara- Citadel ark, famous in Uzbekistan. This historical heritage dated back to 4th century and served as a residence for many dynasties of Bukhara Emirate. Next is the admirable work of 9th-10th century- Samanids Mausoleum. Tour continues to Chashma Ayub, known as a Spring of Job and Bolo-Hauz mosque, famous as a mosque of 40 columns mosque built for the memory of the city's governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Later, you will visit colorful shopping domes and popular madrasahs like Nodir Divan Begi in the Lyabi House Ensemble. It is the remarkable site in Bukhara. The last will be peculiar Poi Kalon complex consist of three buildings: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah, the unusual forms of architectural work dating back to 12th-16th centuries. Night is in a hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara - Gijduvan - Samarkand
In the morning, your travel continues and you will leave to incredible Samarkand for another tour. En route, you will have a break at Gijduvan village, whre the outstanding pottery workshop is located. This ceramic school history is long and deep. Here valuable skill of making ceramics passed from one generation to next generation. Nowadays, there are six-generation of potters from family of Narzullayevs that makes Gijduvan famous to the world. Gijduvan ceramic school is worldly known by its geometric ornaments and green, blue colors. Continue driving to Samarkand and rest in a hotel.
Day 5: Samarkand
Entire day will be devoted for exploring magical city Samarkand during your tours in Uzbekistan. It is located in the Zerafshan river valley and the second biggest city after Tashkent. It is also one of the oldest cities, coeval with Babylon and Rome. Famous Registan square, stunning Shakhi-Zindeh, Guri Emir Mausoleum and Bibi Khanum Mosque will be main attractions of sightseeing. Registan Square, assemble of three magnificent construction of 15th-17th century. The beauty of the square charms millions of people, visiting Samarkand. Another architectural complex is the heritage of UNESCO - Shakhi-Zindeh, dating back to 11th-15th centuries. It represents the largest collection of mausoleums. The last destination of the day is Bibi Khanum Mosque, built for the honor of Tamerlane's favorite wife, following his successful conquer to India. You will spend a night in a hotel.
Day 6: Samarkand
Today you will go on Samarkand sightseeing tour. Ulughbek observatory was constructed by local leader and scientist Ulughbek in the 15th century. During his work in this observatory, Ulughbek created catalog called "Zidji Guragoni"(1437). In his book, he tells about 1018 celestial bodies. Unfortunately, he was murdered by the arrangement of his son. After the observatory, you will visit local Broadway, full of workshops, teahouses, souvenir shops and sweets. Later you will go to oriental bazaar Siab, where you can easily find beautiful Uzbek traditional products of Uzbekistan. The most exciting part of the day will be the handmade factory of traditional carpets. There are 400 women make carpets in this factory. You will continue to local paper factory, where local masters manufacture original silk papers. Night in a hotel.
Day 7: Samarkand - Tashkent (transfer or train)
Morning train will bring you to capital city Tashkent. Tashkent is the unique city combining modern skyscrapers and example of ancient architecture in Uzbekistan. Upon arrival, you will continue travelling with a full day of sightseeing. City's main square is Independent Square, erected for the glory of the victory over the fascist Germany in the Second World War. Later, you will take a walk to Amir Timur Square through the Broadway. Afternoon, you will explore the ancient part of the city for tour to: Chorsu Bazaar, old Kukaldash Madrasah and other madrasah, mosques and mausoleum in the famous Has Imam complex. Has Imam Complex proud of Othman Quran, the world's earliest Quran copy dating back to 8th century. This valuable treasure was the possession of Othman Ibn Affan, who succeeded the prophet Muhammad. Later in 8th century, he was murdered by non-muslims. Nowadays, it is possible to see his blood stains on the book. Night will be at the hotel.
Day 8: Tashkent - Chimgan Mountains - Tashkent
After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to the nature, to have a tour in Chimgan Mountains. Here, we will ride 30-minute chair lift to get to Beldersay peak, famous inn Uzbekistan. On the top, you will have some free time to enjoy the nature. En road to the capital, we make a break along the Charvak Reservoir. Charvak is a human made lake, popular for local holidaymakers. Especially in summer time, people come to swim and lie on the beach. Return to Tashkent. Rest in a hotel.
Day 9: Flight
In the morning, your guide and driver will accompany you to the airport for next adventures.