Seven days in Uzbekistan
Best time to travel: March-April-May, September-October-November
Day 1: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva (morning flight)
After arrival to Tashkent, guide will wait you at the airport and accompany you to Urgench. Then travel to Khiva city to have a sightseeing tour. This amazing city is the most ancient city of Uzbekistan. The sightseeing will start from city monument Ichan-Qala. It is the central part of Khiva, protected by strong walls around. Ichan-Qala proud of about 60 architecturally important buildings and 400 traditional dwelling houses in its limits. There are centuries old palaces, sound buildings, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses. In 1969, the territory of Ichan-Qala was declared as a historical and architectural protected area. The most remarkable monuments are Kunya -Ark fort constructed by Muhammad Arang Khan in 17th century. Others are Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, the perfect formsof old Khorezm architectural of 1830s. Night in a hotel.
Day 2: Khiva - Bukhara
Early start of the day will take you to Bukhara, another beautiful city of Uzbekistan. There are more than 140 historical monuments, which make Bukhara whole museum of medieval ages. The narrow streets, beautiful parks and gardens, closely located buildings are examples of different time scale. While you travel from Khiva, you will also have an opportunity to see endless Kyzyl Kum desert. Furthermore, en route, you will see the deepest river in Central Asia- Amu Darya. It begins in Tajikistan with the joint of Panj and Vakhsh Rivers and runs to Aral Sea. After our arrival to Bukhara, enjoy free time during your tour. You will spend night in a hotel.
Day 3: Bukhara
After breakfast at the hotel, you will start an interesting city tour of Bukhara and continue your travelling in Uzbekistan. The first site is oldest citadel in the city - Citadel Ark dating back to 4th century. Centuries ago, it was a residence of Bukhara Emirate dynasties. Next is the masterpiece of 9th-10th century architecture -Samanids mausoleum. Later tour will continue to the extraordinary Chashma Ayub, also known as Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque, famous as a mosque of forty columns constructed for the honor of Abu-Fayud Khan, the city's governor. Further, you will have enjoy exploring wel-known madrasahs like Nodir Divan Begi in the Lyabi House Ensemble, the remarkable site of Bukhara. Furthermore, you will have time to visit street of shopping domes. The completing site of the day will be Poi Kalon complex. It consist of three constructions: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. These are unusual examples of artwork dating back to 12th-16th centuries. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara - Samarkand
Today you will take a train to another amazing city Samarkand where you will have a great tour. Samarkand is the second biggest city in whole Uzbekistan, located in the Zerafshan river valley. It is one of the oldest cities and coeval with Babylon and Rome. The most attractive site of Samarkand are Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan square is famous with its three astonishing Madrasahs. These monuments of 15-17th centuries make visitors admire the magnificent beauty of the square. The architectural complex Shakhi-Zindeh, which was listed into the UNESCO World Heritage Site consist of the largest number of mausoleums, dating back to 11-15th centuries. Next is Bibi Khanum Mosque, which was constructed for the glory of Tamerlane's wife, following his victorious fight to India which is visited by many travellers. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 5: Samarkand
After breakfast, you will continue discovering Samarkand during your tour in Uzbekistan. The first site will be Observatory of Ulughbek. Ulughbek was outstanding leader and scientists of Samarkand. He was the one who categorized celestial bodies. In his catalogue named "Zidji Guragoni", he wrote about 1018 celestial bodies. He lived during 15th century and unfortunately, his own son organized his death. After lunch, you will explore Main Street full of teahouses, sweets and workshops, souvenir shops. Later you can walk to National Bazaar "Siab", fast moving and colorful local bazaar offers traditional crafts and handmade sweets. Here you can feel the real life of locals. Next exciting excursion will be to handmade carpet factory. There are 400 women work here and all of them making carpets using traditional methods. Next impressing manufacturer is Samarkand paper workshop. It is one of the unique places full of travel sites, where the famous silk-paper is made, which is the only place in Uzbekistan. Night in a hotel
Day 6: Samarkand - Tashkent (transfer or train)
In the morning, a train (or car) will take you to the capital city. After arrival, you will begin for sightseeing tours in Tashkent. The first will be the central square of the city - Independent Square. It was built for the honor of the victory over fascism during World War II. Then you will walk on the main Broadway to the Square of Amir Timur, famous hero of Uzbekistan. Next remarkable places are Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex, which includes many madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. These all are the part of old city. The most important exhibit in Hast Imam complex is Othman Quran. It is the oldest copy of the holy Quran in the world, dating back to 8th century. The owner of the book was Othman Ibn Affan, one of the four Caliphs succeeded prophed Muhammad. Today you can see blood stains spread on the sheets of the Quran, it happened when he was murdered by his enemy. This is the end of your travel. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 7: Flight
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport.