Fairy tales of the East

Duration: 15 days / 14 nights | Destination: Uzbekistan

DAY 1st Arrival to Tashkent

Arrival to Tashkent. Meeting at the airport.
Transfer to the private local house for breakfast.
Visit of Tashkent.
Old part of the city: an architectural complex "Khazret-Imam" incl. necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and famous divine and poet (16th c), "Barak-khan Medressa" - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of Uzbek dynasty of Sheibanid's (16th c), "Tellya Sheikh Medressa" also called "Khast Imom Mosque" where Osman Quran VIIc- the world's oldest is kept (19th c), "Juma Mosque" (15-19th cc), Lunch. "Monument of Courage" - the epicenter of Tashkent earthquake of 1966."Abdulkasim Medressa" now is the centre for traditional arts with attractive souvenirs by local artisans (19th c). Dinner
Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 2nd Tashkent – Kokand – Fergana

Drive to Fergana Valley (320 km drive until Fergana city). The steep road, which connects Fergana Valley with the rest of Uzbekistan, runs via picturesque mountain pass Kamchik (2267 m. above the sea level). The first stop will be in the city of Kokand where you will visit the Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque and Norbut-biy Madrasah XVIIIs. Continue driving to Fergana city (80 km). Visit Akhmad Al-Fergani Park in Fergana. Check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3rd Fergana – Margilan – Rishtan – Tashkent

In the morning, drive from Fergana to Margilan and visit Said Akhmed-Khoja Madrasah. Today, madrasah is home to a number of craftsmen producing handmade carpets and silk. Have a walk on traditional market and continue to Yodgorlik Silk factory to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns. Drive to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master Rustam Usmanov whose works are exhibited on world exhibitions. Enjoy a pottery workshop and have a look at ceramic collection in a small museum. Drive to Tashkent 240 km. Transfer to hotel and dinner.

DAY 4th Tashkent – Nukus – Muynak – Nukus

Morning flight to Nukus (1255 km, 2 h. 45 min.). Arrive in Nukus and drive to former fishermen’s town Muynak (220 km, 3 h.), which used to be situated on the shores of Aral Sea. On the way stop at archaeological complex Mizdakhan. In Muynak have a look at a former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. Then visit Local History Museum with art exhibits of the Aral Sea history.
In the afternoon return to Nukus. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5th Nukus - Khiva

Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. The museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items. In the afternoon depart to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: You are taken to see ancient Khorezmian clay fortresses Tuprak-kala and Ayaz-kala dating back to the 2nd century AD. If lucky, you may still find in the dust archaic debris, such as pieces of ceramics, coins and arrow heads in the gloomy dark of half-buried rooms. You will have lunch in a Yurt (nomadic tent) on the top of a hill right next to the huge clay fortress with a smaller fortification on the slopes of the hill. Drive to Khiva. Arrive in Khiva, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6th Khiva

Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Itchan-Kala Fortress, living museum under the open sky.
Khiva – the most ancient and unique city-museum under open sky.
Monuments here are located close to each other, inside the walls of Ichan Qala internal city: UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will see the following monuments: Allakulikhan Madrassah(XVIII – XIX cc), Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah (XIX c), Kalta Minor, Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islom Khoja Minaret, Juma Mosque, Toshhovli and others.
Overnight at the group hotel in Khiva.

DAY 7th Khiva – Bukhara

In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzyl Kum Desert, Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amu Darya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel. N.B. we advise preparing lunch-boxes for this trip.
N.B. some parts of the road are presently being renovated.

DAY 8th Bukhara

After breakfast beginning of the city tour. Bukhara is the real Oriental fairy-tale, city with small romantic streets, which unsurpassed has preserved the beauty and charm of the ancient walls.
Monuments here are located close to each other and that’s why sightseeing tour will be organized without use of vehicle.
Today you will see: Kalon ensemble, Madrassah Miri-Arab, Madrassah Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, Tim of Abdoullakhan XVIc, Lyabi Hauz complex (XVI-XVII), caravanserai Sarrafon XIXc, Kukeldash Madrassah (1568), photo gallery of Shavkat Baltaev, Chor-Minor Madrassah, don’t forget to visit trade domes of ancient Bukhara bazaar-even in case you won’t buy any souvenir or Bukhara ancient adornment (that is highly unlikely)you will get many pleasant impressions and gain extensive insight about Orient and its inhabitants.
Overnight at the group hotel in Bukhara.

DAY 9th Bukhara

Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Today you will see: Kosh Madrasa complex XVIc, Samanids’ dynasty mausoleum (IX-X cc), Oriental Bazar, Chashma-Ayub burial-vault (XIV-XIX cc), Bolo Khauz mosque XVIIIc, Arc Fortress (VI-VIIcc).
Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10th Bukhara – Nurata – Aidar Yurt Camp

In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to yurt camp located in Kyzyl Kum desert (230 km, 4 h.*). On the way stop in Gijduvan pottery masters workshop and Nurata town to visit a local mosque with a holy spring water. In the afternoon, continue driving to yurt camp in Kyzyl Kum desert. Stop on Nurata pass to see petroglyphs. Arrive in Aidar Yurt Camp, accommodation in yurt. Camel riding and free time. In the evening dinner near the camp fire with Kazakh akin singing folk songs. Overnight in the yurt.
Meals: dinner.

DAY 11th Yurt camp –Aydarkul Lake – Samarkand

Breakfast at the saloon-tent and then - transfer to Aydarkul Lake.
Then you will have a lunch (made of lake fish) in tent located in lakeside of Aydarkul. You can enjoy the rest swimming in water of the unique Aydarkul Lake, become brown laying in chaise longue set closely to the lakeside.
And then transfer to Samarkand 210km. Upon arrival to Samarkand accommodation at hotel.

DAY 12th Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. Start of sightseeing tour in “Eden of the Orient”- that name was given to Samarkand by the philosophers and poets of the past.
Today you will see this famous city in all its beauty : visit Registan square (XVII c) including Ulugbek Madrassah (1417-1420), Sher-Dor Madrassah (1619-1636), Tillya-Kori (1647-1660) Madrassah, Gur-Emir mausoleum , Bibi-Khanum mosque (XVc.), Shokhi-Zinda (XII-XVc) architectural assemble, Ulugbek observatory(XVc.).
Overnight at the group hotel in Samarkand.

DAY 13th Samarkand - Urgut – Samarkand

Continue sightseeing: visit Afrosiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
40 km from Samarkand at the foot of Zeravshan mountains at an altitude of 1000 m is an ancient city Urgut of great interest to tourists as a major center of traditional crafts.
In Urgut is the biggest bazaar of Samarkand selling old and modern folk crafts products. The main market days - Saturday and Sunday. Here you can buy carpets, hand embroidery (Suzane), leather shoes, jewelry, art metalwork, pottery, wooden chests.
Today you will see this famous city of Urgut: visit of Urgut bazar, visite of pottery workshop in Urgut and old part of Urgut, return to Samarkand Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14th Samarkand - Tashkent

Morning flight to Tashkent. Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15th Tashkent – departure

Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

Dates 2020 Prices State of registration
Date at your convenience $ 1820 at the basis of 4 persons Reservation
Date at your convenience $ 1620 at the basis of 6 persons Reservation
Date at your convenience $ 1515 at the basis of 8 persons Reservation
Date at your convenience $ 1470 at the basis of 10 persons Reservation
Date at your convenience $ 1410 at the basis of 12 persons Reservation

The price of tour includes

  • Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
  • Road transport in private air-conditioned vehicles and minivans.
  • Accommodation based on shared double hotel room, including breakfast
  • English-speaking guide-interpreter services
  • Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the program,
  • Meals B. L. D.

To be paid in addition

  • Domestic airline ticket (any direction) 100 USD per person per flight

The price of tour does not include

  • International flights
  • Photo/video fees at historical sites and museums
  • Tips for local guide(s) and/or driver(s)
  • Memories and other personal items
  • All other charges and services not mentioned under “Included”
  • Bazaars is best visited on Sundays, when there is an additional livestock section. On Mondays-, this bazaar is closed, but other city bazaars are open.

Registration and Regulations

Registration for this trip will be taken into account after confirming in writing and paid by the participant, a booking deposit of 30% of the total amount of the trip. An invoice with the payment method of down payment will be sent to you by e-mail after your acceptance of estimate. The balance must be settled imperatively one month before the date of the departure, without revive of our part. In case of registration less than one month of departure, it is the entirety of the payment that you will be asked for when accepting the estimate.

Cancellation by the customer:

In case of cancellation of your share (for any reason), more than 60 days of departure, the sums paid as deposit will be reimbursed, except with a fixed amount of 100 dollars per person ( Fees and bank charges).

From 60 days of departure, cancellation will entail the application of the following scale of retention:

  • Between 60 and 45 days: 25% of the travel price
  • Between 44 and 25 days: 50% of the travel price
  • Between 24 and 15 days: 75% of the travel price
  • Between 14 and 7 days: 90% of the travel price
  • Less than 7 days: 100% of the travel price

Please note: in the event of cancellation by you, we will notify you as soon as possible by e-mail or fax, as it is the date of reception of cancellation will be allowed for the calculation of the refund.

Any trip interrupted or abbreviated by the entrant for any reason whatsoever, does not give rise to any refund.

Cancellation from Shéhérazade Travel:

A cancellation can occur in circumstances imposed and beyond our control (political unrest, security problem, ...) In these cases of cancellation, the full refund of the sums paid will be made by Shéhérazade Voyages, but no other compensatory allowances Will be granted.

So, see you soon in Samarkand!

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