On routes of Alexander

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). Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum.
Dinner at the local restraunt.
Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 2nd Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva 200 km

Morning flight to Nukus (1255 km, 2 h. 45 min.). Arrive in Nukus and 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 3rd 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 4th Khiva – Bukhara 480 km

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 5th 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 6th 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. 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 7th Bukhara – Nurata – Aidar Yurt Camp 210 km

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 8th Yurt camp – Aydarkul lake – Sentob (village in Nourata mountains) 180 km

Transfer to Aydarkul Lake. Walk around the lake. Picnik in lakeside of Aydarkul. Swimming in water of the unique Aydarkul Lake if the weather allows, become brown laying in chaise longue set closely to the lakeside. And then transfer to Sentob village. Here will stay in the home of local people Supper in guesthouse. Overnight in home stay.

DAY 9th Sentob village (in Nurata mountains) hiking 21km 6-7h

Departure from the Sentob village, hike along a good path to the mountain pass (1516 m, 3 hours hike). Spectacular view of Sentob village, the river canyon, the peaks of Nuratau Mountains and Lake Aydar 2 hours lunch break. Return to Sentob village (arrival at 16:00). The guests will get introduced to the life and daily activities of local Tajik people. Supper at guesthouse.
- For fit hikers, the tour can be prolonged for 1:30 hours to the mountain lake Fazilman (1640 m). At a shepherd's hut a lunch break is planned. A different route will be taken on the way back (3 hours 30 minutes to Sentob village). Overnight in home stay.

DAY 10th Sentob - Asraf village (in Nurata mountains) hiking 3 h

Transfert to Asraf village. People have been living in Nurata Mountains since the times of Alexander the Great. Villagers keep house and farm as it was done centuries ago. Women cook on the open fire, weave, spin yarn, bake their own bread, milk the cows. Men farm, shepherd, built houses of stone, rocks and clay. Dinner at guesthouse.
O/n at guesthouse.

DAY 11th Asraf village - Samarkand 200km

Breakfast at guesthouse. Departure to Samarkand via Djizzak. Upon arrival to Samarkand accommodation at hotel.
Free time.

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 – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

In the morning, drive to Shakhrisabz. Have a short city tour in Shakhrisabz 3h. Visit Mausoleum of Jahongir in Dor-us Siadat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilovat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. After lunch, drive back to Samarkand. Diner. & overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14th Samarkand – Tashkent

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.
In the evening transfer to the rail station and departure for Tashkent. Arrival. Transfert to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15th Tashkent flight of return

Free time.
According to the schedule of the return flight transfer to the airport and flight to home country.
End of the tour.

Dates 2020 Prices State of registration
Date at your convenience $ 1610 at the basis of 4 persons Reservation
Date at your convenience $ 1360 at the basis of 6 persons Reservation
Date at your convenience $ 1245 at the basis of 8 persons Reservation
Date at your convenience $ 1180 at the basis of 10 persons Reservation
Date at your convenience $ 1150 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

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)
  • Souvenirs 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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