UZBEKISTAN

No country in Central Asia seems to have it so good, yet at the same time have it so bad, as Uzbekistan. The region’s cradle of culture for more than two millennia, it is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and artifacts, all deeply infused with the raw, fascinating history of the country. But as students of that history know, it’s also sprung a few bad apples over the years. Tyrants enamored by the country’s physical bounty have run the territory we now call Uzbekistan since time immemorial.
Concentrating on the good, if there was a Hall of Fame for Central Asian cities, Uzbekistan would own the top-three entries: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva. The names practically epitomize the region, conjuring up images of knife-twirling dervishes, serpentine desert caravans and architecture that blends with the sand. Seen in person, the Big Three do not disappoint (the occasional overzealous restorative effort notwithstanding). Alas, they sometimes overshadow the country’s other attractions, which include dazzling bazaars, ancient fortresses like the one at Nurata, and an impressive array of largely unsung natural attractions. But at least that means you'll have the hiking and adventure-sport opportunities of Chimgan & around to yourself!
All of this goes a long way to eclipse the bad memories evoked by names like Jenghiz Khan, Timur, Nasrullah Khan and Stalin. The country’s long-serving current leader, Islam Karimov, is no saint either. Despite it all, the Uzbek people remain good-spirited and genuinely hospitable – yet another prime attraction in this oddly endearing country.

 

ONE NIGHT IN EACH CITY TRIP TO UZBEKISTAN
 6DAYS 5NIGHTS

ITINERARY
Day 01 Arrival in Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Free time.
Day 02 Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva
Morning flight to Urgench. Arrival to Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva. Guided sightseeing tour program in Khiva: Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress. In Ichan-Qala fortress visit Kunya-Arc, Sayeed Alauddin mausoleum, medrese Arab-Mukhamadkhan, mosque Oq-Masjid, medrese Hodjan Berdi-biya, Shirgazikhan, Abdullakhan, Juma mosque, medrese Allakulikhan, Toshkhovli palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud mausoleum, minaret Islam-khodja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Khiva-Bukhara
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (500 km, 7 hours). On the way stop to see Amu-Darya river. Arrival to Bukhara in the afternoon. Check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 Bukhara,Samarkand
Sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit Samani dynasty mausoleum, Arc Fortress, Chashma-Ayub, Kalon ensemble, medrese Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori mosque, medrese Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz complex, medrese Chor-Minor. Trip to summer palace of Bukhara emirs Sitorai-Mokhikhosa, Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi mausoleum. In the late afternoon depart Bukhara and transfer to Samarkand. Arrival to Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Dinner overnight in Samarkand.
Day 05 Samarkand, Tashkent
Sightseeing tour in Samarkand. Visit Registan Square, ruins of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Ulugbek observatory, and central bazaar in Samarkand
In the late afternoon depart Samarkand and transfer to Tashkent. Arrival to Tashkent, check in to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 06 Tashkent
In the morning Tashkent sightseeing. Visit center of Tashkent, Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex and Chor-Su bazaar, Applied Arts Museum.
End of the tour.