Uzbekistan tour among Tamerlane's gems
A thrilling group tour to discover the land of Tamerlane and its gems: Uzbekistan. The tour begins in Urgench, then discovering ancient Khiva, Bukhara and its majestic palaces, legendary Samarkand and finally the capital city Tashkent. An incredible adventure, outside the usual tourist circuits.
Full board. Arrive in Urgench and transfer by bus to Khiva (30 km) where the guided tour of the city is scheduled: its foundation dates back to 2,500 years ago, a museum in the open air which still stands intact, with beautiful majolicas where turquoise, blue and floral patterns stand out. The tour includes: Juma mosque, Allakuli Khan madras, Muhammad Amin Khan madras, Islam Khodja minaret, Pahlavòn Mahmud mausoleum, decorated with beautiful tiles, Tash Hauli palace and Mohamed Khan madras, the bazaar and caravan serai. Dinner and overnight in the hotel (in Khiva or Urgench).
Full board. Transfer to Elliq Kala district (05 km, 2 hours approx.). Tour of the ruins of Toprak-Kala (3rd-2nd century), Ayaz-Kala (4th - 2 nd century), the residence of king Khorezm and Ayazkala, the most beautiful of the 50 fortresses of the ancient Khorezm.
At 6 pm transfer to Urgench airport for flight HY058 to Bukhara due at 9 pm. Arrival at Bukhara airport at 10 pm. Transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight at the hotel.
Full board. Full day dedicated to the guided tour of the city, over 2,500 years old, with a glorious past as capital of the Samanid empire and greatest center of the ancient wisdom. The old center is intact. The tour includes: Ark royal residence (7th - 9th century), Bolo Hauz mosque, Magoki - Atori mosque, the archaeological complex of Poi-Kalyan, Kalon minaret, Kalom Jummi mosque, Miri Arab madras, the three covered bazaars (Taqi Zargaron, Taqi Telpak-Furushon. Taqi Sarrafon), Nadir Divanbegi madras, Kukeldash madras, Ismoil Samani mausoleum.
Overnight at the hotel.
Full board. Visit to the Four Minarets (Chor Minor), one of the symbols of the city, built as a replica in small size of the Taj Mahal in India and Sitora-I-Mohi Khosa, summer residence of the last emir of Bukhara, in 1911. In the afternoon visit to Bakhauddin Nakshbandi complex, the burial of one of the founding fathers of Islam, stop at Chor Bakr memorial, Sheykh Sufi Djuybar family necropolis and return to Bukhara. Free time for shopping, walking and relax. Overnight at the hotel.
Full board. Departure to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz (290 km). Tour of the ruins of Ak-Saray Palace, Dorut -Saodat Complex (Jakhongiri Mausoleum) and Dorut - Tillavat Complex (Shamseddin Kulyal Mausoleum) and Kok - Gumbaz Mosque. Then it's on to Samarkand (130 km). Arrival and check in to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Full board. Free day dedicated to the guided tour of the city, nicknamed the Pearl of the East, center of the universe and gem of Islam. Its origins date back to the 5th century BC, ever since then the city has been through different phases of glory with Tamerlane and decadence due to invasions and devastations souch as that caused by Gengis Khan. The tour includes: mausoleums of the necropolis of Shakhi Zinda, Afrosiab museum, Gur Emir Mausoleum with Tamerlane's crypt, the medieval astronomic observatory of Ulughbek (Tamerlane's nephew), the bazaar with the typical crowded market, the monumental complex of Registan Square with the beautiful madrases full of majolicas and lapis lazuli (Ulugbek madras, Sher Dor madras, Tilla Kari madras), Khanym mosque. Overnight in the hotel.
Full board. Visit to the manifacture center of Meros paper, produced since ancient times from mulberry - Samarkand paper was once very famous in Asia for quality and duration - and the observatory of Ulugbek, king and astronomer, Tamerlane's nephew. Recently renovated, the observatory is considered as one of the oldest of the Islamic world and hosts a giant astrolabe over 30 m tall. Return to Samarkand. Free time. Overnight in a hotel.
Full board. Departure to Tashkent where arrival is scheduled for lunchtime. In the afternoon tour of the old city: Khazrat - Imam Complex, Tillya Sheyks mosque and Kafal - Shoshi mausoleum (15th century), Kukeldash Madras (15th century), Chorsu bazaar. The visit continues through the modern part of Tashkent: Amir Temur square, the Opera theater and Navoi Ballet, the Museum of Applied Arts and finally some subway stations. Goodbye dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.
Transfer to the airport and departure.
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