Highlights Of Uzbekistan


  • Highlights Of Uzbekistan

Highlights Of Uzbekistan

 Uzbekistan

17 days from £3099 pp  return flights from LHR

A perfect tour to the country, which, until very recently, was very inaccessible. Now gradually opening up to the world, you can visit the one of the most important Central Asian nations where you can trace the famous Silk Route paths, visit grand museums and mausoleums and enjoy before the rest of the world catches on to the Central Asia’s best kept secret.
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A perfect tour to the country, which, until very recently, was very inaccessible. Now gradually opening up to the world, you can visit the one of the most important Central Asian nations where you can trace the famous Silk Route paths, visit grand museums and mausoleums and enjoy before the rest of the world catches on to the Central Asia’s best kept secret.

The Experience

Day 01 | Departure London Heathrow

Today you start your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tashkent.

Day 02 | Arrive Tashkent

Meeting on arrival assistance and transfer to Hotel Lotte or similar.

Later sightseeing tour of Tashkent – we shall our tour with visit of Old City, Hast Imam Complex – Barak Khana, the seat of the Grand Mufti of Tashkent, later visit Tilla Shaikh Archives – see the rare manuscripts and Usman Koran – written in 7th AD by Usman himself on deer skin was brought during Tamerlane’s expeditions of Constantinople.

Later we shall proceed to Chorsu Bazaar, Kukeldash madrassah early 19th AD was once standing at the cross roads of Silk Road with four small rivulets. Tashkent used to have twelve gates unfortunate non gate is left have been removed owing city expansion. The wall of the city is practically diminished due lack of protection and expansion of the city
limits.

Interestingly pre-Muslim era mounds mostly known as ‘tepe’ or kurgan traces could be seen inmany places. These were mostly from the times when people professed Zoroastrian and other faiths. One of the Kurgan called Ming Orik was fire temple in the outskirts of present Tashkent. This could date from 2nd century AD supported by a small settlement of farming families and should be having gardens and aristocracy residences.

Similarly we have another kurgan called Ak-Tepe the white hill was of similar age like Ming Orik and similar characteristics. Ancient Tashkent was known as Chach or Sash had seen many invading armies owing to its strategic position on the Great Silk Road. Old Tashkent must have served as a halting station for the caravans crossing over from many small towns in the great steppes. Well today many such signs are seldom seen as most destruction happened due to a devastating earthquake in 1966 that levelled the city. Now arm of modernisation in Tashkent with bustling business centres, international chain of hotels and commercial outlets are spreading fast making it a true capital of Central Asia.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 03 | Tashkent/Nukus – HY011 – 0710/0945 hrs

Nukus/Muyinak/Aral – 199+199 = 398 kms

Morning flight to Nukus and soon on arrival we shall depart for Myuinak the former port town on the Aral Sea

This will be a long day’s ride into the once port town on the dying Aral Sea. We shall visit the Museum – see the old pictures of Aral and later visit the site to see the rusting boats left over by the receding waters. After having a nice meal we shall proceed to Aral Sea (water) on arrival transfer to our Yurt camp site those wishing to swim can do so near the beach area later return to your camp or hunt for fossil remains in the dry bed.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 04 | Aral Sea/Nukus – 189 kms

After seeing the sunrise on the Aral Sea waters we shall have our breakfast and depart Nukus via a different route – stopping at a local village for a meal. Later continue via Sudochi Lake – bird life.

On arrival at Nukus transfer to Hotel Jipek Joly. Time permitting we shall visit Karakalpakstan Museum of Regional Studies – more
known for Savitsky collection of Russian avant-garde were transport by Igor Savitsky hidden from the eyes of Stalin era purges of imperial period art work.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 05 | Nukus/Toprakala/Khiva – 210 kms

Morning excursion to Chimbay a small town known for making yurt implements. Yurt makers are slowly passing with the passage of time and this art could be at its end.

We shall be visiting traditional yurt making families involved in selling them among the nomadic communities from the large steppes of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. It is interesting to see the sorting of strong indigenous wood and shaping it into the main structure of a yurt. On return visit Mizdakhan necropolis with the only subterranean tombs of local rulers and spiritual leaders.

Afterwards depart for Khiva – our next stop will be to look at Shilpyk Kala – the Tower of Silence. Later continue to Toprak Kala – the royal fortress of the local ruling class. The fortress was well laid out in typical Persian style of construction applied for Khorezm
region. Toprak Kala dates from 2nd BC and the later occupants were from Sassanid period 2nd to 7th AD. There was residence or the palace of the ruler situated on high plinth near the fire temple. The series of rooms associated with ceremonies were located nearby. After a general visit of the site we shall continue to Khiva arrival and transfer to Hotel Malika Khivaek or similar.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 06 | Khiva

Full day tour of Khiva – the walking tour of Khiva enables us to discover and explore the legendary walled city which once held a powerful Kungirod Khanate that extended upto Merve in the south while the northern boundaries covered Mangyshtau peninsula.
Khiva is an excellent example of Khorezmian architecture in brick with usage of tile work as part of pattern or décor. The walled city looks like a place lost in the in the legendary ‘1001 nights’ of the orient. Today it looks like an open air museum of Islamic architecture which was added from 15th century and onwards till the takeover by Bolsheviks.

We shall start our tour with visit of Ichan Kala, Kunya Arg, madrassah Rakhimkhon, mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, Islamkhodja minaret and museum, the Friday mosque with many pillars and Tashauli harem you will have ample free time to roam around the walled city

Overnight at the hotel

Day 07 | Khiva/Bukhara – Train – 0845/14448 hrs

Morning we shall depart by train to Bukhara – through the Kyzylkum desert (red sands)

On arrival transfer to Hotel Zargaron Plaza or similar

Later in the afternoon explore the old city of Bukhara – we shall have a walking tour of Lyabikhauz the famous pond is a sight where local elders gather in the afternoon over a cup of tea. Also visit nearby Nadirkhon Devanbegi madrassah, the smaller cupola, Mohgaki Attari mosque known for its origins a fire temple, Nestorian church or a mosque.

Later walk to Tilpak Frushan (hat sellers), Tim Abdullah, madrassah Ulugbek and Aziz Khan and later visit Chor Minor

Day 08 | Bukhara

Full day sightseeing tour of Bukhara

We shall then continue in the afternoon by visiting Arg Fortress, Balakhauz mosque, Ismail Samanid mausoleum 9th century architecture of Zoroastrian character. Ismail ibn Ahmad the noble ruler and founder of powerful Samanid Dynasty. Later we shall visit Poi Kalon minaret and mosque – Poi Kalon minaret is beautiful example of early Islamic architecture of Central Asia was built by Kara Khanid ruler Il-Arsalan in 1127 AD. This is a remarkable building and its décor in brick is fascinating. The nearby mosque was burnt to ashes during the Mongol invasion in 1225 AD but thanks to high position of the minaret that it was spared of destruction which was then used as lookout tower. This is an important part of Bukharan buildings as there existed fire temples and some other secular buildings free time in the afternoon to explore the old part

Overnight at the hotel

Day 09 | Bukhara/Nuarata/Aidorkol – 327 kms – Jeep

Morning depart for Aidorkol by jeeps – we shall make our first stop at Gijduvan – the town known for potters. We shall visit the family of Alisher from third generation of potters is known for its own indigenous style and coloration. His pottery works have been visited by state guests like late Princess Diana and Ms Hillary Clinton and many others.

Afterwards we shall proceed to Nurata – the town in the desert has seem many invading hordes but was settled city after the arrival of Arabs converting a large number of local to Islam. We shall visit local shrine and the so-called grave of Alexander the Great’s soldier. see the sacred fish pond with a crystal clear spring water oozing out for centuries and is regarded as place of reverence by the local people after our lunch at a local house we shall proceed to Aidorkol the huge reservoir now looks more of a desert lake. In the first two weeks of April Kyzlkum springs up and many flowering plants start appearing in the desert – the beautiful is the wild tulip. We have some varieties of tulip in the desert while some species are found in the hilly range of Nuratau we shall take off the road to Aidorkol Lake to Yurt camp – on arrival transfer to cottages while for lovers of Yurts may take the accommodation of choice

Overnight at the hotel

Day 10 | Aidorkol – Jeep

Morning excursion to Ukhum valley in Nuratau mountain range – we shall drive up the valley to reach the interesting village higher up. On arrival we are escorted to National Park area to see Argali Sheep (ovis amon argali) thriving in this reserve as a protected species. Later we shall have a walk through the village meeting local folks of the valley.

We are entertained for Lunch at the local house Afterwards drive back to your resort – horse ride around the area of the resort or walk around – April – May we can see birds flying back from India and Pakistan taking resting stop before flying out to Siberia and vice versa in Sept – Oct evening we are entertained to a BBQ Dinner outside before our cocktail party.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 11 | Aidorkol/Samarkand – 165 kms – Jeep

Morning we shall take ride out of the desert lake onto steppes and drive through exciting rough road to Samarkand. On arrival transfer to Hotel Grand Samarkand. Lunch at the hotel.

Later in the late afternoon we shall visit Registan Square to see sunset on the three beautiful madrassahs.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 12 | Samarkand

We shall spend full day touring Samarkand which is one of the highlights of any Central Asian visit. Samarkand as was known from the ancient times existed when the Babylonian civilisation was at its zenith. The Turkic roaming tribes from the steppes and the expansion of Persian speaking tribes gave rise to new racial groups inhabiting Central Asia whilst Samarkand was mainly a concentration of Persian speakers later to be known in the history as Sogdians. Turkic and Sogdian tribes lived together in Sogdiana whereas one was pastoral and the other sedentary race. When Samarkand became an important halting station for the caravans it rose to prominence as one of the important cities in the steppes. The city was well protected with a huge wall which existed for centuries. Alexander the Great spent sometime in Samarkand boasting his successes followed by his predecessors who continued their rule. After the invasion of Sassanian Empire by the Arab armies in 8th AD the ancient religion was replaced with conversion of her population to Islam marking the beginning of a new era. Then it was in 13th century when Samarkand was destroyed by the Mongols who butchered its population and left the city at the mercy of time to recover. After the establishment of Mongol rule and division into confederacy of Mongol tribes, Samarkand saw a new era in history which in the coming centuries established her as the capital of a most powerful rule in the world under Tamerlane. His successors continued ruling till the advent of Sheybanid rule.

The murals found from the ancient site of Afrosiab depict the life in Samarkand with its character of a caravan city. People of various origins could be seen visiting the country prior to Islam highlighting a great trade activity that had contacts in east with China and in the west with the Roman world holding its Sogdian character. It was the place where apart from indigenous Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Nestorians and Manicheans lived in great harmony and mutual respect prior to Islam.

We shall tour the city visiting famous Registan Square with its overwhelming madrassahs of massive structures. Later visit Bibi Khanum mosque, Siyob market, the Silk Road bazaar, Shahi Zinda necropolis – one the unique places to see the best of tile and majolica in Central Asia. We shall then also visit Ulugbek’s Observatory, Afrosiab Museum and Gur Emir, the mausoleum of Tamerlane.

Day 13 | Samarkand

Today we shall take a long day excursion to Langar Ota, as secluded village will be a good insight into the rural and remote villages of Uzbekistan/ We shall visit the shrine of medieval period shrine of Langar Ota and 16th century mosque which has been there in her original state. On the route we shall visit Shakre Sabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane.

Visit Ak Saray Palace ruins where only portal suggests of an impressive structure and grandiose of a palace once it had. Later visit Dorus Tilavat seiminary, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Dorus Saidat, the crypt of Tamerlane and the old Friday mosque we shall then return via beautiful Takhtakarcha pass the route of Tamerlane.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 14 | Samarkand/Tashkent – Train 1700/1910 hrs

We shall spend the day exploring the Sunday market of Urgut in the outskirts of Samarkand. We shall visit the Urgut and hosted by one of embroidery master’s master in his house – see the beautiful collection of embroidery later we shall visit the village market and return in time for our evening train to Tashkent arrival and transfer to Hotel Miran or similar.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 15 | Tashkent/Ferghana valley – Train – 0805/1216 hrs

This will be an interesting train journey over the scenic Kamchik pass – the train passes through beautiful countryside rising to the pass through a long tunnel arriving into Ferghana valley and slowly trudging interesting part of the valley. We shall disembark at Kokand – taking ride by our coach in waiting – visit the Khan Khodoyar Khan’s fortress residence museum, visit Danagar nearby to see the wood carvers. Afterwards proceed to Rishton – we shall see the pottery works of master Rustam Usmanov see his workshop and small museum
afterwards proceed to Ferghana and on arrival transfer to Hotel Asia Ferghana.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 16 | Ferghana/Tashkent – HY084 – 2125/2220 hrs

Today we shall spend the day exploring the traditional Silk making – cocoon to separation of silk thread on the spindles, the designing, tie and dye process and cleaning then to the looms the interesting process ends up into turning out of beautiful silk cloth in many designs – later visit Ishan Hoja madrassa to see silk masters, cloth stamping and carpet making afterwards proceed to Andijan the birthplace of Babur the Great founder of Moghul Dynasty of India. We shall then visit one interesting market of Shaxrikhon – see the
traditional knife makers later drive through the orchards of Ferghana valley to the city transfer to airport for your flight to Tashkent
arrival and transfer to Hotel Miran or similar

Overnight at the hotel

Day 17 | Tashkent/Depart – Flight

Morning transfer to airport for your departure flight

Tour Ends

The Experience

Day 01 | Departure London Heathrow

Today you start your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tashkent.

Day 02 | Arrive Tashkent

Meeting on arrival assistance and transfer to Hotel Lotte or similar.

Later sightseeing tour of Tashkent – we shall our tour with visit of Old City, Hast Imam Complex – Barak Khana, the seat of the Grand Mufti of Tashkent, later visit Tilla Shaikh Archives – see the rare manuscripts and Usman Koran – written in 7th AD by Usman himself on deer skin was brought during Tamerlane’s expeditions of Constantinople.

Later we shall proceed to Chorsu Bazaar, Kukeldash madrassah early 19th AD was once standing at the cross roads of Silk Road with four small rivulets. Tashkent used to have twelve gates unfortunate non gate is left have been removed owing city expansion. The wall of the city is practically diminished due lack of protection and expansion of the city
limits.

Interestingly pre-Muslim era mounds mostly known as ‘tepe’ or kurgan traces could be seen inmany places. These were mostly from the times when people professed Zoroastrian and other faiths. One of the Kurgan called Ming Orik was fire temple in the outskirts of present Tashkent. This could date from 2nd century AD supported by a small settlement of farming families and should be having gardens and aristocracy residences.

Similarly we have another kurgan called Ak-Tepe the white hill was of similar age like Ming Orik and similar characteristics. Ancient Tashkent was known as Chach or Sash had seen many invading armies owing to its strategic position on the Great Silk Road. Old Tashkent must have served as a halting station for the caravans crossing over from many small towns in the great steppes. Well today many such signs are seldom seen as most destruction happened due to a devastating earthquake in 1966 that levelled the city. Now arm of modernisation in Tashkent with bustling business centres, international chain of hotels and commercial outlets are spreading fast making it a true capital of Central Asia.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 03 | Tashkent/Nukus – HY011 – 0710/0945 hrs

Nukus/Muyinak/Aral – 199+199 = 398 kms

Morning flight to Nukus and soon on arrival we shall depart for Myuinak the former port town on the Aral Sea

This will be a long day’s ride into the once port town on the dying Aral Sea. We shall visit the Museum – see the old pictures of Aral and later visit the site to see the rusting boats left over by the receding waters. After having a nice meal we shall proceed to Aral Sea (water) on arrival transfer to our Yurt camp site those wishing to swim can do so near the beach area later return to your camp or hunt for fossil remains in the dry bed.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 04 | Aral Sea/Nukus – 189 kms

After seeing the sunrise on the Aral Sea waters we shall have our breakfast and depart Nukus via a different route – stopping at a local village for a meal. Later continue via Sudochi Lake – bird life.

On arrival at Nukus transfer to Hotel Jipek Joly. Time permitting we shall visit Karakalpakstan Museum of Regional Studies – more
known for Savitsky collection of Russian avant-garde were transport by Igor Savitsky hidden from the eyes of Stalin era purges of imperial period art work.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 05 | Nukus/Toprakala/Khiva – 210 kms

Morning excursion to Chimbay a small town known for making yurt implements. Yurt makers are slowly passing with the passage of time and this art could be at its end.

We shall be visiting traditional yurt making families involved in selling them among the nomadic communities from the large steppes of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. It is interesting to see the sorting of strong indigenous wood and shaping it into the main structure of a yurt. On return visit Mizdakhan necropolis with the only subterranean tombs of local rulers and spiritual leaders.

Afterwards depart for Khiva – our next stop will be to look at Shilpyk Kala – the Tower of Silence. Later continue to Toprak Kala – the royal fortress of the local ruling class. The fortress was well laid out in typical Persian style of construction applied for Khorezm
region. Toprak Kala dates from 2nd BC and the later occupants were from Sassanid period 2nd to 7th AD. There was residence or the palace of the ruler situated on high plinth near the fire temple. The series of rooms associated with ceremonies were located nearby. After a general visit of the site we shall continue to Khiva arrival and transfer to Hotel Malika Khivaek or similar.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 06 | Khiva

Full day tour of Khiva – the walking tour of Khiva enables us to discover and explore the legendary walled city which once held a powerful Kungirod Khanate that extended upto Merve in the south while the northern boundaries covered Mangyshtau peninsula.
Khiva is an excellent example of Khorezmian architecture in brick with usage of tile work as part of pattern or décor. The walled city looks like a place lost in the in the legendary ‘1001 nights’ of the orient. Today it looks like an open air museum of Islamic architecture which was added from 15th century and onwards till the takeover by Bolsheviks.

We shall start our tour with visit of Ichan Kala, Kunya Arg, madrassah Rakhimkhon, mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, Islamkhodja minaret and museum, the Friday mosque with many pillars and Tashauli harem you will have ample free time to roam around the walled city

Overnight at the hotel

Day 07 | Khiva/Bukhara – Train – 0845/14448 hrs

Morning we shall depart by train to Bukhara – through the Kyzylkum desert (red sands)

On arrival transfer to Hotel Zargaron Plaza or similar

Later in the afternoon explore the old city of Bukhara – we shall have a walking tour of Lyabikhauz the famous pond is a sight where local elders gather in the afternoon over a cup of tea. Also visit nearby Nadirkhon Devanbegi madrassah, the smaller cupola, Mohgaki Attari mosque known for its origins a fire temple, Nestorian church or a mosque.

Later walk to Tilpak Frushan (hat sellers), Tim Abdullah, madrassah Ulugbek and Aziz Khan and later visit Chor Minor

Day 08 | Bukhara

Full day sightseeing tour of Bukhara

We shall then continue in the afternoon by visiting Arg Fortress, Balakhauz mosque, Ismail Samanid mausoleum 9th century architecture of Zoroastrian character. Ismail ibn Ahmad the noble ruler and founder of powerful Samanid Dynasty. Later we shall visit Poi Kalon minaret and mosque – Poi Kalon minaret is beautiful example of early Islamic architecture of Central Asia was built by Kara Khanid ruler Il-Arsalan in 1127 AD. This is a remarkable building and its décor in brick is fascinating. The nearby mosque was burnt to ashes during the Mongol invasion in 1225 AD but thanks to high position of the minaret that it was spared of destruction which was then used as lookout tower. This is an important part of Bukharan buildings as there existed fire temples and some other secular buildings free time in the afternoon to explore the old part

Overnight at the hotel

Day 09 | Bukhara/Nuarata/Aidorkol – 327 kms – Jeep

Morning depart for Aidorkol by jeeps – we shall make our first stop at Gijduvan – the town known for potters. We shall visit the family of Alisher from third generation of potters is known for its own indigenous style and coloration. His pottery works have been visited by state guests like late Princess Diana and Ms Hillary Clinton and many others.

Afterwards we shall proceed to Nurata – the town in the desert has seem many invading hordes but was settled city after the arrival of Arabs converting a large number of local to Islam. We shall visit local shrine and the so-called grave of Alexander the Great’s soldier. see the sacred fish pond with a crystal clear spring water oozing out for centuries and is regarded as place of reverence by the local people after our lunch at a local house we shall proceed to Aidorkol the huge reservoir now looks more of a desert lake. In the first two weeks of April Kyzlkum springs up and many flowering plants start appearing in the desert – the beautiful is the wild tulip. We have some varieties of tulip in the desert while some species are found in the hilly range of Nuratau we shall take off the road to Aidorkol Lake to Yurt camp – on arrival transfer to cottages while for lovers of Yurts may take the accommodation of choice

Overnight at the hotel

Day 10 | Aidorkol – Jeep

Morning excursion to Ukhum valley in Nuratau mountain range – we shall drive up the valley to reach the interesting village higher up. On arrival we are escorted to National Park area to see Argali Sheep (ovis amon argali) thriving in this reserve as a protected species. Later we shall have a walk through the village meeting local folks of the valley.

We are entertained for Lunch at the local house Afterwards drive back to your resort – horse ride around the area of the resort or walk around – April – May we can see birds flying back from India and Pakistan taking resting stop before flying out to Siberia and vice versa in Sept – Oct evening we are entertained to a BBQ Dinner outside before our cocktail party.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 11 | Aidorkol/Samarkand – 165 kms – Jeep

Morning we shall take ride out of the desert lake onto steppes and drive through exciting rough road to Samarkand. On arrival transfer to Hotel Grand Samarkand. Lunch at the hotel.

Later in the late afternoon we shall visit Registan Square to see sunset on the three beautiful madrassahs.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 12 | Samarkand

We shall spend full day touring Samarkand which is one of the highlights of any Central Asian visit. Samarkand as was known from the ancient times existed when the Babylonian civilisation was at its zenith. The Turkic roaming tribes from the steppes and the expansion of Persian speaking tribes gave rise to new racial groups inhabiting Central Asia whilst Samarkand was mainly a concentration of Persian speakers later to be known in the history as Sogdians. Turkic and Sogdian tribes lived together in Sogdiana whereas one was pastoral and the other sedentary race. When Samarkand became an important halting station for the caravans it rose to prominence as one of the important cities in the steppes. The city was well protected with a huge wall which existed for centuries. Alexander the Great spent sometime in Samarkand boasting his successes followed by his predecessors who continued their rule. After the invasion of Sassanian Empire by the Arab armies in 8th AD the ancient religion was replaced with conversion of her population to Islam marking the beginning of a new era. Then it was in 13th century when Samarkand was destroyed by the Mongols who butchered its population and left the city at the mercy of time to recover. After the establishment of Mongol rule and division into confederacy of Mongol tribes, Samarkand saw a new era in history which in the coming centuries established her as the capital of a most powerful rule in the world under Tamerlane. His successors continued ruling till the advent of Sheybanid rule.

The murals found from the ancient site of Afrosiab depict the life in Samarkand with its character of a caravan city. People of various origins could be seen visiting the country prior to Islam highlighting a great trade activity that had contacts in east with China and in the west with the Roman world holding its Sogdian character. It was the place where apart from indigenous Zoroastrians, Buddhists, Nestorians and Manicheans lived in great harmony and mutual respect prior to Islam.

We shall tour the city visiting famous Registan Square with its overwhelming madrassahs of massive structures. Later visit Bibi Khanum mosque, Siyob market, the Silk Road bazaar, Shahi Zinda necropolis – one the unique places to see the best of tile and majolica in Central Asia. We shall then also visit Ulugbek’s Observatory, Afrosiab Museum and Gur Emir, the mausoleum of Tamerlane.

Day 13 | Samarkand

Today we shall take a long day excursion to Langar Ota, as secluded village will be a good insight into the rural and remote villages of Uzbekistan/ We shall visit the shrine of medieval period shrine of Langar Ota and 16th century mosque which has been there in her original state. On the route we shall visit Shakre Sabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane.

Visit Ak Saray Palace ruins where only portal suggests of an impressive structure and grandiose of a palace once it had. Later visit Dorus Tilavat seiminary, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Dorus Saidat, the crypt of Tamerlane and the old Friday mosque we shall then return via beautiful Takhtakarcha pass the route of Tamerlane.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 14 | Samarkand/Tashkent – Train 1700/1910 hrs

We shall spend the day exploring the Sunday market of Urgut in the outskirts of Samarkand. We shall visit the Urgut and hosted by one of embroidery master’s master in his house – see the beautiful collection of embroidery later we shall visit the village market and return in time for our evening train to Tashkent arrival and transfer to Hotel Miran or similar.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 15 | Tashkent/Ferghana valley – Train – 0805/1216 hrs

This will be an interesting train journey over the scenic Kamchik pass – the train passes through beautiful countryside rising to the pass through a long tunnel arriving into Ferghana valley and slowly trudging interesting part of the valley. We shall disembark at Kokand – taking ride by our coach in waiting – visit the Khan Khodoyar Khan’s fortress residence museum, visit Danagar nearby to see the wood carvers. Afterwards proceed to Rishton – we shall see the pottery works of master Rustam Usmanov see his workshop and small museum
afterwards proceed to Ferghana and on arrival transfer to Hotel Asia Ferghana.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 16 | Ferghana/Tashkent – HY084 – 2125/2220 hrs

Today we shall spend the day exploring the traditional Silk making – cocoon to separation of silk thread on the spindles, the designing, tie and dye process and cleaning then to the looms the interesting process ends up into turning out of beautiful silk cloth in many designs – later visit Ishan Hoja madrassa to see silk masters, cloth stamping and carpet making afterwards proceed to Andijan the birthplace of Babur the Great founder of Moghul Dynasty of India. We shall then visit one interesting market of Shaxrikhon – see the
traditional knife makers later drive through the orchards of Ferghana valley to the city transfer to airport for your flight to Tashkent
arrival and transfer to Hotel Miran or similar

Overnight at the hotel

Day 17 | Tashkent/Depart – Flight

Morning transfer to airport for your departure flight

Tour Ends

What's included

  • Return economy flight from London Heathrow
  • Hotel accommodation based on the itinerary - 4* or similar twin or double occupancy
  • Meals as per program – daily breakfast + dinners (on days 04 and 11) + lunch (on days 03 and 09)
  • Airport to hotel and hotel to airport transfers throughout the itineraryAir-conditioned transportation for all city tours and excursions
  • Inter-city transportation throughout the tour by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Train tickets (economy class) from Khiva to Bukhara, from Samarkand to Tashkent and from Tashkent to Kokand
  • English speaking escort cum guide for the complete tour
  • Entrance fees at museums and sites during city tours & excursions.
  • One bottle of water daily per person

What's not included

  • Airport taxes, travel insurance
  • Visa support and visa fees.
  • Beverage and meals not included in the menu
  • Camera fees where applicable
  • Items of personal nature including extra luggage charges, room service, medical expenses etc.
  • Trip cancellation, medical and accident insurance
  • Anything not stated in What's Included section

Accommodation

Tashkent : Hotel Lotte or similar
Aral area : Yurt camp
Nukus : Hotel Jipek Joly or similar
Khiva : Hotel Malika Kheivak or similar
Bukhara : Hotel Zargaron Plaza or similar
Aydarkol area : Oxus Yurt camp (yurts or cottages)
Samarkand : Hotel Grand Samarkand or similar
Ferghana : Holtel Azia Ferghana or similar

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Why choose Lumle Holidays?

Our customers say our staffs are professional and we provide world-class service.

As an ATOL protected company, we guarantee your money is totally safe when you book a package with us.

All our specialists who handle your trip have travelled extensively or lived in their specialist countries/regions.

Price match guaranteed. We want to ensure we provide great value to your holiday.