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This 11-day cultural tour of Uzbekistan will give you the opportunity to get acquainted with the rich culture, exciting history, and modern life of the ancient cities of the great silk road. During this tour, you will visit the ancient cities of Uzbekistan.
The legendary cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva in the distant past were a haven for old caravans traveling along the great silk road. In these cities lived the great khans, famous medieval scholars, masters, and craftsmen whose creations still delight tourists. During the tour, you will visit the open-air Museum Ichan-Kala, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and will also be an organized excursion to the Holy city of Bukhara and the legendary Samarkand.
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Arrive in Tashkent. Meet your guide at the airport. Upon arrival start a city tour of the capital city of Uzbekistan. Visit sacred places of Tashkent: Ensemble of Hazret Imam. Here you can see the oldest manuscript of Uzbekistan and a famous Muslim heritage –the Holy Koran Mushaf of Othman which also has a certificate of authenticity from UNESCO. Kukeldash Madrasah, located on the square Chorsu, was built in the 16th century during the reign of the Sheibankhan dynasty. Now it is a college, where the basics of Islam are taught. Lunchtime. After lunch transfer to the hotel and check in normal check-in time is 14:00. Take a rest at the hotel.
Accommodation: Shah Polan 4* Hotel
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll take a train to Kokand. (4hrs 02 minutes).
Arrive at about 12:00 and start the city tour. Visit Amir Temur Square, The main boulevard of the city, Khudoyorkhan Palace, Jome Mosque, Norbut by Madrassah. Then we'll have Lunch. Drive from Fergana to Rishtan to the house of a well-known craftsman, Usmanov. Enjoy learning how handmade ceramic potteries are made and experience making one.
Then, drive to Margilan and visit Said Akhmad Khodja Madrassah, the madrassah hujras (classrooms) which are now replaced with small shops of ceramic works, silk carpets, woolen scarves, traditional magnets, and handmade antique souvenirs. Then, drive to Yodgorlik, Silk Factory to see the production of the process of silk with Ikat patterns. Visit Kumtepa Bazaar, the biggest wholesale market in Fergana Valley. We'll spend about 3 hours in Bazaar. Then we transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Accommodation: Silk Road 3* Hotel
After having breakfast at the hotel, drive to the Dostlik border. (98,3 km – 2hrs drive). Border formalities will take about 30 - 40 minutes.
Your guide will pick you up at the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border and accompany you to Osh city (40 min. drive). In Osh city, you will go for a walk there and visit its most famous attraction, Suleiman Mountain. It is located in the center of the city and it is considered to be a pilgrimage place for local Muslims. According to an ancient legend, the biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman in the Koran) was buried at the foot of this mountain. Then, You'll take an evening flight to Bishkek.
Accommodation: Four seasons 4* Hotel
The first half of this day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Philharmonic, and many other places of interest. Then you'll be transferred to Issyk Kul Lake, surrounded by the celestial mountains. It’s the second-largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m. above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". You will spend the night in a resort by the lake.
Accommodation: Resort by the lake
In the morning is transferred to Almaty via the Kordai border. Upon arrival, you will have a city tour. The tour starts with sightseeing in one of the oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov
Park, where you will know more about the history of the city and see one of the highest wooden buildings in the world - Zenkov Cathedral. You will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for the freedom and independence of the country. Then you'll visit the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It is one of the oldest and largest museums in Central Asia. Then you will walk in the central part of Almaty, visiting Republic Square and the Monument of
Independence. The tour will continue at Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (it counts from the sea level) and where you will go by the picturesque winding mountain road. At the top of the hill, you can enjoy the magnificent panorama view of the city from the special observation deck, stroll along the winding paths of the Kok-Tobe park, visit the shop of national souvenirs, see the monument devoted to "The Beatles" (the only one in CIS countries). The tour ends with a short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway.
Accommodation: Grand Voyage 4* Hotel
Check out from Hotel and meet in Lobby. Excursion to Charyn canyon, located 195 km from Almaty. This picturesque indigenous locality impresses with its heavenly landscapes The canyon depth is 200m. The height of the bluff mountains of the Canyon reaches 150-300m. The canyon itself represents a monument of nature formed with sedimentary rocks aged more than 12 million years. The landscapes are virtually miraculous there. Charyn Canyon is getting scarlet, pink, and orange colors at sunset when the sun is disappearing behind the horizon. There is quietude around, and the Charyn river bobbles washing against the cliffs can only be heard from below. This site will leave nobody indifferent. Back to Almaty transfer to the airport take a flight to Shymkent and transfer to the border.
Accommodation: Shah Polan 4* Hotel
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the mountain and full day enjoyment with cable car and lunch in resort free time for personal outdoor activities like horse riding, and paragliding bike riding. On the way, we will stop in a local village and explore the local life of the people. After lunchtime, we will enjoy the beautiful view of Charwak lake. We'll return back to Tashkent and Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation: Shah Polan 4* Hotel
Take a morning super fast train “Afrosiyab” to Bukhara. Upon arrival, you'll start a city tour of Bukhara. You'll visit Lyabi Khaus Ensemble - Architectural ensemble Lyabi-Khauz is formed with three large monumental buildings: Kukeldash Madrasah in the north, khanaka and Nodir Divan-begi in the west and in the east. From the south, the square was closed with Trade Street. The center of the old Bukhara
large ensemble became a reservoir. Trading domes of Bukhara – the famous oriental wholesale bazaars - domes stretching in procession from Lyabi-Khauz to the Miri-Arab madrasah.Lunch. After lunch outside of Bukhara.
Accommodation: Rangerz 4* Hotel
After breakfast, you continue our visits to Bukhara. Ismoil Somoniy Mousaleum (This world-famous architectural masterpiece was built at the close of the ninth century. The mausoleum was erected as a family crypt immediately after the death of Ismail Samani's father). Then you'll visit Chashma Ayub Mausoleum. After lunch, You'll visit Bolo Khouz Complex, Bolo-Khauz Complex is the only preserved monument in Registan Square. It is located on the opposite side of Ark - the Emir's fortress. The complex consists of the reservoir, Friday mosque, and minaret. In the evening you'll Take a train to Samarkand and check in to the hotel when you arrived.
Accommodation: Bek 4* Hotel
You'll start the visits by Imam Al Bukhariy mausoleum – One of the great Islamic scientist's mausoleums. The mausoleum of Gur Emir is the burial place of Amir Temur and another princess of his family. Registan Square. Bibi Khanum Mosque, once the biggest mosque in Central Asia, was erected by order of Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399. Shakhi Zinda (Alive King ) Necropolis, a site of pilgrimage visited since the 11th century and marked by holiness. The mausoleum of Qusam Ibn Abbas the cousin of Prophet Muhammads (s.a.v) also in this NecropolisIt consists of about 20 mausoleums of different centuries built between the 11th – 19thcenturies. Interesting magic and historical legends will be told by your guide. Visit: Shopping at the famous oriental Siyob bazaar – The biggest dry fruit market in Central Asia. This market provides all Central Asian and Former Soviet Union countries with dry fruits. You can find here more than 1000types of dry fruits. Transfer to Railway station. Take a train to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent and transfer to restaurant for Dinner.
Accommodation: Shah Polan 4* Hotel
Today is the last day of the tour, You'll be transferred to the airport based on your departure flight time.
To enter Uzbekistan, visitors should have a visa (except for the 16 countries with a visa-free regime). To receive the visa, you should apply for visa support (letter of invitation) from a tour agency with a license from Uzbektourism. There are 51 countries with a simplified visa application procedure, meaning they do not need visa support to apply for a visa.
It is possible to obtain a visa at the international arrivals lounge of Tashkent International Airport if both of the following conditions are met: There is no Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate in the country where you are originating your flight to Uzbekistan. Connecting flights to Uzbekistan, where Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate exists, does not provide enough time to obtain a visa.
Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) are generally the most pleasant time to travel. The weather at this time is clear; in April, you will enjoy a colorful yet short spring in the desert. Autumn is harvest time, and the markets are full of fresh fruit. June and August are the best times for those who enjoy hiking because of the dry summer. In winter, the temperature usually varies between -5 and +5 (all temperatures are in Celsius), snow is usual for Uzbekistan, but there are sunnier than cloudy days. Coats, hats, gloves, and sweaters are recommended. In spring, the weather is mild; day temperature fluctuates between +15 and +25, reaching +30 - +35 close to summer. Casual, lightweight clothing for daytime and a light jacket or cardigan for the evening is suggested. If you plan to visit Uzbekistan in the summer, expect +36 - + 42. T-shirts and shorts will work best. It is highly recommended to wear a hat or a cap or to use a parasol. Early autumn is like spring; T-shirts for daytime and a light jacket might be needed occasionally for evening time. Mid-October and November are relatively calm; you will need light jackets during the day and a raincoat sometimes. Weather temperature decreases from 35 to 15 degrees from early to late autumn.
Generally, there are no strict limitations on clothing, especially in Tashkent and other major cities, where particularly young people enjoy full liberty with clothing. You can frequently encounter young ladies wearing traditional Islamic covers, but this is a personal preference rather than a must. In some provinces, however, such as Ferghana Valley, it would be better to avoid wearing shorts. The same rule is applied when visiting religious places, mosques, mausoleums, etc. Also, ladies should cover their shoulders and chest and preferably wear a hat or a headscarf. In the summertime, it would be advisable to follow the above recommendation to protect yourself from the sun. Also, sun protection lotions can be used.
Below we give distances between the main tourist cities. Tashkent-Samarkand: 315 km, Tashkent-Shakhrisabz: 390 km, Tashkent-Fergana: 315 km, Tashkent-Bukhara: 575 km, Tashkent-Khiva: 1015 km, Samarkand-Shakhrisabz: 90km, Samarkand-Bukhara: 265km, Samarkand-Fergana: 560km, Samarkand-Khiva: 710km, Bukhara-Khiva: 445km, Bukhara-Fergana: 825km
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