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Travel Through the History of Silk Road (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan)

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Duration

10 days

Tour Type

Tailor-made

Group Size

1 - 6 people

Languages

English

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Itinerary

Day 1: Dushanbe

Flight to Dushanbe. Arrival at Dushanbe International Airport. Migration formalities usually take 20 min to 60 min: visa/passport control and baggage claim. Come out of the terminal and meet the driver and guide holding a sign “ANUR TOUR” or with your name on it. Transfer to the hotel to drop off the bags. Standard check-in (14:00). Start the Dushanbe sightseeing tour visiting: - the Tajik National Museum of Antiquities with the biggest Buddha in Nirvana. the museum has a total area of 24,000 sq.m and the exhibit space occupies 22 rooms with a total area of over 15,000 sq. m. The National Museum of Tajikistan is composed of four exhibition departments: the Department of Natural History, the Department of Ancient and Medieval History, the Department of Modern and Contemporary History and Department of Fine and Applied Arts. - Tajik flagpole-one of the World's tallest flagpoles (165-meter flagpole); - Main square of Dushanbe. The Monument of Ismoili Somoni - the forefather of the Tajik Nation Located at the heart of this vibrant city a selfie, group photo, or just a pic with the mountainous backdrop are all high on most visitor's lists. - Mehrgon Bazaar - one of the biggest markets of Dushanbe; Mehrgon is first and foremost a food market and as such, offers a plethora of agricultural produce alongside traditional Central-Asian delicacies, including mouthwatering fruits and vegetables, spices, bread, locally made cheese, meat and poultry, rural honey and perhaps most notably, a mind-boggling assortment of scrumptious dried fruits and nuts. Additionally, at the morning hours, homemade Tajik Plov (a rice dish with vegetables and meat), otherwise known as the national dish, is available at the morning hours. Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Almaz Guest House

Day 2:Dushanbe– Khujand

Breakfast at the hotel. 09:00 Transfer to Khujand (5 hours - 300 km) Khujand was the furthest point Alexander the Great reached in Central Asia and Khujand was a major city along the ancient Silk Road. the city was named Alexandria Eschate (Alexandria the Farthest), Start of the excursion program: - Pushkin square with Kamoli Khudjandi Square; - Timur Malik’s fortress and Sugd museum; - Muslihiddin memorial complex; - Panjshanbe bazaar (Khujand’s central market that has many stores offering a different kind of goods and services tourists). The Market is supposedly the biggest in Tajikistan. It was mostly vegetables and cheap Chinese products being sold, although the building itself was very beautiful once you found odd glimpses of the original structure. Tourists would find it useful for the money exchange there which is a way of getting rid of your unwanted Tajik Somoni before leaving the country.- Arbob Palace (Arbob palace had its particular significance in 1992 when it was the place for the meeting of the Tajik Soviet ministers who officially declared independence from the Soviet Union. Also, it was the site where the Tajik flag was chosen). 

Accommodation: Parliament Palace Hotel

Day 3: Khujand – Istaravshan – Penjikent

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Penjikent via Istaravshan town. Located in the northern foothills of the Turkistan mountain range, 78 km southwest from Khujand, Istaravshan is one of the most ancient cities of Tajikistan (more than 2500 years). Ancient name Cyropolis founded by Cyrus the Great in 544 BC as a boarding fort of the Achaemenid Empire. During the Soviet era, the city was known as Ura - Tyube. Overview sightseeing in Istaravshan visiting: - Mazori Sharif mausoleum, - Kog Gumbaz madrasa (16th century) - Kuhi Mug, the ruins of the ancient fortress. Arrival in Penjikent. Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Panjakent Plaza

Day 4: Penjikent – Samarkand

Breakfast in the hotel. 09;00 Start sightseeing tour in Penjikent visiting: -Sarazm is an ancient town and also a jamoat in north-western Tajikistan. It dates back to the 4th millennium BC and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. -The archaeological site of the ruins of old Penjikent - a walled inter-city (2500 years ago) that was a Sogdian trading city on the Silk Road. - Museum of Rudaki. Penjikent is the birthplace of Abu-Abdallah Rudaki, considered as the forefather of Persian Poetry with a hall devoted to Rudaki, and hall with the exposition of antiques : well-preserved frescoes of ancient Sarazm, coins, embroidered historical costumes, and many more. Lunch at the local café. Afternoon we are going to Uzbekistan, and meet the driver at the Uzbekistan side of the border. Transfer to Samarkand. Transfer to the hotel .

Accommodation: Caravan Serail

Day 5:Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. 09:00 Meet with your guide and driver at the hotel's lobby. Start sightseeing program in Samarkand (6 hours): – Gur Emir Mausoleum –Gur-e Amir is Persian for "Tomb of the King". This architectural complex with its azure dome contains the tombs of Tamerlane, his sons Shah Rukh and Miran Shah, and grandsons Ulugh Beg and Muhammad Sultan. Also honored with a place in the tomb is Timur's teacher Sayyid Baraka.  Continue to the famous Registan Square – the heart of Samarkand and a real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor, and Madrassa Tilla Kori. – Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city which was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15th Century; – Shahi Zinda Necropolis –The Shah-i-Zinda complex was formed over eight (from the 11th until the 19th) centuries and now includes more than twenty buildings, – Samarkand bazaar – Siyab. Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation: Caravan Serail

Day 6: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara

 Transfer to Bukhara via Shahrisabz. Meet the guide in Shahrisabz. Excursion tour in Shahrisabz includes visiting (2,5 hours). Ak-Saray Palace is a ruined palace and historic site in Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan. The palace was built at the beginning of the Timurid period, between 1380 and 1404,[1] under the reign of Timur.  Some parts of the gate tower survived to the present day.  Visit Kok Gumbaz,-Mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried. Continue to Bukhara. Arrival in Bukhara.

Accommodation: Amulet hotel

Day 7:Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. 09:00 Transfer to Bukhara via Shahrisabz. Meet the guide in Shahrisabz. Excursion tour in Shahrisabz includes visiting (2,5 hrs): - Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlane. The palace was constructed and decorated by deported from conquered Khorezm skillful builders, masters, and artisans. Some parts of the gate tower survived to the present day. - The mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat ("The Place of Power", XIV century) contains the tomb of Eldest and favorite Tamerlane’s son Jahongir. - Visit Kok Gumbaz, the so-called “House of Meditation. - Mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried. Continue to Bukhara. Arrival in Bukhara. Hotel check-in.

Accommodation: Amulet hotel

Day 8:Bukhara – Khiva

We eat Breakfast at the hotel.9:00 Transfer to Bukhara train station. 12:24 Departure for Khiva by train or transfer by car (It takes 7 Hours). 17:51 Arrival in Khiva. Transfer to the hotel. Resting time in the evening.

Accommodation: Old khiva hotel

Day9: Khiva

We eat breakfast at the hotel. 09:00  and Meet the guide at your Hotel. Start a walking excursion in the historical part of Khiva – Ichan-Kala (translated as “Inner town”). Ichan-Kala - the largest Museum in the open air in Central Asia consisting of: - Ata-Darvaza, Kunya- Ark; - Madrassah of Muhammad Rahim Khan; - Madrassah of Muhammed Aminhan; - Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva; - Tash Hauli, where the harem of 40 concubines was; - Caravanserai and Tim Allakulihan; - Pahlavan Mahmud Gates, Mausoleum of Seyd Allaudin, - Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum - one of the best works of Khivian architecture - the mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud - done in the tradition of Khorezm architecture of XVIII-XIX centuries and Pahlavan Mahmud Gates, - Islam-Khoja Madrassah -Seyid Islam Khodja was born to Seyid Ibrahim Khoja in 1872 in Khiva. The minaret is a symbol of the country and is an early example of the architecture of the XIV century. - Mosque and Jami Minaret.

Accommodation: Old khiva hotel

 Khiva – Tashkent

We eat breakfast at 07:00. Transfer to Urgench airport. around  10:00 Flight Urgench - Tashkent HY 12. 11:15 Arrival in Tashkent. Come out of the terminal and meet the driver and guide who will wait for you with a tablet "ANUR TOUR". Start a sightseeing tour of Tashkent (5 Hours) visiting old and new parts of the city: Amir Timur Square, The predecessor of the square is a park built during the first governor-general of the Russian Turkestan era. The square was at the intersection of two main streets, Moscow Street (now Amir Timur Street) and Kaufmann Street (now Milza Ulugh Beg Street), under the name of Constantinov Square. It was built in 1882 by Nikolai Ulyanov (working under Mikhail Chernyayev. Around the Square, there is the Museum of History of Timurids, Uzbekistan hotel, Forum Palace, and the famous Tashkent striking clock. - Tashkent striking clock, one of the major symbols of Tashkent. - Theater Square with the Opera House: State Academic Theater of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi built-in 1947 is one of the best opera theaters in the world performs both classical and national repertoires. - Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present, and future of the country. There are fountains standing for life energy of Uzbek people, the Cabinet and the Senate, the “Eternal flame" in honor of soldiers who died during the Second World War. - Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966, and is erected in the approximate place of earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent; - Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah; Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century (original Quran Othman). Khast Imam is one of the most significant spiritual centers in Central Asia and attracts the pilgrims and visitors all over the world. - Chorsu bazaar – the ancient bazaar of Tashkent. “Chorsu” means “four waters”, symbolically meaning the conjunction of four major parts of old city in bazaar where people come for trades. The bazaar beautiful blue dome, built in traditional style after the Tashkent earthquake, is often depicted in postcards and international magazines and became one of the major sights of interest both for locals and guests – one can see oriental tiled bazaar from different souvenir shops with ceramics, handicraft works, carpets and jewelry, the whole pavilion full of delirious fruits to the finest textiles and colorful fabrics. - Tashkent Metro (the first line was launched in 1977) with beautiful train stations each decorated in thematic style with traditional ornaments and special lightning. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure by evening flight. End of the tour.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation
  • All transfers with sedan cars
  • English-speaking professional local guides in Uzbekistan (5 standard excursions)
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sightseeing
  • Train tickets Bukhara– Khiva by standard train (economy class)
  • Tax per person
  • International flights
  • Internal flight Tashkent - Urgench (economy class, price subject to change)
  • E-visa to Uzbekistan; Tajikistan
  • Meal
  • Travel Insurance
  • Guides' tips
  • Personal expenses

Payment & Cancellation Policy

  • Booking Date: 30% deposit on the booking date
  • The rest can be paid two weeks prior to the start
  • In case of booking the tour 14 days prior to the start, the entire tour fee should be paid.
  • Free cancelation up to two weeks before the arrival date.
  • 30% penalty for 14 to 5 days before the start date.
  • The tour will be non-refundable after five days before the start date.

Frequently asked questions

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. Cities Distance, km Tashkent-Samarkand 315 Tashkent-Shakhrisabz 390 Tashkent-Fergana 315 Tashkent-Bukhara 575 Tashkent-Khiva 1015 Samarkand-Shakhrisabz 90 Samarkand-Bukhara 265 Samarkand-Fergana 560 Samarkand-Khiva 710 Bukhara-Khiva 445 Bukhara-Fergana 825

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 1 Pax 1 1 0
2 2 Pax 2 2 38
3 3 Pax 3 3 46%
4 4 Pax 4 4 51.5%
5 5 Pax 5 5 55.2%
6 6 Pax 6 6 57.66666

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