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12 days tour. Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Tashkent

12 days tour. Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Tashkent
Day 1: Arrive Tashkent.

Arrive in Tashkent. Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check- in. Time for rest, Lunch. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Tashkent for 4 hrs: a visit to the Amir Temur Square, Theatre Square with the Opera House, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, People’s Friendship palace with Abdul Kasim Madrassah and Alisher Navoi National Park, Independence Square. Night in Tashkent.

Day 2: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva.

Early transfer to the airport and fly to Khiva at 07:00.
Arrive Urgench and drive to Khiva ( 30km) .Hotel check-in and breakfast.
Full day for sightseeing of Khiva - AM sightseeing including visits to the inner town of Ichan Kala (XIV - XX CC) with Muhamad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhammad Rahimkhan Madrassah, Djuma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli Palace.

Lunch in so called restaurant - Madrassah of the XIX century.
PM sightseeing for 2 hrs: Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausolem in Khiva.

Day 3: Khiva - Bukhara (460 km, 7 hrs).

Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Bukhara through the Kizilkum desert. Stop en route near the Amu Darya River for picnic lunch.
Arrive Bukhara, hotel check-in, free time. Dinner. Night in Bukhara.

Day 4: Bukhara.

Breakfast in the hotel. Full day in Bukhara.
AM portion of city tour for 4 hrs with the visit to the Ark Fortress (I - XX CC), Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum (XX - X CC), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (XII - XVI CC), Lunch.
PM portion of s/s tour on foot along the old town of Bukhara from Poi - Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret(XII C) through orient bazaars with three trade domes of Toki Zargaron (XV C), (XVI C), Toki Telpak Furushon (XVI C), Ulugbek Madrassah (XV C), Abdulla Khan Madrassah (XVII C) to the Lyabi Dinner. Night in Bukhara.

Day 5: Bukhara.

Breakfast in the hotel. Today we drive outside Bukhara for sighseeing:
Bahautdin Nakshbandi Complex - a center of Sufism (XIV - XVI CC, 14 km outside the town), Sitorai Mokhi Khosa-summer palace of the last Emir of Bukhara (XIX - XX cc., 4 km outside the town). Lunch.

Afternoon visit to the Chor Bakr Nekropolis (XVI - XX cc, 10 km outside the town),back to Bukhara and a visit to the Chor - Minor (Four Minarets, XIX c). Dinner in Nadir Devonbeghi Madrassah with folk show. Nigtht in Bukhara.

Day 6: Bukhara.

Breakfast in the hotel. Sightseeing. Night in Bukhara.

Day 7: Bukhara - Gizduvan - Samarkand (290 km, 4-5 hrs).

After breakfast transfer to Samarkand . Stop en route at a potter’s house in Gizduvan where You can observe the whole process of making beautiful ceramic wares by master Rustam and his apprentices: teapots, saucers and so on.

Arrive Samarkand and hotel check-in. Dinner. Night in Samarkand.

Day 8: Samarkand.

Breakfast in the hotel. Full day in Samarkand. AM sightseeing tour in Samarkand for 4 hours: Ulug Beg's Observatory (XVc), Tombstone of Saint Daniyar, Excavation site of an ancient city Afrasiyab and the Afrosiyab Museum.

PM s/s for 3 hours visiting the magnificent Registan Square (XV - XVII cc), the noblest square in Central Asia. You finish today’s tour at the beautifully decorated Bibi Khanym or Friday Mosque (XIV - XV cc) and Samarkand local bazaar.
Dinner. Night in Samarkand.

Day 9: Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Samarkand.

Breakfast in the hotel. One day trip to Shahrisabz ( 150 km, 2,5 hrs)
Morning drive to Shahrisabz - Tamerlane's birthplace and his second capital, through Tahtakaracha mountain pass (1000 meters above the sea level), enjoying the nature in the mountains and stopping at the top of the pass.

During the 2 hour sigtseeing tour of Shahrisabz You can enjoy the bright example of Central Asian architecture of XIV - XV centuries by visiting the remains of Amir Temur’s colossal Summer Palace - Ak Saray, Ulugbek’s Blue Domed Mosque and 15th century mausoleum of Jahangir - elder son of Amir Temur.

Drive back to Samarkand stopping for lunch at a local teahouse located in the picturesque site of the mountains.

Arrive Samarkand. Dinner.Night in Samarkand

Day 10: Samarkand.

Breakfast in the hotel. Full day in Samarkand.
AM city tour for 4 hours to the Gur - Emir Mausoleum (XIV - XVcc) -Tamerlane's tomb, a jewel of Islamic art, Rukhabad Mausoleum and the beautiful 14th century mausoleum complex of Shah-I-Zinda. Lunch.

PM visit to the “Samarkand-Bukhara Silk Carpets” factory for 2 hours where You can observe the whole process of weaving silk carpets based on “hand made” technology. Dinner. Night in Samarkand.

Day 11: Samarkand -Tashkent.

Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Tashkent (320 km,5 hrs).
Arrive Tashkent and hotel check - in. lunch.

Afternoon visit to Tashkent Metro, Hast - imam complex and Chorsu oriental bazaar
Dinner. Night in Tashkent.

Day 12: Tashkent.

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

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