Uzbekistan, Khiva, Bukhara,Tashkent

Uzbekistan - From Alexander the Great to our days

Uzbekistan, Khiva, Bukhara,Tashkent

Uzbekistan - From Alexander the Great to our days

Price
$795
+ flight to Tashkent and back home
Duration
9 days
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Walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, exploring the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Sogdiana, conquered by the brave Macedonians. Glimpse into a real-life fairytales of the "Thousand and One Nights" on the narrow wattle and daub streets of Bukhara. Take a bath in the traditional bathhouse, open since the 16th century. Climb to the top of the two thousand years old fortress, and feel the tranquility of the huge Kyzylkum desert around you. For 9 days we will track the entire history of the region - from the emirs and khans who conquered India, to the Soviet Union. Also, you will learn all the secrets of Uzbek famous pilaf!

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Tashkent, checking into a hotel. We will walk in the central square and visit the madrassah (Islamic school) Kukeldash - one of the largest in Central Asia, built in the 16th century. The history of this building is unique - first school, then caravanserai (hotel), later it was used as a fortress, shooting the rebels against the Russian conquerors of Tashkent in 1860. It was even a place for execution - until 1865, from the height of the building, women accused of adultery were dumped on the stone floor. Now the building is again used as a madrasah. We will visit the Hast-Imam square - the center of old Tashkent. Previously, there were areas of wattle and daub houses, and now it is an island of history among asphalt, concrete and glass. Among the unique exhibits of the museum on the square is a collection of Korans, collected throughout Asia in the 16th century. The oldest Koran is of a huge size and dates back to the 13th century. We dine at the Chorsu bazaar, which was known back in the Middle Ages. They still make the most delicious pilaf, kebabs and other national dishes here. Refreshed, we walk along a huge bazaar, studying bright goods and brisk sellers. Particular attention is immediately attracted to ceramics - colorful teapots, dishes and tea cups hand-painted in various regions of Uzbekistan. Try to find on the most popular pattern the symbol of the country - cotton boll. By the end of the journey, you will understand the meaning of all these patterns and even the regions where this ceramics was made.
  • Day 2-3
    In the morning we fly to Urgench (2 hours), and from here we go by taxi to nearby Khiva (40 minutes) - an ancient city in the Khorezm state, which existed from the 16th century until 1920, until the Russian army overthrew the last khan. We will stay in a traditional hotel in the old town of Ichan-kala and see the minaret of Kalta-Minor - the only minaret completely covered with glazed tiles and majolica. We will also see the second-highest minaret in all of Central Asia - Islom-Khoja. Its height is 44.6 meters, and it is named after the chief vizier of the beginning of the XX century - a well-known reformer in the country, killed by the secret order of the khan. We leave to the Kyzylkum desert, which surrounds the city. Here, in the endless sands, stand two fortresses - Ayaz-kala and Toprak-kala. They remember the times when this land was part of the ancient Kushan kingdom and the local people were not Muslims, as now, but Buddhists and Zoroastrians. Climb to the top of the fortress to feel like a warrior of ancient times. Look closely at these endless sands - somewhere on the horizon, where the sand merges with the blue of the sky is India. Only 1700 years ago, India and Uzbekistan were one country! We drive to Bukhara through the desert (5-6 hours on the way) and check into a traditional hotel in the old town.
  • Day 4-5
    Bukhara was considered one of the centers of Islamic science and culture of Asia, and here the old districts are completely preserved. We will be lost and found on narrow streets between wattle and daub houses, between the arches of the old bazaar, small mosques and madrassas. Pay attention to the doors - they are all hand-carved and each is a unique work of art. We learn more about the history of this city and the tragic fate of the last Bukharian emir during a walk through the huge citadel Ark, which was built in the 5th century. In the mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshband - the founder of one of the main orders of Sufism - we learn more about Sufis and Dervishes. We will see a tree, which local pilgrims believe has grown in the place where the saint stuck his staff into the ground. You will also love Bukhara for traditional local music, unique handmade souvenirs that are not sold anywhere else - majolica and hand-painted tiles, embroidery, handmade knives, Bukhara sweets and local wines. Spend this evening in the traditional sauna, which has been working since the 16th century.
  • Day 6
    In the morning we leave for Samarkand, the ancient capital of the country. The trip will take a whole day. On the way, we will go to the city of G'ijduvon, the center of pottery. Do you remember the ceramics you saw in the Chorsu bazaar in Tashkent? In G'ijduvon you will see the whole process of its manufacture. Also on the way we will visit the city of Nurata, the origin of which is associated with Alexander the Great. According to some reports, he founded a Nur fortress here. We will see the remains of the fortress and visit the Muslim complex of the 16th century, and then we will visit Aidarkul lake, where you can swim and see hundreds of exotic birds. In the evening we arrive in Samarkand and check into a hotel.
  • Day 7-8
    Two days we will spend studying the most famous city of Central Asia, and one of the oldest cities in the world. Founded in the 8th century BC, it experienced a special flourishing in the 15th century - during the time of the conqueror Tamerlane, who built the capital of his huge state here. Just imagine a country stretching from India in the east to Turkey in the west, to Russia in the north and to Saudi Arabia in the south! Not surprisingly, all the main structures of Samarkand are connected with Tamerlane. For example, we will see the Bibi-khanim mosque that was built after the victorious return of the ruler from India. For the construction, elephants, driven from India, were used. Need we say that you will be amazed by a huge complex of 15th century Registan, which is rightfully considered one of the best examples of Persian architecture? None of the photos and videos convey its grandiose scope. No less interesting is the mausoleum of Tamerlane, where the great conqueror himself, his sons, grandchildren and teacher are buried. On June 16, 1941, Soviet scientists conducted excavations of the tomb and, according to legend, saw a scary inscription on the tombstone - expect war if Tamerlane is disturbed. Is it a coincidence that the USSR was attacked in just a few days? Look at the building of the tomb with its traditional blue domes - does it resemble the Taj Mahal in India? It is believed that the mausoleum served as a prototype for Taj Mahal, which was built by the descendant of Tamerlane - Shah Jahan, the ruler of northern India. The times of Tamerlane will seem like a very recent history comparing to the site of Afrosiab, where the capital of ancient Sogdiana was located. We will walk in the ruins of the state which fought with the armies of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC. History has not retained much information about this country, except for the war with the Macedonians. But it is known, for example, that Sogdian princess Roxana became the first wife of Alexander the Great.
  • Day 9
    We will enjoy traditional Uzbek breakfast - with tea, sweets, fruits and pancakes. Bid farewell to Samarkand, take a train to Tashkent (4 hours on the way) and fly back home.
Uzbekistan, Khiva, Bukhara,Tashkent Uzbekistan, Khiva, Bukhara,Tashkent
Trip code: ARAK
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At a Glance
Kyzylkum desert, Tamerlane mausoleum, Handiscarfts workshops, Registan square, 5th century Ark fortress, City of traditional ceramics, Bazaars, Forts in the desert, Aydar Lake
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Dates Availability
2019
18.05 - 26.05 Available for booking
01.10 - 09.10 Available for booking
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18 May - 26 May Available for booking $795 $195 Rus.,Ukr.,Eng. Book
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Departures 18.05.2019 - 26.05.2019
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Price $795
Deposit $195
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Departures 01.10.2019 - 09.10.2019
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Price $795
Deposit $195
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Group size 12 persons.

Walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, exploring the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Sogdiana, conquered by the brave Macedonians. Glimpse into a real-life fairytales of the "Thousand and One Nights" on the narrow wattle and daub streets of Bukhara. Take a bath in the traditional bathhouse, open since the 16th century. Climb to the top of the two thousand years old fortress, and feel the tranquility of the huge Kyzylkum desert around you. For 9 days we will track the entire history of the region - from the emirs and khans who conquered India, to the Soviet Union. Also, you will learn all the secrets of Uzbek famous pilaf!

Is this trip for you? 

This trip is of easy physical grade. It involves one 8-hour long car ride through the desert and several short car rides (3-5 hours). We will also take one short domestic flight. We will also walk in cities and towns. The weather might be very hot - up to 40 degrees Celsius. Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist c;ass hotels, all will have attached bathroom, hot water, wi fi internet and traditional Uzbek breakfast.

The price of the trip includes: 

  • Accommodation in double/twin rooms of mid range hotels;
  • All transportation including trains, buses, cars, taxis and public transportation of all kinds;
  • Flight from Tashkent to Urgench;
  • Breakfasts in hotels;
  • Professional guiding services.

To be paid separately: 

  • Flight to Tashkent and from Tashkent back home;
  • Tickets to palaces, museums and other places of interest ($50);
  • Food, except breakfasts, ($10-12 per person per day);
  • Medical insurance (mandatory).
At a Glance
Kyzylkum desert, Tamerlane mausoleum, Handiscarfts workshops, Registan square, 5th century Ark fortress, City of traditional ceramics, Bazaars, Forts in the desert, Aydar Lake
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Dates Availability
2019
18.05 - 26.05 Available for booking
01.10 - 09.10 Available for booking

Walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, exploring the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Sogdiana, conquered by the brave Macedonians. Glimpse into a real-life fairytales of the "Thousand and One Nights" on the narrow wattle and daub streets of Bukhara. Take a bath in the traditional bathhouse, open since the 16th century. Climb to the top of the two thousand years old fortress, and feel the tranquility of the huge Kyzylkum desert around you. For 9 days we will track the entire history of the region - from the emirs and khans who conquered India, to the Soviet Union. Also, you will learn all the secrets of Uzbek famous pilaf!

Have a question?
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Dates Availability
2019
18.05 - 26.05 Available for booking
01.10 - 09.10 Available for booking

Citizens of many countries need a visa to enter Uzbekistan. Visa can be applied for in Uzbekistan embassy in the country of residence prior to the trip.

We provide free visa consulting to your clients. 

At a Glance
Kyzylkum desert, Tamerlane mausoleum, Handiscarfts workshops, Registan square, 5th century Ark fortress, City of traditional ceramics, Bazaars, Forts in the desert, Aydar Lake
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Dates Availability
2019
18.05 - 26.05 Available for booking
01.10 - 09.10 Available for booking