Day 1// Europe – Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent International Airport. You will start your tour by discovering Tashkent, which is a capital city and a commercial megapolis of Uzbekistan (it depends on your arrival time) or we may drive you to your hotel. Tour starts at 09:00 am after the breakfast, together with a local guide to discover the old and modern parts of Tashkent. This city tour will take you to see the bustling centre with its “Chorsu” bazaar. Drive through the main streets of Tashkent to see historical buildings such as complex of Khasti-Imam, where one of the four original Book of Usman Quran from 7 century is kept. You will also pay a visit to the magnificent and new buildings around the Amir Temur square. Take a guided tour through parts of Tashkent Parks (Option: Tashkent broad-way, Aqua park, Shahidlar maydoni). Return to your hotel. In the evening head to a local restaurant to taste Uzbek cusine and participate in a live show with popular Uzbek figures.
Day 2 // Tashkent – Bukhara (by train)
After breakfast, transfer to Railway Station to take a train towards Bukhara. After arrival to Kagan, a small town near Bukhara, we go to Ecocentre “Dzheyran” (40 km from Bukhara), which lies in Kyzyl-Kum desert along both sides of the main highway between town of Kagan and Karaulbazar. It is a special breeding center for goitered gazelles, kulans, Przewalski’s horses, rare Bukhara sheep and deer. The Ecocentre has two large areas – the first one fenced (5,145 ha) – for visitors and the other one is unfenced (11,300 ha). Visitors can visit the enclosure complex and attend 7 different walking or automobile trails (from 2 to 40 km – from 2 to 4.5 hours). Picnic at the premises of the Ecocentre. return to Bukhara and check-in to the hotel. Dinner at a house of craftswoman, who produces Suzzanne (suzanne is an embroidered piece of cloth, used as a wall decoration) and learn how to make traditional Uzbek pilaf, which is a national meal.
Day 3 // Bukhara
Bukhara is a historical and ancient city, which became a capital twice: first time as a capital of Samanidids empire (9 century) and second time was a capital of Shaybanids dynasty (1506). Before lunch we will pay a visit to the picturesque Naqishband Necropolis, the Royal Palace and travel through centre of Bukhara, where we visit many mixed madrasahs and mosques (by bicycle).
We will draw Bukhara’s picture on the Samarkand Paper. The drawing exercises will help us to gain better skills at drawing — and make us be more creative. In the afternoon we will walk around to admire the panoramic view over the city, which is well known as a musuem in open air. Overnight at the hotel, which is located at the heart of Bukhara.
Day 4 // Bukhara – Gijduvan – Aydarkul
We say good bye to Bukhara and head to Aydarkul after breakfast. On our way to Aydarkul we will travel across the varied landscape of the Bukhara and stop-by at Gijduvan to have a look a ceramic workshop. Here you will get acquainted with traditional Uzbek craftsmanship, where you can take some photos with ceramic goods and purchase of them and get master class with famous Uzbek master in Gijduvan and make experience how to create your own cup or plate as a souvenir. Continue our way to south and stop at Nurata to have a lunch-break. Arrival to the shore of Aydarkul. Familiarize with desert flora and fauna, make mehari tours on camel, enjoy swimming and fishing. Overnight in yurt camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner are included to the cost).
Day 5 // Aydarkul – Ukhum
Breakfast. Departure by car to Ukhum along the Aydarkul natural lake.Ukhum is a village which is situated at the footsteps of Nurata mountain. The road goes around the lake through Ukhum village, which incorporates villages, situated in the South of lake. You will have a look Ukhum and other villages in the area: Sintop, Temirqovuq, Qizilcha and Yangi qishloq. A great majority of population are ethnic tajiks.We will do some excursion in Ukhum. Lunch and dinner at local homestay, where you will spend lovely night.
Day 6 //Ukhum – Samarkand
After breakfast, we drive to Samarkand, which takes about 3 hours. After arrival to Samarkand transfer to the hotel and take a rest. Luncj at a local restaurant. After lunch you will spend the rest of the day with local guide to explore the attractions of Samarkand. Samarkand is coeval of Rome and marked its 2750 anniversary in 2007. We start our tour by visiting Samarkand paper factory “Meros” and the music school to play Uzbek traditional and international music instruments. Enjoy your rest of the day by exploring the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 // Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Maydanak
After breakfast drive to Shakhrisabz to have a look the historical monuments: We pass through the pass “Takhtaqaracha”.
On that trip we visit Ak-Saray, which was a grandiose palace of Tamerlane, built in his home town but nowadays we can see only ruins,
Complex Dor-us Soadat and Comlex Dor-ut Tilovat. Lunch at “Mingchinar”, a local tea house. We will pay a visit to the observatory at MAYDANAK. Maidanak observatory is unique due to its geographical location at the mid distance between the world’s main astronomical facilities at the Canaries and the Hawaii as well as to its high quality atmospheric conditions. Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp. We track the stars till midnight at Maydanak observatory.
Day 8 // Maydanak – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
After breakfast we drive to Samarkand to continue our visits to the historical monuments: Madrassa of Nodir Devonbegi; Complex Xuja Axroriy Vali. Lunch at a local restoran in Samarkand. Free time. In the afternoon we pay a visit to Child Care Centre together with our private driver/ tour guide. We meet with children and give them our presents (books and pencils and ect.) Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 // Samarkand – Tashkent
After breakfast check-out and continue guided tour to have a look the historical sights of Samarkand including Registan, Guri Emir, Bibi-Khanum. Linch at a local restaurant. After lunch pay a visit to Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. At 16:30 transfer to the railway station. Leave for Tashkent at 17:00. Arrival to Tashkent and transfer to the hotel. Check-in in and relax before dinner. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 // Tashkent – Chimgan – Tashkent
Drive through the Chimgan resort where the scenery becomes more mountainous, picturesquely set beside lakes with Chimgan’s hightest mountains. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops to take photos at the vantage points. Picnic on the mountains. Stroll around Charvak Lake, where you can swim. return to Tashkent. In the evening head to a local restaurant for a memorable experience in a wonderful setting with good food.
Day 11 // Tashkent – Europe
Your tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport.
End of the tour!