12 Day Discover Uzbekistan

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Discover Uzbekistan
Wyndham Tashkent Tashkent
Bek Khiva Hotel Khiva
Basilic Hotel Bukhara
Komil Hotel Bukhara
Hotel Grand Samarkand Samarkand
Registan Plaza Hotel Samarkand

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$3749* $2789
$3869* $3059
$3949* $3059
Sep 21  (Sold Out) $3909* $3059
Sep 28  (Sold Out) $3639* $2849
$4389* $2949
$3589* $2739
$3749* $2949
$3489* $2689
$3639* $2639

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Land only passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 7:00 AM on Day 2 in order to attend welcome meeting and included sightseeing.

Passport information for all passengers must be submitted 60 days prior to departure.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend two to three hours on our feet during tours. The pace is fast. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. We have many early mornings. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. The tourism infrastructure in Uzbekistan is more limited than what you might be accustomed to from other tours. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Uzbekistan
Depart on your flight to Tashkent, Uzbekistan

DAY 2, Sunday - Discover Tashkent
Welcome to Uzbekistan with its ancient cities accented by turquoise domes, desert landscape and towering minarets. Transfer to your hotel and check-in upon arrival. In the morning, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers before embarking on a city tour of Tashkent, the country’s cosmopolitan capital. Walk the tree-lined streets to Independence Square dominated by the Memorial to WWII heroes with its eternal flame. Continue to the Alisher Navoi Theater built in neoclassical style, the Forum Palace and Amir Temur Square once dominated by a huge statue of Karl Marx. After lunch, visit the massive Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial. Then, a ride on the Tashkent metro reveals uniquely decorated stations, a legacy of the former Soviet Union. End the day at the Museum of Applied Arts occupying a home with bright carvings and decorative ceramics. Spend leisure time before tonight’s Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Tashkent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Khast Imam Square, Visit Chorsu Bazaar
The cultural tour of Tashkent begins at Khast Imam Square, religious center of the city and home to many exquisite mosques, monuments and madrasas (centers of Islamic learning) dating back to the 15th century. View the blue-domed Barak-Khan Madrasa with its imposing gateway and the Muyi Muborak Madrasa housing elaborate ancient manuscripts, including the oldest copy of the Koran in the world. Passing the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and Tillya Sheih Mosque you arrive at the bustling Chorsu Bazaar with its bright green dome – acres of spices, sweets, fresh-baked breads and crafts await you! Afterward, return to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Tashkent
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Flight to Urgench, Medieval Old Town of Khiva
Depart Tashkent by flight to Urgench. From here, drive past Goybu villages with their traditional homes to medieval Khiva. Upon arrival in this once major trading post on the Silk Road, take a walking tour along the ancient streets within the walled city, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pause at the elegant Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasa with its five domes and minaret decorated with bright geometric patterns of glazed bricks and the distinctive turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret, one of the iconic symbols of Khiva. Then to the Kunya Ark, the Khiva rulers’ own fortress and residence first built in the 12th century; remnants of the khans’ harem, stables, arsenal, barracks, mosque and jail can still be seen. Continue to Muhammad Rahim-khan Madrasa, one of the largest madrasas in Central Asia. After a traditional lunch, on to the grand Djuma Mosque and the revered Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum with its courtyards and intricate tilework, built in honor of the legendary poet and philosopher who became Khiva’s patron saint. Here, in the historical complex of Ichan-Kala in the medieval Old Town, visit the Islam Khodja Mosque with its striking minaret, one of the jewels of Khiva. Tour the palace of Tash Khauli, with its sumptuous interior decor including ceramic tiles, carved stone and wood; there are more than 150 rooms off nine different courtyards. Tonight, get together for dinner
Overnight: Khiva
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Toprak Kala, Ayaz Kala, Lunch in a Yurt Camp
Today, travel to the magnificent fortress of Toprak Kala, surrounded by a brick wall. View the King's Palace rising above the town with its three monumental towers that dominate the landscape. Next, to Ayaz Kala; view the towering mud-brick walls rising dramatically from the surrounding plains. Built on the edge of the Kyzylkum Desert between the 4th century BC and 7th century AD, these forts are the remains of regal palaces. At a nearby yurt camp, see traditional housing of Central Asian nomads made of rope that’s easily assembled and disassembled. Gather for a meal, wash with water from copper jugs and perhaps even get to ride a camel! Dinner is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Khiva
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Travel to the Holy City of Bukhara
This morning, depart on a day-long journey for Bukhara by coach. Drive through the Kyzylkum Desert where you will get to witness the depth of Uzbekistan's natural terrain. This will be the longest bus ride of your tour. You will depart Khiva in the early morning and arrive in Bukhara in the early evening. Included will be sufficient rest stops for your comfort and a break for lunch. Upon arrival in Bukhara, check into your hotel for overnight
Overnight: Bukhara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Friday - Bukhara’s Treasures
Today, discover the beauty of Bukhara, one of the most important ancient cities in Uzbekistan, dating back nearly 1000 years before Alexander the Great conquered Central Asia. Begin your walking tour at the architectural complex of Poyi-Kalon that includes the Kalon Mosque, large enough to hold 10,000 people. Pass the Madrasas of Abdulaziz Khan and Kosh on your way to the oriental bazaar, offering rows of shops selling jewelry, carpets, and carved wood. After lunch with the group, visit the Lyabi Khauz Ensemble and Nadir Devon Begi Madrasa in the heart of Bukhara. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or join the optional Tea Ceremony in Bukhara
Optional: Tea Ceremony in Bukhara (PM)
Overnight: Bukhara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Ark Fortress, Lunch in Gijduvan with a Ceramicist
Visit splendid Ismail Samani Mausoleum, a world-famous architectural masterpiece that was built for the founder of the Samanid dynasty at the end of the 9th century. Next, visit Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum that dates from the 12th century. Legend has it that the prophet Job struck his staff on the ground here, causing a spring to appear. Continue to the 5th century Ark Fortress, former residence of the emirs of Bukhara. Tour Bolo Khauz Mosque before your drive to the delightful town of Gijduvan, center of the ancient craft of ceramics. A special visit has been arranged to the home and shop of a skilled ceramicist. Share lunch, conversation and view some of the beautiful works displayed that reflect the culture of different regions of Uzbekistan. Return to Bukhara with leisure time to explore the artisan shops and wander the narrow twisting streets and alleyways. Relax at an outdoor café and enjoy the local coffee. This evening, dine on Bukharian cuisine
Overnight: Bukhara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Tahtakaracha Pass to Shakhrisabz, Historic Samarkand
Departing Bukhara, travel through the mountainous Tahtakaracha Pass to the city of Shakhrisabz, almost 2700 years old. The city’s center, with its exceptional monuments, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the gleaming white Ak-Saray Palace built for Amir Timur, founder of the Timurid Empire and the beautiful 14th to 15th century mosques and mausoleums. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Shakhrisabz. Journey to Samarkand, a city steeped in history that grew prosperous at the crossroads between East and West. Samarkand, considered the most romantic of the Silk Road cities, is adorned by decorative domes and minarets and is a melting pot of many different cultures and traditions. Tonight, join your group for dinner
Overnight: Samarkand
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Registan Square, Ulugbek Observatory, Home Hosted Dinner
The day begins at iconic Registan Square, the world-famous symbol of Central Asia with its colorful mosaics, blue domes and lofty arches. This plaza is surrounded by three impressively-decorated madrasas of the 15th to 17th centuries; Ulugbek Madrasa, Sherdor Madrasa and Tilya Kori Madrasa. Visit the sumptuous Guri Amir Mausoleum, final resting place of Timur (Tamerlane), the Turco-Mongol conqueror; its interior is covered with elegant turquoise arabesques and inscriptions in gold. After lunch, travel along the shores of the Siab to the sacred Mausoleum of Daniel, the Old Testament biblical prophet. Pilgrims from all over the world come here to worship. On to the Ulugbek Observatory, once known as the most advanced in the Islamic world. At day’s end, visit a local design studio, or spend free time on your own. This evening, a special dinner with a local family. Experience modern Uzbek culture, home cooked food, and learn the secrets of how to prepare Pilav, a traditional rice dish
Overnight: Samarkand
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Tuesday - Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Siab Market, High-Speed Train to Tashkent
Start the day at the Bibi-Khanym Mosque with its glistening blue domes, built as the largest mosque in the world enriched by stately minarets and carved marble décor. A jewel in Tamerlane’s empire, the mosque was constructed as a tribute to his wife. Afterwards, a walk through the energetic Siab Market, a special place where you can feel the dynamic atmosphere of this ancient city. On to Shah-i-Zinda, a necropolis that includes sparkling blue mausoleums, embellished with some of the richest tile work in the Muslim world. These mausoleums, strategically grouped along the narrow medieval streets are an important place of pilgrimage. Lunch is followed by a drive to the train station where you board the Afrosiyob high-speed train to Tashkent. Upon arrival, settle in at the hotel and relax before tonight’s Farewell Dinner. Bid goodbye to your newfound friends and to your journey through Uzbekistan
Overnight: Tashkent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart Uzbekistan
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Participate in the formal and graceful ritual of a traditional tea ceremony. The demonstration is a very practical way to show the high priority given to hospitality. When a guest arrives, the hostess will serve tea, usually accompanied by a traditional snack. The freshly brewed tea is poured from the teapot into a ceramic cup and then returned to the teapot three times, allowing the full flavor and aroma of the tea to develop. The fourth time, tea is poured into the guest's cup, filling it only halfway so that it will be the perfect temperature for the guest to enjoy.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour. Details to be provided locally.

Day #7 01 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $25.00
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