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Ancient Capitals of Central Asia

This tour is specially for those who remember the fairy tales of Shakhresad from their childhood and dream to visit the magic countries and cities where the characters of those tales lived. You will see the blue domes and noisy bazaars with your own eyes. You are welcome!

8 days of sinking into the unusual and wonderful atmosphere of ancient Moslem culture and Eastern Bazaars waiting for you on the crossroads of the Great Silk way.

 

DAY

ITINERARY

1 day

Arrival to Tashkent (by HY or LH from Europe or Asia). At any time of arrival meeting with a guide and transportation to Samarkand (about 250 km, 5 hs) by lux bus (short tea break in the national tea house - "choikhona" on the way there, even at night!). Accommodation in the hotels "Afrosiab", ****, Samarkand, ***, or B&B.

2 day

Sightseeing excursion about Samarkand (by foot, 4-5 hs): excursion to the Registan Square, where there are three Madrassahs. Visit the  Shah-i-Zindah complex (XI-XIX centuries), the Gur-Amir mausoleum (1404), Ulug Beck's observatory (XV century), an Eastern bazaar and other places of interest, meals at the national restaurants (not included). One can additionally order a concert of a folk music at the Registan Square, or plan a visit to workshops of artisans (blacksmiths, weavers, wood carvers, etc.), and other amusements. Free evening for walk, explore, or rest.

3 day

Excursion to Afrosiab   Ruins and excavations of the legendary mythologies Capital of the ancient Tsars of the East. Sand Town. Free evening.

4 day

Transportation to Bukhara by bus (280 km, 5-5,5 hs). Accommodation in the hotel "Bukhoro-New", ****, Bukhoro, ***, or B&B, DBL, BB.

5 day

Sightseeing bus excursion about Bukhara (app. 5 hs), visiting the famous Kalan mosque and minaret (1127) which is as high as 46 m above Bukhara, Mir-i-Arab madrassah (1535), ensemble Labi-Hauz pool  (XV-XVII centuries) and other places of interest.

6 day

Transportation to Urgench by bus (~500km, 7hs). Accommodation in the hotel Khorezm, **, or B&B, DBL, BB.

7 day

Sightseeing excursion to Khiva (by bus, app. 6 hs), an excursion about the town, visiting the oldest section of the town Ichan Qala, the Juma mosque with 24 columns of X-XII centuries, the Khodja Islam minaret (1910) and others. Accommodation in the hotel Khorezm, **, or B&B, DBL, BB,

8 day

Transfer to a\p of Urgench and flight to Tashkent. Departure from Tashkent for home by HY or LH, seeing off.

 

Options:

- a visit to Shakhrisyabz -one more ancient Moslem town, place of birth of Tamerlan,

- a small plane excursion to the Aidarkul lake, angling.

 

SEASONS:  ALL THE YEAR ROUND           

Prices are given in EUR per pax. One tourleader is free of charge.

 

Group of

10+1

20+1

30+1

SGL Supplement

Package price 4*

675

596

569

210

Package price 3*

547

474

450

140

Package price 3* and B&B

533

 

 

135

Prices do not include: visa support and consulate fees.

Optional excursion to Shakhrisyabz 254EUR FOR THE GROUP

 

There is the possibility to fly from Moscow directly to Samarkand without visit Tashkent. In this case we could build the same itinerary dependently on the flight from abroad to Moscow and back and taking into account the real schedule of flights Moscow-Samarkand and back for the next year.

  

!!! HIT OF ALL SEASONS !!!