EN08AK – ASTANA EXPO 2017 – Uzbekistan Extension – 8 days/7 nights

EN08AT – Astana EXPO 2017 special travel offer – Uzbekistan Extension.

Have a look to the most beautiful country in Central Asia – Uzbekistan after your visit of EXPO 2017. Blue Domes, Stunning Madrassahs and unique Uzbek Cuisine in Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand will complete your journey to the land of ‘Stans’. 8 days / 7 nights itinerary with direct Astana Air flights from Astana, Kazakhstan, starts every Tuesday. Book this tour now and get promotional discounts from Afsona Travel LLC, MICE & DMC Uzbekistan.

Day Tour description 

Route: Astana – Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara  – Gijduvan – Samarkand – Tashkent – Astana 

Day 1


Astana – Tashkent

Fly from Astana to Tashkent via Air Astana flight KC123, departure at 09:15 pm, arriving at 10:20 pm (time shown: local time at the destinations).


Arrival to Tashkent.

More information about Tashkent you could find in our Tashkent Travel Guide.

Transfer to the hotel.

Stay in the hotel.

Day 2


Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva

Early light breakfast in the Hotel.

Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Urgench by HY1051 at 07:50.

Arrival in Urgench at 09:30, transfer to Khiva.

Civilization has existed in this oasis area for at least four millennium. The historic center of Khiva has been preserved in its authenticity, and for that reason it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. To enter Khiva is to traverse into medieval times. This walled city dates from the Xth century and is in essence an outdoor historical, architectural and cultural museum. This was the capital for the khans of Khiva, and the major monuments from the Xth to the XIXth centuries are intact. These include the Ichan-Qala gates and the wall, as well as the Khuna Ark. It is worth noting that the great IXth-century mathematician al-Khwarizmi (Latinized as Algoritmi) was born in Khiva. He is as famous in the Middle East as Euclid is in the West. We owe algorithms to Algoritmi (the mathematical foundation of Internet search) and to some degree algebra, from his book Al-Jebr.

More information about Khiva you could find in our Khiva Travel Guide.

Sightseeing: Mukhammad Amin Khan and Kalta Minor (XVIII century), Kunya-Ark (ancient fortress) (XVII – XIX century); Mukhammad Rakhim Khan Madrasa (XIX century); Said Allaoutdin Mausoleum (XIV century); Jami Mosque with 212 wooden columns (XVIII century); Tash Khauli, the second residence of khans of Khiva (XIX century); Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum (XIV – XX century); Islam-Khodja ensemble (beginning of the XX century); bazaar; wood carvers workshops.

Lunch in Chaykhana.

Dinner in Summer Palace – Toza Bog.

Night in the hotel.

Day 3


Khiva – Urgench – Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to the airport and morning flight to Bukhara (HY1052, 09h35m – 10h35m).

Arrival at Bukhara.

UNESCO, in naming Bukhara a World Heritage site, states: “It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact.” In a bit of one-upmanship locals like to say, “Samarkand is the beauty of the earth, but Bukhara is the beauty of the spirit.” It exudes a beguiling, old-world atmosphere.

More information about Bukhara you could find in our Bukhara Travel Guide.

Walk around the old city which was a teeming commercial centre during the heyday of the Silk Road. Visit the Poi Kalyan complex (the minaret is one of the rare monuments that survived the destructive wrath of Ghengis Khan who destroyed most of the monuments of Central Asia), miniature painter workshop, the Toki-Zargaron (dome of the jewellers), and Tim Abdulla Khan.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Visit’s continuation: Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble including Nadir-Divan-Beghi Madrasah (1622), Kukeldash Madrasah and Nadir-Divan-Beghi khanaka (1620), Magok-Attor Mosque, Trade Dome Toki-Sarafon (dome of the Moneychangers) and Toki-Tilpak Furushon (dome of the headgear sellers), Chor Minor.

Dinner in traditional house.

Stay in the hotel.

Day 4



Breakfast in the hotel.

Visits in Bukhara: The Ark Citadel (XVII – XX centuries), Bolo-Khaouz Mosque (1712), Ismail Samani Mausoleum (IX – X century), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (XIV – XVII century), Job source.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Visit Summer Palace – Sitora-i Mokhi-Khossa, one of the residences of last Emir of Bukhara.

Time at leisure.

Dinner in local restaurant.

Stay in the hotel.

Day 5


Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand

Breakfast in the hotel.

Drive to the village of  Gijduvan, famous for traditional pottery. You’ll see a demonstration of the making of traditional bowls and dishes at the potter’s home.

Departure to Samarkand.

Arrival and lunch at local restaurant.

The historic town of Samarkand, is considered the crossroads of world cultures with a history of over two and a half millennia. Evidence of settlements in the region goes back to 1500 BC, with Samarkand having its most significant development in the Temurid period, from the 14th to the 15th centuries, when it was capital of the powerful Temurid realm. The major monuments include the Registan mosque and madrasahs, originally built in mud brick and covered with decorated ceramic tiles, the Bibi-Khanum Mosque and Mausoleum, the Shakhi-Zinda compound, which contains a series of mosques, madrasahs and mausoleum, and the ensembles of Gur-Emir and Rukhabad, as well as the remains of Ulugh-Bek’s Observatory.

More information about Samarkand you could find in our Samarkand Travel Guide.

Visits in Samarkand:

Gur Amir Mausoleum visit, the beautifully tiled resting place of Tamerlane and his sons, the tomb of Tamerlane, great conqueror and the main architect of Samarkand (XV century). The arresting inscription on his tomb reads, “Were I alive, the world would tremble.” The tomb was opened in June, 1941 by a Soviet archeologist, and persistent legend holds that a dreaded curse was unleashed — Hitler’s invasion of Russia is regarded by many locals as its synchronized fulfillment.

Dinner in traditional house.

Stay in the hotel.

Day 6



Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit the Shakhi Zinda Necropolis where it is believed that the cousin of the Prophet Mohammed, Qusam ibn Abbas, is entombed. Many notables built magnificent tombs to be next to his, and it has long been a place of pilgrimage. Head to the centerpiece of the city and perhaps the epitome of architectural art of this journey. Excursion in Bibi Khanum Mosque which ones was the biggest Mosque in Central Asia, it was erected by Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399. Walking tour to Orient open market Siab located near Bibi Khanum.

Lunch in ancient caravanserai.

Continue to Registan Square the very heart of Samarkand with its madrassas of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kari (decorated with gold).

Dinner in local restaurant.

Stay in the hotel.

Day 7


Samarkand – Tashkent

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit of Ulughbeg Observatory, named for one of the world’s greatest astronomers. After, Silk paper factory visit: Samarkand was a big and only paper manufacturing center at the whole Middle East during the VIII and first half part of IX century.

Lunch at Silk paper factory.

Evening high-speed train to Tashkent “Afrosiyob” (17h00m-19h10m).

On arrival transfer directly to the dinner in the Gerogian restaurant – Gruzinskiy Dvorik.

Stay in the hotel.

Day 8


Tashkent – Astana

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visits in Tashkent:

Walking tour to Alisher Navoi Ballet and Opera House: Built by Japanese prisoners of war and designed Shusev the same architect who built Lenin’s tomb, the architecture of this opera is a skilled mix of a number of influences that characterise Uzbekistan: Islamic art is combined with classicism, that lead to beautiful results – with a neo-classical façade, topped with stalagmites, Moorish style. After – visits to Square of Independence, metro ride.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Visits of Friday Mosque and Kaffol Shoshi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah. Then, the vivid place of the old city – Chorsu bazaar where craftsmen selling traditional clothes and an assortment of oriental souvenirs. Visit the Museum of Decorative Arts: One of the most interesting museums in Tashkent is the Museum of Decorative Arts with an extensive collection of ceramics, carved wood, textiles, carpets, metalwork and other handicrafts.

Goodbye dinner in Caravan restaurant.

Transfer to airport and departure to Astana via Astana Air flight KC124, 23h50-02h55.

KC124 TUE TASHKENT (TAS) – ASTANA (TSE) 2350 0255+1


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