EN08YR – Yurt Camp and Main Cities of Uzbekistan – 8 days / 7 nights

Day Tour Description
Route London or Paris  – Tashkent – Urgench/Khiva – Bukhara – Yurt camp – Samarkand – Tashkent – London or Paris
Day 1 – FRI 

London/Paris – Tashkent

Overnight flight.
Day 2 – SAT 

Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent at 08h25. Transfer to the hotel.

Walking tour to Alisher Navoi Ballet and Opera House Built by Japanese prisoners of war and designed by 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. Independance Square. The tube.

Lunch in restaurant.

Visits of Friday Mosque and Kaffol Shoshi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah.

Visit 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.

Welcome dinner at the local Chaikhana.

Day 3 – SUN 

Tashkent – Urgench (1h40 by flight) – Khiva (35 km)

Early breakfast.

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

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

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.

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

Lunch in a chaikhana during the visits.

Dinner in local restaurant.

Day 4 – MON 

Urgench – Bukhara (1h by flight)

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport and morning flight to Bukhara by HY1052 at 10:10, arrival at 11:10.

Visit 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.

Walk around the old 1h 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.

The visit will include the Toki-Zargaron (Dome of the jewellers), Tim Abdoulla Khan.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Sightseeing: Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble including Nadir-Divan-Beghi Madrasah, Kukeldash Madrasah and Nadir-Divan-Beghi khanaka; Magok-Attor Mosque; Trade Dome Toki-Sarafon (Dome of the Moneychangers) and Toki-Tilpak Furushon (Dome of the headgear Sellers); Chor Minor.

Dinner in the local restaurant.

Nigh in hotel.

Day 5 – TUE 

Bukhara – Yurt Camp (180 km or 3 h)

Breakfast.

Sightseeing: The Ark Citadel, Bolo-Khaouz Mosque, Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Job source.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Embark on a drive to the yurt camp.

Visit Nurata on the way : Alexander’s fortification and the Mosque with the holy fish.

Arrival to the yurt camp. Check-in and rest.

Dinner with Akyn musicien.

A yurt is a portable, bent wood-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by Turkic nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. Yurts have been in use at least since the 13th century, and there are indications that the design is much older.

Stay in the yurt camp.

Day 6 – WED 

Yurt Camp – Samarkand (190 km or 3 h)

Breakfast.

Drive to Samarkand.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Afternoon sightseeing tour in Samarkand, known as the “Mirror of the World”, beginning with The square is a striking ensemble of three madrasahs (Arabic for “schools”) and mosques, one of which was built in the 15th century, and the other two completed in the 17th century. On seeing this square in 1899 the British diplomat Lord Curzon wrote, “I know of nothing in the East approaching it in massive simplicity and grandeur.” Adjacent is the lively Silk Road Bazaar – its colorful offerings are a visual feast.

Visit Gur Amir Mausoleum, the beautifully tiled resting place of Tamerlane and his sons, the tomb of Tamerlane, great conqueror and the main architect of Samarkand.

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.

Night in a hotel.

Day 7 – THU  

Samarkand – Tashkent (300 km or 2h10 by train)

Breakfast.

Continue to 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.

Silk paper factory visit. Samarkand was one and only paper manufacturing center at the whole Middle East during the VIII and first half part of IX century.

Lunch in Silk paper factory.

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 of the Siab Bazar located near Bibi Khanum.

Evening high-speed train to Tashkent “Afrosiyob” (17h00-19h10).

On arrival transfer to the local restaurant.

Night in a hotel.

Day 8 – FRI 

Tashkent – London/Paris

Breakfast.

Visit local designer’s workshops. The designers create interesting, fashionable and high quality clothes. They make objects for the interior (carpets, cushions etc.) and many useful accessories, too. There are also some coats, jackets and sleeveless jackets of Karakul.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Transfer to the airport and fly back to Paris or London.

 

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