Uzbekistan: Heart of Central Asia

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12 days, from £1695
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Description

Set on the Silk Road, Uzbekistan has played host to waves of conquerors and nomads. On this tour, see the legacy they left behind in the towering fortresses of Khiva and Bukhara and the Islamic architecture of Samarkand, once some of the most powerful cities in the world. The remnants of more recent Soviet history are evident in the capital city Tashkent.

Tour type: General interest

What's Included
* International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
* UK departure and overseas airport taxes
* Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
* Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
* Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
* Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Tour Highlights:
- Comprehensive tours of the mosques, madrasas and mausoleums of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand
- Visit ceramic workshops in Gijduvan and a silk paper-making workshop in Samarkand
- Excursion to Shahrisabz, birthplace of Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur
- Small group size - maximum 26 people
Meal basis
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Group tour manager
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Tashkent.

Discovery tour
Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation in Uzbekistan. However, outside Tashkent the standard is relatively simple. This tour involves some long drives and walking over rough terrain.

Extensions
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Tashkent, and include 2 nights' accommodation with arrival or departure transfers. Alternative post-tour extensions are also available to Nukus, Muynak, Termez and Turkmenistan. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for further details.

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 7808 6786 or email info@coxandkings.co.uk.

Itinerary


 Day 1: Fly to Tashkent

Fly overnight from London to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways (regional connections available). (N)


 Day 2: Tashkent

Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the Grand Mir (or similar) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of the old city stopping at sites such as Amir Timur Square and the Kukeldash mosque and madrasa. (D)


 Day 3: Fly to Urgench * Khiva

Transfer to the airport and take a 1-hour morning flight to Urgench. Visit the ancient fortresses of Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala before an afternoon drive to Khiva via Ulli Khovli. Stay 2 nights at the Malika Kheivak Hotel / The Bek Hotel (or similar) (B, L, D)


 Day 4: Khiva

Full-day tour of Khiva, including Kunya Ark, Islam Khoja minaret and Tash Havli Palace. (B, D)


 Day 5: Khiva to Bukhara

Early morning drive from Khiva to Bukhara along the Kyzylkum desert with a photo stop at Amudaryo river bank. Stay at the Asia Bukhara Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L, D)


 Day 6: Bukhara * Gijduvan * Vabkent * Bukhara

After breakfast, visit Chor Minor, Poi Kalyan complex with Kalyan mosque and Miri Arab madrassah, Ulugbeg and Abdulazizkhan madrasas, Trade domes, ancient silk market, Lyab-i-Hauz complex, once the city's principal source of water. Afternoon at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion to Gijduvan via the ruins ruins of Rabbat Malik Caravansarai. Gijudvan produces some of the finest ceramics in the Bukhara region, visit a workshop and the remnants of some architectural monuments, the latest of three Ulugbeg Madrasas (15th century), of which only the front part has survived to present days and Abd-al-Khalyk Gijduvani maza. Return to Bukhara via Vabkent. (B)


 Day 7: Bukhara

Full-day city tour of Bukhara. Visit Chor Minor mosque, built in 1807 with unusual sky blue cupolas, the imposing fortress known as 'The Ark', located on the site of a 2,000 year old fortress; Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ismail Samani mausoleum, Chashmai Ayub, Magokki Attori mosque. Also visit Naqshbandiy Complex and Sitorai Mohi Hosa, the summer residence of Bukhara emirs. (B, D)


 Day 8: Shahrisabz * Samarkand

This morning, drive to Shakhrisabz. On arrival, visit Aksarai Palace, Dorus Saodat and Dorut Tilovat complexes, including Kuk Gumbaz mosque, Gumbazi Sayidon, Mausoleum of Djekhangir, Hazrati Imom mosque. Continue to Samarkand for 3 nights at the Emirkhan Hotel (or similar). (B, L)


 Day 9: Samarkand

Full-day tour of Samarkand, including visits to Registan Square, the Ulugbek Observatory, Afrosiab Museum, Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, and the Bibi Khanum mosque. (B, D)


 Day 10: Samarkand

Continue your tour of Samarkand. Visit Gur Emir mausoleum, which marks the final resting place of several members of the Timurid dynasty, including Timur himself. Other visits include Nodir Divan Begi madrasa, Hazrat Hizr mosque and the Khodja Doniyor mausoleum. After lunch, stop at Koni Ghil silk paper-making workshop before returning to your hotel. (B, D)


 Day 11: Tashkent

Morning at leisure in Samarkand. Late afternoon transfer to the train station to board the Afrosiyob Express to Tashkent. Transfer to the Grand Mir (or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)


 Day 12: Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)