Visit 7 cities of Uzbekistan in 12 days with the bright cultural Uzbekistan Tour. This is an unforgettable journey “Medieval East Cultural Tour”, with the start in Muynak, a former fishing village where once there was a shore of currently dried Aral Sea. You will also visit Savitsky Museum in Nukus which keeps a unique collection of Russian avant-garde. Explore Uzbekistan’s ancient cities, where you will enjoy an amazing beauty of architectural monuments of the antiquity and Middle Ages, visit famous oriental bazaars and, of course, learn more about national Uzbek culture, traditions, way of life coupled with a true oriental hospitability.
Medieval East Cultural Tour descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus; Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included; Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides (except for city tour in Nukus and trip to fortresses of Ancient Khorezm); Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary; Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Nukus; Full board (lunches and dinners); Business/Economy-class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent as per option (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train).
Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour; Hotel charges for additional services; Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa; Tips are not included, but would be appreciated; Travel insurance.
Shakhrisabz is a small city (population: 100 thousand people) in Kashkadarya region of Uzbekisan, it lays on the foothills of the Gissar Mountains on the border with the Karshi Steppe, 80 km south of Samarkand. Shahrisabz is known worldwide as the birthplace of Tamerlane (Amir Temur) – the greatest commander and political leader. Tamerlane made his hometown the second capital of his vast medieval empire in the XIV century. The remaining monuments of that times speak for themselves about the former greatness of the city and UNESCO declared the historic center of Shakhrisabz in 2000 a masterpiece of world heritage.
2700 years of history of Shakhrisabz and its landscapes are rich of actions. In ancient times, this area was called Gava Sugda, Nautaka and Kesh. In Kesh oasis to which also Shakhrisabz belonged, in IV BC, famous phalanxes of Alexander the Great wintered; in VIII century, Kesh became the national center of anti-Arabic revolution. Nowadays- this is a small green city, which exactly matches its name, because from Persian, Shakhrisabz is translated as a green city. The historical monuments of the Timurid government give the old town a special touch of antiquity and attract tourists from all over the world.
Muynak is a small village in the northwest of Uzbekistan, situated 220 km from Nukus, the capital of Karakalpakstan. Some 30 years ago it was a small town on the southern shore of the Aral Sea with a population of 20 thousand people. The famous fish factory in Muynak was known to export its produce all over the territory of the former Soviet Union, while hats from the Muynak muskrat were highly esteemed by the Soviet elite. The port of Muynak was always teeming with fishing boats and transports.
Morning flight to Nukus (1255 km, 2 h 45 min). Arrive in Nukus and drive to former fishermen’s town Muynak (220 km, 3 h), which used to be situated on the shores of Aral Sea. On the way stop at archaeological complex Mizdakhan. In Muynak have a look at a former port with abandoned ships in the sand also known as the "Cemetery of Ships”. Then visit Local History Museum with art exhibits of the Aral Sea history. In the afternoon return to Nukus. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Nukus – Khiva
Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. The museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items. Have a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon depart to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h). On the way visit archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk, a Zoroastrian dakhma (funerary tower), and Toprak-Kala, the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Arrive in Khiva, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h*). Today we will have an overland transfer from Khiva to Bukhara through Kyzylkum desert**. Caravans on the Great Silk Road carrying porcelain and spices used the same route for hundreds of years. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel. *Since there is only one cafe on the way, you might want to consider preparing a packed lunch before this trip. **Some parts of the road are not in the best condition.
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 12: Tashkent – Departure
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
No Credit Cards required. Book With Flexibility. If your plans change, you can easily change the date or cancel the tour.