The ships of the desert

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Route: Moscow-Samarkand-Nurata (Yangi Gazgan)-Bukhara-Khiva-Nukus-Moscow

Day 1: Moscow - Samarkand (flight, HY)

Arrival to Samarkand by flight HY-606. Meeting at the airport.

Transfer to the hotel and accommodation.



Day 2: Samarkand

07:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day sigthseeing  to the "City blue domes":

History Museum at the ancient city Afrosiab (VIII BC) - was created at the site of the excavation Afrosiab, where during research found unique artifacts.

Ulugbek Observatory (XV c.) - Famous medieval observatory with a 30 meter sextant built by Ulugbek, a ruler and a great scientist, a grandson of Tamerlane, to accurately measure the trajectories and the locations of the stars.

Mausoleum Doniyor Paygambar (St.Daniel) (XIV, XX cc.) - A place of pilgrimage for the three world religions - Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Shahi Zinda mausoleum (XI-XV c.) - "City of the Dead". The complex, consisting of more than 20 unique mausoleums of different times of construction. The core of the ensemble - Mausoleum Kusam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet. Shahi Zinda - a whole street of the medieval town, which is preserved to this day, where lies the oldest buildings in Samarkand. Is an important place of pilgrimage.

Lunch in a traditional restaurant.

Registan Square (XV-XVII c.) - a unique ensemble consisting of three madrassahs: Ulugbek (XV c.), Sherdor (XVII c.) and Tilla Kori (XVII c.) - A masterpiece of medieval architecture and the main symbol of Samarkand.

Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XIV-XV c.) - Dynastic tomb of Timurids.

Dinner at the National House - "Festival of Uzbek pilaf."


Day 3: Samarkand - Nurata - Yangi Gazgan (275 km, car/van/coach)

07:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast we continued sightseeing in Samarkand:

Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV c.) - Built in honor of his beloved wife of Temur project conceived by Timur as largest mosque of the time.

Siab Bazaar - the traditional "eastern" market in Samarkand, the Millennium located on one and the same place. Kept its unforgettable color and atmosphere, surprising tourists with its colorful and variety of products and goods.

After the sightseeing - lunch.

Then departure to Nurata, to the Yurt camp.

We invite you to visit the national nomadic yurt to Yurt camp, located near the Nurata.

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure during walks by camels in the desert, a trip to the Aidarkul lake excellent fish dinner, delicious steppe sunset and enchanting songs of local storyteller - "Akyn" !

Comfortable accommodation in each tent offers a unique opportunity to see and know the life of the steppe nomads.

Arrive at Base Camp. Accommodation (one yurt for 6-10 persons).

Grill party at the fire.

Overnight in a yurt.

Day 4: Nurata-Bukhara (205 km, car/van/coach)

07:00-09:00 Breakfast in the yurt.

Morning walk and camel riding.

Aydarkul lake.


After lunch departure to Bukhara.

On the way sightseeing in Nurata:

The ruins of the Fortress of Alexander the Great (III c. BC).

Holy spring Chashma. 

Namazgoh Mosque (X, XVI c.), which has 25 domes.

Next stop at the Sarmyshsay gorge. Inspection of petroglyphs of Stone and Bronze Ages.

Arrival in Bukhara and accommodation at hotel.

Dinner at the madrasa Nadir Divan Begi with folklore program (depending on weather).


Day 5: Bukhara-Gijduvan-Bukhara (90 km, car/van/coach)

07:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, full day excursion to the "Holy Bukhara":

Ark Fortress (VII - XIX c.) - The residence of the emirs of Bukhara, where the Emir's palace, mint, mosques, government offices, warehouses, shops, jail space for public meetings;

Bolo Hauz (XVIII c.) - known and revered mosque in Bukhara in artificial pond - "Hauz";

Samanid Mausoleum (X c.) - Dynastic tomb, built entirely of only special bricks, with an indoor dome and unique geometric design of masonry - the pearl of Bukhara and a masterpiece of world architecture;

Labi Hauz complex (XVI - XVII c.) - A complex consisting of a Kukeldash mosque, madrassah Nadir Devon Begi and Caravan-serail. A large pond in the middle of the complex, "Hauz", surrounded by old trees.

Complex Poi Kalon (XII - XVI c.) - The architectural ensemble in the center of Old Bukhara - includes Kalon Mosque, Mir-i Arab madrassah and the highest minaret (46 m) in Central Asia - Kalon Minaret;

Ulugbek Madrasah (XV c.) - The earliest of the three, built by Ulugbek, a great scientist, a grandson of Tamerlane, (two more were built in Samarkand and Gizhduvan);

Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah (XVI c.);

Tim of Abdulla-khan (XVI c.) - One of the most elegant shopping in center of Bukhara, which sold silk, wool and other products from Afghanistan, India and other countries;

Trading Dome (XV-XVI c.) - Consists of three shopping centers: Toki Zargaron - Jewelers bazaar, Toki Telpak Furushon - a market of headwear, Toki Sarrafon - a market of money changers, medieval Currency Exchange.

Magoki Attori Mosque - the oldest mosque in Bukhara, in the X c. the mosque was burned almost to the ground in a fire, in the 12th century has been restored, the only mosque that survived the invasion of Genghis Khan. There is evidence that prior to the XVII century, along with the Muslims it also prayed Jews.

Lunch in old tea house "Labi Hauz".

After lunch departure to Gijduvan.

On arrival in Gijduvan - sightseeing:

Ulugbek Madrasah (XV c.), one of the three famous Madrasahs of Ulugbek, other 2 madrasa built in Samarkand and Bukhara.

Mausoleum of Khodja Abdulholiq al Gijduvani (XVI c., beg. XXI c.) - Spiritual mentor – “murshid”, is the tenth spiritual link in the Golden chain of succession of sheikhs of Naqshbandi tariqa (teachings).

Visit the pottery studio. It employs hereditary master the art of pottery in the 5th generation. You can test yourself in pottery and pick up the dishes made with them.

Return to Bukhara.

Dinner in the National home "Sarrafon."


Day 6: Bukhara - Khiva (540 km, car/van/coach)

07:00-08:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Khiva through Kizil-Kum Desert along Amu-darya River.

Kyzyl Kum Desert - the largest desert in Central Asia. When crossing the desert you can see camels. This seemingly, a deserted area was once home to many nomadic tribes.

The Amu Darya River - the ancient indigenous peoples called it Jayhun, Greeks - Oks. One of the two largest rivers in Central Asia.

Lunch - picnic on the way (packed lunch) or a late dinner.

Upon arrival accommodation at the hotel. Rest at the hotel.



Day 7: Khiva

07:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing of the city-museum Khiva - "1001 Nights Tales". Through the Ata Darvaza Gate you go to the Ichan-Kala Fortress (VIII-XIX c.), where during a walking tour will explore:

Madrasah Muhammad Amin Khan (XIX c.) - The largest medieval madrasas Khiva;

Kalta Minor (XIX c.) - Was originally conceived as the tallest minaret in the Muslim world, the diameter at the base was 14 m height was up to 70 meters, but after the death of Muhammad Amin Khan (1855), the project was canceled by its successor and was not completed at the height of 26 m

Juma Mosque and Minaret (XII-XX c.) - the roof of the mosque Support a 212 carved columns. Due to the unique construction is the coolest place in Khiva, with excellent acoustics. The diameter of the Juma Mosque Minaret at the base - 6, 2 m, height - 32, 5 pm

Madrasah Muhammad Rahim Khan (XIX c.) - One of the largest in Khiva. It is built on the orders of Muhammad Rahim Khan II, also known as a poet Feruzshah.

Citadel Kunya Ark (XIX c.) - Inner fortress with administrative buildings, powder workshop, the Court and mosque.

Lunch in a traditional Khorezm family.

Cont. Sightseeing:

Pahlavon Mahmoud Mausoleum (XVIII-XIX c.) - The cultic center of Ichan-Qala. Built in honor of the national hero - the patron saint of Khiva, poet, philosopher, skinner master, healers and invincible wrestler Pahlavan Mahmud.

Minaret and Mosque of Islam Khodja (XX c.) - The highest minaret (57 m with the foundation), and the smallest madrassah in Khiva. Minaret - a great place for a panorama of Ichan Kala.

Complex of Allakulihan: Madrasah, Tim (covered market) and Caravan Serail (XVIII c.)

Tash Hawli Palace (XIX c.) - Palace, consisting of three main buildings: The reception hall, Court hall and Harem.



Day 8: Khiva - Nukus (390 kmcar/van/coach) - Moscow

Early breakfast at the hotel.

Departure in Nukus.

Arrival in Nukus and visit the Savitsky Museum.

According to experts of the museum collection of the best art collections of the Asian region. Here are collected the samples of material and artistic culture from the III century BC. In addition, the museum has a unique collection of Russian avant-garde, which brought museum founder I.V.Savitsky, who managed to save and export to Nukus from across the former Soviet Union works of the Russian avant-garde, then persecuted by the authorities.


Transfer to the airport for a flight to Moscow.

Tour price: on request

The price included:

1. All transfers by comfortable transport;

2. Meetings / seeing at the airport;

3. Overnight at the hotels in double standard rooms;

4. Accommodation in the Yurt camp;

5. Meals - Half-board;

6. Excursions during the trip with professional guides;

7. Entrance fees to all sites included in the program;

8. Accompanying guide;

9. Visa support for visa to Uzbekistan.

The price does not include:

1. International airfares;

2. Additional payment for single accommodation;

3. Additional services not included in the program;

4. Meals - full board;

5. Tips to local staff;

6. The fee for additional services in the hotels;

7. The fee for a photo / video shoot on historical sites.

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