From Moscow to Sogdiana-Bactria-Khorezm
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Description: Fascinating historical tour from Moscow to the legendary land of the ancient East - Sogdiana, Khorezm, Shash and Bactria. Travel to the ancient cities of the East - Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent and Termez. Visiting ancient forts, archaeologicaland historical sites.
Route: Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva - Tashkent - Termez.
Day 1, Saturday: Moscow – Samarkand (flight, HY)
03:45 - Departure from Moscow by flight HY-606.
08:35 - Arrival in Samarkand.
Transfer to the city. Accommodation at hotel. Rest.
Lunch at the hotel.
13:00 - Start sightseeing "Shining face of the Earth" - the ancient Samarkand, heart of ancient Sogdiana: History Museum at the ancient city Afrosiab (VIII c. BC); Mausoleum Doniyor Paygambar (St.Daniel) (XIV, XX c.), revered by both Muslims, Christians and Jews; Ulugbek Observatory - here Ulugbek, ruler and a great scientist, a grandson of Timur (Tamerlane), was established the great observatory, where most famous scientists of his time was carried astronomical research. Here was made the most precise catalog of stars; Mausoleum complex Shahi-Zinda (XI-XV c.) – necropolis, consisting of more than 20 unique mausoleums of different times of construction. Shahi Zinda - a whole street of the medieval town, which is preserved to this day, where lies the oldest buildings in Samarkand; Hazrat Hyzr Mosque (XIX c.)
Day 2, Sunday: Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast - continued sightseeing: Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XIV-XV c.) - Timurids dynasty tomb; a masterpiece of medieval architecture and the main symbol of Samarkand - Registan Square: Ulugbek Madrasah (XIV c.), Sherdor Madrassah (XVII c.) and Tilla Kori Madrassah (XVII c.); Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV c.) - one of the grandest mosques in the Middle Ages.
Beside to this mosque is located the oldest Siab Bazaar, the traditional "eastern" market in Samarkand. Has retained its unforgettable color and atmosphere, surprises tourists with its colorful and variety of products and goods.
Lunch at the traditional restaurant.
After lunch - a colorful presentation at the Theater of historical costumes "El Merosi".
Day 3, Monday: Samarkand-Bukhara (270 km, car/van/coach)
After breakfast - drive to Bukhara.
Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 4, Tuesday: Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast - a fascinating sightseeing of Bukhara - The city from Oriental tales: Ark Fortress (VII-XIX c.) - The main residence of the Emirs of Bukhara; Samanids Mausoleum (X c.) - Dynastic tomb of the Samanids, the Pearl of Bukhara and a masterpiece of world architecture; Ulugbek Madrasah ( XV c.); Poi-Kalon Square: Minaret Kalon (XII c.) - the highest in Central Asia, Miri Arab Madrasah (XVI c.) - active religious educational institution, Kalon Mosque (XV c.); Trading domes (XV-XVI c.) - Toki Zargaron (Jewelry Bazaar), Toki Sarrafon (Bazaar of Money changers - Medieval Currency Exchange), Toki-Telpak-Furushon (Bazaar of Hat sellers); Labi Hauz complex (XVI-XVII c.) - architectural complex, consist of ancient pond surrounded by three buildings - Kukeldash Madrassah, Nodir Divan-begi Madrassah and Khanaka - shelter for “dervishes” (wandering monks).
Lunch at the Tea house "Labi Hauz".
After lunch - continuation of excursion: Chor-Minor Madrasah (XIX c.); Kosh-Madrassah Ensemble (XVI c.): Abdullah Khan and Modari Khon Madrasahs; Magoki Attori Mosque (X-XVI c.) - The oldest mosque in Bukhara only one survived the invasion of Genghis Khan. There is evidence that prior to the XVII c., here together with Muslims also prayed Jews.
Dinner at the Madrasah "Nadir Devon Begi" (only in the summer, at other time – in the restaurant).
Day 5, Wednesday: Bukhara-Khiva (530 km, car/van/coach)
Early breakfast at the hotel, after which you will be an exciting journey to Khiva through the Kyzyl Kum Desert and along the Amu Darya River to the Khorezm oasis - a place of origin and development of ancient Khorezm civilization.
Lunch - picnic on the way (packed lunch) or a late dinner in Khiva.
Arrival in Khiva. Accommodation at the hotel.
Rest after the trip.
Day 6, Thursday: Khiva-Urgench (30 km, car / minibus / coach bus) to Tashkent (flight, HY)
After breakfast – Start sightseeing of Khiva - "Open Air Museum": The Ichan-Kala fortress (VIII-XIX cc.); Pahlavon Mahmoud Mausoleum (XVIII-XIX c.) - The main cultic center of Ichan-Kala, built in honor of the patron saint of Khiva, poet, philosopher, physician and professional wrestler Pahlavan Mahmud; Allakuli-khan’s complex: Madrasah, Tim (covered market) and Caravan Serail (XVIII c.); Tash Hawli palace (XIX c.) - Palace of Khan with the Throne and Trial halls and Harem; Juma Mosque and Minaret (XII-XX c.) - the roof of the mosque support 212 carved columns, due to the unique construction, this is the coolest place in Khiva, with perfect acoustics, height of minaret - 32, 5 m.
Continue sightseeing: Minaret and Mosque of Islam Khodja (XX c.) - the highest minaret (57 m with the foundation) and the smallest madrassah in Khiva; Abdullah Khan Madrassah (XIX c.); Said Alauddin mausoleum (XIV c.); Madrassah of Muhammad Amin Khan (XIX c.) - the largest medieval Madrasah at Khiva; Kalta Minor Minaret (XIX c.) - thought to be the highest minaret in the Muslim world, the height of which was to reach 70 meters, but was not completed at the height of 26 m; Citadel Kunya Ark (XIX c.) - inner fortress with administrative buildings, powder workshop, the Court and mosque.
After the sightseeing - transfer to Urgench.
18:00 / 19:00 - Dinner.
19:00 / 20:00 - Transfer to the airport.
20:40 / 22:00 - Departure to Tashkent by HY-1058 / HY-1056.
22:00 / 23:20 - Arrival in Tashkent.
Transfer to the hotel.
Day 7, Friday: Tashkent-Termez (flight, HY)
Sightseeing of historical part of Tashkent: Hazrati Imam Complex: Barak-Khan Madrassah (XVI, XIX c.), Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV c.), Mui-Mubarak Madrasah (XIX c.), which houses the oldest Koran, written in VII c.
Sightseeing of the modern part of Tashkent: Memorial "In Memory of the Victims of Repression"; Tashkent TV tower - the highest in Central Asia - 375 m, among the Top-10 in the world; Monument of Courage, erected in memory of the earthquake of 1966; The Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre - is the largest theatre on the Central and Southeast Asia, in its construction was attended the Japanese prisoners of war after World War II.
Walk on the Independence Square ("Independence") - the main square of Uzbekistan.
Transfer to the airport.
18:30 - Departure from Tashkent to Termez by flight HY-1157.
20:30 - Arrival in Termez.
Transfer to the city. Accommodation at hotel.
Day 8, Saturday: Termez (flight, HY)
After breakfast – start sightseeing of ancient Termez.
Termez - one of the oldest cities in the world, which, thanks to its key position on the Silk Road, played an important role in the dissemination and synthesis of various civilizations and cultures - Zoroastrian, Hellenistic, Buddhist, Muslim.
Archaeological Museum, where you can become better acquainted with the ancient history of this land; the ruins of Old Termez (IX-XII c.); Mausoleum of Hakim at-Termeziy (XII-XV c.); Sultan Saodat Mausoleum (XIII-XIV c.); Female Monastery Kirk-Kiz (VI-XI c.).
Continue sightseeing: Buddhist monuments of Termez: Fayaztepa Monastery (I-III cent.); Stupa Zurmala (III c.).
Return to hotel. Rest.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 9, Sunday: Termez-Moscow (flight, HY)
Early breakfast at the hotel.
07:00 - Transfer to the airport.
10:40 - Departure from Termez to Moscow flight HY-609.
Tour price: on request
The price included:
1. All transfers by comfortable transport;
2. Meetings / seeing at the airport;
3. Accommodation at hotels in double standard room;
4. Meals - half board;
5. Sightseeing programs during the trip with professional guides;
6. Entrance fees to all sites included in the program;
7. Accompanying guide for the entire trip;
8. Visa support for visa to Uzbekistan.
The price does not include:
1. International airfares;
2. Domestic flights Urgench-Tashkent and Tashkent-Termez;
3. Additional payment for single accommodation;
4. Additional services not included in the program;
5. Meals - full board;
6. Musical and folkloric show-programs;
7. Theatre of historical costume "El Merosi";
8. Tips to local staff;
9. The fee for additional services in the hotels;
10. The fee for a photo / video shoot on historical sites.
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