Following the ancient roads
Tour name: Following the ancient roads
Highlights of tour: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Ayz Qala, Khiva, Nukus, Turpak Qala, Khorezm, Karakalpakstan.
Day 1: Tashkent
You will arrive to the airport of Tashkent and meet your guide and driver. They will accompany you to Tashkent. You will have a full day city tour, the first place to visit will be Independence square. The square was built as an indication against the fascism after World War II. Then we will visit the local Broadway, the walking street between the squares. And we will arrive to Amir Timur square. From the square of Amir Timur we will take a metro. Tashkent metro is one of the beautiful metros in the world. In the afternoon we will continue to explore this city. We will go to the old part of Tashkent. Chorsu bazaar is an asian bazaar with interesting constructions. Then we will go to Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex. The complex has several madrasahs, a mosque and a mausoleum. The main sight of this complex is Othman Quran Copy. This Quran is the oldest one and dating back to 8th century. The prophet Muhammad had four Caliphs and one of them was Othman Ibn Affan, and the Quran belonged to him. Nowadays we can see his blood on the pages of the book, because Othman was killed by people who didn't follow Islam. The night is in the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Nukus
Today we will have a flight to Nukus. Upon arrival we will have a full day city tour. We will start from a Museum of Savitskiy. It's a museum of the forbidden art. The collection is from 20th century, of Russian avant-garde paintings. The curator of Karakalpakstan museum bought or took for free the works of the Russian persecuted soviet artists and saved them in the small remote Asian art house in 1960s. There the works of Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group. In the afternoon we will go to Mizdakhan necropolis, according to the archeological findings, this city existed from 4th century BC until the 14th century AD. And for last we will visit a 2200 years old Zoroastrian ancient monument Chilpyk. The night is in the hotel.
Day 3: Nukus - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva
From Nukus we will drive to Khiva. It's the oldest city of Uzbekistan with fascinating history that connected a lot with the history of Khorezmshah State and sites. The capital city was in Urgench. We all know the Great Silk Road and Khiva was one of the main trading centers. Many caravans were passing through this city on their way to China. The camels with luggage and the traders were stopping in this city for some rest and business deals. Nowadays it's a wonderfully preserved tourist site that will be passed to the next generation and will make happy many visitors. During our drive to Khiva we will visit two fortresses like Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala. Ayaz Qala was a castle of Khorezm named after very famous warrior-slave Ayaz he was a Turkic folklore hero. The fortress was built in the 2nd century AD. Turpak Qala was a royal city of Khorezmian ruler Artav. Turpak Qala means "clay fort". This city was founded according to the archeologists in 1st or snd centuries AD. And it was a functioning until 6th century AD. Many different events left this city without any sign of life. The night is in the hotel.
Day 4: Khiva - Bukhara
In the morning we will depart to Bukhara city. Bukhara has more than 140 archeological monuments. It's like a "town museum" from the middle ages. The narrow streets of Bukhara are full of green parks and gardens, historical monuments from various epochs. From Khiva to Bukhara we will drive through the famous Kizilkum desert. Also on the way we will see the deepest river in Central Asia called Amu Darya. Iy was formed by confluence of the rivers Panj and Vakhsh and flows into Aral Sea. In Bukhara you will have some free time and a nice dinner. The night is in the hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara
We will have a day full of visits in Bukhara. We will start from the most ancient Citadel from the 4th century. Citadel Ark was used a palace for the few dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Samanids mausoleum will the next site to visit. It's a real masterpiece of architecture of 9th - 10th century. We will continue our tour in Chashma Ayub well and Bolo Hauz mosque. Bolo Hauz is a mosque known also as a mosque of forty columns, built by the governor of Bukhara Abu-Fayud Khan. Then we will walk in the local Broadway which is full of shopping domes. The famous madrasah of Bukhara Nodir Divan Begi will be the next place to visit, which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. The tour day will end in another complex called Poi Kalon, a unique architectural art of Bukhara. The complex has three constructions built in the 12th -16th centuries like Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. The night is in the hotel.
Day 6: Bukhara - Tashkent
This day we will return to Tashkent by local flight. In Tashkent we will have a nice guided tour visiting Memorial complex Courage Monument, that was built in honor of the elimination of the consequences of the Tashkent earthquake. And another memorial complex we will visit is Zangi Ota, who was a shepherd. He was wise and made many good things. In the afternoon we will visit two museums like the State Museum of Timurids and the State Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan. The museums are full of exhibits like jewelry, clothing, coins, weapons, glasses, embroidery, carpets and woodcarvings. The night is in the hotel.
Day 7: Flight
In the morning is transfer to airport.