Day 1: Tashkent - Samarkand
The guide will meet you at the airport and accompany to a morning train to Samarkand to start your exciting tour. After few hours you will find yourself in mysterious city Samarkand and begin your travelling in Uzbekistan. It is one of the oldest city, coeval with Babylon and Rome and the second biggest city in whole Uzbekistan. Samarkand lies in the Zerafshan river valley. The most fantastic places of Samarkand are Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. First visit must be to Registan square, which attracts millions of people with its three astonishing Madrasahs. These monuments of the complex is making every visitors admire the unique beauty of these masterpieces of 15-17th centuries. Another stunning architectural complex is Shakhi-Zindeh, which is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes the largest number of mausoleums going back to 11-15th centuries. Next site is Bibi Khanum Mosque, which was constructed for the glory of Tamerlane's wife, following his victorious battle in India. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 2: Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara
In the morning, you will continue your tour to city Bukhara. En route, you will have an opportunity to travel to the outstanding pottery workshop at Gijduvan village, famous all over in Uzbekistan. Ceramic school of this village is one of the oldest. The tradition of making left from ancestors, passing from father to son. Continuing this valuable skill is very appreciated by the local community. Nowadays there are six generation of potters from Narzullayevs family. The family made famous Gijduvan school of ceramic worldwide. The uniqueness of the ceramic in Gijduvan is its exceptional ornaments and patterns. The main colors are green and blue. Night in a hotel.
Day 3: Bukhara
After breakfast at the hotel, an exciting city tour will wait for you. The day starts with visiting the oldest citadel, which is called Citadel Ark dating from 4th century. Many dynasties of Bukhara Emirate used this place as a residence and attracts many tourists to Uzbekistan. Next is going to be the fine masterpiece of 9th-10th century art -Samanids mausoleum. Then tour will take you to the peculiar Chashma Ayub(Spring od Job) and Bolo-Hauz mosque, also famous as a mosque of forty columns constructed for the glory of Abu-Fayud Khan, the city's governor. Further, you will have plenty of time to explore authentic shopping domes and other most outstanding madrasahs like Nodir Divan Begi under the Lyabi House Ensemble, the remarkable site of Bukhara. In the end of the tour, you will see magical Poi Kalon complex consist of three constructions: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. These are unusual examples of artwork dating back to 12th-16th centuries and enjoying admiration of many travellers. You will spend night in a hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara
Today, you will explore the area around Bukhara during your tours. After breakfast, we will drive about 12km to arrive complex of Bahauddin Naqshbandi. Nowadays, it is one of the popular place of pilgrimage for Muslim community from all over the world. Because it is the memorial complex of the outstanding Sufi Philosopher and Leader Bahauddin Naqshbandi. Moreover, he was one of the Amir Timur's spiritual supervisors. The mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana, garden with pool, madrasah, and burial places of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi comprise whole complex. Later, we will visit the residence of Bukhara Emirs-Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. Here you will see the different styles of architecture. The name symbolize the wife of the Emir who died young. It means "Star - like and moon- like Palace". In the end of the day, you will visit Chor Bakr memorial, the remains of the old town at Sumiton village. The monument has philosophical meaning, four sides of the complex mean Globe and addresses the equality of human beings and it is one of the amazing cities in Uzbekistan. It was built during the governance of Samanids reign, before 16th century. Night will be in a city hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara - Khiva
Today we will continue to the oldest Uzbek city Khiva. It is rich in both cultural and historical sites and great city to travel to. The history of Khiva closely related with the great Khorezmshah's State. Its capital was Urgench city near Khiva. Among the other cities of Uzbekistan, Khiva was the most flourished town along the Great Silk Road. According to the 10th century resources, almost all traders from East to West stopped over Khiva. Khiva was located on the busiest branches the Silk Road, which enables to host long string of caravans. Nowadays most of the city heritage kept in order to pass to new generation. While going to Khiva from Bukhara, you will drive within Kyzylkum Desert. You will also enjoy the view of the deepest river Amu Darya. It formed by the joint of Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flows into Aral Sea. After arrival, you will have free time. Night will be at hotel.
Day 6: Khiva
Today you will have fantastic city tour in the most ancient city of Uzbek history. Oldest part of Khiva is called Ichan-Qala and famous in Uzbekistan. It is located in the center of the city and protected by strong walls. It represents remains of old cities: sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses. All this make Ichan-Qala small museum city. There are more than 400 traditional houses and over historical monuments in its boundaries. In 1969, Ichan Qala was renovated as a historical and architectural preserved territory. The most valuable monument of Ichan -Qala is Kunya-Ark fortress. The story of the fortress goes back to 17th century, the founder was Muhammad Arang Khan. Charming Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace are the wonderful forms of Khorezm architecture dating back to 1830s. You will spend a night in a hotel.
Day 7: Khiva - Ayaz Qala - Tuprak Qala - Khiva - Tashkent
In the morning, you will continue your tours to Ayaz Qala and Turpak Qala fortresses, popular sites of Uzbekistan. Ayaz Qala is an ancient fortress. It was named for the honor of brave slave warrior Ayaz in old Turkic folklore. The foundation of the castle goes back to II century AD. Another fortress Tuprak Qala was established in I or II century AD and stand until VI century. In translation from Uzbek language, the name Tuprak means "clay fort". In ancient time, Khorezmian leader Artav used this place as a palace city. Continues conquering and wars over centuries destroyed the forts. Further, we will move to Tashkent, Overnight in a hotel.
Day 8: Tashkent
You will enjoy city tour of Tashkent during the whole day on the last day of your travel. First, you will visit Independent square, founded for the glory of the victory over the fascist Germany during the World War II. Later you will have a walk to Amir Timur Square through main Broadway. You will also have an opportunity to ride beautiful Tashkent subway, which started its first line in 1977. By the way, Tashkent metro is among the most beautiful subways in Uzbekistan and in the world. The highlight of the day is old part of the city: Chorsu Bazar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex cincluding many madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The remarkalbe site of this complex is Othman Quran, the most ancient copy of Quran goes back to 8th century. The owner this holy book was Othman Ibn Affan, one of the four righteous Caliphs who won the prophet Muhammad. He was murdered by his enemy in 8th century. Nowadays, you can see his blood stains spread on the sheets of the book. You spend night in a hotel.
Day 9: Flight
In the morning after breakfast we will transfer you to the airport. End of our in Uzbekistan.