Travel of Uzbekistan 10

Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand

26th April - 7 May 2013, 20 September - 1 • October 2013

12 days / 10 nights from £ 1938

This tour visits the most beautiful cities of the Silk Road: Samarkand, the city is Tamerlane, noble and colossal. Bright blue double-domes rising above intricately decorated drums: Bukhara, known for its 10th Century scholars sand artist is loaded with 1,000 years some of the most beautiful and majestic building Central Asia and Khiva, a jade green town buildings appear exquisite arabesque tiles and carved wood ceiling columns spiral colorful stalactites. Nukus, the city that protected the Savitsky collection of Russian avant-garde art from the Soviets, now proudly displays the second largest such collection in the Museum of Karakalpakstan.

Day 1 - to Tashkent. Board the night flight from London to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways (N)

Day 2 - To Khiva. Tashkent Arrival and transfer to a local restaurant for brunch before the next flight to Urgench Transfer to Asia Hotel or similar for 3 nights in Khiva. (L, D)

Day 3 - Khiva: Full day tour of the old walled city of Khiva, the capital of the Khorezm between 16 and 20th Century, and one of the most remote towns of the Silk Road. Visits include the Kunya Ark (old fort), the original residence of Khiva khans, the beautiful decorated Tash Hauli (Stone Palace), the Friday Mosque and several madrasas (theological schools), which now house museum collections. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Nukus: Full day tour to the Nukus Museum of Art, the collection of IV Savitsky, which houses excreted during the Stalinist Soviet times, there are thousands of Russian avant-garde and post-avant-garde painting. Apart from these rare and extensive collection of art (second only to Saint Petersburg), he also collected thousands of Uzbek artifacts, textiles and jewelery. Along the way you will also stop at Chilpak, see the fourth century Zoroastrian Tower of Silence and the medieval necropolis Mizdakhkan sitting on the ruins of a Zoroastrian citadel. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - To Bukhara: Take the Kizil Kum (Red Sand) Desert to Bukhara, stopping on the way to the great Amu Darya or Oxus river. Transfer to Zargaron Plaza for 4 nights. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Bukhara: Visit the Persian Samanids brick mausoleum, the imposing Ark (fortress) of Bukhara Emir, the Kalon Mosque and Minaret, several madrasas, traditional Bukharan bazaars and the architectural ensemble around the Lyab i-Hauz pool, by the Fed water of the Royal Canal. Take the Fayzulla Hodjaev Museum where the daily life of a 20th Bukhara merchant in early Century can see. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Bukhara: Morning visit to the Chor Minor, a curious four-towered gatehouse, the 16th Balyand neighborhood mosque, a jewel of the Century architecture and the last emir summer palace, built in 1911. Further down in the narrow streets of old Bukhara, the old Jewish quarter. See one of the city's hidden treasures, the Jewish Synagogue, which houses a collection of old Torahs from about 600 years ago. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Gidjuvan & Vabkent: Drive along the royal road to the imposing 11th Century Rabat i Malik caravanserai. Next to Gidjuvan, known for its traditional pottery. Back to Bukhara via Vabkent the decorated minaret of the 12th Century by one of the rulers of Bukhara order to see. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - To Samarkand: the Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane driving. Here he built a huge palace, from which some of the audience room is beautifully decorated. See Tamerlane family burial ground. Drive along the mountains Zerafshan Samarkand for a 3 night stay at the Grand Samarkand. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Samarkand: Visit the Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Timur for his favorite wife, and Registan Square, followed framed by three brilliantly decorated madrassas. Drive up to the observatory of Ulugh Beg, Timur's grandson astronomers visit Samarkand Museum of History, Culture and Art and see the magnificent Gur Emir mausoleum, where Timur is buried under the Timurid rippled blue domes. (B, L, D)

Day 11 - Samarkand Drive to the old abandoned Afrosiab place on the outskirts of Samarkand, where it flourished until it was destroyed by Tamerlane. Archaeological. nds housed in Afrosiab History Museum. See the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, an extraordinary collection of mausoleums offer exquisitely decorated majolica facades. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 12 - London to: go to Tashkent airport and fly to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)

Accommodation: This tour offers the best available accommodation in Uzbekistan. However, the standard deviation can be considered as a basic.

Accessibility: The tour includes some long drives and walking on uneven terrain.

Meal basis: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals


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