Along the road of ancient caravans
A tour of Central Asia including the cities on the Great Silk Road (Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan section)
|Countries:||Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan.||View the route map »»|
|Tour duration:||14 days / 13 nights.|
|Best time to travel:||March - June, August - October.|
|Itinerary:||Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol - Bishkek - Osh - Fergana - Margilan - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent -|
|Samarkand - Nurata - Aydar Yurt Camp - Sarmish Gorge - Bukhara - Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent.|
The itinerary of this informative tour goes along a section of one the branches of the Great Silk Road (Route), across two Central Asian countries, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. You will trip along a route travelled in ancient times by numerous caravans - across the Tien Shan Mountains, past the cities of the fertile Fergana Valley, to Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara and further to Khorezm, to the fabulous medieval Khiva. On your way you will admire picturesque and unexpectedly contrasting landscapes in the cool mountains and hot desert, look into the crystal clear water of Lake Issyk Kul, ride on camels in the Kyzylkum desert and contemplate the masterpieces of ancient cities that once sprang up along the Great Silk Road. And the cuisine. An incredibly wonderful cuisine that has taken in the best local cooking traditions!
The Great Silk Road was not a mere branching trans-Eurasian system of caravan routes used to transfer expensive silk, aromatic spices, rare minerals and other valuable goods from China and India to Europe and the Arab countries. It was a unique communication highway, on which knowledge, recipes, religions, ideas and innovations travelled between the East and West.
Different parts of this transcontinental route used to change and shift in the course of time, the system of caravan roads constantly growing and branching. However, the road we are going to take in this tour was one of the basic strategic courses in the complex network of the Great Silk Road. Alongside knowledge and interesting souvenirs, you will bring home a lot of indelible impressions!
Services & Cost
Itinerary in Detail
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|Day 1.||Arrival in Bishkek.
Meeting at “Manas” airport. Transfer to Bishkek (30 km), check-in at hotel. Leisure time. Guided sightseeing tour around Bishkek: the central Ala-Too Square, Historical Museum, flagstaff (and changing of the guard), statue of Lenin and Freedom Monument, philharmonic society, monument to Manas, Osh Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
|Day 2.||Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake.
Breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Lake Issyk Kul (250 km), the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. Visiting the Burana Tower on the way. Visiting a museum of rock paintings (petroglyphs) in the open air in Cholpon-Ata. Accommodation and supper at hotel on the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul. Overnight at the hotel.
|Day 3.||Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the city of Karakol (Eastern shore of Lake Issyk Kul). Guided sightseeing tour around Karakol: Przhevalski museum, a wooden Orthodox Russian church and impressive wooden Dungan mosque, built without metal nails by the Dungan people. Check-in at hotel or guest house.
|Day 4.||Karakol - Bishkek - flight to Osh.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Jety-Oguz Gorge (25 km) with the famous red rocks, The Broken Heart and The Seven Bulls. After that we shall drive back to Bishkek along the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul. Transfer to airport, flight to Osh. Meeting at airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in.
|Day 5.||Osh - Fergana.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Osh: Holy mountain Suleyman, Babur’s house, local museum and bazaar. Transfer to Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, passing through checkpoint. Transfer to Fergana, check-in at hotel.
|Day 6.||Fergana - Margilan - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Margilan, visiting “Yodgorlik” silk factory which is famous for handmade khan-atlas. Transfer to Rishtan, visiting pottery (hand-made ceramics). Transfer to Kokand. Sightseeing tour around Kokand: Palace of Khudayar Khan, Mausoleum of Modari Khan, Juma Mosque. Transfer to Tashkent via Kamchik Pass, check-in at hotel.
|Day 7.||Tashkent - Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to railway station. Departure for Samarkand by the high-speed train Afrosiab. Sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Samarkand Paper Mill, where famous Samarkand paper is made by hand on ancient technologies; Samarkand carpet factory “Hudzhum”. Leisure time: Siab Bazaar recommended. Overnight at the hotel.
Additional options this day (not included into the cost of the trip):
|Day 8.||Samarkand sightseeing tour.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Rukhabad Mausoleum. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Overnight at the hotel.
|Day 9.||Samarkand - Nurata - Aydar Yurt Camp (270 km, 4,5 hrs).
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Nurata. Guided sightseeing tour of Nurata: Nur (Alexander the Great’s fortress), Chashma Complex. Transfer to Aydar Yurt Camp. Overnight in yurts.
|Day 10.||Aydar Yurt Camp - Aydarkul Lake - Sarmish Gorge - Bukhara.
Breakfast in yurt camp. Camel riding excursion. Ride to Aydarkul Lake. Ride to Sarmish Gorge: petroglyphs (rock engravings). Transfer to Bukhara, check-in at hotel. Leisure time: strolls around night Bukhara recommended. Overnight at the hotel.
Additional options this day (not included into the cost of the trip):
|Day 11.||Bukhara sightseeing tour.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah; after lunch: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.
|Day 12.||Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 6-7 hrs).
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer across the Kyzyl-Kum Desert and along the Amudarya River to Khiva. Lunch en route. Arrival in Khiva. Leisure time. Visiting traditional workshops and souvenir shops. Overnight at the hotel.
Additional options this day (not included into the cost of the trip):
|Day 13.||Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva: Ichan Kala (historical inner city), Pakhlavan Mahmud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret. After lunch: Tash Khauli Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Aminkhan Minaret & Madrasah, and Avesta Museum. Transfer to Urgench (35 km, 30 min). Evening flight to Tashkent. Meeting at airport, transfer to hotel and check-in.
|Day 14.||Tashkent. Departure.
Breakfast in hotel. Leisure time, walking in the city centre, visiting Tashkent Metro; the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”. Transfer to airport. Departure.
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
Hotels 2-3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
Hotels 3-4* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.
|City||Hotels 2-3*||Hotels 3-4*|
|Bishkek||Asia Mountains Hotel 3*||or similar||Ak-Keme Hotel 4*||or similar|
|Issyk-Kul Lake||Tri Korony Hotel 3*||or similar||Raduga Resort 4*||or similar|
|Karakol||Green Yard Hotel 2*||or similar||Amir Hotel 3*||or similar|
|Osh||Sun Rise Osh Hotel 3*||or similar||Sun Rise Osh Hotel 3*||or similar|
|Fergana||Club Hotel 777 3*||or similar||Club Hotel 777 3*||or similar|
|Tashkent||Samir Hotel 3*+||or similar||Ramada 4*||or similar|
|Samarkand||Arba Hotel 3*||or similar||Emirkhan 4*||or similar|
|Kyzylkum desert||Aydar Yurt Camp|
|Bukhara||Siyavush Hotel 3*||or similar||Asia Bukhara 4*||or similar|
|Khiva||Old Khiva Hotel 3*||or similar||Asia Khiva Hotel 3*+||or similar|
Depending on the size of a group the following means of transportation are used during the tour:
"Hyundai Grand Starex"
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek.
Welcome to Bishkek - the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan!
Bishkek is a city of wide streets, marble-faced public buildings and numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks with interior courtyards, as well as thousands of smaller privately built houses outside the city center. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers. There are over 150 species of trees and smaller plants growing in the city.
Places to see/visit in Bishkek are: the Alatau Square, the main square of the city, with the government building and fountains. On the square you can see a flagstaff and a monument to epic hero Manas. The square is surrounded by a number of interesting objects, such as Historical Museum with its unique for CIS countries collection of bronze relieves and statues of the Soviet period, the House of the Government made of white marble, the Oak Park and the Nikolskaya Church, the city’s oldest building; under the surface of the square there is a bunker made in the Soviet period as a reserve refuge for the local Communist elite. At the Independence monument in the square you can watch the changing guards.
You should also see Lenin’s statue, as Bishkek is the only capital of the post-Soviet countries featuring a statue of this person; Museum of Fine Arts richly presenting paintings and sculptures of Kyrgyz and European artists, colourful Osh Bazaar and bustling small-size-wholesale Dordoy Bazaar. Opera goers may choose to attend impressive Opera House to enjoy opera or ballet performance given once or twice a week or opt to listen to European classic- or Kyrgyz folk music concerts given at the Kyrgyz State Philharmonic Society.
Bishkek also boasts a large number of cafes, bars and restaurants that would suit anybody with any financial situation, modern trade centres, parks, theatres, discos and other entertainment facilities.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake.
Today we shall move to large alpine Lake Issyk Kul, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan!
The road winds into the picturesque narrow Boom gorge (“shoelace” in Kyzgyz) and follows the route of caravans, which in the old times would go along the Boom Canyon to Issyk Kul and further to China.
However, we shall make our way towards Cholpon-Ata, a resort town with a population of 40,000 people, situated on the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul, where we shall sees thousands of rock paintings (petroglyphs) under the open sky! The territory of the Cholpon-Ata museum with an area of 42 ha includes, apart from rocks with century-old paintings, ancient burials, ruins of settlements, circles of stones and remains of walls.
Lake Issyk Kul (“warm lake” in Kyrgyz) - a natural wonder of Central Asia! The phenomenon of Issyk Kul lake is not only in its being world’s second largest (both by deepness and square area) alpine lake but also that, despite altitude (1.608m), it never gets ice on its surface. The lake attracts hundreds of birds (local as well migratory), is abundant in fish (trout, carp, pike-perch etc.) and provides habitat (the lake-shore riparian forests as well as surrounding mountain forests) for diverse wildlife including nearly extinct snow leopards and red wolves.
Overnight at hotel on the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul.
Day 3. Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol.
This morning we shall transfer to the city of Karakol (formerly Przhevalsk, after the Russian explorer Przhevalsky who died there an administrative centre and the largest resort of Issyk Kul Province (12km away of the Lake Issyk Kul) situated in its eastern part, at the foot of the Terskey-Alatau Range, at elevations between 1,690 and 1,850 m above sea level. Karakol was founded in 1869 as a military and administrative station on a caravan road connecting the Chuy Valley and Kashgaria. Karakol (population of 65,000) features highly developed infrastructure and boasts a large number of shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and boarding houses; not far from the city there is a ski resort, hot springs and very many other places in the surrounding mountains good for active recreation (trekking, hiking, biking, paragliding and mountaineering).
Since ancient times the Lake Issyk Kul is historically known as fertile oasis (especially in its western edge where Karakol town is situated). Abundance of rains and deep mountain streams bring here a lot of water and make local climate extremely favourable for agriculture farming and cattle breeding. That is why the streets of the town are drawn in impressively thick and tall poplars as well as apricot, cherry, pear and apple trees. Local bazaars attract with its mix of Chinese, Dungan, Uighur and Russian faces and a diversity of local fruits and vegetables.
We get accommodation in a hotel or guest house of Karakol.
Day 4. Karakol - Bishkek - flight to Osh.
Today we visit Djety-Oguz (“seven bulls” in Kyrgyz) - a small village and a dyed away Soviet-time spa, hot mineral water of which, rich in radioactive rhodon, is believed to be good remedy against arthritis. Here we can see an unusual formation of red sandstone cliffs that gave the place its name - Seven Bulls. The rocks continue for 37 km, being one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. The landscape of the gorge was formed by the Jety-Oguz River emptying into Lake Issyk Kul.
Returning to Bishkek along a picturesque road.
Day 5. Osh - Fergana.
Osh is one of the oldest Central Asian settlements and is the oldest one in Kyrgyzstan. The exact date of its foundation is unknown, but the legends about the city connect its origin with Alexander the Great and even the prophet Solomon (Suleiman). According to one of the legends, once Suleiman and his army with a pair of oxen with a plow in front came to the area. When the oxen came up to the mountains, the king said, «Hosh!» («Enough!»), which was what the name of the town built where the oxen stopped came from.
Archaeological finds prove that the city is at least 3000 years old. In the 10th c Osh was considered the third largest city in Fergana Valley. It was a cross-roads of the caravan routes from India and China to Europe - those of the Great Silk Road, part of which you are moving along. Travellers and merchants with their caravans used to stay there, which made the place a trade centre.
In modern times Osh became the starting point of the Pamir Highway crossing the Pamirs to end in Khorog. Osh is also one of the Muslim religious centers in Central Asia; it has the largest mosque in the country. The only World Heritage Site in Kyrgyzstan, Suleiman Mountain, offers a splendid view of Osh and its environs. A cave in the mountain is the site of a museum containing a collection of archaeological, geological and historical finds and information about local flora and fauna. There are many legends about the mountain. It was named for the prophet Suleiman, who is believed to have been able to cure all the diseases. According to a belief, this is the place where prophet Suleyman appealed to God, and the stones still bear the imprints of his forehead and knees. Muhammad Zahiriddin Babur (1483-1530), Tamerlane’s great-grandson and the founder of the Mogul dynasty, built a khujra (cell) with a mihrab over this place sacred for any Muslim. The site of the cell is now occupied by the Takhti-Suleyman mosque, a unidirectional building of white rock, and ‘Babur’s house’ restored following historical data.
After an excursion to Osh we shall go to the border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and, after passing it successfully, shall enter the Uzbek part of the Fergana Valley. Transfer to Fergana.
Day 6. Fergana - Margilan - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent.
Today we shall almost cross the Fergana Valley, an ancient historical and cultural region in Central Asia which once bore the name of Davan (translates from Chinese as ‘a very beautiful, picturesque place’). The capital of Davan was Ershi, which in the Middle Ages was renamed into Mingtepa, its ruins, the Mingtepa archaeological site, situated today 30 km from Andizhan. Davan was famous for its ‘sky horses’ (argamak), for which the Chinese were ready to pay large sums of money and which became the reason why the Chinese troops invaded the country in 104 BC. The Great Silk Road went past many Davan cities.
Fergana Valley was once called Golden Valley thanks to its fertile fields. There are a lot of architectural monuments in the area tourists like to see. The local people still follow their centuries-old traditions in arts and crafts, cuisine and many other aspects of their everyday life.
Fergana is a relatively young city. It was founded by General Skobelev in 1876. It should be noted that at one time the city was named New Margilan, which is quite logical as Fergana is situated 12 km from old Margilan (our today’s destination), an important point on the Great Silk Road.
In the 10th c Margilan was famous for its silks a long way from it in the East and in the West. You will have the opportunity to see these unique silks and hear some interesting things about silk making at Yodgorlik - Uzbek istan’s largest traditional silk factory. You are also visiting the local bazaar where you will be able to buy a piece of fine Margilan silk and many other interesting souvenirs.
After seeing the sights in Margilan you are going to Rishtan, one of the oldest centers of the traditional Uzbek ceramics. They say Rishtan art of pottery is over 800 years old, passed down from generation to generation. The local masters use the fine quality reddish-yellow clay of the area, which is suitable for making a wide variety of ceramic items. Covered with the traditional blue-green glaze iskor, the decorative patterns of Rishtan ceramics is one of the richest. By the 1960s the traditional technologies had almost died out, but thanks to the efforts of the potters themselves, they have been revived. Today over 2000 craftsmen use both traditional and modern technologies to make a few million items per year. You will have the opportunity to visit a few of the large number of potter’s shops in Rishtan, see the process of making their truly unique ceramics and buy a piece or more of them.
In the evening, as you have reached Tashkent, you will have a good night rest in a hotel.
Day 7. Tashkent - Samarkand.
The high-speed train Afrosiab will bring us in the morning to legendary Samarkand (also spelled Samarqand).
Next you visit Samarkand Paper Mill. Here craftsmen make by hand famous Samarkand paper on ancient technologies. Having existed until the middle of the XIX century, Samarkand papermaking gained wide popularity both in Arab countries and in Europe. With its unique smoothness, Samarkand paper was very comfortable for writing, and good density did not allow absorbing a lot of ink, that was a very important quality characteristic of the paper at that time. Moreover, some types of Samarkand paper were more comfortable for reading, thanks to the fact that the brownish tint of paper softened the contrast with ink.
Day 8. Samarkand sightseeing tour.
This day will be wholly dedicated to Samarkand, ‘the heart of the Great Silk Road’.
Then you are going to Registan, the central city’s square. It is the most spectacular Central Asian square with fascinating architectural monuments. Though the word ‘registan’ means ‘a sandy place’, you will hardly see any sand there now. Registan was initially a craft and trade center where the six roads running from the city walls met. The Registan Square, which at that time featured a huge market surrounded by caravanserais, was the place where the goods brought by the caravans were sold and new ones purchased.
Day 9. Samarkand - Nurata - Aydar Yurt Camp (270 km, 4,5 hrs).
Today you ride to Aydar Yurt Camp located in the Kyzylkum Desert (“red sand”; also spelled Kyzyl-Kum, Qyzylqum) via Nurata (Uzbek: Nurota), quite an interesting city on the edge of the desert and at the foot of the Nurata Mountains.
The name of the city is a compound of the words nur (“ray”) and ota (“father”). When in Nurata, you see the holy spring of Chashma Complex dating from around the 10th century BCE. According to legend, the spring formed in the crater made by a meteorite that hit the place 40,000 years ago. They also say a column of light appears over the bowl of the spring sometimes, at sunset or at dawn. The water of the spring is healing, and there is holy fish in it. Nearby is the holy well Beshpanja (“a hand”), the source of the spring. The complex Chashma also includes a mosque, one of the largest in Central Asia, and a bathhouse. Southeast of the complex lies a necropolis with graves of Islamic saints. The site is one of the major Islamic pilgrimage places in Uzbekistan.
You also see the remains of the fortress Alexander the Great built in 327 BCE, thus founding the city, and learn about the local kariz underground water supply system he built. Part of this ancient system have been restored and is used by the locals, along with modern water supply lines. It was through the military campaigns of Alexander the Great that the East and West learnt a lot more about each other, which helped create trade relations in future and found the longest trade road in Eurasia.
Day 10. Aydar Yurt Camp - Aydarkul Lake - Sarmish Gorge - Bukhara.
After breakfast in the camp you can go on a camel riding excursion around the nearby desert area.
Next, you set out on a journey to Bukhara via Aydarkul Lake and Sarmish Gorge.
As you proceed with your journey, you visit the most picturesque Sarmish Gorge (also spelled Sarmysh Gorge) with over 3,500 petroglyphs (rock engravings) of the Bronze Age. The site is one of the world’s largest “rock picture galleries”. Here, on black basalt rocks-petroglyphs displaying animals, people, hunting scenes, lifestyle.
Further we shall go to Bukhara. On your way there you will be able to appreciate the greatness of the Kyzylkum desert, which still seems to keep the images of slowly walking trade caravans.
Day 11. Bukhara sightseeing tour.
Bukhara (Uzbek: Bukhoro or Buxoro; also spelled Buchara, Bokhara, Buhara) is one of the world’s oldest cities. It is over 2,500 years old, and seems to be emanating the breath of history. The city was a large political and religious center in the Middle Ages. It is one of the seven holy cities of Islam. Bukhara boasts a large number of old mosques of different architectural styles, as well as a lot of madrasahs, minarets and mausoleums. The historic center of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
First, you are visiting Ismail Samani Mausoleum (The Samanids Mausoleum; 9th c. - 10th c.), one of the most esteemed Central Asian architectural monuments. It was built as the resting-place of Ismail Samani, the founder of the last Persian dynasty ruling in Central Asia. They call the times of the Samanids ‘the Oriental Renaissance’, since science and culture in the region flourished under them. The mausoleum marks a new era in the development of Central Asian architecture after the Arab conquest of the region, incorporating both pre-Islamic and Arab Islamic architectural traditions. Especially impressive are the brickwork patterns of the structure. They look different as the light changes during the day… The building survived thanks to the wit of the local people: threatened by Genghis Khan hordes, which destroyed everything on their way, they covered the mausoleum and many other buildings with earth, which saved them from destruction. The mausoleum of Pakistan"s founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah-Mazar-e-Quaid is modeled on Samanid Mausoleum in Bukhara.
On the way out of the park where Samanids Mausoleum is you are seeing Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum. Chashma-Ayub means ‘Job’s sping’ in Persian. According to a legend, biblical Job (Ayub) once visited the place during a severe drought in the area and opened a spring with a blow of his staff. The water of the spring is still pure and is considered to be healing. The mausoleum was built during the reign of Tamerlane in the 15th с by master builders the ruler had brought from Khwarezm, and so the building features a Khwarezm-style conical dome, which was uncommon in Bukhara.
Then you are going to see Po-i-Kalan Complex of the 12th - 16th c, consisting of Kalyan Mosque, Mir-i-Arab Madrasah and the famous Kalyan Minaret - a circular-pillar brick tower, narrowing upwards, 45.6 meters in height. The minaret miraculously survived many wars and invasions. Why did Genghis Khan destroy Kalyan Mosque but spare the minaret? They say that when he came up to its foot and looked up. The minaret was so high, or the wind was so strong, that his hat fell off. The khan thought that there were no buildings before which he had to take his hat off and showed mercy. There are a lot more legends about this grand structure, so it is especially interesting to listen to the guide here.
You are also seeing Ulugbek Madrasah. Ulugbek, Tamerlan’s grandson, was the famous mathematician and astronomer, ‘a scientist on the throne’. The madrasah was built by his order in 1417. It was the most significant structure of Tamerlane’s times in Bukhara.
Then comes Lab-i Hauz Complex (1568-1622) consisting of Kukeldash Madrasah (1568-1569), a khanaka monastery and hospice for Sufi travelers (1622) and Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah (1622). All the structures of the complex stand around a large pond. It is a perfect place to relax in the outdoor teahouses around the pond in hot summertime. You can also take a look at the statue of Hajji Nasreddin on his donkey there. Nasreddin is the legendary medieval Central Asian populist wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes.
Visiting the above-mentioned Bukhara sights, you go past unique medieval domed shopping arcades. They are still used for retail sale and offer an abundance of souvenirs and other traditional merchandise: garments, old Bukhara coins, jewelry, and spices.
Day 12. Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 6-7 hrs).
After breakfast you set out on a long (7-8 hours) and exciting journey to Khiva across the Kyzylkum Desert (also spelled Kyzyl-Kum, Qyzylqum) and along the Amudarya River (also spelled Amu Darya; known as the Oxus from its Ancient Greek name in historical sources). The desert was once invariably associated with images of numerous caravans moving slowly along the Great Silk Road. We shall travel a road, which follows an ancient caravan route.
Upon arrival to Khiva, you will be accommodated in a hotel decorated in national style.
Day 13. Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent.
Today you are to start a fascinating tour around inimitable Khiva! This «open-air museum» is a great example of an oriental city, which is almost untouched by time.
Its Ichan-Kala “inner city” historic part (also spelled Itchan-Kala), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a walled medieval Central Asian town being preserved as it was in the past - an artifact town. Although protected by the state and having the status of a museum reserve, Ichan-Kala is populated with real people, mainly artisans.
Day 14. Tashkent. Departure.
Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and ancient city, which was once situated on caravan routes and was an important trade centre on the Great Silk Road. Caravans going to Europe, the Arab countries and India used to call at Tashkent. Metal and ceramic items, woolen fabrics, carpets and articles of gold and precious stones produced in Tashkent were popular around the world.
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