The Aral Sea and Oasis of Ancient Cities

Contrasting tour to Uzbekistan: Adventure Jeep Tour to the Aral Sea
and Excursions to Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand

 

Country: Uzbekistan View route map »»
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva - Urgench - Nukus - Kungard - Ustyurt Plateau -
- Sudochie lake - Aral Sea - Muynak - Khodjeyli - Mizdahan necropolis - Nukus

GUARANTEE DATES OF GROUP TOURS IN 2019:

Group №1. 08.04 - 17.04.2019     Group №4. 09.09 - 18.09.2019    
Group №2. 29.04 - 08.05.2019     Group №5. 30.09 - 02.10.2019    
Group №3. 20.05 - 29.05.2019     Group №6. 07.10 - 16.10.2019    

The Aral Sea and Oasis of Ancient Cities. Group tour to Uzbekistan

This tour combines the two most popular types of travelling in Uzbekistan: a guided tour of the country with excursions to the legendary historical cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand with grandiose architectural monuments and a jeep trip to the Aral Sea across the uninhabited and little-studied Ustyurt Plateau.

This one tour of Uzbekistan, highly logic and perfectly thought-out, will cover the most popular travel sites, the best places to visit and the country’s main tourist attractions. You will thus travel in two absolutely different dimensions - first in the world of unique nature and enormous areas with extraterrestrial landscapes away from civilization, and then in the urban world of human genius, centuries-old culture, oriental cuisine and authentic hospitality.

May your vacation and adventure holidays in Uzbekistan be interesting, eventful and diverse!

  • Itinerary
    Services & Cost
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    Route Map

 

The basic itinerary of the group your:
Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent.

Short description

Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport according to tourist's flight arrival time.
Transfer to a hotel and check-in after 14:00 PM.
Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.

Дворец форумов. Ташкент, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 2. Tashkent (sightseeing). Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 4-5 hrs).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out at 09:00 AM and a group gathering in the hotel lobby.
Sightseeing program in Tashkent at 09:30 AM: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah; the oldest bazaar of Tashkent Chorsu.
After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Tashkent: Museum of Applied Arts, Independence square, Amir Temur square.
Departure for Samarkand at 15:00 PM. Check-in at a hotel upon arrival in Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel.

Медресе Кукельдаш. Ташкент, Узбекистан

Day 3. Samarkand (sightseeing).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing program in Samarkand at 10:00 AM: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia - the Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum - necropolis of the Timurids.
After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory. Overnight at the hotel.

Мавзолей Гур-Эмир (усыпальница Амира Тимура). Самарканд, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 4. Samarkand - Bukhara (300 km, 4-5 hrs).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out at 08:00 AM and a group gathering in the hotel lobby.
Transfer to Bukhara. Check-in at a hotel upon arrival in Bukhara.
After lunch sightseeing program in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Visiting a showroom of Bukhara golden-embroidered factory and Karakul dressing (astrakhan fur) workshop.
Overnight at the hotel.

Бухара, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 5. Bukhara (sightseeing).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Continuation of sightseeing program in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband. Return to Bukhara.
Overnight at the hotel.

Узбекские фрукты. Фрукты и овощи в Узбекистане. Базар Чорсу в Ташкенте. Базары Узбекистана. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 6. Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 8-9 hrs).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
At 08:00 AM start of ride across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya River. Lunch en route.
Arrival in Khiva. Leisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight at the hotel.

Ситораи Мохи-Хоса. Бухара, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 7. Khiva (sightseeing).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
A group gathering in the hotel lobby at 09:00 AM.
Sightseeing program in Khiva (Ichan-Kala, historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Palace, Alakuli Khan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Muhammadaminkhan Minaret & Madrasah, and Avesta Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Мавзолей Гур-Эмир (усыпальница Амира Тимура). Самарканд, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 8. Khiva - Nukus (180 km, 3 hours)
Nukus - Kungard - Ustyurt Plateau - Sudochie Lake - Aral Sea (400 km, 5-6 hours).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer from Khiva to Nukus at 08:00 AM.  
Changing the transport upon arrival in Nukus, further travelling by off-road vehicle. 
Departure from Nukus. Proceeding to Kungrad, then up to Ustyurt Plateau. Transfer to Sudochye Lake. Proceeding to Village of Urga, first Russian settlement in Khorezm and Aral Sea region.
Lunch en route (lunch-boxes).
Transfer to Aral Sea. Photographing canyons en route. Descent to shoreline. Transfer to Yurt Camp. Dinner. Overnight in Yurt Camp.

Плато Устюрт. Тур в Узбекистан

Day 9. Aral Sea - Muynak - Nukus (390 km, 5-6 hours).

Short description

Breakfast at the Yurt Camp.
Proceeding to Muynak along the bottom of the disappeared sea. Visiting monument to the victims of the Second World War (now it is a monument to the Aral Sea), which is the highest point of Muynak providing a wonderful panorama of the town and the bottom of the former sea.
Visiting famous “Cemetery of Ships” in Muynak. Next visiting a Museum at the House of Culture (Muynak Regional Studies Museum), where you can see works of artists F. Madgazin and R. Matevosyan, who used to depict the Aral Sea and the Amudarya River.
Lunch in traditional guest house of Muynak.
Transfer to Nukus. Overnight at the hotel .

Город-порт Муйнак, тур в Узбекистан

Day 10. Nukus. Departure.

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Excursion in the I.V. Savitskiy State Art Museum. Proceeding to and visiting Mizdakhan Complex: Caliph Erejep, Jumart-kassab hillock, half-underground Mazlumkhan-sulu Mausoleum, Shamun-nabi Mausoleum.
Transfer to Nukus Airport. Departure from Nukus.

Музей им. И.В.Савицкого. Нукус, Каракалпакстан, тур в Узбекистан

The cost of the tour 2019:

The cost of the 10 day tour: Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Twin/double share 1075 USD 1270 USD
SGL supplement +200 USD +325 USD

* This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at Tashkent airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
  • Accommodation at the hotel on twin/double share with breakfast;
  • Accommodation in the yurts of the camp on the shore of Aral sea;
  • Sightseeing tour in each city according to the tour program;
  • Local guides in cities /
    Accompany guide for a group over 8 people;
  • Accompany guide for active part around Aral sea part of the tour;
  • Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
  • Full service on active part on days 8 and 9:
    • Full pension (breakfast, lunch, dinner);
    • Cook, service staff;
    • Sleeping blankets, matrasses, pilows;
    • Kitchenware;
    • Communication facilities: satellite phone;
  • A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour;
  • Memorable souvenirs.
 

Cost does not include:

  • International air flights;
  • Sites entrance fees;
  • Meals excepting included in the Aral sea part;
  • Medical insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Possible additional night in the hotel of Tashkent upon arrival (early check-in):
    • Single room - 50 USD/per room /per night (Hotels 3*);
    • Single room - 130 USD/per room /per night (Hotels 4*);
    • Double room - 70 USD/per room /per night (Hotels 3*).
    • Double room - 150 USD/per room /per night (Hotels 4*).

Extensions to the main itinerary:

Open extension
"Fergana" (+ 3 days
before the main tour)

Open extension
"Nurata" (+ 4 days
before the main tour)

Hotels
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 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 4* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Tashkent Orient Inn HotelSamir 3*
or similar
Ramada Tashkent Hotel 4* 
or similar
Samarkand Arba Hotel / City Hotel
or similar
Jahon Palace 3*+ / Sultan Boutique 
or similar
Bukhara Rangrez Hotel 3* / Fatima Hotel 3*
or similar
Omar Khayam 3+
or similar
Khiva Shokh Jahon Hotel 3*
or similar
Bek Khiva Hotel 4*
or similar
Fergana Club Hotel 777
or similar
Asia Ferghana 4*
or similar

Transportation
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

Group From 1, 4 to 5 tour days From 2 to 3 tour days
Group of 1-2 "Chevrolet Lacetti" "Toyota Land Cruiser" -
1 car per 4 people
Group of 3-7 "SsangYоng Istana"
Group of 8-15 "Mitsubishi Rosa"
Group of 16-25 "Golden Dragon"

"Chevrolet Lacetti"
(3 seats)

Chevrolet Lacetti

"SsangYong Istana"
(9 seats)

SsangYong Istana

"Toyota Land Cruiser"
(3 seats)

Toyota Land Cruiser
Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon
Chevrolet Lacetti Chevrolet Lacetti Chevrolet Lacetti Chevrolet Lacetti Chevrolet Lacetti Chevrolet Lacetti SsangYong Istana SsangYong Istana SsangYong Istana SsangYong Istana SsangYong Istana Toyota Land Cruiser Toyota Land Cruiser Toyota Land Cruiser Toyota Land Cruiser Toyota Land Cruiser

 

Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:

The citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can enter the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan without visa. In relation to these countries there was established a bilateral visa-free regime.

The citizens of Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan can obtain visa to Uzbekistan without preliminary issuance of the visa invitation by the inviting party from Uzbekistan (in our case, by travel agency). The citizens of listed countries can obtain visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the country of their residence during 2 working days.

Citizens of all other countries can get visa to Uzbekistan only on the basis of preliminary issued visa invitation. The visa invitation is being issued by our company on the basis of the following documents of yours:
- filled-in application form (sample of the application form is being send beforehand);
- scanned copy of your passport of good quality;
- employment verification letter.

After receiving these documents we apply to the MFA of Uzbekistan for visa invitation issuance for our tourists. The process of visa invitation issuance takes 13-15 days. On the basis of the visa invitation a tourist can get visa at the embassy of Uzbekistan in his/her country of residence (or in another country, where there is our embassy). If in the country of tourist’s residence there is no Uzbekistan Embassy, he/she can obtain Uzbek visa at the Uzbekistan in any other country (where it is located) or at the consular department of Tashkent airport on arrival.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1

What nationals need visas to enter Uzbekistan?
Citizens of any countries other than Uzbekistan and the CIS countries enjoying visa-free regime agreements with Uzbekistan need visas to enter Uzbekistan or travel through its territory. These people can obtain Uzbekistan entry visas through a Visa Invitation Letter (Visa Support) from their host parties (host tour operators). Citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK can apply for Uzbek visas to embassies or consulates of Uzbekistan without getting Visa Invitation Letter, independently. Please read here for more information.

2

Is it necessary to get a stay permit (temporary registration of stay) while visiting Uzbekistan?
Any foreigner to Uzbekistan is to get a stay permit within 3 working days (consecutive or not) during his / her visit to the country. If he / she stays at an Uzbekistan hotel or a guesthouse, such a stay permit for the period of stay at it is granted automatically. (Inquire whether the hotel / guesthouse you want to stay at provides such a permit unless your accommodation is organized by a host tour operator. Also make sure you are given your stay permit certificate with the seal of your hotel / guesthouse when you check out.) If you stay at other lodging facilities during your visit, you will have to get your stay permit from a local visits registration police department.

3

What is Uzbekistan’s currency? Where can I exchange money?
The national currency of Uzbekistan is the som (UZS). There are 100, 200, 500, 1.000, 5.000, 10.000 and 50.000-som banknotes used currently. The banknotes are similar in size but vary in color; they depict Uzbekistan’s cultural and heritage sites.
You can exchange money at Uzbekistan’s National Bank outlets, most of the hotels and official currency exchange offices commonly located near bazaars and at shopping centers. You will need your passport to exchange money through them.
Note that the most common foreign currency in Uzbekistan is US dollars. The US banknotes you exchange in the country should be in good condition - without defects, bad folds, worn areas and scribbles - or it will be hard to exchange them.

4

Can I use credit cards in Uzbekistan?
You can use Visa and MasterCard cards mainly in Tashkent and at fewer locations in Samarkand and Bukhara for cash withdrawals through ATMs (cash machines) in their large hotels or banks. You can also make payments with these cards at some hotels, restaurants and stores in Tashkent. However, technical failures of the card handling equipment may occur, so it is advisable to always have enough cash on you.

5

What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.

6

Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stay in the country?
Yes, they can do it in Tashkent in the general office of the mobile operator only if they have a stay permit to show.

7

Can I bring alcoholic beverages into Uzbekistan?
A person is permitted to bring a maximum of 2 liters of alcoholic drink(s) into the country.

8

What maximum amount of cash can I bring into Uzbekistan?
There is no limit on the amount of cash in a currency that is foreign to Uzbekistan a person can bring into the country. If you bring in over 5,000 USD (or the equivalent in other currencies), you will be given a ТС-28 certificate. If you bring in over 10,000 USD, you will have to pay a 1% duty on this sum.

9

What maximum amount of cash can I take out of Uzbekistan?
The amount of cash (in a currency foreign to Uzbekistan) you can take out of the country must not exceed the sum you brought in as per your arrival customs declaration. Taking out the amount exceeding the sum you brought in is possible if permitted by Uzbekistan’s Central Bank or another Uzbekistan’s authorized bank. Note that taking out Uzbekistan soms is not permitted unless they are several souvenir coins or banknotes.

10

Can I use a photo / video camera at the tourist sites?
Photographing and videoing at the tourist sites is allowed unless a site has a prohibition sign. They charge fees for using cameras at most tourist attractions though. Photographing and videoing is prohibited in Tashkent metro, at the airports and railway stations. Using a camera at the functioning mosques is possible if allowed by the worshippers there.

11

What kind of clothes should I wear in Uzbekistan? Are there any clothing requirements for women in the country?
Clothes made of cotton and other natural textiles will be the best choice in warm and hot weather. Both men and women will feel best in T-shirts and shorts. Your footwear must be comfortable, light and strong, since you will have to walk a lot. Have sunglasses, a light headwear and sunblock lotion.
If you travel early in spring (March to the beginning of April) or at the end of autumn (October to November), it is advisable to take a windbreaker, a sweater or a similar garment. In winter the temperature may fall to minus 10°С or so, so a raincoat, a warm coat and headwear will be necessary.
There are no strict limits on women’s clothing in the country. However, you should be considerate towards the local traditions, culture and religion. While visiting religious places women should wear loose garments covering most of their arms and legs, and of course the cleavage. Headscarves will also be advisable to put on. Note that you will have to take off your shoes while entering some of the sacred places.

12

What languages do people in Uzbekistan speak?
The official language is Uzbek; it is spoken by a majority of the population. Russian is spoken by the country’s largest Slavic minority and is still used widely in business and as a lingua franca, especially in Tashkent and other major cities. Tajik is widespread in Samarkand and Bukhara for their large Tajik ethnic minorities. Karakalpak is spoken in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan where it is an official language besides Uzbek. English is popular as a foreign language to study but there is little chance of coming across a good English speaker in the street. However, in the historic cities of Bukhara and Samarkand many young souvenir sellers dealing with foreigners speak elementary English.

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