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: 11 days / 10 nights
Itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva - Urgench - Nukus - Kungard - Ustyurt Plateau -
- Sudochie lake - Aral Sea - Muynak - Khodjeyli - Mizdahan necropolis - Nukus - Tashkent

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!

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

Short description

Tour beginning day / arrival day.
Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport at any time of arrival mentioned by tourist. Transfer to the hotel and check in after 14:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Дворец форумов. Ташкент, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

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

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 - meeting at the hall and check out from the hotel.
09:30 - sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”. After lunch visit Independence Square and Amir Temur Square.
15:00 - transfer to Samarkand by road. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Медресе Кукельдаш. Ташкент, Узбекистан

Day 3. Samarkand (city tour).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 - sightseeing in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia - the Registan Square (madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor madrasah, Tilya-Kori madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum - necropolis of the Timurids.
After lunch continuation of sightseeing 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.
08:00 - meeting at the entrance hall and check out of the hotel. Transfer to Bukhara. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
After lunch start of sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Visit to the demonstration room of Bukhara gold-embroidery factory and karakul workshop. Overnight at the hotel.

Бухара, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 5. Bukhara (city tour).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 - continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah.
After lunch visit out-of-city sights of Bukhara: Sitorai Mohi Khosa - summer residence of Bukhara last emir (ruler) and Bakhautdin Naqshbandi complex.
Transfer back 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.
08:00 - transfer to Khiva across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya river.
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 (city tour).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 - sightseeing in Khiva (Ichan-Kala historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Alakuli Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammadaminkhan Minaret & Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.

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

Day 8. Khiva - Nukus (180 km, 3 hours)
Nukus - Aral Sea (400 km, 5-6 hours).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
07:00 - transfer out from Khiva to Nukus.
On arrival in Nukus change the bus for 4WD vehicles. Further transfer to Kungrad, then up to Ustyurt Plateau. Transfer to Sudochie Lake.
Proceeding to Village of Urga, first Russian settlement in Khorezm and Aral Sea region. Lunch en route. Further transfer to the Aral Sea. Photographing canyons en route.
Arrival at yurt campsite; descent to shoreline. Dinner. Overnight in yurts.

Плато Устюрт. Тур в Узбекистан

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

Short description

Breakfast at the Yurt Camp.
08:00 - driving to Muynak along the bottom of the disappeared sea.
Sightseeing in Muynak: monument to the victims of the Second World War (now a monument to the Aral Sea), which is the highest point of the town of Muynak providing a wonderful panorama of the town and the bottom of the former sea. Visiting famous “Cemetery of Ships”.
Next visiting a museum at the House of Culture in Muynak, where you can familiarize yourselves with the works of artists F.Madgazin and R.Matevosyan, who used to depict the Aral Sea and the Amudarya River. Lunch in traditional guesthouse of Muynak.
Transfer to Nukus. Overnight at hotel.

Город-порт Муйнак, тур в Узбекистан

Day 10. Nukus (city tour)
Nukus - Tashkent (internal flight)

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 - meet the guide and visit the famous Central Asian art museum - named after Igor Savitsky. Further visiting Mizdakhan Complex: Caliph Erejep, Jumart-kassab hillock, half-underground Mazlumkhan-sulu Mausoleum, Shamun-nabi Mausoleum.
Transfer to Nukus airport. Flight to Tashkent.
Meet at the airport on arrival and further transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

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

Day 11. Tashkent (departure).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Checkout until 12:00. Free time without transport services and excursions. Recommended visiting bazaars and walking in the city center.
Transfer to the airport. Departure from Tashkent.

Cost includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at Tashkent airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts, check-in to the hotels at 14:00, check-out at 12:00;
  • Accommodation at the yurt camp near Aral Sea (6-8 persons in each yurt, twin and single accommodation is not possible);
  • Sightseeing tour in each city as per program;
  • Accompanying English speaking guide services for the whole tour;
  • Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
  • Full services on active part of the tour on Days 8 & 9:
    • Meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch);
    • Service staff;
    • Bedding: bed linen, mattresses, blanket, pillow;
    • Crockery, cooking utensils;
    • Sleeping blankets, matrasses, pilows;
    • Communication: satellite phone;
    • Communication facilities: satellite phone;
  • Internal flight tickets from Nukus to Tashkent (economy class, baggage allowance 20 kg);
  • A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour.

Cost does not include:

  • International air flights;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums, listed in the program (110 USD/per person - can be paid on the spot);
  • Meals (except mentioned);
  • Medical insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure in Tashkent:
    • Single room - 55 USD/per room /per night;
    • Double/ Twin room - 75 USD/per room/per night.

The cost of the program includes accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. We recommend this special type of accommodation because it is unique in Uzbekistan: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosines. Hotels of this level characterizing by a warm welcome, empathetic and friendly attitude by the staff and enable you to familiarize yourself with the national culture.

Yurt Camp
Accommodation in yurts for 6-8 members. Living in a real Yurt far from civilization - is an extremely unusual and memorable experience for a city dweller. Yurt is a traditional dwelling of nomads in Central Asia. The Yurt is cool in summer and warm in winter. The Yurt is ecological, as it is made from simple natural materials: wooden poles and felt rolled from sheep wool. The Yurt Camp is equipped with electricity and water. There is a toilet on the territory.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels
Tashkent Orient Inn Hotel 3* / Orient Grand Hotel 3*
or similar
Samarkand Zilol Baht Hotel 3* / Evroasia Hotel 3*
or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Kavsar Hotel 3*
or similar
Khiva Shams Hotel 3* / Shokh Jahon Hotel 3*
or similar
Nukus Jipek Joli Hotel
or similar
Aral Sea Yurts

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

Group 1-8 days, 10-11 days Type of transport in 8-9 days
Group 1-2 pax "Daewoo Lacetti" "Toyota Land Cruiser" - 1 pc.
Group 3-6 pax "Hyundai Grand Starex" - 1 pc. "Toyota Land Cruiser" - 2 pc.
Group 7-9 pax "Toyota Hiace" / King Long" - 1 pc. "Toyota Land Cruiser" - 3 pc.
Group 10-12 pax "Mitsubishi Rosa"/Eurise" - 1 pc. "Toyota Land Cruiser" - 4 pc.
Group 13-15 pax "Mitsubishi Rosa"/Eurise" - 1 pc. "Toyota Land Cruiser" - 5 pc.
Group 16-45 pax "Golden Dragon" - 1 pc. "Toyota Land Cruiser" - 6 pc.


Visa to Uzbekistan:

Visa-free regime for up to 60 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • the Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A great number of other countries can obtain an e-visa to Uzbekistan by simply visiting the governmental portal

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
    It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.
  5. Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stays in the country?
    Yes, they can if they have a stay permit to show.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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