Travel around Uzbekistan: Tour 8
Duration: 6 days
Places to visit: Tashkent - Nukus - Kungrat - Sudochye - Aral Sea - Muinak - Nukus - Khiva - Shavat
Day 1: Tashkent
After arrival, the guide will meet you at the airport and take you to Tashkent and start your travel. The day is devoted for guided city tour where you will enjoy the beauty of magnificent sights. First to visit will be the main square of the country that is known as the Independence square. It was erected as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Between the 2 squares Independence square and Amir Timur square there is a local Broadway where you will enjoy the walk. In course of the tour you will have an opportunity to see the magnificence of the Tashkent metro. First line was opened in 1977. By travel in the old part of the city you will explore Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that consists of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The most exciting part of tours to Uzbekisatbn is the world's oldest Quran copy dating back to 8th c. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph who was killed by hands of his enemy in 8th century. His blood still can be seen on the pages. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Nukus (morning flight)
Morning flight to Nukus. Upon arrival you will explore the main sights of it such as the Museum of Savitsky. Here you will have an excursion to see the masterpieces of Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group. You will be impressed to know that all the forbidden works were gathered in 1960s by curator of the Karakalpakstan state museum of art. He bought them or got them for free and then finally exhibited works in this Central Asian art-house. Next sight to explore is Mizdakhan necropolis that used to be an ancient city that was continuously captured from the 4th century BC till about 14th century AD. Night is in a hotel.
Day 3: Nukus - Kungrat - Sudochye - Aral Sea (420 km, 9 hours)
The route to next sight of the tour will take 9 hours. Today you will have a long drive through Nukus - Kungrad - Plato Ustyurt - Sudochye Lake - Aral Sea. During the tour you will explore the Gaur-Kala Fortress that can also means "fortress of the infidels". This sight was built around the fourth century B.C. but only walls ten meters high with a few strongholds survived. But nowadays it still impossible to find out what building there were. Upon reaching Aral Sea you will have a free time to enjoy its beauty. Overnight is in tents.
Day 4: Aral Sea - Muinak - Nukus (440 km, 9 hours)
In course of the tour you will have a chance to take a lot of vivid photos. You will start your tour in the morning to picturesque canyons of Ustyurt and then to Muinak the road to which goes through the dried bottom of the sea. Upon arrival you will be astonished by such example of the ecological disaster that happened in once the largest Karakalpakstan's port and Aral Sea center of fishery. The graveyard of ship in ex-shore of the Aral Sea and town museum are last sights to explore. Continue your drive to Nukus. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 5: Nukus - Khiva (290 km, 4 hours)
Today you will drive to Khive where the guide will give you a tour in the most ancient city of Uzbekistan. You will enjoy to learn the history of the city that has relation to the legendary Khorezmshah's State with its capital in Urgench before. Khiva was the most prosperous town on the Great Silk Road and according to the 10th century resources it was major trading center at that time. Oldest part of Khiva is Ichan-Qala. It is known as the inner city of Khiva that encircled by strong walls. During the travel you will see the centuries old buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravanserais and Bathhouses. By having over 400 traditional dwellings and about 60 architectural monuments the Ichan-Qala become designated a historical and architectural conservation area in 1969. The most valuable monument of architecture is Kunya-Ark fortress of 17th century the founder was Muhammad Arang Khan. Charming Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace are the amazing forms of Khorezm architecture dating back to 1830s. Overnight will be in a hotel.
Day 6: Khiva - Shavat (60 km)
Transfer to Shavat border and then to Turkmenistan.
Price per person:
02 pax - 785 $
04 pax - 660 $
06 pax - 590 $
08 pax - 560 $
10 pax - 540 $
Single - 50 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
*Half board - 40 $
*Full board - 75 $
*Entrance fees - 35 $ available with escort guide only
Local guides - 160 $ per group
Escort guide - 400 $ per group
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Nukus - "Jipek Joli" Hotel 3*
Aral Sea - "Tents"
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums