Historical Spots of Uzbekistan (incl. Ferghana Valley)

Tour around historical towns of Uzbekistan with GC Travel.

Itinerary

Tashkent - Kokand - Ferghana - Marghilan - Rishtan - Tashkent - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Bukhara - Khiva - Urgench – Tashkent

Duration

10 days / 9 nights

ASIA

Spring/Summer/Autumn-2019

Unforgettable travel

Heart of Asia

Uzbekistan is famous for its ancient cities such as Samarkand – “Rome of the East” which was concurred by Alexandre the Great, Genghiskhan and was capital of Tamerlane; noble and sacred Bukhara-i-sharif, to honor even great poets Firdousi and Rudaki devoted many works; Shakhrisabz birthplace of Temirlane, Khiva – labyrinth and full of fascinating mosaics city, Marghilan and Rishatan which in ancient Hebrew means “the first one” are home for magic handicrafts, masters and potters.

By landing on the soil of ancient Movaraunnahr, you can be a witness of the East’s beauty with embedded charm and taste. Tashkent is the megapolis which combines and blends different ethnicities and cultures. In each city visitors can come close with orchards and gardens, artisans and handicrafts and many others in those attractive and vibrant cities.

 

Imaginations and positive emotions depict a clear picture of intrinsic values of the old cities and culture of the past of Central Asia, trade caravans along the Great Silk Road, meticulously done city planning and development of science, art and craft your mind.  Proposed tour to Uzbekistan is specially formed for people interested in reach history, admirers of colorful culture and architecture of different nations dwelled in this soil. Tour-package comprises a combination of historical, architectural and cultural components, carefully selected by GC travel professionals.

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INCLUDED AND NOT

  • VISA SUPPORT YES
  • ACCOMODATION AT THE HOTELS INC. BREAKFAST YES
  • TRANSPORTATION AS PER PROGRAM YES
  • LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE IN EVERY CITY YES
  • ECONOMY CLASS TICKETS FOR THE TRAIN  YES
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE NOT
  • LUNCHES AND DINNERS NOT

PACKAGE DETAILS

1 Day. Tashkent

Option 1: 06:50 am arrive from Istanbul. Flight No. TK368. Transfer to hotel and immediate check-in. Rest after long flight.
Option 2: 08:05 am arrive from London. Flight No. HY202. Transfer to hotel and immediate check-in. Rest after long flight.
Option 3: 07:30 am arrive from Paris. Flight No. HY252. Transfer to hotel and immediate check-in. Rest after long flight.

13:00-14:00 Lunch.
14:00-19:00 Excursion.
19:00-20:00 Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.

 

Excursion in Tashkent:

 

  • The architectural complex Khazret-Imam incl. necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi (15th c.);
  • Barak-khan Medressa (15-16th cc.);
  • Tillya Sheikh Medressa (15-16th cc.);
  • Juma Mosque (15th c.);
  • Imam Ismail al Bukhari Islamic Institute (16th c.);
  • Kukeldash Medressa (Foster brother) (16th c.);
  • Chorsu (Eski Juva) Bazaar (2nd – 1st century B.C.);
  • Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre Square (1939-1947);
  • Palace of the Grand Duke Nikolay Konstantinovich Romanov (outside) (1889-1890);
  • Amir Temur (Tamerlane) Square (19th c.);
  • Chiming Clocks (1947 & 2009);
  • The Roman Catholic Church (1913-1917).

2 Day. Tashkent - Kokand - Ferghana

07:00-08:00 Breakfast.
08:00 Transfer to Ferghana via Kokand (340 km, 5 hrs).
11:30 Arrive in Kokand.
13:00-14:00 Lunch.
14:00 Continue drive to Ferghana.
15:30 Arrive in Ferghana. Check-in hotel and some rest.
19:00-20:00 Dinner. Overnight in Ferghana.

 

Excursion in Kokand:

 

  • Architectural complex Djami Mosque and Minaret (1814-1817 yy.);
  • Architectural complex Dahman-Shakhon (early 19th c.);
  • Palace of Khudoyar-khan, Architectural Complex (1863-70).

3 Day. Ferghana - Marghilan - Rishtan - Tashkent

07:00-08:00 Breakfast.
08:00 Check-out hotel and transfer to Tashkent via Marghilan and Rishtan (350 km, 5 hrs).
08:30 Arrive in Marghilan. Visit famous silk factory.
10:30 Transfer to Rishtan.
11:30-12:30 Arrive in Rishtan and visit family of world-known ceramists. After visit continue drive to Kokand.
13:30-14:30 Arrive in Kokand and lunch.
14:30 Continue drive to Tashkent.
18:00 Arrive in Tashkent. Check-in hotel and some rest.
19:00-20:00 Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.

4 Day. Tashkent - Samarkand

05:30-06:30 Breakfast.
06:30 Transfer to the train station to take “Afrosiyob” speed train to Samarkand leaving at 08:00.
10:30 Arrive in Samarkand.
11:00-13:00 Excursion.
13:00-14:00 Lunch.
14:00-15:00 Check-in hotel and some rest.
15:00-19:00 Continue excursion in Samarkand.
19:00-20:00 Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand.

 

Excursion in Samarkand:

 

  • Gur Emir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s Tomb) (14-15th cc.);
  • Ruhabad Mausoleum (House of Spirit) (14th c.);
  • Registan Square (A sandy place): Ulugbeg Medressa (15th c.), Sher-Dor Medressa (Having tigers) (17th c.), Tillya-Kari Medressa (Coated by gold) (17th c.);
  • Cathedral Mosque Bibi-Khanym (14th c.);
  • Siyab bazaar;
  • Hazret-Hyzr Mosque (19th c.);
  • The architectural complex Shakhi-Zinda (Alive king) (11-19th cc.);
  • Ulugbek Observatory (15th c.)

5 Day. Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Bukhara

07:00-08:00 Breakfast.
08:00 Transfer to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz (360, 5 hrs).
09:30 Arrive in Shakhrisabz and excursion.
12:00-13:00 Lunch.
13:00-14:00 Continue excursion in Shakhrisabz.
14:00 Continue drive to Bukhara.
17:30-20:00 Arrive in Bukhara, check-in hotel and have some rest.
20:00-21:00 Dinner. Overnight in Bukhara.

 

Excursion in Shakhrisabz:

 

  • Ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (14-15th cc.);
  • Dor-ut Saodat complex: Khazrati Imam Mosque (14th c.), Jahongir mausoleum (14th c.);
  • Dor-ut Tillavat complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (Blue Dome) (15th c.).

6 Day. Bukhara

09:00-13:00 Excursion.
13:00-14:00 Lunch.
14:00-19:00 Continue excursion of Bukhara.
19:00-20:00 Dinner. Overnight in Bukhara.

 

Excursion in Bukhara:

 

  • Mausoleum of the Samanids (9-10th cc.);
  • The mausoleum of Chashma Ayub (14th c.);
  • Complex Poi Kalon (Beneath the Great): Kalon Minaret (12th c.), Kalon Mosque (12th c.) and Miri Arab Medressa (16th c.);
  • Ulugbeg Medressa (15th c.);
  • Abdulaziz-Khan Medressa (17th c.);
  • Magoki-Attari Mosque (10-16th cc.);
  • Lyabi-Hauz ensemble: Khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan-Beghi (1620); Kukeldash Madrassah (Kulba-Kukeldash) (1568-69);
  • Ark fortress (11-20th cc.): Ark citadel; Bolo Hauz Mosque; Balyand Mosque;
  • Toki-Zargaron, Toki-Sarrafon, Toki-Tilpak-Furushon – shopping mall (15th-16th cc.).

7 Day. Bukhara

08:00-09:00 Breakfast.
09:00-13:00 Excursion.
13:00-14:00 Lunch.
14:00-15:00 Continue excursion of Bukhara.
15:00-19:00 Free time.
19:00-20:00 Dinner. Overnight in Bukhara.

 

Excursion within and outside Bukhara:

 

  • Ark fortress (11-20th cc.): Ark citadel; Bolo Hauz Mosque; Balyand Mosque;
  • Sitorai Mokhi Khossa Palace, the summer residence of last Emir of Bukhara (late 19th c. – early 20th c.);
  • The Jubariy Sheikhs’ family cemetery Chor-Bakr (1563);
  • Necropolis of Sheikh Bahaaddin Naqshband (16th c.);

8 Day. Bukhara - Khiva

07:00-08:00 Breakfast.
08:00 Drive to Khiva (480 km, 9-11 hrs).
13:00-14:00 Lunch in the desert (lunch-boxes).
19:00 Arrive in Khiva. Check-in hotel.
19:30-20:30 Farewell dinner. Overnight in Khiva.

9 Day. Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent

07:00-08:00 Breakfast.
08:00-12:00 Free time.
12:00-13:00 Check-out hotel and lunch.
13:00-16:00 Excursion.
17:00-18:00 Dinner.
18:00 Transfer to Urgench (35 km, 30 min) for evening flight to Tashkent leaving at 20:20.
21:40 Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.

 

Excursion in Ichan Kala, Khiva:

 

  • Kunya-Ark (Old fortress) (17th c.);
  • Kalta Minor Tower (Short minaret) (1850);
  • Muhammad Amin-Khan (1845-1855);
  • Djuma Mosque and Minaret (18th c.);
  • Tash-Hauli (Stone courtyard) Palace (19th c.);
  • Ak-Mosque (White Mosque) (17th c.);
  • Necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud (1810);
  • Minaret and madrassah of Islam Khodja (1908-1910).

10 Day. Tashkent

Option 1: 04:00 am Transfer to the Airport. Depart to Istanbul by TK369 at 06:50.

Option 2: Free morning. Lunch. Check-out by 12:00. At 13:30 transfer to the Airport. Depart to London by HY201 at 16:30.

Option 3: Free morning. Lunch. Check-out by 12:00. At 12:00 transfer to the Airport. Depart to Paris by HY251 at 15:05.

Check-out by 12:00. At 12:00 transfer to the Airport. Depart to Paris by HY251 at 15:05

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