Tour to Uzbekistan Along Footsteps of Marco Polo

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Country Uzbekistan
Tour - Footsteps of Marco Polo
Tour route Almaty - Chimket - Turkestan - Chimkent - Tashkent - Termez - Shahrisabz - Samarkand - Aydarkul - Nurata - Aydar - Bukhara - Khiva - Urgench - Kunya - Urgench - Dashoguz - Ashgabat
Total Duration 16 days
Transportation Comfortable AC
Season March - November
Group Size Any
Hotel Type 4* given as an option
Placement TWN / DBL placement
Meal Full Board
Single Supplement $90
Description Short description


Group size (PAX) 1 - 2 3 - 9 10 - 15 16 - 25 26 - 35 over 35
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Day 1 Almaty

  • Arrival to Almaty.
  • Meeting at the airport.
  • Transfer to the Hotel
  • Overnight in Almaty.


Day 2 Almaty - Chimkent

  • 09.00 Breakfast at hotel.
  • 10:00 Almaty city sight seeing tour – visiting Zenkov’s Cathedral, 28 Panfilov Guards Park, Museum of National Musical Instruments (Kazakh folk music instruments some dated 17th century: wind-stringed and percussion instruments are exhibited), Central State Museum – the history of Kazakhstan is presented through 120000 exhibits arranged in four exhibition halls. Hall “Bronze age archaeological gold collection”.
  • Excursion to Small Almaty gorge with picturesque nature, Alpine skating rink - “Medeo” situated at an altitude of 1691 meters above the sea level. It’s one of the Central Asia’s top skiing resorts.
  • Besides beautiful nature there are some other attractions to see, one of which is the world' s largest speed skating rink Medeo. The other one is a dike, which is a piece of engineering art, was created to protect the city from landslides. The dike's collector has an impressive capacity of 6 000000 m³ of water).
  • Lunch at Kazakh Aul restaurant (lunch served in Kazakh traditional yurts). Traditional Kazakh cuisine – besbarmak, manty, baoursaki, tea with milk.
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Continuation of excursion: Visiting Arasan Bath.
  • 17:00 Transfer to railway station.
  • 17:45 Departure for Shymkent by train, overnight in train.


Day 3 Chimkent – Turkistan - Chimkent

  • Morning arrival to Shymkent.
  • Meeting and transfer to hotel.
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Transfer to Turkestan. On arrival excursion on Khodja Akhmet Yassayi Mausoleum.
  • Transfer to Shymkent.
  • On arrival transfer to Chimkent.
  • Overnight in Chimkent


Day 4 Chimkent - Tchernyaevka – Tashkent

  • 07.00 Breakfast
  • 08.00 Departure to kazakh-ouzbek border (80 km)
  • 09.00 Pass the kazakh-ouzbek border Jibek-Joly/Gisht Kuprik (Chernyaevka)
  • Departure for Tashkent (25 km) (note there is a time difference – 2 hours between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, local time given)
  • 11.00 Lunch
  • 15.00 Arrival to Tashkent. Accommodation at hotel
  • Rest at hotel
  • 18.30 Dinner
  • Overnight in Tashkent


Day 5 Tashkent

  • 09.00 Breakfast.
  • 10.00 Excursion over Tashkent.
  • Khazret-Imam complex, including: Barak-Khan mosque, Jami mosque, Namazgokh Mosque, Kaffal-Chachi mausoleum, Kukeldach medresseh, Independance Place, Navoi Theatre
  • 13.30 Lunch
  • 14.30 Continuing of excursion over Tashkent and visiting Bazar.
  • 18.00 Performance at Navoi theatre
  • 20.30 Dinner
  • Overnight in Tashkent


Day 6 Tashkent - Termez

  • 08.00 Breakfast.
  • Morning flight to Termez
  • Arrival, check-in at hotel of Termez.
  • 12.00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Sightseeing of Termez:
  • Kara Tepe archaeological monument, Fayaz-Tepe Monastery (1-3 century AD), Architectural ensemble Sultan-Saodat (10-18), Excursion of Architectural Complex of Khakim at Termezi (10-15)
  • 18:00 Return to hotel
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • Overnight in Termez


Day 7 Termez- Shahrisabz - Samarkand

  • 06.00 Breakfast at hotel.
  • 07.00 Departure from Termez to Shakhrisabz (294 km)
  • Arrival in Shakhrisabz & excursion
  • Ak-Saray Palace (1380-1404) Darus-Saodat ensemble (14), Khazrati Imam mosque (14), Mausoleum of Jahongir (14), Darut-Tilovat architectural complex: Kok-Gumbaz Mosque (1435) Gumbazi Saidon (15 th-17 th century) Shamseddin Kulyal’s Mausoleum and Necropolis (15 th century).
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Drive to Samarkand (170 km). Arrival, accommodation at hotel.
  • 18.00 Dinner in Uzbek national family
  • Overnight in Samarkand.


Day 8 Samarkand

  • 08.00 Breakfast at hotel.
  • Excursion over Samarkand: Registan Square, Bibi Khanum mosque, Oriental market “Siyab”, Gur Emir mausoleum, Ulugbek’s observatory.
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Continuation of excursion over Samarkand:Shakhi Zinda necropolis, archaeological Site - Afrossiyab, museum of history of Samarkand.
  • 18.00 Dinner
  • Overnight in Samarkand


Day 9 Samarkand – Aydarkul – Nurata – Aydar(Dungalak)

  • 07.00 Breakfast.
  • 08.00 Departure to Nurata (290 km).
  • By the road sightseeing at Aydarkul lake.
  • 13.00 Lunch.
  • Excursion in Nurata: Namazgoh mosque, ruines of Alexandr Makedonsky fortress, sacre source «Chachma» Transfer to Aydar (Dungalak). Accommodation in yurtas (national nomadic conical house)
  • 16:30 Short instruction and camel riding
  • 18.00 Dinner
  • Overnight in yurtas


Day 10 Aydar(Dungalak) - Bukhara

  • 07.30 Breakfast.
  • 08.30 Transfer to Bukhara (180 km). By the road visiting Sarmysh canion (rock painting)
  • 14.00 Arrival. Accommodation at hotel «Bukhara Palace»
  • 14.30 Lunch
  • Free time & leisure
  • 18.00 Dinner
  • Overnight in Bukhara


Day 11 Bukhara

  • 08.00 Breakfast.
  • 10:00 Excursion program over Bukhara: Ark fortress, Complex Bolo- Khauz, Chachma Ayub, Samaniden mausoleum.
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Continuation of excursion over Bukhara: Ansemble Poi- Kalyan, Lyaby Khauz, Madrasah Ulugbek, Madrasah Abdulaziz Khan, Trade domes, mosque Magoki Attori.
  • 18.00 Dinner
  • Overnight in Bukhara.


Day 12 Bukhara-Khiva

  • 7.30-8.30 Breakfast
  • 9.00 Departure to Khiva (480 km) through Kizil-Kum desert.
  • 13:00 Lunch.
  • 18.00 Arrival to Khiva. Accommodation at the hotel.
  • 19.00-20.00 Dinner.
  • Overnight in Khiva


Day 13 Khiva

  • 08.00 Breakfast at hotel
  • 09.00 Excursion program over Khiva: "Museum under the open sky".
  • History of Khorezm dates so long back to ancient times that only few civilizations can equal its age. You will see palaces with the rich mosaic, unique beautiful minarets, madrasahs and mosques such as:Mausoleum of Pahlavan Makhmud (17-19), Tosh-Khowli Palace (Harem) (1830-1836), Kunya-Ark Fortress (1868-1888), Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855), Medrese of Shergazi-Khan (1718-1720), Complex of Alla-Kuli Khan (13-18), Juma Mosque and Minaret (12-20), Karavan-Saray (18), Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam (1908-1910), Tim of Ala-Kulikhan (19), Medrese of Abdulla-Khan (1865), Mausoleum of Said Alautdin (14), Medrese of Mukhamad Amin-Khan (19), Walls of Ichan-Kala (18-19), Palvan-Darvaza Gate (19). (Architectural complex of Ichan-Kala is a mini town and excursion is held inside of Ichon-Kala by walk)
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 After lunch – continuation of excursion
  • 19.30 Dinner
  • Overnight in Khiva


Day 14 Urgench - Kunya Urgench – Dashoguz - Ashgabat

  • 07.00 Breakfast at hotel
  • 08.00 Transfer Urgench – Shavat 10.00 Passing uzbek – turkmen border
  • Transfer to Kunya Urgench
  • Visiting: Tjubek Khanum, Fakhretdin mausoleum, Arslan mausoleum, Tekesh mausoleum and minaret, Sultan Ali and Nadjmeddin Kubra mausoleums
  • Transfer to Dashoguz Evening flight to Ashgabat
  • Arrival and accommodation at hotel
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight in Ashgabat


Day 15 Ashgabat

  • 08.00 Breakfast at hotel
  • 19:00 Excursion over Ashgabat
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 14.00 Excursion to Nissa
  • 17.00 Visiting farm of Akhalteken horses
  • 19.00 Dinner at national turkmen family with degustation of turkmen wines Overnight in Ashgabat


Day 16 Ashgabat

  • Transfer to the airport, seeing off.
  • End of the tour.


Program includes

  • Accommodation in hotels
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transportation with A/C, according to your choice in tour request form - throughout the whole trip;
  • Sightseeing tour program in all cities, including entrance fees to sights, museums, mausoleums, except camera/video fees ;
  • Airplane tickets for internal flights;
  • Visa support;
  • Escort guide


Program excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Local guide in each city.
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance Visa;
  • International airfares;
  • APersonal insurance and any items not mentioned above.


Opportunities

In addition, our program may include special arrangements such as:

  • Similar standard hotels will be provided if in case mentioned hotels are not available at the time of reservation or does not suit travelers
  • Lunches or dinners in private homes of Uzbek families to get closer to the traditions, culture and way of life of local people, to see the process of baking the traditional round bread and cooking tasty osh (pilaf)
  • Different dance shows and entertainment varying from region to region in traditional costumes
  • Special tours to different studios and workshops where You can see various traditional crafts in real.

You can use our suggested programs as they stand or create Your own itinerary according to Your wishes and preferences. We will be happy to assist you in this task.


Hotels

All hotels are located close to main sightseeing places. After a long and tiring day of walking, you can relax and spend the night pleasantly in those hotels.

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Grand Tashkent Palace
Name Grand Tashkent Palace
Type Medium class
Rooms    Single($40), Double($50)
City Tashkent
About 5 minutes drive from Tashkent International Airport, this hotel is the first choice for any travaller, wide rooms, good service, and a good rest
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Meredian
Name Meredian
Type High class
Rooms    Single($60), Double($80)
City Termez
About Good view, good location, good service
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Name Shexrezada
Type High class
Rooms    Single($45), Double($60), Triple($80)
City Samarkand
About Good view, good location, good service
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Asia Bukhara
Name Asia Bukhara
Type High class
Rooms    Single($45), Double($55)
City Bukhara
About Good view, good location, good service
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Asia Khiva
Name Asia Khiva
Type High class
Rooms    Single($40), Double($50)
City Khiva
About Good view, good location, good service
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