Experience Uzbekistan’s magnificence with an immersion into traditional nomadic life. You can participate in the historic way of life while staying in the desert, where you’ll be sleeping in traditional nomadic huts called Yurts, which are colorfully decorated in local style. You will participate in cooking local food together over an open campfire, while listening to songs of traditional singers called Akyns. On this trip you will also experience camel riding in the desert, and, if desired, fishing and boating at the nearby Aydarkul Lake. The itinerary includes visiting Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva.
We will meet you at the Tashkent International Airport and accompany you to the domestic flights terminal for your flight to Urgench by Uzbekistan Airways (1.5 hours). From there, we will drive straight to see the city of Khiva, the capital of the ancient Khorezmian Kingdom. In Khiva, you visit the most prominent monuments of the Mongol era:
Overnight in a Khiva hotel.
Full day is devoted to Khiva and its attractions. Overnight in Khiva.
Early in the morning you will head east to Bukhara, which is 290 miles through the desert (a 6-8 hours drive). On the way, you make stops to enjoy the spectacular views of the great Amudarya (Oxus) river. Overnight in a Bukhara hotel.
The whole day is devoted to Bukhara, the majestic pearl of Central Asia. The city tour includes:
Overnight in Bukhara.
We will drive to Navoi, then north to Nurata, a small town in the desert, where you visit an interesting mausoleum with a stream, running from beneath a mountain and a pool with clean water, abundant in fish. After lunch, you will head north again to the middle of the desert, and reach a Yurt camp, located at the western extremity of the Aydar Kul Lake. Stay overnight in Yurts.
In the camp, you will be offered a stay in original nomadic yurt, colorfully decorated using local handcrafts. As an additional option, you can go on a small expedition to the Lake on camels. If season allows, you can have a picnic at the lake; fishing, boating, swimming and sun-tanning are the choices available, depending on the weather. In the evening, you will be invited to cook your dinner at the campfire, with the fish you caught, and enjoy the remoteness and genuine tranquillity of the desert. You can also invite a local singer, 'Akyn', to listen to original Kazakh songs. Stay in Yurts.
In the morning, you will leave the Yurt Camp and head south to Samarkand (approx. 3 hours driving). Upon arrival, check into a local hotel, and you start your tour of Samarkand:
Overnight in Samarkand hotel.
Today you will continue you tour of Samarkand, visiting the monuments and places of interest, both inside the city and located nearby. Overnight in Samarkand.
On the final day you will be driven to Tashkent (200 miles, 4-5 hours) and after a quick freshen up at the hotel, we will invite you to have a half day excursion in Tashkent. It will include a visit to the mausoleum of Kafal Shashi and Barak-khan Madrassah followed by a walk inside the largest covered market in Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar. Attending the Library of the Clerical Board of Muslims, where a copy of the Koran written by Osman, the fourth Caliph, is kept behind a thick glass. You will depart home late at night, concluding your visit.
Included in the package:
We’d rather take a loss than let you down. We guarantee that any tour you booked will happen even if the group is not full. If that occurs, we might adjust certain technical details like driving you around in a mini-bus or sedan instead of a coach, or letting you join one of our partners’ scheduled departures, but we’ll still take you to places we promised.