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ALONG THE CARAVANSARAY TRAIL

14 Days

The Silk Road is one of the dream destinations of many travellers! Countless nations, merchants and pilgrims travelled along this longest trading route in history. Over and over again, adventurers have succumbed to the fascination of this caravansaray route.  You too can trace these routes through famous cultural landscapes! Along with the historic towns of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, which owe their splendour and importance to former caravansaries and to craftwork, you will visit Nukus with its valuable Savitsky Museum, and Shakhrisabz, the town of Amir Timur (Tamerlan), as well as Termez, the old centre of Buddhism. You will learn what place the ancient monuments of Buddhists and Zoroastrians have in today’s Uzbekistan. Discover the heart of Uzbekistan’s Silk Road – a hospitable country where traditions and modern life exist harmoniously side by side.

Trip info

  • 3-4* and Boutique hotels
  • Tashkent
  • Tashkent
  • Guided
  • Half-board according to programme
  • Easy
  • Aeroplane, fast train, coach

Overview

The Silk Road is one of the dream destinations of many travellers! Countless nations, merchants and pilgrims travelled along this longest trading route in history. Over and over again, adventurers have succumbed to the fascination of this caravansaray route.  You too can trace these routes through famous cultural landscapes! Along with the historic towns of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, which owe their splendour and importance to former caravansaries and to craftwork, you will visit Nukus with its valuable Savitsky Museum, and Shakhrisabz, the town of Amir Timur (Tamerlan), as well as Termez, the old centre of Buddhism. You will learn what place the ancient monuments of Buddhists and Zoroastrians have in today’s Uzbekistan. Discover the heart of Uzbekistan’s Silk Road – a hospitable country where traditions and modern life exist harmoniously side by side.

Itinerary

You fly with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul to Tashkent, arriving early the next day.

On arrival at midnight you will be greeted by your tour guide and driven to the hotel where you can rest. Late breakfast.
In the afternoon you make a tour of the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. Experience a modern, cheerful town with Oriental signs: TheKaffal Shashi Mausoleum, the Kukeldash Medrasa and the famous Koran Library. You can wander through the pedestrian area with its many street traders and cafés and travel with the only underground railway of Central Asia, impressive with its decorated stations. Dinner in a local restaurant. Two overnight stays in Tashkent.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Navruz Hotel in Tashkent

Transfer to the airport, flight to Nukus – the capital of the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. Transfer to the hotel. Visit to the world-famous Museum of Igor Savitsky with its prolific collection of oil paintings from Russian Avant-garde. Then on to the historical Mizdakhan Complex (20 km) – a gigantic cemetery with several mausoleums and mosques and countless graves from different eras, a mystical place with world clocks.
Dinner in a typical restaurant. One overnight stay in Nukus.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: JipekJoli Hotel in Nukus

Journey to Khiva, on the way visiting Ayaz Kala – an impressive ancient mud fortress. In the Kyzylkum Desert, on the slope of one of the eastern foothills of the Sultanuvaystag, enormous ruins of one of the great fortresses of the old Khorezm dominate – Ayaz Kala. According to archaeological excavations, the Ayaz Kala fortress stems from the 2nd century BC. It was part of a system of border fortresses which formed a chain from East to West and which protected the oasis Khiva from the desert side. Then we will visit the other mud fortress Toprak Kala (ancient capital of Khoresm, 2nd century AD). In the afternoon, we arrive in the oasis town of Khiva. For dinner we will eat the meal which is typical for this area - „Shivitoshi“, which is translated as „green noodles“. As the noodle dough is made from dill juice, the noodles are green. Two overnight stays in Khiva.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Shokhjahon Hotel in Khiva

Day 5 :
Khiva

Sightseeing in the centre of Ichan-Kala. The town originated as a fortress in the 8th century and was an important trading centre along the Silk Road on the route to the Caspian Sea and the Volga. The famous building constructions of Central Asia, which have long become its emblem, are to be found in Ichan-Kala: Mohammed Amin Khan Medrasa (19th century) and Kalta Minar (the short minaret), Islam Khodja Minaret, the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, Tash Hovli and theJuma Mosque , which was originally built as a Zoroastrian temple, and many others. In the afternoon we will visit a palace called Nurullabay, which was built by local and German craftsmen. The German Mennonites lived peacefully for a while in Khiva and the products of their workmanship were very popular with the people of Khiva.
Sumptuous dinner in the summer palace of the Khans called „Toza-Bog’ “(at least 8 people).
Let the fantastic impressions of the day work their magic on you.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Shokhjahon Hotel in Khiva

Trip through the semi-desert Kyzylkum («Red Sand») and steppe to Bukhara. Picnic on route in an Uzbek «Roadhouse» tea-room. Arrival at hotel in Bukhara. You can explore Bukhara in the evening on your own. Dinner in a local restaurant. Three overnight stays in Bukhara.

Meals:Breakfast, picnic, dinner
Accommodation: Komil Boutique 3* Hotel in Tashkent

Day 7 :
Bukhara

We start our sightseeing with the mausoleum of Ismail Samani and visit the mausoleum Chashmai Ayub. We continue our tour on foot. Bukhoroi sharif (noble Bukhara) is a town with impressive market dome buildings, active mosques and medrasas. Bukhara has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One feels transported to the world of the Tales of One Thousand and One Nights, and it is amazing that teaching and learning still continue today in the mosques and medrasas, for example in the medrasa Miri Arab. You can admire the «classic» architectural complexes Lyabi Hauz with their trading domes, and several mosques, medrasas and the dervish monastery Khanaka in the town centre and will understand the honorary title «noble». On the way we will also visit market dome buildings such as Toqi Zargaron, Toqi Telpakfurushon and Toqi Saraffon.
Dinner today in an old Jewish house with a Bukhara family. The Susani embroiderer Abdurahman will tell us about Bukhara embroidery. Tonight you will try Emir’s Plov.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Komil Boutique Hotel in Tashkent

Day 8 :
Bukhara

Today we will visit the Chor Minor madrasa, whose four minarets (chor – four) and the whole style shows similarities with the Indian style of building. After that we will take a road to the summer residence of the last Bukhara Emir – Sitorai Mokhi Khosa which in Persian means «The place where the moon and the stars meet». As it is known, Bukhara is one of the seven holy towns of the Islamic world. There are a large number of orientations in Sufism, and the representatives of all orders were present in various eras on the site of where Uzbekistan is today. Sufi orden Naqshbandiya had the longest lasting effect and left behind the greatest legacy. Bahauddin Naqshbandi was one of the spiritual mentors of Tamerlan. His philosophy was based on the principle of «God in the heart, work in the hands». The memorial complex of Bahauddin Naqshbandi was considered to be the Central Asian Mecca. In the afternoon, we have time to discover the Jewish quarter of Bukhara and visit a Synagogue which is over 400 years old. Then we will visit a Puppet Work Shop.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Komil Boutique in Bukhara

Trip to Samarkand – one of the pearls of the Orient, which is over 2750 years old. On the way we will make a brief stop at the ruins of an old Caravansary and «Sardoba» (water reservoir). Both of these date from the 11th to the 14th century and bear witness to the many caravansaries which passed through this stretch of the Silk Road. Samarkand – the town of the Tales of One Thousand and One Nights was considered in the Middle Ages to be one of the most beautiful towns in the world, and has still today lost none of its fascination. On arrival in Samarkand we will have a lunch break and then visit one of the visiting cards of Uzbekistan – the famous Registan Square with its three unique medrasas Ulugbek, Sherdor and Tillya Kori. On programme there is also a visit to the palace-like mausoleum Guri-Emir of the ruler Timur (Tamerlan). Dinner in a local restaurant. Two overnight stays in Samarkand.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Ideal Hotel in Samarkand

Day 10 :
Samarkand

Today we will visit one of the greatest pilgrimage sites of the Islamic world – the Grave Complex of Saint Daniel, also the Bibi-Khanim-Mosque, which was once considered to be one of the greatest sacred buildings of the Orient. Next to the mosque is one of the oldest bazaars in Samarkand - Siyab. We will spend 30 minutes there and then go to Ulugbek Observatory, once the greatest research centre in Central Asia. Shakhi Zinda or «living king» – a grave site where today the members of Timur’s family are buried. Samarkand – «Rome of the East» – has been a flourishing trading and cultural centre since time immemorial. After break, we will go to a Silk paper manufacturer, founded by the master brothers Mukhtarov. Thanks to their efforts, the ancient tradition of paper production according to Samarkand technology has been revived. It is interesting that the entire process is carried out manually and the guests can watch it.
Dinner in the restaurant „Samarkand“, where you can experience the culture of the country and the people at first hand.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Ideal Hotel in Samarkand

Drive to Shakhrisabz via mountain pass. Ruins of Tamerlan Ak Saray‘s summer palace, the Mosque Khazrati Imam and Kok-Gumbaz and the Dar-us-Saodat Complex. Although Samarkand was the capital of Timur’s Empire, Shakhrisabz was his place of birth and it should therefore illustrate the power of the ruler. The ruins of the summer palace are still simply monumental and bear witness to the former size of Timur’s Empire.
Dinner with a local family. One overnight stay in Shakhrisabz.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Kesh Palace Hotel in Shakhrisabz

Trip to Termez (360 km), check-in to the hotel. Termez is one of the oldest towns of Central Asia and is 2700 years old. The town played a major role in the spread of Buddhism in the East, coming from India to Surkhandarya. Today we will visit the archaeological museum, the Al-Khakim al-Termezy Mausoleum, and the Kirk Kyz Fortress. Dinner at the hotel. One overnight stay in Termez.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Le Meridian Hotel in Termez

After breakfast we continue our sightseeing: first we visit the Ruins of the Buddhist monastery Fayaz Tepe, then the Sultan Saodat Architectural Complex, which is connected with the Saiden from the town of Termez. Then we go to the Buddhist Tower Surmala, which is 16 m high. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport. Flight to Tashkent. Dinner on arrival. One overnight stay in Tashkent.

Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Navruz Hotel in Tashkent

After an early breakfast, drive to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

COST

Includes

  • Included in the standard price :
  • * Round trip / excursions and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles, typical for the country
  • * 13 x overnight stays in middle-class hotels (country category) in double room
  • * Sightseeing programme including admission fees according to travel programme
  • * Savitsky-Avantgarde Art Museum in Nukus
  • * Half-board according to travel programme
  • * English-speaking travel guide from DOCA TOURS from/to Tashkent Airport

Excludes

  • Not included in the standard price:
  • * International flights
  • * Inland flight Tashkent-Nukus and Termez-Tashkent in Economy Class
  • * Photo/Video fees
  • * Tips for travel guide and drivers
  • * Visa fees
  • Additional Services:
  • * Supplement for single room 295 USD
  • * Inland flight Tashkent-Nukus¬¬ 75 USD per person, Termez-Tashkent 65 USD per person

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ALONG THE CARAVANSARAY TRAIL
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Trip info

  • 3-4* and Boutique hotels
  • Tashkent
  • Tashkent
  • Guided
  • Half-board according to programme
  • Easy
  • Aeroplane, fast train, coach