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Travel to the country of blue domes, an evocative dream between East and West full of madrasas, bazaars, mosques, deserts and palaces that twinkle under the light of the stars. Discover the fortified heart of Khiva, unspoilt Bukhara and legendary Samarkand, in the triangle of the Silk Road. Fall in love with Tashkent.
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**Possibility of booking optional excursions, early and late check-in in the next step of the booking. Please note that all additional optional excursions which are not selected at time of booking must be requested before final payment is made at least 30 days before departure.
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Visa*, entrances, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
*A visa is required to enter Uzbekistan. Check the government advice for applying for a visa: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/uzbekistan/entry-requirements
You can apply for your visa online at: https://www.e-visa.gov.uz/application
Arrive at your UK departure airport, ready to board a flight to Tashkent. Night on board.
Arrive in the early hours into Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel.* Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the city as you wish. Overnight stay in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, set off to visit the old part of the city. Explore Khasti Imom Square, the religious center of Uzbekistan, where you can see: the Madrasa Barak Kan, an old Koranic school built in the sixteenth century, inside which the artisans sell their work; the Madrasa Kaffal Shoshi, fabulously decorated with a bright blue dome; the Moyie Mubarek Library, which houses the oldest Koran and the Kukeldash Madrasa, the largest in the city. From the Madrasa's towers, the call of prayer is announced. Also visit the Madrasa Abul Kasim, whose facade is magnificently decorated with lancet niches and corner towers. Next, discover the oriental bazaar of Chorsu, a covered market whose main building has an elegant turquoise dome Persian and Timurid in style. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to board a flight to Urgench. Arrive and transfer to Khiva. Check in to the hotel and overnight stay in Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the Itchan-Kala architectural complex of Khiva, protected by high brick walls and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Jiva was part of the triangle of the Silk Road together with Bukhara and Samarkand. Among its many wonders explore the Kunya Ark Castle, sumptuously decorated; the madrasah Mohammed Rakhmin Khan which houses an interesting museum about the city, and the minaret of Islam Khodja. Next, visit the Tash Hovli Palace, built of stone and blue coloured ceramics brought from China; the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud, who was a philosopher, poet, fighter, tanner craftsman and founder of a branch of Sufism; the Juma Mosque or Friday Mosque and the Allakuli Khan Madrasa. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave by road to Bukhara, southeast of Khiva. During the journey, cross the Kizil-Kum desert which means "red sands" in Arabic and see the historic Amudaria river, which marks the border with Kazakhstan. Arrive in the afternoon, transfer to the hotel and spend any free time exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a tour of the city of Bukhara. Visit the beautiful Mausoleum of the Samani, the holy spring of Chashmai Ayub, the charming Bolo Hauz Mosque and the amazing Ark citadel. In the afternoon, continue the tour of the city with a visit to the Kalyan minaret, the Poi Kalyan Mosque, the Miri Arab Madrasa, the Toki Sarafon dome and the impressive Lyabi Hauz architectural complex, a set of two madrasahs and a Khanaka, Chor Minor. Overnight stay in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the city of Samarkand, located 290 kilometres east of Bukhara. Arrive in Samarkand and in the afternoon, take a guided visit of this vibrant city. See the beautiful Registan Square, where you can admire spectacular madrasas of the XV-XVII centuries such as those of Ulughbek, Shir-Dor and Tilla-Kori. Next, visit the Guri Emir Mausoleum, to explore the tomb of Tamerlane, the Bibi-Khonum Mosque and the charming Siab Bazaar. Overnight stay in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, visit the beautiful architectural complex Shakhi-Zinda, the museum of the ancient city of Afrosiab and the beautiful Ulughbek observatory which dates back to the 15th century. In the afternoon, transfer to the station to board a high-speed train back to Tashkent. Arrive in the capital of Uzbekistan, transfer to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, exploring the city as you wish. We recommend an optional city tour to get to know more about the modern sides of the city.*
*Optional Tashkent Tour: Take a morning tour of the highlights of the city and visit the History Museum of Uzbekistan, the White Mosque and explore the Metro system. Price per person: £35.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend today at your leisure.* In the afternoon/evening, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK. Night on board.
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