FIVE STANS ADVENTURE
The easiest way to explore Central Asia


THE HEART OF THE GREAT SILK ROAD

UZBEKISTAN

8 DAYS

Cities: Tashkent-Khiva -Bukhara-Samarkand-Shahrisabz
Duration: 8 days
Dates: Individual tour, any dates.
Visa: We provide full visa support for free of charge, a copy of your passport and 7 days is all we need. In some cases upon arrival visa is possible.
Hotels: 4 star hotel in Tashkent and“boutique” hotels in other cities
Prices in USD per person: 1person = 1470, 2p = 1050, 4p = 970, 6p = 890, 8p = 860, single/supplement = 130.
Guaranteed departure dates: May, August, September, October
Best season: March, April, May, August, September, October
Transportation: Sedan/Minivan/Bus, Airplane, Train (optional)

Value of the tour: Carefully selected the highest quality hotels that represent the best of what the local culture has to offer, with a great location and best local atmosphere you can experience. High qualified local guides in every city always ready to take you off the beaten paths at no additional cost and share with stories you can find nowhere else. Professional drivers with over 20 years of experience in tourism business, always willing to go extra mile for you, that will make the difference when you need a help with any arrangements or providing flexibility if your plans change. Best price and we guarantee you will not find a trip of the same quality, level and amount of included services. 24/7 support during your trip, including 24 hour emergency numbers in all locations. We work hard to make sure the quality and values of this tour is unsurpassed!

Brief description: It is a classical tour perfectly matching weekly flights operating to Tashkent. If you have been thinking to come to Uzbekistan to experience the most famous highlights in a short period of the time, then this is a perfect itinerary for you. There are four must see cities in Uzbekistan that are considered to be masterpieces of the Great Silk Road in Central Asia and this program covers them all. You will not miss any main attractions in any city. Beautiful blue domes, sky reaching minarets, mystical mosques and madrasahs can not be counted more then in these cites trodden by the legandery Alexander The Great, Genghis Khan and Tamelrane. But we will also make you have enough time to learn about local cultural events, colorful art and craft , uzbek traditions and importantly meet Uzbeks who are known as the friendliest people on earth.

Highlights
Ancient Silk Road Bazaars-Meeting Uzbek people and a great chance for shopping
National houses – Taste real Uzbek family dish at houses of 200 years old recognized by UNESCO

Folklore shows – Central Asian music concert, traditional dancing and a show of National clothes
Best fruits, melons and water melons in the world- you will taste them all on road markets during your transfers.
Picnic to enjoy the view of mountain pass around legendary gate of Tamerlane’s state.
Visiting Uzbek homes to get a chance of knowing their lifestyle and master class of national dish- PLOV
Wine degustation in Samarkand-Visiting one of the oldest winery and degustation
Carpet Factories – You can learn everything about world famous Bukhara carpets and watching them being made by hand
Master class in pottery and handicraft museums
Visiting Jewish community and synagogue in Bukhara
Equilibrist national show in Khiva
World famous historical monuments and much more, see the day by day itinerary below

Cities

Tashkent Samarkand Bukhara Khiva


Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Tashkent
As soon as you arrive at the Tashkent International Airport, our outstanding support staff will meet you and whose duty is to help you with all border formalities, assistance in collecting your baggage, and filling out the proper declaration forms. They are very helpful, especially if you are traveling with your family or with a big group since airports and formalities can be a challenge

Once you have cleared customs, you will be met by a representative of our company who will welcome you to Uzbekistan and escort you to your hotel. Of course, they are there to assist you with your hotel accommodations and answer any questions you have.

After you have rested from your long journey, we will start your tour in the capital of Uzbekistan – the biggest city in Central Asia. While many parts of the old city were destroyed by a terrible earthquake in 1966, it was rebuilt in a very short period through the help of people throughout the.

However, some parts of the old city survived the earthquake and were able to flourish as before. This part of the city is called Chorsu (i.e. Old City) and will include visiting such sites of historic importance as the Barak Khan Madrasa with its gorgeous turquoise domes and intricate tile work; Jami Mosque (Friday Mosque); the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum ― the poet and scholar; the library of the Institute Al Bukhari, which houses a sacred Koran dating from the seventh century, the only 4th preserved Koran of Osman.

Afterwards, you will enjoy your time in the newer part of the city with its wide boulevards, green, spacious parks, Independence Square, Alisher Navoi Theater, Amir Temur Square, and the Monument of Courage, which is dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in 1966.


Day 2 Tashkent - Khiva
After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Khiva. Total flight time is about 1.5 hours.
Your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, which is located in the center of the ancient city

After a short rest, you can start your Icahn Kala (internal city wall) tour with our local guide. Your visit to oldest part of the city will include: Kunya-Ark Fortress and the Kurinish Khana (17 c.); Mohammed-Amin-Khan Madrassah (19 c.), Islam Khodja Minaret; Palvan-Kari complex; Abd Al Bobo complex (18 c.); Rafanek Madrassah; Mohammed Rakim Khan (19 c.); Amir-Tur Madrassah; Sho-I-Kalandar Bobo Mausoleum.
Lunch time - we recommend having your lunch at the national house. Get acquainted with an Uzbek family, sample delicious Uzbek dishes, and experience their world-famous hospitality!
Continuing city tour:
Mazari Sharif Madrassah; Kheivak Well (10 c.); Uch Avlioli (Three Saints) Mausoleum; Jami Mosque (18 c.); Kutluq-Murad Inaq Madrassah (19 c.); Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum.
Free time at your leisure



Day 3 Khiva – Bukhara
Today, we’ll drive from Khiva across the Kyzyl Kum desert to the great city of Bukhara. Kyzyl Kum (Red Sand) is the eleventh largest desert in the world. Our drive will follow along the banks of the Amu Darya River (Oxus). There will be an excellent opportunity to photograph this historic river, the largest in Central Asia (Oxus), and camels along the road. Your picnic/lunch will be at an oasis in the middle of Karakum desert. (The lunch boxes are prepared free of charge by Roxana Tour). Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation at Hotel.
Free time at leisure
Recommended place for dinner: Lyab-i-Hauz – a cozy pond in the center of the ancient part of the city where people come together to have a drink and dinner. Relax as you watch Uzbek life take place before your eyes.

Day 4 Bukhara
Your personal guide will come to pick you up at the hotel and you can start exploring the fabulous caravan city of Bukhara. UNESCO, in naming Bukhara a World Heritage site, states: “It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact.” You will have an active day by visiting: Lyab-i-Hauz – a cozy pond where local people get together for a cup of tea; Madrassahs – to learn about ancient Islamic schools: Nadir Divanbegi – Madrassah (17 c.); Magoki Attari (16 c.), Ulug Beg (15 c.), Abdul Aziz (17 c.).
Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16 c.) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c.). There is plenty to see after lunch: Visit to Ismael Samani Mausoleum (9-10 c.) – the vault of the Bukhara rulers' dynasty; Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c.); Bukhara local bazaar.
Visit to Old Bukhara: Poli-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12 c.); Mosque (15 c.); functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c.); Amir Alim-Khan Madrassah (14 c.); Taqi (trading domes); Kukeldash Madrassah (16 c.); short drive outside of the city to visit theSitorai Makhi Khosa, popularly known as the last Emir’s Summer Palace.

In the evening you can enjoy a national concert of Central Asian dances and a demonstration of our national clothes.

After the show you will visit a local family to experience Uzbek lifestyle and hospitality; and participate in a master class of making plov – our national dish from rice. (Should be re-confirmed by your local guide).



Day 5 Bukhara – (Shahrisabz)* - Samarkand
Enjoy your morning at leisure in Bukhara. This is an excellent opportunity to shop, photograph, or just take a relaxing stroll among the ancient monuments and the old narrow streets.
After lunch, we will drive to our next destination, the beautiful city of Samarkand. On the road, we will have several stops: Gijduvan, a village famous for traditional pottery crafts. You will see a demonstration of the making of traditional bowls, dishes, handicrafts, and handmade textiles (suzanes). This is the perfect place to find souvenirs. Rabat Mallik Caravan Sarai, a motel for traders along the Silk Road (10 c.).
*Another option is to drive to Samarkand through the small town of Shahrisabz. We always leave this decision to be made by the traveler, as it is a 3-hour road trip. Shahrisabz is the birth place of Tamerlane, and possesses 3 popular attractions: Ak – Saray; the ruins of Timur’s Palace; and Kuk Gumbaz – the Friday mosque and Mausoleum of Jahangir, the son of Amir Temur.
Arriving late Samarkand, you will be driven directly to your hotel for rest and relaxation.

Day 6 Samarkand
We head out to explore this remarkable city, one of the most romantic in the world. This was the center of Tamerlane’s empire, immortalized in the words of Edgar Allen Poe: “Look ‘round thee now on Samarkand! Is not she queen of Earth?” Tamerlane (Timur, 1336-1405) was a descendent of Genghis Khan, but Turkic-speaking and steeped in Persian and Islamic culture. He is credited with dismantling the Mongolian Empire and establishing the great Mughal Empire that eventually stretched all the way to India, where it would last for centuries.Visiting: Guri Emir – Legendary mausoleum where Amir Temur and all his family buried.
Registan Square– World famous complex of 3 madrasahs and the golden domed mosque.
Mosque Bibi Khanum – The biggest mosque ever built in Central Asia as gift to Tamerlane from his wife.
Siyab local bazaar – unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of Samarkand’s people; Shahi - Zinda necropolises, a holy place and cemetery with graves of Temured’s dynasty, and the grave of the cousin of the Prophet Mohammed.
Observatory of Ulugbek – incredible, ancient construction from the 15th century for studying astronomy.
If you are interested in visiting the winery and carpet factory, please do not hesitate to ask your guide/driver.
Your dinner can be organized at Nigina’s family house, a national treasure recognized by UNESCO. (Re-confirm with your guide or driver)


Day 7 Samarkand-Tashkent
You are free this morning to stroll the streets of Samarkand. Your driver is always at your disposal and can take you anywhere you wish during your spare time. We recommend going to the Registan Square or a local bazaar.

Transfer to Tashkent
Have your cameras handy! While on road, enjoy a small picnic to view the mountain pass near the legendary gate of Tamerlane’s ancient state. Other stops include the second largest river in Central Asia, the Sirdarya, a local fish market, and road side bazaars where the best melons in the region are sold. Depending on the season, there will be another stop at one of the many cotton fields.

Day 8 Tashkent-Home
Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the airport for flight back home. Depending on your flight time we can offer additional sightseeing tours around Tashkent such as visiting Museums, Shopping at Chorsu Bazzar, or any other place within city at no extra cost.

We can also arrange any extensions or customize this itinerary in any way you would like.

If you would prefer to extend your stay, we can arrange an additional itinerary based upon your interests.

Services included in main tour price:

Services excluded in main tour price:

  • Double / Single accommodation with breakfast
  • English speaking guide in each city
  • Transport service all over tour by luxury air conditioned car
  • Portages charge at airports and hotels Tips at the airports and hotels
  • Picnic and coffee stops
  • Unlimited supply of mineral water
  • Unlimited entrance fees to all sightseeing
  • Folklore shows in Bukhara city
  • Visa support documents
  • Farewell dinner with all beverages (Only for groups starting from 6 people)
  • Airfare due to the program (international and local)
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, Medical expenses/insurance, etc.)

We work hard to prepare an itinerary that highlights the most interesting and fascinating sites in Uzbekistan. However, if you are interested to visit a certain place or places which you find on any of our other tours, let us know and we will make sure you visit it at no extra charge.

Moreover, you can also choose one of our free-of-charge activities:

Tashkent: Tickets to see performances at the Alisher Navoi Theatre,
Visiting Christian churches,
Cup of tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
Subway – you will be amazed by the architecture and artwork in the stations
Tashkent zoo and botanical garden.
Any of the numerous museums in Tashkent
Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Ferghana: Decussating of local wines of local factories, all museums, and theatres. Taking part in national holidays, parties, customs, and traditions. Visiting Uzbek families, schools, medical institutions, bazaars, archives of ancient books, and libraries.

Lunches/Dinners. We usually do not include meals on our tours as you might want to have flexibility on your evenings. Just tell your driver the time and your preferences and he will find you a great place. You can have a really good meal between $5 - $10 (USD).



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