Day 1: Arrival in Uzbekistan
Arrival in Tashkent. droganali operations and meeting with the local guide for transfer to hotel. Hotel accomodation
Day 2: Visit of Ichan Kala
Breakfast at hotel.
Local Transfer to airport for flight to Tashkent and UrghenchArrivo to Urghenche transfer to Khiva (30km). Accommodation in hotels in Khiva. Full day dedicated to excursions to the city of Khiva. Visit the citadel of Khiva. The compact and charming Old Town, the most intact ever between the centers of the Silk Road, enumerates the XVII-XIX century monuments: the Ichan Kala complex, the Fortress "Kunya Ark" with the 'harem and old prisons; Amin Khan Koranic school, the beautiful Juma Mosque which was built in the tenth century and was restored in the eighteenth century. La Casa di Pietra built as wonderful alternative to the Kunya Ark, it consists of several buildings around a courtyard surrounded by a high wall. Visit the Madrassah of Kuli Khan, the bazaar and caravanserai. Lunch in a local Chayhana. Continuation of the excursion in the Pakhlavan Makhmud mausoleum in the nineteenth century is the most beautiful and most sacred mausoleum Khiva.Pakhlavan Makhmud (1247-1325), doctor and poet, is now honored as a sacred person. On his tomb it was built the mausoleum with a dome, later destroyed. In 1913 it was built a new complex, which includes in itself the sepolcro.All'inizio sixteenth century Khiva became the capital of the Timurid empire with a flourishing slave market and even in the nineteenth century, even the most fearless and courageous feared d ' run into these fierce populations and address their desert land. Its history is interwoven with struggles with the nearest rival house of Bukhara, with Persia and last stage with Russia. You enter the historical center of Khiva for the Koch-Darwaz door and you are in an uninhabited city museum but complements. In the ancient citadel of Khiva, Unesco World Heritage site, enclosed by a rectangular perimeter formed by high brick walls, they are concentrated the main historical monuments. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Transfer via the Amu-Darya River and the Red Desert
Breakfast in hotel.Partenza Bukhara (460 km). L 'itinerary takes to cross the Amu-Darya River and the Red Desert (Kyzilkum). In Uzbekistan there are two great rivers: the 'Amu-Darya in classical antiquity known by the greek name and Oxus and Syr-Darya, known to the Greeks as Jaxartes or Yaxartes .. Amu Darya. L 'Amu-Daryascorre through Turkmenistan to the north from the south, passing Turkmenabad and marking the border between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan from Khalkabad. The desert Kyzyl Kum (also Kyzyl Kum and Qyzylqum) is a large desert that stretches between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Asia cental. Its name means "the red sands." The land consists mostly of a flat covered with sand dunes. The main town of the region is Bukhara. Important for the economy are the mineral deposits, in particular gold, uranium, aluminum, copper, silver, oil and natural gas. Lunch in a chayhana. Arrival in Bukhara hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: City tour
Breakfast in hotel.Escursione for the city. Bukhara is the city of poetry and fairy tale. And 'situated in an' oasis of the Kizil-Kum desert east of the Amu Darya (the main river that runs through this area of Asia) and on the lower reaches of the Zeravshan River. ancient center, derives its importance from the geographical position, a crossroads of caravan routes that linked India and Saudi ancient Cathay (China). It 'one of the oldest cities in the world, its history dates to the founding of more than 2,500 years. Today Bukhara is one of the major centers of industry and the economy and the major cities of Asia Minor Centrale.La visit Chor complex one of the most 'fascinating and original buildings of Bukhara and Sitora The Mohi Khosa and' the summer palace of 'Emir Alim Khan.Poi Lyabi-Hauz is a main pizza built around a spa in 1620. in the twentieth century in the garden in front of the madrassa was housed the monument of the legendary popular character Khodja Nasreddin. To the east of the statue there is the Madrassa Nodir Devan Beghi (1622), built as a caravanserai then becoming madrassa. To the north there is the Kukeldash madrassa (1568-1569) - is the oldest and largest complex of Lyabi Hauz. Today Bukhara is one of the oldest moscheae of 'Central Asia - The Magoki-Attari Mosque (10 ° - 12 ° -16 ° c.). It located on the fragments of a Zoroastrian temple of V century ..
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon excursion: the main symbol of the city's landmark is the Kalyan Minaret ( "great"), 47 m high. Near Kalyan Minaret is the Kalyan Mosque, connected by a small bridge to the minaret. Continuation in the citadel Ark (XVIII-XIX century), a royal city in the city center of 'state organization of Bukhara. The mausoleum of Samanids (tenth century) was built in the period of Ismail Samani (892-907) and became the family tomb of Samanids. Next to the tub in front of the entrance of 'Ark is the Bolo-khauz Mosque (1712) - an official place of worship of' Emir, a place of beauty and special.
Dinner in a madrassa accompanied by folk dances and national music.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Transfer going from green city
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to Shakhrisabz "green city". A small village located 90 km south of Samarkand. Visit to the splendid ruins of this ancient and glorious city, with over two thousand years of history. It was built in a typical model of the High Middle Ages with a central structure similar to those of Samarkand and Bukhara and has continued to develop during the ninth and tenth centuries despite the constant conflicts between the Samanid and Turkish dynasties. And 'the birthplace of Tamerlane and once, probably, his fame obscured even that of Samarkand. He will in fact built the Ak-Saray Palace (1379-1404) "white palace" of which astound the grandeur and magnificence. The same applies to the Dorutilavat (seat of power and strength) that perhaps came even to pass in the same grandiose palace, while among the other attractions there are the tombs of the ancestors of Tamerlane and the giant mosque Kok-Gumbaz (1435) used as a mosque for Friday prayers.
Lunch and transfer to Samarkand.
Arrival in Samarkand transfer to hotel accommodation.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 and Day 7: City tour
Breakfast at hotel.
Days dedicated to 'hike to the city. Visit the Gur-Emir mausoleum (XV century) - which means "the grave of 'Emir" - is placed where he is buried Tamerlane and his followers. The mausoleum was built by order of Tamerlane for his nephew Mukhammad Sultan, who died in 1403. The mosque of Bibi-Khanim (XV century) - from architecture built this giant also by order of Tamerlane after his campaign in India, to show his power, and to do it in Samarkand deported thousands of Indian craftsmen. Timur-lan (literally Timur the Lame we just called Tamerlane) wanted to build the Great Friday Mosque with a style that was to make it look like paradise. The Registan square is the symbol of Samarkand (XV-XVII centuries) and the mosque of Bibi-Khanim (XV century) is a gigantic architecture. Near the mosque is the oriental bazaar Siab and 'laparte more' alive and more 'colorful.
Lunch in a Chayhana
Afternoon excursion begins with a visit to the complex Shakhi-Zindae 'a jewel of architecture of XIV-XV Samarkand, one of a kind, where you can' find all the artistic processes of islamica.Le decoration visits the observatory of Ulugbek (1428- 1429) was built by the governor and scientist Ulugbek and the mausoleum of San Daniar a sacred place and suggestive of Samarkand.
Dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: End of program
early morning transfer to the airport and assistance. Departure from Tashkent
Excellent hotel, friendly staff would def go there again
The view from our balcony in room # 409, was terrific. It was centrally located to everything on and around the port area. Wonderful service and everything was very clean. The breakfast was below average, although not bad. If back in Zante Town we would stay there again.
It is close to everything but if you go in the lower season the pool won't be ready even though the temperature was quiet high already.