Saturday 4th of April 2020 until Saturday 16th of October 2021
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Tour - 12 Days / 11 Nights - from $3875* per person (with Exotic Holidays).
On this 12 day tour, you will explore the culture of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Tour and see an amazing combination of central Asian countries which are also part of the great silk route.
Tashkent – Khiva - Bukhara – Samarkand – Panjakent – Dushanbe.
Arrival and transfer to hotel.
Day2: Tashkent (B)
Today morning sightseeing tour in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start by exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex, where the world-famous Quran, the holy book that belonged to Caliph Uthman, has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kafal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city centre to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum.
Day 3: Tashkent – Khiva (B)
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Urgench. On arrival transfer to the hotel.
Later tour in Ichan Kala Fortress a UNESCO World Heritage site. There we will visit the Madrasahs of Arab Muhammad Khan, Hodjan Berdi-Biya, Shergazi Khan, Abdullah Khan and Allakuli Khan, the Kunya-Ark Citadel, Sayid Allauddin Mausoleum, Oq Masjid Mosque, Juma Mosque, Tash Hauli Palace, Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum and the Islam Khoja Minaret.
Day 4: Khiva – Bukhara (B)
Day at leisure to explore and enjoy the ancient city of Khiva. Early evening you will be transferred to Urgench airport for our flight to Bukhara. Upon arrival in Bukhara, we will be transferred to our hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara (B)
This morning start with a walking sightseeing tour of the Historic Centre of Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later you will visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magok-i-Attari Mosque, the Bukhara Trading Domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, Miri-Arab, Chor Minor, Ulugbek, Abdulaziz Khan Madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo Hauz Complex, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums.
Day 6: Bukhara – Samarkand (B)
Today we start the second day by driving out of the city to Sitorai Mohi Xosa Palace, the summer residence of Bukhara's last emir, a unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Then you will head to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis.
In the afternoon depart for Samarkand via the high-speed Afrosiyob train. On arrival transfer to the hotel.
Day 7: Samarkand (B)
After breakfast we take a Samarkand sightseeing tour, visiting the spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum - the mausoleum of Amir Timur, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbeg Observatory. Free time in the afternoon
Day 8: Samarkand (B)
This morning visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of St. Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 9: Samarkand – Panjakent (B/L/D)
Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border. Customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, Continue on to Seven Lakes (Haf Kul), seven lakes of different colours in mountains of Tajikistan. Picnic at the lake. After lunch drive to Panjakent. On arrival visit Rudaki Museum, as Panjakent is the birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry. Visit the ancient Panjakent ruins of the old Sogdian town founded in the 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins.
Day 10: Panjakent – Dushanbe (B/L/D)
Drive to Dushanbe via Iskanderkul Lake. According to the legend, the Lake Iskanderkul was named after Alexander the Great, known as Iskander in the East. People say that Alexander the Great's path to India passed by this lake. Lunch at the traditional homestay "Dilovar". After, you will stroll around the lake, explore five springs and Zmeinoe (Snake) Lake, walk to 38 m high waterfall that local people compare to Niagara and call Fanskaya Niagara (Fann Niagara). Drive to Dushanbe.
Day 11: Dushanbe (B/L/D)
Today morning tour the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe and visit the Botanical garden, a very beautiful garden with many old trees, and a favourite place of Tajik people, National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan that includes exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the most valuable exhibits of the museum), Ismail Somoni Monument, the Building of National Spirit, Rudaki Prospect and the Main Mosque of Dushanbe.
Day 12: Dushanbe (B)
Transfer to Airport for your international flight.
Small group departures:
2020: 04,18 April; 02, 16, 30 May; 13 June; 11 July; 22 August; 05, 19 Sep; 03, 17 Oct.
2021: 03, 17 April;. 1, 15, 29 May; 12 June; 10 July; 21 August; 04, 18 Sep; 02, 16 Oct.
Included: Accommodation in good 3 star or 4-star hotels, meals as specified, transport using aircon vehicles, local English speaking guides.
Conditions: * It is our policy to present the cost of our flights & holidays inclusive of all airport and government charges. Please accept however that these charges are not within our control, therefore we reserve the right to pass on any increase. Travel agent professional service fees where charged, will be additional to the advertised prices.