On the borders of Uzbekistan

 

Khiva, the oasis of Khorezm, Bukhara, the beauty of the mind, Chakhrisabz the stronghold of Tamerlane and Samarkand the pearl of Transoxiane immerse you in an atmosphere worthy of the “Arabian Nights”. Each has a particular atmosphere, which blends the urge to dive back in time of the caravaners, the urge to open the door of a hammam, contemplate the splendid mosaic domes and minarets, to dwell at the craftsmen of the past at the art of suzani. This adventure hospitable leaves you with lasting memories.

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Paris – Urgench

Urgench – Khiva (BLD)

Khiva – Toprak Kala – Ayaz Kala – Khiva (BLD)

Khiva (BLD)

Khiva – Bukhara (BLD)

Bukhara (BLD)

Bukhara (BLD)

Bukhara – Chakhrisabz – Samarkand (BLD)

Samarkand (BLD)

Samarkand (BLD)

Samarkand – Tashkent (BLD)

Tashkent – Paris (B–)

DAY 0

paris ourgench

PARIS – URGENCH

 

  • 18h30: Convocation of the participants at the airport.
  • Welcome
  • Assistance with registration and boarding formalities.
  • 21h30: Flight takes off of Uzbekistan Airways HY 252 to Urgench.
  • Dinner and night on board.

 

DAY 1

urguentch khiva

URGENCH – KHIVA (BLD)

 

Khiva is probably the most intact towns dotting the Silk Road in Central Asia.

  • Arrival in Urgench at 6:10 am.
  • Welcome at the airport by the guide and driver.
  • Departure to Khiva (30 km).
  • Settle at the hotel and breakfast.
  • Discovery of Ichan Kala, the inner city, entrenched behind high brick walls.
  • The whole day is devoted to visit the city museum. Ichan-Kala, Ota Darvosa, Madrassah of Muhammad Amin Khan and minaret Kalta Minor (19th century), etc.

Night at Chakhrizada or similar.

DAY 2

khiva toprak

KHIVA – TOPRAK KALA – AYAZ KALA – KHIVA (BLD)

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Discovery of the Khorezm remains (fortresses Kyzyl Kala, Touprak-Kala and Kala Chilpyk).
  • Visit the remarkable archeological site, on the hills of the Kyzyl Kum.
  • Lunch in the yurt at Ayaz Kala.
  • Back to Khiva.
  • Free end of the afternoon for personal discovery of the mysterious Ichan Kala Khiva.
  • Dinner in a local restaurant.

Night at Chakhrizada or similar.

DAY 3

khiva

KHIVA (BLD)

 

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the historic monument of Turkmen “Oulli Khovli” (17th century), 25 km from Khiva where lived a large Turkmen family.
  • Participation in building a yurt.
  • Lunch at “Oulli Khovli” then back to Khiva.
  • The discovery of the city continues: Juma Mosque (10th -18th century), Kosh Darvoza, Tach Haoulie and Allah kouli Khan (18th -19th century).
  • Dinner at the restaurant.

Night Chakhrizada or similar.

DAY 4

khiva bukhara

KHIVA – BUKHARA (BLD)

 

475km road, 7 to 9 hours.

  • After breakfast, depart for Bukhara at 8:30a.m.
  • During a hundred kilometers, we pass through the villages of the Khorezm region and across the desert of Kizil Kum (Red Sand).
  • Some stops are planned for photos and lunch in one of the “Chaykhana” – coffee oasis. The particular beauty of the desert Asian center takes us back to the time of caravans crossing this sea of sand on camel’s back.
  • Arrival in Bukhara late in the afternoon.
  • First immersion in Bukhara.
  • Dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Night at Lyabi Khouz or similar.

DAY 5

bukhara

BUKHARA (BLD)

 

  • The whole day is dedicated to the discovery of the old part of Bukhara.
  • Most sights of Bukhara are concentrated in the old city of Chakhristan and explored on foot.
  • First, the mausoleum Ismail Samani (9th -10th century), the oldest building in the city and one of the most beautiful jewels of Uzbekistan.
  • Then, the mausoleum Chashma Ayub (12th -14th century), all Bola Hauz (18th century) and the Citadel Ark. The symbol of the Bukhara Emirate stands in all its majesty on the square of Registan and recalled the terror of Mang’it time. Residence of the lords of Bukhara, the Ark is as old as Bukhara itself.
  • Dinner in Nadir Divan Begi madrasa with folk dancing.

Night Lyabi Khouz or similar.

DAY 6

bukhara

BUKHARA (BLD)

 

  • After breakfast, discover nearby of Bukhara.
  • The sacred site Bakhaoudin Nakshbandi (16th century) where are buried a founder and one of the most venerated saints of Islam Sufi.
  • Then visit the summer residence of the last emir “Setora-i-Mokhi Khosa” (19th century).
  • The visit continues to the madrasa Chor Minor (early 19th century), one of the most attractive buildings and strangest in Bukhara.
  • Free time to stroll through the narrow streets of the old town or enjoy the beautiful hammam Bukhara (14th century).

Night Lyabi Khouz or similar.

DAY 7

bukhara chakhrisabz

BUKHARA – CHAKHRISABZ – SAMARKAND (BLD)

 

  • Chakhrisabz is the hometown of Timur or Tamerlane.
  • Early breakfast before leaving at 8 a.m to Chakhrisabz (222 km from Bukhara).
  • You will discover the ruins of the White Palace – Ak Saray (14th century), the mosque of Imam Khazrati, all Dorut Tyllawat (the Abode of Reflexion) Dorus Saodat (the Abode of Power), the mausoleum Gumbazi Saidon ( 15 sec.) and mosque Kouk Gumbaz (15 sec.).
  • Lunch in town and then drive to Samarkand (160 km).
  • Arrival in Samarkand at the end of the afternoon.
  • Dinner in a restaurant.

Night at Bibi Khanum or similar.

DAY 8

samarkand

SAMARKAND (BLD)

 

  • The whole day is dedicated to the discovery of the capital of the empire of Timur or Tamerlane.
  • The Crossroads different Silk Road, the west to Persia, the east to China, and south to India. Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan were his conquerors and Tamerlane made it his capital. Its domes and blue mosaic still spellbound today’s travelers.
  • Visit the observatory of Ulug bek, Shakhi Zinda necropolis, a silk carpet workshop (suzani).
  • The visit continues with the SYAB market and Bibi Khanum mosque.

Night at Bibi Khanum or similar.

DAY 9

samarkand

SAMARKAND (BLD)

 

  • The Gur Emir mausoleum – is one of the masterpieces of the Timurid architecture. The beauty of the mausoleum amazes its pilgrims for centuries, with its famous dome rib. This is based Amir Temur and his family members.
  • Lunch in town.
  • Visit the museum Afrosiab, which consists today of huge lifeless hills north of the city of Samarkand, where once there was a flourishing life.
  • Visit the Observatory Ulugbeg – one of the largest observatories of the Middle Ages.
  • Visit the necropolis Shakhi Zinda. “Shakhi Zinda” – which means in Persian “king alive”.
  • Cave tour and wine tasting.
  • Visit a silk carpet factory.
  • Discovery of the complex of Imam Al-Bukhari in the Khartan campaign with the tomb of Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ismail Bukhari.
  • Dinner in Samarkand.

Night at Bibi Khanum or similar.

DAY 10

samarkand tachkent

SAMARKAND – TASHKENT (BLD)

 

354 km of drive.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Tashkent by passing through the great Uzbek motorway that follows the ancient Silk Road.
  • Arrival in Tashkent at noon and lunch in town.
  • Discovery of the historic heart of Tashkent: Khasti Imam with the Barak-Khan madrasah, mausoleum and mosque Kaffal Chochiy Tilla Shaykh.
  • Visit the market Chor-Su, and discovery of Tashkent metro.
  • Farewell dinner and night in Tashkent.

Night at Chodlik Palace or similar.

DAY 11

tachkent paris

TASHKENT – PARIS (B–)

 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free until transfer to the airport for the return flight.
The price includes:
  • Welcome at the airport.
  • Accommodation (double room) with breakfast.
  • All meals from breakfast on the day of arrival to lunch on departure day.
  • Transport for transfers according to the program.
  • French speaking tour guide.
  • Guided tours and entrance fees to monuments as per program.
  • Folk dances in Khiva and Bukhara.
The price does not include:
  • International flights to/from Tashkent and domestic.
  • The cost of Uzbek visa.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • The right of pictures taking pictures in monuments (pay on the spot, at the entrance).
  • Insurance
  • Tips for drivers and guides.

 

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