The oasis of the Silk Road

 

At night, the moon illuminates the tops of the minarets, the domes of mosques and madrasas of monumental gates in the stage cities of the Silk Road. Khiva, the oasis of Khorezm, Bukhara, the beauty of the mind and the pearl of Samarkand Transoxiane immerse you in an atmosphere worthy of the “Arabian Nights”. We will also make you cross the Kyzylkum desert to stay in a yurt Kazakh and discover the steppe camel’s ride. A journey of contrasts, blending the sincere hospitality of the Uzbek people, the discovery of a rich cultural heritage and crossings of large desert areas of Central Asia.

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Flight to Tashkent

Tashkent (BLD)

Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva (30 km) (BLD)

Khiva – Bukhara (480 km) (BLD)

Bukhara (BLD)

Bukhara (BLD)

Bukhara – Guijduan- Samarkand (280 km) (BLD)

Samarkand (BLD)

Samarkand – Tashkent (285 km) (BLD)

Tashkent – Paris (BL.)

DAY 0

tachkent

FLIGHT TO TASHKENT

  • Departure from Paris.
  • Assistance to check in and boarding.
  • 21h30: Flight Take off to Uzbekistan Airways HY 252 in Tashkent.
  • Dinner and night on board.

DAY 1

tachkent

 

TASHKENT (BLD)

 

  • Arrival in the morning.
  • Day dedicated to the visit of the city of Tashkent: the old town and the Victory Park, Independence Square, Kukeldash madrassah, the picturesque market Tchorsu…
  • Visit the Museum of Applied Arts rich collections of Russian art, icons, ceramics and royal costumes.
  • In the afternoon, the visit continues with the madrasah Abdul Kasim currently occupied by artisans, Amir Temur (Tamerlane) where are presented by local artists and Tashkent metro.
  • Dinner and accommodation in Tashkent.

Night at Rovchan or similar.

DAY 2

urgench

TASHKENT – URGENCH – KHIVA (30 KM) (BLD)

 

Khiva is probably the most intact towns dotting the Silk Road in Central Asia. Transfer by air (1 hour flight), then 40 km by minibus. The visit of the historic sites is done on foot.

  • 7:30a.m transfer to the local airport for the flight to the destination of Urgench.
  • Arrival in Urgench and on the way to Khiva.
  • Discover ItchanKala, the inner city, cut off 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.
  • Traditional dances in the evening in a former madrasah.
  • Dinner

 

Night at Old Khiva or similar.

DAY 3

boukhara

KHIVA – BUKHARA (480 KM) (BLD)

 

By car: 470 km (7-8 hours)

  • Departure to Bukhara at 8:30 a.m.
  • A hundred kilometers, pass through the villages of the Khorezm region and across the desert to KizilKoum (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.
  • Dinner

Night at KhovliPoyon or similar.

DAY 4

bukhara

BUKHARA (BLD)

  • The whole day is dedicated to the discovery of the old part of Bukhara.
  • Most interesting 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 and the Chashma Ayub mausoleum (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. The Residence of the lords of Bukhara, the Ark is as old as Bukhara itself.
  • Evening traditional dances in a former madrasah.
  • Dinner

Night at KhovliPoyon or similar.

DAY 5

bukhara

 

BUKHARA (BLD)

 

  • After breakfast, discover the nearby of Bukhara. The sacred site Bakhaoudin Nakshbandi (16th century) where a founder and one of the most venerated saints of Islam Sufi were buried.
  • Then visit the summer residence of the last emir “Setora-i-Mokhikhosa” (19th century).
  • Continue to visit 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).
  • Dinner

Night at KhovliPoyon or similar.

DAY 6

bukhara

 

BUKHARA – GUIJDUAN- SAMARKAND (280 KM) (BLD)

 

  • Breakfast
  • At 9 am on the way to the village of Abu-Abdulloh Guijdovani – Guijdovan (70 km) is famous for his fine ceramics.
  • Departure to the capital of Tamerlane’s empire arrived in Samarkand around noon and transfer to hotel.
  • Afternoon, discover of the capital of the empire of Temourides.
  • Visit the mausoleum of Gur-Amiret Registan Square, the most grandiose complex in Central Asia and one of the most beautiful of Islam. It was the hotspot of the capital of Tamerlane, where six arteries met under the dome of a bazaar. It consists of three beautiful madrassahs: ulugbeg, Cher-Dor, Tilla-Kari.
  • Dinner

Night at Bibi Khanum or similar.

DAY 7

samarcande

 

SAMARKAND (BLD)

 

  • The whole day is dedicated to the discovery of the capital of the empire of Timur or Tamerlane.
  • Crossroads different Silk Road, the west to Persia, the east one 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 ulugbeg, the ChakhiZinda necropolis, a silk carpet workshop (suzani).
  • The visit continues with the SYAB market and Bibi Khanum mosque.
  • Dinner

Night at Bibi Khanum Bibi or similar.

DAY 8

samarcande tachkent

SAMARKAND – TASHKENT (285 KM) (BLD)

 

Transfer: 285 km by the high speed train (2h15)

  • Morning departure for the village of Khartang and visit the magnificent mausoleum of Imam al Bukhari, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Uzbekistan.
  • In the afternoon, tour of the paper mill and the carpet.
  • Free time.
  • At 4 p.m, transfer to the station to take the high speed train Tashkent – Samarkand.
  • Arrival in Tashkent at 7:15 p.m.
  • Dinner

Night at Rovchan or similar.

DAY 9

tachkent paris

TASHKENT – PARIS (BL.)

 

  • Free time according to your flight time to stroll around the city at your own pace.
  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

 

The program and accommodation can be changed as desired.

The price includes:
  • Welcome at the airport and train station.
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (twin share basis).
  • Meals full board.
  • Transport according to the program in air-conditioned vehicle.
  • French Speaking tour guide.
  • Guided tours and entrance fees to monuments as per program.
  • Tickets of high speed trains Afro syob Samarkand – Tashkent.
  • Folk dances in Khiva and Bukhara.
The price does not include:
  • International and domestic flights to / from Tashkent.
  • The cost of Uzbek visa.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • The right of pictures taken in the monuments (pay on the spot, at the entrance).
  • Insurance
  • Tips for drivers and guides.

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