April 6 - 13, 2024 Duration:
8 days / 8 nights Group size:
6 – 12 participants Cost per person (double accommodation):
Early booking discount: 10% off (if booking before November 6th, 2024) All-inclusive package (including full board), excluding:
- $1,690 USD for 11 – 12 participants,
- $1,790 USD for 9 – 10 participants,
- $1,850 USD for 6 – 8 participant
- Flights to Urgench and back from Samarkand,
- Medical insurance,
- Uzbekistan visa (not required for Russian citizens)
Estimated flight cost Moscow – Urgench and Samarkand – Moscow: $350 – $500 USD (usually purchased independently. We provide ticket purchase assistance). Single Room Supplement:
$260 USD (single room accommodation throughout the entire itinerary). TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO UZBEKISTAN
Day 1: April 6, 2024 (Saturday). Urgench Airport – Khiva (35 km)
Arrive at Urgench Airport on an international flight either during the night or early in the morning. You will be warmly welcomed by our driver and guide at the airport. Transfer to Khiva, approximately 45 minutes away. An early check-in will be arranged for you at Arkanchi Hotel (or similar) so you can rest after your flight. However, we have a surprise in store for lunch. After lunch, we will invite you to explore the old city while dressed in traditional Uzbek costumes, captivating the admiring glances of passersby and creating unforgettable photographs. In the evening, a welcome dinner awaits you in a stunning and atmospheric venue within the old city. Overnight at the hotel. *Recommended flights:
- direct flight from Moscow to Urgench with Uzbekistan Airways, departing from Moscow on April 6th at 3:15 am, arriving in Urgench at 8:35 am, or
- direct flight from Moscow to Urgench with S7 Airlines, departing from Moscow on April 5rd at 10:05 pm, arriving in Urgench at 3:45 am, or
- any other flight arriving in Urgench no later than 9 am on April 6th Accommodation: Arkanchi Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2. April 7, 2024 (Sunday). Khiva
For lovers of photography and unique historical experiences, we invite you to wake up at dawn and capture the city without the usual crowds of tourists. The morning in Khiva is pure magic!
After breakfast, you will embark on a journey through the 2,500-year-old city of Khiva, a true medieval gem. Its cobbled streets, clay mosques, intricate patterns, and majestic fortress walls will undoubtedly captivate even the most seasoned traveler.
The entire old city of Khiva, known as Ichon-Qala, is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Our exploration will begin with a visit to the iconic Juma Mosque, where we'll encounter the five main minarets of Khiva and, of course, the renowned Kalta-Minor Minaret, the Mohammed Amin-khan Madrasa, the palaces of Mohammed Rahim-khan and the Tash-Hauli Khans. Climbing up the Ak-Sheikh-bobo tower, we'll have the entire Ichon-Qala at your fingertips, a breathtaking sight to behold.
In the evening, we will be welcomed into the home of the guide's family, where we'll have the opportunity to participate in preparing Khivan pilaf, and discover the secrets that make Khivan pilaf distinct from any other. Accompanying dinner will be the enchanting Lazgi dance performance by a local dance ensemble, an artform proudly inscribed in UNESCO's list of intangible heritage.
Accommodation: Arkanchi Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 3. April 8, 2024 (Monday). Khiva - Kyzylkum Desert - Bukhara (430 km)
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a picturesque 8-hour journey on our private bus through the beautiful Kyzylkum Desert, known as the "Red Sands," situated between the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers.
Upon arriving in Bukhara and settling into our accommodation at Boutique DEVON Hotel (or similar), take some time to relax before a leisurely stroll through the old Jewish quarter and its surroundings. We'll also stop by a traditional coffee house, where coffee is brewed on hot sand, offering a unique experience.
For dinner, we have a special treat - an invitation from the renowned artist, Davlat Toshev, who is an heir to the ancient traditions of Bukharan miniature painting and calligraphy.
Additionally, for those interested (optional, with an additional fee), we can arrange a visit to ancient baths that have stood for over 400 years, where you'll be pampered with a steam bath, a massage to unwind after the long journey, and an herbal scrub. Accommodation: Boutique Devon Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4. April 9, 2024 (Tuesday). Bukhara
After a delicious breakfast, we'll continue our immersion into the ancient culture of Bukhara. In the company of our knowledgeable guide, we'll explore the Samanid Mausoleum from the 9th century, the Ark Citadel, and the architectural ensembles of Poi-Kalyan and Lyab-i Hauz. Not to mention, the Chor-Bakr Necropolis and countless other fascinating sites.
On the charming old streets, we'll encounter skillful artisans practicing traditional crafts and learn about the ancient techniques used to create true works of art. Accommodation: Boutique Devon Hotel (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5. April 10, 2024 (Wednesday). Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand (280 km)
New day - new adventures! Today, we will explore the well-preserved Jewish house in Bukhara, whose present owner is renowned for her exquisite Suzani embroidery. You will also visit the Chor-Minor complex, the center of the Bahaudin Nakshbandi Sufi order, and the countryside residence of Emir Mokhi Hosa.
After bidding farewell to Bukhara, we will continue our journey to Gijduvan, where our long-time friends, the talented Nurzullaev family of master potters, eagerly await our visit.
Following a delightful lunch, our destination will be Samarkand.
In the evening, after checking into the elegant Shohjahon Palace 4* hotel (or equivalent), a delightful dinner awaits us at a traditional Uzbek home.
After dinner, we will have an extraordinary nocturnal individual tour to the mausoleum of the 14th-century great ruler, Tamerlan the Great, at Gur-Emir. This place emanates a captivating mystical energy, especially felt at night when there are no crowds of tourists. This exclusive nighttime tour is one-of-a-kind. Accommodation: Shohjahon Palace 4* Hotel (or equivalent)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6. April 11, 2024 (Thursday): Samarkand - Kashkadarya Region - Samarkand (approximately 300 km)
A full-day journey to the Kashkadarya region that is rich in its natural beauty and authentic charm. Today, we'll get a glimpse of untouched Uzbekistan!
An early departure from the hotel, around 6-7 am.
We will visit the village of Kyzyl Dakhan and the ancient settlement of Langar, home to the legendary Ark of Noah, inhabited 5000 years ago. Langar is renowned for its long-living residents, and we will have a chance to be enchanted by the locals, engage in conversations, and capture beautiful photographs.
Marvel at the stunning Langar Canyon, the Katta Langar Mosque, and the Sufi shrines. Witness the traditional salt mining process, and if you're lucky, meet those who still extract salt using ancient methods.
Lunch will be enjoyed by the Uradar River.
On the way back, we will visit a mountain ethnic market and the Plateau of Demons, an ancient mystical site associated with witch gatherings and sorcery.Overnight at the Shohjahon Palace 4* Hotel in Samarkand. Accommodation: Shohjahon Palace 4* Hotel (or equivalent)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 7. April 12, 2024 (Friday): Samarkand
In the morning, accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, we will visit a secret location to witness the preparation of the country's most delicious "samsa" pastry. And, of course, we'll have the pleasure of tasting it for breakfast.
Next, we will embark on a captivating walk through Old Samarkand. We'll witness the ensemble of 11 mausoleums at Shah-i-Zinda, the burial site of Prophet Daniel, Ulugbek's observatory, the magnificent Bibi-Khanum Mosque, and, undoubtedly, the iconic Registan Square, the hallmark of Samarkand.
Only interrupted for lunch, where we'll savor the city's best "plov" and learn its culinary secrets.
Then we will visit a silk carpet workshop, where time seems to stand still as dozens of young women weave carpets just as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Exploring the vibrant Siab Bazaar, where we can indulge in various Uzbek delicacies.
A farewell dinner will be hosted at the city's finest restaurant. After dinner, take a leisurely stroll to the illuminated Registan Square and enjoy a mesmerizing light show with a glass of champagne. Accommodation: Shohjahon Palace 4* Hotel (or equivalent)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 8. April 13, 2024 (Saturday): Samarkand - Departure
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your departure from Samarkand. Recommended flights:
- Direct flight from Samarkand to Moscow with Aeroflot on April 13 at 7:20 am, arriving in Moscow at 9:35 am on April 14
- Or any other flight departing from Samarkand at any time on April 13. Accommodation: No
Meals included: Breakfast