This tour is a great opportunity to see and compare two most interesting countries in Central Asia – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan just in 12 days. Both of the countries are closely interconnected and in many cases share common history and traditions, but our professional tour guides will show you many differences. Kazakhstan is the biggest country in the Central Asian Region. The territory of the country is big enough to overlap most of Europe. Historically Kazakhs were living nomadic life, some of them still do. Whereas, Uzbekistan possesses one of the most beautiful and historical architecture in the world because historically Uzbeks have been living a settled life. Both of the nations have Turkic origin. These countries can offer a lot for a tourist, but Uzbekistan is the key country in Central Asia. It is famous because of if it’s historical role on the Great Silk Road and its ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. This tour will allow you to touch the highlights of these neighboring countries. The trip starts upon your arrival to Tashkent. Starting form Tashkent you will visit the most ancient cities of the Great Silk Road - Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. After coming back to Tashkent, you will continue your trip to Kazakhstan and visit Shymkent, Almaty, Turkestan, Arystan Bab, and other historical cities of the Great Silk Road. From Shymkent you will return to Almaty where your trip will over.

12 Days

Route Map

Tour program

  • Day 1 Tashkent

    Program
    Flight to Tashkent by HY….. Arrival …. Meeting at the airport of Tashkent by English speaking guide. Transfer to hotel, check in and rest after the flight.
  • Day 2 Tashkent-Urgench (Khiva)

    This city is an open air museum, like Pompeii and Herculaneum. UNESCO has declared Khiva a city reserve and included Khiva’s oldest part Ichan-kala in its World Heritage List

    Time Program
    05:00
    Early Breakfast at hotel.
    05:00
    Transfer to airport for flight HY..., arrival to Urgench. Transfer to Khiva(40km). Accommodation at hotel
    10:00
    Full day city tour of Khiva. Visit to the oldest part of the city - Kunya-Ark fortress, including Kurinish Khana (17c); Mohammed-Amin-Khan(19c) Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret; Mohammed Rakim Khan (19 c) Madrassah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Mazary Sharif Madrassah, Islam Khodja Madrassah and Minaret, Jami Mosque(18c)
    14:00
    Lunch at national house. Getting acquainted with uzbek family and tasting Uzbek dishes. Continuing city tour: Kutluq-Murad Inaq (19c) Madrassah, Allakuli khan Madrassah (19c), Ak Mosque, Tash Havli Fortress. Free time at leisure
    20:00
    Dinner at ancient madrassah
  • Day 3 Khiva – Bukhara

    Time Program
    8:00
    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Bukhara. Photo stop near the biggest river in Central Asia - Amudarya (Oxus).
    13:00
    Lunch in one of oasis in the middle of Kyzylkum desert. (Lunch boxes are provided by our company)
    18:00
    Arriving to Bukhara. Accommodation at Hotel. Free time at leisure.
    19:00
    Dinner at Lyabi Hauz - a cozy pond in the center of the ancient part where people come together for having a drink and dinner. One of places where you can see the real Uzbek life.
  • Day 4 Bukhara

    Ancient and fairy-tale town of Bukhara - the land of magical lamps and Eastern beauties. Great Silk Road caravans never missed this town - the only oasis around. Nowadays Bukhara is famous not only for it's superb historical monuments, but for it's lively trade. ...every traveler finds something unique in this town

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    Full day of city tour. Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10 c)-the oldest royal mausoleum in Bukhara, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum(14 c), Bukhara local bazar. Visit to Old Bukhara: Poi-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c), Mosque (16c), functioning Miri Arab Madrassah(16 c), Amir- Alim-Khan Madrassah (19c)
    13:00
    Lunch at local restaurant. Taqi trading domes, Kukeldash Madrassah (16c), Lyab-i-Hauz (17c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magoki Attari (10-16c), Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs; Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c), Summer Palace of the last Emir of Bukhara
    19:00
    Free time at leisure National Folklore show and show of national clothes at Nodir Devonbegi madrassah Dinner in national house participating in the process of cooking of the most famous national dish - PLOV.
  • Day 5 Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast
    09:00
    Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz
    13:00
    Arrival to Shakhrisabz Lunch at national house, getting acquainted with Uzbek family. City tour: Ak-Sarai Palace of Amir Temur, Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, traditional bazar, Mausoleum of Jahangir, empty mausoleum of Amir Temur. Transfer to Samarkand Arriving Samarkand. Accommodation at hotel
    19:00
    Dinner at local restaurant
  • Day 6 Samarkand

    The grandiose capital of the Empire of famous Tamerlane -Amir Temur with the biggest mausoleums, madrassahs and mosques in Central Asia. And finally you have a chance to visit the world famous Registan square.

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    Full day sightseeing tour of Samarkand: Guri Emir - Legendary mausoleum of Amir Temur and his family members. Registan square - World famous complex of 3 Madrassahs and Golden Dome Mosque. Mosque Bibi Khanum – The biggest mosque ever built in Central Asia as gift Tamerlane's wife to her husband. Local Siyab bazar - unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of Samarkand people.
    13:00
    Lunch at local restaurant Continuing city tour of Samarkand. Shahi - Zinda necropolis, a holy place and cemetery with mausoleums of Timurid dynasty and a grave of cousin of Prophet Muhamed. Observatory of Ulugbek – incredible construction of 15th century for astronomical research.
    19:00
    Dinner at national house recognized by UNESCO (one of the oldest houses in Samarkand with ancient decorations) (OPTIONAL)
  • Day 7 Samarkand-Tashkent

    The capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. It is known all over the world as a city of friendship and hospitality and has a unique combination of historical monuments and modern life!

    Time Program
    08:00
    Early breakfast at hotel.
    09:00
    Transfer to Tashkent. Small photo-stop to enjoy the view of legendary Iron Gates of Tamerlane. Photo stops near second largest river of Central Asia - Sirdarya, local fish market and roadside markets where the best melons are sold in the whole region. Quick shopping of water melons and melons (depends on season). Arriving to Tashkent
    14:00
    Lunch at local restaurant. Tasting different cuisine of Central Asian nations. Accommodation at hotel. Quick City tour: New Part of the city; Independence square, Alisher Navoi Opera nand Ballet Theatre, Tashkent subway, Amir Temur square etc.
    19:00
    Dinner
  • Day 8 Tashkent - Almaty - night train to Shymkent

    Program
    Breakfast at Hotel. Flight to Almaty (timetable to be specified) Welcome to Kazakhstan! You will arrive at the international airport in Almaty – economical capital of Kazakhstan. Today you will get acquainted with Almaty's history and see the Ascension Cathedral – the second highest wooden building in the world! It was built according to the plan of a famous Russian architect A. Zenkov. The church was one of the few buildings that survived after earthquake in 1911 year. Next to the cathedral there is an alley of spruce trees that were planted by the presidents of different countries. Then you will visit the Square of 28 Panfilov Heroes. It is devoted to General Panfilov, a hero of the Second World War and to the members of his division. You will see there also the Glory Memorial dedicated to the victims of the Civil War and the Second World War!!! Afterwards you will visit the Museum of Musical Instruments which has a big collection of Kazakh folk musical instruments and musical instruments of different nationalities of the world. After visiting the museum we will drive to the Public Market. It is named a Zelonniy Bazar – a Green Bazaar. It is a very good example of real oriental market. It still possible to bargain there! Then you will have an excursion to the main square – the Republic Square. There you can see an Independence Monument and the Golden Man. It is the symbol of the city. Also there are monuments that depict the prominent events of the Kazakh history. After lunch you will have an excursion to Medeu – it is an ice stadium located in a mountain valley of Medeu on the south-eastern outskirts of Almaty. It is an outdoor speed skating rink and one of the most famous ice rinks in the world. Medeo skating-rink has seen over 150 world records on speed-skating contests. Many famous skaters were holding and breaking records here! Also you will see the Medeu Dam, built in the late 1960s, standing next to the skating rink, protecting the city of Almaty from potentially devastating mud flows. From the mud dam you will see the beauty of Medeo and surrounding mountains, panoramic sight of skating-rink. Afterwards we will drive back to Almaty to have a dinner. On the way we will see Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Parliament House. At 10:10 p.m. you will have a night train to Shymkent (025T). You will sleep there (4 people in 1 room) and in the morning you will arrive to the ancient time of Kazakhstan!
  • Day 9 Shymkent – Turkestan

    Program
    You will arrive in Shymkentat 9:25 a.m. After breakfast we will visit a local bazaar to feel the spirit of Asian life! It is a real paradise for people that are fond of making colorful photos! After bazaar we will drive 160 km to Turkestan. Turkistan City attracts people with its historical monuments in the open air and a rich history hidden in its heritage. Today you will have a full day excursion in Turkestan. We will visit Azret-Sultan historical-architectural complex and Khodja Akhmed Yassayu mausoleum. He is the first great Muslim holy man that brought religious glory to the town. The mausoleum in honor of Kozha Akhmed Yasaui, was built on a grand scale by Timur in the late 14th century (from 1389 to 1405). Today this is one of the largest, outstanding and best-preserved constructions of the Timurid period, considered to be Kazakhstan’s greatest building and the most important site of Muslim pilgrimage in Central Asia. Also we will visit Turkistan town necropolis, oriental baths and underground mosque. It is a small but very interesting town! Overnight is in a hotel.
  • Day 10 Turkestan – Arystan Bab – Shymkent

    Program
    In the morning we will drive to Shymkent. On the way we will visit our famous Arystan Bab mausoleum. The mausoleum was erected over the grave of a famous religious mystic Arystan Bab, who lived in XII century. The first building of the mausoleum belongs to the XIV-XV centuries. Only the carved wooden pillars are left from it. In the XVIII century on the site of an ancient tomb, which was destroyed by an earthquake, was built two domed building with aiwan, supported by two carved wooden columns. The building of XVIII century was destroyed and in 1909 was rebuilt again. It can be seen from the inscription on one of the cartridges frieze. In 1971, due to the high groundwater level, leading her to the emergency condition, the mosque was demolished and rebuilt. The building was built from baked bricks. In the afternoon is arrival in Shymkent. Overnight is in a hotel.
  • Day 11 Shymkent – Almata

    Program
    In the morning we will drive to Shymkent to have a flight to Almaty (Air Astana KC972) at 10:10 a.m. The plain will arrive to Almaty at 11:35 a.m. Then you will visit our historical museum. After lunch we will drive to the “Hawks nursery”. There you will see different hunting dogs and many birds of pray. At this place people teach hawks, eagles, golden eagles to hunt together with them. Your guide will tell you about amazing traditions of Kazakh hunting with hawks! You will have a chance to make photos of these birds and to find out many interesting facts about their life! In the evening you will have a farewell dinner in a restaurant. Night is in a hotel.
  • Day 12 Almata

    Program
    Breakfast at hotel Transfer to airport for departure flight to …

Services included in the price of the tour

  • Double / Single accommodation with breakfast
  • Transport services all over the tour by luxury air conditioned car/minivan/bus
  • Tips at the airports and hotels
  • Unlimited bottles of mineral water
  • Folklore show in Bukhara city
  • Tickets for performance in Alisher Navoi Theatre
  • Cup of Tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
  • Any museums of Tashkent
  • all museums
  • taking part in national holydays
  • schools
  • bazaars
  • libraries and much much more
  • English speaking guide services (to be ordered)
  • Portage charges at airports and hotels
  • Picnics and coffee stops
  • Unlimited entrance fees to all sights
  • OPTIONAL services for your choice
  • Visiting Christian churches
  • Tashkent zoo and botanic garden
  • winetasting in local wineries
  • theatres
  • parties and customs / traditions. Visiting Uzbek families
  • medical institutions
  • archives of ancient books
  • Presents from Roxana Tour

Not included in the list of services

  • Airfare due to the program (international and local)
  • Beverages and meals not included in main menu
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee / room service / medical expenses/insurance / etc.)
  • Tips to the guides and drivers
  • All optional deviations from the main itinerary
  • Photo-and video charges
  • Trip cancellation / accident insurance

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