What is a better way to travel than by train? The best way to explore Uzbekistan is by train, as noted by many of our guests, as this gives the travel the chance to relax between the tours and enjoy the small villages and cotton fields along the way when riding the train from one city to the other. Also this gives the clients the chance to catch up on their reading while on the train, so why not combine the historical towns of the Silk Road with enjoyment of reading your books and practicing your picture taking talents along the way.
Arrival in the capital city in the morning. Check in and introduction tour to the city with visits to Khast Imam Complex, Chorsu Bazaar, Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square and Museum of Railway Technology. Overnight in Tashkent.
After early breakfast in our hotel, we take the fast-train Afrosiyob from Tashkent to Samarkand departing at 8am and arriving in Samarkand Train Station at 10:15am. Upon arrival, check-in in our hotel and sightseeing tour in Samarkand with visits to Registan Square, Gur Amir Mausoleum, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Shakhi Zinda Necropolis and Ulugbek Observatory. Overnight in Samarkand.
Continue our tour in Samarkand from where we left of the day before. In the evening at around 11:00pm we will be transferred to the Samarkand Railway Station to taker the evening train from Tashkent to Urgench #56. Overnight on board of the train.
Upon reaching Urgench Train Station at 13:05 in the afternoon, we will be transferred to Khiva and settle down, refresh up and start our Khiva tour with introduction to the “Ichan Kala – open air museum” part of the town with its beautiful madrasahs and mausoleums. Today we overnight at a lovely hotel in Khiva.
Day tour of Ichan Qala, visiting the following mosques: the Juma Mosque, the Ata Murad Matriza Kashbegi Mosque and the Ak Mosque; the Muhammad Rahimkhyan II Madrassa; the following minarets: the Juma Minaret, the Kaltar Minar and the Islam Khoja Minaret; the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud and the Tash Khauli Palace. This evening we will take the evening train to Bukhara from Urgench. Overnight on board of the train.
Upon arrival in Kagan Train Station early morning, we will be transferred to Bukhara, accommodate and refresh up, and start our day tour of Bukhara. We’ll stroll around the streets and visit the old town center. We visit the massive fortress, The Ark, with the Emir’s open-air throne room and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, an intricate and beautiful 10th century brick structure that is nicely preserved. We’ll also venture to the outskirts of Bukhara and visit the summer palace of the last emir, built by a Russian Czar with grand halls and a harem. We will also see Char Minar, a gate of a ancient Madrasah long time gone. It was built in 1809 and has more in common with Indian art styles than local. Its name comes from Tajik although the towers you can see are not actually minarets but simply decorative towers. Evening watch the traditional Bukhara folk show.
Today we will continue our tour of Bukhara eith visits to the historical sighrts located in the outskirts of the town: Sitorai Mokhi Hosa- summer residence of Emir of Bukhara, Chor Bakr Complex and return to the old town for free afternoon to wonder around the narrow streets of the Old town.
After breakfast, we will be transferred to Kagan Train Station (30 minutes’ drive from Bukhara) to take the “Shark” train to Tashkent, departing at 08:30 and arriving in Tashkent at 15:30. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel, check in and free time before our farewell dinner with folklore show in a local restaurant.
This morning we will be transferred to Tashkent International Airport for our flight back home, or to the next Central Asian country to continue our journey.
Tashkent > Bukhara > Khiva