Car adventure in Uzbekistan. - Oriental fairy tale
Car adventure in Uzbekistan.

Oriental fairy tale

Car adventure in Uzbekistan.
(Oriental fairy tale)

Uzbekistan is a colorful country in Central Asia, which has not only preserved the heritage of the ancient inhabitants of the East, but has multiplied their values and created its own unique culture with an amazing variety of crafts and arts, with its own cuisine and its own folklore. A beautiful, bright, colorful country on the Great Silk Road!

Not many people know that ancient cities of Uzbekistan were once the centers of education and trade on the Great Silk Road. The history of this country is connected with ancient kingdoms and powerful empires. Uzbekistan is rich not only in historical facts, but also in fairy tales, so magical, so familiar and beloved by us.

On this road trip, we will drive along the roads of Khoja Nasreddin, plunge into antiquity, walking along the old streets of cities such as Bukhara and Samarkand. We will see futuristic new districts of Tashkent and Heliopark.

And most importantly, we will drive through the gorges and serpentines, snake-rising to mountain passes. We will be able to touch the history of the country during excursions to graceful mosques and elegant minarets; we will visit mausoleums and palaces decorated with magnificent ceramic ornaments. The flavors of the oriental bazaar are waiting for us, where spices and dried fruits, interspersed with sweets and many other oriental goods, generously fill the entire space of the counters. We will taste the dishes of Uzbek cuisine, visit master classes, during which we will create something with our own hands and we will take part in folklore dance shows.

Available dates:

  • 03 - 11.02.2023 | 10 places Book
  • 30.04 - 07.05.2023 | 10 places Book
  • Individual dates are also available. Contact the program manager.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Summer
Begins in Tashkent
Ends in Tashkent
Wildlife Mountain goats, Marmots, Birds, Predator birds, Rodents, Yaks, Hares

Price: $ 4,500 (≥ 10 people)

Great for Individuals Couples Families

Uzbekistan is an unprecedented splendor of grandiose architectural monuments; it is a memory of the time of amazing discoveries, of the heritage given by grandfathers to the next generations and of the Great Silk Road, which served the development of a vast region from China to Rome. This is a memory of alliances and wars, of creation and destruction - this is a country that allows you to plunge into antiquity without leaving the present ime.

What's Included:

  • 
Cars specially prepared for road trips. One car for 3-4 people
  • Guide
  • Accommodation in the best hotels along the route
  • Meals: three times a day
  • Development and preparation of the route
  • Excursions by the program
  • Master classes according to the program

What's not included:

  • 
Single Supplement
  • Additional service
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights: to Tashkent and back from Bukhara
Day
1

Arrival to Tashkent. Arrival at Tashkent International Airport. Meeting and transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

This day will be free for independent walks and rest.

Accommodation in a 5* hotel.

Day
2

Tashkent – Chimgan (130 km). Today after breakfast we will drive to the mountains of Chimgan. On the way, we will visit the Heliocomplex located 50 km from Tashkent. We will make a tour of its territory and if the weather allows we will cook meat and vegetable barbecue with the help of the sun. Further, our path lies to the mountains of Chimgan, to the Amirsay ski resort.

We will check into the hotel and then take the cable car to the observation deck. Optionally, here you can ride on snowmobiles, ski or snowboard.

Accommodaton: Best hotel in the gorge

Day
3

Chimgan – Tashkent (180 km). After breakfast, we will drive to the Charvak reservoir. We will drive around it along the northern shore crossing three large bridges along the way which are placed over Chatkal, Koksu and Pskem rivers. The views here are amazing at any time of the year.

Then we will drive along the mountain road through the villages of Yakkatut, Bogustan and Nanai. In Nanai we will walk to a picturesque waterfall and viewpoints from which you can admire the breathtaking scenery.

After that, we will go down to the dam of the Charvak hydroelectric power station - the largest hydroelectric power station in Uzbekistan. Here, at the confluence of the Chirchik and Ugam rivers, we will have lunch in a cozy MONT restaurant with a panoramic view of the mountains. After lunch we will continue our way back to Tashkent.

Check in hotel. Some rest. Dinner at the restaurant. After dinner, you can walk around the evening city on your own.

Accommodation in a 5* hotel.

Day
4

Tashkent – Zaamin (250 km). Today we will drive to Zaamin National Park - the oldest natural park in Uzbekistan. On the way, we have to cross the Syr Darya - one of the largest rivers in Central Asia. After passing through numerous villages, we will reach the small town of Zaamin. The road here slowly rises into the mountains to the dam of the Zaamin reservoir. From the observation deck a picturesque panorama of the foothills of the Turkestan Range is opened. On the way, we will stop at a huge 700 year old walnut tree, locals call it Yengok Bobo. People believe that if you make a wish here, it will surely come true.

Driving along a beautiful mountain road, we will finally reach the mountain hotel.

After lunch, we can go up by car to the Suffa mountain plateau (height 2200 meters +/-). The RT-70 Radio Telescope, being under construction, is located here. Amazing views of the grandiose Chortanga canyon and the Turkestan Range are opened from here. In good weather we will be able to see Shau Kartau Peak (4040 m). Here we can walk through the juniper forest or ride on the plateau. Not far from the hotel, we will definitely taste the endemic cauldron patyr (a special flatbread cooked in a cauldron with melted butter). Zaamin is also famous for its tandoor-gusht (meat cooked in a tandoor with the addition of juniper twigs).

Accommodation - Mountain hotel

Day
5

Zaamin – Samarkand (250 km). After having breakfast at the hotel, we will leave Zaamin and driving back passing by a 700-year-old walnut tree we will once again make a wish. Then we will pass through the town of Zaamin, 50 km from which we will stop at the Peshagor gorge with the cave of the same name. The road to the cave winds among the rocks with a height of more than 100 meters.

Today our path lies to the route Tashkent - Samarkand through the Jizzakh pass. After 2-3 hours of travel we will reach Samarkand - the capital of the empire of Amir Temur. Check in hotel. Dinner. Rest. Evening short tour of Samarkand.

Accommodation in a 4* hotel.

Day
6

Samarkand. We will spend the whole day in fabulous Samarkand. We will visit such architectural monuments of the XV-XVI centuries as:

- Ulugbek Observatory which occupies a special place among the historical monuments of Samarkand.
- The Bibi Khanym Mosque which was built by the Great Tamerlane, grieving for his beloved wife.
- Mausoleum Gur Emir which means "the tomb of the emir, the ruler" (i.e. Timur) - the place where Amir Timur, his sons and grandsons are buried.
- Necropolis of Shakhi-Zinda located in the northern part of the city of Samarkand on the hills of ancient Afrosiab.

Dinner will be in the style of a traditional Uzbek holiday.

Accommodation in a 4* hotel.

Day
7

Samarkand – Bukhara (280 km). Today we leave Samarkand and drive towards Bukhara. On the way, we will stop at an amazing place - Gijduvan, an ancient village famous for its potters and juicy kebabs, which have become a popular brand in Uzbekistan.

There is a colorful bazaar where you can buy shordonak (apricot kernels baked in ash) and delicious halva. The most interesting place in Gijduvan is the pottery workshops of the ceramist brothers Alisher and Abdulla. Here, together with their sons and grandchildren they create ceramic masterpieces from clay and glaze - jugs, plates, lyagans, bowls, etc. We will be able to participate in a master class on the potter's wheel and try to paint ceramic products ourselves. After lunch we will continue our way to Bukhara. Upon arrival, check into one of the hotels in the old town.

In the evening we will have dinner and an evening walk.

Accommodation in a 4* hotel.

Day
8

Bukhara (220 km). Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of the East. It is located in the oasis of the Kyzylkum desert. In Bukhara we will visit such sights as:

- The Ark Fortress (VII-XIX centuries) - the oldest building in the city, which once served as the residence of the Bukhara emirs.
- Mausoleum of the Samanids (IX - X centuries) - the oldest mausoleum in Central Asia, the family tomb of the rulers of Bukhara and one of the first monuments in Central Asia built of baked bricks.
- Poi-Kalyan Complex meaning “the foot of the great”. It includes the Miri-Arab madrasah (XVI century), the Kalyan mosque (XV century) and the Kalyan minaret (XII century).
- The Lyabi-Hauz complex (XVII century) - the center of the old city, a favorite place for recreation of residents and guests of the city. This complex includes the madrasah and khanaka of Nadir Divanbegi (XVII century) and the Kukeldash madrasah (XVI century). In the center of the complex there is the oldest artificial pool (hauz) in Central Asia (XVII century).

Bukhara has always been famous for its artisans, and now visitors can buy here magnificent souvenirs and products of folk craftsmen: carpets, gold embroidery, suzani, ceramics and much more. During the walk, we will look into the puppet workshop, where we will be shown a small puppet show.

In the evening, at dinner time, we will have a folklore show with national dances, songs and a fashion show.

Accommodation in a 4* hotel.

Day
9

Departure. Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure.

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