Uzbekistan: Ancient Cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Tashkent
Upon arrival late this evening, you will be escorted to your hotel.Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace - 2 Nights
Following a leisurely breakfast, explore the old quarter of Tashkent. Visit textile workshops, sample local specialties at the covered market and trace the history of the Silk Road in the Uzbekistan National History Museum.Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace (B)
Day 3To Samarkand
Board the express train to Samarkand. Visit the Afrosiab Archaeology Museum and the observatory of the 15th-century astronomer and sultan Ulug Beg.Hotel Registan Plaza in Samarkand - 3 Nights (B)
Explore the wonders of the Registan, a vast square enclosed on three sides by the towering facades of three madrassas. Highlights include the majestic Bibi Khanum mosque; Gur-e-Amir, Timur's grand mausoleum; and the imposing Ulug Beg madrassa.Hotel Registan Plaza in Samarkand (B)
Drive to Shakhrisabz, which is the birthplace of Timur. Visit the Ak Saray Palace and the beautiful Kok-Gumbaz Mosque. Then pay a private visit to a bakery to take part in the traditional bread making process. After lunch, return to Samarkand for some more exploration.Hotel Registan Plaza in Samarkand (B, L)
Day 6To Bukhara
This morning, depart for a drive over the desert foothills to Bukhara. Upon arrival, visit the 16thcentury city wall and a mansion museum that features the delicate wooden carved galleries and 19th-century architecture of a wealthy merchant. This evening, enjoy a performance of local song and dance followed by dinner.Amelia Hotel - 3 Nights (B, D)
Embark on a full-day guided tour of one of the most important cities on the Silk Road. Explore the iconic 157-foot-tall Kalon minaret; the architecturally impressive Lyabi-Khauz complex; the prestigious Miri Arab madrassa; and the Great Ark, which was the citadel of the rulers of Bukhara.Amelia Hotel (B)
Start today with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, the summer residence of Bukhara's last emir. Continue to Bakhaudin Nakshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis.
Enjoying some free time in the afternoon.Amelia Hotel (B)
Day 9To Fergana Valley
Fly via Tashkent to the vast Fergana Valley. Upon arrival, visit one of the region's silk workshops and meet the expert weavers. Learn about the art of silk Ikat, which is a traditional dyeing process that results in some magnificent double-sided designs.Hotel Asia Fergana - 2 Nights (B, L)
Day 10Fergana Valley
Explore more of the scenery and the arts that thrive in the valley. In Rishtan, visit the workshops of ceramic masters whose works are made from unique red Rishtan clay, and are painted with the ishkor glaze, which gives their pottery a distinctive blue-green color. In Kokand, visit Khudayarkhan Palace, Juma mosque, Dahmai Jahon and the Royal cemetery.Hotel Asia Fergana (B)
Day 11To Tashkent
After breakfast, admire the fantastic array of products at the Kumtepa bazaar near Margilan. Continue the scenic drive back to Tashkent, marveling at incredible views over the rugged landscape.Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace - 1 Night (B)
Day 12Depart Tashkent
Your Silk Road journey comes to an end as you are transferred to Tashkent's airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airlines in Southeast Asia using turboprop aircraft.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your travel arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances, and we strongly advise that you purchase insurance against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and you will be advised when possible of the rates before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are traveling, your guide or our ground handler will advise you.
The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are paved and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6-lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition, but most of the main highways are paved. For longer journeys, we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus.
A number of flights within Asia & the Pacific arrive/depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives/departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in/check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Asia & the Pacific; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas.
For our tours in Asia & the Pacific, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavor to supply any extra information that you may require about these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Asia & the Pacific, and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents or “gers”.
Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard, unless noted otherwise; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g., to a lake view or suite, etc.), please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise you about options and applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment.
In some cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. In this case, the supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Visiting many of the sites in Asia require a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. While the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at ancient monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras.
Uzbekistan: Ancient Cities Of Samarkand, Bukhara And Tashkent
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