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The Farewell Song of the Aral Sea

This fascinating trip at 4WD jeeps is going trough Kyzyl-Kum desert which is one of the greatest Asian deserts! En route you will have opportunity to see boundless sands and little oasis, settlements, hidden at desert, shepherds, grazing cattle at the poor feeds, stoned remains of trees, unique the animal and vegetable kingdom of the Asian desert. You will reach the bank of Aral sea, overcome many kilometers of the road by the desert and than to the bottom of the ex-sea. Unfortunately, there is a risk of his absolutely disappearance in the closest 10-15 years. You will see remains of ships, which solidified for eternity at the sands of the desert, party-coloured rocky banks of the Aral Sea and fantastic Usturt Plato. You will also have an opportunity to visit Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva - the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan, and each stone keep the thousand-year history there!

Country: Uzbekistan

Season: May - September

Tour duration: 11 days/10 nights

Category: individual tour


Day 1. Tashkent. Arrival.

Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand.

Day 3. Samarkand.

Day 4. Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Bukhara.

Day 5. Bukhara.

Day 6. Bukhara - Khiva.

Day 7. Khiva.

Day 8. Khiva - Nukus.

Day 9. Nukus - Aral Sea.

Day 10. Aral Sea - Muynak - Nukus - Tashkent (evening air flight).

Day 11. Tashkent. Departure.

Detailed tour description:

Day 1. Tashkent.

Arrival to Tashkent. Meeting at the airport. Beginning of the city tour in Tashkent. Visit Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan madrassah, Kafal-al Shashi Mazar, Kukeldash madrassah, Applied arts museum, Fine Arts Museum of Uzbekistan and the History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan. Overnight.

Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 hours).

In the morning transfer to Samarkand. On arrival visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Daniyor (or Daniel the Prophet) and walk about the Registan Square. Overnight.

Day 3. Samarkand.

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour about Samarkand. Visit to the Registan Ensemble, Ulugbek madrassah, Sher-Dor madrassah, Tillya-Kari madrassah, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Rukhabad necropolis, Bibi-Khanym mosque, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda ensemble, Khazrat-Hyzra mosque. Overnight.

Day 4. Samarkand - Shakhrisabz (90 km, 1,5 hours) - Bukhara (290 km, 4-5 hours).

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Shakhrisabz - the home town of Amir Temur. In Shakhrisabz visit the Ak-saray Palace, Dorussaodat complex, Dorut-Tilavat madrassah and Kok-Gumbaz mosque.

Further transfer to Bukhara. Accommodation and rest at the hotel.

Day 5. Bukhara.

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour about Bukhara. Visit the following monuments: Chashma Ayub mausoleum, Poi-Kalon complex, Ulugbek madrassah, Laybi-Hauz ensemble, Kukeldash madrassah, Nadir Divanbegi madrassah, Samanid mausoleum, “Ark” fortress.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 7 hours).

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Khiva. Lunch-box on the way.

Arrival to Khiva. Accommodation and rest at the hotel. Evening walk about the old Khiva. Overnight.

Day 7. Khiva.

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour about Khiva. Visit Ichan-Kala, Islam-Khoja minaret, Juma mosque, Kalta-Minor minaret, “Avesta” museum.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8. Khiva - Nukus (250 km, 4 hours).

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Nukus. On arrival to Nukus excursion to Savitskiy museum.

Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight.

Day 9. Nukus - Kungrad - Usturt Plateau - Sudochie lake - Aral Sea.

Departure from Nukus, at 8 o’clock, to do the Discovery of the Usturt Plateau and Aral sea life. First we pass Kungrad district, one of the Trading centers during the Silk Road period. Then we go up to the Usturt Plateau. On the way visit the Lake Sudochie, see the fishermen’s house, old fish factory, handmade fridge (to keep ice and fish). Continue the way and stop at the former Light House. Pass the base camp of the gas plant. On the way do stops to take wonderful pictures of beautiful landscape: Canyons, dried bottom of the sea, fabulous contrast of the colors, starting of the sea shore on the horizon and etc. Arrive to the Aral sea late in the afternoon. Drive down to the sea shore. Set up the tents. Taste the delicious Dinner, cooked by the professional drivers. Have a calm night under the thousand of stars and sounds of the sea waves.

Day 10. Aral Sea -Muynak - Mizdakhan - Gaur Kala - Nukus - Tashkent (evening air fligth).

Early wake up to take picture of the sun rise. Have breakfast.

Transfer to Moinak. Drive on the dried bottom of the sea, pass the gas towers and Gas Separators, arrive at Uchsai, the small settlement and the previous harbor for the ships, when the Aral sea was washing the shore of this village. Have a lunch (lunch box). Arrive in Moinak. Visit the Ships’ graveyard, local museum and walk around the town. Transfer to visit Mizdakhan, the architectural complex of the XIV c. and Gaur kala VI-IV cc. B.C., destroyed by Shingiz-khan, Mongolian conqueror.

Back to Nukus city and arrival to Nukus airport. Evening flight to Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11. Tashkent. Departure.

After breakfast transfer to the airport. Departure.

Cost of the tour per person under accommodation at the hotels 2-3*:

Group in 2 pax - 1600 USD/per person

Group in 3-4 pax - 1445 USD/per person

Group in 5-6 pax - 1270 USD/per person

Group in 7-9 pax - 1235 USD/per person

Group in 10-15 pax - 1210 USD/per person

Supplement for single accommodation is 175 USD/per person

Cost of the tour per person under accommodation at the hotels 3-4*:

Group in 2 pax - 1845 USD/per person

Group in 3-4 pax - 1740 USD/per person

Group in 5-6 pax - 1515 USD/per person

Group in 7-9 pax - 1475 USD/per person

Group in 10-15 pax - 1450 USD/per person

Supplement for single accommodation is 280 USD/per person

Cost of the tour includes:

- Double/twin accommodation at the hotels mentioned in standard rooms:

Tashkent: Sairam Hotel**//Tashkent Palace****

Samarkand: Malika Samarkand Classic**//Grand Samarkand***

Bukhara: Minzifa Hotel**//Asia Bukhara***

Khiva: Malika Khiva**//Asia Khiva***

Nukus: Jipek Joly Hotel**

Aral Sea: tents

- Excursion program including visiting the main monuments and museums in each city;

- Services of local English speaking guides in each city according to the program;

- Entrance tickets to the main monuments and museums according to the program;

- Air flight “Nukus-Tashkent”;

- Comfortable transportation with an air-conditioner for the whole tour, including meeting/seeing off at the airports.

Cost of the tour does not include:

- International airfare;

- Visa fee;

- Cost for the photo and video filming in museums and on the monuments.

Additional services:

- Meals (except breakfasts at the hotels):

*Supplement for half board (only dinners) is 365 USD/per person/for the whole tour

*Supplement for full board (lunches and dinners) is 720 USD/per person/for the whole tour

- Services of an escort English speaking guide is 455 USD/per group/for the whole tour.

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