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Central Asia’s Uzbekistan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan)

  • Destination: Uzbekistan

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Uzbekistan is rich is history and the visitor is rewarded with amazing tourist sites dating back to Alexander the Great & Tamerlane. It was a major stop on the Silk Road. The main cities to visit are Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara & Khiva. Other “Stans” are also possible to visit and on a 14 day trip one can included Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan.

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Overview

Day 1

USA to Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul

Day 3

Istanbul | Tashkent

Day 4

Tashkent

Day 5

Tashkent | Khiva | Tashkent

Day 6

Tashkent | Samarkand

Day 7

Samarkand

Day 8

Samarkand | Shakhrisabz | Bukhara

Day 9

Bukhara

Day 10

Bukhara

Day 11

Bukhara | Tashkent

Day 12

Tashkent | Istanbul | USA

Itinerary

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Day 1

USA TO Istanbul

Depart the USA on a flight to Istanbul. We recommend booking Turkish Airlines (StarAlliance) which will allow a free stopover in Istanbul.

Day 2

Istanbul

Arrive Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon tour the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sofia. Rest before gathering for a Welcome Dinner with fellow travelers.

Hotel Marmara Taksim
Room Standard room
Meals Dinner

Day 3

Istanbul | Tashkent

This morning tour Topkapi Palace, the Archaeological Museum with its superb sarcophagi. Lunch is at Topkapi Palace. Return to the hotel and depart for the airport mid-afternoon. This evening we depart on Turkish Airlines (TK) Flight 370 at 7:05pm. (You should book this flight with your international Turkish Airlines flight from the US.)

Day 4

Tashkent

Early morning arrival in Tashkent – 1:40am. We will be met by our local escort-guide at the exit area and transferred to the hotel. Immediate check-in and late breakfast. The morning is at leisure to rest from the late arrival. Lunch is in a city restaurant. In the afternoon, we will tour the sites of Tashkent, including a calligraphy master class with a local artist. Welcome dinner at a popular restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.

Hotel Miran International
Room Deluxe
Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

Tashkent | Khiva | Tashkent

It’s an early start this morning. Early breakfast. Depart 05:15a to the airport for our flight to Urgench: HY1051 TASUGC 0700/0840. Upon arrival in Urgench, transfer to Khiva (30 mins). According to legend, Khiva was founded about 2 500 years ago when a son of Noah, Shem, discovered a well in the middle of the desert and exclaimed “Khi-wa!” (which locals will take delight in roughly translating as “sweet water”.) According to archaeologists, Khiva was founded in the 5th or 6th century. The old town retains more than 50 historic monuments and 250 old houses, mostly dating from the 18th or the 19th centuries. Djuma Mosque, for instance, was established in the 10th century and rebuilt in 1788-89, although its celebrated hypostyle hall still retains 112 columns taken from ancient structures. Enjoy lunch and a tea ceremony at Zaynab’s house. After lunch transfer to Urgench for the return flight to Tashkent: HY1060 UGCTAS 1625/1740. Transfer to our hotel. Dinner is in a city restaurant this evening. Overnight in Tashkent.

Hotel Miran International
Room Deluxe
Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

Tashkent | Samarkand

Breakfast at 6:30am and transfer to the train station. Depart Tashkent on a high-speed train “Afrosiyob” to Samarkand. Arrive in Samarkand and transfer to our hotel. Lunch is in the hotel. Samarkand is most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic center for scholarly study. In the 14th century, it became the capital of the empire of Timur (Tamerlane) and is the site of his mausoleum (the Gur-e Amir). This afternoon, visit Samarkand, including the Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, the Registan Square, Bibi Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory and the central Samarkand bazaar. Dinner is in a local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.

Hotel Samarkand Plaza**** or Samarkand Grand Superior**** or similar
Room Standard
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Samarkand

After breakfast, continue our sightseeing in Samarkand, including Meros, an ancient paper making factory and Khujum, a hand-made silk carpets factory. After lunch in a local restaurant, the afternoon is free to explore on your own. Dinner is in the hotel. Overnight in Samarkand.

Hotel Samarkand Plaza**** or Samarkand Grand Superior**** or similar
Room Standard
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Samarkand | Shakhrisabz | Bukhara

This morning we drive to Shakhrisabz (2.5 hours). Shakhrisabz, called Nautaca in ancient times, was founded more than 2700 years ago. Alexander the Great’s general Ptolemy captured the satrap of Bactria and pretender to the Persian throne, Bessus, at Nautaca thus ending the once great Achaemenid Empire. Alexander the Great chose to spend his winters and met his wife Roxanna in the area in 328-327 BC. Tour Shakhrisabz and have lunch in a city restaurant. In the afternoon, we continue our drive to Bukhara (3.5 hours.) Check-in to the hotel and enjoy dinner in the hotel or a city restaurant. Overnight in Bukhara

Hotel Zargaron Plaza**** or Omar Khayam*** or similar
Room Standard
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Bukhara

Located on the Silk Road, Bukhara has long been a center of trade, scholarship, culture and religion. The historic center of Bukhara, which contains numerous mosques and madrassas, has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city long has had a mixed population including Jews and other ethnic minorities. We will have a full day of sightseeing in Bukhara. Lunch is in a city restaurant. As a special treat, we visit the Silk Road tea-house for a tea ceremony and sweets tasting. Dinner is in the hotel tonight. Overngiht in Bukhara.

Hotel Zargaron Plaza**** or Omar Khayam*** or similar
Room Standard
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Bukhara

After breakfast we drive (1 hour) to Gijduvan – the famous ceramics centre. On the way, we make stops at Nagshbandi Complex and the Summer Palace of Bukhara Emir. In Gijduvan, visit the local ceramist workshop for a master-class and lunch at his family’s house. Return to Bukhara for free time on your own. This evening we will watch a folkshow at Nodir Devon Beghi Madrasah and have dinner in a city restaurant. Overnight in Bukhara.

Hotel Zargaron Plaza**** or Omar Khayam*** or similar
Room Standard
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Bukhara | Tashkent

After breakfast, transfer to the airport at 8:00am. Our morning flight to Tashkent is HY1322b BHKTAS 0955/1125. Transfer to our hotel. Lunch is on our own arrangement (NOT INCLUDED). This evening we gather for a Farewell Dinner at a popular restaurant. After dinner and time to finish our packing, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Istanbul and on to the USA.

Hotel Miran International
Room Deluxe
Meals Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12

Tashkent | Istanbul | USA

Departure of Turkish Airlines flight (TK) 369 at 8:15am, arriving Istanbul at 11:35am and connecting to flights to the USA.

 

Accommodations

Marmara Taksim, Istanbul — 5*

Rising 20 stories above the pulse of Istanbul, The Marmara Taksim is a deluxe five-star hotel for both business and leisure travelers who want the very best.
The hotel, a landmark building, is in the heart of Istanbul, Taksim Square.
Apart from 24-hour top-notch room service, there are distinctive dining facilities throughout the hotel with stunning views of Istanbul.
The hotel’s pampering The Marmara Spa and The Marmara Gym offer a broad range of facilities.


Miran International Hotel, Tashkent

Elegance, fine ambiance, space design that inspires you. Lighting that invigorates you, the creativity. All this and more waits you at the Miran International the finest business / leisure hotel in Uzbekistan located in Tashkent. Miran International offers you comfortable and the most spacious guest-rooms In Tashkent and business facilities for any type of accommodation and events. The hotel successfully creates a good combination of traditional hospitality and modern style that can ensure your guests’ comfort and convenience.


Samarkand Plaza Hotel, Samarkand

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: this delightful Orient-Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.


Samarkand Grand Superior Hotel, Samarkand — 4*

New hotel Grand Samarkand Superior opened its doors in April of 2012, located at the center of shopping and business part of the city. You can find here comfortable and skillfully decorated rooms. Nearby: Old Town of Samarkand (Bibi-Khanim mosque, Khazret Khizr mosque, Shahi-Zinda ensemble, Gur-Emir Mausoleum and Registan Square)


Hotel Zaragon Plaza, Bukhara — 4*

Built in 2009, the three-storey building of this modern cozy hotel is located within 5 minutes’ walk from one of the city’s notable tourist attractions – Lyabi Haus complex. The hotel offers international standards of comfort and service both for business and leisure travellers.
The hotel features 40 elegantly furnished guestrooms (13 doubles, 27 twins, 4 deluxe suites) All guestrooms have en suite bathroom with bath, direct dial telephone, direct Internet access, satellite TV, air conditioner, safe deposit box, mini-bar, refrigerator.


Omar Khayam Hotel, Bukhara — 4*

A unique location in the picturesque old part of Bukhara, where all the ancient monuments are concentrated, makes a natural and ideal spot for the Omar Khayyam Hotel to be located.
Fantastic views of famous historical locations which surround the Omar Khayyam Hotel such as the Poi Kalyan complex, Toki Zargaron and Toki Telpakfurushon trading domes, Mirzo Ulugbek’s mosque and Abdulazizkhan’s mosque facing the Tim Abdullakhan promise an unforgettable and memorable stay in Bukhara.

Rates & Facts

Land Rates

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Inclusions
  • Accommodation in a DBL/TWIN room as described
  • Meals on FULL board basis (except 1 lunch on DAY 08) as given in the Itinerary
  • Service of an expert local English-speaking escort/guide in Uzbekistan for tours and visits per Itinerary and along the route
  • Coda tour manager from the USA with minimum participation
  • Entry fees for museums as given in the ItineraryTransportation as per Itinerary in a deluxe A/C motor-coach Yutong or Golden Dragon or similar
  • Calligraphy master class in Tashkent
  • Visit to Zaynab’s family house for the lunch and tea ceremony in Khiva
  • Visit to Silk Road tea-house in Bukhara
  • Visits to “Meros” and “Khujum” factories
  • Trip to Gijduvan and visit to the ceramist’s workshop and lunch
  • Unlimited water and dried fruits aboard the minivan
  • Welcome Pack (maps, postcards and etc)
  • High-speed train ticket for “Afrosiyob” train (Business class tickets)
  • Domestic flights with Uzbekistan Airways (HY) inclusive of the airport taxes:
  • Tashkent-Urgench-Tashkent with HY (Y class)
  • Bukhara-Tashkent with HY (Y class)

NOTES: The train schedule is subject to change by UzRailways without notice. The flight times and fares are subject to change by HY without notice.

Exclusions
  • International airfare : USA/ISTANBUL…ISTANBUL/TASHKENT…TASHKENT/ISTANBUL/USA
  • Turkish & Uzbekistan visa fee
  • Visa authorisation for Uzbekistan, USD 25 per person.
  • Tipping (gratuities) throughout the tour
  • Portage at the airports
  • Personal laundry
  • Telephone expenses and any additional service received at the hotel or any other establishment during the tour should be covered by the client
Documents

Turkey: A visa is required for American & Canadian passport holders. It is a simple process to obtain it at the airport in Istanbul. Go to the VISA WINDOW and pay $20, and you will be given a Visa Stamp to put in your passport. (Cost is subject to change without notice.)

Uzbekistan: A visa is required for American & Canadian passport holders. The Consulate fee is $160. A visa authorization letter (obtained through Coda Tours) is required before you can apply for a visa. We recommend using Zierer/CIBT Visa Service www.zvs.com. You can apply directly with an Uzbekistan Consulate or Embassy. Allow 2 weeks for visa processing. You will need to send your passport to the Visa Service or Consulate/Embassy for attaching the visa into it.

Shots

Routine vaccines, as they are often called, such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) are given at all stages of life. Routine vaccines are recommended even if you do not travel. Although childhood diseases, such as measles, rarely occur in the United States, they are still common in many parts of the world. A traveler who is not vaccinated would be at risk for infection.
No specific vaccinations are required for Uzbekistan. We always recommend taking precautions against Hepatitis A & B.

Weather

Expect the weather to be cool in April in Istanbul: Average high of 60 and average low of 47.
The best time to visit Uzbekistan is April and May. These are cool months of spring with an
average high of 71 and an average low of 51.

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