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On Jeeps to Aral Sea through Kyzyl-kums

On Jeeps to Aral Sea through Kyzyl-kums

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On Jeeps to Aral Sea through Kyzyl-kums

Country: Uzbekistan
Type of tour: jeep tour, off-road tour
Season: March - November
Duration: 15 days
The itinerary: Tashkent - Nurata range - Aydarkul Lake - Ayakudduk - Uchkuduk - Bukantau mountains - Djurakuduk farm - Kukcha village - Ayazkala - Djanpik-Kala - Nukus - Ustyuart plateau - Aktumsik cape - Aral Sea - Muynak - Nukus - Khiva - Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Lyangar - Samarkand - Tashkent

        The fascinating tour on 4WD vehicles passes through the Kyzyl-Kum - one of the greatest deserts of Asia . On road you will see boundless sands and small oasises, settlements being lost in desert, nomads grazing the livestock on poor pastures, fossilized remains of dinosaurs and trees, explore desert flora and fauna. You will get the Aral sea shore after having passed hundreds kilometers in sands. Unfortunately, in 10-15 years the Aral sea can leave its shores forever, if the miracle will not take place. But now one can still see the remains of beached boats, amazing Aral motley rocky shores and mysterious Usturt plateau. There will also be the opportunity to take pleasure of observing the world famous monuments of Samarkand and Bukhara.

BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR

                                                                                                                       
Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent. Excursion in the city.        
Day 2 Tashkent – yurt camp "Safari". The views to the Nurata range on the way, Aydarkul lake.    
Day 3 Yurt camp "Safari" - Ayakudduk settlement – Tamda village – thermal spring near Uchkuduk.        
Day 4 Transfer: Uchkuduk town – Bukantau mountains – Djurakuduk farm.                
Day 5 Transfer: Djurakuduk farm – Kukcha village – Ayazkala citadel. Overnight in a yurt camp.        
Day 6 Transfer: citadel Ayazkala – Nukus town. Savitskiy art museum.                
Day 7 Transfer: Nukus town – Ustyuart plateau – Aktumsik cape (Aral Sea, descent to the water).        
Day 8 Transfer: Aktumsyk cape – Muynak town – Nukus town.        
Day 9 Transfer: Nukus town – Khiva town. Excursion in Khiva town.        
Day 10 Transfer: Khiva – Bukhara.                
Day 11 Sightseeing in Bukhara.        
Day 12 Transfer: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz. Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz.                
Day 13 Shakhrisabz – Samarkand. On the way we will visit the mountain Lyangar aul        
Day 14 Sightseeing in Samarkand. Drive to Tashkent. Sightseeing in Tashkent.                
Day 15 Departure from Tashkent.
Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent. Accommodation in the Hotel.
Excursion in the city: Old city, Barak-khan madrasah (XVIв), Yunus-Khan mausoleum, Kafal-аl-Shashi Mazar mausoleum (XVIв), Kukeldash madrasah (XVIIIв), Applied Arts museum, Independence square, Istiqlol square, metro station, National Theatre and Ballet, orient bazaar.
Day 2 Transfer Tashkent –yurt camp “Safari”(450km).
The views to the Nurata range on the way, Aydarkul lake.
Overnight in the yurt camp settled among the sand dunes special for the tourists. In every yurt can fit up to 8-pax. In the evening a big campfire is kindled in the evening, sitting around it you can listen to the mournful songs of the local singer-akyn under the light stars.
Day 3 Transfer yurt camp “Safari” - Ayakudduk settlement – Tamda village – thermal spring near Uchkuduk town (270km).
This day can be started form a walk along the sands on a camel in yurt camp area, then we can visit a small settlement covered with the dunes (4km from the camp) and eat a fresh fish on the shore of beautiful lake Aydarkul (5km from the camp). Then we are driving to the alkaline lands 50 km from the camp. There are small salted lakes with a great salt concentration , which forms snow-white crust on the shore and water border Locals get this salt by primitive way .This day we also will pass by many takyrs (flat clay dry lakes), not high colorful hills , and stop by the mountain of unusual form like a giant yurt, and in final we will get the thermal spring where you can swim.
Overnight in a tent camp.
Day 4 Transfer: Uchkuduk town – Bukantau mountains – Djurakuduk farm (250km).
We will drive via uchkuduk town (the center of a gold-mining), Bukantau mountains with a rock paintings. Then via Mingbulak hollow to the Djurakuduk hollow . Here on the slopes surface, you will find the remains of ancient world inhabitants (petrified trees and the dinosaurs bones).
Overnight in the tent camp.
Day 5 Transfer: Djurakuduk farm – Kukcha village – Ayazkala citadel (200km).
The ways goes through Kyzylkum desert , among the dunes and sand dunes. On the way we will visit one of the citadel ruins in ancient Khoresm – Ayazkala (I-III c).
Overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 6 Transfer: citadel Ayazkala – Nukus town (200km).
On the way we will visit the mausoleums of the Saints, the necropolis, the religious sacrifice altars. Djanpik-Kala citadel ruins on a shore of Amudarya river in a nature reserve Bagay-Tugay and Chalpyk-Kala of Zoroastrism times.
In Nukus town: Art museum of Russian avant-garde named after I.V. Savitskiy.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7 Transfer: Nukus town – Ustyuart plateau – Aktumsik cape (Aral Sea, descent to the water) (450km).
Early set of, on the way we will drive to historical religious complex Mizdakhan (35km from Nukus). The ancient madrasah walls remained here, there is giant grave (25m) of the Saint , religious hill. Keeping the way to Ustyuart plateau . Walking up the plateau and driving along the chink (Chink – is a vertical wall , where the plateau Ustyuart ends at the present and the gone Sea border. The Chink breakings have a funny shape and colors. White, pink and green colors are dominating. We will see the ruins of ancient lighthouse and the abandoned fisherman’s villages. The ancient graves of saki are seen everywhere (1-3 century BC.) with the symbols on stones. We will cross by amazing Sudochye Lake, the hubbub of the birds scatters in the air for a long distance. Finally there is a Sea, it is unbelievable that it is dead. It is of very bright blue color. Then we go down to the Sea. The along the water edge.
Overnight in the tent camp.
Day 8 Transfer: Aktumsyk cape (Aral Sea) – Muynak town – Nukus town (450km).
On the way we can visit the ship cemetery in Muynak, game bird bazaar.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 9 Transfer: Nukus town – Khiva town (170km).
Excursion in Khiva town: Ichan Kala, protected by UNESCO– museum –town under the sky , Kalta-Minor minaret (XIX c.), Kunya Ark citadel (XVII c) – the residence of Khiva Khans in the past, Pakhlavan Makhmud complex (XIV-XIX cc.) – the national hero and poet, minaret and madrasah of Islam Khodja (1908year.), Juma mosque (X-XVIII cc.), Tash Hauli palace, Allakuli Khan (XVIII-XIX cc.).
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 10 Transfer: Khiva town – Bukhara city (465km).
On the way we can look at Amydarya high-water bed from the observation area, crossing the dunes.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 Bukhara city. It is called “The Orient’s Pearl”. Today you can meet with the history and architecture of Bukhara.
Sightseeing in Bukhara: Chashma Ayub Mazar grave (XIV – XIX cc.), Poi–Kalyan complex (XII-XVI cc.), Miri-Arab madrasah (XVI c.), Lyabi-Khauz complex (XVI-XVII cc.), the Samanids mausoleum (IX – X c.), Nadir Divanbegi madrasah (1622year.),Bahaoddin Nakshbandi Complex (XVI c.), Ark citadel (VI-VII cc.) – the citadel, where the ancient Bukhara takes its origin, Chor –Minor minaret (ХVIII c.), Sitorai Mohi-Khosa - "The Moon and Stars Palace" – the summer residence of the last Bukhara’s Emir (XIX c.). In the evening- the folklore show in Nodir-Divan-Begi old madrasah.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 12 Transfer: Bukhara – Shahrisabz city, where Amir Timur was born and raised.(285km).
Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz: Ak Saray palace ruins (1380-1404yy.), Doruttilyavat ensemble (ХIV-XV cc.), Dorussiadat ensemble (XIV c.), Amir Timur monument, Kok Gumbaz mosque (1435y.), Djahangir mausoleum (XIV c.), “Chor-Su” trade dome.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13 Transfer: Shakhrisabz city – Samarkand city(85km).
On the way we will visit the mountain Lyangar aul (village), where the ancient mosque is situated (90km from Shakhrisabz).
Drive into the religious saint place, where Mulla is sitting in the caves on the top of the Peak and will pray for everyone who comes here. To get the cave you will have to get over more than thousand steps and pass many small exotic local shops, made of the stones ,where you can buy souvenirs, herbage.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 14 Transfer: Samarkand city , sightseeing –Tashkent city (350km).
Sightseeing in Samarkand: «The heart» of Samarkand –Registan square (XIV-XVI cc.) with 3 famous madrasah : Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tilla-Kori , the grand Bibi-Khanum cathedral mosque (XV c.), the gorgeous mausoleum Gur-Emir (XV c.),where Tamerlan, his sons and grandson Ulugbek were buried.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 Departure from Tashkent.
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