Tamerlane's Empire

Tamerlane's Empire

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Tamerlane's Empire

15 Days Starting and ending in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Visiting: Tashkent, Fergana, Kokand, Urgench, Khiva, Ayaz Qala, Bukhara, Samarkand

Tour operator:

Sundowners Overland

Tour code:

TETT

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 15

Physical rating:

Medium, Reasonable pace

Age range:

All ages

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History, Rail Tours

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Tour Overview

Take a deeper look into Uzbekistan as we transport you from the lively capital of Tashkent to hidden villages in a remote valley, before focusing on those magical places which have besotted travellers for centuries – Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Travel with experts: Expert National Guides will accompany you to keep your adventure on track. National Guides are native to each country and as certified professionals will share their immense knowledge with you.

Highlights

  • Visit the iconic sights with your Local Guide, and enjoy plenty of free time to explore independently.

  • The wonderfully preserved city of Khiva – one of the finest examples of a Khanate fortified city

  • The ancient forts of Ayaz Qala

  • Lunch in a traditional yurt camp

  • Spectacular drive through the Zerafshan Mountains

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

We begin our journey in Tashkent – the dynamic Uzbek capital, busily shaking off its Soviet past, despite twenty percent of its citizens being Russian. But street-side shashlik and pilau vendors don’t differentiate between the newer city or the old town which remains distinctly Turkic. In the evening of Day 1 you join your National Guide and fellow travellers at 5:00pm for your pre-departure meeting as detailed in your joining instructions.

Day 2 : The Fergana Valley

Location: Fergana

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we travel beyond the capital, southeast, to the rarely visited oasis of Fergana Valley, the lyrical land of fruit and honey. Spending the night in Fergana we explore the region's delightful market towns – Andijan, one of the Silk Road’s earliest and most important centres as well as the birthplace of Babur, father to India’s great Moghul Empire - Margilan, the silk capital of Uzbekistan, here friendly locals spruik their wears at the fascinating bazaar dressed in traditional costume.

Sightseeing: Andijan Bazaar, Excursion to Margilan and Fergana including a silk factory, City Exploring and free time

Day 3 : Kokand And To Tashkent

Location: Kokand, Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we stop in Rishton – a town renowned for its master potters, around 300 of them! Then we continue on to the town of Kokand. Once home to over three hundred mosques, today you can still discover a number of impressive palaces, mosques and madrassas, including the magnificent Khudayar Khan Palace and Mir Mosque. Remnants of what once was a powerful state as well as a prosperous trading and religious centre. Sightseeing: Excursion to the potteries in Rishton, the Kokand Minaret, and City Exploring and free time

Day 4 : Tashkent And To Urgench

Location: Tashkent, Urgench

Accommodation: Overnight train

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After a city tour of Tashkent in the morning we board our overnight train which take us across the vast open plains of the Kyzyl Kum Desert towards Khiva.

the wonderfully preserved city of Khiva – one of the finest examples of a Khanate fortified city and a living museum with mosques, madrassas and caravanserai crowded within its walls. Kunya Ark – a former residence of the Khan, the beautiful Kalta Minar minaret and the extraordinary Tash Khauli or ‘Stone Palace’ are among the prominent attractions. Sightseeing: Tashkent city tour

Day 5 : Urgench And To Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we arrive in the wonderfully preserved city of Khiva – one of the finest examples of a Khanate fortified city and a living museum with mosques, madrassas and caravanserai crowded within its walls. Kunya Ark – a former residence of the Khan, the beautiful Kalta Minar minaret and the extraordinary Tash Khauli or ‘Stone Palace’ are among the prominent attractions. Sightseeing: Khiva walking tour.

Day 6 : Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

A day to explore this magical city at leisure.

Day 7 : Ayaz Qala

Location: Ayaz Qala

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we head out on an excursion to the remote region bordering Karakalpakstan to explore the ancient forts of Ayaz Qala. We'll be hosted for lunch in a traditional yurt camp before returning to Khiva for the night. Sightseeing: Ayaz Qala desert fortress

Day 8 : To Bukhara

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart by train to Bukhara where we are treated to Central Asia’s most complete medieval city and revel in its beautiful traditional architecture as we walk through its history.

Day 9 : Bukhara

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Encapsulating and enchanting, Bukhara’s intrigue lies in the evolution of the city; whilst some highly significant centres of human history are frozen for prosperity – Bukhara lives on unchanged by time. Highlights of your time here will most certainly include the Ark Fortress, the Samanid Mausoleum – one of the world’s oldest monuments, and the Kalyan Minaret which once served as a beacon for caravans negotiating the desert at night, the only surviving structure from 1220 when Genghis Khan laid the city to waste. Sightseeing: City Tour including: Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samanid Mausoleum, Poyi Kalyan Ensemble, Nodir Devonbegi Madrasah, Kosh Madrasah Ensemble, Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki Attori Mosque and the Coumpol Bazaar.

Day 10 : Bukhara

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Take your time here to explore the Old Town and enjoy some of the many chaikhanas (tea-houses) in Lyabi-Hauz, one of the most peaceful and interesting people-watching places in town. Sightseeing: City exploring and free time

Day 11 : Samarkand Via Shakhrisabz

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

A spectacular drive through the Zerafshan Mountains takes us to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane. Beside the ruined entrance towers of his Ak-Serai Palace, the pretty market town offers a relaxed atmosphere with traditional homes, teahouses and mosques. Continue onwards to Samarkand. Sightseeing: Shakhrisabz : Ak Sarai, Dorus Saodat Complex, Crypt of Timur, and Kok Gumbaz mosque

Day 12 : Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Tamerlane – affectionately known in Uzbekistan as Timur – was dragged to Samarkand as a prisoner by an invading Mongol army. In the years following, his fortune improved and he returned and made Samarkand the capital of his Temurid realm. He and successive 14 & 15 century rulers shaped the city we see today. The madrassas of Registan Square and the mausoleum of Timur and his family – Gur-e-Amir – are sure to be highlights of your journey. Sightseeing: City Tour including:Registan Square, Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, Shari zinda necropolis, Afrosiyob Museum, Ulugbek Observatory, Bibi Khanum Mosque - Including entrance

Day 13 : Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

You have some free time for city exploring.

Day 14 : To Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we return to the station late afternoon to meet your train to Tashkent. We return to the capital later the same evening, for our last night in Uzbekistan.

Day 15 : Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you have a chance to explore the old town and Chorsu Bazaar before this incredible journey, tracing the path of defeats and victories, of births and deaths, ends where it all began.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    13 hotel (twin share) 1 train

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    All transfers including to and from the airport.

  • Fully Guided

    An experienced Tour Leader accompanies the whole journey to keep your adventure on track. Local Guides are native to each destination and as certified professionals will share their immense knowledge with you. Comprehensive schedule of sightseeing with certified Local Guides. You’ll have a generous sprinkling of free time to relax or explore on your own.

  • Meals

    14 breakfasts 6 lunches 7 dinners

  • Transport

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Accommodation

13 hotel (twin share)
1 train

Optional single supplement available for hotel stays – prices available on request

Mode of Transport

Rail
Private coach transfer

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    An experienced Tour Leader accompanies the whole journey to keep your adventure on track. Local Guides are native to each destination and as certified professionals will share their immense knowledge with you. 24/7 support is available in the office and on the ground.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    All transfers including to and from the airport.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Full visa guidelines will be provided.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No. Visas are at client's own expense. Full visa guidelines will be provided.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    15

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Optional single supplement available for hotel stays on this journey – prices available on request.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes. Please contact your Travel Advisor for more information

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded, well travelled clients who you are sure to forge lasting friendships with as you unlock the wonders of the world together.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1964

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You will

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Comprehensive tour documentation and visa guidelines

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please see full booking conditions for details.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Contact us to see if an alternative start point applies to your chosen journey.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, we ensure that all accommodation is of a suitable standard for our journeys.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Please see full booking conditions for details

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    Sundowners Overland requires a minimum deposit of 10% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

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    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 35 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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