Uzbekistan Adventure Travel: Camel Safari
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Camel Trip in Uzbekistan

… The Kyzyl-Kum desert… Barkhans sand-dunes), merciless sun, sparse islands of saxaul, camel’s-thorn(alhagi) and sand, sand, sand… From time to time camels — these ‘ ships of the desert’ — appear and vanish on the horizon. A majestic view unfolds as dunes roll ahead into the distance, as far as the eye can see. Only in early spring, thanks to the life giving rains, the desert is covered with purple poppies and an emerald carpet of grass. But very quickly these colours fade and most of the year the desert looks lifeless. The most exotic part of the tour starts on the camel farm when the tourists change their comfortable cars to camels- the only suitable form of transport in the desert. Unforgettable impressions of riding on camelback; watching the beautiful sunset, its colours bleeding into the horison’s shimmering sands; overnight in yurtas (Kazakh collapsible tents); exotic national dishes and ceremonies; picnics and fishing on Aydarkul Lake, plus sightseeing tours in such ancient and famous cities as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand — this is what makes this tour popular with tourists.

DURATION: 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

Destinations: Tashkent – Samarkand – Nurata – Yangikazgan – Kulumbet – Sarykuduk well – Sugur well – Aidarkul lake – Bukhara – Urgench (Khiva) – Tashkent

DAY 1: Arrival in Tashkent airport. Meet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Tashkent.

DAY 2: Breakfast.
Morning sightseeing in Tashkent: Barak-Khan and Kaffal-Shashi mausoleums (16th century), Friday Mosque.
Transfer to Samarkand. Lunch en route.
Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand.

DAY 3: Breakfast.
Morning sightseeing in Samarkand: Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15th century), Registan Ensemble (including Ulugbek Madrassah (15th century), Shir Dor and Tillya-Kari Madrassahs (17th century)).
Lunch.
Sightseeing: Ulugbek observatory (15th century), Shahi-Zinda necropolis (14–15th centuries), Bibi Khanum Mosque (15th century),
local bazaar Ulugbek observatory (15th century).
Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand.

DAY 4: Breakfast.
Transfer to Yangikazgan (110 km westward to Karmana town and then 75 km to the north, to Nurata town.)
On arrival to Nurata sightseeing tour: ruins of Graeco-Bactrian castle, Namazgokh Mosque (15th century), holy spring ‘Chashma”.
Lunch in Nurata (lunchbox).
Transfer to Yangikazgan village.

Here, cross-country vehicles stocked with everything necessary for safari, wait ready to take tourists to the ‘Camel’ camping (6km) On arrival to the camping accommodation in national Kazakh yurts.

Camel Trip in Uzbekistan

DAY 5: Breakfast. Camel trekking to local shepherds village Kulumbet (18 km).
Lunch en route (lunchboxes)
On arrival to the village setting up the camp.
Dinner round the campfire. Overnight in the tents.

DAY 6: Breakfast. Camel trekking to Sarykuduk well (20 km).
Lunch en route (lunchbox). On arrival to the well a camp will be made for the night.
Dinner. Overnight in the tents.

DAY 7: Breakfast. Camel trekking to Sugar well (20 km). Lunch en route (lunchbox).
Leaving the camels in the camp which is to be set up near the well, tourists can walk to the nearby shepherds’ settlement Dongalyak to get acquainted with the life of local people.
Dinner round campfire. Overnight in the tents.

DAY 8: Breakfast. Camel trekking to the lake Aidarkul (20 km).
Lunch on route (lunchbox). After a long and a bit tiresome camel trekking tourists can swim in fresh water of the lake, or to fish (catfish, sazan, pike).
Dinner. Overnight in the tents.

DAY 9: Breakfast. Transfer to Bukhara. Accommodation in the hotel.
Lunch. Afternoon sightseeing in Bukhara: Ismael Samani mausoleum (9th-10th centuries), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14th century), Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16th century) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18th century).
Dinner. Overnight in Bukhara.

DAY 10: Breakfast.
Morning sightseeing: Poi-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12th century), Mosque (15th century), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16th century), Amir-Alim-Khan Madrassah (14th century), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16th century). Lunch.
Afternoon sightseeing: Lyab-i-Hauz (17th century), Nadir Divanbegi (17th century), Magoki Attari (16th century), Ulugbek Madrassah (15th century), Abdul Aziz Madrassah ( 17th century), Chor Minor.
National dinner with folklore show. Overnight in Bukhara.

DAY 11: Breakfast. Transfer to Urgench (Khiva). Lunch en route.
Arrival in Urgench (Khiva). Accommodation at the hotel.
Dinner. Overnight in Urgench.

DAY 12: Breakfast. Morning sightseeing in Khiva: Kunya-Ark fortress, including Kurinish Khana (17th century); Mohammed-Amin-Khan Madrassah (19th century), Islam Khodja Minaret; Palvan-Kari complex, Abd Al Bobo complex (18th century), Rafanek Madrassah, Mohammed Rakim Khan (19th century), Amir-Tur Madrassah, Sho-I-Kalandar Bobo Mausoleum. Lunch.
Afternoon sightseeing in Khiva: Uch Avlioli Mausoleum, Jami Mosque (18thcentury), Kutluq-Murad Inaq Madrassah (19th century), Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Tash Hauli Palace, Alla-Kuli-Khan (18th century), Arab Mohammed Khan Madrassah (18th century).
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent Accommodation.
Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.

DAY 13: Early breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Flight home.
Camel Trip in Uzbekistan



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