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Marathon

Great Silk Road Marathon


KhivaBukharaSamarkand


This unique competition gives you an opportunity to combine unusual running event with visiting ancient cities located along the Great Silk Road. The aim of this marathon is both running and getting acquainted with masterpieces of oriental culture, remarkable historical monuments, as well as people and their traditions. More than 1000 people from different parts of the world participate in this marathon. Any healthy person who has desire and time can take part in this grandiose event.
Great Silk Road Marathon distinguishes from other traditional marathons – the distance of the Uzbek part of “Silk Marathon” is divided into several stages – 12 km 195 m in Khiva, 15 km in Bukhara and 15 km in Samarkand. Many unique monuments and architectural constructions, concentrated in these ancient cities are of a great significance to the mankind and have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Thus, the participation in Silk Road Marathon gives you the opportunity not only to improve your sport achievements, but also to marvel at great historical centres with its architectural masterpieces.
Experience a wonderful adventure through running and discovering on the Great Silk Road!

8 days / 7 nights




Dates Cities Activities Meals  
Day 01 Urgench (Khiva) Arrival in Urgench.
Grand welcome at the boarding ramp upon arrival. Transfer to Khiva (28 km).
Ceremonial reception at the hotel. Breakfast and accommodation.
Briefing. Familiarization with the route of the race and staff from Uzbekistan.
After lunch sightseeing tour in Khiva.
Festive dinner with  gala concert and folk show in Khiva.

Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 02 Khiva Breakfast at the hotel.
Ceremonial start of race in Ichan-Kala.
The route starts by the walls of Ancient city, proceeds along the modern city and  then finishes by the walls of Ancient city (12 km 195 m).
Ceremonial finish of the race with results announcement.

Rest upon race completion at the hotel.
After lunch sightseeing tour in Khiva.
Dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 03 Khiva
Bukhara

After breakfast transfer to Bukhara via Kyzyl-Kum desert (470 km).
Picnic en route.
Ceremonial reception at the hotel upon arrival in Bukhara.
Accommodation in hotel.
Rest at the hotel.
Festive dinner with show in Bukhara.
Overnight in Bukhara.

Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Lunch box
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 04 Bukhara Breakfast at the hotel.
Ceremonial start of race in Bukhara.
The route passes near the ancient sightseeing spots of the city (15 km).
Ceremonial finish of the race with results announcement.

Rest upon race completion at the hotel.
After lunch sightseeing in Bukhara.
Dinner.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 05 Bukhara
Samarkand
After breakfast sightseeing tour in Bukhara.
After lunch transfer to Samarkand (270 km).
Ceremonial reception at the hotel upon arrival in Samarkand.
Festive dinner with  gala concert and folk show at the restaurant in Samarkand.

Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 06 Samarkand Breakfast at the hotel.
Ceremonial start of race in Samarkand.
The route passes near the ancient sightseeing spots of the city (15 km).
Ceremonial finish of the race and the results summary.

Rest upon race completion at the hotel.
After lunch sightseeing tour in Samarkand.
Dinner.
Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant

Day 07 Samarkand
Tashkent
After breakfast sightseeing tour in Samarkand.
After lunch transfer to Tashkent (290 km).
Accommodation at the hotel upon arrival.
Dinner.
Overnight in Tashkent.
Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant
Day 08 Tashkent After breakfast transfer to the airport to take international flight back home. Breakfast: Hotel
Lunch: Restaurant
Dinner: Restaurant

Suggested accommodation in:
Type A
Khiva – Khorezm Palace 4*/Asia Khiva 3*/Malika Khiva 3*/Malika Khorezm/Khiva Madrassah 3*
Bukhara – Bukhara Palace 4*/Grand Bukhara 4*/Asia Bukhara 4*
Samarkand – Afrosiab Palace 4*/Registan Plaza 4*
Tashkent – City Palace 5*/ Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace 4*
 
Type B
Khiva – Sobir Arkonchi3*/Malika Kheyvak B&B/Islambek-Khiva 2*/Islambek B&B/Zafarbek 2*/Shaherezada B&B/Mirzaboshi B&B/Isaak Khoja B&B/Arkonchi2* 
Bukhara – Semurg 3*/Malika Bukhara 2*
Samarkand – Regal Palace 4*/Asia Samarkand 4*
Tashkent – Uzbekistan Hotel 4*
 

Ceremonial Dinners with gala concerts and folk shows:

Khiva – "Toyhona" restaurant
Bukhara – "Shabi Shabnam" restaurant
Samarkand – "Sangizar" restaurant

SERVICES INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE:
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE:
  • Accommodation based on TWN rooms
  • Meals – according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing spots mentioned
  • Overland transportation by AC coach
  • All airport-hotel-airport transfers
  • Escort guide for the whole tour (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese-Mandarin, etc speaking)
  • Presents and souvenirs from Manzara Tourism
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Folklore show in Bukhara
  • Festive dinners with show in Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand
  • Portage services in airports and hotels
  • Unlimited mineral water per day per pax
  • International airfares
  • Camera and Video charges during the sightseeing
  • Domestic flight Tashkent – Urgench 85 USD p/p
  • Extra days of stay
  • Any deviations from the program
  • Individual transfers

Payment: 100 % prepayment should be made not less than 3 days before the group’s arrival.    

Cancellation fees:
Cancellation prior 30 days – no penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 15 days – 50 % penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 1 day – 100 % penalty is charged

Sightseeing spots that will be visited during the excursions:

Khiva:
Visit to the oldest part of the city: Kunya-Ark fortress, including Kurinish Khana (17c); Mohammed-Amin-Khan(19c) Madrassah, Islam Khodja Minaret; Palvan-Kari complex, Abd Al Bobo complex(18c), Rafanek Madrassah, Mohammed Rakim Khan  (19 c), Amir-Tur Madrassah, Sho-I-Kalandar Bobo Mausoleum.
Uch Avlioli («three saints») Mausoleum, Jami Mosque(18c), Kutluq-Murad Inaq (19c) Madrassah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Tash Hauli («stone yard») Palace, Alla-Kuli-Khan (18c), Arab Mohammed Khan(18 c) Madrassahs.

Bukhara:
Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10c)-vault  of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c), Visit to Old Bukhara: Poli-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c) , Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Amir-Alim-Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16c), Lyab-i-Hauz (17c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magoki Attari (16c), Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs. Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c). Visit to summer residence of Emir - “Sitora-I-Mokhi-Khosa” (1911).

Samarkand:
Shahi-Zinda necropolis (14-15c), “Stars above Samarkand” - Ulugbek observatory (15c), “Ruines of Afrosiab” -  the excavation and museum of the ancient town (6 BC-13 AD).
Visit to medieval architectural monuments: Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15c), Registan Ensemble (including Ulugbek (15c), Shir Dor (17c), Tillya-Kari Madrassahs (17c)), Bibi Khanum Mosque. Visit to Samarkand local bazaar.

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