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My name is Cholpon. I grew up in a small town of Naryn in the south-eastern part of Kyrgyzstan. From the early ages my passion was to travel and discover new places. I enjoyed showing around to my friends and teachers who came from abroad to teach English. Further I entered the University to study linguistics but to connect my life with tourism it was not enough. Therefore I went through special courses of guiding by local mentors in Bishkek who run tourist agencies. This is how I got involved into this world of adventures and new experiences.
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Short tour to Aral Sea

Short tour to Aral Sea

Tour 4: Short tour to Aral Sea
Duration: 6 days
Places to visit: Tashkent – Nukus – Kungrat – Sudochye – Aral Sea – Muinak – Nukus – Khiva – Shavat border

Day 1: Tashkent
The entire day will be devoted for sightseeing tour in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan. The first will be the central square of the city - Independent Square. It was built for the honor of the victory over fascism during World War II that travelers enjoy visiting. Then you will walk on the main Broadway to the Square of Amir Timur. Next will be significant sites of old town: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex, which includes many madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. These all are the part of old city. The most important exhibit in Hast Imam complex is Othman Quran. It is the oldest copy of the holy Quran in the world, dating back to 8th century. The owner of the book was Othman Ibn Affan, one of the four Caliphs succeeded prophed Muhammad. Today you can see blood stains spread on the sheets of the Quran, it happened when he was assassinated by his enemy. Night in a hotel.

Day 2: Tashkent – Nukus (morning flight)
In the morning, fly to Nukus to continue your travelling in Uzbekistan. Upon arrival, embark on interesting city tour. Start from most exciting place, from Museum of Savitsky, where the prohibited works of art are exhibited. There are 20th century masterpieces of avant-garde paintings like Sokolov, Komarovskiy and Amaravella group. During 1960s, the local coordinator of the Karakalpakstan state museum gathered the paintings from soviet artists, some of them he bought, some he got free. During the banned period, he perfectly save them in Central Asian remote art house. After excursion in an unusual museum, you will drive to Mizdakhan necropolis in the countryside. According to the archeological artefacts, it was a city during 4th century BC and 14th century AD. Stay in a hotel.

Day 3: Nukus – Kungrat – Sudochye – Aral Sea (420 km, 9 hours)
Today is the long drive to Aral Sea. It will take nine hours of tours in Uzbekistan, during that time; you will travel through Kungrad - Plato Ustyurt - Sudochye Lake. En route, we have a chance to stop at Gaur-Kala Fortress, which means "fortress of the infidels". You still will be able to see some remains of originally 10-meter high defensive walls of fortress, which dating back to 4th century BC. Nowadays it hard to say, how the original of this place was. The arrival to Aral Sea will be late; however, your driver will make camp quickly, while you are exploring the site. Have an open-air dinner and night in a tent.

Day 4: Aral Sea – Muinak – Nukus (440 km, 9 hours)
At down you can capture the stunning pictures on your camera during your travel. After enjoying breakfast, continue to picturesque canyons of Ustyurt. Later, you will drive to Muinak, within the dried bottom of the sea. This ecological disaster in Uzbekistan influence the life in populated area around. for instance Muinak town, which was the biggest port and fishery center of Karakalpakstan, as abandoned now. You will see the remains of the ships at the old shore of the Sea and you will visit town museum. Further, drive back to Nukus to continue your tour. Overnight in hotel.

Day 5: Nukus – Khiva (290 km, 4 hours)
You will continue your adventure to the most ancient oldest city of Uzbekistan, Khiva that travelers adore a lot. The history of Khiva closely related with the Khorezmshah’s State, whose capital was Urgench. Khiva was the most flourished town along the Great Silk Road in this area. According to the 10th century resources, Khiva was popular stop-off post for almost all traders from East to West. Every time city opened its doors to the long string of caravans and host them in his warm and safe environment. Today’s city tour will take you to ancient times of the history. You will start from inner part of the city-Ichan-Qala. Thick walls round this most significant part of the city in the middle of the town. Ichan –Qala boasts with more than 400 traditional houses and over 60 masterpieces of architecture. There are sand buildings, palaces, mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, minarets, caravanserais, bathhouses in the boundaries of Ichan –Qala. The most wonderful monuments of Ichan –Qala is Kunya –Ark fort, Muhammad Arang Khan constructed it in 17th century.  Others are minaret Kalta Minor and palace Tash Khouvli, glorious examples of old Khorezm architectural art of 1830s. Stay in a hotel.

Day 6: Khiva – Shavat (60 km)
In the morning, go on your journey to Turkmenistan through Shavat border.


Price per person:
02 pax – 785 $
04 pax – 660 $
06 pax – 590 $
08 pax – 560 $
10 pax – 540 $
Single – 50 $

Early check-in – 30 $
Single early check-in – 50 $ 

*Half board – 40 $
*Full board – 75 $

*Entrance fees – 35 $ available with escort guide only   

Local guides – 160 $ per group
Escort guide – 400 $ per group

Tour includes:
- Transportation
- Accommodation:
      Tashkent – “Tourist Inn” Hotel 3*
      Nukus – “Jipek Joli” Hotel 3*
      Aral Sea – “Tents”
      Khiva – “Old Khiva” Hotel 3*
- Mineral water                                   

Tour does not include:
- Visa
- Full board meal
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances fees


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