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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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Wonders of Stan

Tour 2: Wonders of Stan
Duration: 7 days
In short: Tashkent − Chimgan − Samarkand − Bukhara − Tashkent

Day 1: Arrival Tashkent
You will be at Tashkent international airport. The driver will meet you with signboard at meeting area and accompany to city. Visit Independence square. It is the main square of the country and erected as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. After that you can walk along the local Broadway and visit Amir Timur square. Later on you visit the famous Tashkent metro. It is considered to be the most beautiful subways in the world which is opened in 1977. After that you will have the opportunity to visit Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam which has several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. Also there is the unque Othman Quran. You will see the world’s oldest Quran copy found in the 7th century. Overnight is in hotel.

Day 2: Tashkent – Chimgan – Tashkent
The morning will start by driving to Chimgan Mountains. On arrival you will have a chair lift to reach the top to see Beldersay peak. It is 30 min one-way. You will have a break where you can enjoy walking and get inspiration of the pristine nature. On the way back you will stop over at Charvak lakeside beach for entertainment on water activities (as per season). Charvak is an artificial lake in Tashkent region. There are a lot of travelers visit this place. In the end of the day you will back to Tashkent. Night is in a hotel.   

Day 3: Tashkent – Samarkand (Morning train)
After a hearty breakfast you will be transferred to railway station of Tashkent for your train to Samarkand. Samarkand is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan the same as Babylon or Rome. Visit wonderful sites as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is famous for its three stunning Madrasahs found in the 15th-17th centuries and considered to be the main highlight of Samarkand. Talking about Shakhi-Zindeh, it has a large collection of mausoleums found in the 11th-15th centuries which later became a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. As for Bibi Khanum Mosque, it was in honor of favorite Tamerlane’s wife, after his successful arrival from India. Overnight is in hotel.   

Day 4: Samarkand – Bukhara (350km, 5 hours drive)
Today we will travel to Bukhara. On the way, we will break over at Gijduvan village, where you can visit private pottery workshop of Gijduvan ceramics. The skills are passed from generation to generation. Nowadays Gizhduvan is the sixth generation of potters from Narzullayevs family which worshiped Gijduvan school ceramics all over the world. Gijduvan School of ceramics is eminent by a geometric pattern. You will see green and blue colors which overcome in embellishment of goods. The tour will be continued driving to Bukhara. On the way you will have the chance to visit memorial complex of Al Bukhary. Al Bukhary was an Islamic scholar, who authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, observed by Sunni Muslims as one of the most genuine Hadith collections. On arrival to Bukhara, rest. Overnight. 

Day 5: Bukhara
Today you will have a city tour in Bukhara. Visit the ancient citadel in Bukhara found in the 4th century − Citadel Ark. It served as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. After that you will see Samanids mausoleum. It is very beautiful architecture of 9th -10th century. After that you will go to Chashma Ayub − Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque. There are forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Visit souvenir shops and enjoy the national culture. The tour will be continued of going to one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara as Nodir Divan Begi. It became a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. You will end with visiting Poi Kalon complex. It is a very famous architectural art of Bukhara which has three structures built in the 12th − 16th centuries. They are Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Overnight.

Day 6: Bukhara – Tashkent (Evening train or flight)
The day will start from sightseeing tour in the surrounding area of Bukhara. Visit Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex which is located few kilometers from Bukhara. It is a memorial complex of famous Sufi Leader and Philosopher and considered to be one of the Muslim pilgrimage places of Islamic world. Sheikh Bakhauddin Nakshbandi was one of the spiritual leaders of Amir Timur.  Nowadays this complex consists of mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana, courtyard with pool, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. Later visit the countryside residence of Bukhara Emirs − Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. You will find there various architectural styles. Emir named the palace in honir of his wife who died young “Star − like and moon − like Palace”. Afterwards you will drive to Sumiton village and find Chor Bakr memorial complex. It is the town of the dead and symbolizes the four sides of the earth that all people are equal. Construction of the complex originated in the period of the Samanids rule until the 16th century. After the pleasant day, you will have a flight (or train transfer) to Tashkent. Your night will be spent in a hotel.

Day 7: Tashkent – Departure
Breakfast is at the hotel. Transfer to the Airport in the morning.  

Hotels 3*,
Price per person:
02 pax – 605 $
04 pax – 490 $
06 pax – 420 $
08 pax – 440 $
10 pax – 400 $
Single – 75 $

Early check-in – 40 $
Single early check-in – 45 $  

Hotels 4*,
Price per person:
02 pax – 780 $
04 pax – 665 $
06 pax – 595 $
08 pax – 610 $
10 pax – 575 $
Single – 155 $

Early check-in – 65 $
Single early check-in – 95 $

English speaking local guides in Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara – 200 $ per group
English speaking escort guide – 410 $ per group 

All dinners – 55 $
All lunches and dinners – 95 $

Entrance fees – 40 $ (*with escort guide only)


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
      Tashkent – “Samir” Hotel 3*/ “Ramada” Hotel 4*
      Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*/ “Diyora” Hotel 4*
      Bukhara – “Porso” Hotel 3*/ “Omar Khayyam” 4*
- Train tickets Tashkent – Samarkand 
- Mineral water during the tour            

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums

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