Nukus, Moynak, Khiva Tour – 4 days
Explore the famous sites of Karakalpakistan and Khiva within this four days tour. During the trip to Karakalpakistan, you will have a chance to witness the planet’s worst environmental disaster, the drying Aral Sea, and see the ship cemetery in Moynak. The Famous Savitskiy Museum of Nukus and the archaeological complex Mizdakhan are also included in the program. On the second day of the trip, you will be heading towards the legendary Silk Road city Khiva on the way stopping at the ruins of ancient fortresses and temples. You will be spending the third day on the excursion to the fascinating monuments of UNESCO World Heritage site Ichon Qala and the fourth day is entirely dedicated to exploring the ruins of the ancient desert capital of Khorezm.
- Famous Savitskiy Art Museum
- Ship cemetery in Myunak
- UNESCO world heritage site Ichon Qala
- Ancient capitals of Khorezm
Best time: All year round
Day 1 – Tashkent- Nukus-Moynak
Transfer to Tashkent airport and take a morning flight to Nukus. Arrive in Nukus and drive to Moynak (220km, 2,5 hours). En route stop in the Mizdakhan complex. Arrive in Moynak and visit the ship cemetery and local museum. Return to Nukus.
Day 2 – Nukus – Khiva
After breakfast, visit Savitsky Art Museum. Before leaving for Khiva stop at the statue of the famous Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre. PM drive to Khiva. En-route stops at ‘Chilpik’ and ‘Topraqala’. Arrive in Khiva.
Day 3 – Khiva
Full-day sightseeing tour in Ichon Qala. Visit Kuhna-Ark citadel, Mohammed Aminkhan Medressa, Kalta Minor minaret, and other monuments.
Day 4 – Khiva – Tashkent
Drive to Ellikqala district (100 km) to visit archaeological sites Ayaz Qala, Jonbos Qala, and Qoyqirilgan Qala. In the evening transfer to Urgench airport, and take a flight to Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to accommodation.
END OF THE PROGRAM
Price & Service
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Single supplement – 45 USD
What is Included
- 3 nights in the hotels based on twin/double room sharing
- 3 Breakfast, 2 Lunches (lunch on the day 1 and 4)
- Transport throughout the tour incl. airport pickups and transfers
- Guide service
- Entrance tickets as per itinerary
What’s not Included
- Flight tickets: Tashkent-Nukus, Urgench-Tashkent (each 100 $)
- Tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Lunches and dinners (except included ones)
Day 1 - Tashkent – Nukus - Moynak – Nukus
Transfer to Tashkent domestic Airport to take a morning flight to Nukus, the capital of Karakalpak Autonomous Republic. Arrive in Nukus and drive to the town of Moynak. Moynak was a busy fishing fleet with a large canning factory that supplied fish products to the whole country prior retreat of the Aral Sea. Many locals left the town following the retreat of waters of Aral, those who still live in the town believe that the waters of Aral will one day return to their original shores. On the way to Moynak stop at Mizdakhan Complex located in the settlement of Hujayli 30km west of Nukus. The complex consists of several mausoleums, madrassa, and caravanserai that date back to the 9-14 century AD.
Arrive in Moynak and have lunch with a local family. After lunch visits the ship cemetery and small local museum with many photos and paintings describing environmental disasters in Aral.
In the afternoon return to Nukus and stay overnight in the hotel
Day 2 - Nukus-Khiva
After breakfast, visit the famous Savitsky Art Museum of Nukus. The Museum is well known for its huge collection of Russian avant-garde paintings and Karakalpak folk art. Savitskiy’s collection of avant-garde paintings were banned by the Soviet regime and could only escape destruction due to its remote location. In the same building, you will also have a chance to see the exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items.
Having finished visiting Savitskiy Museum, drive around in Nukus to see the local sites such as statues of famous Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, Drama Theatre, and local Bazar.
In the afternoon, drive to Khiva. On the way to Khiva visit ‘Chilpik’ and Toprak Qala. Chilpik, the circle-shaped Zoroastrian temple “dakhma” (“a Tower of Silence”) was used as a place of Zoroastrian faith for exposure of the dead. This tower is believed to be constructed in the 2nd – 4th centuries A.D. Chilpik was initially used as a temple (“dakhma”) and later in the 9th -11th centuries it served as a signal tower for neighborhood residents.
Toprak Qala, the rectangular fortress dates back to the 2nd and 3rd century AD and was built on a 9m high platform. The city included a temple, a residential area, and gardens.
Arrive in Khiva and settle in the hotel.
Day 3 - Khiva
Archaeological findings testify that in the territory of the present Khiva people have been living for two millennia. According to legend, the city of Khiva came into being after people discovered Kheivak well in the area of the present Ichon-Qala (inner city) fortress. The name of Khiva is believed to be derived from the name of this ancient well. Being strategically located on the Volga branch of the Silk Road, Khiva was one of the three important trading centers of the area. In the 19th century, Khiva was the capital of Khiva Khanate, which hosted the most famous slave market on the Silk Road. At present Khiva is one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the region.
Start exploring UNESCO World Heritage site Ichon-Qala. Entering through the gates of the walled Ichon-Qala fortress you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful medieval blue-tiled mosques, minarets, and madrassas that are like stepping back in time to a scene from the Arabian nights. Wander through a maze of twisted alleyways, bargain with locals on the market and view the town from the top of Kuhna-Ark citadel. Our today’s sightseeing tour includes visits to Mohammed Aminkhan Medressa, Kalta Minor minaret, Kuhna-Ark citadel, Juma Mosque, Tosh-Hovli palace, Pahlavon Makhmud Mausoleum (Khiva’s patron saint), Mohammed Rakhimkhon Medressa, and minaret of Islom-Hoja
After extensive sightseeing, enjoy a free afternoon roaming around and make your own discoveries in this magic town.
Overnight stay in Khiva
Day 4 - Khiva – Ellikqala - Tashkent
After breakfast, start a full-day excursion to the ancient desert fortresses.
Already 2000 years ago, people who lived in the fertile Amu-Darya delta built many fortresses to defend themselves against the invasions of nomadic tribes, who lived with their herds in the Kyzyl-Kum desert. Most of the fortresses are located at the edge of the Sultan Uiz Dag mountain range.
From Khiva you will travel 100km passing the towns of Urgench, Beruni, and Boston to reach Kizil Qal’a, a small but well-preserved fortress that might have been an army base.
Ayaz Qal’a is one of the most spectacular fortresses of the region. It consists of three fortress complexes. The view from Ayaz Qal’a to the Kyzyl-Kum desert, the small lake Ayaz and the Sultan-Uiz range is stunning.
Lunch in Ayaz Qal’a yurt camp, famous for its traditional dishes.
On the way back, visit Jonbos Qala and Qoyqirilgan Qala and learn about the fascinating legend of these fortresses.
In the evening you will be transferred to Urgench airport to take a flight to Tashkent (1 hour 40min).
Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to accommodation.
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