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A more adventurous trip as you travel off the beaten track to the little known Republic of Karakalpakstan and take a trip to view the shrinking Aral Sea

14 days from £2440

excluding international flights

DAY 1 – Arrive Tashkent.  Tashkent sightseeing.

On arrival in Tashkent in the morning (*see below) you will be met by one of our representatives outside immigration and customs and taken by private car to your hotel.  The rest of the morning is free.  In the afternoon your World Discovery Uzbekistan holiday gets under way with a sightseeing tour of Uzbekistan's capital, including the History Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and a stroll along the main central thoroughfare of what is now the largest city in Central Asia.

* Recommended flight from London: Uzbekistan Airways from London Heathrow (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.

DAY 2 - Fly to Nukus.  Igor Savitsky Museum.

An early rise this morning for the flight to Nukus, located in the remote west of Uzbekistan. Nukus is the capital of the autonomous Republic of Krakalpakstan (literally ‘Black Hat’) and is located close to the Amu Darya River (the ‘Oxus’ of classical history).  This is a dusty, fairly uninteresting city which few tourists visit, although it does contain the fascinating Igor Savitsky Museum, containing one of the world's most important collection of Russian avant garde paintings, many rescued from the Stalinist authorities who wished to destroy them.  The Guardian newspaper has described the Savitsky collection as "one of the most outstanding museums of the world".  You will be given a guided tour of the museum, which also houses exhibits of tribal art from the desert regions.  You will also visit the Khojeli tombs, a local necropolis which reflects Zoroastrian burial traditions.
Meals included: Full breakfast, dinner.

DAY 3 - The Aral Sea.

A full day excursion (a round trip of some 350km) to Moynaq, former fishing community on the Aral Sea when the waters were at their normal old level.  Here you will see the rusting remains of boats stuck in the sand where the sea used to be before its tragic shrinking in size.  Return to Nukus in the late afternoon.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner.




 Karakalpakstan - Recommended Reading.

Qaraqalpaqs of the Aral Delta by David and Sue Richardson.  This unique book, published in 2012, will give you insight into the history and folk art of the little known Karakalpak peoples.


DAY 4 - Drive through the desert to Ayaz Kala.

Today's journey will take you through a barren desert area littered with the ruins of ancient fortresses and cities long abandoned.  Explore Shylpyk Kala, a Zoroastrian ‘Tower of Silence’, the ruins of the royal fortress of Toprak Kala, one of the best preserved citadels in the region, and the smaller fortress at Kizil Kala, before reaching the Yurt Camp at Ayaz Kala where you will stay overnight.  There should be time for a short walk to Ayaz Kol Lake in the early evening.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch, dinner.

 DAY 5 - Ayaz Kala.  Drive to Khiva.

After breakfast visit the Ayaz Kala ruins (left) overlooking the Yurt Camp before setting off for Khiva, where you will arrive just after midday.
Meals included: Full breakfast.

DAY 6 - Khiva.

A full day walking tour of the walled city of Khiva, often described as an 'Open Museum',  a city with a history going back some 2,500 years.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch.

DAY 7 - By road to Bukhara.

A long drive today (460km) takes you through the barren desert and across the Amu Darya River to Bukhara.  Lunch is taken en route. After checking in at your hotel there should be time to walk through the narrow lanes to Lyab-i-Hauz Square, surrounded by 3 beautifully decorated madrassahs. Here you may sit at a cafe overlooking the ornamental pool, sipping green tea and simply watching the world go by - the perfect introduction to this wonderful ancient city.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch.

 DAYS 8 and 9 - Bukhara.

Two days of sightseeing in Bukhara (left), the holiest of the ancient Silk Road cities with a history of more than 2,500 years.
Meals included: Full breakfast each day.

DAY 10 - By road via Shakresabz to Samarkand.

Your journey continues eastwards through the Kizilkum Desert to arrive in time for lunch in Shakresabz, birthplace of the Emperor Tamerlane. Visit the remains of Tamerlane's Aksaray Palace and the tomb of his son Jehangir, before continuing to Samarkand.
Meals included: Full breakfast, lunch.

DAYS 11 and 12 - Samarkand.

The very name of Samarkand conveys grandeur and extravagance as well as mystery and remoteness. Tamerlane's great capital city was one of the richest and most extravagant cities in the world and its remaining monuments bear clear witness to this. The Registan is undoubtedly one of the world's wonders - ".the noblest square in the world" according to Lord Curzon in the 19th century. You will spend time in and around the Registan before walking to Tamerlane's awesome Bibi Khanum Mosque, once the largest mosque in the world. Other included visits are to Tamerlane's final resting place, the Gur Emir Mausoleum with its distinctive ribbed dome, and the Astronomical Observatory built in the 15th century by Tamerlane's grandson Ulug Beg. One of Samarkand's less well known but most delightful treasures in the complex of tombs known as the Shah-i-Zinda, containing some of Central Asia's finest majolica tilework.
Meals included: Full breakfast each day.

 DAY 13 - Samarkand.  Return by train to Tashkent.

The day has been left free for further exploration of this historic city.  In the evening board the new High Speed 'Afrosiab' train for a 2 and a half hour journey back to Tashkent.  You will be met on arrival and taken to your hotel.
Meals included: Full breakfast.

DAY 14 - Depart.

At leisure.  Private transfer in the afternoon to the airport for your flight home.
Meals included: Full breakfast.

International Flights

We recommend the direct services of Uzbekistan Airways. Current timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Tashkent. Depart at 21.35; arrive Tashkent at 08.25 (next morning)
Tashkent/Heathrow. Depart at 16.40; arrive Heathrow at 20.00


Uzbekistan Holidays: Karakalpakstan (Reference: WDUZ003)
2018 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Starts in Tashkent
on Wednesdays or


May to Oct

* The Uzbekistan Airways flight from London would be on a Tuesday or Friday.

Single Room Supplements on request.

The price includes:

  • Scheduled domestic flight by Uzbekistan Airways from Tashkent to Nukus, including taxes.
  • Hotel accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. Simple Yurt Camp for the night at Ayaz Kala with shared washroom and toilets.
  • 13 full breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners as shown in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation throughout.
  • Your own private guide for all included sightseeing.
  • All sightseeing as shown, including entrance fees.
  • High Speed train journey from Samarkand to Tashkent.
  • Porterage at airports and hotels.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights (see our recommendation above). We are happy to discuss the flights with you and give you further guidance.
  • Optional sightseeing. The World Discovery representatives in Uzbekistan will be pleased to organise any additional sightseeing you may wish to include during your stay.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Tipping. We will be pleased to give guidance in this often sensitive matter.
  • Uzbekistan visa. This must be obtained before departure from the United Kingdom. We recommend that you obtain your visa through CIBT in London - World Discovery will assist in obtaining your visa as documentation is required from our agents in Uzbekistan.

A deposit of £250 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the price for your Uzbekistan holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

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