St. Petersburg – Uzbekistan 11D/10N

St. Petersburg – Uzbekistan 11D/10N

The unique journey into two very different cultures with its immense history and beautiful sites to explore
Active, Cultural
11 Days
12 Excursions
6 Cities
from 2464 EUR
per person for 20 pax
Short program
  • Day 1
    Arrival in St.Petersburg
  • Day 2
    St.Petersburg. Sightseeing tour of Saint-Petersburg. The Peter & Paul Fortress. Visit of the Hermitage museum
  • Day 3
    St.Petersburg. Petrodvorets (Peterhof). The Summer Palace is the heart of Tsarskoe Selo
  • Day 4
    Arrival to Tashkent
  • Day 5
    Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva. City tour in Khiva
  • Day 6
    Khiva – Bukhara. Road trip to Bukhara via desert Kyzyl-Kum along Caravan Road
  • Day 7
    Bukhara. City tour in Bukhara
  • Day 8
    Bukhara – Samarkand. En route stop over at Gijduvan village. Visit of a private pottery workshop with a master class of pottery-making
  • Day 9
    Samarkand. Tour de la ville. Visite au Mausolée Émir de Guri - le tombeau de Tamerlane
  • Day 10
    Samarkand – Tashkent. City tour
  • Day 11
    Tashkent. Departure
Detailed program
Day 1: St.Petersburg
  • Arrival in Saint-Petersburg.
  • Meeting up at the airport with an English-speaking guide.
  • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: St.Petersburg
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Sightseeing tour of Saint-Petersburg.
  • Panoramic City tour.
    During the tour you will be taken on the extra-comfortable bus which will guide you among the most precious monuments of the city’s rich history and original architecture carefully preserved as the world cultural heritage. During this panoramic city-tour of Saint Petersburg you will be able to hear amazing stories and to take fine pictures of the main architectural and historical sites like Nevsky prospect, the Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Vasilevsky Island, St. Isaac Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Senate Square and the Palace Square.
  • The Peter & Paul Fortress.
    Today the Peter and Paul fortress is home to several museums, which exhibit to everyone the splendid history of Saint-Petersburg’s foundation and growth. Here you may visit main museums like the Peter and Paul cathedral – the tallest building in the city center and the burial place of the Russian Emperors – the Grand Ducan Mausoleum, and the Museum of history of Saint-Petersburg. Here you may also encounter more modest museums and temporary exhibitions like the Museum of miniature, Museum of Torture, etc. The fortress also used to be a political prison as you may see during a visit to its casemates. You may stroll on the fortress walls and witness the famous traditional midday cannon shot.
  • Visit to the Hermitage museum.
    Its priceless collection occupies 5 historical buildings of which the Winter Palace – the former residence of the Russian Royal family – is the most remarkable. Its rooms, decorated with marble and gold provide the treasures of the Hermitage with a fine background . You might be surprised to learn that the collection of this unique museum contains over 3 million exhibits including paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, besides other famous artists.
  • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: St.Petersburg
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Petrodvorets (Peterhof).
    Located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, 34 kilometers from St.Petersburg, spectacular Peterhof attracts thousands of tourists with its parks, palaces and, mainly, fountains. Among the suburban parks, Peterhof is probably the most famous for its fountains and is thus frequently compared to Versailles. ‘The Samson’ of the Grand Cascade is the most powerful and magnificent of the fountains of Peterhof and thus has been made a symbol of the park. As a former residence of the Emperors, Peterhof is also the home of several palaces with the Grand Palace as its main landmark. It had been destroyed by the Nazis and then carefully restored as to exhibit the splendor of the Royal way of life. You will see the halls, brightly decorated with gold, marble and numerous mirrors. The beauty of Peterhof, its marvelous fountains and palaces has left nobody indifferent, and you will probably be no exception.
  • The Summer Palace is the heart of Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s Village)
    – one of the most picturesque parks among the former residences of the Russian Emperors. Here you may sense the atmosphere of the Royal way of life in its entire splendor. It is hard to believe but almost everything inside the palace is a benefited from a careful restoration job, completed barely 8 years ago when works on the legendary Amber Room were finally finished after the mysterious disappearance during the World War II. Today, tourists from all over the world come to the Pushkin to behold the marvelous park and the Catherine’s Palace. And we would like you to become one of them.
  • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: St.Petersburg – Tashkent
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to the airport. Departure to Tashkent.
  • Arrival in Tashkent.
  • Meeting up at the airport with an English-speaking guide.
  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Tashkent – Urgench - Khiva
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to the domestic airport. Flight to Urgench.
  • Arrival to Urgench. Transfer to Khiva (30 km)
  • Check-in.
  • City tour around Ichan-Kala: Architectural Complex (12-19 c.), the residence of the last khan including Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, Mohammed Amin Madrassah, Kunya-Ark Castle (16-17 c.), Kalta Minor Tower, Tash-Hovli Palace (19 c.), Pahlavan Mausoleum (14-18 c.) Juma Mosque (10 c.)
  • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Khiva - Bukhara
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Road trip to Bukhara via desert Kyzyl-Kum along Caravan Road.
  • OPTION: Lunch - lunch boxes from Khiva.
  • Short stop for a picture of the desert.
  • Arrival to Bukhara.
  • Check-in. Free time.
  • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Bukhara
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet up with your local guide.
  • City tour: Citadel Ark (4 c.), Samanides Mausoleum (9-10 c.), Chashma Ayub (14 c.), Bolonauz Mosque (beginning of the 20 c.)
  • City tour of Bukhara.
  • Coumpol bazaar, Medreseh Nodir-divan-beghi, complex Lyabi-khauz (14-17th c.), minaret Kalon (12th c.), Kalyan mosque (12th c.), Medreseh Miri Arab (16th c.).
  • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Bukhara - Samarkand
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Samarkand.
  • En route stop over at Gijduvan Village.
  • Visit of a private pottery workshop with master class of pottery preparing.
  • Optional – lunch at the pottery master's house.
  • Resume the drive to Samarkand.
  • Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
  • Evening free on your own to explore the ancient city.
  • Optional – dinner at Karimbek restaurant.
  • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Samarkand
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet up with your guide and city tour in Samarkand: Registan square - Medreseh Ulughbek (15th c.), Medreseh Shir-Dor (17th c.), Medreseh Tilla-Kori (17th c.),
  • Architectural complex Shakhi-Zindeh (11-15th c.)
  • Optional – lunch at Mubaro Uzbek house to taste local homemade dishes.
  • Completing the tour in Samarkand: Mausoleum Guri Emir - Tamerlane's tomb (14-15th c.)
  • Afternoon free on your own to explore the city: we do advise you to visit the national bazaar Siab, and stroll around the special shopping street with tea / sweets houses.
  • Optional dinner at an old city restaurant.
  • Mineral water to be given to each passenger.
  • Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Samarkand - Tashkent
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning drive to Tashkent (350 km – 4 hours’ drive).
  • Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
  • Optional – lunch at Tashkent Pilaw center – taste genuine wedding pilaw.
  • Meet up with your local guide for the city tour: Independence square and Amir Timur square – city center.
  • Tashkent metro ride – Tashkent metro is one of the most decorated from former soviet times.
  • Visit of the old city of Tashkent – Chorsu bazaar and narrow streets of Uzbek Mahalla (ancient living area).
  • Amir Temur square, Tashkent national arts centre, the local "Broadway" - a pedestrian street with artists, cheap souvenirs and eating-places, city fountains and modern monuments.
  • Barak-khan madrasah (16th c.), the Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum (15th c.), Kukeldash Madrasah (16th c.)
  • Hasti Imam mosque with real Othman Khalif Quran.
  • Optional – dinner at Binkent Xinxiang restaurant.
  • Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Tashkent
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to the airport.
from 2464 EUR per person for 20 pax
Includes
  • 3 Nights’ accommodation in St. Petersburg in Azimut 3* or Sokos Olympia Garden hotel 4* or similar
  • The accommodation of 2 Nights in Tashkent in Malika Tashkent 3* or hotel of Ouzbékistan 4* or similar
  • 1 Nocturnal accommodation in Khiva in Arkanchi 3* or the Asia Khiva 4* or similar
  • The accommodation of 2 Nights in Samarkand in Shakherezada 3* or Divora 4* or similar
Excludes
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Visa support Letter
  • Tips
  • Photo and video shooting tickets
  • Meals & Beverages except mentioned
  • Porterage
  • Registration fee
  • Car or Mini-bus services as per the program
  • English-speaking guide as per the program
  • Entrance tickets according to the program
  • The flight to and from Tashkent
  • The flight Tashkent - Khiva
  • Russian and Uzbek visa fees
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