Through the Sands of Red Desert

Category:Historical tours
8 Days / 7 Nights
Season: Year-round
Tour structure

Tour description

Tourists, who once traveled around Uzbekistan, know about the diversity of this country. In Uzbekistan, you can visit high mountains, hot deserts with oases, ancient architectural objects and modern buildings. During the tour  ‘Through the Sands of Red Desert’, you can see all these varieties for one week.

This tour includes a visit to modern Tashkent, high-mountain areas of the western Tien Shan, cities-pearls - Bukhara and Samarkand.

The city of Tashkent differs that it has a variety of both modern and ancient architectures. Here you can especially note the ‘Independence’ Square, Tashkent Metro, the former residence of Prince Romanov and other historically significant areas.

In the highland regions of Uzbekistan, there is an excellent opportunity to see picturesque landscapes, to feel the fresh mountain air and to reach the peaks by using a ropeway.

Afterward, a trip to Bukhara is organized, where you can see the most ancient building in Central Asia – ‘Ismail Samani’ Mausoleum, visit the cool historical pool of **‘Lyabi-Khauz’,**visit ‘Ulugbek’ madrassah and other valuable architectural heritage of this region.

No fewer impressions during the tour can be obtained in the city of Samarkand, by visiting the world-famous ‘Registan’ Square with its ensemble of 3 madrassahs, the ‘Bibi-Khanum’ Mosque, ‘Ulugbek’ Observatory and other legendary buildings that are in the World Heritage List.

Moreover, during this tour, there is an opportunity to have a night in a real yurt camp near the**‘Aidarkul’ Lake**. Here you can seclude with wild nature, ride a camel and feel like a resident of the East from the Middle Ages.

Tour structure

Day 1 | Tashkent
  • Arrival in Tashkent
  • Meeting at the airport with "Canaan Travel" desk
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Free time
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 2 | Tashkent
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Tour around Tashkent:

The tour of the capital of Uzbekistan will take its start from the religious center of modern Tashkent - Hast-i-Imam Square, where you can see the ancient manuscripts of Central Asia - the 7th century Qur'an of Osman. The Hast-i-Imam ensemble was formed at the grave of the famous scientist, Koran scholar and hadith, poet and artisan Khazret Imam. The next visit to the functioning Madrassah ‘Kukeldash’- one of the largest madrasahs existing in our days in Central Asia. This madrasah is located near the Chorsu square in the historical part of Tashkent.

  • Dinner

This madrasah is located near the Chorsu square in the historical part of Tashkent. Independence Square. Amir Timur Square. Theatre Square. The former (the residence of Prince Romanov in Tashkent). The former residence of Prince Nikolay Romanovich Romanov, who was exiled to the Turkestan Region for mining precious stones in 1881, is located in Tashkent. The Tashkent Underground is the Museum of Tashkent.



  • Dinner
  • Free time
  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 | Tashkent - West Tien Shan - Bukhara
Tashkent - West Tien Shan - Bukhara
  • Breakfast in the hotel.
  • Drive to Chimgan Mountains and later to Charvak lake.
  • On the way Enjoy View of Mountains and life of local people.
  • Ride on Chair Lift.
  • Lunch 14:00 at Charvak Lake.
  • Enjoy Free time at Beautiful Charvak Lake
  • The road to Tashkent
  • Dinner
  • Transfer to the railway station. Train "Afrasiab " Tashkent - Bukhara
  • Arrival to Bukhara
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Overnight inthe hotel
Day 4 | Bukhara
  • Breakfast in the hotel

Tour around Bukhara. Your journey begins with a visit to the ‘Lyabi-Hauz’ Ensemble. This is one of the central squares of the city of Bukhara, an architectural ensemble created in the 16th-17th centuries. The square is formed by the buildings of the Kukeldash Madrasah, the Diwan-Begi Madrassah and the Diwan-Begi Khanaki, grouped around the Nodir-Begi Hole. Madrassah Kukeldash - the largest madrasah in Bukhara,‘Ulugbek’ Madrasah - the only building left from the times of the famous "scientist on the throne" of Ulugbek. Kalyan Minaret, without which it is impossible to imagine the silhouette of Bukhara.

  • Dinner.

Next to the minaret is the ‘Kalyan’ Minaret without which it is impossible to imagine the silhouette of Bukhara. Next to the minaret is ‘Kalyan’ Mosque and the Muslim spiritual school – ‘Mir-i-Arab’ madrasah that is acting from the 16th century to the present day.The Ark Citadel‘Bolo Hauz’ Mosque, domed trading buildings- ‘taki I tymi’. The mausoleum of Ismail Samani is the oldest surviving building of Central Asia. Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub ("The Source of Job"). The legend of the monument is connected with the prophet Job (Ayub).

  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 | Bukhara - Gijduvan - Nurata - Aidarkul Lake
Bukhara - Gijduvan - Nurata - Aidarkul Lake
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out from the hotel.
  • Morning departure to Nurata (165 km).

Stop in the city of Gijduvan. Visiting the workshop house of the hereditary ceramist Abdullo in Gijduvan. Master class for the manufacture of ceramics. Short tour in Nurata: Fortress of Alexander the Great, Mazar Sheikh Abu Hasan Nuri

  • Dinner

Transfer to the yurt camp "Aidar" in the afternoon. Arrival in yurt camp "Aydar". Accommodation in the yurt.

  • Camel riding and free time.
  • Dinner. Overnight in the yurt.
Day 6 | Aydarkul-Samarkand
  • Breakfast at the yurts.
  • Transfer to Samarkand
  • Tour around Samarkand:

Registan Square is surrounded with beautiful buildings from three sides: ‘Ulugbek’ madrasah, ‘Sher-dor’ madrasah and ‘Till-Kari’ madrassah. All these three madrasahs are directed with the portals to the middle of the square and form united ensemble composition. Each building is distinguished by its unusual decor - a pattern of stone on the walls and portals. The blue domes above the madrasah are made with burnt bricks, and glazed tiles adorn them from the outside, it shines brightly in the sun.

  • Dinner

The ‘Bibi-khanum’ mosque. A beautiful legend is connected with the ‘Bibi-Khanum’ mosque. According to which the formidable governor built a mosque for his beloved wife Bibi-Khanum. After a successful trip to India, Timur decided to build the largest building in the East. Shining walls, significant minarets, extensive portal of the mosque, carved with marble, glorified the name of Timur and his beloved wife.

  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Night at the hotel.
Day 7 | Samarkand
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check-out from the hotel.
  • Meeting with the driver and guide.
  • Continuation of the tour around Samarkand.

Ensemble of ‘Shokh-i-Zinda’. The ‘Shokh-i-Zinda’ ensemble consists of eleven mausoleums, which were joined to each other in sequence during the XIV-XV centuries. This unique and mysterious ensemble is located near the ancient settlement ‘Afrasiab’. The ensemble is also called ‘Cemetery Street’. The blue domes of the mausoleums, rushing the chain into the far, look like a graceful necklace from a bird's eye view.

  • Dinner

Ulugbek Observatory. The ‘Ulugbek’ Observatory is a vivid confirmation of the significant development of architecture, science and culture in Central Asia in the XIV-XV centuries. The visit of the ‘Koni Gil’ village, a workshop for the production of silk paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Master Class.

  • Transfer to the train station in Tashkent by Afrosiyab high-speed train
  • Arrival in Tashkent. Check in the hotel.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 8 | Tashkent
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free time
  • Transfer to the airoport
  • Depart


Group Standard Comfort
16-20 $567 $626
10-15 $598 $661
7-9 $647 $739
4-6 $705 $837
2-3 $745 $868
Single room supplement $120 $230


  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels based on breakfast
  • Services of English speaking guide during the whole route
  • Service comfortable transport on excursions
  • Tickets for train "Afrasiab" Tashkent-Bukhara (coupe)
  • SIM card of the local operator (On group)
  • Accommodation in yurts Aydarkul

Not included

  • International flights
  • Full Board
  • Entrance tickets to the sites
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance
  • Other services not mentioned in the program


City Hotels Stars on map
Tashkent Samir
Bukhara Aist
Samarkand Arba
City Hotels Stars on map
Tashkent Ramada
Bukhara Asia Bukhara Hotel
Samarkand Grand Samarkand Superior
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