Across Ustyurt plateau to the Aral Sea

Tour details

  • Tour route: Tashkent - Nukus - Aral Sea - Nukus - Khiva – Tashkent
  • Transport: land transport (bus), flight
  • Days: 7     Nights: 6

Day 1. Tashkent

Arrival at Tashkent international airport, transfer to the hotel and check in. Free time after flight. City tour in Tashkent: Chorsu bazaar, Kukeldash Madrassah and architectural complex Khazrati Imam, and Abdulkasym Madrassah. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 2. Tashkent – Nukus

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Tashkent domestic airport. Morning flight to Nukus. Arrival in Nukus city, transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest after flight. Visit Savitsky Art Museum. Trip to Khodjeyli town to see Mizdakhan complex (Mazlumkhan Sulu and Shamun Nabig Mausoleums, Khalfa Erezhep Madrassah, White Khanaka Caravansaray and ruins of Gyaur Kala ancient fortress) where you will learn some interesting facts from Karakalpakstan's history and ancient monuments. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Nukus.

Day 3. Nukus – the Aral Sea shore

Early breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure (8 am local time) to the Aral Sea shore. During trip visit: Kungrad town- plateau Ustyurt, desolated fishing village Urga, Sudochie Lake. Arrival in the Aral Sea shore; stroll, campfire dinner and lodging for the night under tent and in sleeping bags. Overnight in tent camp.

Day 4. Aral Sea – Nukus

Breakfast at the hotel. Trip across Ustyurt plateau to the beauty spots of Ustyurt canyon, then across  drained seabed of Aral to fishing villages Uchsay (formerly sea port) and Muinak, visit site of rusting shipwrecks, outfall of Oxus River (Amu Darya) and Aral Sea museum. Departure to Nukus city and hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Nukus.

Day 5. Nukus – Ayaz Kala yurt camp

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the south, on way visit the archaeological monuments Chil'pyk (Zoroastrian dakhma III cent.) and the site of ancient fortress Toprak Kala (residence of Khorezm khans' dynasty). Visit the archaeological complex Ayaz Kala. Campfire dinner and lodging for the night in the yurt camp Ayaz Kala (distance from Nukus 180 km). Overnight in yurt camp.

Day 6. Ayaz Kala yurt camp – Khiva – Tashkent

Breakfast at the yurt camp. Morning trip to the fortress Big Guldursun sightseeing, then departure to Khiva city of Khorezm region. Visit Khiva - Ichan-Qala (the Inner Fortress), where you will see Muhammad Amin Madrasah, unfinished Minaret Kalta Minar, Kunya Ark, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja complex and Friday mosque. Departure to administrative center of Khorezm region, Urgench city. Transfer to the airport. Evening flight Urgench -Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer and check in at the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 7. Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the International airport for departure from Tashkent.