Eco-tour «Unique Uzbekistan»
- Tour route: Tashkent – Zaamin National reserve - Zarafshan State Nature Reserve – Samarkand– Yurt camp in Nurata - Nuratau ridge - Aydarkul Lake - Samarkand – Bukhara – Eco-center “Jeyran”- Tashkent
- Transport: land transport (bus), flight, train
- Days: 9 Nights: 8
We offer you to discover the wonderful nature of Uzbekistan, as well as will visit the ancient cities of Central Asia: Samarkand and Bukhara. You will visit three unique nature reserve of our country: Zaamin National reserve, Zarafshan State Nature Reserve and ecological center "Jeyran". Also, you will have chance to see the sandy desert "Kyzylkum", the beauty of the lake Aydarkul and Nuratau ridge. Zaamin district is located in the highlands of Jizzakh region of Uzbekistan at the height of about 3000 meters above sea level. The center of Zaamin district is Zaamin city, which has The Local History museum. The pearl of the region is Zaamin National reserve, which is known for its unique nature. Reserve landscape includes the mountain ranges, gorges, hills, forests and steppes. On the territory grows 50 kinds of medicinal and food plants, inhabited by many species of birds and animals. The reserve has a variety of sights, the major concern, such as: - unique form of red stones "Kyrkkyz" - ancient tree "Boboyongok", whose age is about 700 years old - cave "Pishagar" with ancient wall paintings etc. Zarafshan State Nature Reserve is located 15 km from Samarkand, in the eastern part of the basin Zarafshan. The unique landscape of reserve includes Tugai forests, which include 400 species of plants. Also there are 17 species of mammals, 170 species of birds, several species of reptiles. You can see all the variety of flora and fauna during the tour. Also you can visit the museum of reserve, where you can learn history and achievements of this reserve. Eco-center “Jeyran” is the international center of rare animal breeding. There are 250 plant species, 700 species of invertebrates, 15 species of fish, 2 species of amphibians, 18 species of reptiles, 300 species of birds and 34 species of mammals. You can visit aviaries, where rare species of animals bred. Also you can see amazing nature of this center. You will see flora and fauna of center and you will visit Small Salt Lake.
Day 1: Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent. Depend on schedule of arrival from homeland of travelers. Transfer to the hotel. Check in to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 2: Tashkent – Zaamin National Reserve
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Zaamin National reserve (3h 33m, 191 km). Lunch and dinner are in the tourist zone of the reserve (you can choose from a few guest houses). Overnight in Zaamin.
Day 3: Zaamin National Reserve – Zarafshan State Nature Reserve – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer from Zaamin to Zarafshan State Nature Reserve by land transport (3 h.33m, 186km). You can see all the variety of flora and fauna during the tour. Also you can visit the museum of reserve, where you can learn history and achievements of this reserve. After tour you will return to Samarkand (1h.12m, 48 km), where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and beautiful Samarkand night. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 4: Samarkand
Breakfast at hotel. City tour in Samarkand. You will visit Gur Emir Mausoleum (15th cent), Registan square (15-17 cent.), the biggest mosque of Central Asia - Bibi Khanum (15th cent). Then you will have a lunch at the local restaurant and after you will visit Shakhi Zinda necropolis and Ulugbek observatory. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 5: Samarkand – Nurata – Yurt Camp
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Nurata by land transport (4h.9m,227km) – lunch – transfer to Yurt camp, where we offer you an unique opportunity to see the sandy desert "Kyzylkum" during trip by camel, and then rest in the yurt. Overnight in the Yurt camp.
Day 6: Yurt camp – Nuratau ridge – Aydarkul lake – Samarkand
Breakfast at the Yurt camp. Then you will visit Nuratau ridge. There appeared the first ground plants “psilophytes”. After lunch you can admire the Aydarkullake and then return to Samarkand. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 7: Samarkand – Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Transfer to Bukhara by train “Sharq” (2h.55min). Lunch at the local restaurant. After the lunch you can join excursion in Bukhara, where you can learn the ancient history of this city. Dinner and overnight in Bukhara.
Day 8: Bukhara – Eco-center “Jeyran” – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to eco-center “Jeyran” (1h.30m, 42km). You can visit aviaries, where rare species of animals bred. Also you can see amazing nature of this center. You will see flora and fauna of center and you will visit Small Salt Lake. Then you will return to Bukhara(1h.30m.). Dinner at the local restaurant. Transfer to local airport for flight to Tashkent(1h.30min.). Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 9: Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel of Tashkent. Transfer to the airport.Departure from Tashkent.
*** For visiting some nature reserves require special permits, which are issued during the month, so you need to book a tour for 1.5 months before the start of the tour. It's worth noting that the tour involves a long walking routes and strict adherence to the rules in the nature reserves