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Life As Nomads - Yurt Camp Tour with Night from Samarkand

1. Life As Nomads - Yurt Camp Tour with Night from Samarkand

Departure from Samarkand. It takes 4-5 hours drive with stops to the Yurt Camp at the Aydarkul Lake (±250 km). Route: Samarkand - Nurota - Yurt Camp (dinner, songs of local nomads around the campfire, dancing, night in Yurt) Description: Day 1: - Nurota complex: In this place you can see the ruins of an Ancient Citadel of Alexander the construction of which is prescribed to Alexander Great. Furthermore, there are 2 mosques of XVI th century. In the center there is a pond where numerous fish live but it is forbidden to catch them. - Aydarkul Lake: Lunch at the lake shore, swimming if the weather allows (Yurt Camp base keep the rights change lunch location from Lake Shore to Yurt Camp). - Yurt Camp: while dinner is cooked, travelers may enjoy camel riding, watch the sunset, and after dinner relax in a company at the camp fire listening to folk songs of local nomads, than explore the milky way in the clear sky. - Night in Yurt Camp Day 2: Breakfast and free time for a walk on the dunes. Departure. It takes 4-5 hours drive towards Bukhara (±270 km). Approximate time of arrival 18:00 Route: Yurt Camp - Sarmish (petroglyphs) - Navai (ancient caravanserai and water reserve) – Bukhara Description: - Sarmish: Along the way on a small hill you can see petroglyphs where different animals are depicted - Navai: Visit the an ancient 14th century caravanserai and a nearby underground reservoir where rain and melting snow flows. - Bukhara: Arrival to Hotel / Airport / Railway Station

Khiva - Bukhara Transfer (430 kms)

2. Khiva - Bukhara Transfer (430 kms)

Route: Khiva - Bukhara Distance: 431 kms Duration: ±7 hours in sedan / ±8 hours in minivan Stops: Coffee-stop and Photo-stop We will pick you up from the railway station or accommodation in Khiva and drop you off to your accommodation or airport / railway station in Bukhara. Tourists can specify their location according to the 1 kilometer radius of Khiva. Pit stops are implemented during the roads. There are 2 good locations for coffee. One photo-stop to take a picture of Amu-Darya River. This trip is available in reverse order.

Yurt Camp Tour with Night from Bukhara

3. Yurt Camp Tour with Night from Bukhara

Pick-up from your hotel in Bukhara. Departure. It takes 4-5 hours drive with stops to the Yurt Camp at the Aydarkul Lake (±270 km). Route: Bukhara - Navai (ancient caravanserai and water reserve) - Sarmish (petroglyphs) - Nurota - Yurt Camp (dinner, songs of local nomads around the campfire, dancing, night in Yurt) Description: Day 1: Departure. Along the road estimated photostops and visits. - Navai: Visit the an ancient 14th century caravanserai and a nearby underground reservoir where rain and melting snow flows. - Sarmish: Along the way on a small hill you can see petroglyphs where different animals are depicted - Nurota complex: In this place you can see the ruins of an Ancient Citadel of Alexander the construction of which is prescribed to Alexander Great. Furthermore, there are 2 mosques of XVI th century. In the center there is a pond where numerous fish live but it is forbidden to catch them. - Aydarkul Lake: Lunch at the lake shore, swimming if the weather allows. Description: - Yurt Camp: while dinner is cooked, travelers may enjoy camel riding, watch the sunset, and after dinner relax in a company at the camp fire listening to folk songs of local nomads, than explore the milky way in the clear sky. - Night in Yurt Camp Day 1: Route: Yurt Camp – Bukhara (or Samarkand) Breakfast and free time for a walk on the dunes. Departure towards Bukhara (drop-off you can select Samarkand) It takes 4-5 hours drive towards Bukhara (±270 km) / Samarkand aprx. 5hrs (330 km). Approximate time of arrival 15:00. - Bukhara (or Samarkand): Arrival to Hotel / Airport / Railway Station

From Bukhara: 3-Day Yurt Stay, Hiking & Lake Aydarkul

4. From Bukhara: 3-Day Yurt Stay, Hiking & Lake Aydarkul

DAY 1 - Bukhara-Nurata city - Sayyod Yurt Camp At 09:00 you will depart from Bukhara and transfer via Nurata to a mountain yurt camp located in the village of Sayyod in the Jizzakh Region. On the way to the yurt camp, stop in Nurata city to visit the ruins of Alexander the Great’s fortress, a holy spring, and other sights. After having lunch, continue to the Lake Aydarkul. Depending on the weather, you may swim or just walk along the lake shores. From the lake, it will take another 2 hours to get to Sayyod Yurt Camp. Arrive at the camp late afternoon and settle in the yurts. Please note you will be accompanied by English speaking driver on this day (no guide). DAY 2- Sayyod Yurt Camp In the morning, start a medium-difficulty guided hike to the mountain plateau (7 hours / 15km). During the hike, you will enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Aydarkul, the Nuratau Mountains, and neighboring villages from the top of the mountains. A picnic lunch will be provided en route. Before returning to the camp you can visit the village of Sayyod to get to know life of the local people. In the evening, enjoy your time around the swimming pool and the campfire. DAY 3 - Sayyod Yurt Camp- Samarkand In the morning, start exploring the mountains on a 3 hour / 6 km easy guided hike. Return to the camp for lunch. After lunch depart for Samarkand (3-hour drive). You will be dropped in city center at Gur Emir Mausoleum. Approximate arrival time in Samarkand is 4.30 PM. End of Program

From Bukhara: 2-Day Desert Yurt Camp Tour

5. From Bukhara: 2-Day Desert Yurt Camp Tour

Day 1 - Bukhara-Nurata city -Desert Yurt Camp At 9:00, depart from Bukhara via Nurata city to the desert yurt camp located near Lake Aydarkul (total 5 hours of drive). On the way to the yurt camp, stop in Nurata to visit the ruins of Alexander the Great’s fortress, holy spring, and other sights. Have lunch in Nurata and then continue to the desert yurt camp. Upon arrival, settle into your yurt, enjoy a short camel ride, or walk around the dunes before enjoying the evening around the fireplace listening to songs of a local bard. Day 2 - Desert Yurt Camp-Lake Aydarkul-Samarkand After breakfast, visit the nearby village of Dungalak by getting a car ride or walking on foot (4km). During the village visit, you can get familiar with the life of village people who mainly live on livestock and sheep farming. You will then drive by car or ride on the camels (an additional 20$ per camel) from the camp to Lake Aydarkul (8 km to the southeast). Aydarkul is an artificial salty lake that stretches 180 km to the east, being the largest wetland body in the area it is home to many aquatic birds such as cranes, pelicans, numerous waders, many ducks, and goose species. Enjoy a picnic at the lake. Depending on the season you can swim or just stroll along the lake shores observing the birds. In the afternoon transfer to Samarkand (5 hours of drive). *Please note: private tours can be started from Samarkand as well.

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