13 March.- ASHGABAT
Our representative will be meeting you on arrival. Transfer to hotel.
Depending on your time of arrival we will conduct a photo tour, with visits of Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, National Museum, Nissa (UNESCO) and Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum.
14 March.- ASHGABAT/DARWAZA
Transfer to Darwaza in the Karakum desert, visit Erbent desert community on the way. Set up camp. Camp dinner and overnight in tent.
15 March "Shavat" border - Khiva program
We'll be crossing the Turkmen-Uzbek border. After arriving in Khiva, our accommodation is located within the Ichan-Kala fortress, which was the first site in Uzbekistan and Central Asia to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Khiva is home to 54 massive historical structures and 250 historic residences. It would be an unforgettable experience.
If time allows we will start visiting the city before dinner.
Dinner in the national mansion Zarafshan will include the khan's specialty Tukhum-Barak.
16 March .- Khiva
We'll be out early in the morning strolling and photographing the historic city of Khiva, with its tiny alleyways, mosques, minarets, and an old graveyard set against the city walls.
The day in Khiva concludes with a folk show and dinner at Khiva Khan Toza Bog's summer home.
17 March .- Khiva – Bukhara.
Drive through the Kyzylkum desert to Bukhara after a great breakfast at the hotel. Stop along the way to photograph the breathtaking beauty of the Amu Darya River. Arrive in the late afternoon in the long-awaited Bukhara. After settling into a comfortable hotel, we'll take an evening picture stroll through the tiny but charming streets of the old town.
We'll have dinner in the Lyabi-Hauz national teahouse at the end of the day. What could be better than being outside, on the bank of an ancient reservoir, in the shade of age-old trees, smelling delicious food?
18 March .- Bukhara.
After breakfast, we'll embark on a fascinating tour of Bukhara's sites. Spectacular ancient mosques, mausoleums, and synagogues, a historic necropolis, dusty backstreets, dilapidated buildings, and a magnificent early Soviet wrought-iron water tower are among the treasures.
Bukhara has a number of well-preserved walls and gates, and you may see these ancient landmarks during the tour program. We'll also go to the Kosh Madrasah, which consists of two Abdullah Khan and Modar-i-Khan madrasahs, the Poi-Kalon ensemble, and a visit to one of the working madrasahs, one of the most prominent Islamic educational institutions in the post-Soviet environment.
We'll stop by a teahouse for a cup of green tea and to take in the atmosphere.
The picture trip in Bukhara will conclude with a visit to the synagogue, followed by a meal and a master instruction on how to make Bukhara pilaf.
March 19th. Drive to the yurt camp and Nurata.
After breakfast, we'll drive to a desert yurt camp where we'll be able to see the Milky Way in the evening. Visit the Chor Bakr necropolis, one of Uzbekistan's biggest architectural groupings, before leaving Bukhara.
We'll stop in Nurata, a village where pilgrims from all across Uzbekistan come to drink from the mystical spring of Chashma. It is a well-known place of pilgrimage for Muslims and one of the region's most important Islamic religious centers.
The day will not be complete without a camel ride and an incredible meal accompanied by Kazakh akyn songs and folklore under the Milky Way's sky. In a nomadic yurt for the night.
March 20th .- Yurt camp - Aydarkul Lake – Samarkand.
Breakfast in the yurt camp, then transfer to Lake Aydarkul, where we may fish, wander along the shore and watch birds, and swim in a clean, calm desert lake. Transfer to Samarkand after a picnic lunch. Arrival in Samarkand and lodging in a comfortable hotel. Drive to the Khujum silk factory and Konigil village for a tour to a paper mill and dinner with the craftsmen after a brief break.
March 21st.- Samarkand -Kupkari Games
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Urgut, where Kupkari and other celebrations in honor of Navruz will take place. We'll get a fantastic chance to watch the Kupkari game and shoot some amazing photographs.
Following our participation in Kupkari, we will return to Samarkand to wander through the venues for concerts, fairs, and sporting activities.
Following the Navruz celebrations, an excursion tour of Samarkand will be conducted, including a visit to Registan Square, where we will be treated to a spectacular view of the three stately madrasahs of Ulugbek, Sherdor, and Tili-Kori. Visit the neighboring Rukhabad and Aksaray mausoleums as well as the Gur-Emir mausoleum. Today's dinner at the Novy Arbat restaurant in Samarkand will feature oven-cooked mutton.
With gorgeous blue tiled walls as a backdrop, photographing the pilgrims is a dream come true. We'll then proceed to Registan Square, which is a genuine gem in the heart of the old city and consists of three picturesque madrassahs, or schools. In the blue hour again, we'll photograph Registan Square for some of the best architecture photography you've ever seen.
Our next destination will be a little town with a workshop that makes traditional silk paper from mulberry tree bark. It's a beautiful location where we can capture people engaged in the papermaking process. We will visit and photograph the Gur Amir Mausoleum in the late afternoon.
22 March .- Samarkand – Tashkent.
After breakfast, the photo tour of Samarkand continues with a visit to Tamerlane's wife's Bibi Khanum Mosque, the Siab bazaar, the Shakhi-Zinda ensemble, where we'll be able to capture some interesting photos. Visit the St. Daniel Mausoleum, which is respected by Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike.
Transfer to the station after the end of the excursion program in Samarkand and departure by Afrasiab train to Tashkent.
Phot Session in the magnificient subway with stops at the Cosmonauts, Alisher Navoi, and Pakhtakor stations, as well as a visit to the Alisher Navoi Theater.
Tashkent, 23 March
Transfer to the airport for our return trip home after breakfast.