ROUTE: Day 1: Khiva -> Chilpik Kala -> Nukus Art Museum -> Mizdakhan Necropolis-> Muynak Ship Cemetery -> Aral Sea Museum -> Great Ustyurt Canyons -> Tombs of nomad's -> Aral Sea |
|ROUTE: Day 2: Aral Sea -> Kurgancha Kala -> Kubla Ustyurt -> Sudochie Lake & Urga (abandoned fishing village) -> Nukus -> Khiva.|
|DAYTRIP DETAILS: Daytrip Duration: 2 days and 1 night; Driving time is 16-18 hours; Driving Distance is 1200 km.|
|INCLUDED: Transportation: Off-road 4WD & a sedan; 4 meals (vegetarian foods available upon request) during the trip & sleep in the Yurt Camp.|
|EXCLUDED: Entrance tickets of the sites, Alcohol drinks, Guide ($50 for a day upon request) and etc.|
Introduction: The Aral Sea was one of the world's largest inland salt seas. Today it is reduced to a bare shadow of its recent size through extensive irrigation which has seriously depleted the flow of the Amudarya and the Syrdarya, the two major river systems on which the Aral Sea depends for regeneration. Yet the sea has also gone through a considerable number of changes over many thousands of years through natural causes. The beds of the rivers are constantly shifting and satellite photograph clearly show traces of ancient river beds flowing into different parts of the sea. Sometimes they bypassed the Aral Sea altogether, turning south and west to run into the Caspian Sea. The dry river bed now runs through empty desert but archeological research has found traces of settlements along its banks, showing that it was flowing relatively recently in historical terms (V.N.Yagodin & A.V.G.Betts (2006) Ancient Khorezm, UNESCO)… Visit our website to read more interesting facts about our country.
It is recommended to start the trip early, like around 6 or 7 am.
Find recommended Itinerary and timing below which is subject to change according to your preference:
07:30 - 08:00 – Visit Chilpik Kala (Tower of Silence) – Zoroastrian burial Dakhma built 2200 years ago.
09:00 – 10:30 – visit Nukus Savitskiy Art Museum & Change the Sedan to 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.
11:00 - 11:30 – visiting architectural complex Mizdakhan Necropolis from XIV century.
14:00 – 16:00 – have a lunch in Muynak, visit Muynak Ship Cemetery and Muynak Museum.
17:30 – 18:00 – visit Great Ustyurt Canyons and Tombs of the nomad fishermen’s
19:00 – arriving Yurt Camps located at the shore of the Sea to overnight. Our Driver will cook you one of the most popular Uzbek meal – Palov for dinner. Enjoy dinner in the open sky Yurt Camps with nice view of the Aral Sea.
07:00 - 09:00 – time for breakfast, walking in the shore of the sea and taking nice pictures of the sunrise.
09:30 – 10:00 – visit Kurgancha Kala which is date to 10th century from the Silk Road.
11:30 – 12:00 – visit Kubla Ustyurt – small town and abandoned airfield built in Soviet times.
13:00 – 15:00 – visit Sudochie Lake & Urga (abandoned fishing village).
15:30 – 16:00 - lunch in Arba Restaurant located near Kungrad.
16:30 – 17:00 arriving to Nukus and change the 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Prado to the Sedan.
19:00 – arriving Khiva and we end the trip in your hotel, train station or Airport.