Daytrip to Three Fortresses
Discover 2000 years old Ancient Khorezm Fortresses in the half day!
Khiva - Urgench - Kizil Kala - Toprak Kala - Akchakul Lake - Ayaz Kala - Urgench - Khiva
Daytrip Duration: 6-7 hours
Sightseeing time: 2-3 hours
Driving time: 3-4 hours
Driving Distance: 225 km.
Included: Hands-Free Brochures, a good drivers with new Cars with AC, pick up and drop off at your location and Mineral water (0.5l. per person)
Not Included: Entrance tickets, meals, camel riding, Yurt Camp stay & etc
- Price per car
How to Reserve
Making Reservation of our Private/Shared Daytrips, Transfers, Aral Sea Adventure or Guided City Tours is very easy and totally free of cost. We only need from your side to confirm and provide following details related to your reservation in order to check availability, book and organize it with our team:
1. Name of the Trip, Transfer or Service interested.
2. Date of the Trip, Transfer or Service interested.
3. Please state type of Transport and confirm the Price.
4. Number of Travelers (luggage if available) in your group.
5. Full names of all Travelers including info about Citizenship and Passport/ID Card numbers.
6. Pick up and starting time of the Trips or Transfers (contact us for recommendations).
7. Pick up and starting place of the Trips or Transfers (name of your hotel, Airport or Railway Station)
8. Drop off and ending place of the Trips or Transfers (name of your hotel, Airport or Railway Station)
9. Please state your contact information: Email, Mobile Phone or WhatsApp Numbers.
That is all we need to know from your side in advance to check availability, make a reservation or to organize the requested services.
In order to cancel reserved trips or other services without being charged (%20 of the tour) please contact us at least 3 days before the tour starts.
We can pick you up from Urgench Airport, Urgench / Khiva Train Station or your hotel both from Khiva or Urgench to start the Daytrip. You can start the Daytrip at any time of the day. It is recommended to start the trip in the morning after breakfast or in the afternoon after lunch while it is a half day trip. It takes about 90 minutes to drive from Khiva to the first fortress – Kizil Kala.
Kizil Kala was originally constructed in the Late Antique period, 1st to 4th centuries CE, but was abandoned and then rebuilt in the 12th-13th centuries on the eve of the Mongol invasions. There is some debate about how this fortress may have been used in ancient times, with some scholars proposing that it was a garrison barracks for troops, whilst others suggest it was an early example of the many fortified manor houses that were typical of Khorezm in the early medieval periods
It is only 15 minutes to drive from Kizil Kala to the second Fortress Toprak Kala. Toprak Kala is dated in the Kushan period, around the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE and was the royal residence of the kings of the Khorezm. The place, having first served as a Royal sanctuary, was briefly abandoned in the early 4th century and then after some restorations, was used as an administrative citadel for the city.
After visiting 2 Fortresses our driver will stop at the shore of the Akchakul Lake for Lunch, Minimarket, toilet and etc. It takes about 20 minutes to drive from the Toprak Kala to the Lake. There are also Yurt camps and restaurants next to the lake where visitors can enjoy local meals, drinks and even Ice-Cream from local milk. It is also possible to enjoy swimming and sand bath in Natural Lake Akchakul.
After having break in Akchakul Lake it takes about 30 minutes to drive to the last and the best part of the Day - Ayaz Kala. It is the one of the most spectacular fortresses in the area. There are in fact, not one but three fortresses clustered together on and around a prominent hill at the Eastern end of the Sultan-Uiz-dahg range. The fortress provided defense against nomad raids. A gravel road leads up to a small cluster of Yurts, a tourist rest center overlooking a shallow but picturesque lake. The Fort dates to medieval times. It was probable founded in the Afrighid period, some time around the 7th to 8th Centuries CE…
After visiting Ayaz Kala fortress, it is about 90 minutes to drive back to Khiva and 60 minutes to drive back to Urgench. Our driver may drop you off in Urgench Airport, Urgench / Khiva Train Station or in your hotel both in Khiva or Urgench at the end and finish the Daytrip there.
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Pictures of the Day-Trip
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