Welcome to Karakalpakstan
Karakalpakstan tour is a great way to explore former the 4th biggest lake, called Sea for its enormous size. Today it has only 10% of water and little left from flourishing flora and fauna. During the trip, you will see the Ustyurt Plateau, a clay and stony desert, walk along the bottom of the dried sea and see “The cemetery of ships” in Muynak. Cultural-historical adventure lovers will appreciate visits to Mizdakhan memorial complex and Gyaur-Kala Fortress. Share impressions and costs with likeminded travelers from all over the world.
Meeting on arrival and transfer to pre-booked hotel. Full day sightseeing tour in Tashkent, during which, you will see the old and new parts of our capital. First half of a day includes excursion to Hast-Imam architectural complex, where you can see famous Koran of Caliph Osman – VIII century manuscript Koran. Then proceed to Chorsu Bazaar, which was very famous on the Great Silk Road and Kukeldash Madrassah constructed in XIX century.
After lunch the second half of excursion starts: here you will see - Independence and Amir Temur Squares, Museums of Applied Arts and Amir Temur, Tashkent Metro, Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alisher Navoi etc. When you will finish the excursion, drive to restaurant for having a dinner. Overnight at hotel.
In the morning meet your guide and driver at the hotel/airport in Nukus to start a full day trip to Aral Seathrough Ustyurt Plateau. The road till the water line of the sea is 450 km and will take approximately 8-9 hours. You will pass Kungrad district, one of the trading centers on the Silk Road. On the way, you will see the remains of a lighthouse; pass by the ruins of abandoned settlement Urga. Photo stop at the Lake Sudochie. Have a picnic lunch on the way. Continue driving on the boundless Ustyurt Plateau. You will reach the Aral Sea in the late afternoon. Set up the tent. Camp-style dinner. Overnight in the tent.
After breakfast, we drive to the town of Muynak. Muynak was busy fishing fleet with large canning factory that supplied fish products to the whole country prior retreat of Aral. Many locals in Muynak still believe that the waters of Aral will one day return to its original shores. Arrive in Muynak and visit the ship cemetery and small local museum with many photos and painting describing environmental disaster in Aral. After having lunch continue to Nukus. Shortly before reaching Nukus, stop at Mizdakhan Complex located in the settlement of Hujayli 30km west of Nukus. The complex consists of several mausoleums, madrassahs and a caravan serai that date back to 9-14 century AD. Complete today’s tour by visiting nearby ruins of Gaur Qala fortress (2-4 centuries BC). Arrive in Nukus at the afternoon. Transfer to Airport and flight to Tashkent. Overnight in the hotel.
Morning you will be met and transferred from local airport to International Airport to catch a departure flight.