Before the mid-60s of the 20th century the Aral Sea was the world’s fourth largest lake: its area was 68,000 km2, it was 426 km long, 284 km wide and its greatest depth was 68 m.Notwithstanding, tours to the Aral Sea are highly popular today. Tourists are attracted by the beauty of its precipitous shore, the incredible sunsets and the possibility to swim in the disappearing sea and to see the cemetery of ships in the former port of Moynak.
Route: Tashkent - Nukus- Kungrad - Usturt Plateau- Sudochie lake - Aral sea - Moynak - Gaur kala - Nukus
Duration: 5 days/ 4nights
Day 1. Tashkent
Morning arrival in Tashkent. Meeting with a guide and driver at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check in.Sightseeing Tashkent: Khast- Imam Complex, Chorsu Bazaar , Medrese Kukildosh, Amir Temur Square,Tashkent Broadway,Independence Square, Tashkent Eco Park Dinner in traditional café with musical show program. Night in Tashkent.
Day 2. Tashkent – Nukus
Morning transfer to the airport. Flight to Nukus at 7:10 am. Arrival in Nukus at 8:55 am. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Sightseeing Nukus: Savitsky Art Museum, Museum of Berdah, Toprak-kala Fortress, Ayaz-kala Fortress, Kizil-kala Fortress, Necropolis Mizdakhan, After lunch free time. Dinner. Night in Nukus.
Day 3. Nukus-Kungrad-Usturt Plateau- Sudochie lake-Aral sea (450 km – 8 hrs.)
Departure from Nukus at 8 o’clock in the morning, to discover the Usturt Plateau and Aral Sea life. Pass via Kungrad district – which used to be one of the trading centers on the Silk Road.
Continue to the Usturt Plateau. Stop at the Lake Sudochie, have picnic lunch. Visit the fishermen’s house. Old fish factory Urga. On the way visit the former Light House, see the settlement of the gas plant. Visit airport on Usturt Plateau. Stop to take pictures of beautiful Canyons and the collapsed land. Arrive to the Aral Sea. Have a walk (1 hour) from the camping ground to the nearby Kurgancha-Kala – an old caravan sarai hidden in the hills of the Usturt.Dinner.
Overnight in the Yurt.
Day 4. Aral-sea-Moynak-Mizdakhan XIV c.-Gaur kala-Nukus (400 km – 7 hrs.)- Tashkent
Early wake up to take pictures of sun rise. Have a breakfast. Transfer to Moynak village, which is known as "cemetery of ships” nowadays. Drive on the dried bottom of the sea, pass the gas towers, arrive to Uchsai –Gas Plant. Lunch at the Guest house in Moynak. Visit the Ships’ Graveyard, local museum, watch the short video about Moynak life at the museum. Drive to Khodjeli city to visit Mizdak-khan architectural complex of the XIV c and Gaur kala ruin that was destroyed by Shingiz-khan. Arrive in Nukus around 5 p.m. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Tashkent. After arrival Tashkent dinner and transfer to the hotel. Night in Tashkent.
Day 5.Going back home
Breakfast in the hotel. Shopping. Free time. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
The price of tour:
For group of 2 pax 812 USD per person
For group of 5 pax 716 USD per person
For group of 10 pax 655 USD per person
The price includes:
Accommodation in a twin room + breakfast (hotel 3*)
Transport service according to the program
A local guide in every city
Visa support (without visa fee)
Water (1 l per person every day)