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Tulip safari in Uzbekistan

Escorted by Komiljon Tojibayev, PhD in Biology, specialist in tulips, author of the illustrated edition "Tulips of Uzbekistan"

Central Asia and Uzbekistan in particular, differ from other parts of the world in the diversity of climatic and geographical conditions. The majestic mountain systems of Tien Shan, Pamir-Alay, Kopet-Dag, as well as Central Asian deserts are not only natural barriers for plant dissemination but also a bridge connecting Central Asia flora with that of neighbouring countries.

In respect of colour brightness, form originality, and flower size, many local wild species of tulips have no match. Such species as Tulipa fosteriana, Tulipa greigii, Tulipa vvedenskiy, and Tulipa micheliana in its form remind you of swirling flames. No less original are small bright red flowers of Tulipa korolkovii.

The coloration of tulips is extremely diverse: the colour subtle shades of rare culture varieties are reflected in tulip population. Thus a distinctive feature of original tulips of the Western Tien Shan is their polychromy. In the 15th century the great Uzbek poet Alisher Navoi in his poem "Leili and Majnun" wrote: "When tulip experienced the signs of grief, it fire branded its body". In his youth Alisher Navoi lived in Samarkand and could view in the neighbouring mountains Tulipa fosteriana or Tulipa micheliana with their pointed black ray-like spots cutting the perianth. Another lineament of wild species of tulips is their immunity to plastid variegation.

The "Tulip safari in Uzbekistan" tour will reward nature-lovers with unforgettable encounters with a variety of wild tulips species including endemic ones.

11 days / 10 nights

Best period: first half of April

Day 1. Tashkent.

Arrival in Tashkent airport.
Transfer to the hotel and accommodation.
Overnight in Tashkent

Day 2. Tashkent – the Nurata mountains.

Early transfer (7:00 a.m.) to the Nurata mountains (280 km).
Common for this area are Tulipa korolkovii, Tulipa affinis, Tulipa turkestanica.
It is possible to view Tulipa micheliana here too, as they finish blossoming at the end of March.
Overnight in the guest house of "Nuratao ecocentre".

Day 3. The Nurata mountains - Samarkand.

Continuation of botanic tour in the foothills of the Nurata ridge.
Transfer to Samarkand (160 km).
Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 4. Samarkand.

Sightseeing in Samarkand.
Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 5. Samarkand – Kitab.

Transfer over Takhtakaracha mountain pass to Kitab State Geological Reserve.
Such tulip varieties as Tulipa fosteriana, Tulipa turkestanica, Tulipa korolkovii, Tulipa ingens vegetate in this area.
Transfer to Shakhrisabz.
Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz.
Overnight in Shakhrisabz.

Day 6. Shakhrisabz – Katta-Lyangar.

Transfer to Katta-Lyangar village. (60 km)
Here you can observe the huge colonies of Tulipa lanata, Tulipa turkestanika, Tulipa micheliana, and Tulipa nitida.
Sightseeing around the historical attractions of Katta-Lyangar village.
Overnight in Katta-Lyangar.

Day 7. Katta-Lyangar – Boisun.

After breakfast transfer to Boisun (150 km).
This area is rich in such tulip species as Tulipa korolkovii, Tulipa lanata, Tulipa tubergeniana.
Overnight in Boisun.

Day 8. Boisun – Termez.

Transfer to Termez (140 km).
Sightseeing in Termez.
Aftenoon flight to Tashkent.
Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 9. Tashkent – Beldersay.

Transfer to Beldersay recreation zone located in the Chimgan mountains (150 km).
This area is rich in such tulip varieties as Tulipa kaufmanniana, Tulipa tschimganica, Tulipa greigii, Tulipa bifloriformis, Tulipa dubia.
Overnight in Beldersay.

Day 10. Beldersay – Kyzylsu – Tashkent.

The Kyzylsu riverbed area is rich in such tulip population as Tulipa kaufmanniana, Tulipa tschimganica, Tulipa greigii, Tulipa bifloriformis, Tulipa dubia.
Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 11. Tashkent.

International flight back home.

  • Accommodation based on TWN rooms  and guest houses
  • Meals – full board according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing spots mentioned
  • Overland transportation by AC  coaches and jeep Captiva
  • Portage services in airports and hotels
  • Services of a professional biologist, specialist in tulip species
  • Multilingual escort guides for the whole tour (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese-Mandarin)
  • All sightseeing programmes as specified in the itinerary
  • Farewell dinner in Tashkent
  • Visa support to Uzbekistan
  • International airfares
  • Domestic air fare Termez – Tashkent
  • Illustrated edition "Tulips of Uzbekistan"

Payment: 100 % prepayment should be made not less than 3 days before the group's arrival.

Cancellation fees:
Cancellation prior 30 days – no penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 29-15 days – 50 % penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 14 days – 100 % penalty is charged

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