Uzbekistan tour - a fairy tale of East, 7 Days/6 Nights
…..Uzbekistan is the fairy tale of the Central Asia.......
Day 1 Monday
Arrive, the driver will meet you after arrival with the sign of your name, stay at the hotel to rest.
Tashkent sightseeing tour will be held in the afternoon.
Tashkent is considered as trade and business center, all high-ranked meetings and discussions are held in this city.
The capital and the minor city by its population is Tashkent. The number of people is nearly 4 million. Being destroyed in 1219 by Chenghis Khan, one of the oldest cities in region was rebuilt and became the prominant strategic centers of scolarship, commerce, and trade along the Silk Road.
Places to visit:
Hast Imam Complex (The complex consists of mosques, madrassas, mausoleum which date back to 16th century). The complex is considered as a pearl of the mediaval city as the old Osman Koran is placed and secured. The history of the holy book goes to the 7th century. Chorsu Market (The huge vast territory of trading is an open air market for locals and tourists).Kukeldash Madrassah (One of the still functioning madrassa in Uzbekistan, is the construction of 16th century).
*The plan for the first day depends as it is your first day of arrival and there could be changes.
Visit the workshop of a pottery family as all the men previously were maing pottery and ladies were making suzane.
Day 2 Tuesday
In the morning transfer to the local airport, flight to Urgench and drive to Khiva.
First view of the ancient and mystic Khiva. When you enter the 2,500-year-old city of Khiva you travel back in time to an earlier millenium – a land of caravanserais built to quench the thirst of travelling silk traders and madrassahs filled with young students studying the Koran. Khiva – the exotic and undiscovered masterpieces in the desert. Like an oasis in the sand, the city of Khiva is remarkably well kept – aquamarine tiles line the 800-year-old minarets and ancient stones pave the streets. Every corner you turn is another exotic angle. The Khan’s palace is a labyrinth of courtyards and hidden rooms and you’ll have the day to explore this enormous open-air museum.
Places to visit in Itchan-kala (Inner city):
Pakhlavon Makhmud Pakhlavan Makhmoud (Pahlavon Mahmud), the Hercules oft he East, Palvan Pir the kurash wrestler-saint, Pirar Vali the antireligious Persian poet, Mahmoud the district furrier, all died her, one and the same, in 1325 to enter local folklore as a hero of both brain and brawn and to become an adopted patron saint of Khiva. Over the years a small mausolwum grew up ove the sight of Mahmoud’s original furrier shop, but it was not until 1810-1835 that the tomb was given its present glory by the Kungrad Khans of Khiva, as they transformed the shrine into the last great family mausoleum erected in Central Asia and the most renowed building in the city. Tosh-Khovli Palace, the introspective and labyrinthine corridors oft he Stone Palace comprised the stylized world of Allah Kuli Khan (ruled 1826-42) his extravagant entourage. When royal architect Usto Nur Mohammed Tajikhan timidly suggested that the 163 rooms and three countryyards could never be completed some years later, but only with the help of over 1 000 slaves.
The appearance and colorfulness of the blue dome was finished 500 years after his death. Shergazi-Khan Madrasah, muslim school which was well-known not only in Uzbekistan but in Turkmenistan as well.
Djuma Mosque is wonderful an unforgettable place, wh performance will stain in your memory for its identity…
Day 3 Wednesday
Route: Khiva→(112 km, 2h )Oxus→( 358 km, 4h 30 min )Bukhara
Drive by a/c car through the Kyzyl-Kum Desert to Bukhara, 6-7 hours drive.
Stop by Amu-Darya (Oxus) river, breaking up the way at the desert.
Nature has bestowed this harshly arid land with two channels of hope; the Amu Darya and Syr Darya, sweeping down from the Roof of the World, the high Pamirs and Tian Shan to the east, bringing the dessert to life up to Khoresm and the Aral Sea. The Greeks knew them as the Oxus and Jaxartes; between their middle reaches lay Transoxiana, the Arab Mawarannahr, the ‘land beyond the river’.
Arrive afternoon, check into accommodations at the hotel, in an old streets of the town.
Day 4 Thursday
Route: Bukhara tour
City tour around Bukhara.
Fascinating sights on our tour today includes exploration of the exotic city of Bukhara, where images of the past are embodied in brilliant architectural masterpieces from empires in the past. During your tour of historic center of Bukhara, a capital site listed by the World Heritage Committee, you’ll marvel at the Kalyan Minaret or The "Tower of the Death, and observe students at the Mir-i Arab Madrassa, the only continuously functioning madrassa, or religious school throughout Central Asia. The madrassah was functioning during Soviet time.
The ancient caravanserai, bathhouse and scenic chai- khana(tea houses) that you'll see throughout the center and step into the past with a tour of the 1st - century Ark Fortress Museum, offering an opportunity to delve into the history of the first foreign visitors to Central Asia and their enigmatic end at the hands of the ruling emirs, visit Bolo Khause Mosque. In the evening, you will be entertained by an Uzbek Folklore Ensemble under the stars in the courtyard of the Divan Begi Madrasa followed by dinner and fashion show of rainbow masterpieces made from khan Atlas. Chashma-Ayub (the spring was functioning for centuries) is a sacred spring place which was according to the legend started up by hitting of the bible prophet Ayyub ( or Iov in Christianity).
Visit the best fur factory in the country and try some latest fashion coats.
Day 5 Friday
In Bukhara there is a wonderful place named „Sitoray Mokhi Khosa“ which was built to symbolize „went out star“ as a memorial of Muzaffar emir’s wife.
The summer palace is a vast territory with a beautiful garden and different rooms as a separate museums, as a museum of national costumes, a harem as a museum of suzane (hand embroidery).
In the afternoon, and after early light lunch, guests will take a train and direct to Samarkand on the fast train.
Check-in the hotel,
Explore Samarkand with the guide in the evening and see the beautiful light panarama.
Visit the museum of Uzbekistan wine, visit tasting room.
Explore wonderful narrow streets, visit antique shop and real medieval hammom.(it will be offered to have a bath with scent massage for additional money)
Day 6 Saturday
Visit the Registan, the most astonishing monument of all of Central Asia and the traditional town square of Islam the ensemble can be read like a history of Islam in the region.
The Registan of Samarkand was originally, and is still even in ruin, the noblest public square in the world. I know of nothing inthe east approaching it in massive simplicity and gradeur; and nothing in Europe… which can even aspire to enter the competition. No Europen spectacle indeed can adequately be compared to it, in our inability to point an open space in any western city that is commanded on three of ist four sides by Gothic cathedrals of the finest order.
George Curzon, Russia in Central Asia, 1899
The Registan ensemble at the heart of Samarkand, restored to its original splendor, ranks first in Central Asia and among the greatest of all the grandiose and magnificent works of Islamic world. Ist meaning, sandy place, after a stream that washed sand over the earth, does little justice to the architectural and decorative wealth on show. Like the Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, repeated visits are necessary to grasp the depth in detail as changing light explores multiple shades of mosaic radiance.
The Ulugbek’s Madrasah (1402) is concerned as a connection between observatory and educational unit, as it is heavily decorated with starts, symbols of astronomy.
Sher-Dor Madrassah (1612), the Kosh-approach of building was really widespread that time.
the translation of “Kosh” is eyebrow.
Tilla-Kori Madrassah (1646) is the real treasure finding for those who get used to splendor as the name of this construction says better than any photograph as “tilla-kori” means covered with gold!
After lunch, continue the tour around Samarkand.
Gur-Emir Mausoleum (1403) was constructed by Amir Temur himself and became the dynasty memorial mausoleum intentionally. The enormous territory was involved in for the great complex proves the power and colossal ruler.
Your tour will also include the Tomb of Tamerlane, with its dome inlaid with gold and onyx; and the Mosque of Bibi-Khanum which according to legend was built for Tamerlane's favorite wife. Bibi Hanim Mosque (1399-1404) was constructed as the main mosque devoted to the most beloved wife of Amir Temur and was named after her. She was really beautiful and even they didn’t have children, she was smart and helped to bring up his other heirs.
Spend the time in Samarkand's lovely bazaar. Siab Market
For Samarkand lunch we strongly recommend the toy osh -holiday plov.
After lunch you’ll visit the Observatory of Ulug Bek, Ulugbek’s observatory and the museum next to observatory (beginning of XV century), is a unique evidence of high intelligence and advancement of people living in Samarkand even during mediaeval times. Perhaps the heavens determined heavens determined his enquiring nature by birthing Mohammed Taragai on 22 March 1394, during the vernal equinox. Tamerlane soon recognized his grandson’s talents, for he named him Ulug Beg, 'grand duke’, and took him on campaigns to the Caucasus and India. From 1424 to 1429 he ordered the construction of an observatory without equal in east or west, on a scale to ensure unprecedented accuracy and make Samarkand the stargazing capital of the 15th century. In 1447 events simply overtook the new head of the troubled Timurid realm, exposing his as lettered scholar, not decisive ruler.
Next you can see Shakh-i-Zinda, a complex of Mausoleums from the 14th century which display the various forms of well developed craftsmenship.
Take a fast train to Tashkent in the evening
Day 7 Sunday
Tashkent is northern capital of Uzbekistan, with its modern and old city centers. The unique architecture which was build mostly during three periods in history. It depends on your flight and guide can walk together with you along main squares as Amir Temur’s Square and Independence Square.
There is an opportunity to go to the Museum of Applied Art which is situated next to the most beautiful underground station . The underground is a modern sightseeing which reminds you about emir’s palace or luxury caravan saray. The decorations are made the blending of modern and national applied arts.
Number of members in the group/
For individual accommodation +256$
+ there is a privilledge for the groups from 10 people, they will be cared by one tour leader from the travel agency in order to provide double care!
+there is an advantage for the groups up to 4 people for one free lunch in Tashkent with the master class.
+there is a special offer for just married couples who has chosen Uzbekistan as a honeymoon destination!
The price includes:
Stay in the hotels 4* around all the cities, with breakfast (6 nights) check-in 2:00 p.m., check-out 12:00 p.m.
Air ticket Tashkent-Urgench, economy class
Train ticket Bukhara-Samarkand and Samarkand-Tashkent, economy class
Full board: Lunches(7) and Dinners (7) through the whole trip
Certified guide/s along the tour
Comfortable Transport around the cities
Entrance fees along the tour (including wine tasting)
Two bottles of water per day
The price doesn’t include:
Photo and video recording at the sightseeings
Having a bath in Samarkand/Bukhara
There is also an opportunity to add some extra activitties in every city or region in Uzbekistan
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.