Uzbekistan tour - a fairy tale of East, 7 Days/6 Nights

…..Uzbekistan  is the fairy tale of the Central Asia.......

Day 1 Monday

Route:Tashkent

Arrive, the driver  will meet you after arrival with the sign of your name, stay at the hotel to rest.
Early Check-in
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.The credits go to a wonderful traveller aand photographer Khun Kurasak, who has visited Uzbekistan in the autumn 2018. On the picture you can see the Friday Mosque which has the capacity for 3000 prayers at a time!

Visit the workshop of a pottery family as all the men previously were maing pottery and ladies were making suzane.  

The museum of applied Art is famous for its gentle decorations of walls and ceiling combining National and European techniques

Day 2  Tuesday

Route:Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva

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.

The Friday mosque conssists of 100 columns and some of them were produced in III or IV century.

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.

The trading domes were on the Great Silk Road, that

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).

One of the most ancient buildings in the country, Magoki Attori Herbs Market place-Muslim mosque-Jewish Church-Museum of Carpets, one of the secret-history places.

Visit the best fur factory in the country and try some latest fashion coats.

Day 5 Friday
Route: Bukhara-Samarkand

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)

Uzbekistan has tons of juicy wineyards around the whole country, and one merchant had opened the wine factory. The visitors will be invited to the museum of fame and a tasting room. There are dessert, dry,and half dry wines to try.

The visit to the bathhouse was quite expensive entertainment so not everyone could afford it.This mediaval bathhouse is protected by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

Day 6 Saturday

Route:Samarkand-Tashkent

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!

Yes...Registan square! The most associated photo with uzbekistan but when it is so colourful, bright and attracting... Why not?!

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.

The tomb of the Great! The tomb of Amir Temur who was a ruler over 26 countries in the world...

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 The abudance of dried fruit and nuts will amaze you with the diversity, amount, and quality ...

For Samarkand lunch we strongly recommend the toy osh -holiday plov.

There is a beutiful legend about the speacial Samarkand meal .... holiday pilav which will be rotold to you by our professional certified guides...

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

Route: Tashkent 

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/

2/1426 $
4/1195 $  
8/1015 $
10/967 $
20/919 $
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:
International flights
Photo and video recording at the sightseeings
Extra expenses
Additional excursions
Having a bath in Samarkand/Bukhara

There is also an opportunity to add some extra activitties in every city or region in Uzbekistan 

 

Number of days: 7
Covered regions:
Karakalpakstan
Taskhent region
Samarkand region
Bukhara region
Andijan region
Jizzakh region
Kashkadarya region
Navoi region
Namangan region
Syrdarya region
Surkhandarya region
Fergana region
Khorezm region
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: International flights, Photo and video recording at the sightseeings, Extra expenses, Additional excursions, Having a bath in Samarkand/Bukhara
What to bring: Light jacket (sometimes it becomes cool in the early mornings or late evenings), trousers, headscarfs (for ladies), long-sleeve shirt; some specially recomended medicine, if there are some, an umbrella.
Transport: Bus/Minibus
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