Uzbekistan Gastronomic Tour
Taste of Uzbek Cuisine
6 Days 5 Nights.
Places of Visit: Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent.
The most historical country in Central Asia – Uzbekistan is not only popular for its UN Heritages, Fortresses or Minarets, but also could be an amazing travel destination for those who have sweet tooth and the special taste of cooking. As at the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road, the cuisine of Uzbekistan is as diverse as the travelers and traders who passed through here... Discover ancient sites of Uzbekistan together with an unforgettable gourmet tour that will delight your taste buds and reveal the secrets of awarded* local cuisine, and participate in fabulous cooking classes with outstanding Uzbek chefs, dine at
home with a local family, learn family recipes and make fresh bread in a clay tandoor oven. Uzbek cooking includes more than a hundred Pilaf recipes, dozen types of shashlik (kebabs roasted over coals), and Lagman (thick homemade noodles served with lamb and vegetable stew), Samosa (puff pastry stuffed with meat), exotic salads, delicious eastern sweets, various cakes, and other flour-made products. The Uzbekistan Food Tour is a tour that you (and your stomach) won’t forget.
* Uzbekistan won the first place in the nomination “Gastronomic tourism” according to the National Geographic Traveler magazine in the National Geographic Traveler Awards 2018 competition. 34% of respondents voted for Uzbekistan. Italy and Azerbaijan scored 21% and 17% respectively.
Arriving at Tashkent International airport you will be meet by our driver and transfer to the hotel.
Free time to relax at the hotel until transferring to the Railway Station at 17:00. The high-speed train Afrosiyob departs Tashkent at 18:50 and arrives in Bukhara at 22:40 (280 km).Your driver will meet you and bring to the hotel in Bukhara city.
Day 2. Bukhara.
Exploring the 2500-year-old city of Bukhara. What’s great about Bukhara - it’s an entire an ancient city that was important on the Silk Road which is well preserved and still functioning.
➢ You start the morning with breakfast included honey and kaymak which is a perfect Uzbek breakfast to get the day started.
➢ Your tour continues with discovering Great Minaret of the Kalon - Dating back to the 12th century, without a doubt, the Great Minaret of Kalon is a landmark in Bukhara. Even Genghis Khan, while in the process of destroying much of Bukhara, spared the minaret because of its vast beauty. It truly is spectacular.
➢ When it is about to have lunch, you will drive to Chor Bakr Restaurant – where local Bukhara food "Tandoori lamb" is prepared about 100 kg every day. It is a very tasty and high calorie Uzbek dish! (served with onions, sprinkled with diluted vinegar) Your guide will bring you there just before pulling it out of the oven and you get a chance to watch the process!
Price per plate - 75,000 UZS ($8.7)
➢ As you probably heard you can’t visit a city in Uzbekistan without tasting plov, the national and ultimate dish of Uzbekistan. After Chor Bakr Restaurant, your guide will bring you to Magistral Plov Center for tasting Bukhara plov,
➢ Then your tour continues with Bolo Hauz Mosque. It is another beautiful sight in Bukhara with its impressive wooden entrance area. And across the street from the mosque, you’ll find Bolo Xauz Teahouse, a nice little tea house where you have a tea-snack and just relax for a minute. At the end of your tour in Bukhara, you climb to the top of the Ark Fortress, a huge fortified palace in Bukhara near the old city.
Back to Hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours.
Day 3. Bukhara - Samarkand.
This day you will cook and observe the process of
Non – Uzbek national bread, and Somsa – stuffed
puff pastry, at the national house.
Since ancient times for the inhabitants of Uzbekistan bread is sacramental. In Uzbekistan, breads differ with their variability as: uy noni (home bread), obi non, yoglinon (oily bread), jizzali non (bread cooked by adding fried bits of fat), piyozli non (bread with onion), qovoqli non (pumpkin bread), patir non exist. People of different regions have their own bread making technologies and schools.
➢ After having breakfast your guide will take you to a traditional house where the masterclass is carried out. All necessary ingredients will be presented there. At the national house, professional baker cooks fresh bread and Somsa in a clay tandoor oven. Tourists may choose two or three types of bread and Somsa considered above and try their culinary masterpieces.
Duration of master class tour: 3-4 hours
➢At around 15:00 transfer to Railway Station. The high-speed train departs Bukhara at 15:50 and arrives in Samarkand at 17:20 (about 300 km).
Free time and you will have a chance to see the night beauty
of ancient Samarkand.
Dinner at one of the national restaurants in
Samarkand. The choice of restaurants is upon tourists’
will. (Restaurant Samarkand is offered.)
Back to Hotel.
Day 4. Samarkand.
This day is for the master class of cooking Samarkand Plov and Manty together with a brief tour.
Breakfast at the hotel.
➢ Before the beginning of the master class until 11:00, with your guide you will explore Siyob bazaar- in Samarkand.
Siab Bazaar – is the largest and oldest "eastern" market in Samarkand. Its stalls offer to try and haggle for vegetables, fruits, nuts, oriental sweets, spices, cereals. Street food cafes that you can meet at the row of market houses offer national dishes, most of them cooked on firewood. You will find there Shashlik (barbeque, usually from minced and diced beef), Lagman (hot noodle soup with beef and vegetables topping), Shurpa (soup with rather big pieces of red meat and
vegetables), Somsa (stuffed puff pastry), Khanum (steamed rolled dough with some shredded potato).
➢ If you want you will do shopping together with the chef, he will tell how to choose and differentiate “right” ingredients for delicious national meal Manty and Samarkand plov. Then the driver will take you to a national house where the master class will be conducted with a professional cook. If it is talked about these meals, after Plov, Manty is the most common and favorite dish of Uzbeks, so in many areas, manty is served at the end of the meal. Manty is made from dough, kneaded deep in water, which is rolled into a 4-5 mm thick layer and cut into squares 12x12 cm in size. The stuffing can be minced meat, minced vegetables or greens. Manty are boiled for 35-45 minutes in special pots (kaskanah). Tourists may try their culinary masterpieces.
After lunch, first part of Samarkand city tour begins. Samarkand is one of the main cities on Silk Road and the capital city of Great Timur’s kingdom.
➢ Visiting Bibi-Khanum Mosque. Bibi-Khanum Mosque
(XIV century) - the project conceived by Timur, as
the largest mosque of that time. The mosque was
built for 5 years.
➢ Visiting souvenir shops at the walking street between
Bibi-Khanum Mosque and Registan Square.
➢ Visiting Registan square (XIV) – the heart of the
city and is in the center of ancient Samarkand.
Dinner at one of the national restaurants in Samarkand. The choice of restaurants is upon tourists’ will. (Restaurant Karimbek is preferred.). The menu offers a variety of delicious dishes of Uzbek Cuisine.
Back to hotel.
Day 5. Samarkand - Tashkent.
Full Samarkand city tour and Wine degustation day.
Breakfast at hotel.
Your guide will meet you and the second part of Samarkand city tour begins with a visit to:
➢ The mausoleum of Gur-Emir – tombs of
Tamerlan and members of the Timurid
dynasty. The final resting place of Timur and
➢ Afrasiab Museum - The museum's exhibits
illustrate the history of Samarkand’s
development from the time of Alexander the
➢ The Tomb of Saint Daniel – is the traditional
burial place of the biblical and Islamic
➢ Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis
➢ Drive to the wine factory
named after Khovrenko for wine
degustation and sightseeing.
Free time until 17.00
➢ Transfer to Samarkand Railway Station at 17:00.
The high-speed train Afrosiyob leaves
Samarkand at 18:00 and arrives in Tashkent
at 20:10 (280 km).
➢Arrive in Tashkent Southern Railway Terminal.
Your driver will meet you and bring to the hotel.
Evening meal around 21:00 at a local high-class restaurant in
Tashkent. The choice of restaurants is up on tourists'
Back to hotel.
Day 6: Tashkent.
Having breakfast at hotel, you will start the morning with a brief tour to a wonderful mixture of a modern metropolis and the unique colors of an eastern city – Tashkent. At afternoon your guide will bring you to Chorsu Bazaar – one of the oldest eastern bazaars in Uzbekistan. On counters of this oriental Bazaar, you can find almost everything: fresh fruits, amber-colored dried fruits, Uzbek bread (Non) with delicious smell and many other things. They all are so attractive that one can’t pass by them. Next to bazaar, there are choykhonas (tea houses), where you can try amber yellow pilaf, tasty shashlik (grilled meat), and vitamin-rich hot shurpa (soup).
Your Uzbekistan food tour will be summed up with a very local lunch here. You will be transferred to the international airport in the evening. (The last day of tour program might change according to your flight time.)
Price of the tour is:
$130 for a person/day
$120 for a person/day (if you are 2 persons)
$90 for per person/day (If you are 4 persons )
• Accommodation with breakfasts (based on TWIN/DOUBLE/TRIPLE sharing rooms);
• Air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour, including airport/train/hotel station pick-ups and drop-offs;
• Professional English, French, German, Russian, Japanese-speaking guides;
• Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
• Economy class tickets for local trains Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand-Tashkent;
• Masterclass expenses;
• Wine tasting in wine factory named after Khovrenko;
• Assorted fresh fruit on each day of the tour.
What's Not Included:
• International flight’s ticket;
• Visa fee for Uzbekistan;
• Visa support fee;
• Travel insurance
• Tips for guides & drivers & porters at hotels.
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.