History & Uzbekistan (7 Nights 8 days)
YOUR CITY -TASHKENT –KHIVA –BUKHARA – SAMARKAND – TASHKENT- YOUR CITY
(In Uzbekistan historical tours lead you to the greatest and ancient cities of the country such as Khiva, Bukhara, Samarqand and others. All above the cities have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites,)
1. Tashkent Metro
2. Hazrati Usman Quran
3. Bukhara pilaw master class during the dinner in Bukhara
4. Pottery master class in Gijduvan (Bukhara)
5. Visiting marvelous “Registan” square in Samarkand
6. Dinner is at traditional Uzbek house in Samarkand
7. Traditional bread baking master class in Samarkand
8. Imam Al Bukhariy and Bahovuddin Naqshbandiy piligramage visit
9. Dancing show program during dinner in Bukhara.
10. Master class of gold knitting in Bukhara .
11. Free wi-fi during long journey- drives.
12. Coffee and tea at bus stops during long journeys.
13. Map of Uzbekistan and guide book in the first day.
Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent.
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva.
Morning flight to KHIVA (1000 km, 1 h. 45 min.). Arrive in Urgench. Drive to Khiva .Full day tour in UNESCO World Heritage site Itchan-Kala Fortress, living museum under the open sky. Take a walking sightseeing tour in Khiva with a guide: visit Kunya- Ark Citadel, Tash-Khovli Palace, Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad khan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque Minaret of Islam-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon.
Dinner with folklore show. Overnight in Khiva city.
Day 3: Khiva – Bukhara. (500km/ 7 hrs)
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.). On the way stop in village and explore life of local people. The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva run through the Kyzyl -Kum Desert, as the present road does nowadays. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amu Darya River and the desert.(Panoramic view of Amudarya and border Turkmenistan .) Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight in Bukhara city.
Day 4: Bukhara.
Full day sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, , trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight in Bukhara city.
Day 5: Bukhara - Samarkand (240 km / 4 hrs)
Early breakfast in the hotel.
08:00 Transfer to Samarkand.(200km/3/4 hrs ) Stop on the way at Gijduvan ceramics museum to see how to make handmade ceramics.12:30 Arrival in Samarkand.
13:00 Lunch at Uzbek restaurant
Visit Saint Daniel Mazar - The only place in Central Asia where Muslim, Jewish, Christian people together consider as sacred place in their religion.
Meros – The ancient paper mill. Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand city.
Day 6: Samarkand – Tashkent (300km/2 hrs)
08:00Early breakfast in the hotel. Visit:
The mausoleum of Gur Emir, a burial place of Tamer Lang and other princess of his family. Registan Square, the heart of Samarkand consisting of Madrassa of Ulugbek, Madrassa Sher-Dor and Tillya- Kori Madrassah.
BibiKhanum Mosque, once the biggest mosque in Central Asia, it was erected by order of Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399.Shakhi- Zinda(Alive King ) Necropolis, a site of pilgrimage visited since the 11th century and marked by holiness. Lunch.Visit: Shopping at famous oriental
Siyob bazzar Transfer to Railway station.Take a high- speed train “Afrosiyob” to Tashkent at 17:00 – 19:00 (300km/2hrs) Arrival to Tashkent and transfer to restaurant for Dinner. Check in.Overnight in Tashkent city.
Day 7: Tashkent
10:00 - Visit sacred places of Tashkent: Ensemble of Hazret Imam. Here you can see the oldest manuscript of Uzbekistan and famous Muslim heritage –Holy Koran Mushaf of Othman which also has the certificate of authenticity from UNESCO.Kukeldash Madrasah, located on the square Chorsu, was built in the 16th century during the reign of the Sheibankhan dynasty. Now it is a college, where the basics of Islam are taught. Chorsu Bazaar – The wholesale oriental bazaar where you can bargain till 50% of any product.
13:00 Lunch.Museum of Applied arts ,The museum of history, White Mosque.Overnight in Tashkent city.
Day 8: Tashkent – Departure
Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure.
End of the tour.
Tashkent –3 nights
Uzbekistan Hotel 4*/ Hilal 4* or similar
Bukhara –2 nights
Fatima/Volida 3*or similar
Samarkand - 1 night
Malika Classic 3* or similar
Khiva – 1 night
Euro Asia 3* or similar