Tour title: Silk Road Heritage
Places to visit: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Urgut, Shahrisabs.
Day 1: Tashkent
You will at the International Airport of Tashkent and will be transferred to the capital city for the city tour. We will start from the main square called Independence square which was built as a symbol over fascism in World War II. Then we walk to another square of Amir Timur, we will walk through the local Broadway. From the square of Amir Timur we will take a metro and will make a short ride, the first line of Tashkent metro was opened in 1977 and it's one of the most beautiful subways in the world. After nice lunch we will go to explore an old part of Tashkent with Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam Complex. The main exhibit of Hast Imam Complex is Othman Quran, it's the oldesy Quran copy in the world. Hast Imam complex has few madrasahs, mosques and a mausoleum. Old Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan who was a Caliph of the Prophet Muhammad (Muhammed had four Caliphs who followed him). Othman was killed in 8th century by non-muslims and we still can see his blood in the pages of the book. The night is in the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Bukhara
This day we will fly to Bukhara city by morning flight. In Bukhara we will have a full day city tour visiting the most fascinating sites of this incredible city. We will start from the Ciradel Ark from 4th century and it served as a palace for the few dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then we will go to see Samanids mausoleum which is treasure of architecture of 9th -10th century. After visiting Palace we will move to Chashma Ayub well (Job'e well) and Bolo House mosque which is known also as a mosque of forty columns. This mosque was built in honor of Bukhara Governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Then we will visit the main shopping area of the city with souvenir shops, teahouses and workshops. The most famous madrasah of Bukhara is Nodir Divan Begi which is a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. Lyabi House is a famous central sightseeing of Bukhara. This complex was built in 12th -16th centuries and has Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. The night is in the hotel.
Day 3: Bukhara
Today we will still explore surrounding area of Bukhara city. We will start from Bahauddin Nasqshbandi complex which is a memorial complex situated few kilometers away from Bukhara. This memorial complex of well-known Sufi Leader and Philosopher and it's a place of pilgrimage for the Muslim people. Sheikh Bakhauddin Nakshbandi was one f the spiritual masters of Amir Timur and nowadays we can see in this complex the mosques of Kuahbegi and Muzafarohana. There is a pool on the courtyard of the complex, madrasah and burial mound of Bukhara rulers. Then we will drive to see a countryside residence of Bukhara Emirs called Sitorai Mohi Hosa. It's a complex with a palace which is a wonderful sample of architectural styles. Emir gave a name to this palace after his wife who died when she was stull young, "Star-like and moon-like Palace". The place we will visit will be Chor Bakr memorial complex known also as the town of the death. This complex has a nice signification, it symbolize the four sides of the earth and interprets the all people are equal. This complex began to be constructed during the Samanids reign until the 16th century. After all excursions we will return to the city for overnight in the hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara - Samarkand
This morning we will take a train to Samarkand which is the second largest city of Uzbekistan. Samarkand is situated in the valley of Zeravshan river and has the same age with the cities like Rome and Babylon. We will have a whole day city tour visitjng the places like Registan square which also a symbol of this city, it has three madrasahs from 15th- 17th centuries. Then we will visit Shakhi-Zindeh complex which has collection of the mausoluems from 11th -15th centuries, it's also a part of UNESCO Heritage site. After that we will visit a Guri Emir and Bibi Khanim mosque, this mosque was built by Tamerlane and he dedicated it to his favorite wife, he was inspired after his successful campaign to India. The night is in the hotel.
Day 5: Samarkand - Tashkent
Today we will still stay in Samarkand city to explore the surrounding area of this city. We will visit an observatory of Ulughnbek which was built in 15th century. Ulughbek was a ruler of Samarkand and he was a great scientist who wrote a catalog in 1437. In this catalog he put information about 1018 celestial bodies and called it "Zidji Guragoni". Ulughbek was killed by order of his own son. Then we will visit a local Broadway with its souvenir shops, teahouses and workshops. After that we will visit a Siab Bazaar, amazing oriental bazaar where you and find Uzbek traditional handmade products and local sweets. In the afternoon we will take a train to Tashkent. The night is in the hotel.
Day 6: Tashkent - Chimgan Mountains - Tashkent
This day we will drive to Chimgan Mountains. When we will arrive to the mountains we will take a chair lift to arrive the top of the mountain and enjoy the peak Beldersay, It will take 30 minutes on the lift. On the top we will have some free time to enjoy the view and walk around. On the way back to the capital we will stop at Cahrvak lake, there are the beaches where we will have some free time to have some breath and if you want you can take a bath in the lake. Charvak is an artificial lake and it's a popular resort in this region. Many people come every year from Uzbekistan and neighboring countries. In the afternoon we will drive back to Tashkent for overnight in the hotel.
Day 7: Tashkent - Flight
Transfer to airport.
Price per person:
02 pax - 675 $
04 pax - 525 $
06 pax - 485 $
08 pax - 460 $
10 pax - 425 $
Single - 80 $
Early check-in - 35 $
Single early check-in - 55 $
*Half board - 55 $
*Full board - 95 $
*Entrance fees - 55 $ available with escort guide only
UZ - local 220 $ or escort 380 $ per group
Flight Tashkent-Bukhara - from 60 $ per person
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
- Train tickets Bukhara-Samarkand and Samarkand-Tashkent
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums