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Main / Guaranteed Departures 2021: Golden Road to Samarkand

GOLDEN ROAD TO SAMARKAND:

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES 2020

UZBEKISTAN: THE SILK ROAD TOUR 2018

DURATION: 9 days / 7 nights

DOMESTIC FLIGHT: morning flight Tashkent / Urgench

PROGRAM:
DAY 1/2, TUE/WED: TASHKENT
Arrival, meeting at the airport and transfer to the one of the local cafes for breakfast. SS tour of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan: Independence Squre, Amir Temur Square, Alisher Navoi Theatre Square; Museum of Applied Arts, Khast Imam Square with Barakhan madrassah, Tillya Sheykh mosque, mausoleum of Kafal Shashi. Lunch at a local restaurant. Check-in to hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3, THU:         TASHKENT –  URGENCH/ KHIVA
Flight to Urgench. Drive to Khiva (30 km). Visit to the old town Ichan Kala which gives the exact appearance of the Middle Ages Oriental town. We visit the most remarkable monuments of the city. Lunch at the ancient madrassah - enjoy Khorezm dish «shivet oshi». Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4, FRI:         KHIVA – BUKHARA
Drive to Bukhara (450 km/ app.7-8 hrs) across the Kyzylkum desert. Lunch at a roadside cafe. Arrival in Bukhara. Perhaps, take a walk on your own in a sunset through the old town. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5, SAT:         BUKHARA
The day starts with a visit to Lyabi Khauz square with its impressive madrassahs. Enjoy bazaars of the ancient trading domes the full of various traditional articles and souvenirs. We visit a local house and cook Uzbek dish «Pilov» in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Lunch with family. Continue on to the splendid Poi Kalyan complex, citadel Ark, former residence of Emirs, Samanids Mausoleum, the treasure of Islamic architecture in Central Asia, Chashma-Ayub shrine,  Chor Minor madrassah with four peculiar looking towers. Enjoy folk music and dances at Nodir Divan Begi madrassah (depending on weather conditions). Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6, SUN:       BUKHARA – SHAKHRISABZ – SAMARKAND 
We drive to Shahrisabz (300 km), where the national hero Temur (also known as Tamerlane or “Temur the Lame”) was born. A visit to his summer palace is something not to be missed. The construction of this Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”) was commenced in 1380 and completed some time in the 15th century.
In the afternoon we take a peek into the Kok Gumbaz Friday mosque and the Mausoleum of Dorut Tilavat: the mosque was built in 1437 by Ulugbek in honour of his father Shah Rukh. The Mausoleum was never used as a tomb. The Mausoleum of Dorus Siadat was built by Temur to bury his 22-year-old son after he was killed by a fall from his horse. It is said that Temur never again smiled after the death of his son. Lunch at local restaurant in Shakhrisabz.
Drive to Samarkand (150 km). Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7, MON:       SAMARKAND
Explore the marvellous sites of Timur’s capital: the Reqistan Square surrounded by the three remarkable madrassahs; visit to the Bibi Khanym Mosque. Stroll through the colorful Siab bazaar. Visit the necropolis of Shakhi Zinda and its 20 mausoleums, the exquisite example of the finest works in glazed ceramic; unique Observatory of Ulugbek Timur’s grandson. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8, TUE:        SAMARKAND – TASHKENT
Visit the Mausoleum of Timur and his descendants. Admire marble and onyx interior with gold ceiling. Visit the excavation site of Afrosiab and Museum with the unique wall painting of the VII c. Enjoy a lunch at local restaurant, where we taste the region's favourite dish"manty (local dumplings). Afternoon at leisure. Take a high-speed train "Afrosiab" to get to Tashkent. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 9, WED:       TASHKENT
Transfer to airport for flight back home.

PRICE OF TOUR IS BASED ON ACCOMMODATION AT THE FOLLOWING HOTELS:

Hotel base:  Tashkent htl “Shodlik Palace” 4*/ similar  1 + 1 o/n
  Khiva htl “Orient Star Khiva” 3*  1 o/n
  Bukhara htl “Lyabi House” 3* / similar  2 o/n
  Samarkand htl “Orient Star” 3*/ similar  2 o/n

DATES OF FIXED DEPARTURES 2021:
MINIMUM 2 PERSONS / MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS

 
 
MIDDLE SEASON DATES: HIGH SEASON DATES: 
09.03 - 17.03.2021
16.03 - 24.03.2021, please note this departure program will be done in the reverse order to give you the opportunity to participate in celebration of Navruz holiday and Buzkashi, traditional horse game of Central Asia for the supplement 40 €/pax 
08.06 - 16.06.2021
06.07 - 14.07.2021
20.07 - 28.07.2021
10.08 - 18.08.2021
02.11 - 10.11.2021
16.11 - 24.11.2021

 
30.03 - 07.04.2021
20.04 - 28.04.2021
04.05 - 12.05.2021
18.05 - 26.05.2021
14.09 - 22.09.2021
28.09 - 06.10.2021
19.10 - 27.10.2021

 
 PRICE:
 695 €/person (double/twin share)
 810 €/person (single room)

 PRICE:
 725 €/person (double/twin share)
 850 €/person (single room)

 

PRICE OF TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation on double/twin base at above mentioned hotels;
  • Meal base: Half-board: 8 breakfasts + 7 lunches;
  • Bottled water – 1 l/person/day;
  • Ticket for high-speed train “Afrosiab” (economy class);
  • A/C transportation for all transfers, drives and city tours: car for 2 persons, 10-12 seated minibus for 3-6 persons, 18 seated bus for 7-9 persons, 30-35 seated bus from 10 persons;
  • ENGLISH-speaking local guides in each city for excursion time only,national guide from arrival till departure from 8 persons;
  • All excursions and entrance fees to monuments as indicated in the program;
  • Folklore performance in Bukhara

PRICE OF TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • International flight’s ticket;
  • Ticket for domestic flight Urgench/Tashkent - 70-95 EUR/person (subject to change);
  • Visa fee for Uzbekistan;
  • Visa support fee;
  • Tourist tax - 24 EUR/person;
  • Supplement for dinners (7 dinners) – 90 €/person;
  • All personal expenses: payment for photo and video cameras at monuments;
  • Luggage overweight;
  • Tips for guides & drivers & porters at hotels
For more detailed program, information and rates please contact us on office@tour-orient.com
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