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Guaranteed departure to Uzbekistan: Golden Road to Samarkand



Route: Tashkent – Urgench/Khiva – Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent

Duration: 9 days/ 8 nights days

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DAY 1/2, TUE/WED  TASHKENT

Amir Temur monument, TashkentArrival, 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

Inner town Ichan Kala, KhivaFlight 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

Poi Kalyan complex (XII — XVI cc), BukharaThe 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

Remnants of Ak-Sarai Palace (XIV c), ShakhrisabzWe 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

Registan square, SamarkandExplore 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

Gur Emir mausoleum, SamarkandContinue city tour of Samarkand with a visit to the Mausoleum of Gur-Emir of Timur himself and his descendents.  The octagonal complex with marble and onyx interior and a gold ceiling was completed in 1404. Visit to the excavation site of Afrosiab and Museum with the unique wall painting from VII c.
This afternoon enjoy a lunch at the local restaurant and taste of the region's favourite dishes “manty” - local dumplings.
Afternoon at leisure.  In the evening transfer to railway station to take a high-speed express train ‘’Afrosiyab’’ to Tashkent. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 9, WED  TASHKENT

Transfer to airport for flight back home.
DATES OF GUARANTEED DEPARTURES FOR 2021:
MINIMUM 2 PERSONS / MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS

 
Month Dates Price
March 09.03/17.03 € 695
16.03/24.03* € 735
30.03/07.04 € 725
April 20.04/28.04 € 725
May 04.05/12.05 € 725
18.05/26.05 € 725
June 08.06/16.06 € 695
July 06.07/14.07 € 695
20.07/28.07 € 695
August 10.08/18.08 € 695
September 14.09/22.09 € 725
28.09/06.10 € 725
October 19.10/27.10 € 725
November 02.11/10.11 € 695
16.11/24.11 € 695
  *special Navrouz Holiday departure 

Hotel base:
Tashkent "Shodlik Palace" 4*/ similar     1 night
Khiva madrassah Orient Star/similar     1 night
Bukhara "Lyabi House"/ similar     2 nights
Tashkent Orient Star/similar     2 nights

PRICE OF TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation on double/twin base at above mentioned hotels;
  • Meal base: Half-board: 8 breakfasts + 7 lunches;
  • Ticket for high-speed train “Afrosiab” (economy class);
  • A/C transportation for all transfers, drives and city tours;
  • English-speaking local guides in each city for excursion time only, national guide throughout 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 flights;
  • Visa for Uzbekistan (visa free regime for 78 countries or e-visa);
  • Ticket for domestic flight Urgench/Tashkent - € 70-95 person (subject to change);
  • Supplement for dinners (7 dinners) – € 90 person;
  • Tourist tax - € 24 person;
  • All personal expenses incl. payment for photo and video cameras at monuments;
  • Luggage overweight;
  • Gratuities for guides/drivers/hotel porters
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