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Guaranteed departure to Uzbekistan: Golden Road to Samarkand



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

Duration: 9 days / 8 night

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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

Transfer to ttarin station for train #50 to Bukhara 08h20/13h35. Lunch in the train.
We arrive in Bukhara in the early evening.
First visits in Bukhara: central complex Lyabi Hauz built around the pool with a fountain. The square was founded in the 16th - 17th centuries. The square of Lyabi Hauz is surrounded by several madrassahs, the most important of which are those of Nodir Divan-Begi, Khanaka and that of Kukeldash.  We take a walk under the three ancient trading domes: Tok-i-Sarrafon – Moneychangers Bazaar, Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon – Cap makers Bazaar, Taqi Zargaron - Jeweler’s Bazaar. Enjoy bazaars full of various traditional articles and souvenirs.





 
DAY 5, SAT  BUKHARA

Poi Kalyan complex (XII — XVI cc), BukharaStart the day with a visit to the Poi Kalyan complex, one of the highlights of Bukhara. The complex consists of the Kalyan minaret (XII c.), the lighthouse for caravans for centuries; Friday mosque (XV c.) and the Miri-Arab madrassah, active Koran teaching center (outside visit only).
Visit to the local Uzbek house where you have an opportunity of getting acquinted with the local customs and traditions deeply rooted in the oriental hospitality. Furthermore, you have a chance to participate in cooking «Pilov» - the national Uzbek dish. Warm and friendly atmosphere and a delicious lunch served by the mistress of the house will be an excellent souvenir of the trip.
After lunch we visit: Bolo-Khauz mosque including mosque (XVIII c.), minaret (1914-17) and basin, Fortress Ark (citadel), a fortified residence of Emirs of Bukhara; Samanids Mausoleum, the most precious Bukhara monument dated back to the 9th century. Mausoleum is considered as the treasure of Islamic architecture in Central Asia; Chashma-Ayub shrine (XIV-XVI cc.) known for its curative source; Chor Minor madrassah.
This evening enjoy folklore and fashion performance at Nodir Divan Begi madrassah (depending on weather conditions it takes place in open air courtyard or at restaurant).
Overnight at the 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
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
 

HOTELS:
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;
  • Train tickets: Khiva/ Bukhara & Samarkand/ Tashkent, economy class;
  • A/C transportation for all transfers, drives and city tours;
  • English-, French-speaking speaking local guides in each city for excursion time only for groups of 2-7 persons; national guide from arrival till departure from 8 persons;
  • All excursions and entrance fees to monuments as indicated in the program;
  • Folklore and fashion performance in Bukhara (depending on weather condition)

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 -  from € 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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