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Uzbekistan - Golden Road to Samarkand (guaranteed departures)

This tour covers the world-famous historical cities with their unique architectural complexes striking imagination of everyone. During the trip you will follow exactly same Great Silk Road tour formed by the ancient trade caravans that over the centuries passed along the way from China to Europe, connecting the East with the West.

Duration: 9 days/7 nights

Day 1/2: TASHKENT – SAMARKAND
Arrival in Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan in the morning and meeting at airport.
Breakfast. Start exploration of the city - Tashkent was known as important trade point on the Great Silk Route. Today it is a huge modern city of European style. Visit to Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, and the Alisher Navoi Theatre Square & Museum of Applied Arts.
After lunch depart to Samarkand (320 km) - the city which has marvelous and attractive power. Poets and historians of the past called it “Rome of the East, “The Pearl of the Eastern Moslem World”. Overnight at hotel.
Meal: B, L

Day 3: SAMARKAND
Full day sightseeing tour of Samarkand including majestic Registan Square, became an official centre of Samarkand since Tamerlane the Great’s time. The Square is surrounded by the Ulugbek’s madrassah (1417-1420), the Sher-Dor madrassah (1619-1636), and Tilla-Kori madrassah (1646-1660);  Mosque Bibi-Khanum (named in hohor of Timur’s eldest and favorite wife); Siab bazaar, a colorful main farmers’ market; Necropolis Shakhi-Zinda and ensemble of mausoleums of the 11th-19th centuries (According to the legend, the ensemble was erected around the grave of Kussam, a son of Abbas and cousin of Mohammed). Visiting Samarkand Handmade Silk Paper Manufacture “Meros” where the artisans have revived the ancient tradition of the hand-made paper production and reintroduced Samarkand Paper to the world. Lunch during the visits. Overnight at hotel.
Meal: B, L

Day 4: SAMARKAND – BUKHARA (300 km)
Continue visits in Samarkand: Gur-Emir Mausoleum (graves of Tamerlane and his descendants, 15c); Observatory of Ulugbek (Ulugbek, Timur the Great’s grandson, was the founder of the unique constructions of the observatory (1428-1429). Drive to Bukhara – one of the most prosperous cities of a Great Silk Road. En-route visit to Gijduvan – famous ceramics workshop. Arrival in Bukhara. Lunch. Overnight at hotel.
Meal: B, L

Day 5: BUKHARA
Full day spent on exploration of Bukhara: the town retains much of its Oriental character and has more than 140 unique monuments of the Islamic architecture. Visit to the central complex Lyabi Khauz situated around the pool with a fountain. The square was built during the 16th - 17th centuries. Long ago there were approximately 119 such “pools” in Bukhara: the Russians, however, closed most of them for hygiene reasons. Around Lyabi Khauz there are several madrassahs, the most important of which are those of Nodir Divan-Begi, Khanaka and that of Kukeldash; we also take a look at the Bolo Khauz Mosque, known as the mosque of the 40 wooden pillars; Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, the most precious Bukhara monuments dated from 9th c. Mausoleum is considered as the treasure of Islamic architecture in Central Asia, the Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum with the holy water source.
Special event: at the arrival at local Uzbek house where you will be cordially met and welcomed by the family. You will have an opportunity to get to know the local customs and traditions deeply rooted in the oriental hospitality. Furthermore, you will have a chance to participate in the cooking of the national Uzbek dish «palov». Warm and friendly atmosphere and a delicious lunch served by the mistress of the house will be kept for a long time as an excellent souvenir of this journey. Overnight at hotel.
Meal: B, L

Day 6: BUKHARA
We start a day with the visit to Ark Citadel, the former residence of Bukhara emirs; we also take a look to the small madrassah of Chor-Minor with four tours-minarets. Lunch.
In the afternoon you have free time to explore this highly interesting city on your own.
Folklore performance at ancient madrassah. Overnight at hotel.
Meal: B, L

Day 7: BUKHARA/KHIVA (450 km)
Drive to  Khiva (450 km) across the Kyzylkum desert. Lunch en-route or lunch boxes will be provided. Late afternoon first walking to the old town. Overnight at hotel.
Meal: B, L

Day 8: KHIVA/URGENCH – TASHKENT (30 km + flight)
Today explore Khiva - an architectural masterpiece of Central Asia, a city of palaces and splendor minarets, unique mausoleums and madrassahs. A walk in Khiva will bring you to the world of Thousand and One Arabian Nights fairytales from a long forgotten childhood.
Lunch during the visits. Evening flight to Tashkent from Urgench airport. Arrival and accommodation at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Meal: B, L

DAY 9: TASHKENT
Transfer to the airport for your next destination

Note: the visits and excursions mentioned in the program may be modified or reversed depending on changes in flights’ schedule and according to your wishes.

DATES (date of arrival and departure from TAS):
High season period:
 15.04 – 22.04.2017
 29.04 – 06.05.2017
 27.05 – 03.06.2017 
 09.09 – 16.09.2017 
 07.10 – 14.10.2017 

Price:
797 $/ person in double room


Middle season period:
 18.03 – 25.03.2017 
 10.06 – 17.06.2017 
 08.07 – 15.07.2017 
 12.08 – 19.08.2017 
 04.11 – 11.11.2017

Price:
767 $/person in double room


THE PRICE OF TOUR BASED ON ACCOMMODATION AT THE FOLLOWING HOTELS OR SIMILAR:
Samarkand              htl. Orient Star 3* or sim 2 o/n
Bukhara htl. Asl 3* or sim 3 o/n
Khiva htl. Madrassah Orient Star Khiva 3* or sim               1 o/n
Tashkent htl. Shodlik Palace  4* or sim 1 o/n


THE PRICE OF THE TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation on twin base at above mentioned hotels;
  • HB – from lunch on 2nd day till breakfast on day 9th (8 breakfasts + 7 lunches);
  • Transport for transfers and excursions throughout;
  • Flight Urgench-Tashkent by Uzbekistan Airways;
  • All excursions and entrance fees to monuments as indicated in the program;
  • English-speaking local guides in each city for excursion time only & National English-speaking guide throughout from 8 persons;
  • Tourist tax to Uzbekistan;
  • Folklore performance at Nodir Divan Begi madrassah.

THE PRICE OF TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • International flight;
  • Visa fee for Uzbekistan;
  • Visa support fee for Uzbekistan - 15 USD per person  (if need be);
  • Supplement for dinners - 84 USD per person;
  • Tips for guides & drivers & porters at hotels;
  • Travel insurance;
  • All personal expenses: payment for photo cameras and video at monuments & luggage overweight.
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