Discover Uzbekistan: Tour 8
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Tashkent - Samarkand - Urgut - Shahrisabs - Bukhara - Tashkent
Day 1: Tashkent
We are glad to see you in Uzbekistan. Today visit Independence square, walk along the local Broadway and of course see the Tashkent metro, opened in 1977. In the afternoon we will visit the old part of the city as Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that has of madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The next destination is visiting the Othman Quran as the world's oldest Quran copy of the 8th century. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph (of the four virtuous Caliphs who thrived the prophet Muhammad). Othman was killed by stransgers in 8th century. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand city tour
Having a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to railway station of Tashkent for your train to Samarkand. Samarkand is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan. We will visit Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square has outstanding three fascinating Madrasahs of the 15-17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh will inspire by a big collection of mausoleums belonging to the 11th-15 centuries (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Bibi Khanum Mosque is dedicated to favorite Tamerlane's wife, after his trip in India. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand - Urgut - Samarkand
We will travel to a small village outside of Samarkand named Urgut. This village is well-known for its raucous and interesting national bazaar. In the afternoon we will back to Samarkand and driver to another village where you can see honoring complex of Al Bukhary. Al Bukhary was an Islamic researcher, who authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al Bukhari, stared by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic Hadith collections. He is author of books such as Al Adab al Mufrad. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 4: Samarkand - Shahrisabs - Bukhara
In the morning we will travel to the birthplace of Amir Timur, the city of Shahrisabs. Upon arrival you will have a city tour. We will visit outstanding Ak Saray Palace, built by Amir Timur. On the main door of the Palace was written: "If you want to know about our power, look at our buildings". Visit Jahongir mausoleum, committed to the eldest son of Amir Timur, who perished in fight when he was twenty years old. When his son died, the leader has grieved for a long time. The next destination is visiting Shahrisabs as the Dorus Siadat and Dorus Tillavat commemorative complexes where all relatives of Amir Timur were buried. You will continue the drive to Bukhara. Transfer to a hotel for rest.
Day 5: Bukhara city tour
Today is a sightseeing tour in the charming city of Bukhara. You will visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara dating back to the 4th century called Citadel Ark which used as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then you will see Samanids mausoleum originated in the 9th -10th century. We will continue our tour to Chashma Ayub, meaning Job's well and Bolo Hauz mosque, identified also as the mosque of forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. We will walk along the shopping domes and visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. Afterwards we will visit Poi Kalon complex and see three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 6: Bukhara
The city tour of Bukhara. You will visit Gijduvan village in order to see private pottery workshop. Its skills have been passed from generation to generation. Today Gizhduvan is home for the sixth generation of potters from Narzullayevs family which overvalued Gijduvan school ceramics all over the world. Gijduvan School of ceramics is eminent by a geometric pattern. Green and blue colors succeed in adornment of products. Then we will travel to Varahsha village, which was a capital of Bukhara region, and Vabkent, famous for its minaret built in 1196-1198, under the reign of Ala ad Din Tekish. We will return to Bukhara. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 7: Bukhara - Tashkent
Today you will have a guided tour in the surrounding area of Bukhara. First you will visit Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex, found few kilometers from Bukhara. It is a commemorative complex of famous Sufi Leader and Philosopher as one of the Muslim pilgrimage places for all people of Islamic world. Sheikh Bakhauddin Nakshbandi was one of the divine masters of Amir Timur. These days' complex contains of mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana, courtyard with pool, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. Then we will travel to see the countryside residence of Bukhara Emirs named Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. Emir called the palace on behalf of his wife who died young "Star - like and moon- like Palace". Then is transfer to Bukhara airport for flight to Tashkent. Night is in a hotel.
Day 8: Tashkent - Flight
Transfer to airport. Thank you for the tour.
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus
Price per person:
02 pax - 690 $
04 pax - 535 $
06 pax - 495 $
08 pax - 470 $
10 pax - 435 $
Single - 100 $
Early check-in - 35 $
Single early check-in - 55 $
*Half board - 60 $
*Full board - 105 $
*Entrance fees - 55 $ available with escort guide only
English speaking guide - local 260 $ or escort 430 $ per group
Flight Bukhara -Tashkent - from 60 $ per person
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
- Train tickets Tashkent-Samarkand
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Bukhara-Tashkent flight
- Entrances to all museums