Classic Uzbekistan Tour
Classic Uzbekistan (7 days)
Start on a timeless journey through Uzbekistan on our Classic Silk Road Tour, where history comes alive in the enchanting cities that once thrived along the legendary Silk Road. Explore the architectural wonders of Samarkand and Bukhara, and wander through the ancient streets of Khiva. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Central Asian culture, from bustling bazaars to grandiose mosques. This meticulously crafted itinerary promises a captivating glimpse into the heart of the Silk Road, inviting you to discover the enduring legacy of this historic trade route in the heartland of Uzbekistan.
Tashkent is the flavorful capital of Uzbekistan: it carries in itself both the modern infrastructure and the preserved cozy Old Town. At 10:00 – Sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi
Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”.
After lunch visiting Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square and Amir Temur Square. Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to the railway station. Transfer to Samarkand by high-speed train "Afrosiab" (08:00-10:10).
Meeting at the railway station and start the city tour. Sightseeing in Samarkand: the most impressive
square in the entire Central Asia – the Registan Square (madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor madrasah,
Tilya-Kori madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum – necropolis of the Timurids.
After lunch continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory. Dinner at a local national house, a culinary master class and tasting of manti – an authentic Uzbek dish that has the form of large dumplings filled with meat and steamed in a special pot.
Overnight at the hotel.
Meal: breakfast, dinner
Transfer to the railway station. Transfer to Bukhara by high-speed train "Afrosiab" (09:43-11:14).
Meeting at the railway station start the city tour.
Bukhara – an ancient city which was founded back in VI century BC; it used to be a large marketplace of the Great Silk Road and is one of the Islamic centers of the world to this day. In Bukhara you will be able to witness over 140 architecture sightseeing spots of all time periods in history; the Historical center of Bukhara has been included in the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.Sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.
Continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband.
Return to Bukhara. A culinary master class on cooking Bukhara plov. A professional chef oshpaz, who is specializing in cooking plov, will will reveal culinary secrets and will tell and show how an authentic Bukhara plov is made. This will be a dinner entertainment for all participants. Dinner with tasting of Bukhara plov at a national house. Overnight at the hotel.
Meal: breakfast, dinner
Transfer across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya River to Khiva.
Arrival in Khiva. Khiva, which is more than 2500 years old, is a museum-like city of the ancient Khwarazm, colorful and barely touched by humans, it is a true example of a medieval city in Middle East. Leisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight at the hotel.
Sightseeing in Khiva (Ichan-Kala historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Alakuli Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammadaminkhan Minaret & Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport in Urgench. Departure from Urgench.
- Accommodation at the hotels, mentioned above, or in similar, but of the same category in double/twin rooms
with breakfasts, including early check in on day 1 in Tashkent; check-in at other hotels – at 14:00; check-out – at
- Meals – breakfasts at the hotels and 2 dinners with culinary master-classes;
- Services of English-speaking local guides for sightseeing;
- Comfortable air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour, including ‘airport-hotel-airport” transfers;
- Railway transfer from Tashkent to Samarkand and from Samarkand to Bukhara on a high-speed train (economy
or business class);
- Bottled mineral water per day/per person
- The cost of international flights;
- Entrance fees to the monuments and museums listed above (can be paid on the spot – about 80 USD/per
person for the whole tour);
- Meals not mentioned above;
- Wine tasting at Bagizagan winery in Samarkand – 40 USD per person;
- Wine tasting at Khovrenko winery in Samarkand – 30 USD per person;
- Folklore show at Nodira Divan Begi madrassah in Bukhara – 20 USD per person;
- Medical expenses and insurance;
- Porters at the railway stations and airports
- Visa fees.
*Tickets for a high-speed train are provided upon availability only and cannot be guaranteed in advance
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Tour updated 21.1.2024