Description: family tour to the pearls of Uzbekistan - Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand and the mountains. Consists of a combination of historical, architectural and natural components.
Travel itinerary: Beijing - Tashkent - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent - Charvak-Chimgan mountains - Tashkent - Beijing
Day 1 (Tue.): Beijing - Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan from Beijing with the flight HY-506 at 14:55. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Rest after a long flight. Overnight in the capital of Uzbekistan.
Day 2 (Wed.): Tashkent - Bukhara
Breakfast. Visiting of Aqua Park and/or Disneyland. Transfer to Train Station for night train from Tashkent to Bukhara. Overnight in the train.
Day 3 (Thu.): Bukhara
Arrival to Bukhara Train Station, transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Breakfast. City tour: mausoleum of the Samanids - the most ancient brick building in Central Asia, a masterpiece of world architecture (9-10th c.), the mausoleum of Chashma Ayub that belongs to esteemed "places of trace" left by saints (14th c). The legend says that once the bible prophet Job (Ayub) visited this place. Visit to the museums of Imam Al Bukhari and "The Museum of Water". Bolo-Houz Mosque - the only monument of medieval Bukhara (beg. of 20th c.), Ark - the center of Bukhara statehood (4th c. BC), silk carpet shops, complex Poi Kalon ("Beneath the Great"): Kalyan Minaret - the main symbol of sacred Bukhara that symbolized authority and power of spiritual governors. (12th c.), Kalyan Mosque - its area of 130 x 80 m surpasses Bibi-Khanym mosque in Samarkand, Miri Arab Madrassah - active madrassah is one of the most esteemed spiritual Islamic universities (16th c.), Taki Zargaron - the dome of jewelers (15-16th cc.), Ulugbeg Madrassah - one of the 3 madrassahs constructed by grandson of Tamerlan - Ulugbeg (15th c.), Abdulaziz-khan Madrassah - a traditional madrassah with 2 floors of hudjras and a mosque on the central axis ( mid. of 17th c.), Tim of Abdullah-Khan madrassah (1588-1590), atlas shops, Magoki-Attari Mosque - the most ancient mosque in Bukhara (12th c.) is considered a masterpiece of Bukhara architecture, Khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan-Beghi - a massive rectangular structure that was a place for the refuge and meditation of Sufis (17th c.), Kukeldash Madrassah (16th c.) - one of the biggest Bukhara madrassah, Lyabi-Hauz ensemble - the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara - is very popular among tourists (14-17th cc.), Chor Minor ("Four minarets") is an unusual madrassah built by Caliph Niyazkul (18th c.). One of the "1000 and 1 nights" in Bukhara.
Day 4 (Fri.): Bukhara - Samarkand
Breakfast. Transfer to the historical town of Samarkand - a crossroad of the world's cultures, one of the most ancient cities in the world (268 km, 4 hrs). City tour: Gur Emir Mausoleum - Tamerlan's tomb (14-15th c.) that was built for Temur's grandson Muhammad-Sultan and the tombs of three other Temurids - sons of Temur - Miranshah and Shahruh and his grandson Ulugbek, Ruhabad Mausoleum ("House of Spirit") - the legend says that under the dome there is a box with seven hairs of Prophet Muhammad (14th c.), Registan Square ("A sandy place") - the major square of Samarkand: Ulugbeg Medressa - Sheikh Khodja Akhrar and poet Djami were among outstanding graduates of the medressa (15th c.), Sher-Dor Medressa ("Having tigers") (17th c.), Tillya-Kari Medressa ("Coated by gold") - the rich gilding on the dome, walls and mihrab surpassed all other famous buildings in Central Asia (17th c.). The mosque named after Hazret-Hyzr - an Islamic saint and eternal wanderer. He was esteemed as giving richness and good luck in far voyages and trade (19th c.), cathedral mosque Bibi-Khanym that was named after the oldest wife of Tamerlan (14th c.), the architectural complex Shahi-Zinda (Alive king) - necropolis on the slope of the Afrosiab hill is connected with Kusam ibn Abbas - the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (11-15th c.), Siab bazaar. Wine tasting in Khovrenko winery. Free time to spend at leisure. Overnight in the capital of Tamerlane's Empire.
Day 5 (Sat.): Samarkand - Tashkent
Transfer to Tashkent. Arrival and hotel accommodation. City tour around Tashkent: Old part of the city: the architectural complex Khazret-Imam incl. the necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and a famous prophet and poet (16th c.), Barak-khan Madrassah - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of the Uzbek dynasty of the Sheibanid's (16th c.), Tellya-Sheikh Mosque (19th c.) also called "Khast Imom Mosque" where Osman Quran - the world's oldest is kept, Mui-Mubarak Madrassah (19th c.), Juma Mosque (15-19th cc.) - the third biggest mosque in Uzbekistan, Imam Ismail al Bukhari Islamic Institute - a two year post-Madrassah academy, Hadra square, Kukeldash Madrassah ("Foster brother") - was built by Kukekdash - the vizier of the Tashkent khans (16th c)., Chorsu - oriental bazaar, National park, Abdulkasim Madrassah which now is the centre for traditional arts with attractive souvenirs by local artisans (19th c). Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 6 (Sun.): Tashkent - Charvak-Chimgan mountain resort
Breakfast. Excursion to Charvak-Chimgan mountain resort including cable way lift in Beldersay gorge. Overnight in hotel in Western Tyan-Shan mountains.
Day 7 (Mon.): Charvak-Chimgan mountain resort - Tashkent
Breakfast. Free time to walk in mountains. Afternoon transfer back to Tashkent. Free time to spend at leisure. Short rest till 22:00. At 23:00 transfer to Tashkent Airport.
Day 8 (Tue.): Tashkent - Beijing
Departure to Beijing at 01:00 by HY-505, good bye to the wonderful land, back to monotony with the intention of returning.