Travel itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent
Day 1 (Thu.): Beijing - Tashkent
Morning arrival in Tashkent by HY-502 at 02:50. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Rest after a long flight. Morning city tour: New Tashkent TV Tower - the highest in Central Asia - 375 m, Memorial to the Victims of Repression - the memorial complex and museum, Monument of Courage - the epicenter of Tashkent earthquake of 1966 (1976 y). 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). First overnight in hospitable Uzbekistan.
13:00 - Lunch in Chinese restaurant.
19:30 - Dinner in Chinese restaurant.
Day 2 (Fri.): Tashkent - Samarkand
Breakfast. Transfer to Samarkand (315 km, 5 hrs) and hotel accommodation. 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.). Overnight in the capital of Tamerlane's Empire.
13:00 - Lunch in local restaurant Karimbek.
19:30 - Dinner in local restaurant Astoria.
Day 3 (Sat.): Samarkand - Bukhara
Breakfast. This day you will visit: Siab bazaar, taste the best Samarkand bread and fruits, excavations and museum of the ancient city of Afrosiab, mausoleum of Khodja Daniyar - the legend associates him with the Koran' and Biblical prophet Daniyar (Daniel) whose remains were brought here by Tamerlane, the memorial complex of the outstanding Sunni theologian Imam Mukhammad al-Bukhari (died in 870) and the biggest observatory of the 15th c. built by Ulugbeg. After lunch time driving to Bukhara (270 km, 3.5 hrs). Arrival in Bukhara and hotel accommodation. Overnight in one of the most ancient cities in the world.
14:00 - Lunch in local Guest House.
19:30 - Dinner in local Guest House Minzifa.
Day 4 (Sun.): Bukhara
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 & 1 nights" in Bukhara.
13:00 - Lunch in local cafe Lyabi house.
19:30 - Dinner in old Madrassa nodir Divan Begim with show-program.
Day 5 (Mon.): Bukhara - Tashkent
Breakfast. Transfer to Samarkand via Breakfast. Tour outside the city: Emir's Summer Residence Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th c.), memorial necropolises Chor Bakr (10th c.), visit to the Bakhouddin Nakshbandi mausoleum (16-19th cc.), to the sepulchers of his mother and his preceptor (14th c.). Return to Bukhara. Free time for rest and walking through the old streets of Bukhara. Proceed to the airport for a evening flight to Tashkent HY-1338 at 20:20 - 21:45 - arrival time. Meeting at the Airport and proceed to the dinner to Chinese restaurant. After dinner transfer to Tashkent Airport for evening flight HY-505 at 1:00 am, good bye to the wonderful land, back to monotony with the intention of returning.
13:00 - Lunch in local Guest House.
22:30 - Dinner in Chinese restaurant.
|Price includes:||Price excludes:|
|Tashkent||Tashkent Palace 4* / Park Turon 4*|
|Samarkand||Grand Samarkand 3+* / Panorama Grand 4*|
|Bukhara||Grand Bukhara 4* / Zargaron Plaza 4*|
- This route is certified;
- Tour program designed upon appropriate Uzbekistan Airways flight schedule: Beiging - Tashkent HY-502 (departure Thursday) and Tashkent - Beiging HY-505 (departure Monday);
- Booking requests should no less than 21 days before the travel date;
- Cancellation of booking should be at least 15 days before check in date. In the event of a group cancellation (not individuals) within 14 days before arrival, an amount equivalent to one night's hotel accommodation will be charged;
- CIP hall in Tashkent airport arrival/departure are per pax upon request;
- All transport provided with A/C and music system;
- Wine tasting in Khovrenko winery in Samarkand is per person;
- The above prices include 10% of agent commission;
- Prices for the tour are valid through the year.