Travel itinerary: Tokyo - Tashkent - Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand - Tashkent - Tokyo
Day 1 (Fri.): Tokyo - Tashkent
Taking flight HY 528 from Tokyo at 19:00. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Rest after a long flight. Light snack in the hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 (Sat.): Tashkent - Bukhara
Early flight to Bukhara at 6:30. Arrive to Bukhara at 08:15. Meeting and accommodation in the hotel.
10.00 - City tour: Ark - the center of Bukhara statehood (4th c. BC), complex Poi Kalon ("Beneath the Great"): "Kalyan Minaret" - the main symbol of sacred Bukhara that symbolized the authority and power of spiritual governors. (12th c.), "Kalyan Mosque"- its area of 130x80 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 the grandson of Tamerlan - Ulugbeg (15th c.).
13:00 - Lunch time in the hotel.
19:00 - Dinner with folklore show in Nodir Divan Begim Madrassah.
One of the "1000 and 1 nights" in Bukhara.
Day 3 (Sun.): Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz - a unique monument of town-planning and architecture (270 km, 3,5 hrs). Shakhrisabz tour: ruins of "Ak-Saray Palace" - Tamerlan's summer residence that shocked the imagination of his contemporaries (14-15th c.), "Jahongir Mausoleum" - mausoleum of Tamerlan's eldest and favorite son (14th c.), complex "Dor-ut Saodat": "Khazratiy Imam Mosque" - the multi-stage mosque with domical hall with decorated ayvans (14th c.), "Gumbazi-Seiidan" - mausoleum of possible offspring of Temur, "Kok Gumbaz Mosque" ("Blue dome") - built by Ulugbek on behalf of his father Shahruh (15th c). The Golden Road to the historical town of Samarkand - a crossroad of the world's cultures, one of the most ancient cities in the world (90 km, 1,5 hrs). Hotel accommodation and free time. Overnight in the city that is a contemporary of ancient Rome and has a history of more than 2500-years.
13:00 - Lunch in local cafe in Shahkrisabz.
14:00 - Transfer to Samarkand (270 km, 2,5 hrs). Arrive and accommodation in the hotel.
17:00 - Visiting Bibi-Khanym (14th c.), built by Timur to be biggest mosque at time. Architect, craftsmen & painters built it in 5 years. Siab bazaar (is closed on Mon).
19-00 - Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 4 (Mon.): Samarkand
Breakfast. City tour: Gur Emir Mausoleum - Tamerlan's tomb (14-15th c.) that was built for Temur's grandson Muhammad-Sultan and tombs of three other Temurids - sons of Temur - Miranshah and Shahruh and his grandson Ulugbek, Ruhabad Mausoleum ("House of Spirit") - a 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 Madrassah" - Sheikh Khodja Akhrar and poet Djami were among outstanding graduates of the Madrassah (15th c.), "Sher-Dor Madrassah" ("Having tigers") (17th c.), "Tillya-Kari Madrassah" ("Coated by gold") - the rich gilding on the dome, walls and mihrab surpassed all famous buildings in Central Asia (17th c). An 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.). 13-00 - Lunch in local cafe during excursion.
19-00 - Dinner outside the hotel.
Overnight in the capital of Tamerlane's Empire.
Day 5 (Tue.): Samarkand - Tashkent
06-00 - Breakfast. On the way to Tashkent (315 km, 5 hrs) you can visit the biggest observatory of the 15th c. built by Ulugbeg. Arrival to the capital of Uzbekistan. Lunch. City tour around Tashkent: New Tashkent Television 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. necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and a famous divine 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 Madrassah also called "Khast Imom Mosque" where Osman Quran - the world's oldest is kept (19th c.), "Mui-Mubarak Madrassah (19th c.)", 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 Tashkent khans (16th c.), Jami Mosque (15-19th cc.) - the third biggest mosque in Uzbekistan, Chorsu - oriental bazaar, National park, Abdulkasim Madrassah which now is the centre for traditional arts with attractive souvenirs by local artisans (19th c.).
12-00 - Lunch in local cafe during excursion.
17-00 - Visiting Theatre of opera and balet named of A.Navoi.
19-00 - Farewell dinner in restaurant.
Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 6 (Wed.): Tashkent - Tokyo
06-05 - Departure transfer and leave for Tokyo HY 527 at 07:00. Good bye to the wonderful land, back to monotony with the intention of returning.
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Name of the hotels
Name of the hotels
|Tashkent||Tashkent Palace 4*||Uzbekistan 4*|
|Bukhara||Grand Bukhara 4* / Bukhara Palace 4*||Omar Khayyam 3*+|
|Samarkand||President 4*||Panorama Grand 4*|