Uzbekistan Muslim-Friendly Tour

Tashkent, Samarkand

Join us on the Uzbekistan Muslim-Friendly Tour for a pilgrimage to some of the most revered sites in Central Asia’s holy land. Uncover Islamic art and vibrant mosaics, take a ziyarat to mausoleums of famed Islamic clerics, taste local halal food and visit medieval mosques and functioning madrasahs in an ancient land quickly growing in popularity among modern-day religious tourists.
Many of Uzbekistan’s acclaimed historical sites have their roots in the Islamic Golden Age and subsequent Timurid Renaissance. Sites in Tashkent and Samarkand long revered by Central Asian Muslims, such as the Mausoleum of Imam Bukhari, founder of the Naqshbandi Order, and the tomb of Kusam ibn Abbas, cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, now welcome religious visitors and curious tourists from around the world.

Arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital. Our driver will pick you up from Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport for transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Have a rest after your flight, followed by free time for independent exploration. The city is more than 2200 years old and has evolved from a small ancient settlement into one of the largest metropolitan areas in the region. Tashkent is simply bursting with fascinating museums, ancient historical sites and lush parks. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.
Meals provided: none

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will meet you at hotel reception to being your ziyarat of Tashkent. The private tour includes the following:

Drive back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.
Tour duration: 5-6 hours
Meals provided: breakfast, lunch

After breakfast, transfer to the train station to take a bullet train from Tashkent to Samarkand (330 km, 2hrs 15min).
From the Samarkand train station, begin your tour of this historic and sacred city. The private tour of this local holy land, led by an experienced local guide, will include the following:

  • Drive to Muhaddis Imam al-Bukhari Mausoleum, a truly beautiful and holy place (30 km, 40 min). On the way, visit the mausoleum of Sufi philosopher Hazrat Makhdumi A'zam Dahbediy (1461-1542);
  • Transfer back to Samarkand, crossroad of the world’s cultures, for check-in to the hotel.
  • Continue to the Khodja Akhrar Ensemble, dedicated to the 15th-century leader of the Naqshbandi Order, and the Mausoleum of Abu Mansur Al Maturidi, a 10th-century Islamic philospher.
  • Sightsee at Gur Emir, the imposing burial site of Tamerlane, Mirzo Ulugbek and Mir Said Baraka;
  • Tour the spectacular Registan Square, the commercial center of Samarkand for centuries and the city’s most famous site today. The square includes three madrasahs: Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century), Sher-Dor Madrasah (17th century) and Tilla-Kori Madrasah (17th century);
  • Walk along a boulevard lined with workshops and souvenir stores to reach Siab Bazaar, where you can buy sweets, fruits and Samarkand’s famous bread;
  • Visit Bibi Khanum Mosque (15th-century), built by Timur the Great (Tamerlane).
Drive back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.
Tour duration: 6-7 hours
Meals provided: breakfast, lunch

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and continue your second day of Samarkand tourism with a local, experienced guide. Your tour will include:

  • Exploration of Shakhi-Zinda, a burial complex built between the 9th -14th centuries. Climb the blue-domed path and explore more than twenty small mausoleums, including the tomb of Kusam ibn Abbas, cousin of the Prophet Muhammad;
  • Excursion to Ulugbek Observatory, where you can see the remains of a 14th-15th century sextant and tour the Ulugbek Museum;
  • Tour of the Mausoleum of Khodja Daniyar, believed to be the tomb of the prophet Daniel, whose remains were brought here by Tamerlane;
  • Drive to Konigil Village to observe the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry leaves; you’ll also have the chance to buy these unique souvenirs.
Transfer to the train station to take the late afternoon train from Samarkand to Tashkent (330 km, 2hrs 15min). Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.
Tour duration: approximately 5 hours
Meals provided: breakfast, lunch
Free morning to pack or continue exploring Tashkent on your own. Check out from the hotel by noon and transfer to Tashkent International Airport.
End of Uzbekistan Muslim-Friendly Tour.
Meals provided: breakfast
  • Airport and train station transfers (1-2 ppl in sedan; 3-5 in minivan);
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room, 4 nights (contact us for a list of hotel names);
  • Private, local English-speaking guide on days 2, 3 and 4;
  • Entrance fees to the sights as per itinerary;
  • Transportation during the Tashkent and Samarkand city tours (1-2 ppl in sedan; 3-5 in minivan);
  • Meals HB – four hotel breakfasts and three café lunches, including halal food;
  • Bottled mineral water (1 liter per person per day);
  • Round-trip, economy class tickets on the Tashkent-Samarkand bullet train;
  • Letter of Invitation (LOI) for Uzbekistan tourist visa and a visa support letter.
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Tour leader to accompany travellers for the full duration of the tour;
  • All other charges and services not mentioned under Inclusions;
  • Gratuities.

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