Uzbek dishes are famous for its variety and taste, cooking here is a combination of art, fresh organic produce, medieval recipes and a desire to give the guests the most delicious food. An abundance of fruits, vegetables, and various freshly baked cakes, samsas and other flour products makes our kitchen more attractive. All of it with hot green tea from beautiful bowls, and then falling asleep on the trestle-beds in the teahouses under fluttering quail. That's a full meal!
On this tour, we want to introduce you to our culture, traditions and cuisine. You will have the opportunity to participate in master classes on food preparation. And when you return home you will be able to make your own masterpieces and surprise your friends and relatives in your own kitchen!
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Places to visit: Khiva - Bukhara – Samarkand -Tashkent.
Season: March, April, May, September, October.
Day of arrival: Saturday and Sunday (HY)
Departure days: Saturday and Sunday (HY)
Day 1 - Urgench - Khiva
Arrival in Urgench. Moving from Urgench to Khiva. Accommodation at the hotel, free time.
Day 2 - Khiva
Breakfast. Start excursions. Khiva is called “an open air museum” and its culture and language are fundamentally different from other regions of the country. Throughout there are towering dome minarets, madrasahs and mosques close to the residential areas of the townspeople. You will see the biggest mosque of Khiva, which has turned more than a thousand years. Visit the Khan's palace of the oriental ruler, mosque-madrasa Atajan Toura, Mausoleum Abdal – Bobo, get familiar with the cult and architecture. Dinner at the restaurant. Continue sightseeing. Visit the Ichan Kala. This is an internal fortified city. An important landmark, which retained typical old eastern cities complex network of small streets and dead ends. The complex includes such historic sites as: Kun Ark Kalta Minor, Muhammad Amin Khan, Tash Hawley, Ak Mosque, Pahlavan Mahmud Islam Khoja. End of the program, return to the hotel. Dinner with folklore show program, tasting the dishes of Khorezm. Overnight at the hotel - madrasah, you will have the opportunity to spend the night in the cells, where lived the students of the ancient eastern universities.
Day 3 - Khiva - Bukhara
Breakfast. Moving from Khiva to Bukhara. The road passes through the Kyzyl Kum desert and the Amu Darya River, we will be able to see Kum Reserve, home to ibex and large lizards. Lunch on the way in the tea-house, where we will try dishes notable for the region, in the arid areas of the country there are a lot of different kinds of meat.
Arrival to Bukhara, accommodation at the selected hotel. Free time. Dinner at a local restaurant, where you will see the master class of cooking and may taste the real masterpiece dishes of Bukhara - pilaf cooked by the Bukhara ancient traditions and try the great flat bread cooked in tandyr!
Day 4 – Bukhara
Breakfast. Start excursions. Beautiful Bukhara is a city of thousands legends. The narrow shadowy streets, bazaars under the arches of the domes. Almost every town has its own history. Bukhara is a small city, but an abundance of landmarks makes it really great. Since ancient times there lived Eastern sages - Sufis, Avicenna, and the mythical character - a cheerful Khoja Nasreddin, whose statue stands in the heart of Labi Havuza. You will visit the Mausoleum of the Samanids, Chashma Ayub, Kalon Mosque and Madrasah, summer and winter palaces of the Emir, Chor Minor, Labi Hauz and Miri Arab. We will continue our tour to Ulugbek and finish it in the trading dome, where time seems to stand still. Taking a walk under the arches of the domes, you feel like a resident of the ancient times. Bukhara bazaar - is another story. During a walk through the market, you get to knoa the real East. The widest selection of spices, ancient jewelry, textiles and skullcaps strikes the eye even of the most experienced person. Of course, the trade in the East - is an art which is passed from generation to generation. During lunch we will try such dishes as Lagman and tandyr Gosht and for dinner we will have to wait for the concert, accompanied by freshly made samsas and other flour products.
Day 5 - Bukhara - Gijduvan - Samarkand
Breakfast. Transfer to Bukhara. On the way we will stop at a Gijduvan pottery workshop of Abdullaaka whose works are appreciated all over the world. We will have a short tour around the workshop and have lunch, main dish in Gijduvan is kebab! On the way we will also visit the cotton field (in season), the Caravan Saray and Sardoba - three short stops where you may rest a little and learn interesting facts. Continue the trip. Arrival to Samarkand, accommodation at the hotel. Before dinner we visit the winery of Khovrenko where the famous taster Haydaraka will take us through the winery's history museum, then we will go to the tasting room to taste the best wines in Rubio praised by Omar Khayyam and cognac - Samarkand, so much loved by the Russian government. Especially for Medvedev the limited edition of cognac the “Crown of Empire” was created. Dinner in the house of Muborak Sharipovna who will again provide us with a variety of Uzbek cuisine.
Day 6 - Samarkand
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour in Samarkand, which is considered to be the Rome of the East and the pearl of Central Asia, it always was a tasty morsel for many of the world conquerors and it was the capital of Tamerlane. You will visit the observatory of Ulugbek - the greatest astronomer, Registan square - the center of the Silk Road and the resting place of Sultans and padishahs, Siyob bazaar, Shahi Zinda necropolis - city of the dead, but with an incredibly positive and peaceful energy. On both sides of the narrow streets there are small mausoleums under the blue domes decorated with turquoise marble. In the old shops you can see photos of old Samarkand and its inhabitants, the Gur-e Amir - the mausoleum of the great Timurid’s Empire, which holds the remains of Amir Temur - the commander, who never lost a single battle in his life. If possible, we will visit a carpet factory, where they grow silkworms and make hand woven carpets of high quality. Here you can enjoy a display of wool, silk, and other bilateral rugs. Dinner at the national restaurant where a great variety of species of Samarkand kebab, hot tortillas and salad – Chakka is offered!
Day 7 - Samarkand-Tashkent
Breakfast. Moving to Tashkent in the early morning. Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting with representatives of our company. Start sightseeing in Tashkent with a visit of the old town, in the center of which the mosque Hast Imam Complex is located, which has one of the oldest Korans of Osman, brought by Amir Temur. The complex is located on Tarikh, where you will find old houses built of clay. Next we will visit one of the largest bazaars in Central Asia - Chorsu through which once passed the ancient caravans. Lunch in a local tea-house where you can enjoy the Uzbek "Bedana Osh" "Lagman" samsa and kebab. After reviewing of the historical part of the city, we are moving into the modern part of Tashkent. We will visit Independence Square, Monument "Sorrowful Mother", Opera and Ballet Theatre of Alisher Navoi, the square of Amir Temur. After that we will have the farewell dinner, where a delicious product of the national cuisine will be specially prepared for you!
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
At your request, we can arrange for you:
- Camel Riding in Khiva
- Dinner with folklore program in Khiva
- Dinner with folklore program in Bukhara
- Visit of Bukhara baths
- Visit to a carpet factory in Samarkand
- Dinner with folklore program - "Wedding Traditions of Samarkand"
- Night view of the Registan in Samarkand<br