Tours to holy places is a great way to combine a sincere soul healing prayer and aesthetic pleasure from the contemplation of the monuments of ancient architecture.
In everyday city life, in a continuous whirl of daily worries, we often forget about the soul. Nevertheless, the heart, as well as the body needs rest.
Along the way of pilgrims to the earth of Sufis. You will visit the most important shrines of Uzbekistan, mosques and mausoleums of great people, place of origin of Sufism and miraculous springs.
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Places to visit: Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent Chimghan - Brichmulla - Tashkent.
Season: March, April, May, September, October.
Day of arrival: Thursday and Sunday (HY)
Departure Days:Thursdays and Sundays (HY)
Day 1 - Home-Urgench-Khiva
Arrival in Urgench by HY 616 at 21:00. 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. Overnight at a Hotel.
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. Arrival to Bukhara, accommodation at the selected hotel. Free time.
Day 4 - Bukhara
Breakfast. Start excursions. Beautiful Bukhara is a city of thousands legends. Here lived and still live to this day Sufi dervishes, every street here has its own story and this is where there is a monument to the famous comic character of Central Asia - Hodja Nasreddin on his donkey. 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, 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. Here you will find a lot of hand-made souvenirs, fragrant spices, antiques and of course different kinds of veils.
Day 5 - Bukhara - Samarkand
Breakfast. Start excursions. Exit out of the city to visit the Mausoleum of Bahauddin Naqshbandi: which is the most important Muslim shrine of Uzbekistan. Naqshbandi is considered to be the Central Asian Mecca. Every self-respecting Muslim knows and honors the name of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi. The great theologian of the XIV century, the founder of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. He was the spiritual director of Temur and Hajjed to Mecca 32 times. He urged the people to be humble and to reject luxury. Transfer to Samarkand. Lunch on the way. Continuation of the tour - visit the Ensemble of Ismail al Bukhari, Mausoleum of Imam al-Bukhari: Imam Al-Bukhari was the great theologian of the East. He collected and recorded about 600,000 hadith - traditions, based on the cases of life or some sayings of Prophets. His philosophy was based on the principle of "Dilba Yeru dasba cor" ("God - in Heart, work - in hands "). Mausoleum of Imam al-Bukhari is one of the main pilgrimage sites in Uzbekistan. Visiting the three holy sites of Samarkand - the mausoleums of Al - Bukhari, Shahi Zinda Rukhabad - in a single day in Samarkand is called the minor pilgrimage. Arrival in Samarkand. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 - Samarkand
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour in Samarkand. This city is named “Rome of the East”, it was the capital of Tamerlane's empire. We will visit the tomb of St. Daniel; in Uzbekistan he is called Hodge Doniyor. It is a place of pilgrimage accepted by all religions, people come here from all over the world in requests for happiness, children, and health. You can taste the water from the Holy Spring and make a wish having climbed the mountain where the relics of St. Daniel are buried. Next we will go to necropolis Shahi - Zinda, the Gur Emir and Registan Square - the center of the Great Silk Road.
Day 7 - Samarkand - Tashkent
Early breakfast. Transfer to Tashkent, arrival, visiting the holy places - Zangiata. Zangiatais is a Muslim shrine near Tashkent. 15 km from Tashkent there is the famous mausoleum where Zangiata Zangiata is buried - one of the Muslim holy Sheikh Ai-Hodge, who lived in the XIII century, and his wife Bibi Barn. Zangiata, which means "dark father" got this nickname because of the dark color of the skin. The mausoleum was built during the reign of Amir Temur. The mausoleum of Ambar-bibi (wife of ZANGIATA): In the tales it is often called Ambar-bibi - this holy woman was the patroness of women and mothers. Pilgrims arriving in Uzbekistan always visit this Muslim shrine. Lunch in local tea-houses. Visit of the old town, in the center of which there is a mosque Hast Imam Complex, which houses one of the oldest Korans of Osman, brought by Amir Temur; the complex is located on Tarikh street, where you will find old houses built of clay. Visiting the University of Imam al-Bukhari. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 8 - Tashkent - Chimghan - Magnet - Brichmulla
Breakfast. Moving from Tashkent to Chimghan. Arrival in Chimghan. Start with a tour program "Cosmic Magnet." This place serves as a stimulator of creative inspiration for all areas of life. The magnet is quickly to reveal all abilities of a person. After the interesting program we are moving to Bogustan.
Arrival, visit of the settlement of Arabs and inspection of the mosque. Dinner at the house of local people.
Transfer to Tashkent. Free time.
Day 9 - Tashkent - Home
Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight home.
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
- Master class in cooking pilaf and bread in Bukhara
- Visit of a carpet factory in Samarkand
- Night view of the Registan in Samarkand