One week in majestic Uzbekistan - Immersion in medieval Uzbekistan
One week in majestic Uzbekistan

Immersion in medieval Uzbekistan

One week in majestic Uzbekistan
(Immersion in medieval Uzbekistan)

This tour is suitable for those who want to look into the very heart of Uzbekistan, unravel its secrets, and see its most significant sights, the architectural splendor of medieval buildings and the amazing skill of architects of that time. Walking through the narrow streets of the old parts of such cities as Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand and Tashkent will definitely surprise you. These majestic cities once attracted trade caravans from all the outskirts on the Great Silk Road, beckoned with their beauty, and young people from different countries from China to Rome came here hoping to learn the art of weaving, embroidery, carpet making, blacksmithing and pottery.

This tour will allow you to immerse in history, touch it and even take colorful photographs against the background of architectural ensembles that are more than one hundred years old. Amazing and world-famous blue domes, noisy oriental bazaars, madrasahs, mosques, architectural complexes and monuments of modern art will appear in front of you in all their glory, allowing you to feel the spirit of the east.

Arrange an unforgettable vacation for yourself, just a week for a trip to visit colorful, unique and hospitable Uzbekistan which will gladly open its doors and let you into a world filled with vivid impressions, incredible memories, oriental sweets and the air saturated with history and unique flavor of Central Asia.

Available Dates

  • 2022 any date | 10 places Book

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Spring, Autumn, Summer
Begins in Tashkent
Ends in Tashkent

Price: $ 540 (≥ 4 people)
≥ 4 people in the group: $ 540 per person
≥ 2 people in the group: $ 660 per person

Great for Couples Families Individuals

If you want to feel and understand the whole essence of the East, plunge into a fairy tale, see and feel the history of medieval cities on the Great Silk Road, then join us on a journey to magnificent Uzbekistan. Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, Tashkent - these cities will show you how great, colorful and unique the world was in the Middle Ages, what amazing architectural monuments were created in those days and how much work, patience and time had to be invested in every curl, every symbol and ornament reflected in the painted majolica and carved mosaics on the walls of grandiose structures.

What's Included:

  • Double accommodation in indicated hotels with breakfast
  • Early check-in upon arrival in Tashkent
  • Meals: only breakfasts
  • Local English-speaking guides in each city
  • Transport services throughout the route

What's not included:

  • International flights
  • Meals - lunches and dinners (about $ 8-10 per person per meal)
  • Entrance fees to monuments ($ 30-50)
  • Tashkent – Urgench flight ($ 60)
  • Medical insurance
  • ips for guides and drivers
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the included service
Day
1

(Tuesday): Flight to Tashkent . On this day, you will have a flight from your home city to Tashkent and arrive in the capital in the morning of the next day.

Day
2

(Wednesday): Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent in the early morning, meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel (early check-in included).

Today you will have a sightseeing tour of Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest city in Central Asia.

- The Old City is the historical northwestern part of Tashkent. Here we will visit:

- Khast-Imam complex (16th-21st centuries) - the famous Koran of Caliph Osman (VII century) is stored here. In the complex you can visit the Barak Khan Madrassah, the Tilla Sheikh Mosque, the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute named after Imam Al-Bukhari.

- "Chorsu" bazaar - one of the oldest bazaars in Tashkent that counts more than one hundred years old.

- The Rakhimovs' workshop - a unique piece of paradise in the old city where the approach to the design process and the products themselves is completely different. There are no typical ceramics here and each bowl is a masterpiece.

- Abdulkasym Madrassah (19th century) - one of the most interesting historical buildings in Tashkent. Folk legends say that the "first stone" of this building was put at the beginning of the 19th century. There is a Center for National Applied Arts here. Everyone can visit the work of famous Uzbek craftsmen.

- Amir Temur Square – there are Amir Temur Museum, the famous Tashkent Chimes, the hotel "Uzbekistan", the buildings of the Law Institute and the Palace of Forums - one of the most grandiose architectural structures in Tashkent around it.

- Independence Square where the most beautiful fountains of the city are located. Today, this place is used for holiday celebrations such as the Independence Day of Uzbekistan (September 1st).

Overnight at the hotel.

Day
3

(Thursday): Tashkent - Urgench HY051 07:25-08:55 - Khiva (30 km). Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Urgench. Arrival in Urgench, meeting with the guide and transfer to Khiva (30 km). The city tour will include:

- Visit to the architectural complex of Ichan Kala (XII-XIX centuries);

- Citadel KunyaArk (XVI-XVII centuries);

- Residences of the last Khan, including the Mausoleum of Ismail Khadzhi, Madrassah of Muhammad Amin Khan, Muhammad-Rakhimkhan Madrassah, Juma - mosque (X century), Juma Minaret - mosques, Madrassah of Shergazikhan, Mausoleum of Said Alauddin and minaret of Murad-Tur.

- The architectural complex of Pakhlavan Mahmud which includes the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud (XIV-XVIII centuries), Islamkhodzhi Minaret, Ak Mosque, Anushakhan Baths, Allakulikhan Caravanserai, Alpakulikhan Madrassah (1834-1835).

- Tash-Khovli Palace (XIX c.),

- Minaret Kalta-Minar, and other sights of Khiva.

Khiva is one of the oldest wood carving centers in Central Asia. During the tour, we will be able to visit one of these workshops and watch how a work of art with ornaments is created from an ordinary wood where each curl has its own meaning and symbolism.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day
4

(Friday): Khiva - Bukhara (440 km). After breakfast, you will have a rather long drive to Bukhara which passes through the Kyzylkum desert. You will discover exotic landscapes of the desert and on the way you will be able to admire the great Central Asian Amu Darya River.

Arrival in Bukhara and accommodation at the hotel.

Tonight you will have free time to explore the old part of the city on your own.

Day
5

(Saturday): Tashkent - Bukhara (high-speed train Afrosiyob 08:00 - 11:45). Bukhara is a city from an oriental fairy tale. It attracts tourists from all over the world. There are about 300 mosques and 80 madrasahs in the city. Today you will visit:

- The Ark Citadel - an ancient symbol of state power. It seems that this huge fortress has been standing in the center of Bukhara since the very creation of the world protecting and supporting Bukhara rulers.

- The BoloKhauz Mosque (18th century) with a luxurious painted multi-column aivan which is reflected in the waters of the Khauz along with the minaret.

- The LyabiHauz Ensemble - one of the central squares of Bukhara where the Kukeldash madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi madrasah and khanaka are located.

- Mausoleum of Ismail Samani which is famous for being the most ancient monument of Islamic architecture in the whole Central Asia.

- The architectural complex Poi-Kalon - the main ensemble in the center of Bukhara which is located at the intersection of the “four bazaars” trade routes. It includes 4 elements: the Kalyan mosque with the Miri-Arab madrasah facing each other, and between them there are Kalyan minaret, and the Amir-Alimkhan madrasah.

- Chor Minor Mosque which means "four minarets" - one of the most unusual monuments of Ancient Bukhara.

Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day
6

(Sunday): Bukhara - Gijduvan - Samarkand (300 km). After breakfast you will leave for Samarkand via Gijduvan. In the morning we will make an excursion to the summer residence of the Emir of Bukhara Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (1912-1918). This palace combines European and Oriental architectural styles. The best Bukhara masters of that time and two Russian engineers Sakovich and Margulis participated in its construction. The construction was supervised by the architect Khoja Khafiz who studied the construction of country residences in Russia.

After the excursion you will drive further to Samarkand via Gijduvan. In Gijduvan we will visit the famous Narzullaev family of potters. You can listen to a fascinating lecture on the process of making Gijduvan ceramics and even take part in a master class. Upon arrival in Samarkand, accommodation will be at the hotel. In the evening you will have free time to walk around an evening city.

Day
7

(Monday): Samarkand – flight home. Samarkand was once the capital of the Great Empire of Tamerlane. Today we are going to see:

- The Shakhi-Zinda necropolis - one of the most mysterious and unique architectural monuments of Samarkand. The oldest buildings of the ensemble date back to the 11th-12th centuries. However, most of the buildings date back to the 14th-15th centuries.

- The Gur-Emir Mausoleum - a one-domed building with a crypt where Amir Temur, his sons and grandsons are buried. The basis of the mausoleum is an octahedron with a ribbed dome which is the pride and decoration of the mausoleum.

- We will continue our tour and go to the very heart of the city, where we will visit:

- Registan Square - one of the most beautiful squares in the world called the pearl of Central Asia. It gained this fame thanks to the unique monuments of medieval oriental architecture surrounding it from three sides in the form of a beautiful architectural ensemble: the Ulugbek madrasah (1417-1420), the Sher-Dor madrasah (1619-1636) and the Tillya-Kari madrasah (1646-1647). All three madrasahs face the center of the square with portals and create a harmonious composition. However, each building is distinguished by its unique decor - a pattern of filigree stone carving.

- The Bibi-Khanum Mosque is the largest mosque in Central Asia covered by many legends.

- The majestic blue domes make an extraordinary sight. The view of this monumental structure is breathtaking and striking in its beauty. In ancient times its dome was compared with the vault of heaven and the arch of the portal with the Milky Way.

In the evening you will be transferred to Samarkand International Airport for evening flight to your home city. End of the program.

** Changes are possible in the schedule of international and domestic flights

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