- Discovering Uzbekistan following the Silk Road
Arrival at Tashkent in the morning and proceed to a city tour around Tashkent visiting the old city with Hasti Imam complex with osman Koran on 7th century, Chorsu bazar, Madina’s Embroidery boutique shop, Bibihanim Silk and Ikat boutique shop in Chorsu bazar, Applied arts museum, Tashkent metro and Independence square. transfer to your hotel and overnight.
After an early breakfast arranged in the hotel you will be transferred to Tashkent railways station to catch a train to Samarkand at 0800-1010. Upon arrival in Samarkand. Your sightseeing will start with a visit to Gur Emir mausoleum, the burial place of Amir Temur, his spiritual teacher and his sons and grand sons. Later you will proceed to the famous place in Samarkand, Registan square with 3 madarsas built in 15-17 Centuries. Ulughbek Madrasa, Sherdor Madrasah and Tilla Sheikh mosque. Siab Bazar and Bibihanum mosque will end your sightseeing for today and evening you are free on your own to explore the city and enjoy local food at dinner time in one of the local Chayhanas in Samarkand. BAck to your hotel and overnight.
Begin the day with buffet breakfast and then continue city tour. Visit The observatory of Ulughbek, Afrosiab museum with Fresco and artifacts found at Afrosiab old settlement dating back to 6 BC up to 13 AD. Shahi Zinda is the holy place of all Central Asian muslims visited daily with many local people, where you will see the mausoleum of Temur’s sisters, Generals, Architect and the mausoleum of Kusam Ibn Abbas, the cousin of Muhammad prophet. In the afternoon, you will see the famous Samarkand Silk Paper producing workshop. Enjoy a night Sound and Light laser show at registan square (if available on this day) . Return to hotel for overnight.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and be transferred to railway station for your ride to Bukhara at 0945-115. The most impressive site in Bukhara is Laby Hauz, the heart of Bukhara where you will see chayhana, cafe, restaurants, water pond, mosques, madrasa, Hanaka of Nadir Divan Bgei, gallery, workshop and Souvenir shops. Visit trade Domes of Bukhara: Taki Sarafan, Taki Telpakfurushon and Taki Zargaron and ancient Jewish quarter with a school and synagogue. Continue to Ark Citadel dating back to 1-19 Centuries, Kalyan Minaret and Kalyan Mosque. You will finish the tour at Ismail Samani mausoleum and Cashmai Ayub mausoleum. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.
After breakfast in the hotel, Begin the visit to Summer Palace - Sitorai Mohi Hosa - one of the most prominent sites in Bukhara where you will discover the mixture of local and russian-european architecture style. The Palace was built outside of the city with a big garden and harem. Continue to the mausoleum and necropolis of Bahauddin Naqshabandiy, the leader of Sufism in Bukhara. Since old time pilgrims used to come and pay a visit to the holy place before going to Haj and those who can not make a trip to Haj they come to this place as it is equal as you visit to Mekka. PM return to your hotel and enjoy your free time. You may want to try local Bukhara Hammam or enjoy evening Folk Music and Dance show at Nadir Divan Begi madrasah. Overnight in Komil or Minzifa hotel.
Optional Evening out:
• Local Dinner at a private family .
• Folk Music and Dance show at Nadir Divan Begi
Following an early breakfast this morning we drive to Khiva, the ancient town of Khorezm. Khwarazm is a large oasis region on the Amu Darya river delta in western Central Asia, bordered on the north by the Aral Sea, on the east by the Kyzylkum desert, on the south by the Karakum Desert, and on the west by the Ustyurt Plateau. It was the center of the Iranian Khwarazmian civilization, and a series of kingdoms such as the Persian Empire, whose capitals were (among others) Kath, Gurganj (the modern Konya Urgench) and – from the 16th century on – Khiva. Today Khwarazm belongs partly to Uzbekistan partly to Kazakhstan and partly to Turkmenistan. Transfer to your hotel and overnight.
Start the day at Ichan Kala, the museum town in open air. Your hotel is located inside of Ichan kala or just oppsoite to it and you will feel the atmosphere of living in the old town as the local people who is still living in the old town. You will discover the city with its mosques, minarets, museums, caravan Saray, workshops. Khorezm is famous for its wooden craft, wood carving and also Silk carpet weaving. The most exciting site is Juma mosque with wooden pillars and mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud.
Transfer to the airport of Urgench for your fligh to Tashkent at 0935-1005. Transfer to hotel. Or you can drive directly to Ferghana valley. 400 km. En route you will stop in Kokand to have a city tour and visit: Khudayarkhan’s palace, Juma mosque, Dahmai Shokh. Later drive to Ferghana city for overnight.
Today you will discover Ferghana valley, its Silk Factory in Margilan, Andijan City where you will see Bobur’s house museum and Juma mosque and Bazar. Return to Ferghana city for overnight.
Transfer back to Tashkent, overnight. Evening at leisure.
Free day in Tashkent for shopping in bazaar and souvenir shops. Overnight.
Transfer to International Airport of Tashkent to say farewell.
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Days : 12 | Nights : 11
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