Ancient towns of Uzbekistan
Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent
Our journey is discovery of such well known ancient cities as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. You will plunge into the interesting world of history. From the old times these cities belonged to the empire of Tamerlan. High minarets, blue dome cupola, madrasahs, mosques, squares and mausoleums, eastern markets, interesting legends, the hospitality of Uzbek people, with its unique traditions and many other things will remain in your memory forever.
7 days and 6 nights
The program of tour day after day:
Day 1. Tashkent.
Arrival in Tashkent, meeting in international airport. Transfer to hotel, accommodation. Rest, dinner, overnight.
Day 2. Tashkent - Bukhara.
Breakfast. Transfer to airport. Flight to Bukhara. Arrival in Bukhara accommodation. Sightseeing: Bahouddin Naqshbandi memorial complex (XVI c.). Lunch in local restaurant. After lunch sightseeing: ‘Sitorai-Mohi Khosa' summer residence of the Bukhara Emir (XIX - XX c.c.). Transfer to hotel, dinner, overnight.
Day 3. Bukhara.
After breakfast sightseeing: Ark (I - XX c.c.) (A royal town-within-a-town, is Bukhara's oldest structure, occupied from the V century right up until 1920, when it was bombed by Red army. It's about 70% ruins inside now, except for some remaining royal quarters, now housing several museums), Bolo-Khauz Mosque (XVIII c.), Samani Mausoleum (IX - X c.c.). Lunch in local restaurant. Tour continue: Lyabi-Khauz ensemble (XVI - XVII c.c.) - mosque Nadir Devon-Begi Madrasseh (XVII c.), Kukeldash Madrasseh (XVI c.), Poi-Kalon architectural ensemble - Kalon minaret (XII c.) (When it was built the Karakhanid ruler Arslan Khan in 1227, the Kalon Minaret was probably the tallest building in Central Asia – Kalon means ‘great' in Tadjik. It's an incredible piece of work, 47 metres tall with 10 metres – deep foundatitions (including reeds stacked underneath in an early form of earthquake-proofing), which in 850 years has never needed any but cosmetic repairs. Jengiz Khan was so dumbfounded by it that he ordered it spared.) and mosque (XVI c.) (Big enough for 10 000 people.), Miri-Arab Madrasah (XVI c.). Transfer to hotel, dinner, overnight.
Day 4. Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand.
After breakfast. Transfer to Gijduvan (40 km). Ghijduvani architectural complex (XVII c.). Visiting Pottery of Nazrullaevs' family. Lunch in family. Transfer to Samarkand (26 km). Arrival in Samarkand, accommodation in the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Day 5. Samarkand.
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour: Gur Emir Mausoleum (XIV c.), Ruhabad (XV c.), Registan Square – Ulughbek Madrasseh (XV c.), Sher-Dor Madrasseh (XVII c.) and Tilla-Kori Madrasseh (XVII c.). Lunch in national house. Sightseeing tour continue: Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XIV c). Shahi-Zinda memorial ensemble (XI-XIX c.c.), Ulughbek Observatory (XV c.), Khodja-Ahrar architectural ensemble (XV-XIX c.c.). Visiting oriental bazaar. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 6. Samarkand - Tashkent.
Breakfast. Transfer to Tashkent (280 km). Arrival in Tashkent, accommodation. Lunch in the hotel. Sightseeing: old part of the city – Khazrat Imam architectural ensemble (XVI - XIX c.c.) - Barak-Khan Madrasseh (XVI c.), Tilla-Sheikh Mosque and library (XIX c.), Abu Bakr Kaffal-Shashi Mausoleum (XVI c.), Islam Institute named after Imam Al-Bukhori (XIX c.), mosque (XIX c.), Kukeldash Madrasseh (XVI c.). Dinner in restaurant. Transfer to hotel. Overnight.
Day 7. Tashkent.
Breakfast. Out-of-city tour to Zangi-ota architectural complex (XIV - XIX c.c.). Visiting one of Tashkent bazaars. Lunch. City tour around modern part of Tashkent. Visiting‘Musavir' Handicraft Centre, ‘Caravan' Art Gallery. Farewell dinner. Transfer to airport. Departure from Tashkent.