Uzbekistan - Oriental Fairy Tale
Uzbekistan - Oriental Fairy Tale
The itinerary: Tashkent – Samarkand – Gijduvan - Bukhara – Tashkent
An exciting cultural and educational tour will acquaint you with the ancient history and culture of Uzbekistan, the world famous ancient monuments of Samarkand and Bukhara. These cities still keep the memory of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, numerous trade caravans of the Great Silk Road. Here, the heart of Tamerlane’s mighty empire pulsed with cultural life. Tall and elegant minarets, grand madrasas and mosques, medieval palaces and mausoleums decorated with amazing ceramic ornaments, unique vanity and flavor of the eastern markets, fabulous legends, warm hospitality and ancient traditions of the local people will leave an indelible impression in memories of tourists
BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR
|Day 1||Arrival to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.|
|Day 2||Transfer to Samarkand. Sightseeing.|
|Day 3||Excursion in Samarkand|
|Day 4||Transfer Samarkand-Gijduvan-Bukhara|
|Day 5||Transfer to airport and flight from Bukhara|
|Day 1||Arrival in Tashkent by any comfortable flight for you. (for example, flight UzAirWays HY604 Moscow-Tashkent 11:15-17:05). Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel.|
|Day 2||Breakfast in hotel. At 09:00, meeting the guide in the lobby of the hotel. Excursion in Tashkent: old city, architectural and cultural complex Khast-Imam (Khazrat-Imam), with great Friday mosque, the medieval mausoleum Kaffal Shashi (XVI century), Barak-khan medrese, Islam university and library in Tilla-sheikh mosque; Eastern bazaar Chorsu, Kukeldash medrese (XVI-XVII centuries); “Drujba Narodov” (Friendship of nations) square, Abdulkosim medrese (XVI-XVII centuries), Alisher Navoi monument; Amir Temur (Tamerlane) square; “Mujestvo” (Courage) monument- the monument in memory of those who died during an earthquake in 1966; “Mustaqillik” (independence) square with the independence monument; Alisher Navoi theatre of Opera and Ballet; Museum of applied arts.
At 18:00 transfer to train station and transfer to Samarkand by “Afrosiab” high-speed train 18:50-21:00. Meeting at the railway station and transfer to hotel.
|Day 3||Breakfast in hotel. At 09:00 meeting the guide in the lobby of the hotel. Excursion in Samarkand: “heart” of Samarkand – Registan square (XIV-XVI centuries) with 3 famous medreses: Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tilla-Kori, the great Bibi-Khanum mosque (XV century), wonderful Gur-Emir mausoleum, in which Tamerlane, his sons and his grandson Ulugbek are buried. Observatory of Mirzo Ulugbek (1420), Shakhi-Zinda necropolis (XI-XVIII centuries), exotic Siab bazaar.|
|Day 4||Breakfast in hotel. At 09:00 transfer Samarkand-Gijduvan-Bukhara (280km/4-5 hours). In Gijduvan, we will see the house of the renowned dynasty of masters in pottery - the Narzullaevs (8 generations), where they will hold a small master class on their craft, as well as a master class on cooking pilaf and flat cakes. Lunch.
At 14:30 our excursion program in Bukhara will start: Lyabi-Hauz complex (XVI-XVII centuries)- the “heart” of old Bukhara; Nodir Divanbegi medrese (XVII century); Kukeldash medrese (XVI century) with bronze sculpture of sage Khudja Nasriddin on donkey; Poi-Kalyan complex (XII-XVI century), includes Miri-Arab medrese (XVI century), Kalyan mosque (XV century) and Kalyan minaret (XII century) with the height of 46,5 m; trade domes of Bukhara (XVI century).
|Day 5||Breakfast in hotel. At 09:00, meeting the guide in the lobby of the hotel. The excursion in Bukhara continuous: Ark Citadel (VII – XIX centuries) – the oldest building in the city; Samanids mausoleum (IX – X centuries) - tomb of the rulers of Bukhara; Chashma Ayub Mausoleum-sarcophagus (XIV - XIX centuries); Chor-Minor medrese (XVIII century)- complex with 4 minarets; Sitora-i-Mokhi Khosa (XIX century) – summer countryside residential of the last emir of Bukhara and memorial complex of Bakhouddin Nakshbandi.
Transfer to airport and flight from Bukhara to Moscow by HY 607 at 16:50 or 19:20 (depending on the schedule of flights).
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