- Dates and prices
- Dates and prices
- May 01, FriDec 31, ThuavailableUS$ 745
Homeland - Tashkent
Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Tashkent – Urgench - Khiva
Dinner. Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast. Today continue our excursion Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855), Medrese of Mukhamad Amin-Khan (XIX), Kunya-Ark Fortress (1868-1888). the minaret and the medrasa of Islam Khodja (1908-1910). Lunch time. After lunch free time.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Khiva – Bukhara (500 km)
After lunch continue our excursion: The complex Poi Kalon - including the Kalon minaret, the Kalon mosque, the madrassa Miri Arab, madrassa Said Alimkhan - is a central part of the city of Bukhara, with its impressive minaret of the twelfth century, from which the muezzin recalled prayer to the city.
Overnight at hotel.
Dinner and night in the Old Madrassa Nodir Devon Beghi.
Bukhara – Shahrisabz – Samarkand
Breakfast. Morning drive to Samarkand through Shahrisabz. City tour around Shahrisabz: the ruins of Ak-Saray palace (“the White Palace”) – Tamerlane’s summer residence (XIV-XV cc.). The Dor-us-Saodat complex: “The Khathrat Imam mosque” – a multi-step mosque with a cupola shaped hall and decorated iwans (XIV c.), Gumbazi – Saidon the mausoleum of Saids (relatives of Prophet Mukhammad, “The Kuk-Gumbaz mosque” ("Blue cupola") – was built by Ulugbek on behalf of his father Shakhrukh (XV c.). Arrival to Samarkand and check-in at the hotel.
Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand.
Full day tour through Samarkand. The best definition for this city is "the crossroads of cultures". The history of Samarkand begins in the mists of time. Historical documents show that Alexander the Great conquered in 329 BC, at the time it was called Maracanda, and it was an oasis city in the valley of the river Zeravshan. A center where they lacked the wealth, the place where they had flourishing trade and crafts. From the first century BC on the Silk Road became the road that connected China with the Mediterranean and Samarkand found himself in a strategic position not only in terms of trade, but also cultural. Fought and conquered by various successive powers (Chinese, Arabs, Samanids, Turkish Seljuks), in 1220 it was destroyed by the hordes of Genghis Khan. But in the second half of the fourteenth century the Mongol ruler Tamerlane in Samarkand did just the capital of his vast empire and made it extraordinarily lavish in terms of architecture. For 35 years the city was rebuilt and full of sites with artisans and architects from all over the Empire. The grandson of Tamerlane, Ulugbek, excellent astronomer, ruled the country and the city for 40 years, continuing the work of art and building several schools devoted to mathematics and astronomy. We will visit the Registan square which in medieval times was to be the commercial center of the city and entirely occupied by the bazaar, where the three Madrasse (1420 madrasa Ulughbek, Sher Dor madrasah in 1636 and Tilla Kari covered gold in 1660). The monument is one of the most beautiful places in Central Asia, a triumph of tiles, ceramic blue and harmonious spaces. Then we visit the Bibi Khanim mosque, located northeast of the plaza, with its 41-meter high portal, has an interesting history: it was commissioned by Timur after the success of his military campaign in India for his wife. The building was completed in 1404. By the time it was a gigantic mosque, but built with some structural defect, such that in 1897 led to the collapse during an earthquake. Continuation of sightseeing with the Silk Road Bazaar and the necropolis of Shahi Zinda which houses among other mausoleums and tombs, including one that is said to have been placed the body of the cousin of Muhammad. Visit the site and the museum of Afrosiab (the ancient settlement place in the hills above Maracanda arose before the city), which houses the archaeological discoveries more important found on the site of the excavations. Finally, the observatory of Ulughbek, dated 1420. Free time.
Dinner in a traditional house with specialties “Uzbek Plov". Overnight at hotel.
Samarkand – Tashkent
Overnight in Tashkent.
Tashkent - Homeland
Tour price included:
- Accommodation with breakfast;
- Transportation with A/C throughout the whole trip;
- Train tickets (economy class) for high speed premium service train «Afrosiab» (Samarkand - Tashkent);
- Domestic flight economy class (Tashkent – Urgench);
- Sightseeing tour program in all cities, including entrance fees to sights, except camera/video fees;
- Escort guide
Tour price does not include:
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Full board;
- Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance Visa;
- International airfares;
- Personal insurance and any items not mentioned above.