With rugged landscapes, futuristic cities, cultural triumphs and a history that spans epochs, Uzbekistan is a place where​ your will enjoy a guided tour to explore Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, the gems of the ancient Silk Road where towering minarets, glazed arches and gleaming turquoise domes etch the skyline,​​​

10 Days UZBEKISTAN: IN THE LAND OF TAMERLANE

Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent

With rugged landscapes, futuristic cities, cultural triumphs and a history that spans epochs, Uzbekistan is a place where your will enjoy a guided tour to explore Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, the gems of the ancient Silk Road where towering minarets, glazed arches and gleaming turquoise domes etch the skyline,


Day 1: Sunday, September 17, 2017 ARRIVE TASHKENT- UZBEKISTAN

Transfer to the Genghis Khan International Airport by - On arrival we will be met and transferred to LOTTE CITY HOTEL TASHKENT PALACE


Day 2: Mon. September 18 TASHKENT- URGENCH- KHIVA

Breakfast and transfer to the airport. Transfer to airport for flight to URGENCH for traveling to KHIVA. Arrival and transfer to Khiva (30 km). ORIENT STAR KHIVA.

Later we tour Khiva. The historic center of Khiva has been preserved in its authenticity, and for that reason it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. To enter Khiva is to regress into medieval times. This walled city dates from the 10th century and is in essence an open air historical, architectural and cultural museum. This was the capital of the khans of Khiva, and the major monuments date from the 10th to the 19th centuries. These include the Ichan-Qala gates and the wall, as well as the Khuna Ark. It is worth noting that the great 9th-century mathematician al-Khwarizmi (Latinised as Algoritmi) was born in Khiva. He is as famous in the Middle East as Euclid was in the West. We owe to some degree the science of algebra, from his book Al-Jebr.Lunch in Zarafshan restaurant. Visit Mukhammad Amin Khan and Kalta Minor, Kunya-Ark (ancient fortress); Mukhammad Rakhim Khan Madrasa; Said Allaoutdin Mausoleum; Jami Mosque with 212 wooden columns; TashKhauli, the second residence of khans of Khiva; Dinner in Mirzaboshi restaurant with Folkloric Show.

Overnight in the ORIENT STAR KHIVA


Day 3: Tues. September 19 Khiva

Visit Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum; Islam-Khodja ensemble; bazaar; workshop of wood carvers. Lunch in the hotel Afternoon at leisure. Dinner in Silk Road Restaurant.

Overnight in the ORIENT STAR KHIVA


Day 14: Wed. September 20 Khiva- Urgench- Bukhara

Transfer to the airport and morning flight to Bukhara by HY1052 at 09:35. 10.35 Arrival to Bukhara. Visit Bukhara, UNESCO, in naming Bukhara a World Heritage site, states: “It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact.” In a bit of one-upmanship locals like to say, “Samarkand is the beauty of the earth, but Bukhara is the beauty of the spirit.” It exudes a beguiling, old-world atmosphere. Visit the Pearl of the Orient - the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani; Residence of Bukhara emirs Ark; Bolo-Hauz Mosque; Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, the source of the prophet Job. Check in at 2pm at the ASIA HOTEL. Lunch in Old Bukhara restaurant.

Continue sightseeing: Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble including Nadir-Divan-Beghi Madrasah, Kukeldash Madrasah and Nadir-Divan-Beghikhanaka; Magok-Attor Mosque; Trade Dome Toki-Sarafon (Dome of the Moneychangers) and Toki-Tilpak Furushon (Dome of the headgear Sellers); Chor Minor. Visit ‘Silk Road Spices’ tea house with the tea or coffee break. The visit will include the Toki-Zargaron (Dome of the jewellers), Tim Abdoulla Khan. Dinner in the restaurant Art Suzane with Classic Music (in the yard of Fayzulla Khodjayev’s house).

Overnight in the ASIA HOTEL


Day 5: Thurs. September 21 Bukhara

Visit to Eco Centre Djeyran (40 km) Visit of Emir’s Summer Palace and the tomb of the sufi saint Nakshband Lunch at Adras restaurant. Continuation of the city tour: Visit the Poi Kalyan complex. The minaret is one of the rare monuments that survived the destructive wrath of Genghis Khan who destroyed most of the monuments of Central Asia.Visit to the miniature painter Davron’s workshop. We will try to organise a diner with the Jewish community of Bukhara – there are about 100 Jews still living in this city. There is also the likelihood that there will be a group of Israeli tourists who will be present at that time in Bukhara so it could be an interesting event.

Overnight in the ASIA HOTEL


Day 6: Fri. September 22 BUKHARA - SAMARKAND

Drive to Samarkand (5 hours, 270 kms). Arrival and transfer to THE GRAND SAMARKAND SUPERIOR HOTEL Lunch in New Arbat restaurant.

Later tour Samarkand: Afternoon sightseeing tour in Samarkand, known as the “Mirror of the World,” begins with Registan Square. The square is a striking ensemble of three madrasahs (Arabic for “schools”) and mosques, one of which was built in the 15th century, the other two completed in the 17th century. On seeing this square in 1899 the British Diplomat Lord Curzon wrote, “I know of nothing in the East approaching it in massive simplicity and grandeur.” Adjacent is the lively Silk Road Bazaar – its colourful offerings are a visual feast.

Private visit of Gur Emir Mausoleum (at 7pm), the beautifully tiled resting place of Tamerlane and his sons, the tomb of Tamerlane, great conqueror and the main architect of Samarkand. The arresting inscription on his tomb reads, “Were I alive, the world would tremble.” The tomb was opened in June, 1941 by a Soviet archaeologist, and persistent legend holds that a dreaded curse was unleashed – Hitler’s invasion of Russia is regarded by many locals as its synchronized fulfillment. Dinner at the private house Bakhodir (traditional house).

Overnight in THE GRAND SAMARKAND SUPERIOR HOTEL


Day 7: Sat. September 23 SAMARKAND

Morning visits:

  • Shakhi Zinda Necropolis where it is believed that the cousin of the Prophet Mohammed, Qusamibn Abbas, is entombed. Many notables built magnificent tombs to be next to his, and it has long been a place of pilgrimage.
  • Observatory of Ulughbek
  • Silk paper factory visit. Samarkand was once the only high quality paper manufacturing centre for the whole Middle East during the VIII and first half part of IX century.
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque was the biggest Mosque in Central Asia. It was erected by Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399.
  • Walking tour to Orient open market Siab located near Bibi Khanum.

Lunch in the Silk paper factory. Dinner at the Old City restaurant.

Overnight at THE GRAND SAMARKAND SUPERIOR HOTEL


Day 8: Sun. September 24 SAMARKAND - TASHKENT

Morning at leisure. Lunch in the local restaurant Samarkand. Evening high-speed train to Tashkent “Afrosiyob” (5pm – 7:10pm). Arrival and transfer to Navvat restaurant with Folkloric Show.

Overnight at the LOTTE CITY HOTEL TASHKENT PALACE


Day 9: Mon. September 25 TASHKENT

Breakfast at leisure (breakfast service closes at 10am) Lunch at a local restaurant 1991. Visit of the old party of Tashkent: Khazrati Imam Complex consisting of Barak Khan Madrasah (XVI c.), Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV c.), Muyi-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad; Djuma Mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali, Kukeldash Madrasah (XVI c.), Bazaar Chorsu

Tour of Tashkent:

  • Visit the Museum of Decorative Arts. One of the most interesting museums in Tashkent is the Museum of Decorative Arts with an extensive collection of ceramics, carved wood, textiles, carpets, metalwork and other handicrafts.
  • Alisher Navoi Ballet and Opera House
  • Built by Japanese prisoners of war and designed Shusev the same architect who built Lenin’s tomb, the architecture of this opera is a skilled mix of a number of influences that characterise Uzbekistan: Islamic art is combined with classicism, that lead to beautiful results - with a neo-classical façade, topped with stalagmites, Moorish style.
  • Square of Independence, metro ride.

Overnight in the LOTTE CITY HOTEL TASHKENT PALACE


Day 10: Tues. September 26 Departure: TASHKENT

Transfer to the airport for your flight home;

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