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Luxury Culinary Tour to Uzbekistan

Duration of this Trip 10 Days Priced From $5,320 per person

Luxury culinary tour with outstanding Chef Shirin Luxury culinary tour with outstanding Chef Shirin

Uzbekistan will inspire and amaze you, from its spice bazaars to its beautiful landscapes and ancient cities. At the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road, the cuisine of Uzbekistan is as diverse as the travelers and traders who passed through here... Traditional plov, savory meat and vegetable filled pastries, sizzling kebabs, sweet fresh melons, and melt in your mouth halvah. Explore the spice markets and food bazaars, and participate in four carefully desinged cooking classes with outstanding Uzbek chefs, there's even a chance to make fresh bread in a clay tandur oven. Enjoy every moment of your Uzbekistan luxury vacation with the finest in accommodation, dining and transportation.

At a Glance

Duration

10 Days

Priced From

$5,320 per person

Departures

  • September 7-16, 2016
  • September 15-24, 2016
  • April 8-17, 2017
  • May 3-12, 2017
  • Custom tour is available

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive in Tashkent
Day 3: Tashkent-Samarkand
Day 4: Samarkand
Days 5-6: Bukhara
Days 7-8: Khiva
Day 9: Tashkent
Day 10: Departure

Itinerary

Days 1&2, Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent International Airport. You will be met by your personal guide and driver and will be transferred to the hotel. Accommodation.
Tashkent is cultural and economic center of Uzbekistan. Today we'll discover the Old City: Hast Imam Complex which consists of Medreseh Barakkhan, Friday Mosque Tello Shayh and the Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi. Later we will visit the fascinating, 3,000 year old Chorsu Bazar and then explore Independence Square.  Attend a master cooking class at Tashkent’s Taste of Plov, where expert chef/instructors lead a hands-on lesson in purchasing and preparing classic Uzbek dishes; then dine together on your creations.  Welcome Dinner.  Lotte Tashkent Palace 4*  (3 night accommodation including early morning check in)

Day 3, Tashkent- Samarkand

After an early morning breakfast  join your guide and take the train to legendary Samarkand, one of the most ancient cities of the Silk Road.
On arrival, visit Registan Square, the main attraction here and an impressive venue for the world’s finest traditional and modern music festivals. The square is lined on three sides by sparkling turquoise tiles of its three medressehs. Visit one of the oldest wineries of Uzbekistan, and learn about traditional viticulture.

Day 4, Samarkand

Visit the Guri Emir Mausoleum, Shakhi Zinda Ensemble and Bibi Khanum mosques next to the colorful Samarkand Siab Bazaar. Experience cooking traditional Uzbek dishes. This culinary tour is a unique opportunity to taste, smell and savor the rich flavors not found anywhere else, a true product of centuries of exchange along the Silk Road. Dinner and Folklore show in Registan Square.

Day 5, Bukhara

Sightseeing day drive to Bukhara through the Malikchul desert and Zerafshan River. Stop by a medeival Caravan Serai Gate and the Gijduvan Ceramic center. Lunch in the National house of Narzullayev. Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation at hotel and visit the ancient Bukhara at the Labi Khaus Complex, heart of the city. Dinner in a traditional Bukharan restaurant.

Day 6, Bukhara

The Bukhara Fortress-Ark was the winter residence of local Bukhara Amirs beginning in the 1st century. From here we'll see the medieval Ismail Samani and Chashma- Ayub Mausoleums. We'll explore Bukhara’s colorful bazaar and stop to visit an Uzbek family to experience Uzbek hospitality, enjoying a meal in their home together.

Day 7, Bukhara-Khiva  

Early breakfast. Sightseeing day drive to Khiva through the Kyzilkum Desert, the main Silk Road route of the caravans.  We'll stop at a yurt camp and have nice picnic in local chaikhana (tea-house), Photo opportunity near Amu Darya (Oxus River), one of the biggest rivers of Central Asia. Arrival in Khiva. Explore Ichan – Kala (the Inner City), with its palaces, mosques, madrassahs and caravansarais - caravan merchants' inn. Unique fortifications have survived intact in this magnificent city: the Ata –Darvaza, the majestic blue-tiled Kalta minar tower from the XIX century,  Mohammad Aminkhan and Khodja Islam Medresehs, the Kunya Ark (Ancient Citadel), Tash Hauli Palace (Stone yard, with view of the palace's harem), a caravanserai, and the Juma mosque with 200 uniquely carved wooden pillars. Dinner in a traditional local restaurant.

Day 8, Khiva  

Today we will explore the outer town (Dishan-Kala), its remaining gates, and walls, and the summer residences of Muhamad Rahimkhan the II and his son and successor Isfandiyarkhan, last of the khans here with the Russian incursion into the region. The incorporation of European styles of architecture and design is reflected in the construction of these palaces. Visit the bazaar and enjoy meeting the local residents and merchants. Cooking class with famous Chef. Panoramic view of Khiva in moonlight

Day 9, Tashkent  

Flight to Tashkent.
Meeting with world renown chef of Uzbekistan. Farewell Dinner.
We hope your cooking tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Destinations tour.

Day 10, Departure

Early morning departure from Tashkent International airport

Land Tour Costs

From $5,320 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$730

Scheduled Departures

  • September 7-16, 2016
  • September 15-24, 2016
  • April 8-17, 2017
  • May 3-12, 2017
  • Custom tour is available

Trip Highlights

  • Bazaars  and gourmet shop visits, cooking classes, behind–the-scene tours of bakeries, wineries and farms
  • Food tastings, street food tour and dining experiences at private estates and with local families
  • learn how Uzbekistan cuisine reflects the local culture, climate and geography
  • Dinners by celebrity Chefs Bahriddin Chustiy and Shirin
  • Visit cultural, historical, architectural, archaeological and religious sites of Tashkent, Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara with an emphasis on local culinary specialties and traditions
  • Wine tasting at vineyards, private estates and at centuries old caravan serais, many as they were during the times of Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, and Omar Khayam

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan

Visited Cities & Places

Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva

Suggested Extensions

Cradle of Wine Georgia

Reading Lists

  • Calum Macleod, Bradley Mayhew "Golden Road To Samarkand"
  • Anvar Madrahimov "Uzbek Cuisine" 2008
  • Najmieh Batmanglij "Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey" 2009
  • Lynn Visson: "The Art of Uzbek Cooking"1998

What's Included

  • Visa support
  • Local air tickets from Urgench-Tashkent
  • Ground Transportation and Fast train
  • English-speaking guide/escort
  • Hotel accommodation in double room
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • Wine tasting
  • Pre Departure Travel Packages along with Welcome Silk Road Gifts

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees

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Visited Countries

Uzbekistan

Visited Cities & Places

Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva

Suggested Extentions

Cradle of Wine Georgia

Reading Lists

  • Calum Macleod, Bradley Mayhew "Golden Road To Samarkand"
  • Anvar Madrahimov "Uzbek Cuisine" 2008
  • Najmieh Batmanglij "Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey" 2009
  • Lynn Visson: "The Art of Uzbek Cooking"1998

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Luxury Culinary tour to Uzbekistan

An 10 day tour. Scheduled Departures in both 2015 and 2016. Contact us if you are interested in a tour with custom dates.

Scheduled Departures

  • September 7-16, 2016
  • September 15-24, 2016
  • April 8-17, 2017
  • May 3-12, 2017
  • Custom tour is available

Land Tour Costs

From $5,320 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$730