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Uzbekistan Cultural Discovery Tour

Duration of this Trip 11 Days Priced From $3,479 per person

GOLDEN ROAD TO SAMARKAND!                      Sherdor Medreseh, Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan GOLDEN ROAD TO SAMARKAND! Sherdor Medreseh, Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The Golden Road to Samarkand!

Welcome to Uzbekistan - the crossroads of civilization and the heart of Central Asia. Experience 3000 years of history, from the earliest settlements, the times of Alexander the Great, Tamerlane, Soviet rule and now Independence. Uzbekistan is a treasure trove of ancient ruins, medieval palaces, fortresses and monuments. Explore the bustling bazaars, old caravanserais, the blue cupolas of minarets, the lace-like ornamentation and brilliant ceramics of mausoleums and mosques and fabulous museums of history, art and culture.  Steep yourself in thousands of years of culture and tradition as you travel the routes of history and legend.

At a Glance

Duration

11 Days

Priced From

$3,479 per person

Departures

 
 
 
September 8-17, 2016
September 17-26, 2016 
October 2-12, 2016
March 15-25, 2017
April 10-20, 2017
May 1-11, 2017
May 12-22, 2017
May 25-June 4, 2017
June 10-20, 2017
August 2-12, 2017
August 20-30, 2017
September 5-15, 2017
September 10-20, 2017
October 4-14, 2017

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive in Tashkent
Days 3-4: Nukus-Khiva
Days 5-6: Legendary Bukhara
Days 7-9: Majestic Samarkand-Shakhrisabz
Day 10:    Tashkent
Day 11:    Departure

Itinerary

Day 01 Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent International Airport. You will be met by your personal guide and driver and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 Tashkent

Tashkent is the cultural and economic center of Uzbekistan. Today we'll discover the Old City: the Hast Imam Complex which consists of Medreseh Barakkhan, the Tello Shayh Friday Mosque and the Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi. Visit the coloful old Chorsu bazaar, shop for souvenirs and watch craftsman at work. Visit Independence Square and the Navoi Theatre, set among the lovely fountains and green spaces of the city.

Day 03-04 Tashkent-Khiva

Early morning transfer to the airport to take a flight to legendary Khiva, one of the most popular World Heritage Sites of the Silk Road. Arrival and accommodation.

Sightseeing tour in fairy-tale city Khiva Explore the antiquities of the Ichan Kala (Old City): the Ata –Darvaza, the blue-tiled Kalta Minar, the Mohammad Aminkhan and Khodja Islam Medressehs, the Kunya Ark (Ancient Citadel), Tash Hauli Palace, Caravanserai ( traditional inn for travelling merchants), and the Juma Mosque with its 200 wooden pillars. Dinner and a panoramic view of Khiva by moonlight.

Day 05 Urgench-Bukhara

Early breakfast. Sightseeing day drive to Bukhara through Kyzilkum desert, once the main thoroughfare for the Silk Road route that connected China with the west. We will stop at a nomadic yurt village and enjoy a picnic in a local chaikhana (tea-house), Photo opportunities along the way near the Amu Darya (Oxus) River, one of the biggest rivers of Central Asia. Arrival in Bukhara.

Day 06 Bukhara

Bukhara is one of the most ancient and incredible cities in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 17th c. Labi Khaus Complex with its shady reflecting pool, once the principal water source for the town and the Nadir Divan Begi Khanaka (old merchant's hotel). Enjoy tea in an ancient Chaikhana (tea house) and an exhibit of national costumes in the old mansion of a wealthy merchant. The sightseeing continues with the trade domes of the money changers, hat, silk, carpets, puppets and jewelry sellers, the Magoki Attari, Abdulazizkhan Madreseh, and the Poi-Kalon Ensemble with the greatest minaret of Central Asia, and the ancient winter residence of the local emirs located near the Bolo Khaus Mosque. Dinner and Folklore show featuring local dancers, singers and fashion display of fabulous regional fabrics and designs.

Day 07 Bukhara- Samarkand

Finish our tour of Bukhara at the magnificent Summer Residence of the Last Bukharan Emirs, the  "Sitorai Mohi-Khossa" (Palace of Moon and Stars) and the Chor Minor Minarets. Afternoon drive to Samarkand through the Rabota Malik chul desert. Arrival in Samarkand.

Day 08 Samarkand

Full day exploration in ancient Samarkand, a city with over 3000 years of history and legend. Sightseeing tour to Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place for holding the world's finest traditional and modern music festivals and national celebrations. We will see the remains of the observatory of the 15th c. scientist Ulugbek, the necropolis of the Shah i Zinda Ensemble, the Bibi Khanum Complex and Guri Emir Mausoleum. Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the oldest wineries of Uzbekistan before dinner.

Day 09 Samarkand-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand

Sightseeing day drive to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Amir Temur (Tamerlane). Visit the ruins of "Ak-Saroy" the summer residence, the Khazrati Imom Mosque, and the blue-tiled Kok Gumbaz. Return to Samarkand and enjoy the evening panorama of the city.

Day 10 Samarkand- Tashkent

Photo opportunities from the highest point of Samarkand. Visit local bazaars and the handicraft center. Drive to Tashkent, stopping near the "gate" of Amur Timur, the point where two mountain ranges meet. Arrival in Tashkent. Farewell Dinner.

Day 11 Tashkent.

Transfer to Tashkent Airport for your departure.

Land Tour Costs

From $3,479 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$475

Scheduled Departures

 
 
 
September 8-17, 2016
September 17-26, 2016 
October 2-12, 2016
March 15-25, 2017
April 10-20, 2017
May 1-11, 2017
May 12-22, 2017
May 25-June 4, 2017
June 10-20, 2017
August 2-12, 2017
August 20-30, 2017
September 5-15, 2017
September 10-20, 2017
October 4-14, 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Visit traditional bazaars, tea houses and villages
  • Discover cultural treasures of Central Asia: magnificent temples, mosques, ancient palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of local residents
  • Photo opportunities galore!
  • Wine Tasting in Samarkand
  • Traditional music and dance performances
  • Learn to bake Uzbekistan's unique, delicious breads

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan

Visited Cities & Places

Tashkent, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva

Suggested Extensions

Gems of Kyrgyzstan, Cultural tour to Turkmenistan, Silk Road Tour to Iran, Wonders of the China Silk Road, Treasures of two Russia Capitals, Treasures of Turkey

Reading Lists

Calum Macleod, Bradley Mayhew "Golden Road To Samarkand"
Lonely Planet Central Asia (2014)
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia

What's Included

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

What's Not Included

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

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Uzbekistan Cultural Discovery Tour

A 11 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

 
 
 
September 8-17, 2016
September 17-26, 2016 
October 2-12, 2016
March 15-25, 2017
April 10-20, 2017
May 1-11, 2017
May 12-22, 2017
May 25-June 4, 2017
June 10-20, 2017
August 2-12, 2017
August 20-30, 2017
September 5-15, 2017
September 10-20, 2017
October 4-14, 2017

Land Tour Costs

From $3,479 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$475