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Uzbekistan Shoppers Paradise

Duration of this Trip 11 Days Priced From $3, 359 per person

Zulya Rajabova welcomes you to shop Uzbekistan's Silk Road centers! Zulya Rajabova welcomes you to shop Uzbekistan's Silk Road centers!

Shop your way through the 1001 Nights in the bazaars of Uzbekistan! Its master craftsmen are famous for jewelry in silver, gold and semi-precious stones, embossed silver, brass and copper; gorgeous carved wood, luxurious silks, bold ikat cottons, intricate gold and silk embroideries; and carpets of geometric harmony and pure color. Uzbek aromatic plov and warm fresh bread from the clay tandur oven are just part of this feast of the senses, after all, you'll need to keep your strength up for shopping! The haunting traditional music of the dombra and tambur, the bustle of the bazaars and the swirl and dash of vibrant colors invite you to sample the traditions of Uzbekistan. Join our unforgettable tour of Uzbekistan's markets, shops, designers, and master craftsmen among soaring minarets, opulent shrines, and hospitable people. Just say bozor kilamiz - going shopping!

At a Glance

Duration

11 Days

Priced From

$3, 359 per person

Departures

  • September 3-13, 2016
  • September 15-25, 2016
  • October 7-17, 2016
  • April 5-15, 2017
  • April 24-May 4, 2017
  • May 10-20, 2017
  • May 23-June 2, 2017
  • August 15-25, 2017
  • September 3-13, 2017
  • September 8-18, 2017

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive in the capital city, Tashkent
Day 3: Urgench-Khiva
Days 4-6: Legendary Bukhara, Shopper's Paradise
Days 7-9: Majestic Samarkand-Shakhrisabz
Day 10: Tashkent
Day 11: Departure

Itinerary

Day 01 Tashkent

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

Day 02 Tashkent

Tashkent, the Capital city of Uzbekistan, was a central crossroads of the Great Silk Road for many centuries. It is renowned for its bazaars, handicraft centers, museums, art galleries, and ancient sites. Visit the 19th century historical site, the Abul Kasim Handicraft Bazaar, where you can see the craftsmen at work and appreciate the skill and techniques that create the object you buy. Admire the detailed miniature paintings on charming paper maché jewelry boxes, traditional carved wooden book stands, walking sticks and a myriad of boxes, elaborate embroideries, rugs, and musical instruments. In the afternoon, visit the Silk Road section of Tashkent to see the Kukaldash Medresseh and the 2000 year old Chorsu Bazaar (Eski Juva). Here, you will find everything - from mountains of fresh fruits and crisp vegetables to fine jewelry and gold embroidery, hand-tempered knives to ceramic bowls and hand painted cradles. The vendors know their merchandise and are happy to tell you everything about it. Bargaining for your treasures is part of the fun!  Ride the gorgeous Tashkent metro and get a true taste of every day life. Dinner at a Traditional Uzbek Restaurant.

Day 03 Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva

Early morning flight to Urgench for the drive to Khiva, one of the most ancient and magical cities of Uzbekistan. Accommodation at the Hotel Shakhrezade. Sightseeing tour to explore the antiquities of the Ichan Kala (Old City): the Ata–Darvaza, the blue-tiled 14th c. Kalta Minar, the Mohammad Aminkhan and Khodja Islam medressehs, the Kunya Ark (Ancient Citadel), Tash Hauli Palace, and caravanserai (traditional inn for travelling merchants). Visit the Khiva Silk Carpet Workshop, where carpet makers use traditional methods and vegetable dyes to hand-weave silk rugs patterning them after Khiva's majolica tiles, doors, and miniature paintings. Dinner with a panoramic view of Khiva by the moonlight.

Day 04 Urgench-Bukhara

Early breakfast. Sightseeing day drive to Bukhara through the Kyzilkum desert, once the main route of the Silk Road connecting China with the the West. Along the way, stop at a nomadic yurt camp, enjoy a picnic in a local chaikhana (tea-house) and a photo opportunity near the Amu Darya (Oxus River). In Bukhara, accommodation at Minzifa boutique hotel. Dinner around the pond under the mulberry trees at the Lyabi Khaus Complex, the center of Bukhara's social life.

Day 05 Bukhara

Bukhara is a fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Lyabi Khaus Complex, the colorful local souvenir stalls and the Nadir Divan Begi Khanaka (traditional hotel for merchants). The trade domes of Bukhara's bazaar date from the 16th c. with areas for the silk, carpet, puppet, hat, and jewelry vendors. Nearby is the Poi-Kalon Ensemble with the greatest minaret of Central Asia. Textiles are an integral part of life in this region and young girls traditionally begin making their own embroideries and household items for their dowries from a young age. Even the most modest of homes is filled with woven, embroidered and appliquéd textiles. Prayer rugs, saddle bags, cradle covers, yurt bands, tent flaps, door hangings and bedding covers are popular items. Dinner and folklore show featuring local dancers, singers and a fashion show highlighting the fabulous local fabrics and designs.

Day 06 Bukhara

Sightseeing and shopping tour of the Summer and Winter Residences of the historic Emirs of Bukhara. Visit the Museum of Applied and Decorative Art. In the Sitorai Mokhi Hossa (Summer Palace) are displays of traditional silver necklaces, pendants, bracelets, belts, earrings, suzanis (large embroidered wall-hangings), exquisite caps, robes made from a rainbow of silk ikats, and fabulous examples of ancient fabrics. Enjoy a wine tasting in the centuries old Nugai Caravanserai.

Day 07 Bukhara-Samarkand

Travel the Golden Road to Samarkand through the desert today, stopping at the Gizhduvan School of Ceramics. Afternoon arrival in Samarkand and accommodation at the Malika Prime. Explore the world famous handicraft centers of Samarkand, one of the oldest inhabited cities on the Silk Road and beloved of Tamerlane and Marco Polo.

Day 08 Samarkand

Exploration and shopping, comfort and adventure in ancient Samarkand. Our sightseeing and shopping tour begins in Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place for holding the world's finest music festivals and celebrations. It is the prime spot for souvenir and handicraft shopping in Samarkand. It houses countless stalls in the medressehs, for ceramic and embroidery items, carpets, hats, caps, and a variety of ethnic textiles. Visit the Bibi Khanum Complex and the Guri Emir Mausoleum. At the Samarkand Green Bazaar enjoy the most delicious local breads, sweets and fruits. Dinner with Folklore show.

Day 09 Samarkand-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand

Drive to Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Amir Temur (Tamerlane). Shakrisabz is known for its carpet weaving, fine embroidery, tubeteikas (Uzbek caps) and wine. After a sightseeing tour in the ruins of Tamerlane's summer residence, the Ak-Saroy and Darut-Saadat enjoy your time in the bazaar of silk and wool embroidery wall hangings, textiles, hats, pillows, slippers, jewelry boxes, fabric design and printing. Return to Samarkand in time for dinner.

Day 10 Samarkand-Tashkent

Sightseeing around Samarkand to the medieval Shah i Zinda Ensemble, an ancient necropolis of finely tiled mausoleums. We will visit the national costumes bazaar, the  Samarkand Art & Crafts Center, and a traditional mulberry paper factory and silk making workshop. Photo opportunities from the highest point of Samarkand. Enjoy a traditional meal at the home of an Uzbek family. Drive back to Tashkent with a stop near the "gate" of Amir Temur, the point where two mountain ranges meet. Arrival in Tashkent. Farewell Dinner.

Day 11 Tashkent

Transfer to Tashkent International Airport for your departure.

Land Tour Costs

From $3, 359 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$455

Scheduled Departures

  • September 3-13, 2016
  • September 15-25, 2016
  • October 7-17, 2016
  • April 5-15, 2017
  • April 24-May 4, 2017
  • May 10-20, 2017
  • May 23-June 2, 2017
  • August 15-25, 2017
  • September 3-13, 2017
  • September 8-18, 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Search for handmade traditional crafts, delicious treats, and fabulous carpets in the Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent, the Sarrafon Mosque and the Nagoi Caravansarai in Bukhara and the Siyab Bazaar in Samarkand and the Khiva Silk Carpet Workshop
  • Tour ancient medressehs, palaces, and monuments
  • Enjoy a fantastic folk show as you discover Uzbek culture
  • Khiva has a wealth of curious, delightful and unique shopping, with colorful puppets, jewelry, hats, and textiles
  • Visit a seamstress' atelier for one-of-a-kind items
  • The Gizduvan Ceramics Center creates well-known patterns and designs

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan

Visited Cities & Places

Tashkent, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Bukhara, Khiva

Suggested Extensions

Treasures of Turkey, Silk Road Tour to Iran

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 Nukus
  • Ground Transportation (with air conditioning)
  • 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

What's Not Included

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

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Uzbekistan Shoppers Paradise Tour

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

Scheduled Departures

  • September 3-13, 2016
  • September 15-25, 2016
  • October 7-17, 2016
  • April 5-15, 2017
  • April 24-May 4, 2017
  • May 10-20, 2017
  • May 23-June 2, 2017
  • August 15-25, 2017
  • September 3-13, 2017
  • September 8-18, 2017

Land Tour Costs

From $3, 359 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$455