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Great Silk Road Tour in Uzbekistan

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Duration

11 days 10 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

English, Espanol, Francais, German, Japanese, Russian

Overview

The Eleven-Day Cultural Uzbekistan Tour “Great Silk Road Tour in Uzbekistan” is oriented in visiting all major sites and cities, which were centers on the Great Silk Road in ancient times. You will do sights of Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Shakhrizabz and Samarkand, learn much interesting about Uzbek traditions and customs, for centuries, handed down from generation to generation, taste genuine Uzbek pilau, visit an oriental bazaar and so on and so forth. Uzbekistan is famous around the world for its textiles and ceramics, but within Uzbekistan itself, Fergana is the most famous place for artisans. In this tour you’ll have two days visiting this Fergana Valley.

CITIES TO BE VISITED: Tashkent, Kokand, Fergana, Margilan, Rishtan, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva
ACCOMMODATION:
*Tashkent – 4 nights (Hotel Ramada 4* or similar 4/3*)
*Fergana – 1 night (Hotel Asia Fergana 4* or similar 4/3*)
*Samarkand – 2 nights (Hotel “Diyora” 4* or similar 4/3*)
*Bukhara – 2 nights (Hotel Asia Bukhara 4* or similar 4/3*)
*Khiva – 1 night (Hotel Asia Khiva 4* or similar 4/3*)
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: March – June, August – November

Book a tour to Uzbekistan if you love ancient history, mesmerizing medieval architecture, applied arts, hospitality, rich pilav with crispy bread, and natural fruits and vegetables grown under the bright sun. By the time, you leave your Uzbekistan tour, you will have an extra piece of baggage and a lot of unforgettable memories!

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Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent

Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by your driver and guide. Early hotel check-in with breakfast. Free time for rest after flight. Dinner at city restaurant.

Day 2: Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning starts sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit:
Old City part of Tashkent
Khast-Imom Complex (XVI-XXI century), where the world famous Quran (VII century) of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari
Chor-Su Bazaar, the age of which is more than hundred years
Tashkent Metro (1977) Ride - is the only currently operating metro in Central Asia
Amir Temur Square - surrounded with the buildings of the “Uzbekistan” Hotel, University of Law (former Women’s Gymnasium), the Amir Timur Museum, well-known Tashkent Chimes and the Forums Palace - one of the most grandiose architectural structures in Tashkent
Independence Square- located in the center of Tashkent city. It is a favorite resting place for the Tashkent The fact that the most beautiful fountains of the city are located in the square contributed considerably to it
Applied Arts Museum (1937) – its fund lists over 7,000 samples of applied arts: handmade embroidery, skull-caps, jewelry, carpets and other examples of craftsmanship of the beginning of the 19th century to present day
Dinner at city restaurant
Overnight at the hotel
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 3: Tashkent - Kokand - Fergana (320 km)

Breakfast at the hotel
Drive to Fergana Valley (320 km drive till Fergana city). The steep road* which connects Fergana Valley with the rest of Uzbekistan runs via picturesque mountain pass Kamchik (2267 m. above the sea level). The first stop will be in the city of Kokand where you will visit:
Khudoyar-Khan Palace (1871) – a pearl of Kojand. It is the palace of the last ruler of Kokand Khanate's Khudoyar Khan. 16 thousand people, 80 masters, worked on its construction and 1000 carts. were used for it. Today the palace is the museum of local history, expositions of which tell about the past and present of Kokand.
Jami Mosque (XIX century) - is the true decoration of Kokand's Chorsu square. Citizens cannot imagine their city without this magnificent mosque. The western part of the vast courtyard of the mosque is occupied with khanaka and big aivan, the roof of which is supported by 98 columns.
Kamol-Kazy Madrasah (1830-1832) - In the mid-XIX century the Kamol-Kazy madrasah functioned as Muslim institution of higher education for the children of the local nobility and consisted of a classroom – darshona, housing accommodation – hujras and mosques-ayvan.
Norbut-biy Madrasah (XVIII century) - a bright example of craftsmanship of Kokand It was the largest religious point of the city, and in the 19th century turned into the largest educational centre in Kokand.
Continue driving to Fergana city (80 km). Visit Akhmad Al-Fergani Park
Check in to the hotel. Dinner at city restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
*Part of the road is currently under reconstruction
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 4: Fergana - Margilan - Rishtan - Tashkent (440 km)
Day 4: Fergana - Margilan - Rishtan - Tashkent (440 km)

Breakfast at the hotel
In the morning, drive from Fergana to Margilan and visit:
Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah (XIX century end) - is one of the “youngest” Margilan monuments, aged a little more than 200 years. The madrasah boasts harmony of the composition, proportionality of the elements and rational design of the building.Today, madrasah is home to a number of craftsmen producing handmade carpets and silk.
Have a walk on traditional market and continue to:
Yodgorlik Silk Factory (1972) to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns. Today the factory’s staff numbers about 450 people, the majority of them is women. Every month the factory produces up to 6,000 m of fabric including natural silk and half-silk fabric.
If it is Thursday or Sunday, visit Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market in Fergana Valley. Drive to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master whose works are exhibited on world exhibitions. Enjoy a pottery workshop and have a look at ceramic collection in a small museum. After that return to Tashkent. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at city restaurant.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 5: Tashkent - Samarkand (Train (345 km))
Day 5: Tashkent - Samarkand (Train (345 km))

Early breakfast at the hotel
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station
Fast-speed Afrosiyob train departs Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (345 km). Upon arrival we begin the city tour in Samarkand:
Registan Square (XV-XVII centuries) - during centuries it was the center of Samarkand. The word Registan means “sand place”. The ensemble consists of three Madrassah: Ulugbek Madrassah (15th century), Sher – Dor Madrassah (17th century) and Tilla-Kari Madrassah (gold covered) (17th century).
Bibi Khanum Mosque (1399-1404) - The majestic blue domes of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque are the unusual sight. It takes one’s breath even from understanding the scale of construction of this monument, impressing with its size and beauty. In antiquity the dome of this mosque was compared with the dome of heaven and the arch of portal – with the Milky Way.
Siyob Bazaar (on Mondays it’s closed) - is a largest trading center of Samarkand. Mostly here you can find national bread, fruits, vegetables, sweets and a lot more
Ulugbek Observatory (1428-1429) – The astronomical miracle of medieval Uzbekistan. Observatory was unique construction for its time.The basis of observatory was giant goniometer vertical circle), radius of circle was equal 40,212 meters, and the length of arc was 63 meters
Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis (XIV-XV centuries) - consists of rows of refine sparkling blue colors tombs. Shakhi Zinda consists of eleven mausoleums, which were built one after another in XIV - XV centuries. Shakhi Zinda is the burial place of royal persons and nobles. But the main mausoleum from which the necropolis starts seems to be the imaginary grave of Prophet Muhammad's cousin, Kusama Ibn Abbas. The complex was called "Shakhi Zinda" that means in Persian "The Living King".
Gur Emir Mausoleum (XV century)– authentic shrine of Tamerlane. This majestic complex consisted of a khanaka, the madrasah of Muhammad Sultan - grandson of Amir Timur, and, later, tombs of Amir Timur himself and his descendants. Gur Emir was a prototype for famous samples of architecture of the Great Mughal: Humayun Mausoleum in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur descendants, who ruled northern India.
Dinner at city restaurant
Overnight at the hotel
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 6: Samarkand
Day 6: Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel
Continue sightseeing visiting:
Afrasiab Museum (1970) – the most valuable artifacts of the history of ancient Samarkand. It is a museum in Samarkand dedicated to the history of the city. The museum's exhibits illustrate the history of Samarkand’s development from the time of Alexander the Great conquest.
Mausoleum of Saint Daniel (1900, but grave was long earlier) - There is hardly any place in the world is a where Muslim, Christian and Jew come to pray. But this Tomb of the Old Testament Prophet Daniel, also known as Daniiel, or Doniyar.
Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour.
Dinner at city restaurant
Overnight at the hotel
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 7: Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km)
Day 7: Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km)

Breakfast at the hotel
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 h.*). Stop on the way at:
Caravanserai Rabat Malik (XI century) – summer residence of Karakhanids. There is no analogous monuments which can give us an example of every-day life of the Karakhanid rulers in the territory of Central Asia.
Continue driving to Bukhara. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Spend your afternoon in fascinating Old Bukhara which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Explore:
Kalyan Minaret (1127) – City symbol of Bukhara. The minaret was designated to summon Muslims to prayer five times a day. It still dominates the skyline of Bukhara, astonishing all who see it with its magnificent and flawless shape
Kalyan Mosque (XV century) - The layout of the Djuma Mosque (named the Kalyan Mosque) is traditional: a rectangular courtyard with a tall and large maksura room on the west side.
Miri-Arab Madrasah (XVI century) – is one of the best Bukhara architectural school monuments. Architecture and décor of Miri-Arab distinguish by highest culture and taste.
Magoki-Attori Mosque (XII century) – Islamic mosque dating back to Zorastrianism. It is an example of an urban mosque in a residential quarter
Ulugbek madrasah (1417) – the most ancient of three madrasahs, built by Ulugbek
Abdulazizkhan madrasahs (1651-1652) – luxurious decoration. The building is typical by composition, with four-ayvans yard, but with unordinary divergent fan of hudj groups after side ayvans and cupola buildings on the central axis
Trading domes – Toki-Sarrafon Trading Dome (was currency exchange center of Central Asia), Telpak Furushon Trading Dome (first was book selling place, later selling caps), Timi Abdullakhan Trading Dome (carpets and fabrics were sold), Toki-Zargaron Trading Dome (were selling jewelries)
Lyabi Hauz Ensemble (XVI-XVII centuries) – historical source of water supply in Bukhara. It is formed with three large monumental buildings: Kukeldash Madrasah (1568-1569) in the north, khanaka (1619-1620) and Nodir Divan-begi in the west and in the east
Chor-Minor Madrasah (1807) – “Four Minarets” - The towers’ décor elements are believed to reflect the religious-philosophical understanding of the world’s four religions
Dinner with Folklore Show
Overnight at the hotel
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 8: Bukhara
Day 8: Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel
Start the second day in Bukhara discovering:
Legendary Ark Fortress (IV century BC) – The symbol of the state power. It was a residence of Bukhara khans
Bolo-Khauz Mosque (1712) – it is the only preserved monument on the Registan Square. The complex consists of the reservoir, Friday mosque and minaret. The most ancient part of the complex is the pond (Khauz), which is called as Bolo-Khauz ("Children's reservoir").
Ismail Samani mausoleum (IX century) - It was erected as a family crypt immediately after the death of Ismail Samani's father. Mausoleum is full of magnificence and feeling of moving from this world to the world that lasts forever.
Chashma-Ayub mausoleum (XII-XVI centuries) – “Saint Job’s Source”. A legend has it that the Bible prophet Job, having visited this land, decided to help the people who suffered from water shortage in the desert. He struck the ground with his stick, making a source of crystal clear water sprang at that place.
Drive out of the city outskirts visiting:
Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (XIX century mid) – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. The Bukhara architects having trained in Russia managed to combine oriental and western styles in their creation.
Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi (1544) – is one of the most important Muslim shrines. The Mausoleum of Saint Bakhouddin Naqshbandi is considered as the Central Asian Mekka. Believers from different muslim countries come here to ask for the fulfilment of wishes and healing.
Enjoy free time in the afternoon.
Dinner at city restaurant
Overnight at the hotel
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours

Day 9: Bukhara - Khiva (480 km)
Day 9: Bukhara - Khiva (480 km)

Breakfast at the hotel
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.*).
The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzyl Kum Desert, as the present road does nowadays*. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya River.
Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest.
Dinner at city restaurant with Show
Overnight at the hotel
*some parts of the road are presently being renovated.

Day 10: Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent (30 km + flight (1093 km))
Day 10: Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent (30 km + flight (1093 km))

Breakfast at the hotel
Check-out from hotel till noon. Today you will visit:
Itchan-Kala Fortress - is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today Itchan-Kala (Ichan Kala) is open-air museum. It is the old part of the city, surrounded with wall and turned into the State Historical Archaeological Museum. Here on the vast territory of 26 hectares the exotic image of the eastern city has been preserved.In Itchan-Kala there are about 60 historic buildings.
Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah (1851-1854) – is the largest madrasah not only in Khiva but in the Central Asia. The two-storied building occupies the area of 72 to 60 meters and has 125 khudjras (cells), intended for 260 students.
Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah (1876) – is a bright sample of culture of architecture of that epoch and takes a special niche in the history of Khoresm. Named after Muhammad Rahim-khan, who was one of the most educated representatives of Kungrat dynasty ever to rule in Khiva since 1770.
Kalta-Minor (1855) – it has become the real symbol of the city. Foundation of the minaret is 15 meters, diameter at the foundation is 14,5 meters and the height is 29 meters. But this massive tower has only third part of the project height. Its unique decoration strikes an imagination: the minaret is completely covered with the glazed tile and majolica.
Juma Mosque (XVIII century end) - is an original building without portals and cupolas, without galleries and yards. It is 55x46 m. The interior space is a single hall, the flat ceiling of which is supported by 215 wooden pillars.
Tash-Khovli Palace (XIX century) – summer residence of Khiva khans. The original synthesis of architecture and monumental decorative art in the creative work of the Khorezm masters are vividly represented by this palace.
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum (1701) - If blue domes as the symbol of the eastern architecture can be often found in Samarkand and Bukhara, there is only one blue dome in Khiva. It decorates the tomb of Makhmud Pahlavan, a famous poet and warrior of the XIV century. In the mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud people pray and drink the holy water.
Islam-Khoja minaret (XX century) – is the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. The height of the minaret 6 meters, diameter of the fundament is 9.5 at the base.
Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva in Kunya-Ark (1686). Free time in the afternoon. In the evening you will be transferred to Urgench airport (30 km, 35 min.) for flight to Tashkent (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Dinner at city restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

Day 11: Tashkent - Departure
Day 11: Tashkent - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel (if time of flight permits)
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.

Included/Excluded

  • Ground A/C transport
  • Accommodations (double shared)
  • Meals: Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Professional guide
  • Flight Urgench-Tashkent
  • Train ticket Tashkent-Samarkand
  • International air tickets
  • Visa charges
  • Cost for lunches
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuity/Tips for guide/drivers
  • Hotel extra services

Durations

Full day (7+ hours)

Languages

English
Espanol
Francais
German
Japanese
Russian

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