CULTURAL TOUR IN UZBEKISTAN

Length

7 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURAL

Type of service

PRIVATE

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TRIP OVERVIEW

A cultural tour in Uzbekistan through the main caravan cities on the Silk Road, witness of ancient stories, merchants, adventurers and explorers.

Visit Tashkent, the ancient commercial oasis now eclectic capital of the Uzbek Republic and the country’s largest economic and cultural center.

Discover the bazaars, mosques and madrassas of Bukhara, for centuries an important religious center of Asia, which still preserves an architecture almost unchanged for centuries.

Explore the legendary Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world, nicknamed “crossroads of cultures”, and be enchanted by the sparkling turquoise domes of the mosques and the Registan Square.

Let yourself be carried away by the charm of the architectural complex of Shakhrisabz, birthplace of the famous conqueror Tamerlane.

This example itinerary can be customized according to actual travel needs and can be combined with other routes.

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Length : 7D 6N
From : TASHKENT
To : TASHKENT
Destinations  : Tashkent, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Samarkand

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN TASHKENT AND CITY TOUR

Khast Imam mosque © Gabriele StoiaKhast Imam Mosque

Arrive in Tashkent and accommodation at the hotel.

In the afternoon visit the Khast Imam complex, the religious center of the capital located in the oldest part of the city, and the Muyi Mubarak library which houses thousands of manuscripts including the 7th century Uthman Koran, one of the oldest copies of the sacred book existing at the world.

Then visit the Amir Temur Square, in the modern part of the capital; in the center the equestrian statue of the famous conquer undefeated Turkish-Mongol, known in the west as Tamerlane.

Not far away we find the remarkable Mustaqillik Maydonila, or “Independence Square“, symbol of Uzbekistan’s exit from the Soviet Union on August 31, 1991, surrounded by monuments, fountains and impressive public buildings.

We conclude with a visit to the Museum of Applied Arts where we admire numerous objects that enhance the Uzbek skills, embroidery from the manufacture of pottery and other sculptures and jewelry.

Included : Private pick up at the airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation, hotel

02. TASHKENT - BUKHARA

Ingresso Madrasa Miri-Arab - Po-i-Kalyan © Gabriele StoiaMiri-Arab madrasa – Po-i-Kalyan

Transfer to Bukhara by car, through Kyzylkum desert. Once the intellectual and cultural center of the Islamic world, the thriving city of the Great Silk Road didn’t changed much since the days of the merchant caravans.

Visit to Lyabi Khauz architectural complex in the city center where we can admire the wonderful mosaics of the Divan Beghi madrasa, the madrasas of Khanaqa Divan Beghi and Kukeldash.

We continue to the Po-i-Kalyan religious complex overlooking the iconic square dominated by the Kalyan Mosque, Miri-Araba Madrasa and Kalyan minaret, symbol of Bukhara, used for centuries as a beacon to guide the caravans arriving from the desert.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

03. BUKHARA

Tok-i-Zargaron-market - Bukhara © Gabriele StoiaTok-i-Zargaron bazaar

We continue the visits to the ancient bazaars dating back to the 16th century, recognizable by the numerous domes, fundamental stages for traders along the Silk Road: Tok-i-Zargaron, or “Jewelers’ Dome”, Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon, or ” Dome of the Hatters “, and Tok-i-Saraffon, or” Dome of the Currency Exchange “. Inside we find numerous workshops and artisan shops where, as in the middle ages, passing visitors can take advantage of it to buy precious local goods.

Visits the Ark Citadel, the massive fortress built in the 5th century for military purposes and used as a residence of the royal courts until 1920.

Continue to Chor Bakr necropolis, the Samanidi mausoleum, the oldest funerary building in Central Asia and an icon of early Islamic architecture, and to the Chashma Ayub mausoleum where we find a source of water considered to be named after the prophet Jacob (Ayuba).

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

04. BUKHARA - SAMARKAND

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis - Samarqand © Gabriele StoiaShah-i-Zinda necropolis – Samarkand

Transfer to Samarkand by train, among the oldest cities in the world, cultural crossroads and fundamental stop along the Great Silk Road.

We visit the iconic Registan Square, home to some of the best examples of Islamic architecture in the world, dominated by the imposing Sher-Dor, Ulugbek and Tilla-Kori madrassas.

Later we explore the enchanting Shakhi Zinda complex adorned with an extraordinary spectrum of blue tiles, the tomb of Timuridi – Guri Amir, burial of the Timurid dynasty, a unique architectural monument, and the sparkling turquoise dome of the Bibi Khanum cathedral mosque dedicated to his favorite wife from Timur.

We continue to the colorful Siab Bazaar, the largest and oldest in Samarkand, of strategic importance for the commercial development of the Great Silk Road. A special place where the exotic atmosphere of the ancient city is palpable.

We conclude the day with a visit to the Samarkand “Hudjumcarpet factory where we can admire the production process of the splendid oriental hand-embroidered rugs.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

05. SHAKHRISABZ

Amir Timur statue © Gabriele StoiaAmir Timur statue – Shakhrisabz

Transfer to Kashkadarya region by car to visit Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the famous conqueror Tamerlane.

Visit the remains of the architectural complex that includes Aksaray buildings, Dorut Tilovat memorial complex , Shaykh Shamsaddin Kulal al-Keshi Mausoleum, Gumbazi-seidon Mausoleum, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque.

At the end we return to Samarkand.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

06. VISIT SAMARKAND - TRANSFER TO TASHKENT

ProphetProphet Daniel Mausoleum

After breakfast we visit the Prophet Daniel’s Mausoleum in the outskirts of Afrasiab, the ancient city dating back to the 7th-2nd century. B.C. located on the high hills at the entrance of Samarkand.

In the afternoon transfer to the railway station and catch the fast train to Tashkent.

 

 

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

07. TASHKENT - DEPARTURE

Chorsu Market - Tashkent © Gabriele StoiaChorsu Market – Tashkent

Time for one last final walk to the capital or to go shopping in the exotic and colorful market Chorsu Bazaar surrounded by the scents of spices, dried fruit and delicious Uzbek bread.

Following transfer to international airport in time for your departure flight.

Included : Breakfast, tour guide, private transportation and private airport transfer 

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