The blue domes of Uzbekistan
Tour name: The blue domes of Uzbekistan
Highlights of tour: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Gijduvan, Urgut.
Day 1: Tashkent
According the tour program this day you will have a city tour in Tashkent. On the morning we will go to see the main square called Independence square. It's a symbol of the fascism, that is the victory over fascism after World War II. Near the square we can see a walking street, the locals call it "our Broadway". We will walk through the Broadway to reach the square of Amir Timur. The second part of the tour we will visit the old area of Tashkent. Bazaar Chorsu, Kukaldash Madrasah and Has Imam Complex are the main sights of the old part of the city. The highlight of Hast Imam complex is Othman Quran copy, which is the oldest one dating back to 8th century. This Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan who was the third Caliph of the Prophet Muhammad. Othman was killed by non-muslims in 8th century. His blood we can see on the pages of Quran. The night is in the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand (350 km, 4 hrs drive)
In the morning you will have a nice breakfast and drive to Samarkand. It's a second largest city after Tashkent. And this city is situated in the Valley of Zeravshan River. Samarkand is very old city, it has the same age with the cities Babylon and Rome. This city full of amazing sites like Registan square with three madrasahs dating back to 15th -17th centuries. Registan is a symbol of this city and no one be indifferent after visiting this creation of people. Shakhi-Zindeh complex is a group of mausolems from 11th-15th centuries. It's also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site from 2001. Bibi Khanim Mosque was built by Tamerlane after his expedition to India. He dedicated this mosque to his favorite wife. The night is in the hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand - Urgut - Samarkand
Another day we will spend in Samarkand, but today we will explore the surroundings of this city. We will make a nice visit of the noisy and atmospheric bazaars in Urgut village. Then we will drive to another village to see a memorial complex of Al-Bukhary, who was a scholar. Al-Bukahry is an author of the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhary. The Sunni followers put this hadith in the same level with the most authentic hadiths in the world. As a good author his created another book called Al-Adab al=Mufrad. The night is in the hotel.
Day 4: Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara
Today we will drive to Bukhara. The wonderful and heartwarming Bukhara. On the way we will stop at Gijduavn village. Gijduvan school has a long history and the skills are passing from generation to generation for many years. The Narzullayevs family is a family of potters in sixth generation, they made Gijduvan school of ceramics the most famous all over the world. Gijduvan School of ceramics has their own geometric pattern which make them special. They use a lot of green and blue colors in the decorations. Today we will visit their private pottery workshop. The night is the hotel in Bukhara.
Day 5: Bukhara
The whole day in Bukhara, what can better? The sightseeing tour in this city will last all day. We will start from the most ancient Citadel from the 4th century, called Citadel Ark. It was a palace for the few dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then we will visit Samanids mausoleum, which an incredible architectural gem from 9th -10th century. The next sight is Chashma Ayub, the well of Job the meaning of its name. Bolo-Hauz mosque which is also the mosque of forty columns and it was built in honor of Abu-Fayud Khan leader. In the middle of the tour we will walk through the shopping area of Bukhara. And visit the most famous madrasah of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi, it's also the part of Lyabi House Ensemble well known central site of Bukhara. The last sight in your Uzbekistan tour will be Poi Kalon Complex, unrepeated sample of architectural art of Bukhara. There are three constructions built in the 12th - 16th centuries like Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. The night is in the hotel.
Day 6: Bukhara - Flight
Transfer to airport and flight home.
02 pax - Sedan
04-08 pax - Minivan (Grand Starex, Istana)
10 pax - Midibus (Mitsubishi Rosa, Sprinter)
Price per person:
02 pax - 475 $
04 pax - 420 $
06 pax - 385 $
08 pax - 355 $
10 pax - 325 $
Single - 60 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $
*Half board - 40 $
*Full board - 75 $
*Entrance fees - 30 $ available with escort guide only
Local guides - 160 $ per group
Escort guide - 320 $ per group
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Train tickets Tashkent - Samarkand - 30 $