Name of tour: Classic Uzbekistan
Length: 5 days and 4 nights
Overnight stays: Tashkent, Samarkand
Day 1: Tashkent
Today you will explore the capital city Tashkent. The guided tour will start from the Independence square. It is the main square of the country, which was created in honor of victory over fascism in the Second World War. Then you will visit the walking street called local Broadway. It is situated between the Independence square and Amir Timur Square. You will also have a chance to ride Tashkent metro, which is among the most beautiful subways in the world. The first line was built in 1977. After that you will visit the old part of the city, where you will see Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex, which includes several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. Its most famous exhibit is the Othman Quran – the oldest Quran copy in the world. It belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph who succeeded the prophet Muhammad. In the 8th century he was murdered by non-muslims. His blood are still visible on the pages of Othman Quran. After an excursion you will be taken to the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand
The day will start with the morning train to the second largest city of Uzbekistan – Samarkand. It is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. In addition, the city is the same age as Rome or Babylon. Today you will discover the most interesting attractions such as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square represents a complex of three magnificent Madrasahs erected in 15-17th centuries. Architectural complex of Shakhi-Zindeh consists of several mausoleums of 11th-15 centuries. It is also included in UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque was erected in memory of Tamerlane’s wife, after his conquers in India. You will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand
Today you will visit other fascinating sites of Samarkand. First, you will see Ulughbek observatory, which was built in the 15th century by Samarkand ruler and scientist Ulughbek. In 1437, he wrote “Zidji Guragoni” catalog, which contained information about 1018 celestial bodies. Ulughbek was murdered by supporters of his son. Then the tour will continue to the local Broadway. This street is full of souvenir shops, teahouses, sweets and workshops. After that you will have a chance to walk around the National bazaar Siab, oriental bazaar. Here it is possible to find Uzbek traditional handmade products and local sweets. The next destination will be a unique handmade carpet factory where over 400 women create carpets without using traditional techniques. This will be followed by the visit of Samarkand paper workshop where they produce silk papers. The overnight will be in a hotel.
Day 4: Samarkand – Tashkent
You will return to Tashkent by a morning train. Upon arrival the guide will accompany you to Courage Monument. It is a memorial complex, built in memory of the elimination of the consequences of the Tashkent earthquake. After that you will visit Zangi Ota memorial complex. According to the legend, Zangi-Oota was a wise and kind shepherd, that helped people. The final point of the tour will be the State Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan. Here you will see examples of glasses and national clothing, hand and machine embroidery, skullcaps and national fabrics, carpets and woodcarving. The overnight stay will be organized in a hotel.
Day 5: Tashkent – Flight
In the morning, the transfer will take you to the airport.
Price per person:
02 pax – 545 $
04 pax – 415 $
06 pax – 375 $
08 pax – 345 $
10 pax – 325 $
Single – 60 $
Early check-in – 35 $
Single early check-in – 55 $
*Half board – 40 $
*Full board – 65 $
*Entrance fees – 35 $ available with escort guide only
English speaking guide – local 150 $ or escort 260 $ per group
Tashkent – “Tourist Inn” Hotel 3*
Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*
- Mineral water during the tour
- Train tickets Tashkent-Samarkand-Tashkent
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums