«Discover all tastes of Uzbek cuisine» 8 days, 7 nights (2017)

We invite you to join to the Gastronomical Tour along the cities of the Great Silk Road, visit
Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in combined groups. During the trip you will enjoy all the tastes of oriental cuisine, take part in culinary master classes and discover all the beauty of Uzbek cuisine.

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Please, send your request to: booking@dolores.uz


Uzbekistan – country of the bright colors, rich cultural heritage, historical monuments and outstanding cooking.
Country, which you should visit at least once in your life! In this tour you will plunge into the art, architecture, poetry, music and dance. Feel all the luxury and colors of the East.

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Thursday, Istanbul / Moscow – Tashkent
23:45 Flight to Tashkent by TK 368 from Istanbul or through Moscow SU 1870 20.25-02.30

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Friday, Tashkent
Arrival in the early morning, meet and greet service with DOLORES TRAVEL SERVICES sign, Transfer to Tashkent Hotel, check-in. Rest after the flight.

12:30 Lunch in the Central Asian Plov Centre
Central Asian Plov Cente’s atmosphere is colorful. Seen from the outside, it looks like a campground with a half dozen sooty black cauldrons boiling on the open fires. This is the place to eat plov, the national dish. It is cooked outside by men using enormous stone cauldrons filled with oily rice, beef or lamb, horse-meat sausage, lamb fat, with boiled eggs to garnish. Charles Perry, a culinary historian, admits that Central Asian lamb fat is tasty (it doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth like the lamb fat you’re familiar with).

City tour in Tashkent:
Old part of the city: the State Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan, visiting the religious complex Khasti Imam: consisting of Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV centure), Barak Khan Madrassah (XVI centure), Muy-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of prophet Muhammad; Dzhuma-mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali, Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI), Abdulkasim Madrassah (XIX).

18:30 Dinner at local restaurant Karavan.
It may sound strange, but it is true that Caravan is the first truly Uzbek restaurant to open in the capital of Uzbekistan. Here at Caravan, antiquity and modernity intertwine like two grapevines, so close and harmonious that you may wonder if you are in the past or the present. The restaurant resembles the comfortable and hospitable home of an Uzbek grandma, full of mystery with secluded nooks and crannies. Here you can taste shurpa (shurva or shorva), a soup made of large pieces of fatty meat (usually mutton) and fresh vegetables; norin and lagman, noodle-based dishes that may be served as a soup or a main course; manti (also called qasqoni), chuchvara, and somsa, stuffed pockets of dough served as an appetizer or a main course; dimlama (a meat and vegetable stew) and various kebabs, usually served as a main course.

Night at the hotel.

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Saturday, Tashkent – Khiva via Urgench (FLIGHT HY1051 07.50-09.30)
Breakfast at the hotel.
05:00 am transfer to the airport, 07:50 am flight to Urgench, 09:30 am arrival and transfer to Khiva. Hotel accommodation.
City tour in Khiva:
Ichan-Kala architectural complex (XII-XIX), the Residence of the last Khiva Khan including Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, Muhammed Amin Khan Madrassah, Kunya-Ark Castle (XVI-XVI), Kalta Minor Tower, Tash-Hovli Palace (XIX), Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum(XIV-XVIII), Juma Mosque (X) and other Khiva tourist sights. Narrow streets, carved “ayvans” veranda and doors, majestic minarets and mausoleums, heritage and arts –all kept with care in this city as great treasure.

Dinner at local restaurant Khorezm Art.
Uzbek dishes are not notably hot and fiery, though certainly flavorful. Some of their principle spices are black cumin, red and black peppers, barberries, coriander, and sesame seeds. Here is in Restaurant Khorezm art you can taste traditional KHorezm dishes, National Uzbek dishes with folk show during the dinner. Frequently dumplings, kebabs, lagman, manti with meat, Shurpa and other dishes are ordered.

Night at the hotel.

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Sunday, Khiva – Bukhara (coach 490 km, 8-9 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel.
In old days, route from Khiva to Bukhara lasted more than a month. Today it takes 6 — 7 hours by vehicle, through mysterious red desert “Kyzyl-Kum”, the territory of “Khorezm”, which was called in the past as a “State of Thousand and Hundred Cities”. What kind of secrets are buried in this desert, this is something what archeologists and historians will be trying to find in the future. Meanwhile, you are invited to view the exotic landscapes of desert with roaming camels, nomadic yurts and old Amudarya River (Oxus).
Arrival to Bukhara. Hotel check-in.

Dinner in the restaurant Old Bukhara
Old Bukhara has a big choice of traditional specialties, but one of them deserves special mention. We call it manty. Manty is steamed dough filled with tender sliced or minced lamb and onions. It goes very well with chakka (suzma in Tashkent) and of course we offer you Plov cooked by Bukhara style it is cooked with rice, fresh mutton or beef, yellow or red carrot, onions and vegetable oil.
Night at the hotel.

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Monday, Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel.
City tour in Bukhara:
Ismael Samani Mausoleum — the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ jeweler at the end of IX – beginning of X), Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (Spring of Job – XIV), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of XX), Citadel Ark (IV) – city in a city, Poi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great), religious heart of Sacred Bukhara, consists of Minaret Kalon (XII), Kalyan Mosque (XII), Miri Arab Madrassah (XVI), Ulugbek’s Madrassah (1417), Magoki-Attori Mosque (dated XII-XVI centuries), Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (dated XIV-XVII centuries), Chor-Minor (four minarets).

Visit Silk Road Spices tea house for 30 minutes, chayhana offers you following tea’s
Spice and Herbal tea
- Saffron tea
- Ginger tea
- Coffee with cardamom
- Green tea
- Black tea and national sweets of Bukhara, such as halva, qandalat and nabat.

Free time: we advise you to visit Bukhara Dome Bazaars (dated 15-16 centuries): Toki Saraffon (the Dome of Moneychangers), Toki-Telpak Furushon (the Dome of Cap makers), Toki Zargaron (the Dome of Jewelers) and Tim Abdullakhan (the Center of silk).

Dinner and Show – program in Nodir Devon Begi Madrassah.
Every evening a folk instrumental concert with national instruments. The repertoire of the dancers is quite rich: Khorezm and Uzbek folk dances, classical Fergana and other wealth of national dance show are performed. In the intervals between dances you will be presented national fashion show. And of course during this show and national music performance you will taste any Uzbek dishes, national sweets and other riches of the national cuisine.

Night at the hotel.

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Tuesday, Bukhara – Shakhrisabz — Samarkand (260 km, 4 hrs + 110 km, 3 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to Shakhrisabz.
City tour in Shakhrisabz:
Rruins of Ak-Saray Palace (XIV-XV), Dor-ut Saodat Complex: Khazratiy Imam Mosque (XIV), Jahongir Mausoleum (XIV), Dor-ut Tillavat Complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (XV).

Continue to Samarkand. Arrival and Samarkand hotel accommodation.
Dinner at local restaurant Platan.
Nine years ago we celebrated the opening of the restaurant «PLATAN» in the heart of Samarkand. For nine years we have worked hard to service and delicacy of dishes, selected the best staff and improving the harmony of interior and exterior of the restaurant. Here you can taste Author’s cuisine from the chef European, Uzbek, Caucasian and Asia food.

Night at the hotel.

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Wednesday, Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel.
The science and art of ancient East where concentrated in Samarkand since olden times. Multinational and tolerant – it is spoken here that: “there are many stairs leading to the sky” and there is no difference in what language you pray.
City tour in Samarkand:
Visiting of morning East Siab Bazaar, Mausoleum Guri Emir – Tamerlane’s Tomb (XIV-XV), Registan Square – Madrassah Ulug Bek (XV), Madrassah Shir-Dor (XVII), Madrassah Tillya-Kori (XVII), Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV-XV), Architectural Complex Shakh-i-Zinda (dated XI-XV century)

Dinner at local restaurant Old City.
Small homelike The Old City restaurant offers wide range of national, European and vegetarian dishes. Cozy atmosphere of restaurant, nice background music, hall with fireplace do not leave anyone indifferent. Visually the hall is divided into three zones. Restaurant Old City is the perfect place for lunches or dinners of small tourist groups. A distinctive dish of this restaurant lamb ribs on the grill with grilled vegetables.

Night at the hotel.

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Thursday, Samarkand – Tashkent (train 17.00-19.10)
Breakfast at the hotel.
City tour in Samarkand:
Excavations and Museum of ancient city of Afrosiab. Architectural Complex Shakh-i-Zinda (dated XI-XV century) and Ulugbek Observatory (XV), the Mausoleum of prophet Daniel.

16.15 – Transfer to the railway station for evening train to Tashkent.
19.10 – Arrival Tashkent and proceed further to farewell dinner at local restaurant 1991.
Unique in style, interior and culinary delights, 1991 cafe an effort to promote the identity of common cultures and traditions. Here, in luxurious and blissful surroundings, the menu at 1991 cafe offers a wide selection of Uzbek cuisine and other Central Asian dishes prepared according to ancient recipes.
Night at the hotel.

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Friday, Tashkent – Istanbul / Moscow departure TK 369 08.15-11.35 / SU 1871 04.30-06.50
Early breakfast at the hotel.
05.00 – Transfer to the airport for flight to next destination.

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• Hotel accommodation in twin room
• Meals: HB board
• Domestic air — ticket Tashkent – Urgench (Y class)
• Train ticket Samarkand – Tashkent (Economy class)
• Comfortable transport along the whole tour
• Mineral water 0.5 l. pp / pd
• Entrance fess
• Folklore show – program in Bukhara at Nodir Divan Begi Madrassah
• Excursion programs: (2-5 persons – local guides, 6-30 persons – escort guide during the whole trip)
• Visa support (Invitation letter)

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• International tickets
• Personal transfers
• Alcohol and soft drinks
• Lunches
• Consular fee for Uzbekistan visa
• Photo and video charges
• Tips and portages at the airport and hotels
• Personal expenses
• Other services, not indicated above

Payment: upon agreement
Penalty fees: upon agreement