Pearls of Uzbekistan (UZ)

Destination: Uzbekistan

Cities: Tashkent – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara – Tashkent

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights 

During this tour you will repeat the routes of caravans used in the past and see the cities which had huge importance and were the main part of bygone trade way.

Travelling to Uzbekistan is like viewing the diamond – the edges of which you can enjoy endlessly. Uzbekistan is like a fine art – pictures of mountain scenery, deserts, lakes, rivers and oases are superseding one another – you have to see it. It is like a literature, old book of history and you have to read it. It is like an aura of the past and warmth of hospitality and you have to feel it. Uzbekistan is the land of a great commander Tamerlane (Amir Temur), a brilliant astronomer and a ruler Mirzo Ulugbek, a scientist and a doctor whose name is known worldwide Ibn Sino (Avicenna), a historian and a geographer Abu-Raykhon Beruniy, a mathematician and a founder of algebra Al-Khorazmiy. Uzbekistan is a home and shelter for genius poets, Sufi, skillful masters and craftsmen.

DAY 1: XXX – TASHKENT (flight, coach)

Arrival Tashkent by day-time flight. Meet and greet service by DOLORES TRAVEL staff. Transfer to the hotel and pre-arranged check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM).

After some rest start city tour along the new part of Tashkent: visit to Independence Square, Amir Timur Statue, Memorial to the World War II Victims, Monument of Courage,State Museum of Applied Arts, Alisher Navoi Theater Square.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 2: TASHKENT – SAMARKAND (train, coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Tashkent Railway Station. 08:00-10:08 High-speed AFROSIAB train to Samarkand.

On arrival, meeting at the station and drive to city center for excursion: visit to the famous Registan Square that consists of Madrasah Ulugbek (XV c.), Madrasah Sher-Dor (XVII c.), Madrasah Tillya-Kori (XVII c.).

Transfer to the hotel and pre-arranged check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM). Afternoon continuation of city tour in Samarkand:  Guri Emir Mausoleum -Tamerlane’s Tomb (XIV-XV cc.), Ulugbek Observatory (XV c.), Afrosiab Museum, Architectural Complex Shakh-i-Zinda (XI-XV cc.), Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV-XV). Further visit to eastern Siyob Bazaar for dried fruits, sweets and souvenirs.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 3: SAMARKAND – SHAKHRISABZ – BUKHARA (coach, 440 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Bukhara via Shakhrisabs (160 km). On arrival, excursion along the city: Amir Timur’s Ak-Saray Palace (White palace, 1380-1404), which is substantially destroyed, but it’s restoring intensively. Mausoleum Dorus-Saodat («Power Place», XIV c.) — crypt of Jahangir and Omar (Timur’s sons); Ensemble Dorus-Tilovat («A blue mosque», XIV c.) — the mausoleum of spiritual instructor Timur Shamsiddin Kulol, graceful Gumbazi-Seyidon Mausoleum (XVI c.), Kok-Gumbaz Mosque (1435), and Khazrat-Imam Mosque (XIV c.).

Continue drive to Bukhara (290 km).

Transfer to the hotel, check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM)and overnight.

DAY 4: BUKHARA (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Holy Bukhara, homeland of Ibn Sino (Avicenna), loved city of all saints and worldwide known philosopher – cheery Khodja Nasriddin, lively, noisy and luxurious capital of Emirs, rich man of all nationals and patrons.

Full day city tour in Bukhara: visit to Citadel Ark (IV c.) – city in a city, Bolo-Khauz Mosque (beginning of XX c.), Ismael Samani Mausoleum (the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ dynasty at the end of IX –beginning of X cc.),  Poyi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great) – religious heart of sacred Bukhara that consists of Minaret Kalon (XII c.), Kalyan Mosque (XII c.) and Miri Arab Madrasah (XVI c.),  Ulugbek Madrasah (1417),  Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque (XII-XVI cc.),  Kosh-Madrasah Ensemble that consists of Madari-Abdullakhan Madrasah, Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (XIV-XVII cc.), Nodir Divanbeghi Madrasah, (Abdullakhan’s mother) and Abdullakhan Madrasah.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 5: BUKHARA (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive out of the city to visit Bakhauddin Naqshbandiy Memorial Complex (XVI-XIX cc.). Further drive to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Complex (XIX c.) – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara.

Arrival back to the city and excursion over trade domes named Coumpol Bazaar (XVI c.) – trading points where tourists can enjoy real Uzbek bargaining process and make shopping. It consists of Toki Saraffon (the Dome of Money changers), Toki-Telpak Furushon (the Dome of Cap makers), Toki Zargaron (the Dome of jewelers) and Tim Abdullakhan (the Center of silk).

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 6: BUKHARA – TASHKENT (flight, coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Bukhara Airport. Morning flight to Tashkent (according to the schedule).

On arrival, meeting at the airport and city tour along the old part of the city: visit to Khazrati Imam Complex consisting of Barak Khan Madrasah (XVI c.),  Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV c.), Muyi-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad; Djuma Mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali, Kukeldash Madrasah (XVI c.).

Free time for purchases in CHORSU bazaar and souvenir shops.

Transfer to the hotel, check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM)and overnight.

DAY 7: TASHKENT-XXX (flight)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Registration and flight to the next destination as per the schedule.

 **END OF SERVICES**

Included:

  • Accommodation in the hotels on DOUBLE /TWIN sharing basis (6 nights in total)
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • Services of A/C comfortable transport with professional driver as per program
  • Entrance fees to the above mentioned sights as per the program (except photo and video charges)
  • Professional local guides in the cities for excursions
  • Uzbekistan visa support (LOI)

Not included:

  • Visa costs (Consular fees)
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Photo and video charges
  • International flight tickets
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary