DAY 1, September 01, 2020 | Tashkent
On arrival in Tashkent you will enjoy fast-track entry before transferring to your hotel where a room is being held for your immediate occupancy. Your hotel is located in the centre of this ancient city. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Tashkent is a modern capital city with a history that dates back some 2000 years and, although devastated by an earthquake in 1966, a fascinating introduction to the country and its rich heritage. Tashkent became a Muslim city in the 8th century AD and was an important commercial centre during the Middle Ages. The older parts of the city still remind visitors of Tashkent’s key position on the Silk Road. Indeed, in 1220 the city became part of the empire of Genghis Khan and, later in 1865, part of the Russian empire. In 2007, Tashkent was named the cultural capital of the Islamic world as the city is home to numerous historic mosques and religious establishments.
DAY 2, September 02, 2020 | Tashkent
Today enjoy a full day tour of Tashkent, the modern capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Old Town,’ where you will discover the Khasti-Imam Complex & Koran, a magnificent late 16th-century Islamic seminary which houses the Sunni Mufti of Central Asia. There you will view its 7th-century Koran - one of the two oldest Korans in the world. Stroll through Chorsu Bazaar, the fresh produce and open-air market, before visiting the Museum of Applied Arts, built at the height of the Soviet era, which showcases regional ceramics, textiles and artworks by Uzbek artists.
After lunch, stroll around Independence Square and take a ride on the Tashkent underground
Evening visit to Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theatre to enjoy the performance. The name of the performance and the time TBA 2-3 weeks prior.
This evening we recommend dinner at one of the charming restaurants in the traditional style of an Uzbek country inn. Such inns were built to accommodate the caravans that crossed the desert centuries ago. The cuisine is traditional Uzbek with delicious salads, juicy kebabs and tasty deserts.
DAY 3, September 03, 2020 | Tashkent – Samarkand
This morning you are privately transferred to Tashkent railway station to begin your journey. Here you are shown to your pre-reserved seating. The train departs Tashkent at 8:00 am (330 km, 2 hours). Upon arrival at Samarkand railway station at 10:08 am you are met at the door of the train and privately to your hotel where a room is being held for your immediate occupancy.
City of Samarkand widely considered Uzbekistan’s most magnificent. Its long history is most famously linked to the legacy of the great 14th century ruler Tamerlane whose aim was to create the richest city on earth. After lunch at local restaurant visit the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis which sits on a pretty hill overlooking the city, and head to the Ulugh Beg Observatory and Afrosiab Museum.
Evening promenade near Registan Square, where you will marvel at some of the most breathtaking historical monuments in Central Asia. This traditional square is surrounded by mosques and madrasas, lavishly decorated with brilliant tiles and topped with bright blue domes. Travelers have marveled at Registan Square for many centuries and it continues to exceed the expectations of all who make the journey here.
Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.
DAY 4, September 04, 2020 | Samarkand
This morning continues sightseeing tour of Samarkand. Being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Samarkand prospered from its unique location on the Silk Road, the trade route between China and the Mediterranean. At times Samarkand has been one of the greatest cities of Central Asia.
You visit the Gur-Emir Mausoleum and the Tomb of Tamerlane, one of Asia’s greatest rulers. This grand structure is laden with marble and jade cenotaphs commemorating the rulers of the Timurid Dynasty. Afterwards continue with visit to Bibi-Khanym Mosque.
After lunch at local restaurant visit the local Siab bazaar where stalls are bursting with colorful handicrafts and mounds of fresh fruits, spices, nuts and freshly baked bread. Continue your visits with hand-made silk carpet factory “Khujum” & “Meros”.
DAY 5, September 05, 2020 | Samarkand – Bukhara
Today journey west by deluxe coach (4 hours, 285 km) to the magical city of Bukhara, a major centre for trade in the Middle Ages and the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia. Upon arrival in Bukhara you will be transferred your hotel for check-in and lunch at the city restaurant.
This afternoon begins your introduction to the city at the ancient trading domes and, later on, the spectacular Ark, a royal citadel dating to the 5th century. Enter through its austere and forbidding western façade. Home to the rulers of Bukhara for over a millennium, the Ark is as old as Bukhara itself. The founding of the original fortress is blurred in antiquity, but it was certainly the focus around which developed the medieval town. The courtyard of the fortress is now a very interesting local history museum.
Spend the remainder of the day visiting Bukhara’s other historic sites, including the Bolo-Hauz Mosque, Kalan Complex, Samani Mausoleum and lyabi-Haus Square.
This evening enjoy dinner at local restaurant.
DAY 6, September 06, 2020 | Bukhara
This morning we begin the full day city tour in Bukhara with Lyabi-Haus Square and Magoki-Attori mosque, following the Trading Domes. Finally, explore the old city, where you will find caravanserai, public baths, and the workshops of local artisans hidden beneath the original trading domes that survive to this day. Stop for traditional Uzbek tea with sweets at a local tea house. Further we walk to Minorai Kalan Complex.
After lunch at local restaurant the glorious Summer Palace of the last Bukhara Emir Sitora-Mokhi-Khosa which dates from the beginning of last century. On the way back stop at the unique Chor-Minor (4 minaret style) mosque.
DAY 7, September 07, 2020 | Bukhara – Tashkent
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Bukhara with late check-out. You might wish to meet a local ceramics artist or discover the city’s Jewish heritage on a stroll through the old Jewish quarter or experience a traditional Bukhari hammam in the Old Town.
Later in the evening you will be privately transferred to Bukhara airport for your domestic flight to Tashkent (flight details TBA). Upon arrival at Tashkent airport you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight.
DAY 8, September 08, 2020 | Tashkent
This morning You will be privately transfer to the airport your departure flight. Fast track exit assistance by our airport agent with the airport formalities.