Europe – Istanbul – Tashkent – Samarkand -Shahrisabz – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent – Istanbul – Europe
Day 1// Europe-Istanbul-Tashkent
Flight to Tashkent
Day 2// Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent and Meeting at the airport with the guide. Transfer to the hotel. After the breakfast start first city tour by visiting the old part of the city through having a look Chorsu bazaar, Tashkent metro and the Independence Square. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue city tour by paying a visit to the touristic attractions: Khast-Imam complex, the madrasah of Barak-Khan, where Uthman Qur’an (VII centuary) is kept, the mosque Tilla-Shaiyh, the mausoleum of Kaffel-Shashi as well. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3// Tashkent-Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station at 7.30 and departure to Samarkand by the speed train “Afrosiyob’’. Arrival to Samarkand and transfer to the hotel. Start city tour by visiting the Regestan Square and the Mausoleum of Guri-Amir (Tamerlane’s tomb). Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue city tour after the lunch by paying a visit to the impressive Bibi-Khanym mosque and theatre of historical costume “El Merosi”(“The People’s Heritage”). Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4// Samarkand-Urgut-Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will drive to Urgut, a typical village at the footsteps of Zerafchan Mountains. Arrival to local house, where we experience cooking the “Soumalak”, which is a national meal made from wheat. Then walk through to discover the village life. Typical lunch with local people as a picnic in the open air.After lunch head to participate in “Koupkari ( Bouzkachi ) ” competition riders. Return to Samarkand. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5// Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Participation of Celebration of Navruz in Samarkand. Experinece the feeling and taste of the navruz with locals, where all the streets are beautifully decorated with national flags and in the central park annimée by traditional dances and songs. Artisans and cooks present their arts in the pavilions. It will be a great day, which you will remember for ages. Lunch at a local restaurant and continue sightseeing by visiting the Necropolis Shakhi-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory and Afrasyab museum. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
NB: The date of the festival in Samarkand is fixed by the authority of the city, at the last minute according to weather conditions. The visit program can be changed.
Day 6// Samarkand-Shakhrisabz-Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz, which is a home town of the great Amir Timur. We start city tour by visiting the grandiose Ak-saray palace, as well the Complex of Dor-ut-Tilovat and Dor-us-Saodat. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch drive to Bukhara. Arrival to Bukhara and transfer to the hotel. Dinner in madrassah of Nodir Divan Begi by accompany traditional songs and dances. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7// Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we start sightseeing tour by visiting the old part of Bukhara, i.e. Ismal Samani Mausoleum (IX-X c), Bolo Khaouz mosque, Labi Khaouz complex, Chasma- Ayub Mausoleum, Bukhara local bazaar, Ark Fortress or town citadel. Lunch at a local restaurant. After the lunch you will discover Labi Khaouz complex, currently still used old madrasah Miri-Arab, Poi-Kalon Ensemble including the minaret Kalyan, Taqi Zargaron (Tading dome of the jewelers), Ulug-Bek madrasah, Abdulaziz-khan madrasah, Taqi Telpak Furushon (trading dome of the headgear), Magoki Attori mosque, Toqi Sarrafon (Trading dome of the money changers). Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8// Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we have an opportunity to visit touristic attraction outside of Bukhara: the summer residency of Emir of Bukhara, which is called Sitorai Mokhi-Khossa, the Complex of Bakhouddin Naqishbandy and Chor Minor madrasah. Lunch at a local restaurant. The second part of the day is left free to walk through city by yourself. Dinner at a local family, where we can experience how to cook uzbek traditional meal “Palov ” and taste it. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9// Bukhara-Khiva
Breakfast. After the breakfast drive to Khiva. We pass through the sand-dunes (barxans) in Kyzyl Kum desert. Lunch at a local “Chayxana”, a tea-house. At the late afternoon we arrive to Bukhara and check-in to the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10// Khiva
Breakfast. After the breakfast start sightseeing tour by visiting Kalta Minar, Mukhammad-Aminkan Marasah, Kunya-Ark, Said Alauddin mausoleum, Mukhammad Rakhim-khan madrasah, Pakhlavan Makhmud mausoleum, minaret of Islam-Khoja. Lunch at alocal restaurant. After lunch we will have a look Tash- Khovli Palace and Harem, Juma mosque. Except these touristic atractions we also witnes Folk dance show by khorezm artists in the Harem.Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11// Khiva-Tashkent
Breakfast. Start city tour by visiting the palace of Nurulla bay and walk in the city market. Lunch at alocal restaurant. After lunch transfer to the airport and take a domestic flight to Tashkent at 15.20. Arrival to Tashkent at 16.50 and transfer to the hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12// Tashkent-Istanbul-Europe
Early breakfast at the hotel. After the breakfast check-out and transfer to the airport and take international flight via Istanbul.
This is the end of Navruz tour. Enjoy your flight!
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