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Sightseeing tours through Uzbekistan

Itinerary # 2

Tashkent - Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand - Tashkent

Duration: 6 Days

1. The program of tour can be changed in accordance with your wishes and time-table of flights.
2. Food and entertains parts mentioned in the tour program are recommended and not included in the cost

Day 1
Tashkent - Bukhara

Arrival to Tashkent. Meet with the tablet "Tashrif Tours".
Pick up and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Breakfast. Rest.

01:00 pm Lunch.

02:00 pm Sightseeing excursion in Tashkent: In 1966 the strong earthquake in Tashkent completely destroyed the old part of the city, but the saved part makes a strong contrast with the architecture of modern Tashkent.

  • Hazret Imam Square (16 c.)
  • Kafal al-Shashi mausoleum (16 c.)
  • Madrassah Barak Khan (15-16 c.)
  • Mosque Namazgoh (19 c.)
  • Mosque Tillya Sheik (19 c.)
  • Memorial of the victims of repressions
  • Kukeldash madrassah (16 c.)
  • Abul Kasim Sheik mausoleum (19 c.)
  • Monument to Alisher Navoi and the park with lake

At 07:00 pm transfer to railroad station of Tashkent.
At 07:50 pm departure for Bukhara by train.

Day 2

At 06:55 am arrival at the railroad station "Bukhara-1" (in Kagan town).
Meet and transfer to Bukhara (10 km). Accommodation in hotel.


09:00 am Sightseeing excursion in "The Old City": Bukhara has kept a medieval lay-out, thanks to which, each building, each house on its curve narrow small streets, bears in itself charm of olden time.

Here time borders are erased, here you lose sensation of time ...

the City architecture includes acquaintance to such monuments, as:

  • Mausoleum of Samanids (10 c.) - the pearl of Central asian architecture, the family tomb of Samanids' dynasty.
  • Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub (12 - 16 centuries), inside which there is a spring of healing water of saint Iova (Ayub).

Visiting markets: fruit, dried fruits, nuts, spices.

  • Bolo-Hauz Mosque (18 c.) - a quarter mosque.

01:00 pm Lunch at the national restaurant.

Continue the excursion:

  • Ark-Citadel - majestic fortress, the habitat of governors of Bukhara, stronghold of might and power (1 century BC - 19 c)
  • Mosque Kalyan (Big mosque)(16 c.)
  • Minaret Kalyan - the symbol of Bukhara, throughout centuries served as a beacon for caravans in the desert, which made their way to Bukhara. Other name of the minaret - "death tower", according to one of legends, in mediaeval time from this minaret were thrown down adulteresses and Bukhara freethinkers.
  • Functioning madrassah of Mir-i-Arab (16 c) - where studied the head mufti of Russian Moslems Ravil Ghaynuddeen and decedent president of the Chechen Republic Ahmad Kadyrov, who was mufti before.
  • Madrassah of Abdullazizkhan (17 centuries)
  • Madrassah of Ulugbek (15 c.) - constructed by Tamerlan's grandson. At the entrance there you can see an inscription in Arabian, words of the prophet Mohammed: "Aspiration for knowledge is a duty of each muslim man and woman"
  • Tim of Abdullakhan (16 c.) - the covered market used for trade by expensive silk fabrics.
  • Walk under trading domes of the 16th century: Toki Sarraffon, Toki Telpak Furushon, Toki Zargaron, where handicraftsmen (jewellers, miniaturists and others) sell their products.
  • Caravansarais of Bukhara.
  • Mosque of Magoki Attori (12-16 centuries) - was built where in ancient time were temples of fireworshipers. It is one of the three monuments in Bukhara, left safe after Genghis Khan's invasion.
  • Visiting the centre of Development of Bukhara's crafts, located in a caravansarai Sayfiddeen. Crafts: weaver's workshop, woodcarving, stamping, painting on a tree, Central Asian miniature, carpetweaving (from time immemorial, from generation to generation, secrets of skill of handicraftsmen were transferred. This tradition is alive until now).
  • Ensemble Lyabi-Hauz: khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan Begi (16 c.), Kukeldash madrassah (15 c.), the monument of Khoja Nasreddeen.

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 3

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am The country excursion:

  • Madrassah Chor Minor (19 c.) - is a tiny madrassah with four different minarets.
  • The necropolis of Bahauddin Nakshband (located 10 km from Bukhara) - is a buried place of Sufi mystic of the "nakshbandiya" order. Bahauddin Nakshband is admired in all Sufi ’ Muslim world as sacred.
  • Sitora-i-Mohi Hosa (located 4 km from Bukhara) - a summer palace of the last emir of Bukhara (19 century).

01:00 pm Lunch in chaykhana "Chor-Bakr" (some kinds of shish kebab, ballaza-nakhot - Bukharian shurpa (soup), which is cooked all the night long).

02:00 pm Continuation of excursion:

  • Necropolis of Chor-Bakr (10-16 c.) - "the city of shadows", a family residency of spiritual leaders of an award - of "nakshbandia" (4 km from Bukhara).

At 07:00 pm dinner and a folklore concert in age-old madrassah Nodir Devan Begi. The ancient building of the 16 century, where the concert take place, is one of the most beautiful and richly decorated madrassah. During the concert you will see performance of the national philharmonic society, performing national Uzbek dances in live musical accompaniment, and the demonstration of fashionable clothes made from handwork fabrics with national elements - harvest of creative imagination of Bukhara designers (You may reserve a table for dinner during sightseeing excursion through your guide).


Day 4
Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand (298+140km)

08:00 am Breakfast.
09:00 am Transfer to Shakhrisabz (298 km).

01:00 pm Lunch.

02:00 pm Excursion around Shahrisabz.

Shakhrisabz is the birthplace of Tamerlane - a military leader who founded the great empire of Tamerlane.

  • Ak – saray palace (1380-1404 yy.)
  • Doru Saodat Ensemble (14 c.)
  • Khazrati Imam Ensemble (14 c.)
  • Djakhongir’s Mausoleum (14 c.)
  • Architectural complex Dor-ut-Tilovat: Kok Gumbaz mosque (1345 y.), Gumbazi Saidon (15-17 cc.)
  • Mausoleum and necropolis of Sahamsiddin Kulyal (15 c.)

Transfer to Samarkand through mountain mouting pass (100 ).

From the pass you can see picturesque landscape of nearby mountains and surrounding countryside.
Sometimes this road is closed. In this case we have to ride to another road (+40 km). This way you will have the opportunity to visit handicraftsman Shariff Bobo. You will visit his hospitable house, drink tea and will be introduced to karshi carpets weaving technical. Also you can buy handmade wool rugs.

Accommodation in the hotel in Samarkand.
07:00 pm Dinner in the national restaurant.

Day 5

08:00 am Breakfast.

09:00 am Sightseeing excursion in Samarkand - one of the most majestic cities of Uzbekistan, the beloved capital of the great Tamerlane:

  • Mausoleum of Gur-Emir (14-15 centuries) - there are the tombs of Tamerlane and his family in it.
  • Registan Square (15-17 centuries): the madrassah of Ulugbek, Tilla-Kori, Sher-dor.

01:00 pm Lunch at chaykhana (Samarkand's pilaf).

02:00 pm Continue the excursion:

  • Bibi Khanum Mosque (14 century) - built in honor of the beloved wife of Tamerlane.
  • Mausoleum of Shahi Zinda (12-15 centuries): there is one of the alleged graves of Kusama ibn Abbas (cousin of Prophet Muhammad) here.
  • Ulugbek's Observatory (15 century) - astronomer, scientist, ruler, beloved grandson of Tamerlane, who was killed on the orders of his own son.

06:00 pm Dinner. Overnight.

Day 6
Samarkand - Tahskent

Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent (310 km).
Arrival in Tashkent. Lunch in the restaurant. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Tashkent.

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