Day 1: Tashkent. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. Sightseeing: Abul Kasim Complex and its handicraft centers, Alisher Navoi Park (the Park of Festivals), The Palace of Friendship, old bazaar ”Chorsu”. Visit Tashkent's Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand. Drive to Samarkand (300 km). Pass through the "gate" of Amur Temur; where the Pamir and Zerafshon mountain ranges meet. Accommodation in hotel. Samarkand sightseeing: Shahi Zinda Ensemble (IX-XIX c.) with more than 20 mausoleums, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Samarkand local bazaar. Lunch. Guri Emir Mausoleum, Registan Square (Music Festival Center), the performance of Samarkand dancers in Sherdor Madreseh. Visit the workshops of Samarkand musicians. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 3: Samarkand. Ulugbek Observatory (XV c.), visit Al Bukhari Mausoleum. Meeting with local composers and musicians. Free time.
Day 4: Samarkand - Bukhara. Drive to Bukhara (300 km.) passing the 3000 year-old Zerafshan River. Accommodation at hotel. Sightseeing tour: Labi Khaus Complex: Nadir Divan Begi Madreseh, Kukaldash Madreseh, Khanaka Nadir Divan Begi (XVI-XVII c.), Magoki Attari Mosque (XII-XVI c.). Visit local bakery with Tandur (clay oven for baking bread). Trade domes/markets (XVI c.), Poi –Kalon Complex-Minaret Kalon ( XII c.), Mosque Kalon, Miri Arab Madreseh (XVI c.). Dinner with folk-show of Ensemble “Bukhorcha” in Madrassa Nodir Divan Begi.
Day 5: Bukhara. Fortress-Ark ( I c.), Ismail Samani (IX c), Bukhara oriental local bazaar. Enjoy silk and spices in the bazaar of the old part of Bukhara(Festival in May). Enjoy live music, folk dances and songs, exhibitions of Central Asian artisans and taste local shashlik, manti and pilaf. Watch the traditional puppet theatre perform.
Day 6: Bukhara - Urgench. Drive to Urgench ( 450 km) through the KizilKum desert. Picnic in Uzbek Chaykhana (tea –house). Arrival in Urgench. Accommodation. Dinner in hotel restaurant.
Day 7: Urgench- Khiva. Drive to Khiva (35 km.). Excursion to Ichan Kala (old city): Ata–Darvaza (West Gate, XVII-XVIII c.), Kalta Minar (XIX c.), Kunya Ark ( XVII-XIX c.), Bazaar of textiles, jewelry and hats. Medreseh Khodja Islam with minaret, Tash Hauli Palace (XIX c), Caravanserai ( XIX c.) of Khiva porcelain, Juma Mosque with 200 wooden pillars (XI-XII c.). Fascinating dance performance of ensemble "Lazgi" in Muhammad Rahim Khan Medreseh. Return to Urgench.
Day 8: Urgench-Tashkent. Breakfast. Flight to Tashkent. Accommodation at hotel. Lunch. City tour: Old city with Hast Imam Complex: Medreseh Barakkhan (XVI c.), Friday Mosque Tello Shayh (XIX c), Medreseh Kukeldash (XVI c.), Independence Square, Metro station and main boulevard. See a Ballet Performance at the Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Day 9: Tashkent – New York. Early Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure.
Land Cost: $2999-$3299.
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