-Season: April - October
-Tour duration: 8 days/7 nights
-Category: individual tour
-Day 1. Tashkent. Arrival.
-Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 hours).
-Day 3. Samarkand.
-Day 4. Samarkand - Gijduvan (260 km, 4 hours) - Bukhara (40 km, 0,5 hours).
-Day 5. Bukhara - Tashkent (night train).
-Day 6. Tashkent - Fergana (afternoon air flight).
-Day 7. Fergana - Margilan - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent.
-Day 8. Tashkent. Departure.
Detailed tour description:
Day 1. Tashkent. Arrival
Today, on arrival, you will be transferred to one of the coziest hotels in Tashkent. Having had a rest, we shall start acquaintance with the history and culture of Uzbekistan via excellent products of Tashkent masters of ceramics. Together with the hereditary masters like K. Turapov, Yu. Ziyamuhamedov famous artists like M. Rakhimov, R. Akbalyan, A. Aminov, A. Rakhmatullaev work on the factory, owning the achievements of modern professional art.
Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 hours).
Sightseeing: ruins of ancient Afrosiab. Today, we shall take a trip to Samarkand - the pearl of Uzbekistan. However this city, world-known as a city of beautiful ancient monuments and madrassahs, is also famous for the excellent talent of pottery! On arrival to Samarkand you will accommodate at the hotel and will have a city tour. The history of Samarkand ceramic production has more than one thousand years. As a result of archeological excavations a variety of ceramic vessels were found in Afrosiab - the remarkable evidences of very skillfully masters of the past. Modern Samarkand ceramists led by Umar Dzhurakulov master disappeared forms and patterns and transform them according to the demands of modern life.
Day 3. Samarkand.
Sightseeing: Registan Ensemble, Ulugbek madrassah, Sher-Dor madrassah, Tillya-Kari madrassah, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Rukhabad necropolis, Bibi-Khanym mosque, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda ensemble, mausoleum of Khoja Daniyar Prophet. This entire day will be devoted to Samarkand and who knows maybe this city, recognized as the heart of the Great Silk Road, will lift the veil of mystery from its secrets. You are starting your quest after breakfast.
The Registan Square (XVII C) is situated in the centre of Samarkand. The word “Registan” means “sandy spot”. The Registan appeared as the centre of the trade and handicrafts at the crossing of six roads outstretched from the city gates. The square is encircled with three majestic buildings: the Madrasah of Ulugh Bek (1417 – 1420), the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619 – 1636), and the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1647 – 1660).
Next you are to see the Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, which is the famous necropolis of the Timurids, Rukhabad necropolis, Bibi-Khanym mosque, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda ensemble and mausoleum of Khoja Daniyor Prophet.
Day 4. Samarkand - Gijduvan (260 km, 4 hours) - Bukhara (40 km, 0,5 hours).
Sightseeing: the Narzullaevs family in Gijduvan. On the way to Bukhara, you will have an excursion in Gujduvan - one of the most famous “ceramic” cities in Central Asia! This city is located just four kilometers far from Bukhara, an ancient pottery center, where the masters transmit their craft from generation to generation. Characteristic feature of Gijduvan ceramics - is solid dark or brown-green glaze in combination with simple engraved ornament. In the city you will visit pottery studio of Nasrullaev family, which is very famous in Uzbekistan. They have a large complex where you can not just buy tableware, but also look at the process of manufacture, and even take some lessons of working on a potter's wheel, if you have some free days. Visit pottery studio of Hamra Rahimova. Not far from Gijduvan in small village of Uba already 45 years Khamro Rakhimova together with her students creates from clay wonderful toys called “ushpulyak” and paint them with specials paints done on yolk.
Arrival in Bukhara. Hotel accommodation. Rest.
Day 5. Bukhara - Tashkent (night train). Sightseeing: Chashma Ayub mausoleum, Poi-Kalon complex, Ulugbek madrassah, Laybi-Hauz ensemble, Kukeldash madrassah, Nadir Divanbegi madrassah, Samanid mausoleum, “Ark” fortress.
Today you finally have an opportunity to visit sacred and amazing Bukhara city! Bukhara is considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world - it is more than 2500 years old. This Islamic city thoroughly impregnated with thousands of years of history, which is beautifully drawn on the walls of its buildings. After breakfast at hotel we are going to make a tour of the Bukhara city - one of the most sacred cities in Uzbekistan!
After city tour in Bukhara, you will have a transfer to the railway station and take a night train to Tashkent. Overnight in train.
Day 6. Tashkent - Fergana (afternoon air flight) Free morning in Tashkent. After lunch transfer to the airport. Flight to Fergana. Arrival. Walk about the city.
Day 7. Fergana - Margilan - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent.
Sightseeing: “Yodgorlik” silk factory in Margilan, ceramic workshops in Rishtan, the palace of Khudayar Khan, the cemetery of Kokand Khans, the Mausoleum of Modari Khan in Kokand. Today you will have transfer back to Tashkent via three cities of Fergana Valley: Margilan, Rishtan and Kokand. In 10th century Margilan was widely known for its silk ware, and its fame spread over long distances to the East and the West. You will have a chance to see these unique items, during the excursion to the “Yodgorlik” silk factory.
In the south of the Fergana Valley there is a small town Rishtan - one of the oldest centers of creation a unique pottery in Central Asia. For 1100 years, masters broadcast the secrets of manufacture of ceramic products from generation to generation. Big dishes "lyagan", deep bowls "shokosa”, water jugs, milk vessels, decorated with ornaments from the “ishkor” glaze. Rishtan Ceramics – blue like pieces of the sky, fallen to the ground! It made Rishtan masters known around the world. In researches the primary role in the art of pottery of 19th, beginning of 20th centuries were unanimously given to Rishtan as a cradle of ceramics of Fergana valley, which was under the influence of all the ceramic centers of the region. A visit to the ceramic workshop.
The next city is Kokand. This city won’t leave you indifferent as not long ago (at the end of the XIX – the beginning of the XX C) Kokand was the second largest city of the Ferghana Valley! The city itself is known since 10th century, but its prime falls on the 18th century, when it became the centre of Kokand Khanate and the spiritual centre of the region. Here you will see the palace of Khudayar Khan, the cemetery of Kokand Khans, the Mausoleum of Modari Khan. Arrival to Tashkent. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 8. Tashkent. Departure. Free morning. Check out of the hotel at 12:00. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Tashkent.
Cost of the tour per person under accommodation at the hotels 2-3*:
-Group in 2 pax - 1425 USD/per person
-Group in 3-4 pax - 1285 USD/per person
-Group in 5-6 pax - 1095 USD/per person
-Group in 7-9 pax - 1030 USD/per person
-Group in 10-15 pax - 940 USD/per person
Supplement for single accommodation is 165 USD/per person
Cost of the tour per person under accommodation at the hotels 3-4*:
-Group in 2 pax - 1660 USD/per person
-Group in 3-4 pax - 1520 USD/per person
-Group in 5-6 pax - 1325 USD/per person
-Group in 7-9 pax - 1260 USD/per person
-Group in 10-15 pax - 1175 USD/per person
Supplement for single accommodation is 235 USD/per person
Cost of the tour includes:
- Double accommodation at the following hotels with breakfasts:
*Tashkent: Sairam Hotel**/Tashkent Palace****
*Samarkand: Malika Samarkand Classic**/Asia Samarkand***
*Bukhara: Amulet Hotel**/Asia Bukhara***
*Fergana: Club Hotel 777***
- Excursion program in each city according to the program;
- Services of an escort English speaking guide for the whole tour;
- Entrance tickets to all the monuments and museums according to the program;
- Master classes in Samarkand, Gijduvan, Rishtan;
- Meals: only breakfasts at the hotels;
- Air flight “Urgench - Tashkent”;
- Air flight “Fergana - Tashkent”;
- Comfortable transportation with an air-conditioner for the whole tour, including meeting/seeing off at the airports.
Cost of the tour does not include:
- International airfare;
- Cost for the photo and video filming in museums and on the monuments.
- Meals (except breakfasts at the hotels):
*Supplement for full board (lunches and dinners) is 215 USD/per person/for the whole tour
*Supplement for half board (only dinners) is 110 USD/per person/for the whole tour.
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