Day 1: Tashkent. Arrival at Tashkent International Airport in the morning. Meet at the airport with our company representative. Airport/Hotel transfer. Check-in the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. City sightseeing tour around Tashkent: Museum of Applied Art - bright carved plaster decorations (ganch) and carved wood the building of museum itself is an attraction. There is also an exhibit of ceramics, textiles, jewelery, musical instruments and toys. Navoyi Theater Square - by 1940, Soviet planners had decided a theatre would greatly enhance an area known as the Drunken Bazaar for its wine-soaked market. Japanese prisoners of war completed construction in 1947.
Barak Khan Madrassah (XVI c) was the headquarters of the Sunni Mufti of ex-Sogdian Central Asia & Kazakhstan. It is interesting for its mosaic and Arabic calligraphy of the late 16 cent. Brick facade and the intricately carved doors made by Samarkand craftsmen. Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum which is the grave of a local doctor, philosopher and poet of Islam who lived from 904 to 979. The portal, inner dome and arcade dated 16th century, when his holy reputation attracted a cemetery. Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI c). The grand 16th c. madrassah has domed courtyard. Now the building is returned to service as an Islamic school. Next to it is the tiny 15th c. Juma mosque. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarqand. Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Samarqand (4 hours). Check in the hotel. Overnight in Samarqand.
Day 3: Samarqand. Samarqand is the Eden of ancient East, the most precious pearl in the Islamic world. Called Marakanda in the 4th century BC, whoever tried to conquer it! During the centuries the city has been invaded by troops of Alexander the Great, Arabian invaders, Chenghes Khan and Tamerlane. Today romance of Samarqand still works its magic, alluring the travelers with a dreamlike quality. Breakfast at the hotel. Full day city sightseeing tour around Samarqand: Ulugbek's Observatory - (XV c) 1st observatory in Orient with 30m sextant built by Ulugbek to make exact astronomical catalog.
Afrasiab Hill is a place of hill-fort Afrasiab, named after legendary king of Turan. Behind defensive ramparts with corridors, arrow slits built of unbaked brick, waterproof reeds and anti-seismic juniper, lived Sogdians. Afrasiab Museum each hall of the museum contains exhibits of some certain period of history of Afrasiab. There is also a hall with remarkable ancient wall paintings special lightening. Bibi Khanum mosque (XIVc), Architect, craftsmen & painters built it in 5 years. Shahi Zinda mausoleum - (XIV-XV c); Town of Dead a complex of more than 20 unique buildings. Overnight in Samarqand.
Day 4: Samarqand - Bukhara. Breakfast at the hotel. Full day city sightseeing across Samarqand and its suburbs. Bibi Khanum mosque (XIV c) built by Timur to be biggest mosque at time. Architect, craftsmen and painters built in 5 years. After lunch you are taken 12 km north from Samarkand to visit the spectacular Complex of Imam Al Bukhoriy, a celebrated personality of Islamic world, which was built with the support of the entire Muslim world. Then, you go to see the Mausoleum of Khodja Daniar or Saint Daniel, a prophet of the Old Testament. This holy place is recognized by Islam, Christianity and Judaism as one of eminent pilgrimage destinations. Check out the hotel. Transfer by coach to Bukhara (3 hours). Overnight at hotel in Bukhara.
Day 5: Bukhara. Bukhara is one of the best places in Central Asia which was as capital of Samanid state in the 9th and 10th centuries and known in history as Bukhoro-i Sharif. Breakfast at the hotel. Full day City sightseeing tour around Bukhara including: Poikalon (XII-XVI c) ensemble in the center of old Bukhara includes the cathedral mosque Masjidi Kalon, Miri Arab madrassah and the Kalyan minaret (46 m). Ulugbek Madrassah (1417) was the earliest of three commissioned by the enlightened Timurid ruler (the other two stand in Samarkand and Gijduvan) and his secular influence dominates the exterior design of the religious college.
Abdul Aziz Khan Madrassah (1652), glittering in mercifully unrestored 17th century glory. Tim Abdullakhan was built in 1577 and was one of the most elegant trade halls in Bukhara where silk and wool was sold by Afghan trades. Trading Domes consists of three trading centers: Tok-i-Zargaron (1570) Jeweler's Bazaar, Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon, Cap Maker's Bazaar, Tok-i-Sarrafon Moneychanger's Bazaar. Magoki Attori in 937 the four-pillared mosque was burn the ground in a city-wide fire and in the 12th century the present mosque was erected, from which the focus of the mosque, the original southern portal remains. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 6: Bukhara - Tashkent. Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Tashkent. Transfer to the Tashkent International Airport. End of the tour.
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