- Discover of the Uzbek people with their traditions and daily life, along with many authentic encounters;
- Discovery of local handicraft and traditions alive in the mountains of south-east, away from tourist routes and therefore of Western comfort: bazaars, embroidery and weaving, sacred spring, folk tales.
Day 1: Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent, meeting with local guide. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Bukhara (train). In the morning transfer to railway station, departure by express train "Sharq" № 10 to Bukhara. Departure at 8:15, arriving at 14:50. Lunch on board of the train. Arriving at the station in Bukhara, transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Walk through the old city of Bukhara. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Bukhara. Discover the old city of Bukhara, the most mysterious of caravan cities with narrow streets and monuments which will fascinate the visitors. Full day tour of the old city of Bukhara: Poi Kalyan square, which includes the twelfth century mosque and the minaret Kalon, then visit to the madrasah Ulugbek and Abdulaziz Khan, ancient trade domes and mosque Magok-i-Attari, former Zoroastrian temple.
Following visits to the square Lyabi Hauz with its madrasa and caravan-saray named after Nodir Devon Begi, the mausoleum of the Samanids, one of the oldest monuments of architecture of the ninth and tenth centuries in Central Asia, the mausoleum Tchashma Ayyub, or the "Source of Job", then visit to the citadel Ark, former residence of the emirs of Bukhara and Bolo-Hauz Mosque with its twenty pillars. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara. Continuation of visits to the monuments outside Bukhara: the summer palace of the last emir Sitora-i-Mohi Khossa, the necropolis of Bahaouddin Nakchbandi, the holiest site of the city, which combines worship, history and superstition of Islam and the madrassa Chor Minor, hidden in the alleys of the old districts of Bukhara. Free time to plunge into the charm of the Holy Bukhara for one last time. Dinner in the courtyard of the madrasa Modari Khan accompanied by a concert of classical music. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara – Baysun (340 km). In the morning departure to Baysun, a large village surrounded by the mountains of Hissar-Alay, via the valley of Kashkadarya and the "Iron Gates".
Interesting fact: Located in south-eastern Uzbekistan, Baysun is one of the oldest inhabited regions in Central Asia. The decline of the Silk Road has contributed to the isolation of the region, and these circumstances have contributed to the preservation of ancient traditions commonly used in traditional rituals. Among other popular ceremonies are: ritual songs and lyrics, epic legends and dances, folk songs and epics of baxshis.
Lunch on route in a traditional Uzbek chaikhana. Continue drive with photo stops, arrival in Baysun, transfer and accommodation in guest rooms. Walk around Baysun, visit Sharofat Opa's house, the owner of a small women's cooperative embroidery. Meetings and discussions with women artisans. Family dinner at home of Sharofat Opa.
Interesting facts: The word Suzan, literally "needle work" means tissues of various sizes decorated with embroidered designs. They also have an esthetic characteristic of each region. The suzanis of the Surkhandarya region are characterized by colorful floral and geometric design.
Day 6: Baysun. In the morning visit to the Centre of Sewing and Embroidery of Baysun established under the auspices of UNESCO, specializing in traditional sewing and hand embroidery.
Interesting fact: The "doppi" are embroidered Uzbek caps, and which motives vary across regions. It is supposed that they represent peppers or almonds, but researchers believe it is in fact wings of Simurgh (mythical and fabulous bird in Persian mythology).
Boysun caps are traditionally round and soft, embroidered hats with geometric patterns in bright colors.
Walk to the Grand market, always colorful, with unique atmosphere. Visit to the village of Sary-Osiyo, meeting with Rakhmat Bobo, the manufacturer of harps in the region of Baysun. Visit his workshop.
Interesting fact: Chang-qavuz or chang-qobuz in Uzbek and in English Jew's harp is a musical instrument. Wide spread in Asia, chang-qavuz is, in fact, considered to be one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. It is a tool used from time immemorial by Bakshi, shamans and folk musicians from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Departure to Omon Khana, a place of pilgrimage with miraculous water sources and hospital patients.
Interesting fact: Omon Khana is a mineral spring located 22km from Baysun. This source is well known for its healing waters of liver disease and kidney problems. The people of the region and even from other cities come to the source for drinking water and treat various diseases: kidney stones and liver, cirrhoze, etc...
Return to Baysun. Visit the village inhabited by Tajiks of the Avlob mountains. Meeting with the family of beekeepers, honey tasting.
Interesting fact: The Tajiks are Central Asian people who speak Tajik, an Iranian language considered an eastern dialect of Persian. Tajiks of the mountains are pale, have blue or green eyes and light hair of some unlike the Tajiks of the plains that are more tanned. Tajiks of the mountains appear to give credence to the myth that they are descendants of the Aryans from Greece in the armies of Alexander the Great.
Return to Baysun, visit the home of Salima, one of the greatest storytellers of the region. "Night Tales" at Salima’s house. Overnight in Baysun.
Day 7: Baysun – Samarkand (300 km). Drive to Samarkand. Lunch en route in traditional Uzbek chaikhana. Arrive late afternoon, transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Samarkand. Discover the Samarkand, the pearl of the Orient, which evokes a magical name, an invitation to Asia as it in a dream: the famous Registan square with Ulugbek and Sher-Dor madrasas and mosque Tillya Kori. Visit Bibi Khanum mosque, the biggest mosque of its time in all of the Central Asia, and stroll through the picturesque bazaar Siab, the most colorful and busiest place in the city. Excursion to the mausoleum Gur-i-Amir, with a beautiful ribbed dome decorated with papier-maché inside. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Samarkand. Following the visits the necropolis Shakh-i-Zinda, a real pearl of the architecture of XIV-XV of Samarkand, where you can find unique processes of all artistic decoration of Islamic buildings. Visit to the mausoleum of the prophet Daniel, the only place in Samarkand which includes the three faiths, Muslim, Christian and Jewish. Afternoon free for personal discoveries and shopping at the market. Farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Samarkand – Tashkent (300 km). Departure in the direction of Tashkent via the "Steppe of Hunger", largely irrigated by the Syrdarya river, and where cotton is cultivated, "White Gold of Uzbekistan". Discover the old city of Tashkent with the square Khast-i-Imam, the architectural ensemble that includes Barak Khan madrasa, the mausoleum Kaffal Shash and the Friday Mosque with the ancient Koran of the VII c. then the market Tchorsou, the largest bazaar in Uzbekistan. Visit of the Museum of Applied Arts, the former palace of the Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev, the Independence Square, the Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Alisher Navoi.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Tashkent. Transfer to the airport in Tashkent (2 hours in advance).
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