There are many secrets and legends left unrevealed by history and they are telling about Tamerlane’s powerful empire, which once occupied the territory from Armenia in the west to India in the east, from the Caucasus and the Aral Sea in the north to the Persian Gulf in the south. Moreover, his name is associated with the golden age of Samarkand - the city chosen by Tamerlane as the capital of his vast empire! Its azure domes and ancient walls still attract travelers from all over the world!
Our company invites you to make a journey across the lands, which were once an adornment of the famous and powerful country created by the great commander! Majestic Samarkand and divine Bukhara, ancient Khiva and hospitable Tashkent - these fine pearls of Uzbekistan will tell you numerous stories about the wonderful and mysterious empire, towards the heart of which you are making your way! Welcome!
Season: April - October
Tour duration: 8 days/7 nights
Category: individual tour
Day 1. Tashkent. Arrival.
Day 2. Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva.
Day 3. Khiva - Bukhara.
Day 4. Bukhara.
Day 5. Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand.
Day 6. Samarkand.
Day 7. Samarkand - Tashkent.
Day 8. Tashkent. Departure.
Detailed tour description:
DAY 1. Arrival to Tashkent.
Sightseeing: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan madrassah, Kafal-al Shashi Mazar, Kukeldash madrassah, Chor-su bazaar, Applied arts museum, Independence Square, Istiklol Square, Tashkent metro.
On arrival to Tashkent you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After accommodation and rest there will be an excursion program about Tashkent. Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan, fourth in size city of CIS and has population of 2,3 million people. In general it's a good attempting to tell you that Tashkent divides in two parts for convenience- The Old and New city. This names are tell by themselves – in Old city you will meet with mausoleums, madrassah and real oriental bazaar, that are monuments of days gone by, in New - you will see public gardens, parks, monuments and constructions of modern times. These two original measurements exist simultaneously, don’t in the way to each other and moreover- complement each other. This feature expresses also general feature of Uzbekistan – harmonically mix of ancient traditions and modern technologies! We will start our excursion from Old City. Barakhan Madrassah is amazing monument of 16-th century, located in the “heart” of Old City at Hast-Imam square, surrounded with antique wattle and daub houses.
DAY 2. Tashkent - Urgench (morning air flight) - Khiva (35 km, 40 min).
Sightseeing: Ichan-Kala, Islam-Khoja minaret, Juma mosque, Kalta-Minor minaret, “Avesta” museum.
Breakfast at the hotel. After it you will have a transfer to Tashkent airport and have an air flight to Urgench. On arrival you will drive to Khiva and accommodate at the hotel. Khiva is the real Oriental city, whose air steel keeps the spirit of the Middle Ages! There are no high modern buildings, wide highways and it seems that time here has stopped just to keep all that ancient beauty which you can see at this amazing earth! You will see many historical monuments and ancient clay houses! What a surprise - all places of interest are located not in the big territory, surrounded by the city walls! This is the most ancient part of Khiva - Ichan-Cala (XVIIIC - internal part of Khiva). Here are situated the basic monuments of our attention: Kyunya -Ark fortress (XVII C), Pakhlavan Makhmud Complex (XIV-XIX CC), which has the biggest dome in Khiva, obtected with blue glazed tile with glitter over gilded top. Islam Khodja madrassah and minaret (1908) - amazing building, skilfully decorated with colorful mosaic. This minaret is called as the main symbol of Khiva and his diminished shape go back to the early architectural models (XIV CC). The brick masonry at the minaret is interlaced with stripes of the glazed pattern. The minaret has a height of 56,6 meters and base diameter of 9,5 meters. You will also visit the Palace of Tash Khauli Alakuli-Khan (XVIII - XIX CC). Djuma mosque (X-XVIII CC). Mukhammadaminkhan minaret and madrassah (1831-1855). Facade of the minaret is decorated with ornament of the glazed brick.
DAY 3. Khiva - Bukhara (480 km, 9 hours).
Today, after breakfast, you will have a transfer to Bukhara. En route you will estimate in full volume the majesty of Kyzyl-Kum desert, still keeping the footprints of walking here caravans of the Great Silk Road. “Bukhara-I-Sharif”, “noble”, “sacred”- these are some of the many epithets with which was nicknamed this ancient city. One of the legend says that it’s founder was Siyavush- the son of Iranian shah. Zoroastrians of Bukhara honored the place of his death and in Navrouz sacred holiday slaughter a rooster at the Guriyan eastern gates, where Siyavush was buried. At times of Samanid’s dynasty Bukhara, being the capital, was considered as the greatest city of Islamic world! Besides, Bukhara became the centre of trade of China with western Asia and original money-changing store of all Asian nations. Exactly that way became proverbial existed in 19 century words: “he is looking alive as Bukharan moneychanger”. We will have a rest at hotel after long road, anticipating with pleasure meeting with “God’s charm”- Bukhara.
DAY 4. Bukhara.
Sightseeing: Chashma Ayub mausoleum, Poi-Kalon complex, Ulugbek madrassah, Laybi-Hauz ensemble, Kukeldash madrassah, Nadir Divanbegi madrassah, Samanid mausoleum, “Ark” fortress.
First of all we will look over the Samanid’s mausoleum (IX-Xc), the family burial vault of the rulers from the local dynasty, which undoubtedly is a jam of the Central Asian art of building. This wonderful monument is a symbol of new style architecture, regenerated after Arabic conquest. According to undercovered rules in the elements of the building harmonically combined pre-Islamic culture and culture of Arabic Orient. Than we will go to Chashma Ayub Mazar (XIV-XIX c) burial vault. The monuments come one after another and next we will see Poi Kalyan (XII-XVI cc) complex, which include famous Kalyan minaret (with height of 49 meters), built in 1127 and remained whole after many wars and invasions by a miracle! At one time it was look-out station and than the place of public execution. Many legends are jointed with this majestic construction! You will find out many of them from our guide. Than we will see Ulugbek’s madrassah. Ulugbek was grandson of the Temur extraordinary commander and also mathematician and astronomer. And this madrassah was built in 1417 by his order. Than we will see Lyabi Hauze (XVI-XVII c) complex, included Kukeldash (1568 year) and Nodir Divan Begi (1622 year) madrassahs. Very harmonically and color situated here impressive citadel-Old Ark fortress (VI-VII c), from where the ancient Bukhara started.
DAY 5. Bukhara - Shakhrisabz (280 km, 3.5 hours) - Samarkand (150 km, 2.5 hours).
Sightseeing: Ak-Saray palace, Dorussaidat complex, Dorut-Tilyavat madrassah, Kok-Gumbaz mosque in Shakhrisabz.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz - the hometown of Tamerlane. Tamerlane was born on April 9, 1336 in Khoja-Ilgar village not far from Shakhrisabz. At the dawn of Tamerlane’s political career the town was his residence, and even after Samarkand was announced to be the capital Timur Lang didn’t forget his hometown. He had always been generous and invested a lot of money in building and development of the town, which was continued by his grandson Ulugbek. In Shakhrisabz first of all you will see the ruins of the summer palace Ak-Saray. Its construction was started by Tamerlane in 1380 and had been continuing for 25 years. Unfortunately, only two separate pylons of the entrance portal are preserved.
Next you will proceed to the majestic Dorus Saidat complex (the “Adobe of Power”). Now it is difficult to imagine those separated constructions in the centre of Shakhrisabz being related to each other, although they were. Those constructions are a high mausoleum with a conic dome and an underground vault, which is about 40 meters away.
The Dorut Tilavat Madrasah - its name is translated as the “House of Meditation”. Two persons important for Tamerlane are buried here: his father Taragay and Kulial The Potter, who was a teacher of the Sufi Baha-ud-Din Naqshband. As you already know, the latter founded the Dervish Order called Naqshbandia and was a personal mentor of Timur. In 1435 the Juma Mosque called Kok-Gumbaz was built at the territory of the madrasah in addition to the existing mausoleums. “Kok-Gumbaz” means an “Azure Dome”. Arrival to Samarkand. Accommodation at the hotel.
DAY 6. Samarkand.
Sightseeing: the Registan Ensemble, Ulugbek madrassah, Sher-Dor madrassah, Tillya-Kari madrassah, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Rukhabad necropolis, Bibi-Khanym mosque, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda ensemble, Khazrat-Hyzra mosque.
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.
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 and Shakhi-Zinda ensemble.
DAY 7. Samarkand - Tashkent (330 km, 5 hours).
Sightseeing: mausoleum of Daniel the Prophet.
Today you will have some more time to enjoy the beauty of Tamerlane’s capital before leaving for Tashkent! You’ll visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Daniyor (or Daniel the Prophet). Daniel is hallowed by the followers of three major religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. By the order of Tamerlane the mosque was built at the tomb, however, later (in 1900) the mausoleum was erected in its place. Legends tell that here in an 18-meter long grave a hand of the great prophet is lying. Well, in fact 18 meters is too much for a hand! However, national fantasy is quite dodgy: some people say that the hand is growing year by year whereas others claim that Daniel was a giant. The only statement, which is the same in all legends about Daniel, is that Tamerlane brought this hand to Samarkand.
In the afternoon you will have a transfer to Tashkent. Arrival. 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 - 840 USD/per person
Group in 3-4 pax - 770 USD/per person
Group in 5-6 pax - 705 USD/per person
Group in 7-9 pax - 685 USD/per person
Group in 10-15 pax - 655 USD/per person
Supplement for single accommodation is 110 USD/per person
COST OF THE TOUR PER PERSON UNDER ACCOMMODATION AT THE HOTELS 3-4*:
Group in 2 pax - 975 USD/per person
Group in 3-4 pax - 905 USD/per person
Group in 5-6 pax - 840 USD/per person
Group in 7-9 pax - 820 USD/per person
Group in 10-15 pax - 790 USD/per person
Supplement for single accommodation is 195 USD/per person
COST OF THE TOUR INCLUDES:
• Double accommodation at the following hotels with breakfasts:
Tashkent: Arien Plaza Hotel 3*/Shark Hotel 4*
Samarkand: Arba Hotel 3*/Diyora Hotel 4*
Bukhara: Fatima Hotel 3*/Zargaron Plaza Hotel 4*
Khiva: Shams Hotel 3*/Bek Hotel 4*
• Early check-in at the hotel in Tashkent on day 1 (on arrival) is included into the tour cost. Check-in/out of all other hotel is at 12:00;
• Guided sightseeing tours;
• Sites entrance fees;
• English-speaking local guides during excursions time for
a group in 2-4 persons.
English-speaking escort guide for the whole tour starting from a group in 5 persons;
• Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation throughout tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
• Tashkent-Urgench domestic flight airfare;
• Bottle of mineral water per day/per pax;
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• International airfares;
• Uzbekistan visa invitation (if necessary);
• Travel health insurance;
• Photo and video shooting charges at museums and monuments.
• Uzbekistan visa invitation - 45 USD per person;
- Half board (evening meals) - 85 USD per pax;
- Full board - 165 USD per pax.
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