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Gastronomy and Cultural Tour in Uzbekistan

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 9 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 30 people
Destination(s): Uzbekistan  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Cultural Journey  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 835 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1490 US Dollar (USD)

A Gastronomic Tour of Uzbekistan is an expert-led cultural food tour. The tour is designed to give you the exclusive experiences that best capture the unique food and culinary traditions of Uzbek cuisine.

The Uzbek cuisine is probably one of the most diverse in Asia. Situated on the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road, Uzbekistan has for many centuries been assimilating the most interesting and original recipes of food from various countries. Each meal in Uzbekistan has its own traditional way of cooking, and one and the same dish has innumerable methods of preparation throughout the country.

Let’s take the Uzbek plov, which has become Uzbekistan’s main culinary brand. In fact, the ‘true Uzbek plov’ includes about ten different recipes, each characteristic of a certain region of the country. Even with their eyes shut, a true plov-lover can easily tell by a mere taste of the dish where the plov he is eating has been cooked - in Samarkand, Fergana, Tashkent, Karshi, Bukhara or Khorezm. Welcome to Uzbekistan, where you can taste all the multitude of nuances of the Uzbek plov!

Certainly, plov is far from being the only remarkable dish in the Uzbek cuisine. Tender manty, juicy shashlyk shish kebab, aromatic samsa pasties, rich shourpa and horsemeat sausage kazy, naryn served on special occasions and khanum for an everyday family table, tandyr-kabob in Bukhara, lagman in Tashkent, nohat-shurak in Samarkand and exotic tukhum-barak and shivit-oshi in Khorezm - all of them form but a small part of the list of dishes in the Uzbek cuisine! And what about the dessert, consisting of a great number of Oriental sweets, fresh fruit, dry fruit and various kinds of nuts?

With the focus on Oriental gastronomy, this tour will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in Uzbekistan’s rich history and culture, to learn about treasured architecture of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva - the fabled cities still keeping the memory of Tamerlane, Alexander the Great, Genghis-khan, and many trade caravans of the Great Silk Road. Tall elegant minarets, grandiose madrassahs and mosques will be branded in your mind for long. But first of all, this travel will be appreciated by gourmets. Open for yourself the world full of oriental delicacies!

No doubt, this fascinating culinary tour for foodies will become the most 'delicious' in your collection!
Discover Uzbekistan's incredible history and cuisine!

Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent. Tashkent - Urgench (night train).
Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Rest after a long flight. Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide and other group participants at 09:30. Start of the sightseeing tour around Tashkent at 10:00: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum. Lunch at the Plov Centre, tasting Tashkent plov cooked with sesame oil. After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Tashkent: Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent - Chorsu, Museum of Applied Arts, Tashkent Metro. Evening meal at National Cuisine Centre (recommended dish is naryn). Transfer to the rail station for night train №56 Tashkent - Urgench (20:15-12:53). Overnight in the train.

Day 2. Urgench - Khiva.
Breakfast in train. Arrival to Urgench at 12:22. Meeting at the station. Transfer to Khiva and check-in to the hotel. Lunch at National house (recommended dishes are Khivan plov, and typical Khorezmian dish - tukhum-barak). Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva (Ichan-Kala ‘inner city’ historic old city): Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Khoja Minaret and Madrasah, Avesta Museum. Master-class for cooking gumma (patties) and evening meal at restaurant. Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 3. Khiva.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva: Tash Khauli-Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Amin-Khan Minaret and Madrasah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex. Transfer to ponds for tasting fried fresh-caught fish. Back to Khiva. Leisure time. Dinner at the restaurant (recommended dish is Khorezm kebab). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 4. Khiva - Bukhara.
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer across the Kyzyl-Kum Desert and along the Amudarya River to Bukhara. Lunch en route. Arrival in Bukhara. Leisure time. Evening meal at restaurant (recommended dish is meat). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 5. Bukhara.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah. Lunch at a restaurant for tasting Bukharan plov. After lunch visiting the "Silk Road Spices" tea house for tea-party: tasting teas prepared from herbs and spices, and traditional Bukharan sweets. After tea-party guided sightseeing: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Folklore show in Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah. Evening meal at National House (recommended dishes are dolma, Bukharan samsa). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 6. Bukhara - out-of-town guided sightseeing tour - Samarkand.
Breakfast in hotel. Out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband, Chor-Bakr Memorial Complex. Lunch at Uzbek chaykhona, tandyr-kabob (meat baked in tandyr oven) and shashlyk tasting. After lunch transfer to Samarkand. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko. Master class in cooking manty at traditional House ‘U Zarify’ (recommended dishes are manty, shourpa). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 7. Samarkand - Tashkent.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher). Lunch at the plov centre and Samarkand plov tasting. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Transfer to the rail station for train to Tashkent “Afrosiab” (17:00-19:10). Arrival to Tashkent. Meeting at the station. Transfer and check-in to hotel. Dinner at the restaurant (recommended dish is shashlyk). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 8. Tashkent. Departure.
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to airport. Departure from Uzbekistan.

Supplemental Tour Information:
This tour has guarantee dates. Guarantee dates of group tour means that the tour will be arranged on these dates with the mentioned fixed price whatever final number of persons in a group will be. Contact us for more details.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The cost of the tour for 1 person:
Hotels 3*: 835 USD (SGL supplement +110 USD)
Hotels 4*: 1150 USD (SGL supplement +340 USD)

Price Includes:
- Hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms with breakfast, including early check-in on arrival;
- Meals on full board basis in the best restaurants and food outlets (according to the special menu);
- Sightseeing tours according to the program;
- Local guides in cities;
- Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
- Train tickets (4 seats in a compartment) for night train №56 (Tashkent - Urgench);
- Train tickets (economy class) for high speed premium service train «Afrosiab» (Samarkand - Tashkent);
- Assorted fruit on each day of the tour;
- Folklore show in Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah;
- Wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko;
- Tasting teas prepared from herbs and spices;
- Master classes for the preparation of national dishes;
- A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour;
-Memorable souvenirs.

Price Excludes:
- International air fare;
- Sites entrance fees;
- Medical insurance.

Additional services:
- Sites entrance fees - 75 USD/per person/on all route;-
- Update to 2 seats in a compartment (lux compartment) for train Tashkent - Urgench - 45 USD/per person;
- Additional night in hotel on arrival/ departure:
50 USD (Hotel 3*)/ 230 USD (Hotel 4*) per SGL room/per night,
70 USD(Hotel 3*)/ 257 USD (Hotel 4*) per DBL room/per night.
- Visa support for Uzbekistan - 45 USD/per person.

About This Supplier
Location: Uzbekistan
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2008

“M18949” is a group of Asian travel agencies, central offices of which are located in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Osh (Kyrgyzstan) and Moscow (Russia); there are also representative offices in each republic of Central Asia. “M18949” has a long-term experience of successful work in the sphere of arranging of Asia...

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