Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Places to visit: Tashkent - Bukhara - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Tashkent
Day 1: Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent and meeting at the airport by your guide and transfer to the hotel.Check in and rest after the flight. You will have breakfast at 9 a.m. in the hotel. After the breakfast sightseeing the ancient places of Tashkent. TASHKENT is the capital of Uzbekistan. It is one of the largest cities in Central Asia and there are about 3 million inhabitants. It has a history of more than 2 thousand years. At first the word "Tashkent" was mentioned in XI century in the works of encyclopedic scholars such as Beruni and Mahmud Kashgari ("Divanu lugatit turk"). "Tashkent" is translated from Uzbek as "city of stone ". Tashkent is an only city in Central Asia that has an underground. Construction work started on it in 1973 and now its lines stretch to 47 km.Today you will visit the oldest parts of Tashkent: Kukaldash madrassah, Barrak Khan madrassah, Tilla Shaykh mosque, Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi mausoleum. Lunch. After the lunch continue the sightseeing tour of Tashkent: The State Museum of Applied Art, Amir Temur Museum. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent - Bukhara
Early breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport where you will have a flight HY-1337 at 07.10 and arrival to Bukhara at 08.20. Accommodation at hotel in Bukhara. After the accommodation is sightseeing of the ancient places of Bukhara. BUKHARA - the city of poetry and fairy tale - lies at the oasis among the desert of Kyzyl-Kum. This is one of the ancient cities of the world, whose history counts more than 2500 years. During the centuries the history of the city experienced the epoch of bloom and decline. Today Bukhara is one of the significant industrial and economic centers of Uzbekistan, one of the most important cities of central Asia. As commercial city Bukhara exists 2000 years and more than 1000 years appears to be Metropolis of skillful architecture. Today you will have an excursion of the city that includes visiting of the square Lyabi Khauz , The Madrassah and Khanaka of Nadir Divan-begi, the Kukeldash Madrassah. Lunch. After the lunch we will continue to explore Bukhara city: Ark Citadel, Bolo Khauz mosque, Chashmai Ayyub, Ismail Samani Mausoleum. Your dinner will be at Madrassah of Nadir Divan-Begui with a folklore show. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Bukhara - Samarkand
Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the hotel. After breakfast visit to the oldest part of the city: Madrassah of Ulugbek, Madrassah of Abdulazizkhan, Mosque Magoki Ataru, Minaret Kalian, Mosque Kalian. Lunch. After lunch we will drive to Samarkand (270 km, 4 hours) by bus. Arrival to Samarkand and accommodation in a hotel. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 4: Samarkand
Breakfast at 7.30 a.m. in the hotel. After breakfast you will visit the ancient places of Samarkand. SAMARKAND is one of the most ancient cities of the world that was formed approximately in V century BC. It existed under the name Marakanda even by the middle of 1000 year BC and was the capital of Sogdiana. Later the old part of ancient Samarkand was renamed as Afrosiab. Samarkand was the capital of Temur Empire in XIV-XV centuries. The history of Samarkand goes back to VI century BC when it was ruled by Akhemenids empire, ruled by Alexander the Great in 4 century BC. In "Divanu lugatit turk"(XI century) Samarkand was called as "Semizkand"("Fat city"). During the city tour of Samarkand you will see the following highlights: Gur-Emir mausoleum, Rukhobod mausoleum, Reghistan square. Lunch. After the lunch we will continue the sightseeing tour of Samarkand: Bibi Khanum mosque, Siyab, local bazaar, Khazrati Khizr mosque, Shakhi-Zinda necropolises. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5: Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the hotel. After breakfast you will be transferred to Shakhrisabz (75 km, 1 hour) by car. As soon as we are there we will visit the ancient places of Shakhrisabz. SHAKHRISABZ means "green city". City is actually surrounded by gardens and vineyards. According to academician Barthold's opinion the city was formed in III-II centuries B.C. Shakhrisabz is Motherland of Tamerlan. At the time of his ruling he invited into Shakhrisabz the best of architects, who constructed splendid palaces, mosques and mausoleums. In XV c. the city becomes not only shopping center, but also the city of culture and science. Sightseeing tour of Shakhrisabz includes visiting of Ak-Saray Palace, Darut-Tillavat (Kok Gumbaz Mosque), Darus-Saadat (Gumbazi Saiidon). After having lunch in this amzing city we will drive back to Samarkand (75 km, 1 hour) by car. After the arrival sightseeing tour of Samarkand: Observatory of Ulugbek, Afrosiyob archeological museum, Samarkand State cultural and historical Museum. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 6: Samarkand - Tashkent
Early breakfast at 7.30 a.m. in the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent (320 km, 5 hours) by train. Lunch. After lunch sightseeing tour of Tashkent: Khasti Imam mausoleum and mosque, famous Asian bazaar Chorsu where you will have free time to walk around and to bargain with local traders as if you are 1000 years ago. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7: Flight home
Early breakfast and transfer to the airport.
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