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Uzbekistan: Blue Domes

Blue Domes

Cultural tour        

Destination: Uzbekistan  

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Places to visit: Tashkent - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand - Tashkent

 

Tour summary:

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 - Khiva
Early breakfast at 5.00 a.m. in the hotel. Transfer to the airport at 06.00. Then you will have a flight HY-1051 at 07.00 and arrival to Khiva at 08.40. Accommodation in a hotel in Khiva. After the accommodation you will have a city tour of ancient places of Khiva. KHOREZM - Oasis in which are located Khiva and Urgench, lies between the deserts of Kyzyl-Kum and Karakum. It is obliged for its rich plant world to Amudarya and its strongly branched system of channels. Many centuries ago Khiva became the place, in which stopped the travelers experiencing thirst. The minarets of city as lighthouses lured the caravans to the city, which presented significant source of income. Khiva is the smallest of the splendid cities along the Silk Road; however, city is not inferior in the competition to such great cities as Samarkand and Bukhara. Here you feel yourself transferred into the past: small alleys, low buildings and many mosques, mausoleums and medrassas. In the city were preserved approximately 50 splendid construction of that time. Among the many marvelous constructions there is palace Tosh-Khauli, the masterpiece of eastern architecture. UNESCO it declared Khiva world cultural heritage. Now you also have a chance to visit the oldest part of the city: Kunya-Ark fortress (including Kurinish Khana), Mokhammed Rakhim Khan, Arab Mukhammad-Khan madrassah, Mokhammed-Amin-Khan Madrassah. Lunch. After lunch continue the sightseeing tour of Khiva: Pakhlavan Makhmud mausoleum, Islam Khodja Minaret, Tash Khauvli, Caravansaray of Allakhuli-Khan. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Khiva - Bukhara
After breakfast you will be transferred to Bukhara.Accommodation at a hotel. Afterwards we will visit the ancient places of Bukhara. BUKHARA - the city of poetry and fairy tale - lies at the oasis among the desert of Kyzylkum. This is one of the ancient cities of the world, whose history counts more than 2500 years. During the centuries - old history of the city experienced the epoch of bloom and decline. Today Bukhara is one of the significant industrial and economic centers of Uzbekistan, and 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. Free time around Lyabi Khauz. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 4: Bukhara
Breakfast at 8.00 a.m. in the hotel. Then you will have an excursion around the city: The square Lyabi Khauz, The Madrassah and Khanaka of Nadir Divan-Begui, The Kukeldash Madrassah, Madrassah of Chor- Minor. Lunch. After the lunch continue the sightseeing of Bukhara: Madrassah of Ulugbek,  Madrassah of Abdulazizkhan, Mosque Magoki Ataru, Tim of Abdulla-Khan. Your dinner will be at Madrassah of Nadir Divan-Begui with a folklore show. Overnight in the hotel.  

Day 5: Bukhara
Breakfast at 8.00 a.m. in the hotel. After breakfast you will visit to the oldest part of the city: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashmai Ayyub, Bolo Khauz  mosque, Ark Citadel. Lunch. After the lunch we will continue the sightseeing of Bukhara. We will see Minaret Kalian,   Mosque Kalian, Madrassah of Mir Arab. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara
Breakfast at 8.00 a.m. in the hotel. After breakfast excursion around the suburbs of Bukhara: Sitorai Mokhi Khosa, Complex of Bahouddin Naqshbandi, Mausoleum of Chor Bakr. Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Complex is one of the best Bukharan palaces. The complex consists of two adjacent buildings located in the suburbs of the city. Complex of Bakha ad-Din Nakhshbandi - Bakha ad-Din is a ritual ensemble, built in the former centre of the dervishes' Order Naqhshbandiya. Its spiritual guide, Sheikh Bakha ad-Din was conveyed to earth in 1389 near Kasri-Arifon settlement (now the Kagan district in the Bukhara region). Mausoleum of Chor Bakr - The Chor Bakr necropolis in Sumitan settlement of Bukhara district was formed around the grave of Abu Bakr Sa'd - the "descendant of the prophet" and the forefather of the Djuibar Sufi sheikhs. Sumitan settlement became the centre of the dervishes' Order of Khodjagons, loyal towards the Khan's authority.  Lunch at 1.30 p.m. in a local restaurant. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.                                           

Day 7: Bukhara - Samarkand
Breakfast at 8.00 a.m. in the hotel. Drive to Samarkand by bus. Accomodation at the hotel. Lunch. After the lunch sightseeing the ancient places of Samarkand. SAMARKAND - 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 BC and was the capital of Sogdiana. Later the old part of ancient Samarkand was renamed Afrosiab. Samarkand was the capital of Temur Empire in XIV-XVcenturies. The history of Samarkand goes back to VI BC when it was ruled by Akhemenids empire, ruled by Alexander the Great in 4 BC. In "Divanu lugatit turk" (XI century) Samarkand was called as "Semizkand"("Fat city"). Sightseeing tour of Samarkand: Gur-Emir mausoleum, Rukhobod mausoleum, Reghistan square. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 8: Samarkand
Breakfast at 8.00 a.m. in the hotel. After the breakfast we will continue the sightseeing tour of Samarkand: Bibi Khanum mosque, Siyab local bazaar, Khazrati Khizr Mosque, Shakhi-Zinda necropolises. Lunch. After lunch you will find some more amazing places of Samarkand: Observatory of Ulugbek, Afrosiyob archeological museum, Samarkand State cultural and  historical Museum. Observatory of Ulugbek - incredible construction of XV century for studying astronomy. Outside of the city you visit Ulugbek's observatory. Once flattened to the ground by religious people in XV C who was against to him. Now it has museum of Ulughbek and ruins of observatory and original part of Sextant of XV C. Afrosiyob archeological museum - with excavations site near by is an original fresco of V-VIII century of Afrosiab which was found in 1960's is very famous and unique. Samarkand State Museum of the History of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan - This museum is one of the major museums in this city. Exquisite pieces of jewelry, different kinds of textiles, pieces of pottery, furniture and metal work, everything is displayed in this museum for the public. Dinner at 7.30 in the national guest house with special Uzbek cuisine. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 9: Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
Breakfast at 8.00 a.m. in the hotel. Drive to Shakhrisabz by mini bus. After lunch sightseeing tour of 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 the Motherland of Tamerlan. In the time of his ruling he invited into Shakhrisabz the best of architects, who constructed splendid palaces, mosques and mausoleums. In XV century 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). Lunch. Drive to Samarkand by minibus. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 10: Samarkand - Tashkent - Flight home
Early breakfast at 7.30 a.m. in the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent (320 km, 4 hours). Lunch. After you lunch you will be transferred to the airport.

 

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