Pearls of Asia Central
16:50 Arrival in Tashkent by Uzbekistan Airway flight HY552.
Breakfast. Transfer to domestic airport by bus.
07:30 Fly to Bukhara
Start city tour along the old part of Bukhara (7 hours):
Visit to the Mausoleum of Samanids, Bolo Hauz Mosque and the Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC, Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa. There are three trading domes or so called covered bazaars preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.
Excursion also includes visiting Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas, Abdullakhan’s Tim, Caravanserai Sayfuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara), Magoki Attari Mosque, Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin).
Dinner with FOLK show concert in old Medresse. Night in the hotel.
Excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiitng Ak Saray Palace, mausoleum of Dorus-Sadat (Dorus Saodat, "The Place of Power", XIV century), ensemble Dorus-Tilyavat ("Blue Mosque", XIV century), elegant mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon (XVI century, the descendants of Ulugbek are buried here) and others.
Breakfast in the hotel.
Visit to the famous Registan Square – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori. Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timurids dynasty; Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city; Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums; Ulugbek’s Observatory – one of the most important astronomical centers, Samarkand bazaar – Siyab.
Free time. Overnight in Samarkand.
Countiside excursion with visiting famous Samarkand Paper factory and Carpet factory. Return back to Samarkand.
Check-out the hotel. Lunch in local restaurant.
16:00 Transfer to Samarkand Railway station;
17:00 Transfer to Tashkent by "Afrasiab" high-speed train.
19:10 Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting and transfer to hotel, check in.
Free time. Overnight in Tashkent.
Drive to Chimgan mountains. On arrival, take a cable-chair lift to the top of the mountain; enjoy and take photos of beautiful scenery of mountains and river valleys. Return to the valley and drive to the shores of Charvak Lake. Free time.
Return to Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.
Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent (5 hours). Visiting old and new parts of the city: Amir Timur Square, Theatre Square with the Opera House, Earthquake Memorial, Abdul Kasim Madrassah and Alisher Navoi National Park, Independence Square, Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century.
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- Hotel accommodation in twin sharing rooms;
- Full board;
- Air tickets for local flights;
- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums;
- Full transportation service on vehicles with a/c;
- English speaking Escort-guide for the entire tour;
- Train tickets for bullet train;
- 1L still water each person everyday;
- Visa invitation letter for Uzbekistan (if necessary)
- Air tickets for international flights;
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments