The architecture of the Tashkent Metro is one of the most beautiful in the world, and it is a traditional destination for tourists and guests...
While it doesn't get a lot of attention, Uzbekistan is a life-changing destination for all who are smart enough to visit. These 5 days tour will take you through some of the greatest cultural highlights the country has to offer. Marvel at the gorgeous mosques in Samarkand, immerse yourself in the diverse culture of ancient Bukhara, experience dynamic city of Tashkent, Central Asia's main political and transportation hub. Tashkent, being the capital of Uzbekistan harmonically embodies the elegance of modern times and rich historical heritage. You’ll be moving from city to city in the comfort of high-speed Afrosiyob train and have an excellent opportunity to see the country’s landscapes and the daily lives of ordinary Uzbek people leaving in rural areas.
For a thousand years, the Silk Route, the greatest land based trading highway the world has seen, wound its way from China, through Central Asia to Europe. Today, it is the independent state of Uzbekistan that contains some of the most interesting sites and this trip is designed to visit the great cities that survive from this legendary era. Discover the highlights of Uzbekistan on this 5-day train tour. Starting in Tashkent we follow the old caravan route south where we’ll see the fine Islamic architecture of Bukhara and Samarkand
Highlights also include the excursion in Tashkent, that harmonically embodies the elegance of modern times and rich historical heritage. The history of Tashkent starts back 2200 years ago. Nowadays, it is a home for excellent museums, opera and theatres, medieval architecture as well as fine dining.
Arrive by plane to Tashkent and take an excursion along Tashkent that will undoubtedly surprise you with the beauty of historical and modern monuments. The next stage is to Samarkand, which survived the arrival of Islam, the havoc of the Mongolian hordes and then flowered under the rule of Tamerlane. The journey then moves to Bukhara. It was the beauty of the Kalyan minaret that saved it from being destroyed by Ghengis Khan in 1220 when the rest of the city was razed to the ground.
- Tashkent - Wander through Tashkent's bazaar for a wonderful insight into daily life and mingle with the locals in the lively Chorsu market
- Bukhara - Admire Islamic architecture, browse bustling bazaars and take tea adjacent to the beautiful pool of Lyab-i-Khauz
- Samarkand - Discover the cultural gem of the Silk Road and visit the awe-inspiring restored madrassas standing on three sides of Registan Square
- Tashkent metro - Tashkent has an impressively decorative metro system (similar to the famous Moscow metro). Each station is unique, everything from cupolas, colonnades and chandeliers to Timurid tiles and cosmonaut-inspired art. Kosmonaut station is particularly beautiful with exquisite blue tiles and spooky 1960s glass cladding on the pillars.
- Train museum - Tashkent train museum is simply awesome, filled with fabulous old USSR behemoths from the last 60-70 years. For those train lovers it would be just amazing to see these old beasts, and the old signal system with the wire rings handed to the driver.
Arrive in Tashkent, meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at 12:00 – 14:00.
Tashkent city tour: Khast Imam Complex – religious center of the city consisting of Tillya Sheikh Mosque, Barakkhan Madrasah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century.
Visiting modern part of Tashkent by metro: Amir Timur Square, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, Independence Square. Visit to Train Museum. Overnight in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station for Afrosiyob Train. Arrive Samarkand, leaving luggage at the hotel and starting city tour.
We will start sightseeing from Gur Emir Mausoleum (tomb of Tamerlane), continue with Registan Square (which means “desert” in Persian) and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah (XV c), Sher-Dor Madrassah (XVII c), and Tillya-Kari Madrassah (XVII c) – covered with gold. Lunch at local restaurant.
After Registan Square visit Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Tamerlane in XV century, Shakhi Zinda Necropolis (XI-XX CC), and Ulughbek Observatory. Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station for Afrosiyob Train. Arrive Bukhara, leaving luggage at the hotel and starting city tour.
Walking tour in Old city: Poi-Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret (XII C) through orient bazaars with three trade domes of Toki Zargaron (XV C), Toki Sarrafon (XVI C), Toki Telpak Furushon (XVI C), Ulugbek Madrassah (XV C), Abdulazizkhan Madrassah (XVII C), Magoki Attori Mosque (XII C), Lyabi Hauz complex (XVI -XVII CC), surrounded by ancient mulberry trees, restaurants and cafes. Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue sightseeing: Ark Fortress (I-XX CC), Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum (IX-X CC), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (XII-XVI CC), drive to Sitorai Mokhi Khosa – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Baghautdin Nakhshbandi Complex – a center of Sufism.
Transfer to the railway station for Afrosiyob Train, departing at 15:51. Arrive Tashkent at 19:40, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out by 12:00 noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
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|N of nights|
|Tashkent||Uzbekistan, Shodlik Palace||Lotte City Hotel, Miran International||2|
|Bukhara||Omar Khayyam, Devon Begi||Asia Bukhara||1|
|Samarkand||Grand Samarkand, Diyora||Registan Plaza||1|
Hotels will be booked based on availability
- Visa invitation letter;
- Transport service on comfortable tourist class vehicle (a certain type of vehicle is provided depending on the group size);
- Double/twin & Single sharing accommodation in the hotels with full breakfast;
- English speaking guide accompanying you during the entire itinerary;
- Sightseeing with a local English speaking guide in each city;
- Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights ;
- Train tickets;
- FREE HUGS.
- Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
- Fees for the use of cameras and videos in the monuments and tourist sites;
- Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings, tickets for a theatre and visits to museums which are not specified in the program);
- Alcohol drinks;
- Lunches, Dinners;
- Personal items.