Uzbekistan, the Silk Road, 8 nights
Day 1: Tashkent (Arrival)
Arrival to Tashkent
Transfer to hotel
Accommodation and Breakfast in hotel
Visit the old city architectural complex Hasti Imam, Barak Kan Medresa, Medresa Kafal Shohi, Medresa Kukeldash, Chorsu bazaar.
Panoramic tour of Tashkent which combines modern buildings and medieval monuments, all surrounded by large parks. This city has influences of Persians, Arabs, Turkish and Soviet.
Capital of Uzbekistan and the main cultural and economic center of the country. For many centuries Tashkent could benefit from its location at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, especially from a business perspective.
where stands a statue showing him on his horse as the Independence Square where the official parades take place. Many government buildings surrounding the square but also very beautiful cascading fountains.
Visit the Museum of Applied Arts, the former residence of the Russian Ambassador. The collection includes 7,000 pieces of folk art ceramic, porcelain, textiles handmade, traditional clothing, carpets, all kinds of objects from different regions of Uzbekistan. The museum is worth a visit, not only for its collection but also for the beauty of the building itself.
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Transfer to the airport
Flight Tashkent – Urgench.
Departure to Khiva
Accommodation and breakfast
Visit of the ancient city of Itchan Kala, where we will be able to admire more than 50 historical monuments and buildings from centuries 17th to the 19th centuries and they are considered as masterpieces of Muslim architecture of Central Asia.
Itchan Kala is considered as a genuine open-air museum and was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. The area is surrounded by a huge and thick defensive wall made of clay.
Visit of Kalta Minor Minaret built during the 18th century. It is the main one of all Central Asia. It is completely covered with stained glasses and majolica ceramics. We will also visit the Mosque of Juma (10th century) with its huge interior surrounded by 112 wooden columns, the Islamhodzhi, old Islamic religious school and the mausoleum of Saida Allautdina, one of the oldest monuments of the city constructed in the 14th century during the growing period of architecture and arts schools.
We will conclude our visited tour with the Tash Khauli Palace, its ceremonial court, its law court and its harem beautifully decorated, founded by khan of Khiva in the 18th century.
Day 3: Khiva – Bukhara
Transfer to the legendary city of Bukhara, via the ancient path of the Silk Road and through Kizilkum desert and Amudaria river. Arrival to the hotel.
Arrival to Bukhara
Visit of the architectural set Liaba Havz, the quietest part of the city constructed during the XVI-XVIIth centuries and that has been conserved in its authentic aspect so far.
Day 4: Bukhara
Panoramic visit of Bukhara that has been during a long time the main center of Islamic culture and the most important place for Muslim pilgrims. The general design of the set played an important role in the Persian History and arts. The city center is considered as World Heritage by UNESCO during the year 1993.
Visit of “Maggoki-Attori” Mosque and “Ulugbeka” and “Abdulazizhana”, famous Islamic religious schools of the XVth century including classrooms.
Visit of the architectural set “Poi-Kalyan” that consists of Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque – both constructed with brick and decorated with cupolas, arches and ceramics with geometric and vegetal reasons – and the Medersa Mir-i-Arab, created by the outstanding architects of Bukhara that composed the most majestic set of the city. In these monuments you can feel the spirituality of the ancient city and the history of the culture during the epoch of the governors when the masterpieces of the architecture of the Central Asia were done.
Visit of the XIIth century Minaret Kalyan, the highest construction of the ancient city. Due to its beauty, it is considered as the most important one of those that still exists. It has a balcony that surrounds its highest part, from which the muezzin realized five daily calls to the prayer. Visit of the XVth century Mosque Kalyan, surrounded by the wall, which is one of the most big constructions of his epoch and of the mosques “Boloi Havz” and “Chashmai Aiub”.
Day 5: Buhara – Shakhrizabs – Samarkand
Departure to Shakhrizabs
Visit of the ruins of the Palace Ak-Saray, visit of the complex Dor-ut Saodat, including mosque Jasrati Imom, mausoleum of Jahongir and the crypt of 12 century ; visit of the complex of Dor-ut Tillovat with Gumbazi-saidon and the mosque of Kok Gumbaz, from 15th century.
Transfer to the mythical city of Samarkand (130 km).
Day 6: Samarkand
Panoramic visit de Samarkand founded on the banks of the river Zeravshan, whose name means in Persian “ the one that distributes gold ”. The city took benefit during long centuries due to its strategic situation at the crossroad of the principal commercial routes today know as “ Silk Road ”, where the precious goods transits between China and Middle East.
The above mentioned position and the beauty of its main monuments constituted the origin of the extraordinary wealth of the city. Some historical sets are still intact today in spite of the numerous invasions and conquests that Samarkand has suffered along his history.
We will begin by the famous Registán, the center of the ancient city, where they are three Islamic religious schools considered as prototype that inspired Islamic architecture in the last 600 years: Sher-Dor, constructed in year 1636 and decorated with tigers roaring, contradicting the Islamic prohibition of representing alive animals; Tillya-Kori, constructed in year 1660 and whose name means “golden covering” and Ulugbe.
Visit of the Mausoleum Gur Emira constructed by famous Tamerlán, legendary conqueror, military leader and Turkish – Mongolian politician. The tomb was destined for his grandson, but later it turned into familiar pantheon, where there are the remains of the proper Tamerlán, and his progeny. The interior of the Mausoleum is decorated with blue and golden paintings.
Day 7: Samarkand – Tashkent
Continuation of the visit of Samarkand, one of the most ancient cities in the world even inhabited, extraordinary center of cultural diffusion in the past: during the zenith of its development it was called “ the Rome of the East ”, representing an Iranian melting point of cultures, Indian and Mongolian with both oriental and western influences.
We will go back to Registan, center of the social life in the Middle age and now one of the most visited points of the city, with its three monumental portals, which correspond to three coranic schools, with figurative and polychrome decorations.
Visit Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, one of the holiest places of Samarcand that consists of a set of mosques and Islamic religious schools that surround the grave of prophet Mahomet’cousin. The aristocracy Temuride continued the tradition of constructing mausoleums in this impressive place. The mausoleums are decorated with beautiful sets of ceramics and even mosaic in the domes and in the interiors.
Visit of the XVth century Observatory of Ulughbek, structure of more than 40m of length and an arch of 63m high, whose telescopes provided with powerful glasses were moving on rails. The Observatory is located on Chupan-Ata mount, in the surroundings of Samarkand.
Departure to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and main economical and cultural center of the country. During several centuries, it used to be a crossroad between Asia and Europe, especially on a commercial point of view.
Day 8: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Fergana
Departure to Fergana Valley (350 km).
In Kokand we visit palace of Khudayar Khan, visit of “Tsars’ tomb” mausoleum of Dahma-i-Shakhon, mausoleum of Modari Khan, medrese of Narboutabek et la Mosque Djoumi.
Departure to Fergana
Jour 9: Fergana – Margilan – Tachkent
Visits in Margilan: you will see how to create fabric from silk, the source of wealth of the central Asia. Continue the visits with medrese of Said Akhmad Hadia. Mosque Chakar and mausoleum Hadja Nagiz.
Departure to Tashkent
Day 10: Tashkent (Departure)
Transfer to the airport
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- Grand Bujara (standard room)
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- Tashkent Palace (standard room)
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