The city of Penjikent in the south-west of the Sogd region of Tajikistan is rightfully considered one of the oldest cities in Central Asia.
For one day we will plunge into the atmosphere of an ancient city, founded more than two thousand years ago. You will spectate beautiful mosques dressed in mosaics and carvings, surrounded by green and flowers, or snows & silence.
Enjoy an exciting adventure in the city of Penjikent - an unforgettable experience is guaranteed!
Samarkand - Penjikent - Samarkand
08:00 Meet up with our driver in your hotel and transfer to Uzbek - Tajik border (40 km)
09:00 Arrival. Pass the border. Meet by Tajikistan staff and transfer to Penjikent (~50 km, 30 min)
Arrival and start the excursion program in Penjikent.
- Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu-Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry. Before lunch, we'll visit the local bazaar and mosque.
Lunch in a traditional Chaikhana (tea room/tea house), for the lunch you will get a chance to taste plov (rice with meat and vegetables) cooked according to Penjikent recipe.
- Ancient Penjikent - the ruins of the old Sogdian town founded in the 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins
- Sarazm ruins - one of the ancient settlements in Central Asia with a 5500-year civilization. In 2010 Sarazm was added to the list of Human Heritage by UNESCO.
In the evening transfer back to Tajik - Uzbek border pass.
Cross the border to Uzbekistan and meet up with a driver and transfer back to Samarkand. End of the tour.