Uzbekistan gastronomic tour: 8 days/7 nights, one thousand dishes!
Any gourmets on this page? Uzbek cuisine is highly appreciated by gourmets from around the world. Fragrant hotcaked, golden pilaf, juicy and hearty samsa, delicious kebabs and tasty halva - and this is an incomplete list of what the Anur Tour company offers in a gastronomic tour of the main cities of Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Khiva, Samarkand and Bukhara.
Pilaf (plov) spots are: Tashkent Plov Centre, Samarkand offroad choi-khonas and Bukhara's Chor restaurant.
Welcome to this tasty Uzbekistan tour, and bon appetit!
Come out of the terminal and meet the staff holding a sign “ANUR TOUR” or with your name on it.
Transfer to the hotel. As Tashkent airport not far from the city center, transfer will not take long time (20 – 40 minutes depend from the hotel). Arrival in hotel, drop off the bags (Standard check in at 14:00)
Meet with our manager and guide. You will have time to discuss the details with our staff.
Start sightseeing tour in Tashkent (5-6 hours)
– Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966, and is erected in the approximate place of the earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent - the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present, and future of the country;
Lunch - testing pilaf at the "Central Asian Plov Center"
Continue sightseeing tour program: – Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;
– Visiting the Chorsu marketplace and drive back to the new city by metro.
Continue excursion with visiting Independence Square. There are fountains standing for life energy of Uzbek people, the “Eternal flame" in honor of soldiers who died during the World War II, the arch " Good and noble aspiration" crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, a road "Ok Yul" (“Good way”) leading to Independence Monument and monument to Happy Mother that symbolize the hope for a great future.
One can often see the newly-weds who start a family and independent life walking through the arch of “Good and noble aspirations,” laying flowers at the monument of Happy Mother and Eternal flame.
- Amudarya River, historically known as Oxus, is a the second longest and major river not only in Uzbekistan but also in Central Asia, the river is formed by junction of the Panj and Vaksh tributary rivers. The ancient name of greek and latin origin Oxus is derived from Vaksu, Vakhsh (in Avesta, Vaksh the Goddess of Fertility).
Lunch on the way - probably kebabs with spicy onion and national salads.
Arrival in Bukhara. Check-in the hotel.
Five o'clock tea at the Tea House "Spices of the Silk Road".
Taking spa & bath procedure in the old Bukhara baths (XVI century) (30-40min)
Dinner at the local restaurant (soup, dolma,types of salads, oriental sweets, tea, water, bread)
09:00 Start WALKING sightseeing program in Bukhara(5-6 hours):
- Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin);
- Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest mosques survived in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion;
- Abdullakhan’s Tim with numerous handicraft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes and carpets;
- Caravanserai Sayfuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);
- There are three trading domes or so-called covered bazaars Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron 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;
~12:00 Lagman master class for cooking lagman at the National House.
Guests will take a direct part in the preparation of the lagman and will even roll out the dough themselves.
Finish your master class.
Continue sightseeing tour program:
- Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so called Kosh (pare) madrassas opposite each other with distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;
- Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impresses the imagination of every visitor;
- Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where one can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends and myths.
Departure to Samarkand (270 km), en- route visiting famous Gijduvan pottery workshop where visitors are welcome for a tour around the workshop and observe the process of ceramic making and painting.
The owners demonstrate the stages of making ceramics from turning the potter’s wheel to making paints from natural ingredients, decorating the ceramics in a distinctive style, drying and firing. Take a tour around the museum-hall of ceramic masterpieces with a unique collection of the ceramic items of Gijduvan and other regions of Uzbekistan.
Continue drive to Samarkand. Arrival, transfer to the hotel
Master class for cooking Samarkand pilaf in the National House.
Visit to Khovrenko winery, producing the finest wines of world level that took medals and prizes in international exhibitions, take a short excursion in museum of winemaking and enjoy wine tasting of the finest Samarkand wines.
Dinner in the restaurant “Samarkand” (main dish: Kozon Kabob)
- Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered as one of the most significant sights of the world;
- Continue to the famous Registan Square – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, the ensemble of grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori;
Lunch at the local restaurant (main dish: nukhat shurak)
- Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15th Century;
- Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums formed by standing on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary grave) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn- Kussam;
- Ulugbek’s Observatory – the finest astronomical centers in medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;
Free time to walk around the Siab bazaar.
17:00 Master class for cooking national dishes - manti.