Pottery and ceramics production were always a strong part of Uzbekistan - that's why we're offering a brand-new Ceramics tour in Uzbekistan - for exploring the marvels of handicraft in Central Asia.
This tour package will lead you through some less known cities of Uzbekistan - Margilan, Gijduvan and Fergana Valley. All those are famous of its craftsmanship and cuisine - Gijduvon kebabs are the most tasty!
On this note - we invite you to sunny Uzbekistan - safe travel and comfortable transfers are guaranteed!
Come out of the terminal and meet the staff holding a sign “ANUR TOUR” or with your name on it.
Transfer to the hotel to drop off the bags(standard check-in is at 14:00). As Tashkent airport not far from the city center, the transfer will not take a long time (20 – 40 minutes depend from the hotel).
You will have time for discussion the tour details the guide with our company representative.
Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start the excursion in Tashkent (5-6 hours)
- Amir Timur Square, founded in 1882 and originally called Konstantinovsky Square, was renamed on August 31, 1994 after of the Amir Timur to honor the cultural and historical contribution of the great conqueror. Around the Square there is the Museum of History of Timurids, Uzbekistan hotel, Forum Palace, and famous Tashkent striking clock.
- Tashkent striking clock, one of the major symbols of Tashkent.
- Theater Square with the Opera House: State Academic Theater of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi built-in 1947 is one of the best opera theater of the world performs both classical and national repertoires.
- Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present and future of the country. There are fountains standing for the life energy of Uzbek people, the Cabinet and the Senate, the “Eternal flame" in honor of soldiers who died during the Second World War. - 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 earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent;
- 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 (original Quran Othman). Khast Imam is one of the most significant spiritual centers in Central Asia and attracts the pilgrims and visitors all over the world.
- Chorsu bazaar – the ancient bazaar of Tashkent. “Chorsu” means “four waters”, symbolically meaning the conjunction of four major parts of old city in bazaar where people come for trades. The bazaar beautiful blue dome, built in traditional style after the Tashkent earthquake, is often depicted in postcards and international magazines and became one of the major sights of interest both for locals and guests – one can see oriental tiled bazaar from different souvenir shops with ceramics, handicraft works, carpets and jewelry, the whole pavilion full of delirious fruits to the finest textiles and colorful fabrics.
- Tashkent Metro (the first line was launched in 1977) with beautiful train stations each decorated in thematic style with traditional ornaments and special lightning.
After excursion transfer to the hotel. Resting time.
Transfer to Rishtan town (50 km west of Fergana). This town is famous all over the world for its pottery - every third family in Rishtan is potters. Rishtan pottery is decorated according to an ancient tradition that is more than 800 years. Masters hand down their trade secrets from father to son. The unique red clay ceramic masterpieces are decorated with classical naturally made ultramarine, turquoise and azure ornaments known as blue glaze "ishkor". All the visitors are welcomed with a wide range of beautiful dishes that often take place in many international exhibitions, museums, world, and private collections.
The tour program includes visiting the workshops of one of the famous potter Rustam Usmanov and master of silk carpets' weaver Bahromjon Gafurov.
10:08 Arrival. Meet with a guide and driver, and start sightseeing program in Samarkand (6-7 hours):
- 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; - Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15 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; Samarkand bazaar – Siyab.
Finish excursion. Back to the hotel. Resting time.
Departure to Bukhara (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.
A festive gift from the company ANUR TOUR - master class in painting ceramic products. You can take the finished product with you as a souvenir from sunny Uzbekistan!
Arrival in Bukhara. Transfer to the hotel, check-in.
09:00 Meet your guide at the hotel's lobby and start WALKING excursion around Bukhara:
– 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 stores offering you souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets;
– Caravanserai Saifuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);
– There are three trading places or so-called covered bazaars: Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon, and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century. 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;
– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so-called Kosh (pare) madrassas standing in front of each other with a distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;
– Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impressing 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.
Optionally can be added by request: a quick visit to Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture with a local guide.
–Chor-Minor Madrasah - Chor-Minor is known as madrasah Halif Niyazkul (in Persian “Four minarets”) was built by merchant in 1807 in Bukhara
–Bakhauddin Naqshbandi mausoleum (the founder of Naqshbandi Sufi Spiritual order) Located near Bukhara the memorial complex of Bakhauddin Nakshbandi is considered as one of the most significant religious places of Bukhara that attracts many visitors;
–Sitora-i Mokhi-khosa Palace (19 – 20th cc.). Located 4 km away from Bukhara. Once this palace life was in full swing and sealed people's fates.
- Accommodation in standard twin - shared rooms; yurts; - Meals: breakfast at hotels; - All transfers as per program by comfortable tourist class transport including transfers to-from airport and train stations ; - English-speaking professional licensed local guides; - Single entry tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums as per program; - Train tickets:
1. Tashkent - Kokandby standard train (economy class) OR transfer by car;
2. Margilan - Tashkent by standard train (economy class) OR transfer by car; 3. Samarkand – Tashkent (economy class) by tourist train “Afrosiab”/”Sharq”; - Tourist tax in the hotels per person;
- International air tickets to/from Tashkent; - Photo/video fees (professional camera); - Transport for walking city tours in Bukhara, guide and transport service for free time and after the standard city tours;
- E-visa to Uzbekistan(if required); - Meals: lunches and dinners; - Personal/travel insurance, portage, tips, personal expenses and other services not specified under “Tour Price Includes”.