Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent
all the year round
Welcome to Uzbekistan!
This 5-days itinerary to Uzbekistan cities - Samarkand & Bukhara will show you beautiful blue mosaics of mosques in Samarkand, open your eyes towards the best examples of Islamic architecture in Bukhara and mingle with locals in bustling Chorsu bazaar of Tashkent.
Uzbekistan history and culture are built around these 2 cities - Bukhara for example is a holy Islamic place with lots of ancient spots full filed with medieval buildings.
Each and every of them richly decorated with a special Central Asian lettering - epigraphy. If you look closer - the walls of Registon Square madrasahs, you will see that every ornament and every art is made of letters & words curling up in every way.
Being an epigraphic pro was a well-paid job back in 10th centuries, and the masters of it never knew the need or lack of students.
Arrival in Tashkent International Airport named after Islam Karimov
Migration formalities usually take 20 min to 40 min: visa/passport control and baggage claim.
Welcome to Tashkent!
Tashkent is a one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Central Asia of more than 2200 years history originally known as Chach, Shash and later Tashkent (“Tosh”- means “stone”, “ kent”–“city“) . Throughout the centuries, the city developed into an important trade center and witnessed glory days of great dynasties of. Nowadays; Tashkent is a modern and the largest city in Uzbekistan since 1930 is the capital and administrative, culture and economical center of Uzbekistan that is famous for its green streets, exquisite cuisine, wonderful sunny weather and hospitable people.
Come out of the terminal and meet the driver holding a sign “ANUR TOUR” with your name on it.
11:19 Arrival. Meet with our staff, transfer to your hotel to drop off the bags. Meet a guide and start your walking excursion:
– 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.
09:00 Meet your guide & driver at the hotel's lobby. Start your sightseeing program from the old part of Samarkand:
– Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants decorated with gold ornaments and considered as one of the most significant places in the world;
– Continue to the famous Registan Square – the heart of Samarkand and a real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor, and Madrassa Tilla Kori.
– Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city which 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) belonging to the Muslim person named Saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;
– Ulugbek’s Observatory – the finest astronomical centers in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;
09:00 Meet with a guide & driver at the hotel's lobby. Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent (5-6 hrs) visiting old and new parts of it:
– 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;
– Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;
– Visiting 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.