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Tour code: STEX 11B
Meal: 7 Breakfast / 6 Lunch /6 Dinner
NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT FOR CHINESE VERSION
(Meals On Board)
Assemble at Singapore Changi International Airport for your flight to Tashkent – The Capital of Uzbekistan.
Welcome to Tashkent. Upon arrival, transfer to domestic airport and fly to Urgench. Upon arrival, transfer to Khiva. Today you will have a wonderful sightseeing tour in the oldest city of Uzbekistan. It will be inside of Ichan-Qala, the inner city in Khiva rounded with strong walls. Centuries old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses transformed Ichan-Qala into unique city-monument. Ichan-Qala consists of over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments.
This morning, we will transfer to a fascinating city of Bukhara. With its more than 140 architectural monuments, Bukhara is a “town museum” dating back to the Middle Ages. The city consists of narrow streets, green parks and gardens,
historical and architectural monuments belong to different epochs, but locate very close to each other. The road from Khiva to Bukhara goes through famous Kizilkum desert. On the way we will enjoy the view to Amu Darya river, the deepest river in Central Asia, formed by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan) and flowing into Aral See.
Today you will have a full day city tour in this fascinating city. Visiting Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex – located several km from Bukhara. Memorial complex of the famous Sufi Leader and Philosopher. Firstly, you will visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara dating back to the 4th century named Citadel Ark which served as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Next, you will see Samanids mausoleum, a real masterpiece of architecture of 9th -10th century. After that, continues to Chashma Ayub, meaning Job’s well and Bolo-Hauz mosque, known also as the mosque of forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Lastly, the tour will end with visiting Poi Kalon complex, the unique sample of architectural art of Bukhara. Herbal teas degustation in Bukhara. Tonight, be treated at a traditional Uzbek house with master class of Bukhara pilaw preparing.
After the breakfast, we will start our way to Samarkand. On the way, we will stop over at Gijduvan village to visit famous private pottery workshop, which was previously visited by Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Sir Charles and many of other famous people. There we will have a chance to learn the history of pottery culture of Uzbekistan, short master class of pottery preparing and do buy the items you liked. Also you will have master class of Uzbek bread baking. Lunch will be at Pottery house. Afterwards continue drive to Samarkand. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Dinner will be at traditional Uzbek house.
Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan and is of the same age as the city of Babylon or Rome. Today you will visit its most outstanding sights such as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square, a complex of three fascinating Madrasahs dating back to 15-17th centuries, is the main highlight of Samarkand that no person can stop admiring its beauty and majesty. Architectural complex of Shakhi-Zindeh represents a big collection of mausoleums dating back to 11th-15 centuries being a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque was built in honor of favorite Tamerlane’s wife, after his successful campaign in India.
Morning, drive outside of the city to visit Al Bukhary memorial complex. Al Bukhary – Islamic scholar, who authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, regarded by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic
(Sahih) Hadith collections. He also wrote other books such as Al-Adab al-Mufrad. Returning to Samarkand and shopping at national bazaar Siab. Transfer to Tashkent, upon arrival to Tashkent dinner at Milliy Taomlar national restaurant. Transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight is at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour in Tashkent: Independence square (Red square in former USSR, Main Square of the country). Broadway – walking street between independence square and Amir Timur square. Amir Timur square – one of the central squares of Tashkent, erected on behalf of national hero – Amir Timur. Tashkent metro – among the most beautiful subways in the world. Lunch at Tashkent pilaw center – taste real wedding pilaw of Uzbekistan. Old city – old part of Tashkent city, the area, which preserves the traditional Uzbek style: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah (16th.c) and Hast Imam complex – the Islamic heart of the country.
Muyi muborak Madrasah (16th c). Moreover, Madrasah exhibits one of the Islamic relics – the Othman Quran, the world’s oldest Quran copy dating back to 8 century. Thereafter, transfer to Tashkent airport, for our flight back.
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