Navruz Holiday tour in Uzbekistan, 2018
This tailor-made tour itinerary gives you the chance of attending unforgettable celebrations of Navruz holiday - The Spring Feast and beginning of the New Year in Central Asia through the legendary cities and fortresses’ ruins in the deserts. The special points of the itinerary is that, we take you to Uzbek local families in Tersak village near Samarkand where you can participate for the holiday preparations making and trying national holiday meals and having the chance to attend Ulok-Kupkari games. We specially put the Navruz holiday date for Bukhara part of the itinerary as there in Bukhara you can feel the breath of feast every corner of the city with jolly local people walking in the streets. In the desert part of the itinerary you can ride a camel and shoot photos. There you will also have lunch in the national Yurtas of Uzbek people.
Arrival at the international airport of Tashkent. Meet the guide and driver (hotel check-in).
Breakfast at the hotel. After having breakfast we visit to Tashkent, visit to the Madrassa Kukeldash Complex Khast Imam, the religious heart of the city with the Barak Khan Madrassa, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Mosque Djami and Chorsu Bazaar Market - Bazaar is the heart of every oriental city, the center of public life, breadwinner of the whole city. Since the dawn of time bazaars appeared on the intersections of trade roads, on big squares of cities. On counters of this oriental Bazaar you will find fresh fruits, amber-colored dried fruits, toasted uzbek bread , fresh-killed meat, kazy (horse meat sausage), and what not. And all these things are so attractive that one can’t stand to pass by them. Lunch time.
Then we continue our tour in the modern part of Tashkent with the Panoramic view: Museum of Applied Arts, Opera and Ballet theatre named after A. Navoi – the great uzbek poet, Independence Square, Amir Temur Square. The tour ends with the beautiful metro in Tashkent, where every station is decorated in various themes.
Dinner time. Free time and overnight at the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
02 Tashkent - Samarkand
After breakfast drive to Samarkand (300km). Arrive in Samarkand and check-in the hotel and have lunch. After Lunch, our tour starts with the magnificent Registan Square with the three Madrasse completely covered with tiles and mosaics of lapis lazuli is one of the most extraordinary monuments of Central Asia with the Ulugbek Madrassa, the Sher Dor Madrassa and Tilla Kari Madrassa, the giant mosque Bibi Khanum built by Timur for his favorite wife. After visiting the giant mosque of Bibi Khanum, we lead our way to the Siyob Bazaar situated right next to the main gate to the city. Today the Siab bazaar - the city’s biggest and the most ancient market. It welcomes the customers with abundance of fruit and vegetables growing in the fertile of Zarafshan valley. Pyramids of water-melons and melons, bags with walnuts, seedless raisins and dried apricots, bunches of grapes and alluring piles of figs attract the visitor with sweet tooth. Red apples and sweet-scented pears lay on counters next to leathery fruits of a pomegranate. The air is fragrant with a strong smell of spices - pepper and saffron, cardamom and nutmeg, zeera (cumin) and caraway seeds. A lot of counters are occupied with a special local delicacy - salty apricot stones baked in ashes. And, of course, a flat bread row offers seventeen kinds of brown Samarkand flat bread for choice. Families of hereditary flat bread bakers, natives of Galya-Osio settlement, live in Samarkand. It is believed, that only osiogi-non sort of flat bread baked in special ceramictandyr-furnaces, heated well with cotton stalks, will be especially tasty and mouth-watering. Such flat bread can serve an excellent souvenir to remind you of your visit to Samarkand. Dinner and Free time. Overnight in Samarkand.
After breakfast, the entire day will be devoted to visiting Samarkand, mythical city, the pearl of the East, the crossroads of the Silk Road. Visit the spectacular Shahi Zinda Necropolis "the tomb of the living king", the road that burial is the most impressive landmark in Samarkand, the Afrosiab museum with his old fresco of the seventh century, the Ulugbek observatory with its astronomical instrument "sextant" that was the largest of the fifteenth century, the Mausoleum Guri Emir, the mausoleum of Timur familial with its beautifully fluted dome. Lunch time. After having lunch we visit the complex of Imam al Bukhari located in twelve kilometers from Samarkand, there is one of the relics of the Moslem world - Imam Al-Bukhari Memorial Complex. The outstanding Sunni theologian Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail Abu Abdallah Al-Bukhari- is known as the author of the most authoritative book after the Koran - "Al-Jami-al-Sahih" whichj is a collection of the most authentic hadiths (Moslem traditions). Then we lead our way to the complex of Khodja Akhrar the Madrassa Devonbeghi and the Mosque Akhrar. Dinner and free time. Overnight in Samarkand.
(a day before of the celebration of Navruz we visit a local family to see and attend the preparation of Navruz meals). After breakfast at hotel, depart to the “Tersak” village near Samarkand to celebrate Navruz in a local family. Participation in the preparation of the feast, prepare dishes and try the Navruz meals with the local family , discover the way of life and customs of the village native people who live in the mountain region. There you can see a really amazing view of the mountains covered with snow right coming out of the house. Also on this day of our tour we’ll have the chance to attend one of the ancient Uzbek games Buzkachi (Ulak Kupkari) in the village (The main point of Ulak-Kupkari is that the rider has to raise "Ulak" – specially treated goat carcass from the ground, gallop with it a full circle, never letting it be taken away by other riders and throw it to the goal, visitors can better understand the history of these horsemen of the steppes of Central Asia who have made Genghis Khan, Attila or Tamerlane the great emperors). At the end of the day we return back in Samarkand. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Samarkand.
05 Samarkand – Shahrisabz - Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz and visit the historical monuments in the city '. Shakhrisabz means “Green City” is world-famous as a motherland of Tamerlane (Amir Temur) – the greatest commander and a statesman. Tamerlane made his native town the second capital of his huge medieval empire in XIV c. Survived monuments of that time convey about the past grandeur of the town. Not without reason UNESCO declared the historical center of Shakhrisabz as a masterpiece of world heritage in 2000. The Ak Sarai Palace - Ak-Saray (means from Turkish "beautiful", "clean", "white" palace) was built in the end of XIV in the beginning of XV c. according to Amir Temur’s order. Unfortunately just small fragment of east wall and tumbledown walls of intake portal of the palace outgoing to the sky for 30 meters reached up to now. Originally their height was more that 70 m. The work of the best architects and craftspeople from all conquered by Tamerlan’s countries is used in building and decorating of the palace. According to the description of eye-witnesses a swimming-pool was built in the palace at a height of 40 m. The water was given by drift to the swimming-pool from environing mountains and flew down as a water-fall, created a coolness and special microclimate in the palace. The Mausoleum of Djakhonghir with quiet mosque called Matchiti Hazrati Imam complex Darul Tilovat "house of meditation”, is a large mosque on Friday Kuk Gumbaz "blue dome" and the mausoleum of Gumbazi Saydan. Lunch in Shakhrisabz. Continuation of the way to Bukhara. Arrival in Bukhara and accommodation at the hotel. Free time and dinner. Overnight in Bukhara.
06 Bukhara 21 March. Festive Day in Bukhara city
Today we celebrate Navruz holiday with townspeople.
Breakfast at the hotel. All those people who happened to visit Bukhara, most likely paid attention to the strange "shaggy hats" on the top of minarets. These are storks` nests. And the white bird of hope can serve as a city's symbol, symbol of its firmness and stability. More than once throughout its history this rich city suffered the invasions of various enemies. The most devastating invasion was that of Mongols. But each time Bukhara revived; and which is more, it always revived on the same place as if keeping loyalty to its roots. Over centuries the city was a fertile oasis in the valley of the river Zerafshan on the Great Silk Road, the leading center of science and culture. And foundation of the city goes into the remote ages. In 1997 on UNESCO decision, the whole cultural world celebrated its 2500 jubilee. Today we celebrate Navruz holiday in Bukhara (Navruz - the spring "New Year" holiday, has been celebrated for at least 2,500 years, and perhaps for as long as 5,000 years. Originating in Persia and long associated with the ancient Zoroastrian religion, its name means "new day" in Farsi because for ancient Persians it marked the first day of the New Year.) with townspeople. Today, Navruz is celebrated each year on March 21, when the sun enters the sign of Aries on the astrological calendar. In the northern hemisphere, this date frequently coincides with the spring equinox, the day on which the number of daylight hours equals the number of nighttime hours. We start our tour from the Mausoleum of the Samanids, and architectural jewel of the ninth century, the Mausoleum of Tchashma Ayoub "source of Job", Mosque Bolo Khaouz "mosque over the bath," the Citadel Ark the heart of the old town, was the official residence of the rulers of Bukhara. Lunch time. Then we continue our tour from the Kalon Complex occupies a central part of the city of Bukhara with its impressive Kalon Minaret of the twelfth century, Poi-Kalyan Complex including: Minaret of Kalyan (XII), Medrese of Mir-Arab (XVI), Kalyan Mosque (XV), The Old Covered Market (Bazaar) belong to civil architecture of the sixteenth century Taki Zargaron (jewelers), Taki Telpakfurushon (hatters), Taki Sarrafon (currency exchange), the Jews of Bukhara. The Madrasse twins: the Madrassa of Ulugbek and that of Abdoulaziz and Tchor Minor '4 minarets "a small madrasa with four minarets strange architecture, the complex Lyabi Khauz (XVI-XVII) with Khanaka and Madrassa N. Devon Beghi, the Madrassa Kukeldash. , Demonstration of silk production and materials, Chor-Minor Medrese (1807). Dinner at Medrese Nadir Devan Begi with folklore show and national Navruz dishes in menu: sumalak and kuk barak (small dumplings with greens) and etc. Overnight in Bukhara.
07 Bukhara - Khiva
After breakfast depart by vehicle to Khiva, the route crosses the desert Kyzyl Kum "red sands", the road that skirts the edge of the large bed of the river Amu Darya, whose dry offers stirring views of unusual beauty. During the journey stops are scheduled for lunch and short walks for taking photos. Arrival in Khiva and check-in the hotel. Dinner and free time. Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. The day will be dedicated to visiting Khiva. “Ichan Kala”, its old town dating from the fifth century BC was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The excursion starts from the West Gate Ata Darvaza, the statue of the great scholar Al-Khorezmi (Algorithme), founder of algebra; Complex Muhammed Aminkhan (XIX s) with the Madrassa Aiminkhan and Kalta Minor Minaret, the Fortress Kunya Ark, the residence of local rulers with the Reception Hall, the Royal Mosque, the Harem, the Old Prisons, etc., Mosque Djouma (x, s) is the most beautiful Friday Mosque of Khiva from the 213 carved wooden columns, the Palace Tash Khovli, the second residence of the rulers of Khiva with the Harem, the Reception Hall, the Hall of Justice, the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud, poet, philosopher and legendary wrestler, patron saint of the city, one of the most sacred and beautiful of Khiva, the Complex of Islam Khodja the Madrassa and Khodja Minaret Islam, the West and the East Gate Complex Palvan Darvaza, the Ak Mosque, the Madrasse Allakuli and Kutlimurad, the Royal Caravanserai with its fascinating bazaar. The tour ends with the Summer Palace Nurullabay with strange architecture. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Khiva.
09 Khiva - Nukus
After breakfast, depart to Nukus (220km). Once this deserted area passed the Oxus River, was a prosperous area with the cities' fortifications. When the river changed its course, these ancient cities' have been abandoned. We will visit the remains of a very ancient civilization 'called' civilization “Oxus". The first stop 'scheduled to visit the museum to open Heaven patterns of these ancient fortresses. Next, we visit the fortress Toprakkala (I century), the second fortress Ayazakala, the fortress Chilpikala (ancient Zoroastrian tower of silence). Today we’ll have the chance of having lunch at Janbaz Kala in a national Yurtas. Transfer to Nukus. Check in the hotel . A visit to the Museum Igor Savitskiy. Dinner Overnight in Nukus.
10 Nukus - Tashkent
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Tashkent. In the afternoon we’ll have one more day to have an excursion along the capital city Tashkent, that is known as “Garden City”. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel until the time of the transfer to the international airport (early breakfast is organized). Overnight in Tashkent.
11 Tashkent - Homeland
Transfer to Tashkent international airport to take a flight home with a nice experiences and memories!!!
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The price includes
Visa support; Half board (all dinners); Accommodation with breakfast; Transportation with A/C throughout the whole trip; Air-tickets for domestic flights; Sightseeing tour program in all cities, including entrance fees to sights, museums, mausoleums, except camera/video fees;
The price does not include
Hotel charges for additional services; Half board (lunches ); Escort guide; Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance Visa; International flight tickets; Personal insurance and any items not mentioned above.