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Cultural treasures of the silk road

13 Days

Samarkand is one of the oldest towns in the world and at the same time the centre of the famous Silk Road. In the „Afrosiyob “Museum you can get a really good idea of what Samarkand was like. Then you will visit the Shahi Zinda Complex, a wonderful group of different mausoleums in Timur style coated with majolica and mosaic tiles. You will note that centuries-old traditions still continue in Samarkand when you visit the Paper manufacturing factory. Here you can learn about traditional process of paper which is produced quite naturally from the fibres of the mulberry tree. After that visit Observatory of Ulugbek, the world-famous astronomer, Amir Timur’s grandson, who built his observatory in 1428 but was only discovered in 1908.

In the late afternoon, you will see a colourful folklore programme in the Theatre „El-Merosi “(the inheritance of the people), telling through dance the history of the region. During the show, the actors will show costumes from different historic periods of Uzbekistan, from the Bronze Age to the present. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Trip info

  • 3-4* and Boutique hotels.
  • Samarkand
  • Bukhara
  • Guided
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Easy
  • coach and private cars.

Overview

Samarkand is one of the oldest towns in the world and at the same time the centre of the famous Silk Road. In the „Afrosiyob “Museum you can get a really good idea of what Samarkand was like. Then you will visit the Shahi Zinda Complex, a wonderful group of different mausoleums in Timur style coated with majolica and mosaic tiles. You will note that centuries-old traditions still continue in Samarkand when you visit the Paper manufacturing factory. Here you can learn about traditional process of paper which is produced quite naturally from the fibres of the mulberry tree. After that visit Observatory of Ulugbek, the world-famous astronomer, Amir Timur’s grandson, who built his observatory in 1428 but was only discovered in 1908.

In the late afternoon, you will see a colourful folklore programme in the Theatre „El-Merosi “(the inheritance of the people), telling through dance the history of the region. During the show, the actors will show costumes from different historic periods of Uzbekistan, from the Bronze Age to the present. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Samarkand

Reception at the airport in Samarkand. Start of the excursion in Samarkand.
Samarkand is one of the oldest towns in the world and at the same time the centre of the famous Silk Road. In the „Afrosiyob “Museum you can get a really good idea of what Samarkand was like. Then you will visit the Shahi Zinda Complex, a wonderful group of different mausoleums in Timur style coated with majolica and mosaic tiles. You will note that centuries-old traditions still continue in Samarkand when you visit the Paper manufacturing factory. Here you can learn about traditional process of paper which is produced quite naturally from the fibres of the mulberry tree. After that visit Observatory of Ulugbek, the world-famous astronomer, Amir Timur’s grandson, who built his observatory in 1428 but was only discovered in 1908.
In the late afternoon, you will see a colourful folklore programme in the Theatre „El-Merosi “(the inheritance of the people), telling through dance the history of the region. During the show, the actors will show costumes from different historic periods of Uzbekistan, from the Bronze Age to the present. Dinner in a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Shahdil in Samarkand.

Day 2 :
Samarkand

Samarkand was considered, in the Middle Ages, to be one of the most beautiful and most important towns in the world. You will be impressed by the palace-like mausoleum of the ruler Timur, the Gur Emir Mausoleum. Today you can enjoy the highlight of your trip – Registan Square with its three magnificent, artistically decorated medrasas. Tashkent Street, where in particular the souvenir shops are to be found, brings you to what was once the greatest mosque in Central Asia – the Bibi Khanym Mosque. Timur wanted to demonstrate his unlimited technical and financial possibilities by building the most beautiful mosque of the Eastern world. You are encouraged to try the raisins, apricots and nuts on a culinary walk through the bazaar. Today you will cook with the Uzbek family and enjoy a typical local dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Shahdil in Samarkand.

Today we drive towards Bukhara. After arrival excursion. We start our tour with the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani and then go to the Chashmai Ayub Mausoleum. After we will wander around the old town where you will feel transported to the world of the stories from ‘One Thousand and One Nights’. It is hard to believe that, just like 100 years ago, teaching and learning still takes place in the mosques and madrasas, such as the Miri Arab madrasa. You will admire the «classic» architectural complex Lyabi Khauz with its trading domes and several mosques, madrasas as well as the dervish monastery Khanaka in the old town, and will understand the honorary title «noble town».
Today dinner is in an old Jewish house with a Bukharian family. The Susani embroiderer Abdurahman will tell us about Bukhara embroidery and we will try the Emir’s Plov.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Komil Boutique in Bukhara

Day 4 :
Bukhara

Today we will visit the Chor Minor madrasa, whose four minarets (chor – four) and the whole style shows similarities with the Indian style of building. After that we will take a road to the summer residence of the last Bukhara Emir – Sitorai Mokhi Khosa which in Persian means «The place where the moon and the stars meet». As it is known, Bukhara is one of the seven holy towns of the Islamic world. There are a large number of orientations in Sufism, and the representatives of all orders were present in various eras on the site of where Uzbekistan is today. Sufi orden Naqshbandiya had the longest lasting effect and left behind the greatest legacy. Bahauddin Naqshbandi was one of the spiritual mentors of Tamerlan. His philosophy was based on the principle of «God in the heart, work in the hands». The memorial complex of Bahauddin Naqshbandi was considered to be the Central Asian Mecca.
In the afternoon, we have time to discover the Jewish quarter of Bukhara and visit a Synagogue which is over 400 years old. Then we will visit a Puppet Work Shop.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Komil Boutique in Bukhara

* In individual cases, if so desired other hotels can be suggested.

Includes/excludes

Includes

  • Included in the standard price:
  • * Round trip/excursions and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles, typical for the country.
  • * Inland flight Urgench-Tashkent in Economy-Class.
  • * 10 x overnight stays in middle-class hotels (country category) in double room.
  • * Half-board according to program.
  • * Sightseeing program including admission fees according to tour description.
  • * Local, English-speaking travel guide from DOCA-TOURS from/to Tashkent Airport.

Excludes

  • Not included in standard price:
  • * Internationale Flights
  • * Photo/videofees
  • * Tips for travel guides and drivers
  • * Visafees
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Cultural treasures of the silk road
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From $1,000
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Trip info

  • 3-4* and Boutique hotels.
  • Samarkand
  • Bukhara
  • Guided
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Easy
  • coach and private cars.