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Shukur Pardaev

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Fascinating East

Welcome to Uzbekistan, where you will have an energizing visit to the universe of oriental tall tale. The Eight-Day Social Uzbekistan Visit: visit of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva the urban areas shimmering like jewels with striking multifaceted design, rich of conventions and old traditions of strange and affable Uzbekistan. Visiting Hasti Imam Complex in Tashkent with First Quran in the world – Othman Quran. Dinner at roof top of Dolon!

DAY 1

Arrival in Tashkent

Breakfast is at the hotel. Full day tour in Tashkent: Independence square (Red square in former USSR, Main Square of the country). Square was erected as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Territory of Independence includes several main administrative buildings. Broadway - walking street between independence square and Amir Timur square. The street is so-called show room for local artists and cozy place for tasting European and Uzbek cuisine. Amir Timur square – one of the central squares of Tashkent, erected on behalf of national hero – Amir Timur. The square symbolizes sovereignty and power of Uzbek nation. Tashkent metro – among the most beautiful subways in the world. First line was opened in 1977. Now the number of stations is 29 with 36.2 km long. Old city – old part of Tashkent city, the area, which preserves the traditional Uzbek style: Kukaldash Madrasah (16th.c) and Hast Imam complex – the Islamic heart of the country. This architectural complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tilla sheikh mosque, Muyi Muborak Madrasah, Kaffal shashi mausoleum, Namazgoh mosque, as well as the new Khazrati Imam mosque and the muftiate building (the muslim board of Uzbekistan) built in 2007. 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 8th c. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph (of the four righteous Caliphs who succeeded the prophet Muhammad). Othman was killed by non-muslims in 8th century. His blood spred over the Quran. You still can see blood drops on Quran’s pages. After the excursion returning to the hotel and overnight. Read more

Tashkent 1 night
DAY 2

Tashkent – Samarkand

At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station. Fast-speed train “Afrosiyob” departs Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km) .Upon arrival transfer to your hotel, check in and time for rest. Afterwards tour of Samarkand: Registan square – the complex of three historical building: Madrasah Ulugbek (15th c.), Madrasah Sher-dor (17th c.), Madrasah Tilla-Kori (17th c.) – the visiting card and the main attraction spot of Samarkand. Architectural complex Shakhi-Zindeh (11-15th c.) - the name Shah-I-Zinda (meaning "the living king") comes together with the legend about Kusam Ibn Abbas, the cousin of the prophet Muhammad who was buried here. As if, he came to Samarkand with the Arab invasion in the 7th century to preach Islam. Popular legends say that he was beheaded for his faith. However, he took his head and went into the deep well (garden of paradise), where he is still living now. Mausoleum Guri Emir - Tamerlane’s tomb (14-15th c.) - Gur-e Amir means "Tomb of the King". This architectural complex with grandiose dome contains the tombs of Tamerlane, and his sons Shakhrukh, Miranshakh, grandsons Ulugbek and Muhammad Sultan. The tomb of Timur’s spiritual master Sayyid Baraka. Bibi Khanum Mosque - name of the mosque translated as the "Elder wife" and it was built in honor of favorite Tamerlane’s wife, after his successful campaign in India. Overnight is at the hotel. Read more

Samarkand 2 nights
DAY 3

Samarkand

Breakfast is at the hotel. Full day city tour of Samarkand: Ulughbek observatory – built in 15th century by Ulughbek, one of the most famous Samarkand rulers and scientist. Working in observatory Ulughbek created in 1437 the “Zidji Guragoni” catalog, which had information about 1018 celestial bodies. Unfortunately, he was killed by per order of his own son. Local Broadway surrounded with souvenir shops, teahouses, sweets workshops and etc. Visiting National bazaar Siab – oriental bazaar, where easy to find Uzbek traditional handmade products and local sweets. Carpet factory – the unique handmade carpet factory where over 400 women sewing carpets without any modern technologies. Factory preserves old traditional style in producing carpets. Samarkand paper workshop – Samarkand’s antique paper making workshop. Overnight is at the hotel. Read more

Samarkand 2 nights
DAY 4

Samarkand – Bukhara

After the breakfast, we will start our way to Bukhara. 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. Afterwards continue drive to Bukhara. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight is at the hotel. Read more

Bukhara 2 nights
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DAY 5

Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour in Bukhara: Citadel Ark (4th b.c.) - Ark citadel is the most ancient citadel in Bukhara. Ark citadel was erected on the Registan Square and is the symbol of haughtiness, power and greatness. Fortress was the sample of city life. Ark served as a palace of several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Samanids mausoleum (9-10th c.) - this mausoleum of Ismail Samanids’ dynasty. This masterpiece of architecture was built in 9th -10th century. Mausoleum is the resting-place of Ismail Samani - a powerful and influential Amir of the Samanid dynasty, one of the Persian dynasties that ruled in central Asia in 9th and 10th centuries. Chashma Ayub (14th c.) - means Job's well. According to legend, Prophet Job (Ayub) while crossing this area found out that the local people were exhausted from dry climate and having no water. He tapped his stick on the land and opened a well of purest and cold water. The water of this well is still pure and healing. Amir Timur ordered to erect mausoleum over this well. Mausoleum has uncommon design of Bukhara architecture. Bolo-Hauz mosque (beginning of the 20th c.) – known also as the mosque of forty columns. The mosque was built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Ruler personally performed Jumah namaz in this mosque. Shopping domes – Toki Saraffon, Toki Telpak Furushon & Toki Zargaron domes. Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi - Madrasah is one of the most popular Madrasah in Bukhara and part of Lyabi House Ensemble. Today Madrasah is the place of folklore performances and oriental art exhibition. Complex Lyabi-Khauz (14-17th c.) - the central sightseeing place of Bukhara city. Complex was built in 16th-17th century and still main tourist attraction and favorite place of local people. Poi Kalon complex - the unique sample of architectural art of Bukhara. Poi-Kalon, ‘The Foot of the Great’, consists of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. After the excursion, you will return to the hotel. Free evening and overnight at the hotel. Read more

Bukhara 2 nights
DAY 6

Bukhara – Khiva

Breakfast is at the hotel. Morning departure for Khiva, the way goes thru Kizilkum desert (around seven hours’ drive thru the desert "440 km, 7 hours drive" ). Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amu Darya River and the desert. Arrival to Khiva, check in to the hotel. Free time in Khiva and overnight is at the hotel. Read more

Khiva 1 night
DAY 7

Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day tour in Khiva: Ichan-Qala is 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. In 1969 Ichan-Qala was designated a historical and architectural conservation area. Kunya-Ark fortress - foundation to the Kunya Ark citadel was led by Muhammad Arang Khan, son of Muhammad Anush Khan in 1686. In XVIII century, citadel was separated from the Ichan-Qala and became “city in the city”. Primarily Kunya Ark consisted of Khans’ office, reception hall, harem, closed and outdoor mosque, and mint yard, back office with mews, storehouse and workshop. Citadel served as a military base, but in XIX and XX century embodied many other buildings. Kalta Minor minaret - stands for ‘short minaret’, unfinished tower adjoining to Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah. Legends say that architect in-charge for the construction was executed by the Khan who found out that master got better offer from Bukhara Khan to build higher minaret in Bukhara. After this, no any architect risked to complete the minaret. Tash Khouvli palace – stone palace is located in the eastern part of Ichan-Qala. This is the sample of Khorezm architectural mastership of 1830s. Allakuli-Khan who ordered to build the palace directed a big amount of wealth for the construction of this palace as the period was one of the flourishing of Khorezm Empire. At the end of excursion returning back to the hotel. Transfer to Urgench airport, check in and flight to Tashkent as per timetable. Arrival Tashkent, transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight is at the hotel. Read more

Tashkent 1 night
DAY 8

Tashkent – departure

Check out from the hotel, free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airpor, transfer to the airport, and flight for next destination.

Departure

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Tashkent
Day 2
Location Samarkand
Hotel Ideal Hotel
Day 4
Location Bukhara
Day 6
Location Khiva
Hotel Old Khiva Hotel
Day 7
Location Tashkent
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Tashkent
Hotel Ramada Hotel
Day 2
Location Samarkand
Hotel Diora Hotel
Day 4
Location Bukhara
Day 6
Location Khiva
Day 7
Location Tashkent
Hotel Ramada Hotel

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation at mentioned hotels on double share basis
  • Transportation per program in comfortable a/c transport with professional drivers
  • 2 pax – Sedan (Lacetti Chevrolet)
  • 4-6 pax – Minivan (Hyundai Grand Starex)
  • 8-14 pax – Midibus (Toyota Coaster)
  • 16 and more pax – Bus (Higer, Yutong)
  • Breakfasts at the hotels
  • All lunches and dinners per program
  • Master classes and show programs for group departures (from 10 pax and more)
  • Daily two bottles of 0.5l water per person
  • Group tour leader in single room free of charge (+1 Foc)
  • Escort English speaking professional guide for entire tour
  • Entrance fees to mentioned sights per program (excluding photo and video charges at sights)
  • Visa support if required

Package excludes

  • Visa consular fees and processing expenses
  • Photo and video charges at sights
  • International air tickets to / out of Tashkent
  • Domestic flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extras, not indicated in inclusions

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

Supiah N Razak, Singapore

It's a rewarding experience for us since we able to visit the tomb of Imam Bukhari Overall the trip was worth it the hotel rooms excellent and the travel guide Mr Bek is a professional.

Norjannah Haron, Uzbekistan

Special thanks to Shukur of Orient Mice in planning the itinerary of 8 days/7 nights trip to Uzbekistan. Our group had such great fun and departed with beautiful memories of your Country. Thank you to Ulugbek Qodirov, our Tour Guide who had great knowledge of the Country and had really taken care of our group till our departure at the Airport. Read more

Zainab Haron, Singapore

We would like to thank Orient Mice and Al-fattah travel for the wonderful experience in Uzbekistan. We are thankful to be able to view the beauty of Uzbekistan accompanied by the history told by the tour guide. We were fortunate to experience the home visit and taste home cooked food from the locals. Special thanks to Ulugbek our tour guide who was always asking about our welfare. He kept us entertained with his jokes and songs and saw to our prayer needs. Thank you very much. One suggestion is to use a bus with WC for long drive. Read more

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