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Uzbekistan: Ancient Cities Of Samarkand, Bukhara And Tashkent
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Uzbekistan: Ancient Cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent

12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey

Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara & Fergana Valley

Embark on a journey along the Silk Road through the fascinating country of Uzbekistan. In the capital of Tashkent, explore textile workshops and trace the course of commerce in the Uzbekistan National History Museum. Travel onward to historic Samarkand to experience majestic Registan Square and visit the birthplace of Timur (Tamerlane). Then, delve into the past in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bukhara, and meet the expert weavers and artisans of the fertile Fergana Valley.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Tashkent

    Upon arrival late this evening, you will be escorted to your hotel.

    Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Tashkent

    Following a leisurely breakfast, explore the old quarter of Tashkent. Visit textile workshops, sample local specialties at the covered market and trace the history of the Silk Road in the Uzbekistan National History Museum.

    Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace (B)
  • Day 3
    To Samarkand

    Board the express train to Samarkand. Visit the Afrosiab Archaeology Museum and the observatory of the 15th-century astronomer and sultan Ulug Beg.

    Hotel Registan Plaza in Samarkand - 3 Nights (B)
  • Day 4
    Samarkand

    Explore the wonders of the Registan, a vast square enclosed on three sides by the towering facades of three madrassas. Highlights include the majestic Bibi Khanum mosque; Gur-e-Amir, Timur's grand mausoleum; and the imposing Ulug Beg madrassa.

    Hotel Registan Plaza in Samarkand (B)
  • Day 5
    Samarkand

    Drive to Shakhrisabz, which is the birthplace of Timur. Visit the Ak Saray Palace and the beautiful Kok-Gumbaz Mosque. Then pay a private visit to a bakery to take part in the traditional bread making process. After lunch, return to Samarkand for some more exploration.

    Hotel Registan Plaza in Samarkand (B, L)
  • Day 6
    To Bukhara

    This morning, depart for a drive over the desert foothills to Bukhara. Upon arrival, visit the 16thcentury city wall and a mansion museum that features the delicate wooden carved galleries and 19th-century architecture of a wealthy merchant. This evening, enjoy a performance of local song and dance followed by dinner.

    Amelia Hotel - 3 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 7
    Bukhara

    Embark on a full-day guided tour of one of the most important cities on the Silk Road. Explore the iconic 157-foot-tall Kalon minaret; the architecturally impressive Lyabi-Khauz complex; the prestigious Miri Arab madrassa; and the Great Ark, which was the citadel of the rulers of Bukhara.

    Amelia Hotel (B)
  • Day 8
    Bukhara

    Start today with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, the summer residence of Bukhara's last emir. Continue to Bakhaudin Nakshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis.

    Enjoying some free time in the afternoon.

    Amelia Hotel (B)
  • Day 9
    To Fergana Valley

    Fly via Tashkent to the vast Fergana Valley. Upon arrival, visit one of the region's silk workshops and meet the expert weavers. Learn about the art of silk Ikat, which is a traditional dyeing process that results in some magnificent double-sided designs.

    Hotel Asia Fergana - 2 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 10
    Fergana Valley

    Explore more of the scenery and the arts that thrive in the valley. In Rishtan, visit the workshops of ceramic masters whose works are made from unique red Rishtan clay, and are painted with the ishkor glaze, which gives their pottery a distinctive blue-green color. In Kokand, visit Khudayarkhan Palace, Juma mosque, Dahmai Jahon and the Royal cemetery.

    Hotel Asia Fergana (B)
  • Day 11
    To Tashkent

    After breakfast, admire the fantastic array of products at the Kumtepa bazaar near Margilan. Continue the scenic drive back to Tashkent, marveling at incredible views over the rugged landscape.

    Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 12
    Depart Tashkent

    Your Silk Road journey comes to an end as you are transferred to Tashkent's airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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