Tour overview

Indulge into a charismatic blend of 12th Century mosques and its classic architecture. Revolving round traditions and vibrant lifestyle of modern days. Its Central Asia’s most mixed cultural experience along the Silk Road. Do not miss out on the ancient land of exotic cities. 

Special introductory offer …  NOT TO BE MISSED

Included

  • Flights
  • Train
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Private Transportation
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Entrance Tickets

Not Included

  • Health/Travel Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Beverages
  • UK Transfers
  • Tips

Islamic & Cultural Heritage Tour

Day 1

Sat 03 Sept. - Arrival Urgench Airport

Transfer to Khiva (Approx. 1 hour Drive)

Hotel: Zarafashon Boutique Hotel Khiva or similar

Early check-in and Breakfast.

Rest and free time to enjoy the vibrant old Bazaar of Khiva where you will find Arts, Crafts, exotic Embroidery items, spices, nuts, carpets and silks.

Day 2

Sun 04 Sept.  – Khiva

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast meet guide and start city tour

  • Madrasah Allakuli Khan: Built in the middle of the XIX century with the richest decoration in Khiva.
  • Ata Darvaza: One of four gates of Ichan Kala dating back to 1842.
  • Madrasah Muhammad Amin Khan – Erected during 1851-1854 by the order of Khiva ruler Muhammad Amin-khan.
  • Kalta Minar - Translated as “short”. Initially, it was expected to become the highest minaret in the East.
    • Kunya Ark - "Old fortress" was Khiva rulers' residence and inner citadel, founded in the XVII century.
    • Muhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah – built in 1876 by order of Seyid Muhammad-Rahim II (1863-1910), known as the poet Feruzshah.
    • Juma Mosque – 16th century mosque with 213 Elmwood pillars belonging to different epoch of history starting from 10th
    • Tosh Hovli Palace – Translated as “a stone courtyard”; built during 1830-1838 to replace Kunya Ark.
    • Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrasah - The ensemble dating back to the beginning of XX century was named after the Prime Minister - Isfandiar Khan who sponsored its construction.
    • Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum -   a famous poet and wrestler of XIV century.
    • During excursion visit Zarafshan’s local bakery & Silk carpet workshop under UNESCO sponsorship. (time permitting)
  • Overnight at Hotel.Day 3     Mon 05 Sept.KHIVA- URGENCH -BUKHARA (By Air)

    07:15 AM Transfer to Urgench Airport for flight

    3 HY 52Y 05SEP 1 UGCBHK HK1 0920 1010

    BUKHARA Hotel: Labi Rud Boutique Hotel or similar

    Upon arrival transfer to hotel, leave the luggage. Start city tour. Check-in after 2 PM.

    Visit Ark fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ismail Samani mausoleum, Chor Minar.

    • Kunya Ark - "Old fortress" was Khiva rulers' residence and inner citadel, founded in the XVII century.
    • Muhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah – built in 1876 by order of Seyid Muhammad-Rahim II (1863-1910), known as the poet Feruzshah.
    • Juma Mosque – 16th century mosque with 213 Elmwood pillars belonging to different epoch of history starting from 10th
    • Tosh Hovli Palace – Translated as “a stone courtyard”; built during 1830-1838 to replace Kunya Ark.
    • Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrasah - The ensemble dating back to the beginning of XX century was named after the Prime Minister - Isfandiar Khan who sponsored its construction.
    • Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum -   a famous poet and wrestler of XIV century.
    • During excursion visit Zarafshan’s local bakery & Silk carpet workshop under UNESCO sponsorship. (time permitting)

    Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 4

    Tues 06Sept.  BUKHARA

    Meals: Breakfast

    Visit Naqshbandi complex

    It is dedicated to the founder of the Sufi Order "Naqshbandi". Bakhauddin Naqshbandi was born near the town of Kasri Orifon into a family of metal workers where he took the name Nakhsbandi (Engraver of metals) and devoted his time to living a simple life.  He founded the Sufi order, which was later named Naqshbandi.

    The principle being “let the heart be with God and the hands be with work”. His teachings of living a life of modesty, hard work and spiritual purity during the communism period of the 1920’s become a guiding principal.

    Also visit Sitorai Mokhi Khossa - a suburban residence of last Bukhara Emir built  during

    1912-1918. Return to Bukhara.

    Day 5

    Wed 07 Sept.  BUKHARA

    Meals: Breakfast

    After breakfast visit Poi Kalyan complex with Kalyan mosque and Miri Arab madrassah, Ulugbeg and Abdulazizkhan madrassahs, Trade Domes, ancient Silk Market, Magokki Attori mosque, Labi Hauz complex.

    Visit the Caravan Saray and Bobokul’s workshop. He uses the old technology of producing and coloring silk. Visit to the gold embroidery factory in Bukhara- the products of the factory are golden-embroidered carpets, elite curtains, women and men chapans (Uzbek quilted dressing gowns), head dresses, works with state symbols, souvenirs, caskets, cases and handbags, purses, shoes. In total the factory releases more than 70 items of products.

    Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 6

    Thurs 08 Sept.   BUKHARA - SHAKHRISABZ (270 km 4hr: 30mins)

    Hotel: Kesh Palace

    Meals: Breakfast

    After breakfast drive to Shakhrisabz, a motherland of Amir Timur the Great.

    Upon arrival to Shakhrisabz transfer to hotel for check in and fresh up.

    Then visit:

    • Aksarai Palace - The construction of the Palace was started in 1380 and lasted for 24 years.
    • Dorus Saodat complex - It arose after the death of the eldest son of Amir Temur - Jahangir (1376).
    • Dorut Tilovat complex – It includes Kuk Gumbaz mosque, Gumbazi Sayidon, Mausoleum of Jakhangir.
    • Hazrati Imom mosque - a 19th-century building most probably linking to Abu Abdulla Muhammad ibn Nasr al Keshi, a local holy man in the 9th century, whose corpse, legend says, Tamerlane brought back from Baghdad.
    • Crypt of Temurlane - found by archaeologists in the middle of the XX century. Amir Temur was supposed to be buried there. But unfortunately, the mountain pass between Samarkand and Shakhrisabz was covered by snow and his nearest people had to bury him in Samarkand.

    Overnight at Hotel.

    Day 7

    Fri 09 Sept.

    SHAKHRISABZ-SAMARKAND (50 km) – approx. 2hr drive

    SAMARKAND

    Hotel: Emir Han or similar

    Upon arrival to Samarkand, visit the Samarkand paper mill “Meros”, where you will have a unique opportunity to observe the process of making paper from the bark of a silk tree.

    Visit a Pottery place and meet the owners.  Have lunch.

    After lunch visit the Hadjum Carpet factory.

    Samarkand-Bukhara Silk Carpet – handmade silk carpets, see the workshop and learn about the carpet weaving process

    Overnight at Hotel

Day 8

Sat 10 Sept.  SAMARKAND – after breakfast start city tour

  • Registan Square- 'Sandy Place' a medieval commercial centre. Enjoy mini concert and mini lecture about national music instruments at Sherdor Madrassah.
  • Happy Bird Craft Centre- meet with local artists.
  • Bibi Khanym Mosque - in the 15th century it was one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in the world.
  • Famous Siyob bazaar.
  • Shah-i-Zinda - 'Tomb of the living King' an avenue of Mausoleums with one of the richest tiles works. It is connected with the legend that Qusam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad (swa) is buried here.
  • Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum - the final resting place for Timur (Tamerlane), his two sons and two grandsons.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9

Sun, 11Sept. SAMARKAND – TASHKENT (by train)

After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed for city tour with our luggage, Visit:

  • Imam Al Bukhari Mausoleum - the most respected Saint in the Islamic world (under renovation now and can be visited from outside only).
  • Ulugbeg Observatory - one of the finest observatories in the Islamic world.
  • Hadjum carpet factory – Witnessing all stages of silk carpets creation, from unwinding the silkworm cocoon to drawing carpet ornament. All operations are performed manually.
  • Kalantarov’s House Museum (an old mansion, once owned by a rich merchant Kalantarov's Abram built in the early XX century by the architect E.O.Nelle in the eclectic style, is located the Museum of local lore).

Transfer to Railway station at 16:00.

Take evening train Afrosiyob (16:40 - 18:57) to Tashkent.

SUN 11 SEPT. TASHKENT: Transfer to hotel Qushbegi

Day 10

Mon 12 Sept.  Hotel Qushbegi Plaza - TASHKENT

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast commence for city tour.

Old City: Khastimom complex (Barak Khan madrassah, Tillya Sheikh mosque, Kaffal Shashiy Mausoleum and Holy Koran, Kukaldosh Madrassah, Chorsu bazaar ( if time permitting)

 Proceed for city tour by coach:

  • Amir Temur Square - a central square in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.
  • Walk on Sailgoh (Broadway) Street.
  • Independence Square
  • Romanov’s Former Palace (outside), built in 1891 in the centre of the city, under the project of architects A.L. Benoit and V.S. Geyntseltsman

Navoi Theatre Square - The first Central Asian professional musical theatre

DAY 11   Tue 13 Sept.           TASHKENT - LONDON

Meals: Breakfast, Transfer to the Airport for London Heathrow

4 HY 201Y 13SEP 2 TASLHR HK1 1045 1425

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