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The Great Silk Road: Discover the Colors of Uzbekistan Tour 11 days

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Availability : April-May-September-October
Tashkent
Uzbekistan
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 12

Introduction

Category: Cultural Tour

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

Route: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Margilan – Fergana – Tashkent – Khiva – Bukhara –Samarkand–Tashkent

Best travel time: April-May-September-October

Group size: Max – 12 people. Min – 2 people

Destination

Uzbekistan

Departure

Tashkent

Departure Time

April-May-September-October

Dress Code

sport - hiking

Itinerary

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1

Tashkent - Our Adventure Begins

Flight to Tashkent. Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

2
2

Tashkent

Breakfast is at the hotel. After breakfast Drive to visit the “Yangiobod” Weekend Flea Market. The flea market “Yangiobod” has been famous for its uniqueness and coloring for many years. and you can find absolutely everything here! Do you like to collect antique things? Then you definitely should visit this storehouse of all kind of goods.

Then we will visit the Victory Park, also known as the Victory Park Memorial Complex. It’s mostly locals here, we can meet with locals easily. 12:00 Lunch will be share at Uzbek Palov Center a huge restaurant with hundreds of places to sit and a local Tashkent experience! It’s mostly locals here (although there are tourists) so it’s a great local experience! Uzbek palov is the mentality of Uzbekistan people. Palov is the king of Uzbek cuisine, served during a wedding feast. After lunch proceed visit Shahidlar Xotirasi Memorial (in the memory of the victims of repressions) is near the TV tower. This new museum is devoted to raising awareness about repression during the tsarist and Soviet eras. We will visit the Romanov palace which was built for Grand Prince Nikolay Konstantinovich Romanov (1850-1917), first cousin of Tsar Nikolay II, who was deported here in 1881 to mine precious stones. It is surprisingly small in size, but set amongst pleasant gardens just back from the street. The Romanov palace will be opened as a museum house in 2019. Visit Chor-Su Bazaar, the age of which is more than hundred years old. After exploring the bazaar, have a short Tashkent Metro ride. Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours

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3

By Train to Kokand (275 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. At 07:00 transfer to the train station. Take train departing to Kokand at 08:05. Arrive there at 12:00. Meet your guide and driver and start sightseeing tour in Fergana Valley. Kokand is one of the largest and old cities in the Fergana Valley, was capital of the Khanate of Kokand (1709-1876), occupied by the White Russians at the end of the 19th century. You arrive at the cutler’s and visit his workshop. Typical lunch at the cutler’s with his family. You discover the historic center of Kokand where part of the palace of the khan Khouda-Yor and the mosque with 99 columns dating from the 19th century are preserved. You visit the museum of Hamza, the activist poet of the events of the liberation of Uzbek women in the years of 1920-1925 allowing you to immerse yourself in the history of the struggle of Uzbek women.

Accommodation to your hotel. Typical dinner at the restaurant.

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4

Return to Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Then you take the road to Margilan, the historic center which is 90 km from Kokand. You visit the Ikat factory where the girls still work in the ancestral way and you can discover all the stages of exploitation of the cocoon and the silk. In particular, you visit the weaving workshop for silk fabrics and carpets. Proceed tour, you take the road to Richtan, the village of ceramists. You will be welcomed by a ceramist. Take a rest and have lunch. This village is renowed not only in Uzbekistan, but also in the surrounding countries, for its blue ceramics, the visiting card of the village. The entire village practices this trade and supplies souvenir vendors in other towns. It is the only source that deserves to be visited by pottery lovers. You spend the day to discover more deeply the local Uzbek life at the example of the village of potters. You visit the Mahalla office and meet the head of the Mahalla (equivalent to the French commune) allowing you to discuss and discover how the local units are managed at the village level. Then you visit several famous and distinguished master ceramists. You visit the places of pilgrimage around the mausoleums of Burkhonaddin Marghinoni and Khodja Ilgor. On the road you stop at a luthier who produces “Rubab” one of the traditional musical instruments. Then you visit the Kyrgyz artisan family that produces felt carpets. You discover all the stages of making the felt rug. Late noon drive to Tashkent. Dinner at the restaurant. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

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5

Sightseeing in Khiva

Breakfast. We get morning flight from Tashkent to Urgench. Transfer to the hotel. We will start our guided tour from 09:00am. Ichan-Kala Fortress – inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Today, Ichan-Kala is an open-air museum – the old part of the city, surrounded by a fortified wall and turned into a state historical and archeological museum-reserve. It is here that on the vast territory of 26 hectares the exotic image of the eastern city is preserved. In Ichan-Kala, there are about 60 historic buildings. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the old Khiva from the observation deck of Kunya Ark (1686). We watch Khorazm dance, Lazgi is a traditional dance in Khiva. It is performed during national holidays and folk festivities in scenery forms, as well as in the daily-based interpretation form during community and family events. Folklore music and dance show. Juma Masjid (late 18th century) Khiva’s Juma, or Friday Mosque, Juma Mosque is interesting for the 218 wooden columns supporting its roof – a concept thought to be derived from ancient Arabian mosques. Lunch and dinner during the visits. Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours.

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6

By Train to Bukhara (450 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. At 08:30 transfer to the train station in Khiva and arrival in Bukhara at 14:15. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

NB: if in that day there is no available train we will drive by bus.

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7

In Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel and Take a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in the historic center of Bukhara which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit: Trading domes – Toki-Sarrafon Trading Dome (was currency exchange center of Central Asia), Telpak Furushon Trading Dome (first was book selling place, later selling caps), Timi Abdullakhan Trading Dome (carpets and fabrics were sold), Toki-Zargaron Trading Dome (were selling jewelries). Legendary Ark Fortress (IV century BC) – The symbol of the state power. It was a residence of Bukhara khans. Bolo-Khauz Mosque (1712) – it is the only preserved monument on the Registan Square. The complex consists of the reservoir, Friday mosque and minaret. The most ancient part of the complex is the pond (Khauz), which is called Bolo-Khauz (“Children’s reservoir”). Visit Bukhara Handicrafts-Weaving of Decorative Fabrics: Suzani embroidery is a unique traditional craft and art practiced by women living in Central Asia. Visit the miniature center (Bukhara School of Miniature Painting). Bukhara is famous as the center of miniature painting and the art of calligraphy. Kalyan Minaret (1127) – City symbol of Bukhara.  The minaret was designated to summon Muslims to prayer five times a day. It still dominates the skyline of Bukhara, astonishing all who see it with its magnificent and flawless shape.

Kalyan Mosque (XV century) – The layout of the Djuma Mosque (named the Kalyan Mosque) is traditional: a rectangular courtyard with a tall and large maksura room on the west side. Miri-Arab Madrasah (XVI century) – is one of the best Bukhara architectural school monuments. Architecture and décor of Miri-Arab are distinguished by highest are culture and taste. Overnight stay at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours.

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8

Bukhara – By “Afrosiab” Train to Samarkand

Breakfast in the hotel. Then we will visit Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi (1544) – is one of the most important Muslim shrines. The Mausoleum of Saint Bakhouddin Naqshbandi is considered as the Central Asian Mekka. Believers from different muslim countries come here to ask for the fulfilment of wishes and healing.

Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (XIX century mid) – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. The Bukhara architects having trained in Russia managed to combine oriental and western styles in their creation. 12:30 Lunch in the DOLON restaurant with a terrace overlooking the nocturnal monuments: (vegetable soup, various salads, fruit or ice cream or cake).

Take the high-speed train, Afrosiyob, to Samarkand departing at 15:52, arriving at 17:25 (270 km). Upon arrival the driver will transfer you to the hotel in Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Travel by car: 30 minutes

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9

Sightseeing Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. Registan Square (XV-XVII centuries) – For centuries, this square was the center of Samarkand. The word Registan means “sand place”. The ensemble consists of three Madrassah: Ulugbek Madrassah (15th century), Sher–Dor Madrassah (17th century) and TillaKari Madrassah (gold covered) (17th century). Gur Emir Mausoleum (XV century) – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. This majestic complex consists of a khanaka, the madrasah of Muhammad Sultan – grandson of Amir Timur, and, tombs of Amir Timur himself and his descendants. Gur Emir was a prototype for famous examples of architecture of the Great Mughal: Humayun Mausoleum in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra, built by Timur descendants, who ruled northern India. Then visit Siyab Market and Bibi-Khamum mosque. We will visit the theater “El-merosi” in Samarkand. 18:00-19:00 Visit the theater, an unusual ethno-cultural performance with historical costumes. Overnight at the hotel.

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10

By “Afrosiab” Train to Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. You can visit this market. Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis (XIV-XV centuries) – consists of rows of sparkling blue colored tombs. Shakhi Zinda consists of eleven mausoleums, which were built one after another in XIV – XV centuries. Shakhi Zinda is the burial place of royal persons and nobles. Khazrati khizir mosque, Ulugbek. Tour the Handmade Silk Carpet Factory and silk paper mill. Lunch in a restaurant. Samarkand Winery is Xarvenko Wine Factory which produces classic grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Bayan Shirei, Rkatsiteli, Kuldzhinsky and several others. At 16:00 transfer to railway station. Take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 19:10. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

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Tashkent – Return to ...

Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Tashkent International airport for your return flight.

Details

Transport

Prices include:

  • Transport: New and Private air-conditioned transport;
  • Transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/Twin room sharing;
  • Meals: Breakfast at the hotel;
  • Lunch/Dinner;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Entrances free;
  • Train tickets: Bukhara- Samarkand; Samarkand –Tashkent

Prices exclude:

  • Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • Optional activities;
  • International flight;
  • Domestic flight Tashkent – Urgench;

accomodation

City

Comfort option hotel 4*

norm local

Economy option Hotel 3*

norm local

Tashkent Rakat Plaza 4* Gabriella International 3*
Khiva Charos 4* Grand Vizir charme
Bukhara Malika 4* Emir charme
Samarkand Diyora 4* Registon Saroy charme
Kokand Silk Road Kokand 4* Silk Road Kokand 4*

meals

  • Meals: Breakfast at the hotel;

activities

Cultural Tour

Travel Documents And Visa System

Uzbekistan visa: Visa-free for citizens of 16 countries; Simplified procedure for issuing tourist visas for citizens of 51 countries;  

According to the right of Uzbekistan, foreign tourists can enter Uzbekistan or travel through its territory with a visa.

Tourists can get visas at the diplomatic representations of Uzbekistan in their countries.

Uzbekistan visa application form:

The application form is filled strictly in online mode on the site:
– E-form of the site evisa.mfa.uz;

Tourists need to fill out the application form, a photo size of 3.5×4.5 and a passport with a validity period of 6 months after the end of the tour. In the end, you will receive the completed document in PDF format with a barcode at the bottom on the right side. The photo is stuck in this application and surrendered to the embassy with a passport.

And the second issue is the name and address of the hotel where you will be accommodated the first night.

If you are citizens of those states with whom there is no simplified system,  you have to make an invitation. Let us know about this, we will provide the necessary documents to the Foreign Ministry for an invitation.

Uzbekistan visa: We introduced a visa-free regime for 30 days in Uzbekistan for citizens of 16 countries and a simplified procedure for issuing tourist visas for citizens of 51. Visa support (LOI) no required for citizens of countries which is not on the following list.

The following countries, from 10 Feb. 2018, can visit Uzbekistan without visas for a period of 30 days.

  1. Israel
  2. Indonesia
  3. The Republic of Korea
  4. Malaysia
  5. Singapore
  6. Turkey
  7. Japan
  8. Kyrgyzstan (for 60 days)
  9. Azerbaijan
  10. Armenia
  11. Belarus
  12. Georgia
  13. Kazakhstan
  14. The Republic of Moldova
  15. Russia
  16. Ukraine
  17. Tajikistan
  18. France

The document underlined that members of the crews of aircraft of foreign airlines, carrying out regular flights to Uzbekistan, also received the right to visit the country without obtaining visas.

From 1 February 2018, a Simplified visa procedure is established for the citizens of 51 countries.

Moreover, a tourist voucher or invitation from the touristic company in Uzbekistan is not required to submit for an Uzbekistan visa.

Consular offices of Uzbekistan will be issued within 2 working days, excluding the day of the document’s acceptance.

A simplified visa procedure is established for the citizens of 51 countries, from 1 February 2018

  1. Australia
  2. Albania
  3. Andorra
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  6. The Vatican
  7. Hungary
  8. The Hellenic Republic
  9. Denmark
  10. India
  11. The Republic of Ireland
  12. Iceland
  13. The State of Kuwait
  14. Canada
  15. The People’s Republic of China, including the Hong Kong SAR
  16. The Republic of Lithuania
  17. Liechtenstein
  18. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  19. The Republic of Macedonia
  20. The Republic of Malta
  21. Principality of Monaco
  22. Kingdom of the Netherlands
  23. New Zealand
  24. The Kingdom of Norway
  25. United Arab Emirates
  26. The Sultanate of Oman
  27. The Portuguese Republic
  28. Romania
  29. The Republic of San Marino
  30. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  31. The Republic of Serbia
  32. Slovak Republic
  33. The Republic of Slovenia
  34. United States of America
  35. The Republic of Finland
  36. The Republic of Croatia
  37. Montenegro
  38. The Kingdom of Sweden
  39. The Republic of Estonia
  40. Austria
  41. Belgium
  42. United Kingdom
  43. Germany
  44. Spain
  45. Italy
  46. Latvia
  47. Thailand
  48. Czech Republic
  49. Switzerland
  50. France
  51. Poland

They can get electronic entry visas from 1 July 2018.

Uzbekistan introduced an entry visa for 30 days and a transit visa for 72 hours.

Visa fees have been set the following consular fee for the visa issuance:
From 5 people are considered a group and there is a group visa fee for the visa. A tourist visa is given in 5 days, for a period of 30 days.

An entry visa is for individuals 40 dollars (USD);

For a group, visas is 15 dollar (USD). For group visas (groups must consist of more than 5 persons excluding children under 16 years old).

While filling out the visa application form, there is a question about the name and address of the inviting party and the question of the address where you will live in Uzbekistan.

On the first question you indicate the name and address of our company:

Payment

Group from

(hotel 4*norm local)

(hotel 3* norm local)

2 pax

£2090

£1815

4 pax

£1780

£1515

6 pax

£1610

£1350

8 pax

£1540

£1285

10 pax

£1460

£1210

Single supplement

£430

£320