Bukhara and Samarkand

Bukhara, Samarkand

The amazing Four-Day Cultural Uzbekistan Tour: Uz-1 is a unique possibility to plunge into the atmosphere of ancient cities – Bukhara and Samarkand, that managed to preserve architectural monuments of ruling epochs of powerful dynasties of the Middle Ages. The Samarkand tour program includes a visit of world-famous Registan Square – the center of the capital of the old-time powerful empire founded by Tamerlane, Shakhi-Zinda Complex – one of the sanctuaries of the Islamic world with the shrine of Kusam ibn Abbas, a Prophet Muhammad’s cousin brother, Gur-Emir Mausoleum of the Temurid dynasty and other unique monuments. You will also visit Holy Bukhara. Over two thousand years this city, as a mainstay of Islam, has been acquiring its inimitable look. The Samanid Mausoleum, Kalyan Minaret, Ark Citadel and Lyabi-Khauz pond are still cultic structures and symbols of Holy Bukhara up to date.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – Bukhara

Transfer to local airport in Tashkent. Morning flight to Bukhara (605 km, 1 h. 45 min.). Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Leave your luggage at the hotel. Check in at noon. Take a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in historic center of Bukhara which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, legendary Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Enjoy free time in Old City. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 2: Bukhara – Samarkand

Continue sightseeing tour with a guide. Drive out of the city to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, and visit Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik dating back to 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon, check in to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours

Day 3: Samarkand

Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby and start sightseeing. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 4: Samarkand – Tashkent

Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue city tour: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. At 16:00 transfer to railway station to take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 19:10. Pick-up and transfer to hotel/private residence. End of the tour.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Price includes:

  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy-class ticket for flight Tashkent-Bukhara;
  • Business/Economy-class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent as per option;
  • Starting 8 persons English speaking tour leader from Advantour;
  • Starting 10 persons +1 person travels free of charge accommodated in single room.

Price does not include:

  • Tour leader to accompany travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Travel insurance.