Navruz Group Tour 2017 in Uzbekistan8 Days | Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand

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Navruz (in Farsi “New day”) is one of the oldest and beloved holidays in Central Asia. Navruz is a holiday of spring arrival celebrated on 21 March, on the day of vernal equinox. Historically, this day symbolizes the beginning of the new year, rebirth of nature, start of a planting season. Before people of these farming lands would celebrate this holiday by arranging outdoor merrymaking, racing, cock- and dogfights. In Uzbekistan, there is a beautiful tradition of preparing national dish from wheat sprouts – sumalak. It tastes like a sweet wheat cream. Traditional festive table (dastarkhan) should be rich as there is a saying: as your table is, so it will be the next year. We cordially invite you to spend festive days of Navruz with hospitable people of Uzbekistan and visit oldest cities of our wonderful country.

Group size: Max - 14 persons. Min - 4 persons
Single supplement: $150

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, March 18, Saturday: Arrival in Tashkent
 
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Free day in Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, March 19, Sunday: Tashkent
 
At 9:00 meet your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla-Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chor-Su Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Temur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 3, March 20, Monday: Tashkent – Bukhara (1 hour, 45 minutes)
 
At 07:45 meet your group and the driver at the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent domestic airport. Flight HY 1321 departs for Bukhara at 09:15. Arrival in Bukhara at 10:25. Transfer to the hotel for breakfast. Later meet your guide and start walking sightseeing tour. Spend your day in fascinating Old Bukhara which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Explore Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes, Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Chor-Minor Madrasah. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 4, March 21, Tuesday: Bukhara
 
Today we celebrate Navruz holiday with townspeople. Start the second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Participation in street festivities, during the day - you will be able to feel the spirit of the holiday on the streets of old Bukhara, visit streets’ small improvised concerts with national songs and dances. Then visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last Emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor Bakr necropolis. Dinner at national house, with traditional Navruz dishes in menu: kuk somsa (small patty with greens) and sumalak. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5, March 22, Wednesday: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand (290 km, 4hrs)
 
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand. En-route stop in Gijduvan to visit local pottery masters workshop. Participate in a master class on making a pottery. Lunch in Gijduvan. In the afternoon continue driving to Samarkand. Check in the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6, March 23, Thursday: Samarkand
 
At 9:00 start sightseeing tour in Samarkand. 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 7, March 24, Friday: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and continue sightseeing Samarkand. Explore Afrosiyab Museum and the tomb of Saint Daniel. Visit to paper making factory Koni Ghil, where you will have a possibility to get acquainted with tradition of silk paper producing in Uzbekistan.
Transfer to the railway station at 16:00. Fast going train “Afrosiyob” departs Samarkand for Tashkent at 17:00. Arrival in Tashkent at 19:10. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 8, March 25, Saturday: Tashkent – departure
 
Transfer to Tashkent International airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Hotels

Tashkent - 3 nights

Shodlik, Le Grande Plaza, Uzbekistan

Samarkand - 2 nights

Platan, City, Malika Prime, Billuri Sitora, Jahongir, Caravan Serail

Bukhara - 2 nights

KukeldashMinzifa, K.Komil, Amulet, Siyavush 

 

  • Transportation throughout the tour, including all airports/train stations pick up and drop offs (1-2 pax by sedan, 3-8 pax by van, 9-14 pax minibus);
  • Accommodation based on double room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • Entrance tickets to the sights, museums, mausoleums;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent–Bukhara;
  • Economy class ticket for train Samarkand–Tashkent;
  • Dinner in a national guest-house (Bukhara);
  • Pottery master class and lunch at the workshop;
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • English-speaking tour leader to accompany group of 6 travellers and more.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour(less than 6 persons);
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Travel insurance.

 


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