Uzbekistan Astronomical Tour2 Days | Tashkent, Samarkand

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Take a magical journey to the stars with the Uzbekistan Astronomical Tour. Start with the Tashkent Planetarium and the Museum of Astronomy, and learn about the modern astronomical activities of Uzbekistan. Day two is a trip to Samarkand, and a dive into the history of astronomy in Central Asia. Though the tour visits many of the main sights in Samarkand (including Registan Square and Bibi Khanum Mosque), the center of the tour is Ulugbek’s Observatory, which was one of the most important observatories of the day, and made a number of important discoveries and calculations. Finish up the tour with a walk through the museum at the observatory and visit a shop that shows traditional textiles with patterns that are tied to the space and galaxies. The Astronomical Tour is the best tour to discover Uzbekistan’s long scientific heritage and visit the places and people that made it all happen.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent
 
In the morning meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby to take a head to the Institute of Material science “Physics-Sun" in Parkent village (45 km, 30 min). The Institute has a unique scientific object of a Large Solar Furnace with the capacity of 1000 kW. Return to Tashkent.
After you will visit Planetarium to watch the sky and the planets, the meteors, black holes, comets of various sizes, the stars and twelve signs of the zodiac. In the afternoon continue sightseeing. Visit to Museum of Astronomy at Astronomical Institute. There are telescopes, octant, reflector and marine chronometer at the museum. You will have a chance to watch the sun at the Observatory. After dinner, drive back to the Observatory to enjoy the stars at night. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand – Tashkent
 
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to the railway station. The high-speed Afrosiyob train departs from Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station. Samarkand city tour includes visits to a spectacular Registan Square, Bibi-Khanum Mosque and Suzani shop to talk about the patterns intertwined with the space and galaxy. Further, you will visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Ulugbek Observatory that was considered as one of the most important observatories of the Middle Ages. The next stop will be Memorial Museum of Mirzo Ulugbek. The museum exhibits some pieces from Ulugbek’s heritage.
Back to the railway station at 16:30. The train departs from Samarkand at 17:00 and arrives in Tashkent at 19:10. Transfer to the hotel. End of the tour.
  • Train station transfers 1-3 pax by sedan type car; other transfers 3-7 pax by van type car;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • Transport to/from the train station and throughout the tour;
  • Economy-class tickets for train Tashkent-Samarkand-Tashkent.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Accommodation in Tashkent;
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Travel insurance.

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