Uzbekistan Food Tour10 Days | Tashkent, Samarkand, Gijduvan, Bukhara, Khiva

Uzbekistan Food Tour

Discover delicious Uzbekistan with an unforgettable gourmet tour that will delight your taste buds and significantly expand the horizons of your knowledge and palate. The Uzbekistan Food Tour will reveal the secrets of local cuisine, and you’ll learn how to cook some Uzbek dishes for yourself: filling patir non (traditional bread), rich pilaf, hearty shurpa, and more. Visit bazaars to see how food has been sold for centuries, and dine on the best Uzbek foods in restaurants in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the sights of these famous cities in between dishes of shashlyk (kebabs roasted over coals), lagman (thick homemade noodles served with lamb and vegetable stew), samosa (puff pastry stuffed with meat), and hanum (dough rolled around shredded potatoes and ground meat). The Uzbekistan Food Tour is a tour that you (and your stomach) won’t be soon to forget.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – arrival
 
Arrival in Tashkent. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Standard check in time is after 14:00. Meet with your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya-Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to visit Applied Arts Museum and walk through Navoi Theater to Amir Timur Square where you will end Tashkent city tour. During the tour stop at Plov center for lunch (working hours 12:00 – 13:00). Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand
 
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station. The high-speed train Afrosiyob departs Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station. The tour begins with a visit to Ulugbek Observatory, where part of the sextant from the 15th century is preserved. Continue to Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque. Walking through an alley with souvenir shops, you will reach the spectacular Registan Square which has been the center of Samarkand for many centuries. During sightseeing you will have a chance to visit the colorful Siab bazaar, eastern market. Siab bazaar is the largest and the oldest marketplace in Samarkand. Its stalls offer to try and haggle for vegetables, fruits, nuts, oriental sweets, spices, cereals. The market houses rows of street food cafes that offer national dishes, most of them cooked on firewood. You will find there shashlyk (barbeque, usually from minced and diced beef), pilaf (Uzbek signature dish similar to Indian briani), lagman (hot noodle soup with beef and vegetables topping), shurpa (soup with rather big pieces of red meat and vegetables), samsa (stuffed puff pastry), khanum (steamed rolled dough with some shredded potato). The last point of interest to be visited is Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the final resting place of Timur, a great emperor.
After the sightseeing drive to the wine factory named after Khovrenko for wine degustation. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3: Samarkand
 
In the morning your driver will take you to national guest house where master class on cooking Samarkand pilaf will be conducted. After lunch continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 4: Samarkand – Gijduvan – Bukhara
 
At 08:50 am transfer to the Railway station to get the fast-going train departing to Bukhara at 09:50 am. Upon arrival a Bukhara at 11:20 transfer to Gijduvan (48 km, 1h). Stop in Gijduvan to visit the Gijduvan Ceramics Center and Workshop. The owner of the center is Alisher Narzullaev, one of the most well-known and respected ceramics masters of modern Uzbekistan.
Activities at the center include:
  • Tour of the ceramic embroidery workshops, including displays of the accompanying technology;
  • Master Classes on ceramic embroidery;
  • Ceramics Museum, displaying works from five generations of potters;
  • Gallery of ceramics;
  • Cooking master class, where you’ll make a traditional Uzbek dish and bake Gijduvan bread.
In the afternoon, continue driving to Bukhara (48km, 1hr). Arrive in Bukhara and check in to the hotel.
Spend your afternoon in fascinating Old Bukhara that has been listed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 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. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 5: Bukhara
 
Start your second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Then visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site that combines Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi. You will have master class on cooking shurpa (soup with rather big pieces of red meat and vegetables) or mampar (soup with diced red meat, vegetables and plain dough). Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 6: Bukhara – Vabkent – Bukhara
 
At 10 am transfer to Shirin Ethno House situated at Vabkent village, 30 km from Bukhara. Today you will cook national soup Nohat shurak (nohat-shorak) is a chickpea soup with meat and “Somsa”, stuffed puff pastry for lunch. Spend your day with a local family, preparing apricot kernels and seeing the cotton collection site at the village.
In the evening return to Bukhara hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Bukhara – Khiva
 
At 9 am depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya River. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
*As the cafés and restaurants on the way are basic and offer limited menus, you may wish to take a packed lunch on this trip (your hotel or guide can help you arrange this the day before).
**Some parts of the road are not in the best condition.
Day 8: Khiva
 
At 9 am meet your guide at the hotel lobby. Today you will visit Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum and Islam-Khoja minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Master class on cooking tukhumbarak (unusual Khiva ravioli stuffed with raw eggs) at national house of Zaravshan-opa. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 9: Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent
 
In the morning transfer to Urgench airport (30 km, 35 min.) for flight to Tashkent (1093 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Upon arrival you will be met by the driver, who will take you to Chorsu Bazaar – one of the oldest bazaars in Uzbekistan. On counters of this oriental Bazaar you can find almost everything: fresh fruits, amber-colored dried fruits, Uzbek bread (Non) with delicious smell and many other things. They all are so attractive that one can’t pass by them. Your Uzbekistan food tour will be summed up with a very local lunch here. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Tashkent – departure
 
Check out by 12:00. Free time till transfer to the international airport. Departure. End of Uzbekistan Food Tour.
  • All transfers by sedan type car (1-2 pax), by minivan (3-5 pax) ;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Tickets for trains Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Urgench-Tashkent;
  • Meals: lunch in Tashkent on Day 1, wine degustation in Samarkand on Day 2, lunch in Samarkand on Day 3, lunch in Gijduvan on Day 4, dinner in Bukhara on Day 5, lunch and dinner at Vabkent village on Day 6, dinner in Khiva on Day 8, lunch in Tashkent on Day 9;
  • Cooking master classes: in Samarkand on Day 3, in Gijduvan on Day 4, in Bukhara on Day 5, at Vabkent on Day 6, in Khiva on Day 8.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Deluxe Option
Tashkent - 2 nights
Ateca, Navruz, Moderno, Praga, MilanHampton by Hilton, Wyndham Tashkent, Courtyard by Marriot, PanaramsHyatt Regency, Hilton
Samarkand - 2 nights
Gur Emir Palace, Jahongir Premium, Silk Road Empire, Bibikhanum, City, Asia Samarkand, UsmanEast Star, Zarafshon Parkside, Dilimah, Royal, Medina, Sultan, PlatanMovenpick, Hilton Garden Inn
Bukhara - 3 nights
Minzifa, As-Salom, Bibikhanum, K.Komil, Fatima, Amulet, Lyabi House, Sasha & Son, KavsarParadise Plaza, Omar Khayam, Asia Bukhara, Minorai-KalonMercure Old Town Bukhara, Shakhristan, Wyndham
Khiva - 2 nights
Zarafshon Boutique, Erkin Palace, Orient Star, Muso TuraZarafshon Boutique, Asia Khiva, Orient Star, Erkin PalaceFaravon

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