Navruz Group Tour 202011 Days | Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

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Group size: 1 - 16 persons

Please note that itinerary and price on tour are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

Navruz (also called Noruz, Nowruz, Nowrooz, and Nawruz) is celebrated on March 21, the spring equinox, and symbolises the beginning of a new year, the rebirth of nature, and the start of a new planting season. This Navruz Small Group Tour of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will immerse you in the festive atmosphere in ancient cities where you can enjoy small, improvised street shows and traditional songs and dances. Make sure to try sumalyak, a special dish made from germinated wheat grains that is only made for Navruz, or sit down for a shared Navruz meal at a dastarkhan, a table richly laid with foods (tradition says that the coming year will be as rich as your Navruz dastarkhan). Share this exciting time of year with us and the hospitable people of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as you participate in the Navruz festivities while discovering the history and architecture of fascinating Silk Road cities.


Tour itinerary:

Day 1, March 20, Fr: Dushanbe – arrival (Tajikistan)
Upon arrival in Dushanbe, meet your driver and transfer to the hotel for check-in (from 12:00). Relax until lunch, before taking a sightseeing tour of Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital. During the tour, visit the Tajikistan National Museum of Antiquities, which hosts the famous statue of Buddha in Nirvana, and the National Museum of Tajikistan. Continue to the Botanical Garden, one of Dushanbe residents’ favourite leisure venues, to enjoy the spring flowers. End the afternoon by exploring a local bazaar, where you’ll be able to feel the real Tajik spirit, witness the eastern art of trading, and see locals shopping for the Navruz holiday. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4 hours
Day 2, March 21, Sa: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
After breakfast, spend the ancient Persian holiday of Navruz in traditional Tajik style with the local people in and around Dushanbe. A highlight will be seeing how the famous Navruz dish, sumalyak, is made from germinated wheat grains put in a large pot and stirred for a whole day by the women. Enjoy a traditional Navruz lunch in a local “house-restaurant”, with the chance to try dishes such as sambusa (puff-pastry stuffed with meat or greens) and sabzi (vegetables). Continue to the Hissar Fortress (30 km from Dushanbe), where you can see the Kukhna Madrassah. Then watch a game of kupkari (also called buzkashi or ulak), a unique equestrian sport that is traditionally played on Navruz. Return to Dushanbe and visit Rudaki Park and the Kokhi Navruz Centre (also called the “Navruz Palace”, this is an opulent building decorated with intricate wood carvings, painted ceilings, mosaics, and mirrors, and a large garden with fountains and summer pavilions). Finish the tour by visiting the mosque of Hoji Yakub, the Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, and the Statue of Ismail Samani with your guide. In the public areas of the city, you may get to see other Navruz festivities like traditional dance performances, music, and art and craft displays, as well as locals dressed in their traditional clothes. End the day with dinner at the home of a Tajik family. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4 hours
Day 3, March 22, Su: Dushanbe – Iskanderkul – Khujand (Tajikistan)
Breakfast, then drive to Iskanderkul Lake (360 km, ~ 6 hours). This crater lake, at 2,195 metres above sea level, is one of Tajikistan’s signature sights. According to legend, it was named after Alexander the Great (who was known as “Iskander” in the East). People say that he travelled via this lake from India to Central Asia. Have lunch at a local chaikhana (tea house), then continue driving to Khujand. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4, March 23, Mo: Khujand (Tajikistan)
Breakfast, followed by a sightseeing tour of the old Silk Road city of Khujand. Visit the Republican Historical-Ethnographic Museum, the Timur-Malik Fortress, the Historical Museum of Archaeology and Fortification, the Mosque and Madrassah of Shaikh Muslihiddin, and the Payshanba Bazaar. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue the Navruz celebrations and enjoy some free time to relax or keep exploring. The last activity for the day is a masterclass on cooking the centrepiece of Central Asian cuisine – plov. You’ll then get the chance to try the plov for dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 5, March 24, Tu: Khujand – Penjikent (Tajikistan)
After an early breakfast, check out of the hotel. Drive to Penjikent (260 km, 5-6 hours), stopping for lunch on the way. After checking in to your hotel in Penjikent, meet your guide for a sightseeing tour. First visit the Rudaki Museum (Penjikent is the birthplace of Abu Abdullah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian poetry). Afterwards, explore Ancient Penjikent, the ruins of a town founded by the Sogdians in the 5th century and abandoned by Arabs in the 8th century. The foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples, and the remains of the city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3 hours
Day 6, March 25, We: Penjikent – Samarkand (Tajikistan/Uzbekistan)
Breakfast, then drive to the Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border crossing point at Jartepa (130 km). Complete the border formalities at both checkpoints, meet your Uzbek driver, and transfer to the hotel in Samarkand. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Samarkand to explore the spectacular Registan Square, the remains of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, and the Siyob Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 7, March 26, Th: Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
After breakfast, continue sightseeing in Samarkand. Visit the Ulugbek Observatory, the Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, and the Gur Emir (Tamerlane’s mausoleum). Then drive to Konigil village to discover the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Afterwards, enjoy some free time in Samarkand with a car and driver at your disposal. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 8, March 27, Fr: Samarkand – Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
After breakfast, drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 hours*), stopping on the way at the Rabati-Malik Caravanserai. Upon arrival in Bukhara, check in to your hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring Bukhara’s fascinating Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, explore the Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, trading domes, Chor-Minor Madrassah, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrassah, and Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassahs. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
*In vans and buses, the drive is about 1 hour longer than this
Day 9, March 28, Sa: Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast. Start your second day in Bukhara with visits to the Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, and Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums. Then visit Sitorai-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir and a unique combination of Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Memorial Complex of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 10, March 29, Su: Bukhara – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
After breakfast, take the morning flight to Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital and the largest city in Central Asia. Meet your guide for a sightseeing tour of the Old City, which includes the Khast-Imam Complex and Chorsu Bazaar. Within the Khast-Imam Complex, see the world-famous Quran of Caliph Uthman and visit the Madrassah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi, and Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore the vibrant Chorsu Bazaar. Travel to the city centre on the architecturally impressive Tashkent Metro, walk around Amir Timur Square and Independence Square, and then explore the State Museum of Applied Art. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 11, March 30, Mo: Tashkent – departure (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast, followed by hotel check-out (by 12:00). Free time to relax, continue exploring the city, or do some last-minute shopping until your transfer to Tashkent International Airport (you may store your luggage at the hotel in the meantime). Departure. End of the tour.
  • All transfers, including airport/train station pick-ups and drop-offs: 3-7 pax by minivan/van, 8-14 pax by 20-seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners) in Tajikistan;
  • Sightseeing tour programme with local, English-speaking guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy-class ticket for flight Bukhara-Tashkent;
  • Bottled mineral water (500ml per person per day);
  • English-speaking tour leader to accompany group of 8 or more travellers.
  • Tour leader for the whole duration of the tour (unless there are 8 or more travellers);
  • Full board (lunches and dinners) in Uzbekistan;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Fees for e-visas (if required);
  • Camera fees charged separately by museums;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.



Dushanbe - 2 nights
Khujand - 2 nights
Khujand Deluxe or similar
Penjikent - 1 night
Sugd or Umariyon
Samarkand - 2 nights
Platan, Meros, Orient Star or similar
Bukhara - 2 nights
As-Salom, K.Komil, Volida or similar
Tashkent - 1 night
Sharq, Navruz, Praga or similar

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