Navruz Group Tour 2018-2019 in Uzbekistan8 Days | Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand

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Group size: 1 - 14 persons

Please note that itinerary and price on 2019 tour are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

Navruz is celebrated on March 21st, the vernal equinox, and symbolizes the beginning of a new year, the rebirth of nature, and the start of a new planting season. The Navruz Group Tour will bring you into the festive atmosphere in cities, where you can enjoy small improvised street shows and traditional songs and dances. Make sure to try sumalak, a dish cooked from wheat sprouts that’s only made on Navruz, or sit down for a meal at a dastarkhan, a table richly laid with foods (tradition says that the coming year will be as rich as your dastarkhan on Navruz). We cordially invite you to spend the festive days of Navruz with us and the welcoming people of Uzbekistan as you visit the most beautiful and oldest cities of our wonderful country.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, March 17, Sa: 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 18, Su: Tashkent – Bukhara
 
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 3, March 19, Mo: 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 – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last Emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the 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 4, March 20, Tu: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand
 
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (290 km, 4hrs). En-route stop in Gijduvan to visit a local pottery masters workshop. Participate in a master class and have lunch. In the afternoon continue driving to Samarkand. Check in the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5, March 21, We: Samarkand
 
At 9:00 start sightseeing tour in Samarkand. Visit a spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 6, March 22, Th: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and continue sightseeing Samarkand. Explore Afrosiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Visit to paper making factory Konigil, where you will learn how paper from mulberry is produced in a traditional way.
Transfer to the railway station at 16:00. The high-speed Afrosiyob train departs 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 7, March 23, Fr: Tashkent
 
At 9:00 meet your guide to start sightseeing tour 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-KhanTilla-Sheikh MosqueMausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 8, March 24, Sa: Tashkent – departure
 
Transfer to Tashkent International airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Hotels

Tashkent - 3 nights

Gloria, SharqShodlik

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 letter for Uzbekistan 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 (lunch and dinner);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Travel insurance.

 

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Tashkent - 3 nights
Ichan Qala, Sharq or similarMiran, City Palace or similar
Samarkand - 2 nights
City, Billuri Sitora or similarSultan, Platan or similar
Bukhara - 2 nights
As-Salom, K.Komil or similarOmar Khayam, Asia Bukhara or similar

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