Navruz Group Tour 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 19, Tu: Tashkent – arrival
 
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 20, We: Tashkent – Bukhara
 
At 9:00 meet your guide to start sightseeing tour in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex, where the world famous Quran, holy book that belonged to Caliph Uthman, has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Evening flight to Bukhara. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 3, March 21, Th: Bukhara
 
Today we celebrate Navruz holiday with townspeople. 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.
Meet your guide and start walking sightseeing trip in Bukhara. Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Free time.
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 22, Fr: Bukhara
 
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 5, March 23, Sa: 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 6, March 24, Su: 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 7, March 25, Mo: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and continue sightseeing Samarkand. Explore Afrasiab 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 16:30. The high-speed Afrosiyob train departs at 17:30. Arrival in Tashkent at 19:40. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 8, March 26, Tue: Tashkent – departure
 
Transfer to Tashkent International airport. End of the tour.
  • 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 (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Travel insurance.

 

Accommodation:

Tashkent - 2 nights
Ichan Qala, Sharq, Bek or similar
Bukhara - 3 nights
As-Salom, K.Komil, Volida or similar
Samarkand - 2 nights
City, Sultan, Platan or similar

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