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Samarkand and Bukhara Tour from Almaty

Samarkand and Bukhara Tour from Almaty is a well-planned excursion packed with sightseeing in two of the most glorious cities along the Great Silk Road. This unique route offers comfort and convenience all along the way so that you can relax and enjoy the sites of Uzbekistan which have been inspiring travelers for centuries.
A quick plane ride from Almaty, Kazakhstan will bring you to the azure splendor of ancient Samarkand to eat famous Uzbek pilaf and tour the mausoleums and palaces which earned the city a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001. Continue via high-speed train to the quiet streets of medieval Bukhara, where your guide will introduce you to Lyabi-Hauz, Ark Fortress, Chor-Minor Madrasah, the Trade Domes and other significant historical sights.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Almaty – Samarkand
 
Fly from Almaty to Samarkand on Air Astana flight KC 121, departing at 11:20 am and arriving at 11:55 am (1hr, 35min).
12:00: Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport to take you to a local teahouse for a pilaf lunch.
Samarkand pilaf, which is famous for the way in which its ingredients are uniquely layered, remains a favorite with local and international tourists.
14:00: Check-in at the hotel.
16:00: Begin your tour of Samarkand at Bibi Khanum Mosque, built in honor of the beloved wife of Amir Timur, Samarkand’s famous 14th-century ruler. Continue to the exquisite Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, where a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, Kusam Ibn Abbas, is buried in the main tomb.
End the day at Registan, the main historical site of Samarkand which consists of a square surrounded on 3 sides by majestic madrasahs whose portals face the plaza. Each of the three buildings has its own unique design.
After dinner, return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.
Tour duration: approximately 4 hours
Day 2: Samarkand – Bukhara
 
After breakfast, head to the Samarkand railway station to take the Afrosiyob fast train to Bukhara, departing at 8:50am and arriving at 11:19am (270km). Transfer to the hotel and begin your walking tour of Bukhara, stopping for lunch along the way.
The tour includes Lyabi-Hauz Complex, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, Trade Domes, Kalyan Minaret and Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah, Abdulazizkhan Madrasah, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samanids Mausoleum and Chashma Ayub Mausoleum.
Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.
Tour duration: 6-7 hours
Day 3: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
At 9am, check out of the hotel and drive to the countryside to see Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, the summer palace of the last Bukharan emir whose magnificent architecture intricately combines elements of oriental and Russian decor.
Continue to Mausoleum of Bakhautdin Naqshbandi, the founder of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order, and to Chor-Bakr Necropolis, where the Juybar Sufi sheikhs are buried.
Transfer to the railway station at 14:40 to catch the Afrosiyob train to Samarkand, departing at 15:52 and arriving at 17:25. Your driver will meet you at the station for transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.
Tour duration: 3-4 hours
Day 4: Samarkand – Almaty
 
After breakfast, check out of the hotel before your excursion in Samarkand. Today you will visit Siab Bazaar, where you can buy local sweets, fresh fruits and national souvenirs. Visit Ulugbek Observatory, built by a grandson of Amir Timur who was known as a great scientist and ruler of Samarkand in the Middle Ages. Proceed to Tomb of the Prophet Daniel before driving to the village of Konigil, where you can observe the ancient process of making Samarkand paper from mulberry trees.
At 15:45, transfer to the airport for flight KC 122 to Almaty, departing at 17:45 and arriving at 20:10 (1hr, 25min). End of Samarkand and Bukhara Tour from Almaty.
Tour duration: 4-5 hours
  • Airport and train station transfers (1-2 people in sedan; 3-7 people in minivan; 8-13 people in a 30-seater bus; 14+ people in a 45-seater bus);
  • Accommodation in a double/twin room with breakfast (3 nights);
  • Guided tours in Samarkand and/or Bukhara each day;
  • Entrance fees to all sites listed in the program;
  • Economy-class tickets for Samarkand-Bukhara-Samarkand trains (in rare cases when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace it with 1st-class seats on the regular train).
  • Tour guide to accompany travelers for the full duration of the tour;
  • Round-trip airline tickets from Almaty to Samarkand;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Gratuities;
  • Travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Bukhara - 1 night
Bibikhanum or similar
Samarkand - 2 nights
Platan or similar

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