Silk & Spice Festival Tour 20198 Days | Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara

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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.

The Silk and Spices Festival tour to Bukhara is a great opportunity to see folklore performances, Uzbek traditions, traditional clothing from all over the country, concerts, and much more all in one trip. This tour also includes visits to all of the major sights in Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent.
Treat yourself to this festival tour and visit the world of “A Thousand and One Nights”: bright performances, tall minarets, and blue domes. Take advantage of the Silk & Spices Festival to buy handmade silk at a good price, learn how craftsmen pass their trades down through generations, and stroll through the fragrant streets lined with spices. Learn more about the festival here.


Tour itinerary:

Day 1, May 20, Mo: 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 time during the day. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, May 21, Tu: Tashkent – Samarkand
At 12:00 check out from the hotel and start guided 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-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum 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 visit Applied Arts Museum.
At 17:50 transfer to Tashkent railway station. The high-speed train, Afrosiyob, departs for Samarkand at 18:50. Arrival in Samarkand is at 21:00. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 3, May 22, We: Samarkand
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby to start the city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory and Gur Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 4, May 23, Th: Samarkand – Bukhara
Breakfast. Continue sightseeing: visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with a car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Check out from the hotel at 18:00. At 20:00 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 21:00. Arrival in Bukhara at 22:35, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 5, May 24, Fr: Bukhara
At 09:00 meet your guide and join the festival parade. The parade will open the festival “Silk and Spices” and take you back to the Bukhara of centuries ago, when caravans loaded with silk and spices traveled from China to Europe, through mountain passes and empty deserts, stopping only in blooming valleys.
Usually, the festival program includes performances from traditional bands from different regions of Uzbekistan, traditional games and sports, master classes, tasting sessions featuring plov at Palov Sayli, and a fashion show from young Uzbek designers. Simultaneously, you will be able to enjoy beautiful architecture of old Bukhara and listen to its legends. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6, May 25, Sa: Bukhara
At 09:00 meet your guide and continue exploring Bukhara.
Today you will have walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. 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 mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 7, May 26, Su: Bukhara – Tashkent
Check out from the hotel till noon. Free time with the guide. At 14:50 transfer to Bukhara train station. The high-speed train Afrosiyob departs for Tashkent at 15:55. Scheduled arrival is at 19:40. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8, May 27, Mo: Tashkent – departure
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. End of the tour.
  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfast included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy-class tickets for trains Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara-Tashkent (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
  • Starting 6 persons English speaking tour leader from Advantour.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travelers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • Travel insurance.


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

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