Uzbekistan Winter Group Tour 2019-20207 Days | Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand

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Group size: 1 - 10 persons

Please note that the itineraries and prices for the 2019/2020 tours are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations, and other unforeseeable events.

Although Uzbekistan may not seem like the natural choice for a winter holiday, winter is the ideal time to discover the country’s evocative Silk Road cities in peace and tranquillity. On this Uzbekistan Winter Group Tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of caravans as you journey to the fabled trading hub of Samarkand; visit mosques and madrassahs in the 2,000-year-old city of Bukhara; and experience the blend of old and new in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent. Photograph the famous monuments, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, without the crowds and, if you’re very lucky, with a dusting of snow. Depending on your departure date, you may also be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve in local style.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Thu: Tashkent – arrival
 
Arrive in Tashkent. Meet your driver and transfer to the hotel for check-in (from 12:00). Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, Fri: Tashkent – Bukhara
 
At 06:30 transfer to Tashkent train station (packed breakfast provided by the hotel). Take the high-speed Afrosiyob train to Bukhara at 07:28, arriving at 11:20. Transfer to the hotel and check-in to your room to deposit your luggage and take a short break. Then, enjoy a guided walking sightseeing tour of Bukhara’s Old City. Visit the Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, trading domes, Chor-Minor Madrassah, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrassah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, and Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3, Sat: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-khosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir and a unique combination of Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Memorial Complex of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and the Chor-Bakr Necropolis. At 14:50 transfer to Bukhara train station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train to Samarkand, which departs at 15:50 and arrives at 17:25. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 4, Sun: Samarkand
 
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of the fascinating city of Samarkand. Visit the spectacular Registan Square, the remains of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, the Siyob Bazaar, the Ulugbek Observatory, the Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, and the Gur Emir (Tamerlane’s Mausoleum). Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5, Mon: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Breakfast, followed by hotel check-out. Continue the sightseeing tour with visits to the Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Drive to Konigil village to explore the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Then enjoy some free time in Samarkand with a car and driver at your disposal. At 16:00, transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train to Tashkent, which departs at 17:00 and arrives at 19:10. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 6, Tue: Tashkent
 
Breakfast. At 10:00 start a guided sightseeing tour of Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, the largest city in Central Asia. Visit 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 Temur Square and Independence Square, and then explore the State Museum of Applied Art. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.*
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
* On the tour that starts on 26 December, you can also join in the New Year festivities in the public areas of the city (including the city lights and New Year trees), see the fireworks, and/or celebrate the New Year with a special dinner one of Tashkent’s best restaurants. Please contact your travel consultant for restaurant options, menus, and prices.
Day 7, Wed: Tashkent – departure
 
Breakfast, followed by hotel check-out (by 12:00). Transfer to Tashkent International airport. Departure. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City Hotel Nights
Tashkent

Sharq, Praga, Navruz

3
Bukhara

As-Salom, Fatima, Bibikhanum

1
Samarkand

Platan, Grand Samarkand Superior, Sultan

2

 

  • All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by van type car; 8-13 pax by 20-seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour programme with local, English-speaking guides in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy-class ticket for trains Tashkent-Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent (on the rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Bottled mineral water (500ml per person per day);
  • English-speaking tour leader to accompany groups of 6 or more travellers.
  • Tour leader for the whole duration of the tour (unless there are 6 or more travellers);
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Consular fee for Uzbekistan tourist visa (if required);
  • Camera fees charged separately by museums;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.

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