Silkroad to Samarkand | Uzbekistan

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The Silkroad to Samarkand

Discover Uzbekistan, a historic crossroads on the Great Silk Route's path across Central Asia, and explore the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent.

4 Nights
From SGD 727Per Person

Silkroad to Samarkand

Upon arrival in Tashkent, transfer to hotel for check-in.

Then go out for dinner at a local restaurant followed by a short excursion drive through the night city.

Overnight at Hotel.

Meals: Dinner

After early breakfast, transfer to the local airport to catch a flight to Urgench.

Transfer 30km to Khiva, and check-in at the hotel.

After a short rest, half-day sightseeing tour of Khiva.

Khiva is the museum under the open sky. Visit the inner town Ichan Kala to see Kalta Minor, Kunya Ark, Madrassah Rakhimkhon, Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud - the religious centre of Ichan-Qala. It was formed around the tomb of Khiva's patron Pahlavan-Mahmud (1247-1326). He was a poet, philosopher and wrestler, Islam Khodja minaret and enjoy view of whole ancient Khiva.

Continue city tour of Khiva and visit Friday mosque and Tashauli Palace/harem.

Overnight at Khiva.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Morning drive to Bukhara via famous Kizil Kum desert (Red Sands). See desert flora and fauna; unique saksaul trees and other desert vegetation, different kind mammals. Stop attheAmudarya river bank.

Continue drive to Bukhara. Upon arrival in Bukhara check-in at your pre-booked hotel.

Overnight at Bukhara.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Bukhara, the former capital and a centre of Islamic learning, has over 300 mosques and was known as the holiest city in Asia with its 80 Madrassah.

Full day sightseeing tour of Bukhara.
Visit Lab-i-khauz ensemble, the pool and chaikhana of which is the modern centre of traditional Uzbekistan.

Visit Madrassah Nadir Devanbegi, Nadir Devanbegi Khanaga, Mogaki Attari Mosque, Poi Kalon Minaret and mosque, see Madrassahs Aziz Khan and Ulugbek.

Here you will see a unique collection of ancient Susanne and taste one of delicious national dishes, cooked specially for you by homeowners.

Later visit Ark Fortress, Balakhauz mosque, the mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, ChashmaAyub.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After breakfast, morning excursion to Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum - famous Sufi spiritual leader of this region in 14th century. Bahouddin Naqshband's cult was highly venerated among folks. The rulers, too, paid a considerable attention to this architectural ensemble.

Later drive to Samarkand. En route visit Gijduvan - visit the house of famous potter Alisher. We see all the processes from clay to pottery making. Gijduvan pottery is famous for unique colouration and techniques.

Upon arrival to Samarkand check-in hotel and rest.

Overnight at Samarkand.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Full day exploring Samarkand.

Morning visit Gur Emir - mausoleum of Great Tamerlane.

Later visit Registan Square which was for many centuries the heart of Samarkand. See the three beautiful madrassahs: the Ulug-BekMadrassah built in the fifteenth century; the Tillya-KoriMadrassah built in the seventeenth century; the Sher-DorMadrassah, also built in the seventeenth century.

Afternoon visit the grandest structure of Amir Temur's times is the chief Friday Mosque called Bibi-Khanum, Silk Road bazaar and ShahiZinda necropolis. The historical core of this ensemble is the mausoleum of Kusamibn Abbas, Muhammad's cousin, who, according to Arab chronicles, arrived in Samarkand in 676. There he disseminated Islamic ideas. Afterwards, visit of excavations and museum of the ancient city Afrosiab and Ulugbek's observatory located at the entrance to Samarkand. Among historical monuments of Samarkand observatory takes particular place, constructed by Ulugbek (Grandson of the Great Amir Temur) in 1428-1429.

Late afternoon transfer to the railway station to take the train ((AFROSIYOB Train 18.00-20.10) to Tashkent.

On arrival transfer to hotel.

Overnight at Tashkent.

After breakfast, a full-day excursion around the city.

Excursion to the old part of the city to visit the Khast Imam Square - which is the place where relics of the Muslim world are collected. It is the religious centre of Tashkent and a place of worship for Muslim pilgrims. Khast Imam is located in the old Tashkent city, within blocks of small mud houses. Barak-Khan (XVI cent.), Tilla-Sheikh Mosque (XIX century), Mausoleum of St. Kaffal Shashi (XV cent.) and Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari, where future preachers are taught are located there, on Hast-Imam Square.

A rich library of oriental manuscripts is also located there. The world-famous Koran of Caliph Osman has been preserved here. Ottoman Koran is known as the primary source of Islam holy book that was written in the middle of VII century period.

Later visit Kukeldash Madrassah and Chorsu bazaar, the oldest market in Tashkent. Hundreds of years ago it was one of the busiest bazaars in Central Asia, located on the silk route. The location hasn't changed in all these years but the old buildings have been replaced by modern buildings.

After excursion transfer to the airport for departure flight.

Land Cost

Price per person in SGD

7D Silkroad to Samarkand

Valid from Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2018.
No. of PersonsPriceTransport
021643Sedan car (3 seats)
03-041542Van (06-12 seats)
05-061291Van (06-12 seats)
07-091257Coaster (18-22 seats)
10-111157Coaster (18-22 seats)
12-131106Coaster (18-22 seats)
14-151140Coach (35-45 seats)
Single Supplement215
6NTASTT180202

Inclusions

  • Domestic airfare within Uzbekistan, inclusive of airport taxes
  • Uzbekistan visa support; Visa fee of USD 40 per person payable on arrival in Tashkent
  • Twin-share accommodation in selected 4* hotels
  • Full-board meals; 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Tours and transfers in comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Samarkand-Tashkent "Afrosiyob Train" - 2nd class seats
  • Professional English-speaking escort guide
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • 1-litre mineral water per person daily
  • Tipping for guide and driver

Exclusions

  • Air passage to/from Tashkent. Please check with us for attractive tour-based airfare between Singapore and Tashkent.
  • Uzbekistan visa fee (USD 40) to be paid directly by clients at Immigration/Customs at Tashkent airport
  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, drinks, phone calls, internet access, etc.)
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package Inclusions