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«UNDER BLUE DOMES OF MARAKANDA FROM MUMBAI»

Marakanda or Samarkand is one of the most ancient cities in the world, founded during the middle of the first century BC under the name of Marakanda, later it was called as Afrosiab.


  • Date of tour : 08.11.2018
  • Our tours: -
  • Destinations: Uzbekistan
  • Duration: 8 дней/7 ночей
  • Route: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva - Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent
  • Sender: Samarkand Star Tour



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Brief description: Marakanda or Samarkand is one of the most ancient cities in the world, founded during the middle of the first century BC under the name of Marakanda, later it was called as Afrosiab. The city of legends, where Aladdin lived and the old caravan routs passed, where traders from East found customers from the West. The city which is unbelievably picturesque, it amazes everyone with its beauty and style. Samarkand was conquered by the troops of Alexander the Great, the Arab Caliphate and Genghis Khan. It was the capital of the most powerful state of Sogd, and meanwhile it became the center of Amir Temur's great empire. Temur was the ruler who cared about the beauty of the city and its strength as a major capital city in the region. The number of monuments in Samarkand and its suburbs impress tourists with the beauty and splendor. The majestic Registan square consists of three will attract any tourist. The myths of the city live nowadays in the hearts of the people. Multicultural difference of the city with the different religions, ethnics and nationality makes the city unique place. This is the place where ethnic Jews live in peaceful neighborhood with ethnic Arabs and Iranians, where Christianity is welcomed as well as Islam and Judaism, where peace is not something what people fight for, but the daily life, that is the place of fairy-tale with perfect and ancient history and kind traditions of the people. The tour will also present Blessed Bukhara, which is well known in the Islamic it was known the Muslim East since ancient times. More than 140 architectural monuments can be seen here, and of the major blue-domed minarets one would have to start with that is of course, Kalyan Minaret which was built in 1127. This unique construction’s height is 47 meters. The most striking feature of the minaret is its intricate ornamentation. But that is not all; there is great number of architectural buildings and monuments which deserve one’s attention. Well, it would not be easy to convince you that Uzbekistan is likely the most attractive place for your next vacation, unless... you realize what will be waiting for you here, aware of untold exciting opportunities found in traveling to the friendly and exotic world of Orient, and know what treats to anticipate for!

 

Day-by-day program:

Day 1:

Tuesday

Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent from Mumbai by flight HY 428 Mumbai - Tashkent (07: 45-11: 10). You will be met by our representative with meeting board “SAMARKAND STAR TOUR”. Transfer to hotel. Lunch. After lunch we will start from the exploring of Old city: visit Khast Imam Complex with Barak Khan Medressa, Mausoleum of Yunus Khan & Kafal-Al-Shashi. Next to the Old city under the green dome lies Chorsu Bazaar - one of the largest and oldest in Central Asia. Behind the bazaar is Kukeldash Medressa – an Islamic school that located beside the Juma Mosque dated back to 15th century. Also, we visit Abdul Kasim Medressa where we can see a lot of souvenirs workshops. Dinner. Free time. Night in Tashkent.

Day 2:

Wednesday

Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva - 1050 km (1050 km by air):

At 05:00 transfer to the airport for an early flight to Urgench HY 051 (07:25 - 08:55). Transfer to Khiva and hotel accommodation.

Khiva – is a beautiful and ancient town and perfect for exploring by walk, with impressive four walls at the centre of each side of the old city. Upon entering through its gates we are welcome by high minarets and many medressas. We visit many of these monuments including the Kalta Minor Minaret and Mohammed Rakhim Khan Medressa, Juma Mosque (XVII c.), the Islom-Khodja complex includes mosque and minaret, the Kuhna Ark, which was the main fortress, the Pakhlavon Mahmud Mausoleum complex and Toza Bog Palace, which was the summer palace of Mohammed Rakhim Khan II. After excursion, free time. Night in Khiva.

Day 3:

Thursday

Khiva - Bukhara (450km )

After breakfast, transfer to Bukhara via Kizil Kum desert and Amu-Darya river.

Kizil Kum desert – biggest deserted area in Central Asia. Driving through the desert you can meet herd of ships lead by cowboy on a camel. During the history desert was a home for many nomadic people.

Amu Darya river – old Oxin one of two biggest rivers of Central Asia can be observed from the road when it is 80 km to Urgench. The big dam dividing the river into 5 canals. 2 of them is going to Turkmenistan and 3 to Uzbekistan.

Arrival & accommodation at hotel. Free time. Night in Bukhara.

Day 4:

Friday

Bukhara

Today we explore the mausoleum of the Samanids (IX-X cc.) - the pearl of Central Asia . Next we visit the tomb of Chashma Ayub (XII century.), which means "source of Job." Bolo House complex including a reservoir, a Friday mosque and minaret. Friday Mosque Bolo House is located at the entrance to the Arc citadel. Inside the citadel was situated a town, which includes residential and office buildings: the mosque, a prison, a harem, the treasury, the residence of the Emir, etc. Then we see Poi Kalyan complex (XII-XVI cc.) includes the Kalyan Mosque , Mir-Arab and the famous Kalyan minaret. After lunch, you explore one of the biggest architectural ensembles of Bukhara "Lyabi House." The oldest part of the complex - Medressa Kulbaba-Kukeldash, which has 160 cells and it pretend the biggest in Bukhara. Medressa "Nadir Devanbegi" was built by order of vizier Nadir-devanbegi shortly after the device pool and logically completed the ensemble “Lyabi- House”. The oldest mosque Magoki Attori located next to the ensemble “Lyabi House”, built in the tradition of figurative brick masonry and carved ornaments of archaic majolica. And finally, you see interesting monument - Chor Minor Medressa, built in 1807 on money Turkmen traveler. Until present time have survived four minarets, which gave the name of this complex. Free time. Night in Bukhara.

Day 5:

Saturday

Bukhara

Today we explore the mausoleum of the interesting monument - Chor Minor Medressa, built in 1807 on money Turkmen traveler. Tour outside the city: Until present time have survived four minarets, which gave the name of this complex, Sitorai Morhi – Khosa (XIX c) – amir’s country residence – constructed in a tight combination of local and European traditions in the countryside near Bukhara. The halls of the palace are richly decorated with carpets & paintings, Chor-Bakr memorial necropolis (10th century), visit to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi (16th-19th century), Tomb of his mother and his mentor (14th century). Free time. Night in Bukhara.

Day 6:

Sunday

Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

Breakfast. Drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz. Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz incl:

Kuk Gumbaz Mosque and Dorus Tilovat Complex – (1437) this big Friday Mosque was built by Ulugbek in honour of his father Shakhrukh, gumbazi Seydon – (Dome of Sseyids) finished by Ulugbek in 1438 as a mausoleum for his own descendants. Doru Saodat Complex – The complex was built in 1392 by Timur and means the seat of power and might. Hazrat Imam Mosque of 14 century, Ak Saray (white Palace) – Timur’s summer palace.

Arrival Samarkand and accommodation at hotel. Free time. Night in Samarkand.

Day 7:

Monday

Samarkand

After breakfast, you explore the Gur – Emir Mausoleum – the famous necropolis of Tamerlane, central Registan square with the majestic Medressas dated back to different centuries: Ulugbek Medressa (1417-1420), Sher-Dor Medressa (1619-1636) and the Tilya Kori Medressa (1647-1660). Lunch. After lunch continuation of excursion to the Bibi-Khanum Mosque to one of Tamerlane’s wife the largest mosque of its time in the entire region of Central Asia, walk through the picturesque Siab Bazaar, one of the busiest and most colorful places in the city. Farewell dinner at the National House of Shakhnoza. Free time. Night in Samarkand.

Day 8:

Tuesday

Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast. After check-out from the hotel. You will visit Samarkand Silk Paper - Manual Production at the Meros Paper Mill. The art of making paper, brought to Samarkand from China in the 7th century, had long been forgotten when it was revived with the assistance of UNESCO. Then the remains of the Ulugbek Observatory which is the first observatory in the East, where you could contemplate the stars with the help of a huge sextant, Mausoleum of St. Daniel XIV century, Afrosiob Museum, with excavations and wall drawings, the Shahi Zinda complex, a real gem of the architecture of Samarkand XIV-XV centuries, a unique complex where you can find all the artistic processes of decorating Islamic buildings. Transfer to the station for the transfer to Tashkent by an express train “Afrosiab” depending on the current timetable and type of train or on the way. Dinner. After dinner transfer to airport for flight HY 427 Tashkent - Mumbai (00:05 - 04:45) to your destination. End of tour.

 

Price is given in USD per person in twin room sharing:

Number of person

Budget option 2-3*(guest houses)

3-4* Hotel option

1

Per request

Per request

2

850

950

3-5

700

850

5-7

650

780

8-14

600

730

15+

530

650

Additional payment for single supplement

80

150

 

Hotels:

The cost of the program includes accommodation in hotels. Depending on your preferences, it can be hotels of the following categories:

- Boutique hotels are very cozy private hotels, often decorated in national style. There is absolutely everything necessary for a comfortable stay. Hotels of this level are characterized by a warm, friendly welcome in an atmosphere of near home comfort.

- 4 * hotels are modern hotels of European class, their infrastructure, interior of rooms and quality of service are at a high level. As a rule, such hotels are located closer to the center and the main sights of the city.

This route assumes the following type of placement:

Cities:

Budget option (2-3* hotels)

3-4* option

Tahkent

Arien Plaza Hotel / Samir Hotel
or similar

Ramada Tashkent Hotel 4*

Sharq Hotel 4*
or similar

Samarkand

Zilol Baht / Arba Hotel / City Hotel
or similar

Asia Samarkand + / Sultan Boutique
or similar

Bukhara

Rangrez Hotel / Fatima Hotel 3*
or similar

Omar Khayam 3+
or similar

Khiva

Shokh Jahon Hotel 3*
or similar

Bek Khiva Hotel 4*
or similar

 

 

Price includes:

 

Price excludes:

- Letter of Invitation for Uzbekistan (not visa fees);

- All transfers by comfortable vehicle;

- Accommodation in twin room sharing with breakfasts;

- Entry tickets;

- Excursions with Professional English Speaking guides

Guides in each city for excursions for groups of 1 to 7 people

Guide-escort services for the whole route for groups of 8+ people;

- Air fare Tashkent – Urgench, (economy class);

- Tickets (economy class) for express train "Afrosiab" (Samarkand - Tashkent);

- Mineral water 1 lt per day on transfers between cities;

- Farewell dinner at the National House of Shakhnoza;

- Memorable souvenirs;

 

- International air fare to/from Uzbekistan;

- Photo and camera fees on sights;

- Early check - in, late check - out after 14:00;

- Insurance;

 

 

 

 

 

Additional services:

Food:

- Half board (dinners) - 85 USD / per person / program;

- Full board - 165 USD / per person / program

 

Transports:

On this route we provide the following types of comfortable transport (depending on the number of people in the group):

Quantity of pax in the group:

Type of the transport:

1-2

AC sedan “CHEVROLET ORLANDO, LACETTI” (Air-conditioned)

3-5

Minibus “HYUNDAY STAREX” (Air-conditioned)

5-8

Minibus “ISTANA, TOYOTA HICE” (Air-conditioned)

9-15

Middle-size bus “YUTONG” (Air-conditioned)

15-35

Tourist class bus up to 45 seats

 

Additional options:

Visit to the costume folk show "El Merosi" in Samarkand

Wine tasting at the wine-vodka factory named after Khovrenko in Samarkand

Visit to the medieval bathhouse of the hammam in Bukhara (XVI century).

 

Note:

The program will be updated in accordance with the schedule of international flights.

The company reserves the right to change the sequence of acquaintance with the objects. We draw your attention to the need to comply with the norms of the current legislation. Please note that check-in to the hotel is possible only if you have an identity document (passport, birth certificate). Please note that all hotels have the rules of "check-in hours" (check in after 14:00 and check out before 12:00), if early check-in is not included in the tour price.

Form of payment by transfer or cash.

We welcome any of your suggestions and changes to the tour program to meet your specific wishes and requirements. We will help you find the most optimal and acceptable option for solving your issue on the order of tours and other tourist services.

 

Our services are licensed and certified.

 



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