FE08CL – Guaranteed Departure – Classics of Uzbekistan, Tour for 8 days / 7 nights

Departure Dates
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Group A:    from 16/03/2018 till 23/03/2018    Group B:    from 06/04/2018 till 13/04/2018

Group C:    from 20/04/2018 till 27/04/2018   Group D:    from 04/05/2018 till 11/05/2018

Group E:    from 18/05/2018 till 25/05/2018   Group F:    from 07/09/2018 till 14/09/2018

Group G:    from 21/09/2018 till 28/09/2018   Group H:    from 05/10/2018 till 12/10/2018

Group I:    from 19/10/2018 till 26/10/2018 

* The minimum number required to run our Guaranteed Departures Tours is 6 persons and maximum is 19 pax per each group.

 

Days  Description
Route: Paris or Istanbul – Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent – Paris or Istanbul
Day 1, FRI

Paris – Tashkent or Istanbul – Tashkent

Flight from Paris to Tashkent by Uzbekistan Airways flight HY252, departure at 09:30pm, arrival at 09:20am on the next day.

HY252 FRI CDGTAS 2130 0920+1

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Flight from Istanbul to Tashkent by Turkish Airlines flight TK 368, departure at 11:55, arrival at 06:15am on the next day.

TK368 FRI ISTTAS 2355 0625+1

Day 2, SAT

Tashkent – Urgench (1h40 by plain) – Khiva (35 km)

Arrival to Tashkent.

Transfer to the hotel. Rest.

Breakfast in the hotel.

Walking tour to Alisher Navoi Ballet and Opera House. Built by Japanese prisoners of war and designed by Shusev, the same architect who built Lenin’s tomb, the architecture of this opera is a skilled mix of a number of influences that characterise Uzbekistan: Islamic art is combined with classicism, that lead to beautiful results – with a neo-classical façade, topped with stalagmites, Moorish style.

Then, visits of Independence Square and The Tashkent Tube (Metro).

Lunch in restaurant Ikat.

Visits of Friday Mosque and Kaffol Shoshi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah.

Visit Chorsu bazaar where craftsmen selling traditional clothes and an assortment of oriental souvenirs.

Visit the Museum of Decorative Arts. One of the most interesting museums in Tashkent is the Museum of Decorative Arts with an extensive collection of ceramics, carved wood, textiles, carpets, metalwork and other handicrafts.

Transfer to the airport for evening flight to Urgench by HY057, departure at 18h40, arrival at 21h00.

Arrival to Urgench, transfer to Khiva and check in to hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3, SUN

Khiva – Urgench – Bukhara (1h by plane)  

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit Khiva.

Civilization has existed in this oasis area for at least four millennium. The historic center of Khiva has been preserved in its authenticity, and for that reason it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. To enter Khiva is to traverse into medieval times. This walled city dates from the Xth century and is in essence an outdoor historical, architectural and cultural museum. This was the capital for the khans of Khiva, and the major monuments from the Xth to the XIXth centuries are intact. These include the Ichan-Qala gates and the wall, as well as the Khuna Ark. It is worth noting that the great IXth-century mathematician al-Khwarizmi (Latinized as Algoritmi) was born in Khiva. He is as famous in the Middle East as Euclid is in the West. We owe algorithms to Algoritmi (the mathematical foundation of Internet search) and to some degree algebra, from his book Al-Jebr.

Sightseeing: Mukhammad Amin Khan and Kalta Minor (XVIIIe c), Kunya-Ark (ancient fortress) (XVIIe – XIXe c); Mukhammad Rakhim Khan Madrasa (XIXe c.); Said Allaoutdin Mausoleum (XIVe c.); Jami Mosque with 212 wooden columns (XVIIIe c); Tash Khauli, the second residence of khans of Khiva (XIXe c.); Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum (XIVe – XXe c); Islam-Khodja ensemble (beginning of the XXe s); bazaar; wood carvers workshops.

Lunch in a chaykhana during the visits.

Dinner in restaurant Khorezm Art.

Transfer to the Urgench airport for evening flight to Bukhara by HY058, departure at 21h10, arrival at 22h10.

Arrival in Bukhara, transfer and check in to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4, MON

Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit Bukhara.

UNESCO, in naming Bukhara a World Heritage site, states: “It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact.” In a bit of one-upmanship locals like to say, “Samarkand is the beauty of the earth, but Bukhara is the beauty of the spirit.” It exudes a beguiling, old-world atmosphere. Walk around the old 1h city, which was a teeming commercial centre during the heyday of the Silk Road.

Sightseeing: The Ark Citadel (XVIIe – XXe c), Bolo-Khaouz Mosque (1712), Ismail Samani Mausoleum (IXe – Xe ss), Chachma Ayub Mosoleum.

Lunch in restaurant Old Bukhara.

Visit the Poi Kalyan complex. The minaret is one of the rare monuments that survived the destructive wrath of Ghengis Khan who destroyed most of the monuments of Central Asia.

Visit to the miniature painter Davron’s workshop.

Option Visit of « Silk Road Spices » tea house with a tea or coffee break.

The visit will include Trade Domes Toki-Zargaron; Trade Dome Toki-Sarafon and Toki-Tilpak Furushon; Magok-Attor Mosque.

Dinner in traditional house with Rakhmon Toshev.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 5, TUE

Bukhara – Samarkand (1h40 by train)

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visits’ continuation: Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble including Nadir-Divan-Beghi Madrasah (1622), Kukeldash Madrasah and Nadir-Divan-Beghi khanaka (1620); Chor Minor (XIXe c).Lunch in restaurant Adras.

Transfer to the railway station and train to Samarkand “Afrosiyob”, departure at 15h50, arrival at 17h25.

Arrival in Samarkand, transfer and check in to the hotel.

Dinner in restaurant Platan.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6, WED

Samarkand

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit Samarkand.

Sightseeing tour in Samarkand, known as the “Mirror of the World,” beginning with Gur Amir Mausoleum, the beautifully tiled resting place of Tamerlane and his sons, the tomb of Tamerlane, great conqueror and the main architect of Samarkand (XVe c). The arresting inscription on his tomb reads, “Were I alive, the world would tremble.” The tomb was opened in June, 1941 by a Soviet archeologist, and persistent legend holds that a dreaded curse was unleashed – Hitler’s invasion of Russia is regarded by many locals as its synchronized fulfillment.

Visit Registan square. The square is a striking ensemble of three madrasahs (Arabic for “schools”) and mosques, one of which was built in the 15th century, and the other two completed in the 17th century. On seeing this square in 1899 the British diplomat Lord Curzon wrote, “I know of nothing in the East approaching it in massive simplicity and grandeur.” Adjacent is the lively Silk Road Bazaar – its colorful offerings are a visual feast.

Lunch in restaurant Vostochnie Sladosti.

Excursion in Bibi Khanum Mosque which ones was the biggest Mosque in Central Asia, it was erected by Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399.

Walking tour of the Siab Bazar located near Bibi Khanum.

Dinner in traditional house with pilaf as main course.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7, THU

Samarkand – Tashkent (2h10 by train)

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visits’ continuation: Shakhi Zinda Necropolis where it is believed that the cousin of the Prophet Mohammed, Qusam ibn Abbas, is entombed. Many notables built magnificent tombs to be next to his, and it has long been a place of pilgrimage.

Visit of the Ulug-Beg observatory.

Lunch in Art Café.

Silk paper factory visit. Samarkand was one and only paper manufacturing center at the whole Middle East during the VIII and first half part of IX century.

Transfer to the railway station for evening high-speed train to Tashkent “Afrosiyob”, departure at 17h00, arrival at 19h10.

On arrival transfer to the restaurant for dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8, FRI

Tashkent – Paris / Tashkent – Istanbul

Transfer to the airport and flight to Istanbul by Turkish Airlines flight TK 369, departure at 08:15am, arrival at 11:35am.

TK369 FRI TASIST 0815 1135

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Free time in Tashkent before departure by Uzbekistan Airways.

Transfer to the airport and flight to Paris by Uzbekistan Airways flight HY 251, departure at 02:45pm, arrival at 06:55pm.

HY251 FRI TASCDG 1445 1855

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