Exploring Bukhara and Samarkand

Bukhara
Samarkand
Bukhara
Samarkand
Bukhara
Samarkand
Samarkand
Samarkand
Samarkand

Tour description

Bukhara and Samarkand are a favorite place for tourists, scientists, artists and historians of the whole world. Few cities in the world can boast such a rich historical heritage in the form of ancient madrassas, mosques, mausoleums and other historical buildings that have become the property of the people of Central Asia. Due to the fact that these cities were the center of the reign of the great emirs and generals at different times, the greatness of architecture is considered as impressive even today.

During the tour "Exploring Bukhara and Samarkand" the sights of these two historic cities are visited. In Bukhara, you can see the huge ‘Kukeldash’ Madrassah, ‘Ulugbek’ madrasah, the extant ‘Ismail Samani’ mausoleum, which is considered to be the oldest building in Central Asia, the ancient citadel ‘Arch’. Definitely, the trip to Bukhara cannot be done without visiting the ensemble ‘Lyabi-Khauz’, the ‘Kalyan’ minaret and mosque, which have been in operation since the 16th century and other famous buildings, including the mausoleum ‘Bahauddin Naqshbandi’, the summer residence of the khans – ‘Sitorai Mohi Khosa’ and ‘Chor Bakr’ Ensemble.

Exploring Samarkand, a visit to the world famous Registan Square is organized, in which three historical buildings are built: ‘Ulugbek’ madrassah, ‘Sherdor’ madrasah and ‘Till Kari’ madrasah, which number several centuries. It is known that Samarkand was the center of the reign of the great commander Amir Timur, his tomb is still preserved here in Samarkand - the mausoleum ‘Guri Emir’, and his gift to his beloved wife is the ‘Bibi Khanum’ mosque. Moreover, you can visit many other legendary buildings in Samarkand, such as the ‘Shoh-i-Zinda’ Ensemble, the mausoleum ‘Saint Daniel’ - the spiritual keeper of Samarkand, and the ‘Ulugbek’ observatory, which testifies the prosperity of science in medieval Samarkand.

Exploring Bukhara and Samarkand can significantly expand the horizon, get to know the culture of the East and get valuable historical knowledge.

Tour structure

Day1 | Tashkent-Bukhara
Tashkent-Bukhara
  • 22.15 Departure by night train to Bukhara
  • Overnight in the train.
Day2 | Bukhara
Bukhara
  • 6.25 Arrival in Bukhara
  • Tour around Bukhara:

Visit to the ‘Lyabi-Hauz’ Ensemble‘Nodir Divan Begi’ Madrassah‘Kukeldash’ Madrasah - the largest madrasah in Bukhara, ‘Ulugbek’ Madrasah - the only building that existing from the times of the famous "scientist on the throne" of Ulugbek. ‘Kalyan’ Minaret, without which it is impossible to imagine the silhouette of Bukhara. Next to the minaret is ‘Kalyan’ Mosque and the Muslim spiritual school – ‘Mir-i-Arab’ madrasah that is acting from the 16th century to the present day.

Dinner.

The Ark Citadel‘Bolo Hauz’ Mosque, domed trading buildings- ‘taki I tymi’. The mausoleum of Ismail Samani is the oldest surviving building of Central Asia. Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub ("The Source of Job"). The legend of the monument is connected with the prophet Job (Ayub).

  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day3 | Suburban Bukhara - Samarkand
Suburban Bukhara - Samarkand
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Tour around Suburban Bukhara

Visit the ‘Bahauddin Naqshbandi’ mausoleum. There is one of the most important religious places of Bukhara in 12 kilometers from Bukhara. ‘Sitorai Mohi Hosa’. There is the summer residence of the last Bukhara emirs in 4 kilometers to north from Bukhara - the palace of ‘Sitorai Mohi-Khosa’.

  • Dinner

‘Chor Bakr’ Ensemble. If you travel 8 kilometers to the west from Bukhara, you will find yourself in the main attraction of this village of the ‘Chor necropolis*, which is better known as the "city of the dead" in the West and it is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • Transfer to railway station for high speed train "Afrasiab"
  • 15.52 Departure from Bukhara
  • 17.25 Arrival in Samarkand
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Overnight at the hotel
Day4 | Samarkand-Tashkent
Samarkand-Tashkent
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Meeting with guide and driver
  • Sightseeing in Samarkand

Registan Square is surrounded with beautiful buildings from three sides: ‘Ulugbek’ madrasah‘Sher-dor’ madrasah and ‘Till-Kari’ madrassahThe ‘Bibi-khanum’ mosque. A beautiful legend is associated with her, according to which the formidable governor built a mosque for his beloved wife Bibi-Khanum. ‘Guri-Emir’ Mausoleum, where the remains of the great commander Amir Timur are reposed.

  • Dinner.

The Shoh-i-Zinda ensemble consists of eleven mausoleums, which were joined in sequence to each other during the XIV-XVcenturies. Mausoleum of Saint Daniel - a unique place of pilgrimage - the mausoleum of the spiritual keeper of Samarkand and the prophet of the three world religions - Khoja Danier (biblical prophet Daniel). Ulugbek Observatory - a vivid confirmation of the significant development of architecture, science and culture in Central Asia in the XIV-XV centuries.

  • Transfer to railway station for high speed train "Afrasiab"
  • 17.30 Departure from Samarkand
  • 19.40 Arrival in Tashkent

The cost

Group Standard Comfort
2-3 $251 $276
4-6 $206 $231
7-9 $186 $211
10-15 $180 $205
16-20 $171 $195

Details

Included

  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels based on breakfast
  • Professional guide service (the program)
  • Service comfortable transport on excursions
  • All transfers by comfortable transport for programme
  • Tickets for the night train Tashkent-Bukhara (coupe)
  • Tickets for train "Afrosiab" Bukhara-Samarkand (economy class)
  • Tickets for train "Afrosiab" Samarkand-Tashkent (economy class)
  • Entrance fees to the object

Not included

  • Full Board
  • the early arrival and late departure
  • Photo and Camera fees
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks

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