Review and description
A trip to Uzbekistan wouldn’t be complete without knowledge of Uzbekistan craftsmanship. Some kinds of crafts had been developed since medieval times, some of them originated at present time.
Every region has its own specific craft. You will see leather processing and leather products in Surkhandarya region, carpet weaving in Samarkand region, metal chasing and gold embroidery in Bukhara region and etc.
There is ceramic production in every region but it is different: Rishtan and Gijduvan ceramics have their own traditions, technologies, colour and shape.
We will be acquainted with these and many other types of crafts combined with magnificent historical monuments during our tour which will make it full and impressive.
Specialization: cultural ethnographical tourism.
Tour duration: 13 days – 12 nights.
Cities of visit: Tashkent (1 night) – Termez (3 nights) – Shakhrisabz (1 night) – Samarkand (2 nights) – Bukhara (2 nights) – Tashkent (1 night) – Fergana (1 night) – Tashkent (1 night).
The ancient city of Bukhara opens its doors to lovers of antiquity. Each stone in this city reflects the history. The great scientists, such as physician and encyclopaedist Avicenna and historian Narshakhi, worked in this city.
Shakhrisabz was one of the most important trade centres on the Great Silk Road. However, the greatest fame it acquired as the Motherland of Tamerlane. This is where the future great commander spent his childhood and teenage years.
One of the oldest cities in the world Samarkand is 2750-years old. It amazes with its magnificent buildings of the medieval architecture that have been preserved until nowadays. It was here where the patron of science Mirzo Ulugbek erected his observatory in the XV century, which had no equal.
Termez is one of the centres of Buddhism, which preserved its importance until the Arab invasion. The religion of Buddhism penetrated into the territory of Central Asia from the South, from the territory of Bactria. It reached its apogee during the reign of the Kushan Empire. The religious monuments of that time are interesting not only for archaeologists, but also for many tourists. Architectural and archaeological monuments, communication with the local people, acquaintance with the history of the country will leave you an unforgettable impression of the trip.
Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent.
Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to the hotel, accommodation, overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Sightseeing in Tashkent. Tashkent – Termez (flight). Sightseeing in Termez.
After breakfast we will start our sightseeing in Tashkent. Old city: Khasti Imam square, Barakhan madrassah, Kaffal Shashi mausoleum, library with the 7th century original Othman Koran. We will visit wood carving workshop in Barakhan madrassah. This kind of applied art is very popular in Uzbekistan and has several schools, one of them is Tashkent school. Visit to Chorsu bazar.
In the afternoon transfer to the domestic airport, flight to Termez. Arrival. Visit to Zurmala and Keshk palace ruins on the way to hotel. Accommodation. O/n at the hotel.
Day 3. Termez. City tour around Termez
The first half of the day will be devoted to the monuments of Termez situated in the city. We will visit: Sultan Saodat architectural complex - the mausoleum of Termez Saids, Kirk Kiz fortress, architectural complex Khakim at Termezi who was one of the founders of Sufi order.
The second half of the day we will go countryside to visit one of the most ancient architectural monuments on the territory of Surkhandarya - Fayaz Tepa biddist monastery. On return we will visit Termez History and archeology museum.
O/n at the hotel.
Day 4. Termez –Shurchi - Termez.
Early departure to Shurchi village (100 km).
There are small villages in the area of Shurchi where leather artisans work and make saddles, boots for Kop Kari game. We can see the material which artisans use in their work, to watch work process and see ready made products. Then we will visit a family where all women make embroidery suzane, women's heads typical for Surkhandarya, beads wares which they use for traditional dresses decoration - this work is made by a young generation of the family. And finally we will visit a family of the artisans of musical instruments like dombra, sebizgi nay (reed flute). The artisans who make them also play them very well. The same day we can see 12 century Djarkurgan minaret which has unusual shape
Return to Termez. O/n at the hotel.
Day 5. Termez – Skakhrisabz (294km).
Breakfast, departure to Shakhrisabz via Surkhandarya pass. On the way we can see different landscapes - fancy rocks, mountain rivers, green meadows and fruit gardens.
Accommodation in the hotel and city tour: Ak Saray palace, Dorut Tilovat and Dorut Saodat complexes, mausoleum of Djakhongir the favorite son of Timur, the crypt of Timurids, Kok Gumbaz mosque and others. During the tour we will be acquainted with Timur's life, we will hear the legends about the members of his family. In the end of our tour we will visit a family who makes suzane embroidery, tuybeteika heads and souvenirs. Shakhrisabz embroidery differs by its ornaments and colour.
O/n at the hotel.
Day 6. Shakhrisabz – Samarkand (150 km, 2,5 – 3 hours by bus or 90 km, 1,5 hours by car). Samarkand city tour.
After breakfast departure to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand, the capital of Tumur's empire, the city with 2750-years history. Accommodation in the hotel,
Excursion to the main square of the city Registan with the three madrassas: Ulugbek, the name of Timur's grandson, who created scientific center on the base of this madrassah, Sher dor and Tillya Kari madrassah. We will visit a small carpet weaving workshop in Sher dor madrassah. Also it is possible to see in one of the khudjras a working calligrapher who uses kalam (reed pen) writing Arabic texts.
O/n at the hotel.
Day 7. Samarkand. Sightseeing in Samarkand
Continuation of sightseeing. The mausoleum of Timurids - Gur Emir, Bibi Khanum mosque named after a favorite Timur's wife, Siab oriental bazaar, observatory of Ulugbek, Shakhi Zinda necropolis - the place of Muslim pilgrimage.
The second half of the day we will visit silk paper workshop made by traditional Samarkand technology. The process is hand made with the help of water like many centuries ago.
O/n at the hotel.
Day 8. Samarkand – Bukhara (280 km, 5 hours). City tour around Bukhara
Breakfast. Departure to Bukhara - the city with more than 170 monuments. Accommodation in the hotel.
After a long way we will walk to Lyabi Khauz complex where we can see Kukeldash madrassah, Nodir devon Begi madrassah and khonako. On the same square there is a monument to witty Khodja Nasreddin who is very popular in oriental world. It is possible to sit in one of the chaikhanas (tea-house) and enjoy green tea with oriental sweets.
O/n at the hotel.
Day 9. Bukhara. Sightseeing around Bukhara
We will visit Ismail Samani mausoleum, Chashma Ayub mausoleum, and the remnants of city wall. Later we will walk to active Bolo Khauz mosque and Ark fortress where all the rulers of Bukhara lived.
In the afternoon we will walk to Kalon square and mosque and the minaret under the same name. From Miri Arab madrassah to the trading domes of ancient Bukhara, we will visit golden embroidery workshop, will see the artisans and their work – suzane, robes, skullcaps and others. Chasing is one of the numerous crafts; plates, knifes, jugs decorated with filigree ornaments so fine that to see it properly is possible only with magnifier.
Forgers of the city are still in need. They make horseshoe, agricultural inventory, household and many other things including souvenir scissors.
O/n at the hotel.
Day 10. Bukhara - Tashkent (flight). Tashkent city tour
After breakfast transfer to the airport and flight to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Accommodation in the hotel. City tour around modern Tashkent:
We will visit Independence square, Theater square with theater of opera and ballet after the name of Alisher Navoi, Courage monument, Museum of applied arts of Uzbekistan, where there are all types of crafts. In the end of the day we will visit some metro stations.
O/n at the hotel.
Day 11. Tashkent- Fergana (320 km).
Early departure from Tashkent to Kokand via Kamchik pass.
On the way we will stop on the highest point (2014 m) for photos where you may see a panoramic view of Tien Shan range and serpentine of auto roads. We will visit a palace of the last Kokand khan Khudoyarkhan in the former capital of Kokand khans, Djamy former friday mosque. On the way to Fergana we will stop in Rishtan the famous place of ceramics.
We are going to visit a family of ceramists and see all the process; variety of clay, colorants, baking oven, potter’s wheel, and also working artisans, as well as exposition. We will see everything and can buy something for memory. Arrival in Fergana, accommodation. O/n at the hotel.
Day 12. Fergana – Margilan - Tashkent.
Breakfast. Departure to Margilan - city of silk.
We are going to visit a factory on silk production, where all the processes starting with cocoon unwinding to ready-made fabric are hand made by ancient technology. Shoi, adras, bekasan, khan atlas - these are some kinds of silk fabrics produced in Margilan. Later we will return to Tashkent via Kamchik mountain pass. Arrival, accommodation in the hotel. Free time. O/n at the hotel.
Day 13. Tashkent. Departure
Breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the international airport.
End of your program.
14ème jour. Tachkent
Transfert à l’aéroport . Vol de retour. Fin du voyage.
Included in tour price:
- Visa support (if required);
- Double accommodation with breakfast;
- Transportation throughout the tour according to the program;
- Sightseeing according to the program;
- Entrance fees to the monuments and museums indicated in the program;
- English speaking local guides for city tours (escort guide service is available on request).
Not included in tour price:
- Early check in (before 14:00) and late checkout (after 12:00) from the hotel.
- Single supplement;
- Visa cost;
- International air tickets;
- Air ticket Tashkent – Termez;
- Air ticket Bukhara – Tashkent;
- Photo-and video charges;
- Additional sightseeing;
- Meals (Lunches and Dinners);
- All personal expenses (telephone, extra luggage fee, room service, laundry, medical expenses, insurance, etc.);
- Tips to guides and drivers;
- Any other services not listed among the included.