A fully inclusive halfboard 8 day tour exploring part of the great silk road. Code SM8D. Only £895 per person.
Best time to go March - June & September - October.
Samarkand is one of the world’s most ancient cities which flourished between the 4th and the 8th century due to its position on the fabled Silk Road. Later Amir Temur, or Tamerlane ( 1336-1405 ) created a huge empire stretching from India to Turkey and chose Samarkand as his capital. The city soon earned a deserved reputation for its stupendous architecture – including towering portals, magnificent minarets and turquoise-blue domes which are still the pride of today’s city.
Price is based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room.
Price includes : Internal flight, hotels with daily breakfast, halfboard meals, transfers by air conditioned cars, English speaking local guides, admission fees, visa to Uzbekistan.
Price excludes : International flights *, camera & video fees, tipping and any service not specified.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices.Please call us for mor information.
Single room supplements is £295 per person.
Day 1 Departure International flights to Tashkent.
Day 2 Tashkent (-/L/-)
On arrival transfer to Tashkent Palace hotel. After lunch Tashkent guided city tour visiting the Museum of Applied Art and old Tashkent : Khast-Imam Square with Barak Khan Madressah founded in the 16th century, Tellya Sheik Mosque and its Islamic library which is housing the immense Osman Koran, claimed to be the world’s oldest, Iamam Ismail Al Bukhari Islamic Institute, the highest Muslim seminary. Overnight at Park Turon hotel.
Day 3 Tashkent/ Bukhara ( B/L/-)
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Bukhara. On arrival transfer to Asia Bukhara hotel in the centre of Old town. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon Bukhara tour starts with the Ark Fortress, Bukhara citadel with the Palace of Bukhara Amir, Mosque, exchequer, govermnet administration and prison. Next, visit to the most magnificent monuments of Bukhara : the Kalon minaret, 46 m high awe inspiring landmark of Bukhara, Kalon Mosque with its intricated mosaics façade, and Miri Arab Madressah, one of the most prestigious Islamic universities. Overnight at Asia Bukhara hotel.
Day 4 Bukhara (B/L/-)
Drive to Bukhara outskirt to visit the splendid Summer Palace and Chor minor, a four-ark-dome structure built in 1807 . Back to Bukhara old town to visit Ulugbeg Madressah with its remarkable inscription on the entrance door :’Aspiration to knowledge is a uty of each Muslim, man and woman’ and Magoki Attaki the most ancient Mosque in Central Asia. After lunch at Lyabi-Hauz, a very popular and cooling place thanks to its large artificial reservoir, stroll in the three trade domes stopping at caravansarais. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 5 Bukhara/ Shakhrizab/ Samarkand (B/L/-)
Drive to Shakhrizab, hometown of Tamerlane. Visits to the impressive ruined entrance towers of the AK Serai Palace ( White Palace ), testimonial of an age of power by Tamerlane who once said : ‘Let he who doubt our power and munificience look upon our buildings.’ Lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Samarkand for overnight at Panorama or Afrosiyab hotel.
Day 6 Samarkand (B/L/-)
Full day Samarkand city tour including Registan square, the centre of Samarkand with the imposing Ulugbeg & Sher-Dor Madressahs facing each other, Tillya Kari richly gilded Mosque, Gur Emir Mausoleum and the Temurids tombs where Amir Temur and his sons & grandsons were buried, Shahi-Zinda necropolis and the female Temurids mausoleums beautifully decorated with sapphired blue mosaics. Afternoon is reserved for the visit to the largest Mosque dedicated to Bibi Khanum the most beloved wife of Tamerlane and Samarkand colourful bazaar. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 7 Samarkand/Tashkent (B/L/-)
Drive to Tashkent. After lunch, time at leisure to stroll along the streets of new Tashkent. Evening enjoy a ballet or music performance at Navoi Theatre ( subject to availability ). Overnight at Park Turon Hotel.
Day 8 Departure (B/-/-)
Transfer to airport for departure or optional extension to Ferghana Valley.