Colourful Uzbekistan

Start: Tashkent Finish: Samarkand

Visiting: Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Shahrisabz, Samarkand


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Kosher

Tour Operator: Doca Tours

Group size: 4 - 15

Age range: 10-99

Tour operated in: English ,French ,German ,Spanish


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Tour Overview

During this tour, you will visit the most important places and ancient cities of Uzbekistan and feel the unforgettable atmosphere of the rich culture and history of the country. The oriental Samarkand, the “noble” city of Bukhara, the fairy-tale city of Khiva and the hospitable Tashkent — these wonderful pearls of Uzbekistan tell you their secrets not only about the history and culture of the country but also about the old customs and traditions as well as about hospitality of Uzbek cuisine! The advantage of this small-group tour is that it always offers free time. Let yourself be inspired by the lively bazaars of Uzbekistan, where traces of the rulers from glorious times along the Silk Road still can be found today.

Highlights

  • iconBut modern life has also come to Uzbekistan, with Tashkent, an example of a modern town – our starting point for your journey into magical Uzbekistan.
  • iconYou immerse yourself in the velvet colours of Central Asia and enjoy the relaxed, enjoyable eating and drinking culture of the region.
  • iconOn this trip you will discover the impressive beauty of the Islamic architecture of the Orient.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Cities & Attractions:
Plov
National plov
Khiva
Gur - Emir mausoleum

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Flight to Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Arrival in Tashkent in the late evening or early the next by TK, HY or SU. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Tashkent. Overnight stays in Tashkent. Accommodation: Navruz Hotel **** or similar

icon Day 2 : The fascination of the capital of Uzbekistan — Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tashkent became known as an important centre on the Silk Road after the October Revolution, which became the capital of the Soviet Republic of Turkestan. The city almost had to be rebuilt after the 1966 earthquake. In the old town, we visit the Khasti Imam complex, in which the most ancient version of the Koran is kept. On the large square, we visit Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Barak Khan Madrasah and Mausoleum Kaffal Shashi and experience the hustle and bustle at the Chorsu Bazaar, which was already known in the Middle Ages and was located at the intersection of the caravan processions of the Great Silk Road. In the afternoon we visit the Museum of Applied Arts. Then we take the subway to the city centre, where we walk through the modern city of Tashkent and visit Independence Square on the way with the building complex of the “grieving mother” and walk to the Emir Timur green area. With the evening flight, you fly to Urgench. From there we will continue to the beautiful oasis city of Khiva. Dinner in a local restaurant. During the meal, our guide introduces us to Uzbek hospitality and tea traditions in Uzbekistan today. Tea is a symbol greeting to guest which is first presented in Uzbekistan and play a very crucial role in Uzbek cuisine. The preparation and serving of tea also have certain traditions. Overnight in Khiva. Accommodation: Shohjahon ***, Shahriston *** or similar Flight: 1093 km, 1 hour 30 minutes; Driving distance: approx. 35 km., Duration: approx. 20-30 minutes. Sightseeing time: Approx. 5 hours

icon Day 3 : Fairy-tale Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Khiva, the medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a tale of a thousand and one nights obtained from adobe or otherwise said to be stone. It is not for nothing that the old town “Ichan Kala” is called a massive “open-air museum”. Today we intensively explore the winding streets with their simple houses made of unfired bricks and the many richly decorated mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums and palaces. We visit the Madrasah of Muhammad Amin Khan, Kalta Minor - according to legend, the builder promised the Emir of Bukhara a higher minaret and therefore did not want to complete it in Khiva; Juma Mosque, whose wooden beam ceiling is supported by 212 wooden columns decorated with elaborate carvings; Kuhna Ark and Tosh Hovli Palace - the Khan's residences; Islam Khodja Minarets — the tallest minaret in Uzbekistan and The Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum — a place of pilgrimage especially for the locals. In this beautiful, oriental ambience you will always find new motifs for taking pictures and places to linger. Overnight stays in Khiva. OPTION: Khoresm (Khiva is located in the Khorezm area) has been famous for its dances, music and rich history since ancient times. If you want to immerse yourself in the world of Khorezm music, feel the beauty of fire dances, see unusual musical instruments and dance with professional dancers, we invite you to visit the folklore show in the summer residence of Khiva Khan “Kibla Tozabog”. Accommodation: Shaherezada ***, Muso Tura *** or similar Sightseeing time: Approx. 5-6 hours

icon Day 4 : Khiva — Bukhara

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we drive along the Silk Road to the next oasis town Bukhara. As we travel through the vastness of the desert landscape, our tour guide tells about the history and culture of the country as well as traditions of the 120 different ethnic groups of Uzbekistan. Have your camera ready, because photo stops are planned in unusual, picturesque locations. After arriving in Bukhara we visit the wonderful summer residence of the last ruling emir — Sitorai Mohi Khosa before we drive to the hotel. Overnight stays in Bukhara. Accommodation: Komil Boutique *** or Labi Hauz *** Driving distance: Approx. 450 km. Duration: Approx. 6-7 hours Sightseeing time: Approx. 3 hours

icon Day 5 : “Noble” Bukhara

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bukhara today presents itself as a unique authentic museum. Let yourself be enchanted by the magic of the old town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its imposing palaces, mosques, mausoleums and madrasahs. There is an almost everything a tourist’s heart desire: Today you can explore the old town on foot from the Labi Hauz complex in the southeast through the domed bazaars, the madrasah from Ulugbek and Abdulaziz Khan to the Ark and the Registan in the northwest. The small Samanid mausoleum and the huge Kalon minaret are absolute highlights. In addition to the relaxed sightseeing, the day is filled with strolling, looking and shopping. You feel like you are in the world of fairy tales of a thousand and one nights. Later you visit the exhibition of Uzbek photographer Shavkat Boltaev which is housed in an old caravanserai in his studio. If you are lucky, the artist will be there himself and can tell you about the stories behind the pictures. Your day ends with a tasty dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stays in Bukhara. Accommodation: Komil Boutique *** or Labi Hauz *** Sightseeing time: 5-6 hours

icon Day 6 : Bukhara — Shakhrisabz — Samarkand

Location: Shahrisabz

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before we say goodbye to Bukhara in the morning, we visit the incredible Chor Minor building. The ancient mosque is one of the symbols of the city. Translated from Persian, the name means "four minarets", like the four towers that rise into the sky at the corners. Then we take the courses of the Great Silk Road through the fertile valley of the Amudarya, in which cotton is grown, apricots, figs and melons grow in its moist, shady oases. We first reach Shakhrisabz, the "green city". Timur (Tamerlane) built his magnificent palace AK Saray here, which means "White Castle". Even the ruins that have survived today give an overwhelming impression of its size. We also visit the KUk GUmbaz Mosque, which with its turquoise dome is visible from afar and has incredible acoustics. After the tour, we will be driven directly to the train station to continue to Afrasiyab at 3:43 P.M. to Samarkand. Arrival at 5:52 p.m. and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stays in Samarkand. Accommodation: Ideal ***, Meros *** or similar Driving distance by car: Approx. 270km. Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours; Train journey: 2 hours 9 minutes Sightseeing time: Approx. 2.5 hours

icon Day 7 : Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The fairy tale of a thousand and one nights begins again for us in Samarkand. At over 2,750 years old, it is one of the oldest cities in the world and at the same time the centre of the famous Silk Road. In the Afrasiyab Museum, we get a closer look at old Samarkand. Then we visit one of the largest pilgrimage sites in the Islamic world - the tomb complex of St. Daniel and Ulugbek observatory, once the largest research centre in Central Asia. After a break, we drive to a tissue paper factory founded by master brothers Mukhtarov. Thanks to their efforts, the old tradition of paper production using Samarkander technology has been revived on this factory. Interestingly, the whole production is done manually and every guest can watch the process of production. Then we visit the Shahi-Zinda complex, a magnificent ensemble of various mausoleums clad in the Timurid style with majolica and mosaic tiles. Today we are preparing the Uzbek dish - Plov together with a local family. This is the Sultan of national dishes in Uzbekistan. Enjoy a typical dinner with the locals. Overnight stays in Samarkand. Accommodation: Ideal ***, Meros *** or similar Sightseeing time: Approx. 5-6 hours

icon Day 8 : Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Samarkand is the centre of the Silk Road and one of the oldest cities and cultural centres in the world. The architecture makes the city look majestic and extremely inviting. Today we will be impressed by the palace-like mausoleum of the ruler Amir Timur, the Gur Emir mausoleum, during our city tour. Today we enjoy the highlight of your trip - Registan Square with three impressively massive and artistically decorated madrasas. Then we visit the once largest mosque in Central Asia - Bibi Khanum Mosque. To demonstrate his unlimited technical and financial possibilities, Timur wanted to build the most beautiful mosque in the eastern world. Afterwards, we visit the Siab Bazaar, which will put you in a world of 1001 nights through the hustle and bustle and the oriental scents. Samarkand is known not only for its historical monuments but also for the production of wine: Wine and cognac run through your throat like a balm! After visiting the wine museum in Samarkand in the “Khovrenko” winery, we will try 10 of the best varieties of Uzbek wines and cognacs here. After the tasting, in the evening we enjoy typical dishes in a typical Uzbek atmosphere. OPTION: Towards evening we experience the theatricalized performance for historical oriental costumes in the theatre "El Merosi". This theatre demonstrates costumes of the peoples of Central Asia in different epochs - from the ancient times to the 19th century - the times of the massages, Akhamanids, Anahita, Sogdian and Timurid. Accommodation: Ideal ***, Meros *** or similar Sightseeing time: Approx. 5-6 hours

icon Day 9 : Return flight to home

Location: Samarkand

Meals: Breakfast

Check out at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of the trip. Meals: Early breakfast

What's Included

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    Round trip/excursions and transfers in air-conditioned modern vehicles

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    International Travel

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Fully Guided

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    Entrance Fees

    Sightseeing program including entrance fees according to the itinerary

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    Local Taxes

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    Master class

    Cooking together with the Uzbek national dish - Plov with a local family in Uzbekistan

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    Special dinner

    Farewell dinner on the last day in Samarkand

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    Accommodation

    8 x hotel in middle class in a double room

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    Train Tickets

    Train Journeys Shakhrisabz- Samarkand with the fast train in the economy class

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    Drinks with Meals

    Meals: 8 x breakfasts, 7 x dinners

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    Meals – Half Board

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    Wine tasting master class

    Wine tasting in the “Khovrenko” winery in Samarkand

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    special sightseeng

    Visit the paper factory - in a family business in Samarkand

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Domestic flight

    Domestic flight from Tashkent – Khiva in an economy class

What's Not Included

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    Folklore show

    Folklore show in the Summer Palace in Khiva: $20 per person

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    Theatre

    Theatrical performance in the Theater «El Merosi in Samarkand:$25 per person

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    Low Deposit

    Doca Tours requires a deposit of 50% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 50 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

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素晴らしい旅!
個人で申し込みをしましたが、早い返信と丁寧な対応で、安心して当日を迎えることができました。 ドライバーさんも非常に親切な方で気を遣ってくださる方で、任せられました。 ユルトに到着すると、他の団体さんもいて、個人でも寂しくないです。 満点の星空と地平線に沈む夕日と昇る朝日には感動します。 立ち寄ったヌラタでも個人のタクシーだからこそ寄っていただけるところに案内していただけました。 次も利用したいツアー会社さんです。 Thanks to the quick reply and polite response, I was able to participate in the tour with peace of mind. My driver was very ....more 個人で申し込みをしましたが、早い返信と丁寧な対応で、安心して当日を迎えることができました。 ドライバーさんも非常に親切な方で気を遣ってくださる方で、任せられました。 ユルトに到着すると、他の団体さんもいて、個人でも寂しくないです。 満点の星空と地平線に沈む夕日と昇る朝日には感動します。 立ち寄ったヌラタでも個人のタクシーだからこそ寄っていただけるところに案内していただけました。 次も利用したいツアー会社さんです。 Thanks to the quick reply and polite response, I was able to participate in the tour with peace of mind.

My driver was very kind and caring, so I trusted him.

I was impressed by the starry sky, sunset and sunrise over the horizon.

DOCA is a tour company that I want to use again.

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ma102ta

30-Sep-2019

Sulle orme delle carovane della via della seta
The trip has been wonderful. Uzbekistan is a great country. People are friendly and relaxed. The trip lasted 12 days and went on very smoothly. We were 8 people used ....more The trip has been wonderful.

Uzbekistan is a great country.

People are friendly and relaxed.

The trip lasted 12 days and went on very smoothly.

We were 8 people used to travel together.

The trip was so pleasant because it had been organized in an excellent way by Nodir (Doca Tours ) Nodir is very cultivated and knows a lot about history and society in Uzbekistan.

Also the other Guides have been wonderful (especially Gulzoda).

Also good the choice of hotels and restaurants.

Wish you an excellent experience as it has been ours.

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900giorgioa

20-Nov-2019

Visit to Uzbekistan
The tour operator was very professional. Everything was smooth and organised. Thanks to Madaminjon for preparing and organising the trip for us from the drivers, guides, to the train & ....more The tour operator was very professional.

Everything was smooth and organised.

Thanks to Madaminjon for preparing and organising the trip for us from the drivers, guides, to the train & flight tickets.

Great country and wonderful people! ; ....less
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Mehben23

20-Jun-2019

Wonderful, personalized tour
Starting with the pre-trip communications, all the way to the final drop off, the tour totally took care of me and made sure everything was smooth and enjoyable. Lola was ....more Starting with the pre-trip communications, all the way to the final drop off, the tour totally took care of me and made sure everything was smooth and enjoyable.

Lola was the tour guide and was extremely knowledgeable but also just a great person to spend the day with.

Oh, for those wondering if Bukhara is worth a long day trip from Tashkent (16 hour day door to door because the cities are 600km apart) it is totally worth it! The history and sites are pretty amazing.

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Bill A

08-Nov-2019

Exceptional
My tour of Bukhara was the highlight of my trip to Uzbekistan. My guide, Lola, was arguably the best tour guide I’ve had the pleasure to sightsee with. She had ....more My tour of Bukhara was the highlight of my trip to Uzbekistan.

My guide, Lola, was arguably the best tour guide I’ve had the pleasure to sightsee with.

She had an exceptional knowledge of the history and landmarks and her enthusiasm of the subject matter was infectious.

She tailored the tour to my interest and was extremely patient as I nerded out taking photographs.

I so enjoyed my day with her and hope to get her as a guide again on my next trip to Uzbekistan.

The tour was effortless with hotel pick up and drop off.

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough! Well worth it!! Read less; ....less
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14-Mar-2020

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