Silk and Spices of Uzbekistan

Silk and Spices of Uzbekistan

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Route: TashkentBukhara - Tashkent
Tour duration: 6 days/5 nights
Short brief:
In the history of the ancient Silk Road, Bukhara was a major trading center for silk, spices and other products. This 15th century city is now the backdrop for our annual ‘Silk & Spice Festival’. This three-day event celebrates the city's historical and cultural heritage, distinctive crafts, national ceremonies and traditions. ‘Asia Travel’ Company offers you to deep into amazing culture and traditions of Orient during this short but very cognitive tour! Welcome!

Short program:

Tashkent-arrival. Tashkent-Bukhara (train ‘Nasaf’20:00/07:00)
Day 3
June 4,2011
Day 4
June 5,2011
June 6, 2011
Bukhara-Tashkent (train ‘Sharq’ 08:05/14:40)
Day 6
June 7, 2011 Tashkent-departure
Day-by-day program:
Day 1: June, 2, 2011, Thu, Tashkent-arrival. TashkentBukhara (train ‘Nasaf’20:00/07:00)
Arrival to Tashkent, hearty welcome in the airport of hospitable capital of Uzbekistan!
Transfer to the hotel, check in, little time for the rest after a flight.
Meeting with guide (in case accompany-guide services weren’t included to the tour package) in the hall of hotel. Sightseeing tour in the Old Part of the city: Khast Imom complex, Mui-Mubarak Madrassah, where Osman Quran is kept (VII c.), Barak-khan Madrassah, Applied Arts museum visiting. Not far from the mentioned monuments very colorful Chor-Su oriental bazaar is located: it provides the real atmosphere of the Orient with all associated attributes!
Extension of sightseeing – New part of the city visiting: Independence square (‘Mustakillik’) and Amir Temur park visiting.
We advice you to use Tashkent’s metro as vehicle during sightseeing tour as it’s the most beautiful in the world: each station has particular non-recurrent design and could be compared with many ancient monuments with beauty.
It is possible to visit Opera and Ballet Theatre of Alisher Navoi or pottery work-shop under the direction of representatives of the famous ancient potter-makers’ Rakhimov’s dynasty by request (subjects to be paid separately).
Evening – transfer to railway station. Overnight train.
Day 2: June, 3,2011, Fri, Bukhara
Arrival to Bukhara.
Today you will see full day of sightseeing tour in Bukhara.
Monuments here are located close to each other and that’s why sightseeing tour will be organized without use of vehicle.
Today you will see: Samanids’ dynasty mausoleum (IX-X cc), Chashma-Ayub burial-vault (XIV-XIX cc), Kalon ensemble, Madrassah Miri-Arab, Madrassah Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, Lyabi Hauz complex (XVI-XVII), Kukeldash Madrassah (1568), Arc Fortress (VI-VIIcc), Chor-Minor Madrassah,
Don’t forget to visit Trade domes of ancient Bukhara bazaar-even in case you won’t buy any souvenir or Bukhara ancient adornment (that is highly unlikely)you will get many pleasant impressions and gain extensive insight about Orient and its inhabitants.
Evening – participating in festival events (according to your choice):
The old town of Bukhara will burst into color and activity with the festive parade "Caravan of Wonders" marching from the Arc Citadel past Poi-Kalyan to the Lyabi Khauz Complex
Official opening of the festival at the Summer Theatre of the Lyabi Khauz Complex
Presentations by officials and guests
Folklore concert: Uzbek Philharmonic
Day 3: June, 4, 2011, Sat, Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. participating in festival events (according to your choice):
The sweetest part of the festival program with tasting of Bukharian sweets and halvah at the Gaukushon Madrassah
Unique opportunity to see the preparation of and taste plov made by the best oshpaz (chefs) during the Plov Contest in Kukeldash Madrassah
Tasting of the best wine of Uzbekistan at the Nugai Caravanserai
Demonstration of ethnographical fashion in the Summer Theatre of the Lyabi Khauz Complex. Clothes from natural fabrics will be showcased by models from different regions of Uzbekistan as well as guests from neighboring countries.
Night in hotel.
Day 4: June 5, 2011, Sun, Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. participating in festival events (according to your choice):
Continuation of wine-tasting at the Nugai Caravanserai
Official closing of the festival and awards ceremony for the best craftsmen and models at the Summer Theatre of the Lyabi Khauz Complex.
Festive dinner.
Night in hotel.
Day 5: June, 6, 2011, Bukhara-Tashkent (train ‘Sharq’ 08:05/14:40)
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to railway station.
Transfer to Tashkent. Arrival.
Free time in Tashkent.
Night in hotel.

Price of the tour :

Pax quantity in group
USD per pax for accommodation for BUDGET OPTION
Single supplement

The price includes:
  1. Accommodation in twin/double rooms (2*) with breakfasts;
  2. Entry fees for the main monuments of Bukhara & Tashkent;
  3. Sightseeings in Bukhara and Tashkent with professional English-speaking guides;
  4. Transport services pick up and drop-off services are included;
  5. Tashkent-Bukhara-Tashkent railway tickets (1-st class);
  6. Visa supprt letter (=LOI,VSL, Invitation Letter) for Uzbekistan visa;
The price doesn't include:
  1. International air tickets;
  2. Uzbek Visa fees;
  3. Additional services, doesn't mentioned in 'price includes' table.
Accommodation: (3*)
Tashkent- Raduss Jss 2* (or similar)
Bukhara- Sulton 3* (or similar)