Trip Code: 04

The guide and driver meet the guests at hotel in Tashkent.

Day trip in Tashkent then trip to Samarkand by train and back to Tashkent

ITINERARY & DETAILS

Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and has approximately 3 million inhabitants. The city is located in the north eastern part of the republic, in the valley where the river Chirchik is located. In the North of Tashkent the snow-covered tops of Big and Small Chimgan mountain  can be seen. Tashkent is the fourth largest in the Commonwealth of Independent States after Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev.

Day 1: Tashkent

The sightseeing in Tashkent city:

Khazrati Imom Complex (XVI-XX centuries) the historical spiritual heart of the city (consists of functioning Friday mosque “Khazrati Imom Mosque” from 2007, Barak-Khan Madrassa from XVI-XVIII centuries—present-day serving as shopping place, Tellya Sheikh Mosque from XIX century, Muyi Moborak Library— holds rare Oriental manuscripts collection, among which the world-famous Caliph Osman-Koran from the VII century and the mausoleum of Abu Bakr Mohammed Kaffal Shashi, the first Koran preachers of Central Asia, who was also a famous scientist).

The market Chorsu (“four roads” in Uzbek, the commercial heart of the city and has been for hundreds of years).

Metro riding (the only Central Asian Underground, built in 1977).

Amir Timur Square—the centre of the modern city, is green space with plenty of flowers and fountains. The square covers the most important buildings both political and cultural. In the middle of the square is the statue of Amir Timur (known in Europe as Tamerlane) on horseback, hotel “Uzbekistan” which was built in 1974, University of Law (former Women’s Gymnasium), Museum of Amir Timur, well-known Tashkent Clock Towers (the first tower was constructed in 1947 to house the clock mechanism from Eastern Prussia, a war trophy brought back to Tashkent by watchmaker Ayzenshteyn), and Uzbekistan Forums Palace.

State Museum of Applied Art—founded in 1997, holds more than 7000 rare works of applied art created by golden hands of masters from the first half of XIX century to the present time.

Day 2: Tashkent—Samarkand

Morning transfer to the railway station of Tashkent to catch a train to Samarkand. A guide and driver meet the guests at the station, which is a starting point of the Samarkand tour.

Samarkand’s inimitable charm lies in the architecture of the past mosques, mausoleums, madrassahs and palaces, the mute witnesses to turbulent events in the long history of the city. All the monuments built during the zenith of medieval art are carefully preserved by the Uzbek people to the present day.

The sightseeing in Samarkand city:

Gur-Amir mausoleum (“the tomb of the king” in Uzbek) from XV century.

Registan square (“sandy place” in Uzbek) from XV-XVII centuries. A spectacular architectural ensembles, with fantastic Islamic designs and calligraphy etched into the facades of its mosques and madrassahs.

Bibi Hanim mosque XV century. The mosque was built in honour of Temur’s chief wife, Saray Mulk Khanum.

Local Siab market (“black river” in Uzbek)

Day 3: Samarkand—Tashkent

The sightseeing in Samarkand city:

The complex Shahi Zinda (“alive king” in Uzbek) from XII-XX centuries. Burial place of royal persons and nobles. One of the most spiritual place in Uzbekistan.

The Ulugbek Observatory (XV century).

Samarkand Handmade Paper Centre— for centuries Samarkand was famous for its mulberry paper and famed for its durability and resistance to insects. Production died out in the 18th century and this UNESCO backed project in the eastern suburbs aims to revive the 2000-year-old tradition. Guests can see process of making Samarkand paper from mulberry bark.

Prices:

1-person—680  

2-persons—560

3-persons— 520

4-persons—480

Single supplement 25 US

Prices in US dollar per person for 2021

Included:

Economy-class ticket for Tashkent-Samarkand-Tashkent

Accommodation in Tashkent 1 night 4* Hotel

Accommadation in Samarkand 1 night 3* Hotel

Ground A/C transport

English speaking guide

Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Sightseeing tour

Not included:

Meals

Gratuity/Tips for guide/drivers

Personal travel insurance

Your Samaria Travel team in Central Asia.