This Religious tour takes the guests to the most sacred places of Uzbekistan with ancient cities Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and modern city Tashkent. In this tour the guests have chance to visit  Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari Mausoleum in Samarkand, in Bukhara the Naqshbandi Sufism complex— Islamic saint Bakhauddin Naqshband, the famous Asian philosopher and Sufi, the founder of a Sufi order which was later named Naqshbandi, lived in XIV century. He became patron saint and the complex is the holiest site in Bukhara, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Khiva and in Tashkent the Library of Muyi Moborak— means “the sacred hair”, a reference to a holy hair of the Prophet Mohammed. This museum holds rare Oriental manuscripts collection, among which the world’s oldest Koran, which was produced just 19 years after the death of Mohammed called Caliph Osman-Koran from the VII century which is written in a vellum.

ITINERARY & DETAILS

Day 1: Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent. Met in front of the arrival building of the airport by an English speaking guide from “Samaria Travel”and transfer to the hotel in Tashkent city.

Day 2: Tashkent-Urgench-Xiva

Transfer to the airport of Tashkent and flight to Urgench. Transfer from Urgench to Khiva. Transfer to the hotel and start to see the sights.

The sightseeing in Khiva city:

1990 the historical part known as a ICHAN QALA (“inner city” in Uzbek) was included into UNESCO World Heritage site. Full-day tour in ICHAN QALA. Khiva is divided into two distinct sections; one being the older, museum-like ICHAN QALA where striking examples of Islamic architecture were built over the span of 600 years; and the modern DICHON-QALA (“outside city” in Uzbek) where both the majority of the population live and where all of the modern buildings exist, but glimpses of Khiva’s greatness as a center of Islamic power still linger. Today, the entire city is home to about 90,000 people. The city is 35 km from the regional capital of Urgench and a mere 5 km from the border of Turkmenistan.

The feeling in Inner Fortress transfers people into the past in a city with narrow lanes, low houses, mosques, mausoleums and madrassahs.

Day 3: Xiva—Bukhara

After breakfast check out from the hotel in Khiva and transfer to Bukhara crossing the river Amu Darya and the desert Kyzylkum. Uzbekistan is located in between two large rivers and they are Amu Darya (known to the ancient Greeks as the Oxus) and the Syr Darya (the Arabs called it Jaxartes). Total drive is 470 km, takes more than 7 hours.

Day 4: Bukhara

The sightseeing in Bukhara city:

Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities in Uzbekistan with over 2500 years old.

Naqshbandi Sufism complex— Islamic saint Bakhauddin Naqshband, the famous Asian philosopher and Sufi, the founder of a Sufi order which was later named Naqshbandi, lived in XIV century. He became patron saint and the complex is the holiest site in Bukhara. He made 32 times the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and local people consider this place as little Mecca. Pilgrimages are made to this place from all over the world.

Chor Bakr Necropolis— located in the village of Sumitan 5 kilometers west of Bukhara. Chor Bakr complex, the tombs of four men (“chor” means four), who were all said to be descendants of the Prophet Mohammed.

Day 5: Bukhara—Samarkand

The sightseeing in Bukhara city:

Excursion starts with, functioning mosque Bolo Hauz (XVII century), the Citadel Ark (I-XX centuries) and Poi Kalon complex (“The foot of tall” in Uzbek) from XII-XVI centuries.

Afternoon transfer to train station and catch the train to Samarkand.

Day 6: Samarkand—Tashkent

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:

Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari Mausoleum— after the Koran, the book most revered by Muslims is “Al-Jome as-sahih” the collection of Hadith (words, actions and habits of the Prophet Mohammed) selected by, amongs others, Abu Abdullah Mohammed ibn Ismail Imam Al Bukhari. He was born in 810 in Bukhara, one the present cities in Uzbekistan. At the age of 16 he made pilgrimage to Mecca and then Al Bukhari was set on his chosen task of roaming the Islamic world in search of Hadith. His book “Al-Jome As-sahih (Secure book)” took 16 years to compile from over 600,000 traditions, gathered from over 1000 sheikhs.

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.

Afternoon transfer to train station and catch the train to Tashkent.

Day 7: Tashkent

After breakfast check out from the hotel and have a sightseeing in the city and transfer to the airport and flight home.

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.

The sightseeing in Tashkent city:

The sightseeing in Tashkent starts with the 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), and metro riding (the only Central Asian Underground, built in 1977).

Note: Right now in the complex of Imam al-Bukhari restoration works going on. The guests can visit the complex on the side not entering inside of it, sitting in the special place for visitors which is 50 meters away from the Al-Bukhari’s tomb where Imam of the mosque recite Sura from the Koran and also new mosque of the complex is planned to be ready the end of April of 2021.

Samaria Travel agency wishes you a good travel to Uzbekistan and can tailor the tour according to your wish, make private and tailor-made tours.