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Navruz tours of Uzbekistan

Tour itineraryTashkent-Samarkand-Urgut-Samarkand-Shakhrisabz-Bukhara-Khiva-Urgench-Tashkent

Season: March 01 till Aprel 01, 2016

Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights

Group size: Min - 4 persons; Max - 20 persons.

Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Tour Price: from 750$ per person. Single supplement 195 $

Navruz is the Eastern "New Year" holiday, which is celebrated widely every year on March 21st in the most Asian countries. Navruz means "new day" if translate from Farsi. Navruz traditions are similar throughout the regions. Unlike the western New Year traditions, Navruz is celebrated in the daytime hours within the family members. The majestic square reflects the charm of the nature. Light breeze, beautiful flowers, chirping of birds fills the heart with joy. The people of the country are greeting this year’s Navruz with a special feeling. Folk and ethnographic groups perform various songs and dances on the stage. Lively songs, performances of wrestlers and riders demonstrate the unique sides of Navruz. Enjoy the celebration of Navruz holiday in Uzbekistan within your tour!


Early morning arrival in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, Central Asia’s hub & an eccentric kind of place, where you will be met by your guide (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish or Italian speaking) for your private transfer to the Hotel. Check-in. Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. After 11 a.m, embark on a city tour of the Uzbek capital. Visit the Museum of Applied Arts, with its exhibits of beautiful embroidery, local ceramics and wall hangings, and the Old Town with its narrow lanes, mud, brick houses, mosques and madrasas. Next explore the 16th century temples of Kukeldash and Abul Khassim Madrasa and the Chorsu Bazaar, a huge open market that draws people from the rural areas outside of the city. Then there is the area around Independence Square which is more like a large park. With several monuments and fountains, surrounded by impressive public buildings and filled with trees and flower beds, the square in Tashkent is a showcase of modern Uzbekistan. In the evening, enjoy dinner at city restaurant (B, D)

DAY 2.TASHKENT – SAMARKAND (by bullet train) 19/03/2016 (SATURDAY)

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Railway Station for the bullet train “Afrasiyab” departing to Samarkand at 08:00 (2hrs drive with speed up to 210 km/h). Arrival in Samarkand at 10:10.

No name is as evocative of the Silk Road as Samarkand. For most people it has the mythical resonance of Atlantis, fixed in the Western popular imagination by poets and playwrights of bygone eras, few of whom saw the city in the flesh. From the air your eye locks onto the domes and minarets, and on the ground the sublime, larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city’s long, rich history, indeed work some kind of magic. On arrival, check-in at the hotel before enjoying a free afternoon to begin exploring this city which was founded 2,500 years ago. Once called the “Pearl of the Muslim World,” Samarkand rose to great glory as a major trading port from the 2nd to the 16th century.

Upon arrival begin with Ulughbek’s Observatory and the superbly decorated necropolis of Shah-i-Zinda ensemble, a remarkable collection of tombs and mausoleums dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Afternoon check-in in your hotel, after some brief continue exploring the city’s historical spots:

The day’s highlight is famous Registan Square, a vast open square flanked by three richly decorated madrasas. Registan Square - an ensemble of majestic, tilting medrassas - a near overload of majolica, azure mosaics and vast, well-proportioned spaces. Medieval Samarkand's commercial centre and probably a wall-to-wall bazaar, it is nowadays, the centre piece of the city and one of the most awesome single sights in Central Asia. The three grand edifices (the Sherdor, the Ulughbek and the Tilla Sheikh madrassas) are among the world's oldest preserved ones. Continue to the enormous congregational Bibi Khanum Mosque, one of the largest and most lavish ever built, one of the largest and most lavish ever built, and the 15th century Gur Emir Mausoleum. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)


Breakfast at the hotel. Morning continuation of sightseeing.

Visit Afrasiyab Museum. Afrasiab Museum in Samarkand is a museum in Samarkand dedicated to the history of the city.The museum's exhibits illustrate the history of Samarkand’s development from the time of Alexander the Great conquest.

Afternoon free time for sightseeing and shopping in Siyab Bazaar.This bazaar has been swarming with people for five centuries since then; it is one of the oldest Central Asian bazaars. The bazaar's active life starts early in the morning and ends when it gets dark. The unique atmosphere of the oriental bazaar is created by inviting shouts of the salespeople, automobile honks, sounds of national music, smells of spices and roasted meat, fruit and vegetables of all colors… Here you can taste salty apricot stones baked in ashes, buy the famous round Samarkand bread – puffy, with golden crust. In the families of Samarkand bakers the art of making this unique bread has been passed down from generation to generation. Many tourists buy this bread as a souvenir: it remains beautiful and delicious for a long time. If somebody in his trip crosses Samarkand, he definitely buys this flat bread. They are very tasty and nourishing. Samarkand flat bread is the most exclusive flat bread in the world.

Visit Silk Paper Factory & Hudjum Fabrics.

Dinner in the Uzbek Local Restaurant. Overnight in the hotel. (B, D)


After breakfast transfer to Urgut village 40 km from Samarkand for celebration of Navruz. Navruz is the official holiday in Uzbekistan.

The holiday is full of original rituals and colorful ceremonies. Its celebration usually marks by concerts in parks and squares, trade fairs and national horseracing competitions, which are called “Kupkari”. Kupkari, (also known as uloq and buzkashi), is a wild, traditional sport played on horseback throughout Central Asia. The Uzbek annual spring kupkari tournament will be held at Samarkand's hippodrome to Navruz holiday. This game is compared to polo. Both games are played between people on horseback, both involve propelling an object toward a goal, and both get fairly rough. Two mounted teams attempt to deliver a headless and legless goat's or ram’s carcass weighing 30 - 40kg over the opposition's goal line. A line of horsemen flies off at the sign of the judge. One of them outrides the others and at full speed picks up the carcass of a goat from the ground. Tat fraction of a second is enough for the other riders to catch up with him and try to take away his trophy. This game called ulak or kupkari in Uzbek, means "the game of many people". In Russian the game is also called "flaying the goat".

You can also taste special patties with greenery, nishalda, a sweet dessert made of egg whites, whipped with sugar and scented roots of herbs, puff samsa, the fragrant pilaf... So, the table is plentifully served with delicious meals to Uzbek New Year-Navruz. 

You will taste sumalyak, a traditional meal to Navruz, which tastes like molasses-flavored cream made of flour and sprouted wheat grains. Sumalyak is cooked slowly on wood fire, sometimes with addition of spices.Back to Samarkand to continue celebration of Navruz. Dinner at the local restaurant. (B, D)


Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast transfer to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz by road. «The green city» as the name is translated, was known in due time as Kesh or Nasaf. Tamerlan was born near to city and has proclaimed its place of year’s palace.

The tour in the birth-place of Temurlan includes visits to places such as: Aksarai-Palace, Ko’k-Gumbaz mosque, Khazraty –Imam ansamble and Crypt of Temurlane.

But Shakhrisabz would not be as famous if on 9 April 1346, in the village of Hodja-Ilgar, Taraguy, Temur was not born to the family of a noble landlord. Amir Temur - the future statesman and great commander.

Have a short city tour in Shakhrisabz:

The Dorussaodat ("repository of power") memorial complex was intended for the whole Timurid dynasty and was founded after the untimely death of Timur's eldest son, Jakhongir, in 1376.

Ak Saray Palace - Much was written about this palace, especially by Rue Gonzales de Klavikho, the Spanish Ambassador to Amir Temur, who was an important figure in the history of Shakhrisabz. Parts of the portal that remained are evidence of the scale of its construction; Ak-Saray is still unsurpassed in its intricate mosaic and other decorations that showed off the arts of traditional craftsmen. Above the portal of the Ak-Saray are huge letters saying: "If you challenge our power - look at our buildings!")

Complex Doruttilavat - the house of reflection and contemplation. Creation of a memorable place is connected with a name of Judge Shamsiddin Kullol.

Mosque the Kok-Gumbaz (1435) a significant monument of architecture which serves today as a Friday mosque. Architectural construction, which name is translated as "a blue dome".

Arrival in Bukhara in the evening. Hotel check-in. Dinner at city restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel. (B, D)


Today, discover Bukhara, a city with the greatest concentration of historic monuments in Central Asia. Central Asia’s holiest city, Bukhara has buildings spanning a thousand years of history and a thoroughlylived-in old centre that probably hasn’t changed much in two centuries. Visit central Lyabi Hauz Square, the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, 18th century Bolo-Hauz Mosque and ancient Ark Fortress, the palace of the Emirs of Bukhara. Also see the magnificent Kalyan Mosque, the elegant blue-tiled Ulughbek Madrasa (Islamic school) and the summer palace of Bukhara’s last Emir, the Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa (Palace of the Moon and Stars). Dinner and a folklore show at a local restaurant. (B, D)



After breakfast, embark on a seven hour journey across the Kara-Kum (black sands) and Kyzyl-Kum (red sands) Deserts to Khiva, one of the most remote oasis cities of the Silk Road. Transfer to Khiva by road, crossing the river Amu Darya and desert Kizilkum. In Uzbekistan there are two great rivers: the boundary river Amu Darya (in antiquity called Oxus) and northern Syr-Darya (in antiquity called Yaksard). The length of Syr-Darya makes 2213km, and together with its inflow to Naryn 3019 km. Amu Darya originates in Hindu Kush, its length makes 2540 km. Amu Darya takes start in the east of Pamir where the river Pandj flows through gorges of Hindu Kush, incorporates with Vahsh, and then flows to Aral Sea as Amu Darya. Desert Karakum occupies the greater deserted areas of the Central Asia with its extent of 350.000 km and desert Kyzyl Kum the area of which occupies 300.000 km. In the south only the small part of desert Karakum, which means "black sand", belongs to Uzbekistan. Sands of Karakum, however, are not black, more likely "penalty" means as "dangerous". In the north situated the desert Kyzyl Kum ("red sand") which is stretched between the Amu Darya and Syr-Darya rivers. The desert at the certain hours during the day seems really reddish. Both deserts are not cleanly sandy deserts, they are covered by plants. As in the Central Asian deserts in one year drops up to 200 mm of deposits, mainly in the spring, both deserts not waterless. It can be felt especially in March when the carpet of grasses, consisting, first of all of a sedge, tamarisk, a saxaul, start to blossom. In deserts lives basically herbivore kowtowing animals: lizards, monitor lizards of the snake. If it’s goes lucky, it is possible to see wild camels and susliks.

Upon arrival in Khiva, drive to your hotel, check-in. Dinner at a local city restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 8.KHIVA 25/03/2016 (FRIDAY)

After breakfast at the hotel full day sightseeing in the city.

Khiva’s Old Town is preserved within 2,200 metres of unbroken fortified city wall. The town is entirely constructed of mud-brick with delicate blue and white tiled decoration and features many familiar architectural highlights of Central Asia. During our tour of Khiva we’ll visit the Kunya Ark, Kalta minor, Muhammad Aminkhan and Muhammad Rahimkhan medrassas, Juma mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja minaret, Tash Hauli palace and others. The list of sights worth visiting in Khiva is endless but since they’re all encapsulated in the compact old town, it’s easily doable in a day especially since we’ll be accompanied by a local guide. Khiva is spectacular by night when the moonlight silhouettes the tilting columns and medressas and the dim lighting and shadows in the twisting alleyways make it seem like a scene out of an Arabian Nights movie. Therefore, it would be a good idea to take a stroll around the old town today. Dinner at city restaurant. Overnight at Hotel. (B, D)

DAY 9.KHIVA – URGENCH – TASHKENT (by domestic flight) 26/03/2016 (SATURDAY)

Morning check out from the hotel and transfer to Urgench (30 km). Flight departing to Tashkent is at 09:20. Arrival in Tashkent at 10:40.

Here we will spend our last night in Uzbekistan. Exploring modern sights of the city such as Parliament Building, Monument of Courage, Alisher Navai Park, TV Tower (from outside), People’s Friendship Square, Romanov’s Castle & Tashkent Broadway.

Shopping in Chorsu Market & MegaPlanet Mall.

Farewell Dinner at city restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 10.TASHKENT – HOME 27/03/2016 (SUNDAY)

Your tour concludes with a private transfer to the Airport in the early morning. (B)




Hotel 4 *

Hotel 3 *



Hotel Wyndham, Hotel   Le Grand Plaza,

Hotel Uzbekistan, Hotel   Grand Nur



Hotel Asia Khiva, Hotel Euro Asia

Hotel   Hayat Khiva

Hotel Orient Star, Hotel Malika Khiva, Hotel Old Khiva



Hotel Asia Bukhara, Hotel   Minorai Kalon, Hotel Omar Khayam

Hotel   Karavan, Hotel Porso, Hovli Poyon, Hotel Aist



Hotel le   Meridian

Hotel le   Meridian



Hotel Reguistan Plaza,   Hotel Asia Samarkand, Hotel   Diyora

Hotel Bibikhanum, Hotel Sarbon, Hotel Ideal, Hotel Zarina



Price   includes:

  • Accommodation        x 09 Nights at the mentioned hotels (or similar) with breakfasts        (based on TWIN/DOUBLE/TRIPLE sharing rooms)
  • Ticket for the bullet train “Afrasiyab” for Samarkand-Tashkent route
  • Uzbekistan   Map per person
  • Comfortable  Transport as per program (Car for 2 pax, Minivan for 3-7 pax, Yutong Bus        for 10 pax +)
  • Entrance fees to the abovementioned monuments as per program (except photo/video char.)
  • Professional English, French, German, Italian, Spanish-speaking escort guide from arrival to departure  
  • Uzbekistan  Visa support Letter (Letter of invitation with Telex Number from MFA  
  • Meals:    All Breakfast
  • Tourist tax in Uzbekistan

Price   does not include:

  1. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  2. Domestic Tashkent-Urgench air ticket;
  3. Hotel charges for additional services;
  4. Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  5. Personal travel insurance;
  6. International air tickets

FIXED DATES: 18/03/2016-27/03/2016

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