Cultural treasures of the Silk Road

We invite you to an unforgettable trip to the land of legends - Uzbekistan. In this journey we get to know the Silk Road, visit old trading centers, experience the scents of the oriental bazaars, architectural masterpieces, the history of the individual regions and a wide variety of cultures and traditions. In addition to the historic cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent, we visit the fertile Fergana Valley, which is famous for the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, silk production and traditional handicrafts. We look over the shoulder of artisans, go on culinary forays and let us take you into the world of 1001 nights.
Tour-Code: UZB01
Culture trip
People, nature & history
12 Days/ 11 Nights
Together with the days of arrival and departure
Number of participants
Small groups: 4-14
Accommodation
Comfortable 3-4 * and boutique hotels
Features
Visit the most beautiful cities of Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent!
Two meals per day
All breakfasts & dinners
Transfer
From & to the airport; all excursions; domestic flight
Guide
English speaking guide during the whole trip
ITINERARY
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INCLUDED SERVICES
NOT INCL. INTO THE SERVICE
Day of arrival

• Arrival and transfer to the hotel
Your driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel.
• Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Drive to the Ferghana Valley

After an early breakfast we take the train to the city of Kokand, which is about 230 km from Tashkent. The city's development began in the 18th century when it became the capital of the "Khanate of Kokand" and a major religious center. Upon arrival we visit the magnificent Islamic palace of Xudayar Khan. This is a beautiful building complex with a main facade decorated in bright colors with different ornaments, geometric figures and floral patterns. We visit the interiors and courtyards of the palace, which is now home to a museum of regional studies with exhibits on the history of the city and the region. Then we take a look at the imposing Juma Mosque (UNESCO World Heritage). In the 18th - 19th centuries, this mosque was allowed to be used not only as a place of prayer, but also as a place of assembly and teaching. The uniqueness of the building lies in the geometry of the interior, which is created by 212 carved slender pillars. This makes the Juma mosque an incomparable building across Central Asia.
In the afternoon we reach Rishtan, the center of Uzbek ceramics. The first evidence of ceramic production was found here in the 13th century. The clay soils in the area were particularly suitable for particularly fine pottery. Therefore, this city soon became the most important ceramics center in the entire region. During our visit, a master potter explains and shows us the process of making the ceramics.
We enjoy our dinner in a local restaurant in Ferghana.
• Overnight at the hotel in Ferghana
• Breakfast atk the hotel
• Ferghana city tour

Ferghana is a fascinating combination of western and traditional Uzbek lifestyle: from modern restaurants and bars to oriental bazaars. In the ferst part of the day we explore the city, its streets and its cultural center.
• Visit to the silk factory "Yodgorlik" in Margilan
Afterwards we drive through varied landscapes to Margilan, one of the old cities of Uzbekistan. The city became a legend of Alexander the Great. The chicken and bread dish (Pers. Nan) offered to him is to form the basis for the place names. As early as the 9th century, Margilan was an important stop on the Central Asian Silk Road and war was well known for silk and aromatic pomegranates. The right-hand silk manufacturer "Yodgorlik" is still located here, where silk is made in the traditional way by hand. Here we can learn all steps of the silk production.
• Drive to Istarawschan (Tajikistan)
Upon arrival we will visit the most photogenic sight of the old city of Istarawschan - the Kok Gumbaz (Blue Dome), an ornate tiled mosquebuilt by Abdul Latif Sultan from 17th century and madrasa, where students are still taught.
• Dinner and overnight in Istarawschan
• Frühstück im Hotel
Die orientalische Perle Samarkand
Samarkand is one of the oldest cities in the world that was built around 750 BC, and fast became one of the centers of the famous Silk Road. We explore the history of the city and its surroundings and visit a historical museum and in the archaeological site "Afrosiyob". Among the artefacts that the museum preserves there are the remains of ancient swords, knives, arrows, coins and manuscripts, statues and much more.
On the second part of the day we come to the historical building complex "Shahi-Sinda" (German "living king"), one of the most famous mausoleums in Asia. Starts from the 14th century the nobles of the Muslim dynasty of the "Timurids" were buried here. The powerful dynasty founded by Timur (also known as Tamerlan) ruled Central and Southwest Asia from 1370 to the 16th century, including the territory of today's states of Afghanistan, Iran and Uzbekistan.
Our path continues to the paper factory, where centuries-old traditions are still alive. Here we experience the traditional production process of papers, which are made from the fibers of the mulberry tree in the traditional way. At the end of this eventful day we visit the observatory of Ulug Beg from the 15th century.
Ulug Beg was one of the rulers of the Timurid dynasty and the grandson of the great Amir Timur. In contrast to Tamerlan, Ulug Beg was enthusiastic about science and was also known as a very precise astronomer. Samarkand became one of the centers of science during his reign. One of the masterpieces at that time was the observatory he built. After the death of his father in 1447 Ulug Beg was unable to retain the power he had under the succession and was killed in Samarkand at the instigation of his own son.
• Dinner and overnight in Samarkand
• Breakfast at the hotel
• City tour through Samarkand

Today we continue to explore Samarkand and visit Registan Square with three impressive, huge and artistically decorated madrasas (educational institutions, schools) and the Islamic university, where only the sons of rich families studied: the 15th-century Ulug Beg Madrasah, the 17th century Sherdor Madrasah and the 17th Century Tillakori Madrasah. Then we stroll through Tashkent Street with manz beautiful souvenir shops. This leads us to the most important sights of Samarkand, in particular to the largest mosque in Central Asia - the Bibi Khanum Mosque. Here we hear exciting stories and legends about the masterpiece. Afterwards a visit to an oriental bazaar awaits us. Trying raisins, apricots and nuts is expressly desired on a culinary foray into the bazaar. In the evening we cook a typical meal with an Uzbek family.
• Overnight in Samarkand
• Breakfast in the hotel
• Drive to Shahrisabz

On the historic Great Silk Road you drive through the beautiful mountain landscapes to the city of Shahrisabz (the "Green City"), the hometown of the famous ruler Amir Timur. This city was probably founded in the 3rd century BC. At that time the city was known for its craft and trade and it was one of the centers of Zoroastrianism, a belief found especially in the Iranian cultural area. It is said, Alexander the Great in around 328 BC has met his future wife Roxana here. In the 6th-8th centuries the city was called Kesch and was a Sogdian trade center. Amir Timur, who later created one of the greatest and most powerful empires of his time, was born here in 1336. During his reign he transformed Shahrisabz into one of the largest and most developed centers of the Orient the era of the Timurid dynasty, the impressive Ak-Saray Palace ("White Palace"). The use of mainly dark and light blue mosaics, the large geometric and epigraphic patterns, give the portal of the palace a special softness of colors and a mysterious touch. Its huge walls are 38 meters high and impress everyone who comes here. The portal opens the way to the great Amir Timur monument and the museum with a collection of ceramics, clothing and jewelry, in which we learn about the history of the rich and powerful Timurid dynasty.
In the late afternoon our journey continues to Bukhara - the famous, rich oasis town in the Kyzylkum desert.
• Dinner and overnight in Bukhara
• Breakfast in the hotel
• Bukhara city tour

In the middle of the desert is the oasis city of Bukhara, also called "the star of the Islamic world". About 2,500 years ago, the city was founded as a royal citadel by a Persian prince. Thanks to its excellent strategic location, the city developed quickly. In the 13th century It reached considerable economic and cultural importance, but was conquered by Genghis Khan's troops in 1220. The Red Army invaded again in 1920. Each of these epochs left important marks on the culture and architecture of Bukhara. Today we begin our acquaintance with the city by visiting the mausoleum of Ismail Samani, one of the ancestors of the Samanid dynasty who renounced Zoroastrianism and adopted Islam in this area, then take a look at the Muslim sanctuary "Chashma Ayub "from the 14th century and explore the city on foot. We stroll through old streets of the city with imposing active mosques, madrasahs and the "classic" architectural complex "Labi Hauz" in the city center, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
• Dinner and overnight in Bukhara
• Breakfast in the hotel
• Visit to the Choir Minor Medrese and Bahauddin Naqshbandi Memorial

After breakfast we continue to explore the city and visit the choir Minor Medrese ("Four Minarets") with an Indian architectural style that is unique in Central Asia. Afterwards we visit the magnificent summer residence of the last Bukhir Emir - Sitorai Mokhi Hossa, also known as "The Place , where the moon and stars meet. "The residence was built at the end of the 19th century by order of Emir Ahadkhan by the best craftsmen in Russia at the time.
Then the path leads us to the memorial of Bahauddin Naqshbandi, one of Tamerlan's 14th century Sufi spiritual mentors. As a boy, Bahauddin Naqshbandi experienced visionary appearances and was recognized as a brilliant Islamic scholar. His philosophy was based on the principle "In the heart - God, in the hands - work". Today his mausoleum is considered the Central Asian Mecca.
In the afternoon we have time to explore Bukhara's Jewish neighborhood and visit a doll's workshop. The family working here has been making dolls for generations and also performing puppet shows. In the evening we enjoy traditional Uzbek dishes in the restaurant.
• Overnight in Bukhara
• Breakfast in the hotel
• Drive to Khiva

Today we continue through the semi-desert areas Kysylkum ("Red Sand") and steppes to the oasis city of Khiva. Founded in the 6th century, thanks to its strategic location on the connecting route between India and Europe Khiva was already at that time an important trading city in the Orient. In its rich history, the city survived the invasion of Genghis Khan's host in the 13th century, the Persians in the 18th century and the Russian Empire in the 19th century. History left a rich cultural heritage in this city, which was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1990. Many souvenir shops, workshops and museums can be explored in many of the beautifully restored buildings. Upon arrival in the early evening we suggest exploring the city on your own.
• Dinner and overnight in Khiva
• Breakfast in the hotel
• Khiva city tour

Today we visit the old town of Khiwa "Itschan Kala", which has remained unchanged for several centuries and has retained its historical, oriental character. It is surrounded by an approximately eight meter high city wall with strong bastions. It is a fairy tale made of stone from 1001 nights. Today life pulsates here as in the old days. On a tour today we explore the citadel "Konya Ark" (German "old fortress"), the madrasah, mausoleums and the Dschuma mosque, whose wooden beam ceiling is supported by 212 wooden columns decorated with elaborate carvings.
• Dinner and overnight in Khiva
• Breakfast in the hotel
• Flight to Tashkent
• Tashkent city tour

After breakfast we are driven to the airport in Urgench and fligh to the capital - Tashkent. Upon arrival we start a city tour in the beautiful city. We visit Khast Imam Square with the 16th century madrasah "Barak Chan" with the rich library of oriental manuscripts. Here is kept the world-famous Koran of the Caliph Osman, the main source of the holy book of Islam, which was probably written in the 7th century. The historic facility is located in the old town and still consists largely of old mud houses that survived the 1966 earthquake. Then the colorful bazaar "Tschorsu" invites us to stroll. The bazaar was already known in the Middle Ages and stood at the intersection of the caravan processions of the Great Silk Road. Today it is one of the largest markets in Tashkent, which is not far from the central parts of the city. In the afternoon we walk through the modern city of Tashkent and can get an interesting impression of the country and its people.
In the evening we have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
• Overnight in Tashkent
• Breakfast in the hotel
• Transfer to the airport

At the agreed time the driver will wait for you in the hotel lobby and take you to the airport.
• 11 x nights in 3-4 * & boutique hotels
• 11 x breakfast
• 8 x dinner
• Dinner with an Uzbek family
• Farewell dinner in the restaurant
• Transfers from & to the airport
• All described excursions
• English speaking guide during the whole trip
• Fligh tickets from Urgench to Tashkent
• Entrance tickets
International Flights
Not mentioned meals and drinks
Self-organized excursions
Insurance
Tips
DATES & PRICES
We will be glad to prepare this tour on other dates upon your request!

Guaranteed discounts:
- 8% for groups of 10 people or more