Samarkand- Pearl of the East

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  • Duration: 1 day
  • Price From: 75€

One of the ancient cities of Central Asia – Samarkand – well known for its history, sights and legends. It is the city of mysteries. The exact age of the city is not specified so far, for example. There are several version, according to one of them, Samarkand is over 2750 years old (according to Avesta, the holy book of Zoroastrians), on the other version – 3700 years old (by Arab historian Abu As-Nesefi) and the third version – 4700 years old (according to number of Arab historians). Anyway, there is no need to argue about how ancient Samarkand is. Uzbeks say that the Samarkand is as old as Earth.
Besides the great mysteries, there are a huge number of monuments. Bibi – Khonim mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Muslim world, madrassas and ruins of famous observatory of oriental philosopher and astronomer – Mirzo Ulugbek, astonishing gardens and numerous museums. A rare city in Arab world has such a rich collection of architectural monuments of Muslim culture.

 
Samarkand

Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Samarkand. You will visit: Registan Square (meaning “sandy place”) became an official centre of Samarkand since Tamerlane the Great’s time. The Square consists of the Ulugbek’s madrassah (1417-1420), the Sher-Dor madrassah (1619-1636), and Tilla-Kori madrassah (1646-1660); Mosque Bibi- Khanum (named in hohor of Timur’s eldest and favorite wife); Siab bazaar, a colorful main farmers’market; Necropolis Shakhi-Zinda and ensemble of mausoleums of the 11th-19th centuries (According to the legend, the ensemble was erected around the grave of Kussam, a son of Abbas and the cousin of the prophet Mohammed); Gur-Emir Mausoleum (graves of Tamerlane and his descendants, XVc); Afrosiab museum of the city foundation; Observatory of Ulugbek (Ulugbek, Timur the Great’s grandson, was the founder of the unique constructions of the observatory (1428-1429); A visit to the Silk Paper Center “Meros” to see the ancient process of paper making.

Services and price

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Prix par personne 75 € 70 € 65 € 60 € 55 € 50 €

 

 

Service included: 
  • Transport during the itinerary according to the program
  • A local English-speaking guide
  • Half board meals
  • Entrance to the museums and monuments
  • Uzbekistan Tourist Map
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