We invite you to the grandiose and unique city of Samarkand to celebrate the New Year 2018! Mild and light winter, the most ancient monuments of the east covered in white snow, a first-class restaurant with the delicate and generous Uzbek cousin, a holiday show and enchanting dances and many other pleasures are awaiting you on the Eve of the New Year in the historical center of the ancient Sogdian Empire. Let this original New Year tour fill you with a lot of light, festive emotion and charge you with the wise energy of the East for the whole year!
Arrival in Tashkent. Your English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran, holy book, of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center, stroll around Amir Timur Square, Independence Square .Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure at 08:00 by train for Samarkand (300 km), Arrival in Samarkand at 10:10 am and transfer to the hotel Start sightseeing tour in Samarkand with a visit to the famous Registan Square – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori. After Registan, you will visit Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timurids dynasty; Bibi Khanum Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city; Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums; the Ulugbek observatory, which is one of the most important astronomical centers in XV. Then visit to Samarkand local bazaar – Siyab market.
Overnight at hotel.
Visit Alexis Cathedral for divine service. Alexis Cathedral was built in 1911 and consecrated in 1912 in honor of St. Alexis of Moscow, Metropolitan of all Russia (restored in 1992). St. Petersburg architect F. Smirnov designed cathedral. In the fall of 1909, it was devoted tab, and in the fall of 1911, the temple was built. In the twenties (XX century), the church was closed and used for other purposes. The bell tower and dome of the demolished in 1929. St. Aleksievsky Cathedral was on the territory of the military city. After the withdrawal of the military part of the cathedral was transferred to the balance of the Museum-State Reserve. In 1996, the St. Aleksievsky Cathedral was transferred to the Russian Orthodox Church.
Then visit the Christmas trees where the inhabitants of Samarkand celebrate the New Year celebrations. The party night. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Samarkand-Ravot village. 01/01/18
After breakfast, drive to the village Ravot. We explore the village on foot, that is the perfect way to meet our Uzbek friends, then with the help of the family we prepare a traditional lunch, you will also attend the preparation of pilaf rice, then we share a friendly lunch with the family. You will be introduced to the preparation of the samsa, traditional patty cooked from flaky pastry with meat or vegetables and cooked in the tandyr. You can see the New Year in the village.
Drive to Buzkashi (goat pulling) festival. Buzkashi is the Central Asian sport in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat or calf carcass in a goal. Traditionally, games could last for several days, but in its more regulated tournament version, it has a limited match time. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Transfer to the train station. Depature from Samarkand by fast train “Afrosiab” at 10:15, arrival in Bukhara at 11:50. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Lunch in a local restaurant. Start visiting to the sightseeing of Bukhara: Mausoleum of Ismail Samani (9th-10th century), ), Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub, Bolo-Haus Mosque (1712), Ark Citadel (6th-19th centuries), The Eastern Bazaar of Bukhara. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast. Continue the city tour in Bukhara. The Liab-i-Khaouz (XVIth-XVIIth century) , Minorai-Kalon and Poi-Kalon Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrassah, Toki-Zargaron, Kosh Madrassah (Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan), Magoki-Attori Mosque.A visit to three trading domes (covered bazaars). In XVI century, it was one of the biggest trade centers in Asia famous for its silk, jewelry and money exchange. Today tourists can also buy different souvenirs of a wide range: from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.
Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Free time in Bukhara. At 15.20 departure from Bukhara by train “Afrosiab” to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Departure from Tashkent. 06/01/18
Transfer to the airport in Tashkent. Here we say goodbye to the group. We will have unforgettable memories. Flight home.