Silk and Spice Festival in Bukhara

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  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departs: 22/05/2019
  • Arrives: 01/06/2019
  • Price From: €1,090

This beautiful tour is dedicated to the “Silk and Spices Festival” in Bukhara, the breathtaking architecture of the legendary Silk Road towns and the oriental culture of the country. The traditional silk and spice festival is held every year in Buchara on 26-28 May. Its aim is to preserve the existing cultural heritage with all its specific characteristics and artistic skills and to support art and crafts such as gold embroidery, hand weaving, woodcarving, carpet weaving, construction skills and art.
The festival program includes performances of folklore bands from different regions of the country, national games and fun, master class of Uzbek Plov at the event “Palovsayli”, fashion show by young designers of Uzbekistan. A beautiful festive procession will create an atmosphere of oriental fairy tale that will bring back the guests of Bukhara for a thousand years, when the silk-road caravans and spices from China to Europe passed through the mountain passes and desert and stopped in blooming valleys.

Day 1
Arrival in Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent. Your English-speaking tour guide will meet you. Transfer to the hotel, check-in .Time for discussion itinerary and other details with your guide.

Overnight at hotel

Day 2

Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva

Breakfast.

Guided sightseeing tour of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. You will start with visiting old part of the city: Architectural complex Khast-Imam  where the world famous Quran, holy book of Caliph Usman 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 visit the huge Chorsu Bazaar, whose oriental smells and spices will put you in the tales of 1001 Nights, stroll around Amir Timur Square and Independence Square.In the evening transfer to the airport. Flight to Urgench. Arrival in Urgench Airport. Transfer to Khiva (30 km). Hotel check in. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 3

Khiva

Sightseeing tour in the old part of Khiva – Ichan Kala known as “Inner town”. Ichan Kala is the biggest open air museum in Central Asia and consists of the following architectural monuments:  Ata Darbaza (West Gate), Kunya Ark, Muhammad Rakhim-Khan Madrassa, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, Kalta Minor Minaret, Jome Mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja Madrassa and Minaret, Said Alauddin Mausoleum, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, the last Khiva Khan Allakulikhan’s Madrassa and Tosh Hovli Palace, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulikhan.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 4

Khiva-Bukhara

Breakfast.

Transfer to Bukhara via the Kizil Kum desert. On the way stop to enjoy views of the desert and Amudarya River. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon. Check in to the hotel.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 5

Bukhara Silk and Spice Festival / Opening Ceremony

Breakfast

Today you will have unique opportunity to participate in the opening ceremony of great festival “Silk and Spices”. The festival program includes performances of folklore bands from different regions of the country, national games and fun, master-classes, fashion show from young designers of Uzbekistan.

 Start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara. . Visit the Samanids mausouleum, Ark Fortress,Chashma-Ayub, Kalyan Ensemble, Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque,Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah, trading domes, Lyabi-Khauz complex, Chor-Minor Madrasah.

 Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 6
Bukhara- Silk and Spice Festival

Breakfast

The second day of the festival. Free day in Bukhara.  You continue having experience the festival with performances by yourself: folk games and competitions. Beautiful festive procession will start its way near the gates of Ark fortress and head to Lyabi hauz- heart of the ancient Bukhara.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 7
Bukhara- Silk and Spice Festival

Breakfast

Start Sightseeing around Bukhara. Visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last Emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor Bakr necropolis. You have free afternoon.

 Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 8
Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand

Breakfast

Drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz. Shakhrisabz is a home – town of Tamerlane and during our 2-hour sightseeing tour, you can enjoy the bright example of Central Asian architecture of XIV-XV centuries by visiting: The Ak-Saray Palace – used to be a huge and incredibly beautiful residence of Timur. There are only two pylons (entrance part of the palace) preserved up to this day. Darus Saodat Compldex with Hazrat Imam’s Mosque and Jekhangir’s Mausoleum. Darut Tilavat complex with Kok Gumbaz (Blue Domed) Mosque of Ulughbek, Gumbazi Saidon and Mausoleum of Sheykh Shamsuddin Kulol. Arrival in Samarkand. Hotel check-in.
Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 9

Samarkand

Breakfast

Start sightseeing 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 Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city; Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums.

 Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 10
Samarkand-Tashkent

Breakfast

In the morning, you will visit the old paper manufactory and the Ulugbek observatory, which is one of the most important astronomical centers in XV. Then visit to Samarkand local bazaar – Siyab market. You have free afternoon. In the evening, you take the train to Tashkent.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 11
Departure from Tashkent

Transfer to the airport for the return flight. End of the tour.

 

Services and price

 Price per Person 2019

Participants 2 4 6 8 10 12 14
Option Economy 1090€ 950€ 845€ 815€ 795€ 765€ 750€
Option Comfort 1220€ 1075€ 970€ 935€ 910€ 890€ 880€
Single Supplement Option E:160€ Option C: 230€

Guaranteed execution from 2 persons.

Changes in the itinerary reserved.

 Visa necessary.

Included in the price: Not included in the price:
  • Domestic flight: Urgench-Tashkent
  • Aairport transfer
  • Transport during the itinerary according to the program
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Train ticket: Samarkand- Tashkent “Afrosiyob”
  • Half board (dinner)
  • Accommodation in double room in the hotel
  • Entrance to the museums and sights
  • Uzbekistan Tourist Map
  • 0.5 liters of water per day
  • International flights (can be booked through us)
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for local guides and support staff
  • Fees for using a camera in some of the museums’ attractions
  • Other issues – souvenirs and drinks etc.
Option Economy Option Comfort
Tashkent-  2 nights
Shodlik Palace, Uzbekistan or similar Sharq, Grand Atlas or similar
Khiva- 2 nights
Arkanchi, Orient Star Khiva or similar Asia Khiva, Bek Khiva or similar
Bukhara- 4 nights
Hovli Poyon, Lyabi House or similar Asia Bukhara, Malika Bukhara or similar
Samarkand- 2 nights
Bibikhnaum, Marokand or similar Asia Samarkand, Diyora or similar
Travel dates Group 2019
From to
22.05.2019 01.06.2019 available from 1090€  Request
Chevrolet Lacetti Sedan 2 Persons (4+1 seat)
Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan 2 Persons (4+1 seat)
Chevrolet Orlando Minivan 2-3 Persons (6+1 seat)
Hyundai Starex Minivan 3-5 Persons(6+1 seat)
Joylong Minibus 4-8 Persons (14 seat)
Zhongtong Bus 9-15 Persons (23 seat)
Zhongtong Bus 15-30 Persons (34 seat)
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