Samarkan – הפנינה של המזרח

Samarkand, a magical name and an almost mythical city that fascinates. Contemporary Babylon and Thebes, the "Marakanda" of the Greeks is one of the oldest cities in the world since more than 3000 years of history.

It experienced a flourishing period in the 14th century when the emperor Tamerlane made it the "Pearl of the Orient: an exceptional city, covered with palaces, mosques and monumental madrassas (Islamic schools) Samarkand was the hub of commerce on the Silk Road and the main city of the ancient Sogdiana.
It thrives at the crossroads of major trade routes from China, Siberia, Persia and West, up surge of Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan.

The Samarkand heyday came two centuries later, when Tamerlane made it the capital of his empire.

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 is surrounded by 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 cousin of Mohammed); Gur-Emir Mausoleum (graves of Tamerlane and his descendants, 15c); 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.

Price includes:
• Guided sightseeing tour;
• Entrance fees to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
• Transport throughout the city tour.


Number of travellers 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Price per Person, USD 80 70 75 65 60 55 50