Crossing the religions- Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam (13 Days)

Overview

This 13 day tour will introduce you to the pre-Islamic and Islamic culture and history of religions of Uzbekistan. Many researchers believe that Central Asia, and Khorezm in particular, is the birthplace of Zoroastrianism and its prophet Zaratustra. Especially in the southern part of Uzbekistan, Buddhism played a central role for several centuries. The country is also true home to Islamic culture and Sufism. You can visit the numerous holy pilgrimage sites in the cities. During this trip you will visit the most famous cities and sights of Uzbekistan. You will discover the wonderful avant-garde exhibition in Nukus and explore the cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.

Day 1. Arrival to Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent. Your guide will be waiting for you. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

You can devote your first day in Uzbekistan to the sights of the multifaceted capital. You will visit the Khasti Imam Square with the beautiful Barak Khan Medrese, the Tilla Sheikh Mosque and the Kaffal Shashi mausoleum made of simple brickwork. Here you can take a look at the Quran handwritten by the third Caliph Osman (644-656) We continue with a visit to the huge Chorsu bazaar, whose oriental smells and spices will transport you into the fairy tales of 1001 nights. In the afternoon you will continue your exploration tour in the modern part of the city and visit the Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Overnight in Tashkent.

In the morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Termez. Today you visit Kokildor-Ota Chanaka, the fortress Kyrk-Kyz - a summer residence of the Samani rulers, the Sultan Saodat Ensemble and the Zurmala Tower - Buddha Stupa. Continue to the Buddhist archaeological site of Fayaz-Tepe and the mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi. Overnight at hotel.

You leave Termez in a north-easterly direction and drive (30 km, 50 min.) To the Graeko-Bactrian fortress - Kampyr-Tepe. Continue to Jarkugan Minaret (30 km, 50 min.). Return to Termez. During the trip you can enjoy the view of the Surghan Oasis and the Friendship Bridge, which connects Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Visit the Archaeological Museum to see finds from the region around Termez. In the evening, transfer to the train station. Travel by night train in a 4-person sleeping car to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand in the morning. transfer to the hotel.

Today your tour goes on to the stunning Samarkand. You will visit Gur-Emir mausoleum, the last resting place of the famous ruler Tamerlane. A short walk takes you to the heart of Samarkand, the beautiful Registan Square with its three magnificent madrasas: Ulugbek, Shir Dor and Tilla-Kari, Bibikhanum mosque, Ulugbek observatory. Overnight at hotel.

Today we visit the holy pilgrimage places of Samarkand. You will visit the tomb of Saint Makhdumi Dahbedi Azam (1461-1542 gg.), The Sufi and the descendant Hazrat Ali. Complex of Khoja Ubaydullaha Ahror Wali (1404-1490 gg.) - an important political figure, the spiritual leader of the Sufi order “Naqshbandi” in the second half of the 15th century. 30 kilometers away from Samarkand is the mausoleum and mosque Al-Bukhari. His work “Kitab as-Sahih” is considered a holy and instructive book according to the Koran. We continue to Bukhara in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel.

Bukhara was one of the most important cities on the Silk Road. Traders flocked to sell their wares, carpets, and jewelry. It was also an important developing home for many religions such as Zoroastrianism and later Islam. The program includes the historical sights. You will visit the Samanid mausoleum, Friday mosque, Bolo House, Ark fortress, mosque and minaret Kalon, Madrasa Mir Arab, Madrasa Ulugbek and Abdul-Aziz-Khan, dome bazaars, etc. You will visit the Jewish synagogue in Bukhara and learn the history and fate of the Bukhari Jews in Uzbekistan. Overnight in Bukhara.

Today's pilgrimage to the holy sites of Sufism begins with a visit to the graves of seven Sufi saints outside the city. You will visit the mausoleum of 7 Sufis from Bukhara: Abduhalik Gijduvani, Khodja Muhammad Orif Ar Revgari, Khodja Makhmud Anjir Fagnavi, Khodja Ali Rometani, Khodja Muhammad Boboi Samosi, Said Mir Kulal and Bahauddin Naqshbandi. Overnight in Bukhara.

As you drive through the Kyzylkum Desert, you will discover that the seemingly wasteland also has a lot to offer. You will drive along the Amu Darya River, the life-giving stream of Central Asia. In addition, your guide will use the time to tell you interesting facts about the country and its people. So you can look forward to a varied journey. Overnight in Khiva.

You will explore one of the best preserved cities on the Silk Road. The former capital of the Khiva Khanates from the 17th century has retained the fairytale atmosphere of an ancient, oriental city to this day. You will visit the old town of Khiva-Dschuma Mosque, Medrese Muhammad Amin Chan, Citadel Kochna Ark, Pachlovon-Machmud-Mausoleum, Alakuli Chan-Medrese and others. Overnight stay in Khiva.

Drive to Nukus through the Kyzylkum desert and visit the Khorezm remains. You will visit the Toprak-alter-Kala settlement, which was the capital of Khorezm in the III century AD. It is the only fully excavated monument in Khorezm. Its size and ingenuity of architectural design make Toprak-Kala one of the unique monuments of Khorezm. Ayaz-Kala was neither a city nor a settlement, it was a fortress complex in which groups of the Kushan dynasty settled. You have a good idea of the Zoroastrian religion. Continue to Nukus.

Visit the Savitskiy Art Museum in Nukus, the world's second largest collection of Russian and Central Asian avant-garde art. Visit to the tombs of Mizdakhan, whose tombs show a variety of Zoroastrian, Nestorian and Islamic influences. In the evening transfer to the airport. They fly to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.

Transfer to the airport in Tashkent. Here we say goodbye to the group. We have unforgettable memories. Flight home.

Services included: Services not included:
  • ►Round trip / excursions and transfer in air-conditioned modern vehicles
  • ►Domestic flight: Nukus-Tashkent, Termez- Tashkent in economy class
  • ►Train ticket ;Termez-Samarkand in a 4-person sleeping car
  • ►Overnight accommodation in middle-class hotels in a double room
  • ►English-speaking local tour guide throughout the trip
  • ►Entrance to the museums and monuments according to the program
  • ►Half board according to the program (12x breakfast, 12x dinner)
  • ►Uzbekistan Tourist Map
  • ►International flights (can be booked through us)
  • ►Tips
  • ►Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • ►The fees for using a camera in some of the attractions in the museums
  • ►Personal expenses

Number of participants: 2- 15 people
From 2 people as a private tour on your desired date.

The prices are valid for 2021-2022 and are based on 2 people, with reduced prices for larger groups on request.

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