Silk and Spices Festival in Bukhara

Overview

This beautiful tour is dedicated to the "Silk and Spices Festival" in Bukhara, the breathtaking architecture of the legendary cities of the Silk Road and the country's oriental culture. The traditional silk and spice festival is held in Bukhara every year on May 26-28. Its aim is to preserve the existing cultural heritage with all its specific characteristics and artistic ability and to support the arts and crafts such as gold embroidery, hand weaving, wood carving, carpet weaving, construction skills and the arts. The festival program includes performances by folklore groups from different regions of the country, national games and master class of Uzbek pilaf at the event “Pilawsayli”, a fashion show by young designers of Uzbekistan. A beautiful festive event will create an atmosphere of the oriental fairy tale that will bring the guests of Bukhara back a thousand years when the silk-laden caravans and the spices went from China to Europe through the mountain passes and deserted deserts and stopped in blooming valleys.

Day 1. Arrival to Tashkent

Flight to Uzbekistan. When you arrive in Tashkent, your  tour guide will be waiting for you and warmly welcomed you. Together with your private chauffeur, you drive to the hotel, where you can first arrive in peace. Overnight at hotel.

You will visit the Hasti Imam Square with the beautiful Barak Khan Medrese, the Tillja Sheikh Mosque and the Kaffal Shashi mausoleum made of simple brickwork. Here you can take a look at the Koran 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. In the evening transfer to the airport. You're flying to Urgensch. Reception at the airport and drive to Khiva. Overnight in Khiva.

Sightseeing around the city. Meeting with one of the most remarkable cities of the Khorezm oasis. It was the capital of the khanate in the seventeenth century and one of the great trading centers in Central Asia. The city is currently a historical center walled, a source of wealth with the authentic palaces of the Khan (Kunya Ark Citadel in the sixteenth century). You will visit Juma Mosque, Medrese Muhammad Amin Chan, Citadel Kochna Ark, Pachlovon-Machmud-Mausoleum, Alakuli Chan-Medrese etc. Free time in the afternoon, an opportunity for everyone to discover this beautifully preserved city. Overnight at hotel.

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 Bukhara.

Today the big festival begins. With many locals from all over the country you will take part in the opening ceremony of the festival “Silk & Spices” and in the festival parade. During the tour you will visit Minaret Choir, Poyi-Kalon Ensemble, the Koran Schools of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, Samanid Mausoleum, Ark Fortress, Lyabi House Ensemble and many monuments of medieval centuries. Overnight in Bukhara.

Today you experience the festival with performances, folk games and competitions. Craftsmen and cooks compete. You will have a unique opportunity to see performances of folklore bands from different regions of the country, national games, master class of Uzbek plov at the event “Palovsayli”, fashion show by young designers of Uzbekistan. Overnight at hotel.

Around Bukhara there are other attractions that you should not be hidden. Your guide will share the secrets of the summer palace of the last Emir of Bukhara - Sitorai-Mohi-Khosa - and show you the Chor Bakr mausoleum and the Bakhauddin-Nakhshbandi ensemble. This tomb is visited daily by pilgrims and gives you an insight into the living Islam. Finally, you will return to Bukhara again. The rest of the day is up to you. Overnight in Bukhara.

Drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz - birthplace of great Tamerlan (300 km). We visit the "White Palace" (Ak-Saray XIV century), including the impressive remains of the portal offer a unique mosaic decor. Kuk Gumbaz Mosque in the fifteenth century, the Gumbazi Seidan mausoleum and above all the Khazrati Imam Mosque are a reminder of the splendor of this city. In the late afternoon transfer to Samarkand (100 km). Overnight in Samarkand.

Capital of Tamerlane, the great city of ancient Sogdiana, lies at the crossroads of the main trade routes from China, Siberia, Persia and the west. This step alone is an essential point on the journey to understanding the power of the Khan dynasty at that time. Today your tour of breathtaking Samarkand continues. 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. Next visit Bibikhanum Mosque, Shahi Zinda Necropolis. Overnight at hotel.

In the morning you visit the old paper factory and the Ulugbek observatory (XV century), which tells the fascinating story of the little son Tamerlan and you have free time to stroll in the oriental bazaar. In the evening you will take the train to Tashkent. Overnight at hotel.

Transfer to the airport for the return flight home.

Services included: Services not included:
  • ►Round trip / excursions and transfer in air-conditioned modern vehicles
  • ►Domestic flight: Tashkent-Urgench in economy class
  • ►Train ticket “Afrosiyob” Samarkand-Tashkent express train in 2nd class
  • ►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 (10x breakfast, 10x 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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