Navruz - Spring Festival

Itinerary:               Tashkent – Khiva – Bukhara –Samarkand – Samarkand

Duration:                7 days / 6 nights

Transportation:      bus/train

Accommodation:    3*** / 4**** hotels

Описание:          «Navruz» celebrated on March 21, in the day of spring equinox and represents the beginning of the new year on the eastern calendar. Since from the beginnings in antiquity, «Navruz» was first and foremost a national holiday. «Navruz» translated from Tajik Nav – new, Ruz – dayNew Day. On this day, folk festivals, various games were organized, toys (whistles) were distributed to children, spring dish "Sumalak" were prepared. But the crown of holiday entertaining, and an integral part of the celebration of the spring of the new year, no doubt, has been and still remains, the ritual meal Sumalyak. A dish which prepared on the basis of germinated grains of wheat and flour, a sweet dish from ancient times was considered curative and gives man life-giving force in the coming year.




Days Destination PROGRAM

Day 1

Tashkent Arriving to Tashkent, transfer to hotel and check-in.  Free time. Take part in festival ceremonies in Tashkent. Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 2


Breakfast. Transfer to Tashkent airport for morning flight. Arriving to Urgench. Transfer to Khiva, check-in hotel.

Sightseeing tour in a city, «Khiva – fairy tale of 1001 night» including: Mukhammad Amin Khan Medressa (1852), Kalta Minor Minaret (1851), Djuma Mosque (X – XVII c), Kunya Ark (XVII c.), Mukhammad Rakhim Khan Medressa (XIX c.). Take part in festival ceremonies «Navruz».

Lunch. Continue sightseeing tour: Pakhlavon Mahmud Mausoleum (XIV - XIX c.), Islam Khodja Minaret and Medressa (1908 – 1910), Allakulikhan Medressa and caravan serai (1835), Tash Khauli Palace (1825 – 1842),

Dinner in Allakulikhan Medressa. Back to hotel. Free time. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 3


Breakfast. Drive to Bukhara (450 km, 8 h). Lunch at picnic. Upon arriving to Bukhara transfer to hotel, check-in. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Bukhara
Day 4


Full day sightseeing tour in Bukhara. 

(It is – one of the oldest cities Central Asia, «Star of the Islamic World» and «The holy city of Central Asia» has gained its title by the reason of – in ancient times there were 360 mosques and 80 medressas).

During sightseeing you will visit Samanid Mausoleum (9-10 c) – tomb of dynasty rulers of Bukhara, Lyabi Khauz ensemble (17 c.), Ark Citadel (11-12 c.) – Ark, was fortified center of Bukhara Emirate as well as, here you can enjoy by visiting many historical sights of Bukhara.

Day 5


After breakfast drive to Samarkand.

Visit Bakhauddin Naqshbandi Complex.

(Bakhauddin Naqshbandi is on of the most respected Sheikh of Islam, mausoleum of the founder of one of the Sufi mazkhab (trends).)

On the way we stop in Gijduvan, visit house workshop of famous ceramic master in Uzbekistan — Abdulla Narzullayev. Get training lessons in preparing ceramic products and Uzbek plov (osh).

After lunch visit Imam Al-Bukhari Complex.  (He was a well-known personnel of Islamic world, author of hadith «Al-Jamiy as-Salih», or «Trustworthy», which is the second Muslim book after the Koran).  

Arriving to Samarkand, transfer to hotel, check-in.  Free time.

Dinner.  Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 6

Samarkand Tashkent

Sightseeing tour in Samarkand.

(Samarkand – described as «Pear of the East». Former name: Marakanda and Sogdiana. «City of Legends», is one of the ancient cities in the world, same ages as Babylon and Rome, oasis of ancient Silk Road and capital of great empire Timurid.  Visit to: Bibi Khanym Mosque (14 c.) – the mosque was built by ruler and founder of Timurd Empire, Amir Temur for his beloved wife Bibi Khanym; Ulugbek observatory (15 c.) medieval architectural monument: Gur Emir Mausoleum (15 c.)- the tomb of Conqueror Amir Temur; Registan Square (15 c.) – remarkable pearl of Samarkand. Lunch. Continue sightseeing tour. At 17:00 transfer to high-speed train Afrosiyob to Tashkent, arriving to Tashkent at 19:10. Transfer to hotel, check-in. 

DinnerOvernight in Tashkent. 
Day 7


Tashkent city tour («Khast Imam» Ensemble has been built near the tomb of Imam of Tashkent, scientist, expert of the Koran and hadith, one of the preteachers of Islam in Tashkent, poet and craftsman).  Transfer to Tashkent international airport. Departure for home…