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  • Date: June
  • Destination: Uzbekistan
  • Duration: 9 nights
  • Price: 2349
Destination Uzbekistan
From Dublin
Date 5th June 2019
Duration 8 Nights
Price €2,349pp
Flight Details Dublin to Tashkent, via Istanbul
Tashkent to Dublin, via Istanbul

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Uzbekistan

The region’s cradle of culture for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road. In terms of sights alone, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s biggest draw and most impressive showstopper.

Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva never fail to impress visitors with their fabulous mosques, medressas and mausoleums, while its more eccentric attractions, such as the fast disappearing Aral Sea, the fortresses of desperately remote Karakalpakstan, its boom town capital Tashkent and the ecotourism opportunities of the Nuratau Mountains, mean that even the most diverse tastes can be catered for.

Uzbekistan remains an extremely friendly country where hospitality remains an essential element of daily life and you’ll be made to feel genuinely welcome by the people you meet.

Explore this fascinating country on our 8 night escorted tour with guide-led daily tours.

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly Dublin via Istanbul to Tashkent.
On arrival in Tashkent, you will be met at the airport and with an accompanying guide and a driver transferred to the hotel.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Tashkent.
The Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan, Khast Imam Square is the Muslim center of Central Asia, which houses one of the first Koran in history. Tasting of local wines at the “Wine Vault” . Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 03 Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the domestic flight from Tashkent to Urgench by HY51 07:15 – 08:55 (subject to change). Transfer from Urgench to Khiva upon arrival (30 km / 40 min) Sightseeing in Khiva (Ichan Kala). Madrassah Abdullah Khan (1865), the mosque and the chambers of Anush Khan (1657), the khanaka and the mausoleum, the Pakhlavan-Mahmud mosque-the Sufi, the poet, the hero of the people; The mosque and madrasah of Said-bay (XVIII-XIX centuries), madrasah Allakulihan (1834-1835), Tim and caravan-saray Allakulihana (XIX century), Tash-Hauli (palace Allakulihana) (1830-1836 biennium). Sightseeing in Khiva (Ichan Kala). Juma mosque and minaret (1788-1789), Ak mosque (1832-1842 biennium), Said Alauddin mausoleum (XIV century), madrasah of Muhammad Amin Khan (1851-1852), minaret of Kalta Minor (1855), Cunya- Arch (1868-1888), the minaret Tura-Murat-Tour (1888), the madrasah of Muhammad Amin Khan (1871). Meeting the sunset on the Tower of Ak Sheikh Bobo; Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 04 Khiva – Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Long transfer from Khiva to Bukhara (450 km / 6.5 h). Accommodation at the hotel upon arrival in Bukhara (around 16:00). Dinner hosted by a local family. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 05 Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing in Bukhara. Ensemble of Lyabi Khauz: madrasah Nodir Divan Begi (XVI century), Kukeldash madrasah (XV century), Walk under the trading domes of the XVI century: Toki Saraffon, Toki Telpak Furushon, Toki Zargaron. Kalon Mosque (XVI century), operating madrassah Mir-i-Arab (XVI) at.). The Kalyan minaret and mosque (XVI century) is a symbol of Bukhara, which for centuries served as a beacon for caravans in the desert. Sightseeing in Bukhara. Fortress Ark (1st century BC – IX century), Bolo-Khaus mosque (XVIII century.) – a quarter mosque. Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub (XII – XVI centuries), inside there is a source of healing water, St. Job (Ayuba). Mausoleum of the Samanids (10th century) is a pearl of the architecture of Central Asia, the family tomb of the Samanid dynasty. Traditional Folklore show in local Madrasah. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 06 Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from Bukhara to Shakhrisabz (264 km / 3.5 h). Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz. Ak-Saray Palace (1380-1404), Dorus-Saodat (XIV), Hazrat Imam Ensemble (XIV), Jahongir Mausoleum (XIV), Dor-ut-Tilovat Architectural Complex; Transfer from Shakhrisabz to Samarkand (150 km / 2.5 h). Tasting varieties of local wines at the Khovrenko plant. Visit the heart of Samarkand – Registan Square (XV-XVII): Ulugbek, Tillya-Kori and Sher-Dor Madrasah. Dinner at a local restaurant on your return to Samarkand. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 07 Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing in Samarkand. Mausoleum of Gur-Emir (XIV-XV), where Tamerlan and his family are buried. Visit a paper factory where you can get acquainted with the process of making ancient Samarkand silk paper. Visit to the carpet factory in Samarkand. The Bibi Khanum mosque (XIV), built in honor of Tamerlane’s beloved wife. Mausoleum of Shahi Zinda (XIIXV): Alleged tomb of Kusama ibn Abbas (cousin of the Prophet Muhammad). Ulugbek Observatory (XV) – Astronomer, scientist, ruler, beloved grandson of Tamerlane. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 08 Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from Samarkand to Tashkent by private vehicle (300 km / 4.5 h). Sightseeing in Tashkent. Amir Temur Monument and Square, Monument “Courage”, Mustakillik Square (Independence), Romanovs’ Palace, Sailgoh Pedestrian Street (Broadway). In the Association of Cooks of Uzbekistan, we will have a master class on cooking Lagman. Our farewell dinner will be arranged here. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 09 Tashkent – Dublin
Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and departure from Tashkent back to Dublin via Istanbul.

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Price Inclusions

  • Overnight flight Dublin to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, via Istanbul
  • All Transfers on air-conditioned coach
  • 8 nights accommodation in Uzbekistan (see Itinerary)
  • Breakfast & dinner daily
  • Daily tours as outlined in the itinerary
  • Return transfer from your hotel to airport
  • Flight Tashkent to Dublin via Istanbul
  • Services of guide and local representatives
  • Taxes and charges including ecological fee included.
  • One 30kg check in baggage per person & hand luggage

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes as indicated
  • Single room supplement from €230
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit €500 per person
  • Full payment due 12 weeks before departure
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.

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Accommodation details

Tashkent – Uzbekistan Hotel 4 * (or similar)
Khiva – Hayat Inn 3 * (or similar)
Bukhara – Salom Inn 3 * (or similar)
Samarkand – City 3 * (or similar)

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
5 June 2019 €2,349

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