Tour Of The Fergana Valley

Delicate silk and unique ceramics

 

Country: Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Itinerary: Tashkent - Margilan - Kuva - Fergana - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent

Guarantee Dates Of Group Tours In 2018:

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№01* 22.03 - 24.03.2018   №07* 23.08 - 25.08.2018
№02* 05.04 - 07.04.2018   №08* 06.09 - 08.09.2018
№03* 19.04 - 21.04.2018      
№04* 10.05 - 12.05.2018   №10* 11.10 - 13.10.2018
№05* 14.06 - 16.06.2018   №11* 25.10 - 27.10.2018
№06* 09.08 - 11.08.2018   №12* 08.11 - 10.11.2018

* The tour can be adjoined to the "Classic Uzbekistan Tour"

The Fergana Valley is the land of hereditary artisans who have retained the ancient secrets of the manual production of silk and original ceramics until our days. In the valley you can visit silk making shops and a factory in Margilan, where you can watch the making of the famous handmade khan atlas satin following ancient technologies, and see the village of Rishtan, Uzbekistan’s main ceramic pottery. The blue glaze ceramics made in the village is truly unique and it is the ceramic souvenirs from Rishtan that are the most popular among tourists.

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Itinerary:
Day 1. Tashkent - Margilan (morning train) - Kuva- Fergana.
Transfer to railway station. Departure for Margilan by the speed train 060 (08:05-12:47). Meeting at the exit from the building of the railway station. Meeting with guide. Visiting “Yodgorlik” silk factory which is famous for handmade khan-atlas. Visiting an oriental bazaar and the Said Ahmad Khoji Madrasah, whose cells these days are used as handmade carpet making workshops. Transfer to Kuva. Visit to the ancient settlement, and monument to the famous medieval astronomer and the mathematician al-Fergani.Transfer to Fergana, check-in at hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Silk scarves. Margilan, Uzbekistan, fergana valley, tour to uzbekistan

Today we go to the East of Uzbekistan - to Fergana valley, an ancient historical and cultural region in Central Asia which once bore the name of Davan (translates from Chinese as ‘a very beautiful, picturesque place’).

Fergana Valley was once called Golden Valley thanks to its fertile fields. There are a lot of architectural monuments in the area tourists like to see. The local people still follow their centuries-old traditions in arts and crafts, cuisine and many other aspects of their everyday life.

Speed train arrives at the railway station in Margilan, which was an important point on the Great Silk Road.

In the 10th c Margilan was famous for its silks a long way from it in the East and in the West. In the VII-VIII centuries, breeding silkworm cocoons started here, and the city of Margilan became "silk" capital of the Central Asia. The best silk products were transported along the Silk Road to Baghdad, Kashgar, Khorasan, Egypt, Greece and Byzantium.

Yodgorlik Silk Factory. Uzbekistan, Margilan, fergana valley, tour to uzbekistan

You will have the opportunity to see these unique silks and hear some interesting things about silk making at Yodgorlik - Uzbekistan’s largest traditional silk factory. Here you can see the complete process of making silk fabric from the preparation of cocoons till and getting finished fabric. Techniques and methods of processing raw materials and manufacturing techniques of finished fabric passed down from generation to generation for almost 2 thousand years.

While in Margilan you will visit the oriental Bazaar, where you can also buy some Margilan silk and other authentic things. There you can obtain original Margilan skullcaps worn commonly by people in Tashkent and most of the Fergana Valley (except Andizhan).

Visiting an oriental bazaar and the Said Ahmad Khoji Madrasah, whose cells these days are used as handmade carpet making workshops.

From Margilan we shall go to Kuva, one of the valley’s oldest towns 20 km from the city of Fergana. Kuva was once situated on a section of the Great Silk Road (Route) connecting the Fergana Valley with Kashgar. Kuva was a craft centre producing glass and a variety of glass articles.

In Kuva we shall visit an ancient archaeological site dated to the 3rd century BC and a memorial complex dedicated to famous medieval astronomer and mathematician Al Fergani (in Europe known as Alfraganus).

Transfer to Fergana, check-in at hotel.

Fergana is a relatively young city. It was founded by General Skobelev in 1876. It should be noted that was a period of time when the city was named New Margilan.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. Fergana - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Rishtan, visiting pottery workshops of Rustam Usmanov and Alisher Nazirov (unique hand-made ceramics). Transfer to Kokand. Sightseeing tour around Kokand: Palace of Khudayar Khan, Mausoleum of Modari Khan, Juma Mosque, necropolis Sarymodor.
Departure for Tashkent by the speed train 059 (16:53 - 20:45). Meeting at the railway station.
Transfer to hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

pottery workshop, rishtan ceramics. Rishtan, Uzbekistan, fergana valley, tour to uzbekistan

Today are going to Rishtan, one of the oldest centers of the traditional Uzbek ceramics. They say Rishtan art of pottery is over 800 years old, passed down from generation to generation. The local masters use the fine quality reddish-yellow clay of the area, which is suitable for making a wide variety of ceramic items. Covered with the traditional blue-green glaze iskor, the decorative patterns of Rishtan ceramics is one of the richest. By the 1960s the traditional technologies had almost died out, but thanks to the efforts of the potters themselves, they have been revived. Today over 2000 craftsmen use both traditional and modern technologies to make a few million items per year.

You will have the opportunity to visit pottery workshops of Rustam Usmanov and Alisher Nazirov (unique hand-made ceramics), and see the process of making their truly unique ceramics and buy a piece or more of them*.

Next you visit the city of Kokand. Late in the 19th - early 20th c Kokand was the second largest city in Fergana Valley. It has existed since at least the 10th c when it was first mentioned in Chinese manuscripts. It stood at a crossroads of the ancient Silk Roads and was the main transportation junction in the valley. The city flourished in the 18th c when it became the Kokand Khanate’s capital and the religious center of the region.

Palace of Khudoyar Khan. Kokand, Uzbekistan, fergana valley, tour to uzbekistan

Among the sights stands out the palace of Khudayar-Khan, the last ruler of the city. This beautiful residence was built in 1871 by the best Ferghana Valley master craftsmen. Originally it had seven inner yards, seven buildings and 119 rooms, but only two yards and 19 rooms of it survive. In 2009 the residence was restored a little. Today it houses the city’s museum of regional studies (local history, ethnography, economy, etc.).

The necropolis of Kokand khans is another very interesting sight. It is full of very impressive mausoleums and tombs. Among them stands out Modarikhan Mausoleum, an architectural white marble and bronze masterpiece, built in memory of the famous poetess Nadira who was executed by order of Bukhara Emir.

You are also seeing the local Juma Mosque (‘Friday mosque’), built in 1800. The roof of its ayvan terrace lies on 98 pillars made of stone-hard Celtis wood. On the ceiling of the mosque, between the beams covered with decorative patterns, there are very impressive plaques with fine paintings. Juma mosque is part of Norbutabi Madrasah, built in 1799. It was the main religious center of Kokand. After 1991 the madrasah was reopened; over 80 students are studying there now. Emir Madrasah of the 18th с is another interesting sight.

Transfer to railway station. Departure for Tashkent by the speed train 059 (16:53 - 20:45). Meeting at the railway station of Tashkent. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

*For additional payment one of Rishtan’s artisans can give you a master class in making ceramics. The cost is - 15 USD/per person.

Day 3. Tashkent. Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out at 12:00. Leisure time (without any transport and excursion services). Visiting bazaars and walking around the city are recommended. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

The cost of the tour 2018:

Type of accommodation: Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
The cost of the tour for 1 person 225 USD 415 USD
SGL supplement +35 USD +135 USD

This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost includes:

Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double share with breakfast;
Sightseeing tour in each city according to the tour program;
Sightseeing tours with local guides in cities;
Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
Train tickets (economy class) for train (Tashkent - Margilan; Kokand - Tashkent);
A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour.
 

Cost does not include:

International air flights;
Sites entrance fees;
Meals;
Medical insurance.
 

Additional Services:

Visa support for Uzbekistan - 45 USD/per person;
For additional payment one of Rishtan’s artisans can give you a master class in making ceramics. The cost is - 15 USD/per person.

Hotels
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
- Hotels 3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
- Hotels 4* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Fergana Club Hotel 777
or similar
Asia Ferghana 4*
or similar
Tashkent Arien Plaza Hotel / Samir Hotel
or similar
Lotte City Tashkent Palace Hotel 4*
or similar

Transportation
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

"Hyundai Grand Starex"
(up to 6 seats)

Hyundai Grand Starex

"Mitsubishi Rosa"
(up to 15 seats)

Mitsubishi Rosa

"Golden Dragon"
(up to 45 seats)

Golden Dragon
Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Fridge
Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex Hyundai Grand Starex

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1

What nationals need visas to enter Uzbekistan?
Citizens of any countries other than Uzbekistan and the CIS countries enjoying visa-free regime agreements with Uzbekistan need visas to enter Uzbekistan or travel through its territory. These people can obtain Uzbekistan entry visas through a Visa Invitation Letter (Visa Support) from their host parties (host tour operators). Citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK can apply for Uzbek visas to embassies or consulates of Uzbekistan without getting Visa Invitation Letter, independently. Please read here for more information.

2

Is it necessary to get a stay permit (temporary registration of stay) while visiting Uzbekistan?
Any foreigner to Uzbekistan is to get a stay permit within 3 working days (consecutive or not) during his / her visit to the country. If he / she stays at an Uzbekistan hotel or a guesthouse, such a stay permit for the period of stay at it is granted automatically. (Inquire whether the hotel / guesthouse you want to stay at provides such a permit unless your accommodation is organized by a host tour operator. Also make sure you are given your stay permit certificate with the seal of your hotel / guesthouse when you check out.) If you stay at other lodging facilities during your visit, you will have to get your stay permit from a local visits registration police department.

3

What is Uzbekistan’s currency? Where can I exchange money?
The national currency of Uzbekistan is the som (UZS). There are 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000-som banknotes and 25, 50, 100 and 500-som coins used currently. The banknotes are similar in size but vary in color; they depict Uzbekistan’s cultural and heritage sites.
You can exchange money at Uzbekistan’s National Bank outlets, most of the hotels and official currency exchange offices commonly located near bazaars and at shopping centers. You will need your passport and stay permit to exchange money through them.
There is also a black market of currency exchange in Uzbekistan. Although its rates are higher, we do not recommend that you exchange money through its dealers (commonly individual money changers in the street, usually near bazaars). There is a risk of falling prey to cheaters or be arrested red-handed if you go for their services.
Note that the most common foreign currency in Uzbekistan is US dollars. The US banknotes you exchange in the country should be in good condition - without defects, bad folds, worn areas and scribbles - or it will be hard to exchange them.

4

Can I use credit cards in Uzbekistan?
You can use Visa and MasterCard cards mainly in Tashkent and at fewer locations in Samarkand and Bukhara for cash withdrawals through ATMs (cash machines) in their large hotels or banks. You can also make payments with these cards at some hotels, restaurants and stores in Tashkent. However, technical failures of the card handling equipment may occur, so it is advisable to always have enough cash on you.

5

What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.

6

Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stays in the country? s
Yes, they can if they have a stay permit to show.

7

Can I bring alcoholic beverages into Uzbekistan?
A person is permitted to bring a maximum of 2 liters of alcoholic drink(s) into the country.

8

What maximum amount of cash can I bring into Uzbekistan?
There is no limit on the amount of cash in a currency that is foreign to Uzbekistan a person can bring into the country. If you bring in over 5,000 USD (or the equivalent in other currencies), you will be given a ТС-28 certificate. If you bring in over 10,000 USD, you will have to pay a 1% duty on this sum.

9

What maximum amount of cash can I take out of Uzbekistan?
The amount of cash (in a currency foreign to Uzbekistan) you can take out of the country must not exceed the sum you brought in as per your arrival customs declaration. Taking out the amount exceeding the sum you brought in is possible if permitted by Uzbekistan’s Central Bank or another Uzbekistan’s authorized bank. Note that taking out Uzbekistan soms is not permitted unless they are several souvenir coins or banknotes.

10

Can I use a photo / video camera at the tourist sites?
Photographing and videoing at the tourist sites is allowed unless a site has a prohibition sign. They charge fees for using cameras at most tourist attractions though. Photographing and videoing is prohibited in Tashkent metro, at the airports and railway stations. Using a camera at the functioning mosques is possible if allowed by the worshippers there.

11

What kind of clothes should I wear in Uzbekistan? Are there any clothing requirements for women in the country?
Clothes made of cotton and other natural textiles will be the best choice in warm and hot weather. Both men and women will feel best in T-shirts and shorts. Your footwear must be comfortable, light and strong, since you will have to walk a lot. Have sunglasses, a light headwear and sunblock lotion.
If you travel early in spring (March to the beginning of April) or at the end of autumn (October to November), it is advisable to take a windbreaker, a sweater or a similar garment. In winter the temperature may fall to minus 10°С or so, so a raincoat, a warm coat and headwear will be necessary.
There are no strict limits on women’s clothing in the country. However, you should be considerate towards the local traditions, culture and religion. While visiting religious places women should wear loose garments covering most of their arms and legs, and of course the cleavage. Headscarves will also be advisable to put on. Note that you will have to take off your shoes while entering some of the sacred places.

12

What languages do people in Uzbekistan speak?
The official language is Uzbek; it is spoken by a majority of the population. Russian is spoken by the country’s largest Slavic minority and is still used widely in business and as a lingua franca, especially in Tashkent and other major cities. Tajik is widespread in Samarkand and Bukhara for their large Tajik ethnic minorities. Karakalpak is spoken in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan where it is an official language besides Uzbek. English is popular as a foreign language to study but there is little chance of coming across a good English speaker in the street. However, in the historic cities of Bukhara and Samarkand many young souvenir sellers dealing with foreigners speak elementary English.

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