Oriental Dastarkhan

Gastronomic Tour to Uzbekistan.
Culinary Experiences & Chef's Masterclasses

 

Country: Uzbekistan View the route map »»
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Itinerary: Tashkent - Jizzakh - Khayat mountain village - Aydar Lake - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Qarshi - Bukhara
Extension program (3 days/ 2 nights): Bukhara - Khiva - Urgench

Guarantee Dates Of Group Tours In 2019:

Group №1. 05.05 - 12.05.2019 Group №3. 06.10 - 13.10.2019  
Group №2. 15.09 - 22.09.2019   Group №4. 20.10 - 27.10.2019  

A Gastronomic Tour of Uzbekistan is an expert-led cultural food tour which is designed to give you the exclusive experiences that best capture the unique food and culinary traditions of Uzbek cuisine.

The Uzbek cuisine is probably one of the most diverse in Asia. Situated on the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road, Uzbekistan has for many centuries been assimilating the most interesting and original recipes of food from various countries. Each meal in Uzbekistan has its own traditional way of cooking, and one and the same dish has innumerable methods of preparation throughout the country.

Uzbek plov has become Uzbekistan’s main culinary brand, but it is far from being the only remarkable dish in the Uzbek cuisine. Tender manty, juicy shashlyk shish kebab, aromatic samsa pasties, rich shourpa and horsemeat sausage kazy, tandyr-kabob in Bukhara, naryn in Tashkent, nohat-shurak in Samarkand and exotic tukhum-barak and shivit-oshi in Khorezm - all of them form but a small part of the list of dishes in the Uzbek cuisine! And what about the dessert, consisting of a great number of Oriental sweets, fresh fruit, dry fruit and various kinds of nuts?

With the focus on Oriental gastronomy, this tour will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in Uzbekistan’s rich history and culture, to learn about treasured architecture of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Shakhrisabz - the fabled cities still keeping the memory of Tamerlane, Alexander the Great, Genghis-khan, and many trade caravans of the Great Silk Road. Tall elegant minarets, grandiose madrassahs and mosques will be branded in your mind for long. But first of all, this travel will be appreciated by gourmets. Open for yourself the world full of oriental delicacies!

No doubt, this fascinating culinary tour for foodies will become the most 'delicious' in your collection!
Discover Uzbekistan's incredible history and cuisine!

The tour can be extended through additional trip to Khiva - one of the main cities of ancient Khorezm with unique sights and authentic cuisine. This extension program perfectly corresponds with the basic itinerary and adds more tastes and impressions to your travel in Uzbekistan!

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The basic itinerary of the group your:
Day 1. Arrival in Tashkent.

Short description

Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport according to tourist's flight arrival time.
Transfer to a hotel and check-in after 14:00 PM.
Leisure time. Dinner at “Navat” restaurant (recommended dish is naryn)
Overnight at the hotel.

Ташкентский свадебный плов. Виды плова, Узбекистан, туры в Узбекистан, гастрономический тур

Day 2. Tashkent (sightseeing).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
A group gathering in the hotel lobby at 09:30 AM.
Sightseeing program in Tashkent at 10:00 AM: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum.
Lunch in Uighur café, where you will delight in Uighur lagman.
After lunch: “Oriental bazaar” adventure game (quest/ team building activity).
All teams will be given an identical sum of money (limited but sufficient), which they will use to select and buy all necessary ingredients for plov (pilaf). At first sight, the mission is quite simple. However, buying foodstuff at a bazaar is not quite like doing it in a supermarket. When they see an inexperienced customer, the traders try to sell their goods at higher prices, and the competitors’ task is to learn to bargain and, keeping within the budget, buy all ingredients of a proper quality.
After that you’ll be given a master class in cooking plov (pilaf) using the ingredients bought at the bazaar. Dinner - plov tasting.
The participants will be divided into teams. Each team will be guided by a professional cook specialising in making plov (oshpaz), who will direct the cooking process and train the participants. The competition will begin from the earliest stages, which are, pealing the carrot, cutting the meat, lighting the fire and so on, and will finish in portioning the pilaf and serving it.
The objective is to cook authentic Uzbek plov and do it sooner than your opponents.
Overnight at the hotel.

Медресе Кукельдаш. Ташкент. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 3. Tashkent - Jizzakh - Khayat mountain village (340 km, 6-7 hrs).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the village of Khayat in the Nurata Mountains. Visiting Jizzakh on the road. Lunch at a local chaykhona (traditional teahouse) - sampling the famous Jizzakh samsa pasties and shurpa soup.
Accommodation in guest houses run by local people upon arrival in Khayat village.
Dinner - dishes of mutton (kalla pocha, khasip, kazan kabob).
Overnight at the guest house.

Площадь Регистан. Самарканд, Тур в Узбекистан

Day 4. Khayat mountain village - Samarkand (290 km, 5-6 hrs).

Short description

Breakfast at the guest house.
A walk to the neighbourhoods of Upper Khayat village and along the Khayat River valley; a visit to ruins of an old village and a nursery for breeding Severtsov’s argali.  
Transfer to a yurt camp on the Aydar Lake in the heart of the Kyzylkum desert. Camel riding (30 min) soon after arrival.
Lunch at the yurt camp (recommended dish is fried fresh-caught fish).
Transfer to Samarkand. Uzbek wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko. Dinner - recommended dish is nohat-shurak (mutton and chickpeas).
Overnight at the hotel.

Ковровые изделия. Бухара, Узбекистан, великий шелковый путь, туры в Узбекистан, гастрономический тур

Day 5. Samarkand (sightseeing).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing program in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia - the Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum - necropolis of the Timurids.  Lunch at the plov centre “Panjab” and Samarkand plov tasting. 
Transfer to the Bagizagan winery located in the village of Bagizagan, Taylak District, 25 km from Samarkand. A short excursion into grapevine plantations, familiarisation with the wine production process. Sampling wine in a basement sampling room.
Return to Samarkand. Continuation of sightseeing program in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Siab Bazaar.
Master class in cooking manty at ‘U Zarify’ National house, dinner (recommended dishes are mantyshourpa). 
Overnight at the hotel.

Ковровые изделия. Бухара, Узбекистан, великий шелковый путь, туры в Узбекистан, гастрономический тур

Day 6. Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Qarshi - Bukhara (450 km, 7-8 hrs).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Bukhara through Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane.  
Sightseeing program in Shakhrisabz: Ak Saray Palace, Dorus Saodat Complex, Dorut Tillavat Madrasah, Kok Gumbaz Mosque.
Next stop in Qarshi. Lunch at local chaykhona, tandyr-kabob (meat baked in tandyr oven) tasting.
Transfer to Bukhara after lunch. Dinner at “Davlat” National house (recommended dish is damlama - stewed vegetables with pieces of meat).  
Overnight at the hotel.

Базар в Хиве. Тур в Узбекистан

Day 7. Bukhara (sightseeing).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing program in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex.
Lunch at “Chinar” chaykhona (recommended dishes are assorted kebabs and Bukharan samsa pasties).
After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Visiting the "Silk Road Spices" tea house for tea-party: tasting teas prepared from herbs and spices, and traditional Bukharan sweets
A folk show at Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah.
Dinner at “U Rakhmona” National house: Bukharan plov tasting.
Overnight at the hotel.

Хива, тур в Узбекистан

Day 8. Bukhara. Departure.

Short description

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

Аральское море. Узбекистан

The cost of the tour 2019:

The cost of the tour for 1 person Hotels 3*: Hotels 4*:
Double accomodation 895 USD 1070 USD
SGL supplement +165 USD +290 USD

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

Cost includes: Cost does not include:
Hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms with breakfast, including early check-in on arrival;
Meals on full board basis in the best restaurants and food outlets (according to the special menu);
Sightseeing tours according to the program;
Local guides in cities;
Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
Assorted fruit on each day of the tour;
Folklore show in Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah;
Wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko;
Tasting teas prepared from herbs and spices;
Master classes for the preparation of national dishes;
A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour;
Memorable souvenirs.
International air fare;
Sites entrance fees;
Medical insurance.
 
Additional services:
Additional night in hotel on arrival/ departure:
50 USD (Hotel 3*)/ 130 USD (Hotel 4*) per SGL room/per night,
70 USD(Hotel 3*)/ 150 USD (Hotel 4*) per DBL room/per night.
Visa support for Uzbekistan - 45 USD/per person.

Extension Program:

Extension Program
"Khiva" (+ 3 days
after the basic itinerary)

Hotels
The cost includes accommodation in hotels 3* - it's very cozy private hotels, often decorated in traditional style. There is absolutely everything you need for a comfortable stay. Hotels that level characterized by a warm, friendly welcome in the atmosphere almost comfort.

This route involves the following accommodation:

City Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Tashkent Orient Inn Hotel / Samir 3*
or similar
Ramada Tashkent Hotel 4*
or similar
Samarkand Arba Hotel / City Hotel
or similar
Jahon Palace 3*+ / Sultan Boutique 
or similar
Bukhara Rangrez Hotel 3* / Fatima Hotel 3*
or similar
Omar Khayam 3+ 
or similar
Khiva Shokh Jahon Hotel 3*
or similar
Bek Khiva Hotel 4*
or similar

Depending on the size of a group the following means of transportation are used during the tour:

"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 Fridge 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

 

Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:

The citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can enter the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan without visa. In relation to these countries there was established a bilateral visa-free regime.

The citizens of Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan can obtain visa to Uzbekistan without preliminary issuance of the visa invitation by the inviting party from Uzbekistan (in our case, by travel agency). The citizens of listed countries can obtain visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the country of their residence during 2 working days.

Citizens of all other countries can get visa to Uzbekistan only on the basis of preliminary issued visa invitation. The visa invitation is being issued by our company on the basis of the following documents of yours:
- filled-in application form (sample of the application form is being send beforehand);
- scanned copy of your passport of good quality;
- employment verification letter.

After receiving these documents we apply to the MFA of Uzbekistan for visa invitation issuance for our tourists. The process of visa invitation issuance takes 13-15 days. On the basis of the visa invitation a tourist can get visa at the embassy of Uzbekistan in his/her country of residence (or in another country, where there is our embassy). If in the country of tourist’s residence there is no Uzbekistan Embassy, he/she can obtain Uzbek visa at the Uzbekistan in any other country (where it is located) or at the consular department of Tashkent airport on arrival.

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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, 5.000, 10.000 and 50.000-som banknotes 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 to exchange money through them.
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 stay in the country?
Yes, they can do it in Tashkent in the general office of the mobile operator only 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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Traditional cuisine of Central Asia
Cuisine of Central Asia
Pilafs in Tashkent
Pilafs in Tashkent
Wine-Making in Uzbekistan
Wine-Making in Uzbekistan
Uzbek fruit and vegetables
Uzbek fruit and vegetables

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