New Year Holidays in an Oriental Fairy Tale
New Year tour of Uzbekistan: Excursions, New Year's Eve at Restaurant,
|Country:||Uzbekistan.||View the route map »»|
|Itinerary:||Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent.|
|Tour duration:||6 days / 5 nights.|
DATES OF THE TOUR: 30.12.2016 - 04.01.2017
To see a real Santa Claus tourists from all over the world go to fairy Lapland, and to see a real Oriental fairy tourists go to Asia! This tour is addressed to very active travelers, who do not bear monotony and love quickly changeable pictures outside the window.
New Year is a holiday, which connects present and future, inspiring wishes and new aims in the most wonderful way. This is unrestrained joy and quiet sadness, regret about quickly passing away time, and aspiration for radiant future!
If you want the New Year holidays to remain in memory as a beautiful, joyful and unusual holidays, we invite you to fascinating trip about Uzbekistan! Here you will find yourself in a real New Year Oriental fairy-tale among ancient monuments of Samarkand and Bukhara. Coming to a city with snow-covered domes of minarets, countless arches with Oriental ornaments, where flies the odour of Oriental spicery mixed with flavor of firry cones, you will feel the unusual atmosphere of the holiday. Happy New Year!
- ITINERARY / SERVICES & COST
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
- USEFUL INFORMATION
- OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS & LEISURE ACTIVITIES
|Arrival in Tashkent
Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to Arien Plaza Hotel 3* and check-in. Guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”; after lunch: Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Overnight rest in hotel.
|Tashkent - Samarkand
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to railway station. Departure from Tashkent to Samarkand by high-speed train «Afrosiyob» (08:00-10:10). Meeting at Samarkand railway station. Transfer to Emirkhan Hotel 4* and check-in. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum. Lunch. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.
New Year night at restaurant, holiday show (beginning at 22:00 PM).
Breakfast in hotel. Leisure time. Master-class for cooking manty (nationaldish of Uzbek cuisine), and tasting of manty at traditional House ‘U Zarify’. After lunch, walk along the festive Samarkand. Evening meal at restaurant. Overnight rest in hotel.
|Samarkand - Bukhara
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bukhara. Arrival in Bukhara and and check-in at Divan Begi Hotel 3*. Leisure time. Walking along the evening city, visiting souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight rest in hotel.
|Bukhara. Night train to Tashkent
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah; after lunch: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Transfer to railway station. Night train to Tashkent №661/662 (20:55-06:30). Overnight rest in train.
Meeting at Tashkent railway station. Leisure time. Depending on departure time, walking in the city centre, visiting Tashkent Metro. Transfer to airport. Departure from Uzbekistan.
|The cost of the tour in USD for 1 person:|
|The cost of the tour for 1 person:||595 USD|
|SGL supplement||+110 USD|
* This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.
Cost does not include:
If this itinerary does not completely suit you, Central Asia Travel can modify it for your convenience, changing days, cities, tourist attractions, hotels, services, etc.
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 2-3* - 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 3-4* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.
This tour comes with the following accommodation:
|Tashkent||Arien Plaza Hotel 3*||or similar|
|Samarkand||Emirkhan Hotel 4*||or similar|
|Bukhara||Divan Begi Hotel 3*||or similar|
Depending on the size of a group the following means of transportation are used during the tour:
"Hyundai Grand Starex"
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 1. (30.12.2016) Arrival in Tashkent
Welcome to Asia for the New Year time! You will arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest city in Central Asia, to be immersed immediately into the fairy-tale New Year atmosphere. In winter Tashkent is beautiful in its own way: white, snow-clad trees and fresh frosty air, which somehow communicates particularly well the mind-blowing smell of shashlik shish kebab (shashlyk) or hot samsa pasties (somsa, samosa, samoosa), remind you of the actual time of the year, while the merry sun and deep blue sky paint the Uzbek winter in bright and warm colours.
Day 2. (31.12.2016). Tashkent - Samarkand. New Year's Eve at the restaurant
This day will begin with a journey to Samarkand by the high-speed train ‘Afrosiyob’. How great and magnetic is this ancient city, which is already more than 25 centuries old! The New Year atmosphere endows Samarkand with unusual majesty, its sky-blue domes covered with snow making the city look completely different.
And one of the highlights of our Samarkand excursion will certainly be the Registan Square (15th-17th centuries), the most spectacular square in Central Asia, which, adorned by all the elements of winter and the New Year holiday, looks particularly solemn and grandiose. There you can see a lot of tourists who often look astounded by the size and beauty of the three madrasahs surrounding the square - the Ulugbek Madrasah (1417-1420), the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619-1636, also spelled Sher Dor, Sherdor, Shir Dor, Shirdor) and the Tilla-Qori Madrasah (1647-1660, also spelled Tilla-Kori, Tillya-Kori, Tilya-Kori, Tilla-Kori).
Then we move to the Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis (also spelled Shakh-i Zinda, Shahi-Zinda, Shohizinda), which was being formed for nine centuries (since the 9th century) and which includes over 20 constructions. There exists an interesting New Year tradition in Samarkand: one should count steps in a famous stairway at the Shah-i-Zinda, first when going up and then when coming down. If in both cases the number is the same, then the wish one made for the New Year will come true!
In the evening you will go to the first class restaurant, where a table with a holiday supper will be laid for you and where you will enjoy a special New Year show. The supper including oriental delicacies and accompanied by the dances of beautiful eastern girls is a perfect atmosphere to celebrate the New Year! Let this year begin with new emotions, new journeys and astounding discoveries! Happy New Year!
Day 3. (01.01.17). Samarkand
The lazy morning of 1 January is rather special and actually begins only after midday. To make haste is the last thing one would want in the first morning of the new year; however, not to prolong it until the evening, we suggest that after lunch (breakfast?) we should make a leisurely walk through the festive Samarkand.
But firstly you go the traditional house ‘U Zarify’. There you will be given a master class in cooking manty.
Manty - delicious steamed dumplings which indeed are finger-licking good. This is a popular meat dish among Central Asian nations. Traditionally the filling for manty is minced meat with onion and spices, which is then wrapped in thinly rolled out paste. But there exist variations and filling for manty can be made of potato, pumpkin and other stuff.
It is also recommended to taste here shourpa - a rich and thick soup that will help you enhance your physical power and regain strength if you have lost it, ranks among the foremost first-course dishes of the Uzbek cuisine.
Then we recommend visiting the famous Samarkand bazaar ‘Siab’ to buy some presents for your friends.
Almost every historic building in Samarkand is accompanied by an interesting legend concerning its history and the origin of its name. There are several absolutely different versions as to the derivation of the name of the city. Historians and linguists consider that the word ‘Samarkand’ was formed from ‘Marakanda’, as the Greeks called this ancient city, the name deriving from the ancient Persian ‘Meru kand’ (‘holy city’) or ‘Maurakand’ (‘a blessed city at a river with a lot of fruit and verdure’). According to another version, Samarkand was named so after certain Samar and Kamar, who built this city (‘kand’ and ‘kent’ mean ‘city’ or ‘town’). The third legend says that a Samar once dug up a spring in the place, and a settlement grew around it afterwards.
Walking through the festive city you will realise why Tamerlane made it the capital of his enormous empire. Along with foreign aggressors, Samarkand always attracted mystics and those seeking for esoteric knowledge, and to this day is regarded by Muslims as ‘a city protected by the God’.
Feel the truly oriental spirit, which permeates the narrow streets of the ancient city!
Overnight at hotel.
Day 4. (02.01.17). Samarkand - Bukhara
We shall spend this day transferring to Bukhara, one of the best-known Uzbek cities situated on the Great Silk Route. Bukhara is one of the major Islamic centres, significant not only for the Central Asian region but for the whole Muslim world. In the medieval period the territory of Bukhara included more than 350 mosques and 80 madrasahs, many of which have reached our days in a good state of preservation.
Day 5. (03.01.17). Bukhara. Night train to Tashkent.
Bukhara (‘a lucky place’; also spelled Bukhoro, Buxoro, Buchara, Bokhara, Buhara) is one of the world’s oldest cities. It is over 2,500 years old, and seems to be emanating the breath of history. The city was a large political and religious center in the Middle Ages; it is one of the seven holy cities of Islam. Bukhara boasts a large number of old mosques of different architectural styles, as well as a lot of madrasahs, minarets and mausoleums. The historic center of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 6. (04.01.17). Tashkent. Departure
This is the conclusive day in our New Year tour of Uzbekistan. Early in the morning we shall arrive at the Tashkent railway station. The program for the day will depend upon the time your airplane departs. We can have a pleasant walk in the city centre, or visit the Alisher Navoi National Park, which we recommend that you get to by the Tashkent Underground.
We hope very much that this short New Year trip will encourage you to have a deeper acquaintance with the wonderful world of Central Asia, full of contrasts but always warm and hospitable.
We shall be very happy to see you again on one of our subsequent tours!
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Optional Excursions & Leisure Activities
|•||You can go to the unique Khovrenko Winery in Samarkand set up by the Russian entrepreneur D. M. Filatov in 1868. The winery was later managed by Professor M. A. Khovrenko, a gifted viniculturist, who could maintain the production of the widely popular wines created by his predecessor and develop new ones. You can sample over 10 best Uzbek wines and visit the local museum on the premises.
The excursion costs - 20 USD per pax.
|•||Dinners at the local Central Asian traditional style art restaurants can be a wonderful addition to the tour. The restaurants feature exquisite Central Asian interiors, wonderful cuisines and gripping shows.|
|•||Take a trip to Bukhara’s gold embroidery factory where over 100 girls and women create beautiful works using antique technologies. You can buy their embroideries and watch the production process there.
The excursion costs - 10 USD per pax.
|•||Enjoy old Bukhara’s bathhouse Hammam Bozori Kord, which dates from the 17th century and still provides traditional Central Asian bath and healing services.
A bath session with a massage costs - 50 USD per pax.
|•||Go to Nugay Caravanserai in Bukhara to sample and buy exclusive local red and white wines, as well as listen to experienced winemakers telling about winemaking process and wine tasting expertise.
The excursion costs - 15 USD per pax.
|•||Take a look at the old-style paper mill and workshop where, using a centuries-old technology, they make antique Samarkand mulberry paper (nicknamed Sultan’s Paper in Tamerlane’s times). The site located in the village Koni Gil near Samarkand was built as a result of a heritage craft revival project supported by UNESCO, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and Aid to Artisans (an international development non-profit based in Washington, DC, USA). Welcoming guests, there are also other handicraftsmen in the village: ceramists, embroiderers, silk weavers, jewelers, wood and stone engravers, miniature painters, makers of national musical instruments and toys.
The excursion costs - 10 USD par pax.
|•||Visit the Jewish quarter and synagogue in it in Bukhara. The synagogue has an interesting history. Attached to it is the secondary school №36 where Hebrew and Judaism are taught with the permission of the local authorities.|
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