New Year 2017 In An Oriental Fairy Tale

New Year tour to Uzbekistan: Excursions, New Year's Eve at Restaurant,
Cooking Masterclass.

 

Country: Uzbekistan. View the route map »»
Itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent.
Tour duration: 6 days / 5 nights.

Guarantee Dates Of Group Tours: 30.12.2016 - 04.01.2017

  New Year 2017: 30.12.2016 - 04.01.2017   New Year 2018: 30.12.2017 - 04.01.2018  

We would love to invite you to our New Year 2017 party, which you will celebrate away from your everyday problems in an atmosphere of oriental fairytale!  

The New Year tour to Uzbekistan includes:

Excursions into the ancient oriental cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent, whose medieval monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Powdered with snow, the domes of mausoleums and innumerable arches decorated with intricate patterns generate an unusual atmosphere of authentic oriental fairytale, while the aromas of eastern spices mixed with the scent of fir cones colour the reality with the special shades of the New Year holiday.
An excellent New Year's Eve at restaurant and a holiday show: mountains of the most delicious Uzbek food, the high diversity of fruit and vegetables and very attentive and considerate personnel offering the highest-level service to their guestsа.
Culinary master class in cooking manty on the first day of 2017.
Mild winter, sunny weather and sincere Uzbek hospitality.

 

Probably, this is all you need to predetermine success in the coming year! 

Happy New Year! 

  • ITINERARY / SERVICES & COST

  • ITINERARY IN DETAIL

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Itinerary
Day 1.
30.12.2016
Arrival in Tashkent
Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel 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.
Day 2.
31.12.2016
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 hotel 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). Lunch. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.
New Year night at restaurant, holiday show (beginning at 22:00 PM).
Day 3.
01.01.2017
Samarkand
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.
Day 4.
02.01.2017
Samarkand - Bukhara
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bukhara. Arrival in Bukhara and check-in to hotel. Leisure time. Walking along the evening city, visiting souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight rest in hotel.
Day 5.
03.01.2017
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.
Day 6.
04.01.2017
Tashkent. Departure
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 includes:

Hotel accommodation in twins / double rooms, with breakfast;
Guided sightseeing tours;
Services of local English-speaking guides in each city;
Sites entrance fees;
New Year's Eve at the restaurant;
Master class for cooking of the Uzbek national dish manty; on 01.01.2017;
Lunch on 31.12.2016 and dinner on 01.01.2017;
Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation throughout tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
Ticket for the high-speed train Afrosiyob Tashkent - Samarkand (economy class);
Ticket for the night train №661/662 Bukhara - Tashkent (4-berth compartment);
Bottle of mineral water per person for each day of the tour;
Souvenirs.

Cost does not include:

International airfares;
Other meals;
Travel health insurance;
Photo and video shooting charges
at museums and monuments.

Additional services:

  Meals:
  - Meals on half board basis (dinners) - 80 USD/
per person/for the whole tour;
  - Meals on full board basis - 145 USD/
per person/for the whole tour;

Note:

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.

Additional Information

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 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:

City Hotels 3-4*
Tashkent Arien Plaza Hotel 3* or similar
Samarkand Emirkhan Hotel 4* or similar
Bukhara Divan Begi Hotel 3* or similar

Transportation
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

 

ITINERARY IN DETAIL

Day 1. (30.12.2016) Arrival in Tashkent
Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel 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.

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.
Walking across the winter-time Tashkent you will familiarise yourselves with masterpieces of medieval architecture and with modern buildings. We shall see the monuments of the Old City, such as the Khast-Imam Square (16th-19th centuries) surrounded by old wattle-and-daub houses, the Barak-Khan Madrasah, a 16th-century monument that has reached our days in a perfect state of preservation, the asymmetric Kafal-al-Shashi Mazar Mausoleum (16th century), a place of pilgrimage for the Muslims, and the Kukeldash Madrasah (16th century), one of the 23 madrasahs of the Old Tashkent, the construction of which was managed by the minister of the Sheybanid sultans called Kukeldash (translated as ‘a foster brother’, that is, a person who was nursed by the same woman as the ruler was). The Chorsu bazaar, the oldest one in Tashkent and the whole Central Asia, is located in the neighbourhood, abounding in oriental sweets, spices and souvenirs of various types.
After lunch we shall repair to the heart of the New City and visit the Independence Square, which is the main square of the country, and the Amir Temur Square. After that we shall have an excursion into the Museum of Applied Arts, which prides itself on the best works of people’s craft from different regions of Uzbekistan: knives from Chust, ceramics from Rishtan, satin from Margilan, costume with goldwork from Bukhara and many other things.
Overnight at hotel in Tashkent.

Day 2. (31.12.2016). Tashkent - Samarkand. New Year's Eve at the restaurant
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 hotel 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). Lunch. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.
New Year's Eve at restaurant, holiday show (beginning at 22:00 PM).

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.
We shall begin our excursion to Samarkand by visiting the Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (1404, also spelled Gur-Emir, 1404), the Timurids’ tomb to this day keeping the remains of Tamerlane (Amir Timur), the great medieval military and political leader.

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).

Lunch.

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!
The grandiose Bibi-Khanym Mosque (1399-1404, also spelled Bibi-Khanom, Bibi-Khanum; Uzbek: Bibi-Xonim masjidi) and the legendary Ulugbek Observatory (1424-1428) also deserve our attention.

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
Breakfast in hotel. Leisure time. Master-class for cooking manty (national dish 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.

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
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bukhara. Arrival in Bukhara and and check-in to hotel. Leisure time. Walking along the evening city, visiting souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight rest in hotel.

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.
The souvenir shops and workshops of Bukhara trade in original silks, carpets and handmade suzani tapestries (also called suzane, syuzane), as well as karakul hats, daggers, wooden items, the finest jewellery and many other things. There you can choose the most unusual New Year present, which will always stir in you the best memories of the travel in these New Year holidays.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 5. (03.01.17). 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.

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.
First you visit Ismail Samani Mausoleum (9th c. - 10th c.), one of the most esteemed Central Asian architectural monuments. It was built as the sepulcher of Ismail Samani, the founder of the last Persian dynasty ruling in Central Asia. The mausoleum features fascinating brickwork patterns that look different as the light changes during the day.
The next sight is Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (Chashma Ayub is translated as ‘Job’s spring’ in Persian). According to a legend, the biblical saint Job (Ayub) once visited the place during a severe drought in the area and opened a spring with a blow of his staff. This spring water is still there, fresh and pure, and is considered to be healing. The mausoleum was built in the 15th century by master builders Tamerlane had brought from Khorezm after capturing Khiva, so the building features a Khorezm-style conical dome, uncommon in Bukhara.
Then comes Bolo Hauz Complex (17th c.). It is the hauz ‘pond’ and two surviving structures of Bukhara registan central square complex - a mosque, still functioning, and a minaret. Very rich in ornaments, the mosque is called ‘a mosque of 40 pillars’ because all its 20 pillars, decorated with beautiful engravings, are reflected in the pond.
Next, you go to the Ark, the impressive Bukhara citadel (6th c. - 7th c.). It is the location the city grew from. Today’s Ark is a most interesting tourist attraction featuring reconstructions with dummies and housing a few museums.
Po-i-Kalan Complex (12th c. - 16th c.) you proceed to consists of Kalyan Mosque, Mir-i-Arab Madrasah and the famous Kalyan Minaret - a 45.6-meter-tall circular-pillar brick tower, narrowing upwards (built in 1127). The minaret miraculously survived many wars and invasions. It was used as an observation tower and an execution tool in the past: criminals were killed by being tossed off the top of it in the past, so it is also known as Tower of Death… There are a lot of legends about this grand structure, so it is especially interesting to listen to the guide there.
You also see Ulugbek Madrasah, built in 1417 by order of Ulugbek, Tamerlan’s grandson, the famous mathematician and astronomer called ‘a scientist on the throne’, and then Lab-i Hauz Complex (1568-1622) consisting of Kukeldash Madrasah (1568-1569), a khanaka monastery and hospice for Sufi travelers (1622) and Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah (1622). All the structures of the complex stand around a large pond that is a perfect place to relax in the outdoor teahouses around it in hot summertime.
The programme of this day will include the unique medieval domed shopping arcades of Bukhara (16th century) - roofed bazaars having numerous small shops and workshops under their domes. There you can buy antique jewellery, national tubeteika skullcaps (also spelled tubeteyka, tubatay, duppi, doppi, doppa) and clothes decorated with the famous goldwork embroidery, souvenirs, traditional Uzbek knives, handmade Bukharian carpets and suzani tapestries, the best oriental spices and a lot more.
In the evening we shall arrive at the Bukhara railway station, take our places in a comfortable night train and set off for Tashkent.
Overnight in train.

Day 6. (04.01.17). Tashkent. Departure
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.

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!

 

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?
The winter in Uzbekistan is sunny and mild.
Outer clothes should include European winter jackets meant for the temperature range between -7 and +7 and sleet. You should also choose appropriate footware, warm and water-proof, so that your feet would feel comfortable in cold and humid weather. Sometimes the temperature may drop considerably (to -10°C and lower). In order to go to mountain regions you should have a special set of clothes: a ski jacket, warm and high boots and warm and water-proof trousers.
Women meet no restrictions as to their clothes. However, when visiting cultic or religious places they should have a scarf or a kerchief to cover the head and the shoulders.

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.

 

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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Валентин 07.01.2016 20:09
Большое спасибо за тур! Было много интересного и познавательного. К сожалению мы в России очень мало знаем про современный Узбекистан, а он оказался совершенно не таким как я о нём думал. Удивляющий Ташкент, яркие жемчужины Самарканда и старинная самобытность Бухары, а главное очень радушный народ который искренне рад гостям из России, вот каким оказался Узбекистан. Огромное спасибо нашему гиду Александру Алаудинову, который поистине раскрасил яркими красками и без того сочную палитру нашего путешествия. Отдельное спасибо за то что он удилил всё своё внимание/время нашей группе и не ограничивался только программой тура. Буду всем своим друзьям советовать обязательно посетить Узбекистан!
Алексей Юдин 25.01.2016 13:09
Этот Новый год я решил встретить в Узбекистане. Идея поездки в эту страну возникла спонтанно. Так получилось, что осенью мне стали всё чаще попадаться на глаза туры в эту страну и отзывы людей, побывавших там. Пользуясь случаем, выражаю благодарность Мария Петрова из Петербурга за её отзыв, который повлиял на принятие решения о поездке. Мне очень нравится яркая восточная архитектура. Захотелось увидеть её самому. Туры в Узбекистан не дорогие, дорогой авиаперелёт. Но вопрос с ним легко решился, когда оказалось, что у меня достаточно миль для покупки 2х билетов бизнес-классом по программе Аэрофлот-бонус. Доплатить к милям потребовалось всего по 1400 руб. за билет.
Прежде чем описывать путешествие, сообщу своё мнение о стране, туре и работе принимающей стороны.
Узбекистан как страна для путешествий мне очень понравился. Люди гостеприимные и дружелюбные, все говорят по-русски. Когда узнают, что ты из России, искренне радуются и тут же говорят, что либо работали там сами, либо там работают родные. На улицах городов чисто и чувствуется, что безопасно. В туристических местах нет навязчивой торговли. Проблемы с транспортом тоже нет. В городах проще всего ловить машины. Они останавливаются сразу от одного взмаха руки. Проезд по городу 5000-10000 сум (1-2 доллара). Между городами ходят поезда. Самарканд с Ташкентом связывает Афросиаб - скоростной поезд, что-то среднее между нашим сапсаном и ласточкой.
Между другими городами ходят поезда как в России. Рекомендую ездить в СВ. Оно там не такое дорогое, как в России. Купе может оказаться тесным. В Узбекистане есть вагоны с 10 купе, а не с 9-ю. Забегая вперёд, скажу, что мы попали в такое купе на пути из Бухары в Ташкент. При планировании индивидуального тура можно использовать и авиатранспорт. В групповых турах его обычно не закладывают в программу. Считается, что дорого. Билеты на поезда по Узбекистану можно купить на сайте www.rzd.ru На питание в вагоне-ресторане лучше не рассчитывать. Когда я зашёл в вагон-ресторан поезда Бухара-Ташкент, там подавали всего 2 блюда в ланч-боксах, было шумно. Столы были покрыты какими-то клеёнками. Сидеть и коротать время там совершенно не хотелось.

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