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Flight from Singapore to Tashkent (Uzbekistan airways flight HY 552) at 09:25 am. Arrival Tashkent airport at 16:40 local time, meet our escort guide and transfer to restaurant. Dinner will be at traditional Xinxiang style restaurant Binkent. After dinner, transfer to hotel and check in.
After the breakfast, you will be transferred to domestic airport of Tashkent. Flight to Bukhara as per timetable (Departure: 07:30am/Arrival: 09:15am). Upon arrival transfer to the city and tour of Bukhara: Citadel Ark (4th b.c.) - Ark citadel is the most ancient citadel in Bukhara. Ark citadel was erected on the Registan Square and is the symbol of haughtiness, power and greatness. Fortress was the sample of city life. Ark served as a palace of several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Samanids mausoleum (9-10th c.) - this mausoleum of Ismail Samanids’ dynasty. This masterpiece of architecture was built in 9th -10th century. Mausoleum is the resting-place of Ismail Samani - a powerful and influential Amir of the Samanid dynasty, one of the Persian dynasties that ruled in central Asia in 9th and 10th centuries. Chashma Ayub (14th c.) - means Job's well. According to legend, Prophet Job (Ayub) while crossing this area found out that the local people were exhausted from dry climate and having no water. He tapped his stick on the land and opened a well of purest and cold water. The water of this well is still pure and healing. Amir Timur ordered to erect mausoleum over this well. Mausoleum has uncommon design of Bukhara architecture. Lunch will be at traditional Uzbek restaurant Dolon, at rooftop with fascinating view to Bukhara. After the lunch continuation of the tour: Bolo-Hauz mosque (beginning of the 20th c.) – known also as the mosque of forty columns. The mosque was built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Ruler personally performed Jumah namaz in this mosque. Shopping domes – Toki Saraffon, Toki Telpak Furushon & Toki Zargaron domes. Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi - Madrasah is one of the most popular Madrasah in Bukhara and part of Lyabi House Ensemble. Today Madrasah is the place of folklore performances and oriental art exhibition. Complex Lyabi-Khauz (14-17th c.) - the central sightseeing place of Bukhara city. Complex was built in 16th-17th century and still main tourist attraction and favorite place of local people. Poi Kalon complex - the unique sample of architectural art of Bukhara. Poi-Kalon, ‘The Foot of the Great’, consists of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Dinner will be at trational Uzbek house with master class of Bukhara pilaw preparing. Afterwards, you will check in to the hotel. Free evening and overnight at the hotel.
After the breakfast, we will start our way to Samarkand (290KM – 4hours). On the way, we will stop over at Gijduvan village to visit famous private pottery workshop, which was previously visited by Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Sir Charles and many of other famous people. There we will have a chance to learn the history of pottery culture of Uzbekistan, short master class of pottery preparing and do buy the items you liked. Lunch will be at pottery house, we will have lunch together with master family, there you will see also master class of Gijduvan Shish kababs preparing. Afterwards continue drive to Samarkand. Upon arrival dinner will be at Karimbek national restaurant. Later on check in to the hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day city tour of Samarkand: Registan square – the complex of three historical building: Madrasah Ulugbek (15th c.), Madrasah Sher-dor (17th c.), Madrasah Tilla-Kori (17th c.) – the visiting card and the main attraction spot of Samarkand. Architectural complex Shakhi-Zindeh (11-15th c.) - the name Shah-I-Zinda (meaning "the living king") comes together with the legend about Kusam Ibn Abbas, the cousin of the prophet Muhammad who was buried here. As if, he came to Samarkand with the Arab invasion in the 7th century to preach Islam. Popular legends say that he was beheaded for his faith. However, he took his head and went into the deep well (garden of paradise), where he is still living now. Lunch will be at European restaurant New Arbat. Continuation of the tour in Samarkand: Mausoleum Guri Emir - Tamerlane’s tomb (14-15th c.) - Gur-e Amir means "Tomb of the King". This architectural complex with grandiose dome contains the tombs of Tamerlane, and his sons Shakhrukh, Miranshakh, grandsons Ulugbek and Muhammad Sultan. The tomb of Timur’s spiritual master Sayyid Baraka. Bibi Khanum Mosque - name of the mosque translated as the "Elder wife" and it was built in honor of favorite Tamerlane’s wife, after his successful campaign in India. Dinner will be at traditional Uzbek house, we will taste real homemade dishes and enjoy cultural show program “Uzbek Bride”. Overnight is at the hotel.
Breakfast is at the hotel. Visit Al Bukhary memorial complex (12 km away of the city). Al Bukhary - Islamic scholar, who authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, regarded by Sunni Muslims as one of the most authentic (Sahih) Hadith collections. He also wrote other books such as Al-Adab al-Mufrad. Visiting National bazaar Siab – oriental bazaar, where easy to find Uzbek traditional handmade products and local sweets. Lunch will be at “Old City” national restaurant. Transfer to Samarkand railway station, board and departure to Tashkent by bullet train Afrosiab. Upon arrival Tashkent, dinner will be at national restaurant. Afterwards check in to the hotel and time for rest. Overnight is at the hotel.
Breakfast is at the hotel. Breakfast is at the hotel. Morning transfer to Chimgan Mountains. Upon arrival Beldersay peak chair lift to reach on top for (30 min one-way). Half an hour for walking and photo shouting and return downstairs. Stop over at Charvak lakeside beach for free time and own water activities (as per season). Lunch at local mountains café. Returning to Tashkent, check in to the hotel and time for rest. Dinner will be at Bek national restaurant with dancing show program. Overnight is at the hotel.
Breakfast is at the hotel. Full day tour in Tashkent: Independence square (Red square in former USSR, Main Square of the country). Square was erected as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Territory of Independence includes several main administrative buildings. Broadway - walking street between independence square and Amir Timur square. The street is so-called show room for local artists and cozy place for tasting European and Uzbek cuisine. Amir Timur square – one of the central squares of Tashkent, erected on behalf of national hero – Amir Timur. The square symbolizes sovereignty and power of Uzbek nation. Tashkent metro – among the most beautiful subways in the world. First line was opened in 1977. Now the number of stations is 29 with 36.2 km long. Old city – old part of Tashkent city, the area, which preserves the traditional Uzbek style: Kukaldash Madrasah (16th.c) and Hast Imam complex – the Islamic heart of the country. This architectural complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tilla sheikh mosque, Muyi Muborak Madrasah, Kaffal shashi mausoleum, Namazgoh mosque, as well as the new Khazrati Imam mosque and the muftiate building (the muslim board of Uzbekistan) built in 2007. Muyi muborak Madrasah (16th c). Moreover, Madrasah exhibits one of the Islamic relics - the Othman Quran, the world’s oldest Quran copy dating back to 8th c. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph (of the four righteous Caliphs who succeeded the prophet Muhammad). Othman was killed by non-muslims in 8th century. His blood spred over the Quran. You still can see blood drops on Quran’s pages. After the excursion transfer to Tashkent airport, registration and flight for Singapore at 21:00 (Uzbekistan airways flight HY 551).
You will reach Singapore, tentatively at 07:50 am.
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