Uzbekistan Religious Tour: Journey on Easter holidays
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Uzbekistan's Journey on Easter holidays

Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent

8 days / 7 nights


Easter being one of the most fundamental festivals for Christians all over the world is celebrated, by Catholic calendar, on the first Sunday after the spring equinox.

This unique tour on Easter will enable you to discover the hospitable Uzbek land with its rich history, world famous landmarks, and to get a glimpse of local Easter traditions during the encounters with local Christian families and visits to Christian churches of different denominations.

Why not take the great escape this Easter and make it celebration a little more special and find new friends on the hospitable Uzbek land?

Gather the Easter eggs and come to discover Uzbekistan! Experience the niceness and hospitality of Uzbek people while traveling on the track of ancient caravans!




Day 1. Tashkent. Maundy Thursday.

Arrival at Tashkent international airport.
Meet and greet.
Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Tashkent.


Day 2. Таshkent – Samarkand. Good Friday.

Lean breakfast.
Transfer to Samarkand.
Arrival in Samarkand.
After lean lunch take a sightseeing tour of Samarkand.
Visit local Christian churches, as well as the old but still functioning watermill dating back to 19th century. Try to paint Easter eggs at the workshop where old traditions of making Samarkand's world famous paper have been revived.
Dinner at local Armenian family, where you will learn to make a special dish that Armenians prepare for Easter, Uzbek lean plov with raisins.


Day 3. Samarkand. Holy Saturday. 

Breakfast.
Proceed with sightseeing tour.
After lunch proceed with sightseeing tour in Samarkand.
Visit local Catholic family where you will savor Easter cake and other delights.
Festive Easter dinner with traditional Easter dishes at local restaurant.
At 20:00 – you can take part at services of Easter Vigil, that will be held at Catholic parish church of St. John the Baptist.
Overnight in Samarkand.


Day 4. Samarkand – Bukhara. Easter Sunday.

Breakfast.
Attend Easter Day Mass at Catholic parish church of St. John the Baptist.
Transfer to Bukhara.
Festive Easter lunch.
After lunch sightseeing tour in Bukhara.
Overnight in Bukhara.


Day 5. Bukhara. Monday. 

Breakfast.
Sightseeing tour in Bukhara After lunch free time at tourist own leisure.
Overnight in Bukhara.


Day 6. Bukhara – Khiva. Thusday. 

Breakfast.
Today you will take long trip through the Kyzyl Kum desert (470 km). Taking this opportunity you can communicate with a family of local shepherds that have installed their yurt (nomads' tent) close to the highway.
En route lunch at Chayhana (local café). During the trip you can also admire Amu Darya, as one third of the road is parallel to the course of this great Central Asian River.
Arrival in Khiva.
In the evening you can stroll in Khiva's historical centre - Ichan Kala and climb Kalandar Bobo tower to view the gorgeous sunset.
Dinner at hotel.
Overnight in Khiva.


Day 7. Khiva – Таshkent. Wednesday. 

Breakfast.
Sightseeing in the inner town – Ichan Kala
Also enjoy the national Khorezmian dancing inside the harem premises of Tash Khauli Palace.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Proceed with sightseeing tour of Khiva.
Farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport to take flight to Tashkent.
Arrival in Tashkent.
Overnight in Tashkent.


Day 8. Таshkent. Thursday. 

Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport.
Flight back home.

Suggested accommodation in:
Type A Type B
Tashkent – Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace 4*
Samarkand – Registan Plaza 4*
Bukhara – Asia Bukhara 4*
Khiva – Asia Khiva 3*
 
Тashkent – Uzbekistan Hotel 4*
Samarkand – Mallika Prime 3*
Bukhara – Asia Bukhara 4*
Khiva – Asia Khiva 3*
 


SERVICES INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE:
  • Accommodation based on TWN rooms
  • Meals – according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for Sightseeing spots mentioned
  • Overland transportation by AC coach
  • All airport-hotel-airport transfers
  • Escort guide for the whole tour (Italian speaking)
  • All sightseeing and events as specified in the itinerary
  • Farewell lunch in Khiva
  • Visa support to Uzbekistan
  • Portage services in airports and hotels
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per day per pax
  • International airfares
  • Domestic air fare  Urgench – Tashkent
  • Camera and Video charges during the sightseeing


Payment: 100 % prepayment should be made not less than 3 days before the group's arrival.    

Cancellation fees:
Cancellation prior 30 days – no penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 29-15 days – 50 % penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 14 days – 100 % penalty is charged

Sightseeing spots that will be visited during the excursions:

Samarkand:
Shakhi - Zinda necropolis (14-15c), "Stars above Samarkand" - Ulugbek observatory (15c), "Ruines of Afrosiab"- the excavation and museum of the ancient town (6 с. BC-13 с.AD); Visit to medieval architectural monuments: Bibi Khanum Mosque (14c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15c), Registan square with Ulugbek (15 c.), Shir Dor (17c.), Tillya-Kari Madrassahs (17c.), old watermill, ancient silk paper producing workshop; Catholic parish church of St. John the Baptist (1916), Church of the Protection of the Virgin (1905), St. Georgiy the Victorious Church (1882), St Alexis Cathedral (1912), Armenian Church of Saint Astvatsatsyn (St. Mary)constructed in 1903.

Bukhara:
Visit to Samanids mausoleum (9 -10 cc.) - vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum14c ), Ark Fortress (16 c.) and Bolo Khauz Ensemble (18c.), Poi-Kalon Ensemble including Minaret (12c), Jami Mosque (15c) and functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Taqi (trading domes), Lyabi – Khauz Ensemble (17 c.), Magaki Attari Mosque(12 c.- 16 c.), Ulug Beg Madrassah (15 c.) and Abdul Aziz Khan Madrassah (17 c.), Chor-Minor Madrassah (18c.); Sitora-i- Mokhi Khosa, Summer residence of Alim Khan, the last Emir of Bukhara (19 c.- 20t c.), New St. Andrew the Apostle Roman – Catholic.

Khiva:
Konya Ark Forteress (18c.); Mukhammad Aminkhan madrassah (1852-1855 ); Islam Khodja Madrassah and Minaret (1908); Mukhammed Rakhim Khan Madrassah (19 c.), Djuma Mosque (1789 c.), Kutlug Murad Inaq Madrassah (1804 -1812), Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum (14 -19 cc.), Tash Khauli Palace Complex (1830-1838), Tim (roofed market) and Caravanserai of Allah Kuli Khan (19c.)

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