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Bukhara - Samarkand: Two Rivals, Two Peers

Tashkent - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent

Samarkand and Bukhara, both alike in dignity, have always been implicit rivals; hence the periods of growth of Bukhara coincided with the periods of decline in the history of Samarkand and vice versa. And though the rulers of Samarkand initiated the construction works in Bukhara (for instance Ulugbek Madrassah), while the representatives of Bukhara rulers adorned Samarkand with majestic architectural complexes (Sher-Dor and Tillya Kari Madrassahs), informally, the cities have contended with each other for the title of the most beautiful city in Central Asia.

Some will show preference for Bukhara, some for Samarkand. But without fail each visitor will be fascinated by the artistic genius of the old masters.

2 days / 1 night

Days Cities Activities  
Day 01 Tashkent
On Saturday morning transfer to the airport to take morning domestic flight to Bukhara (HY 1312, 08:50-10:35).

Upon arrival  you will be met by the guide and driver.

Start your sightseeing tour round Bukhara.

In the afternoon you will leave the Blessed Bukhara and along the Royal Road, which was a major Silk Road thoroughfare uniting the foremost cities of Transoxiana, you will make for another gem on the ancient Silk Road - Samarkand. Through the window of a comfortable car you can watch how landscape changes its colours: from oriental carpet of scarlet, bronze and yellow to dark shadows of the breaking evening.

Upon arrival dinner with national Uzbek cuisine accompanied by exotic Uzbek melodies.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 02 Samarkand
After breakfast at the hotel you will be taken to an unforgettable sightseeing tour round the fabled city Samarkand.

In the afternoon you can take the train Samarkand – Tashkent (3,5 h) or to whirl by car through the beautiful landscapes of the Great Uzbek Highway away from the magic of a medieval city to the realities of modern metropolis – Tashkent.

Suggested accommodation in:
Type A Type B
Samarkand – Registan Plaza 4*
Samarkand – Regal Palace 4*

Tour price in USD per pax
PAX 1 2 3 4 5 S/S
Accommodation Type A 812 474 392 334 298 30
Accommodation Type B 755 431 354 298 264 28

  • 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 (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese-Mandarin, etc speaking)
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Visa support to Uzbekistan
  • Portage services in airports and hotels
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per day per pax
  • International airfares
  • Domestic air fare Tashkent – Bukhara 71 USD (subject to be changed)
  • Domestic train fare Samarkand – Tashkent 

    45 USD (VIP)
    34 USD (Business)
    25 USD (Econom)
  • 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 15 days – 50 % penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 1 day – 100 % penalty is charged

Sightseeing spots that will be visited during the excursions:

Shahi-Zinda necropolis (14-15c), “Stars above Samarkand” - Ulugbek observatory (15c), “Ruines of Afrosiab” -  the excavation and museum of the ancient town (6 BC-13 AD).
Visit to medieval architectural monuments: Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15c), Registan Ensemble (including Ulugbek (15c), Shir Dor (17c), Tillya-Kari Madrassahs (17c)), Bibi Khanum Mosque. Visit to Samarkand local bazaar.

Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10c)-vault  of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c), Visit to Old Bukhara: Poli-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c) , Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Amir-Alim-Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16c), Lyab-i-Hauz (17c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magoki Attari (16c), Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs. Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c). Visit to summer residence of Emir - “Sitora-I-Mokhi-Khosa” (1911).

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