Christmas and New Year are the most popular festivals in Uzbekistan and are always celebrated in the family circle. If you want to experience one or both of these festivals in a very special way, you and your family should spend your holiday with an Uzbek family in Uzbekistan. In this way, you can experience European traditions the Oriental way! Surprises and fun are guaranteed for all the participants!

WEIHNACHTEN-IN-SAMARKAND (Small)

Stops on your tour: Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Tashkent

Duration of the trip: 7 days / 6 nights

Travel period: December – January

Accommodation: Hotels BB/ 3-4 *

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1st day: Arrival in Tashkent (b)

On arrival at Tashkent International Airport, your travel guide will escort you to the hotel. Then you will visit the Hasti Imam Complex in the old town. Around the large square there is the Tilla Scheich Mosque, the Barakkhan Madrasa and the Mausoleum Kaffal Schaschi as evidence of when Tashkent was the center of development of Islamic culture and religion. In the library of the madrasa, the oldest version of the Koran is kept with a manuscript dating back to the third Khalif Osman.Then you will go to the Bazaar «Tschorsu», which was already known in the Middle Ages and which stood at the crossroads of the caravan trains of the Great Silk Road. In the afternoon you will visit modern Tashkent and go to Independence Square and then on foot to the Amir Timur Park. The mood is festive everywhere, the main squares and streets are colourfully lit and are full of people, with Oriental versions of a Christmas market everywhere.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

2nd day: Tashkent – Samarkand (b, d)

Travel by bus to Samarkand. Samarkand has many symbolic names, one of which is «Rome of the  Orient», as the town is just as old as Rome. In a time long gone, the town was the focus point of culture, trade and education – and unfortunately the battle for power and possessions. The town experienced its zenith during the rule of Emir Timur (Tamerlan).Today we are visiting one of the visiting cards of Uzbekistan – the famous Registan with its wonderful madrasas which will certainly remain in your memory for a very long time. Then you will visit the grand Mausoleum of Timur, which was once considered to be one of the greatest sacred buildings in the Orient. Here, too, the town will be busy and full of local people in the streets, main squares and bazaars. All busy shopping.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

3th day: Samarkand (b, p, d)

Today we will visit a Silk paper manufacturer in Samarkand. You can watch the paper being produced, still entirely manually. The factory is in a picturesque place with shady trees, the Siyob river, a small tearoom where you can have tea, and the Tscharchpalak (water-wheel).Then we will visit the Bibi-Khanim-Mosque, one of the greatest and oldest buildings of the Orient. According to one legend, Tamerlan had the mosque built for his beloved wife. Right after visiting the mosque we will go to the Siyob-Bazaar and try the freshly baked bread.You will spend this afternoon cooking and baking with an Uzbek family, and then spend the evening with them. Traditionally, relatives visit one another, and you will be included in these festivities.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

4th day: Samarkand (b, d)

After breakfast, you can continue to explore the town.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

5th day: Samarkand – Bukhara (b, d)

Journey to Bukhara, check-in to hotel.Bukhara is known as the «dome of Islam» and was one of the most important changeover points on the caravan routes. Today we will tour the town which is more than 2500 years old (UNESCO World Heritage Site). You will feel transported into the Tales of 1001 Nights, seeing the mosques and madrasas where teaching and learning still continue today. You will admire the «classic» architecture complexes Lyabi Hauz with trading domes and several mosques, madrasas and the dervish monastery – Chanaka in the town center, and you will understand the term used to describe the town: «noble». On the way, we will also visit market dome buildings such as Toqi Zargaron, Toqi Telpakfuruschon and Toqi Saraffon.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

6th day: Bukhara – Tashkent (b, d)

Today we begin our sightseeing with the mausoleum of Ismail Samani, mausoleum Tschaschmai-Ayub. Then we will continue on foot.We will visit the Poi-Kalon Complex (minaret Kalon, one of the largest in Central Asia, the mosque Kalon and the still-functioning madrasa Medresse Miri-Arab), the town citadels Ark and the nearby Registan Square and the Bolo Hous-Mosque. Then you can wander around and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the old town.Evening flight to Tashkent.Today’s included meals are breakfast and dinner.

7th day: Tashkent – Return flight (b, d)

After an early breakfast, journey to the airport for your flight home.

b – breakfast, l – lunch, d – dinner, p – picnic


What is included

  • Overnight stay in the requested hotels
  • All meals mentioned in the travel program
  • All the sightseeing and transfer journeys in a vehicle with air conditioning
  • All the excursions and sightseeing listed in the program
  • Admission and other fees
  • Train journey with the fast train
  • 3 traditional dinners at the home of Uzbek families in Samarkand, Buchara und Chiwa
  • Dinner in Buchara in a local restaurant with classical Uzbek music
  • Uzbek Folklore Show in one of the towns of Uzbekistan
  • Farewell dinner in Taschkent

What is not included

  • International flights
  • Inland flights with Uzbekistan Airways
  • Visa for Uzbekistan (about 90 Euro per person)
  • Meals and drinks which are not listed as being included
  • Photo/Video-fees (15-50 Euro)
  • Tip for travel guide and drivers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Number of participant: min. 2, max. 20 person

Appointment 2016/2017: On demand

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