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You must not miss the opportunity to taste Uzbek cuisine! At least once you have to eat Uzbek delicous foods in your life. Also, the tour of Uzbekistan takes you to the pearls of the legendary Silk Road. Discover the highlights of Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand. Azure dome roofs shimmer in the sunlight and minarets soar like candles in the sky. Overflowing bazaars, mosques with unique faience, and a millennial tradition of hospitality are among the unforgettable impressions in the fascinating country of Uzbekistan!
You will be staying in various hotels during this tour.
Fly to Tashkent with the direct flight from Uzbekistan Airways or with a stop via Istanbul, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Arrive in Tashkent late in the evening or midnight or early morning of the next day. You meet with your guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stays in Tashkent.
Today, after breakfast at the hotel, visit the traditional Uzbek family house to experience making the process of Norin, where you can also join the master class. Norin (narin) - is home-made noodles with horsemeat, more precisely, with kazy (horse meat sausage). However, recipes of norin allow using beef and mutton.
In Uzbekistan, norin is a traditional dish of great festivals, cooked not only for guests but also for all neighbors. Towards midday, have lunch with your homemade Norin and have some fun, enjoy, and relax under Uzbek lovely songs. Of course, if you want, you may dance with the local family members by creating a mixture of dance styles with their own and yours.
In the late afternoon, have a chance to explore sightseeing in Tashkent. Visit the Tilla Sheikh Mosque and Barak Khan Madrasah and Mausoleum Kaffal Shashi then take the subway to the city center, where you'll walk through the modern city of Tashkent and on the way, visit Independence Square with the building complex of the "grieving mother" and walk to the Amir Timur green area.
With the evening flight, fly to Urgench. From there, continue to the beautiful oasis city of Khiva. Overnight stay in Khiva.
The breathtaking fairy-tale city of Khiva reveals the fascination of the legendary Silk Road. The old town, a UNESCO cultural heritage, was once the residence of idiosyncratic khans and is now like a living open-air museum. In the fortress city - Ichan Kala, explore the former residence of the Khan - Kuhna Ark, the unfinished minaret Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, whose wooden beam ceiling is supported by 212 wooden columns decorated with elaborate carvings.
You'll also visit the Pakhlavon Makhmud mausoleum, the interior of which is considered a masterpiece of Khiva decor art. For lunch, you must never miss the opportunity to taste a very famous Tukhum Barak in a typical Khorezm family. It obviously gives the potential to a person and absolutely tasty, usual cooked food of Khorezmians. In fact, tukhum-barak, these are square ravioli with a very unusual egg filling.
The name of this dish comes from two words "tukhum" - "egg" and "barrack" - "boiled", that is, "ravioli with egg". The main ingredient of the filling is raw eggs with spices. How to cook such a dish? Enjoy your dinner with Shivit oshi which is also a local pasta, a particularly noteworthy dish of bright green glory. Noodle-makers dye the dough a verdant hue using an infusion of fresh dill, then top the plate of noodles in beef stew with a side of tangy yogurt. Overnight stay in Khiva.
After the earlier breakfast in the hotel, take the train to Bukhara at 8:23 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. (Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday). A highlight of your trip! Bukhara (UNESCO World Heritage Site) presents itself today as a unique authentic museum. The mosques, madrasahs, and minarets are lined up like narrow pearls in narrow, winding streets that are mostly traffic-free. The Poikalon complex is considered a showpiece of Islamic architecture.
The Kalon minaret, built in the 12th century, which rises like a lighthouse and once served as a guide for caravans, is the symbol of Bukhara. Other highlights include the Ark Citadel (the former residence of the Emir) and the Samanid Mausoleum. Overnight stay in Bukhara.
Today, visit a Bukharin family where you get closer to the lifestyle of locals and try their cuisine called Kovurma lagmon (Roasted lagman), which is more common than other types because less energy and ingredients are required to prepare this dish. Another advantage of cooking Uzbek fried lagmon is that its dough and kale can be stored separately in the refrigerator, and the final dish is created directly before serving.
In the afternoon, have some time to explore the heart of Bukhara as the architectural ensemble of the Lyabi-Hauz; it consists of three large monumental buildings: the Kukeldash Madrasah in the north, the Madrasah Nadir Devan Begi in the west, and the Khanaka in the east. The dinner takes place today in an old Jewish house with a Bukharian family.
The next ancient city of Samarkand (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is waiting for you today! Travel directly to the hotel after breakfast. Arrive in Samarkand full of anticipation, and then under the rule of Timur, it was considered one of the world's most beautiful cities. Be impressed by the palace-like mausoleum of the ruler Timur, the Gur Emir mausoleum.
Today, enjoy the highlight of your trip - Registan Square with three impressively huge and artistically decorated madrasahs. Afterward, visit the once largest mosque in Central Asia - Bibi Khanum Mosque, which is one of the most famous sights of the city and overwhelms its visitors with its grandeur and size. After the visit, the path leads to the colorful Siab Bazaar. All sorts of exotic, spicy smells tickle your nose. Besides, souvenirs for every taste can be found here.
Today`s lunch is the national cuisine Plov which is loved by anyone in the entire world, even in the universe. It is a rice pilaf with meat, carrots, onions and spices, tender chunks of meat, and fluffy rice with lots of aromatic flavors. All guests who come from overseas must need to taste Plov at least one time in their life.
Samarkand is known not only for its historical monuments but also for the production of wine: wine and cognac run through your throat like a balm! After visiting the wine museum in Samarkand in the “Khovrenko” winery, try 10 of the best varieties of Uzbek wines and cognacs here. After the tasting, enjoy local dishes in a local atmosphere in the evening. Overnight stay in Samarkand.
Samarkand, once one of the most glamorous stations along the Great Silk Road, a thriving cultural and commercial center at the intersection of the caravan routes, is now a modern city that has lost none of its appeals. During a full-day city tour, explore both the ancient and modern monuments of Samarkand today.
Visit the Afrosiyob Museum, the Ulugbek Observatory, the Shakhi-Zinda Complex, the remains of the Bibi-Khanum Mosque, and the oriental Siab Bazaar, which is located right next to the mosque. The abundance of dried fruit alone is remarkable. Today, have lunch in a local restaurant and where you can taste Samsa additional for lunch.
At 6 p.m. take the "Afrosiyob" express train towards Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Tashkent.
Check out of the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of the trip.
Madaminjon is from DOCA TOURS' sales department and works as a tour operator and Russian and English speaking tour guide.
Oybek is born in the Samarkand district and graduated from SamSU Faculty of Economics, Goethe Institute in Hamburg, Germany, Westminster College in London, and Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service (Faculty of Economics and Management). He is an economist, entrepreneur, tourism specialist, and German and English translator.
Uzbekistan is a sunny country rich in natural resources. Amazingly nice, generous, and hospitable people live in this wonderful country. Since ancient times, Uzbekistan has been the crossroads of caravan routes, the link between different countries and peoples, the meeting point of languages, cultures, and civilizations. Here were the routes of the Great Silk Road, which linked India, China, Iran, Iraq, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.
In the course of its long history, the Uzbek people experienced a lot: upsurges and defeats, wars of empires, and migrations of peoples. All this has been reflected in the soul and architecture of the people. The hot sands of the great Kyzylkum desert and the lifeless steppes lie near the flowering oases, where cotton and grapes, figs, and rice and the most delicious Mirsatschul melons grow.
The unique peculiarity of Uzbek fruits and vegetables is that they were allowed to use natural flavors: the sliced melons and watermelons, the broken, crunchy cucumbers, peaches, apricots, and quinces delight you with their saturated and real flavors! And mountain ridges covered with eternal snow attract winter sports enthusiasts.
Architectural sights of Uzbekistan are the ancient cities where historical monuments have been preserved: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva. On a trip through Uzbekistan, you can immerse yourself in the past. The tourist infrastructure has been developing at a rapid pace in recent years and offers tourists not only oriental exoticism and picturesque landscapes, but also western service standards.
Daily breakfast and dinner are included in the package price as well as one lunch with a masterclass. Uzbekistan - the heartland of Central Asia! Join this culinary tour for the national cuisine such as Plov, Norin, Tukhum barak, Shivit oshi, Kovurma lagman, and baked samsa, breads which are all incredibly delicious and reflects Uzbek nationality and hospitality.
Samarkand International Airport
Tashkent International Airport
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