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Uzbekistan Culinary Holiday Tour

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!

Meet the instructors

Madaminjon & Oybek
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Highlights

  • Wine tasting in the “Khovrenko” winery in Samarkand
  • Enjoy the sightseeing program including entrance fees
  • Experience cooking the Uzbek national dish, Plov, with a local family
  • Daily breakfast and dinners will be provided
  • All domestic transfers are included
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Russian
Group size: 4-15 participants
Airport transfer included: Samarkand International Airport
Airport transfer included: Tashkent International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be staying in various hotels during this tour.

  • Night 1: Praga Hotel or similar
  • Nights 2 and 3: Zukhro Boutique Hotel or similar
  • Nights 4 and 5: Sasha & Son Hotel or similar
  • Night 6: Meros Boutique Hotel or similar
  • Night 7: Praga Hotel or similar

Program

Day 1: Flight to Tashkent

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.

Day 2: Tashkent - Evening flight to Urgench - Arrival in Khiva

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.

  • Flight: 1093 kilometers - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Travel distance: Approximately 35 kilometers | Duration: 0.5 hours
  • Sightseeing time: Approximately 4 hours

Day 3: Khiva - The world of fairy tales from 1001 nights

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.

  • Sightseeing time: Approximately 5 - 6 hours

Day 4: The train journey to Bukhara

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.

  • Train journey: 570 kilometers, 3 hours and 49 minutes
  • Travel distance: Approximately 10 kilometers | Duration: Approximately 15 minutes
  • Sightseeing time: Approximately 3 hours

Day 5: Bukhara - Oasis town and place of pilgrimage

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.

  • Sightseeing time: 5 - 6 hours

Day 6: From Bukhara to Samarkand

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.

  • Travel distance: Approximately 270 kilometers | Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Sightseeing time: Approximately 4 - 5 hours

Day 7: Samarkand - "Rome of the East"

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.

  • Train journey: 300 kilometers, 2 hours and 8 minutes
  • Sightseeing time: 4 - 5 hours

Day 8: Tashkent, flight home

Check out of the hotel. Transfer to the airport. End of the trip.

Instructors

Madaminjon Egamov

Oybek Ostanov

Location

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.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Hallal
  • Fruitarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Sightseeing program including entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Daily meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch with a masterclass, and 6 dinners)
  • Cooking of the Uzbek national dish - Plov with a local family
  • Wine tasting in the “Khovrenko” winery in Samarkand
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Round trip/excursions and transfers in air-conditioned modern vehicles
  • Domestic Tashkent-Urgench flight in economy class
  • Khiva-Bukhara and Samarkand-Tashkent train journeys in economy class
  • English-speaking tour guide from DOCA-TOURS from/to Tashkent Airport

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Hotel fees for additional services
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals: 6x lunches
  • Photo/video fees
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Folklore show in the Summer Palace in Khiva (20 USD per person)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Samarkand International Airport Airport transfer included: Samarkand International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Tashkent International Airport Airport transfer included: Tashkent International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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Pricing information

Please note that the itinerary and price of travel in 2021 may change due to changes in flight and train schedules, currency rates, and other unpredictable events. DOCA TOURS is entitled to change the hotels if it is fully booked or is necessary for other similar reasons.

The prices below are for a group with a minimum of 4 participants. If a group does not make it to a minimum of 4 participants, like solo travelers or couples, you can still travel with a small group supplement of 200 USD per person. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Thursday July 22, 2021
(8 days / 7 nights)

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