The amazing Four-Day Cultural Uzbekistan Tour: Cult-2 is a unique possibility to plunge into the atmosphere of ancient cities – Bukhara and Samarkand, that managed to preserve architectural monuments of ruling epochs of powerful dynasties of the Middle Ages.
The Samarkand tour program includes a visit of world-famous Registan Square – the center of the capital of the old-time powerful empire founded by Tamerlane, Shakhi-Zinda Complex – one of the sanctuaries of the Islamic world with the shrine of Kusam ibn Abbas, a Prophet Muhammad’s cousin brother, Gur-Emir Mausoleum of the Temurid dynasty and other unique monuments. You will also visit Holy Bukhara. Over two thousand years this city, as a mainstay of Islam, has been acquiring its inimitable look. The Samanid Mausoleum, Kalyan Minaret, Ark Citadel and Lyabi-Khauz pond are still cultic structures and symbols of Holy Bukhara up to date.
Uzbekistan ancient cities tour descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus; Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included; Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides; Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary; Full board (lunches and dinners); Business/Economy-class ticket for trains Tashkent-Bukhara-Samarkand, Samarkand-Tashkent as per option (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace it with the most-comfortable class of regular train).
Tour leader to accompany travelers for the whole period of the tour; Hotel charges for additional services; Tips are not included, but would be appreciated; Travel insurance.
Samarkand is one of the oldest cities of the world, the capital of ancient Sogdiana, the legendary and fabulous city. Samarkand is as old as the ancient cities of Babylon, Athens and Rome. This city is more than 25 centuries old. During those centuries, the city has experienced a lot of great and dramatic events. Samarkand saw Saks and Massageths, Greeks and Macedonians, Karakitays (Chinese), Arab commanders and hordes of Genghiz Khan.
During Tamerlane’s (Timur the Lame) governing in 1370 Samarkand became the capital of his huge empire spreading from Indus River to Bosporus. According to Tamerlane’s idea, Samarkand was to overshadow all capitals of the world by its grandeur and beauty. His grandson Ulugbek, the great astronomer, ruled until 1449 and made it an intellectual centre. In the time of Ulugbek, the city acquired fame of one of the outstanding centers of science and culture.
Bukhara is rightly included in the list of the most visited cities of Uzbekistan and Central Asia. There are almost one and a half hundred architectural buildings with the status of the Middle Ages cultural monuments in Bukhara. You can also see here and modern buildings. Bukhara itself is considered a museum city.
According to the history, Bukhara was founded by the disgraced Persian king Siyavush. Modern researchers believe that this event took place in the 5th century BC., based on the most ancient artifacts found by archaeologists here.
As it was already mentioned above, the choice of sights in Bukhara is huge. However, below are the places that are worth visiting first.
You should start the excursion from visiting the Old Town. It is better to walk to see all the sights located there. They are found here practically at every step.
Check out from the hotel and out of the city to visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, the unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi. Return to Bukhara and visit Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. At 14:40 transfer to the train station. Take Afrosiyob train to Samarkand departing at 15:52, arriving at 17:25 (270 km). Upon arrival the driver will transfer you to the hotel in Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue city tour: visit Afrasiab Museumand the Tomb of Saint Daniel (closed on Sundays). Then drive toKonigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Late in the afternoon transfer to railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to your hotel/private residence. End of the tour. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
No Credit Cards required. Book With Flexibility. If your plans change, you can easily change the date or cancel the tour.