Uzbekistan Festivaltour (silk and spices) to Bukhara is a great opportunity to see folklore performances, Uzbek traditions, traditional clothing from all over the country, concerts, and much more all in one trip. This tour also includes visits to all of the major sights in Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent.
Treat yourself to this festival tour and visit the world of “A Thousand and One Nights”: bright performances, tall minarets, and blue domes. Take advantage of the Silk & Spices Festival to buy handmade silk at a good price, learn how craftsmen pass their trades down through generations, and stroll through the fragrant streets lined with spices. Learn more about the festival here.
All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by van type car; 8-13 pax by 20-seat bus; Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included; Sightseeing tour programme with local, English-speaking guides in each city; Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights; Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa; Bottled mineral water (500ml per person per day); Full board (lunches and dinners); English-speaking tour leader to accompany groups of 6 or more travellers.
Tour leader for the whole duration of the tour (unless there are 6 or more travellers); Hotel charges for additional services; Personal travel insurance; Consular fee for Uzbekistan tourist visa (if required); Camera fees charged separately by museums; International flight tickets before and after the tour.
The Uzbek culture has much in common with the culture of other Muslim countries, but nevertheless it has its own features. Having booked a tour to Uzbekistan in our company you will have a fascinating opportunity to feel on your personal experience all original beauty and a rich cultural heritage of the Uzbek people.
A great number of rites and customs accompany the Uzbek family life. Weddings are considered to be the most important event in one’s life. Preparations for this special occasion begin from the birth.
Uzbeks love to gather in big groups and entertain the whole village (kishlak) or mahallya (community in cities) on family occasions. Mass people’s festivities are widely celebrated. They are followed by various ceremonies, festive bazaars at which musicians, dancers, wrestlers perform. Uzbeks are very friendly and hospitable people. It is said: “If one does not have delicious food for a guest, one should have sweet words for him”. Uzbeks are supportive of each other. The ancient custom of Khashar is a unique form of mutual assistance. If a fellow-villager finds himself in difficulty, all the neighbours gather to help him. Mutual assistance reveals itself also while preparing for wedding and circumcision parties, house building, and funeral ceremonies. Uzbeks traditionally have respect for older people.
Meals begin with small dishes of nuts and raisins, progressing through soups, salads, and meat dishes and ending with palov, a rice-and-meat dish synonymous with Uzbek cuisine throughout the former Soviet Union; it is the only dish often cooked by men. Other common dishes, though not strictly Uzbek, include monti, steamed dumplings of lamb meat and fat, onions, and pumpkin, and kabob, grilled ground meat. Uzbeks favor mutton; even the nonreligious eschew pig meat. Uzbeks celebrate whenever possible, and parties usually consist of a large meal ending with palov. The food is accompanied by copious amounts of vodka, cognac, wine, and beer. Elaborate toasts, given by guests in order of their status, precede each round of shots. After, glasses are diligently refilled by a man assigned the task. A special soup of milk and seven grains is eaten on Navruz. During the month of Ramadan, observant Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset.
Breakfast. Continue sightseeing: visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with a car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Check out from the hotel at 18:00. At 20:00 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 21:00. Arrival in Bukhara at 22:35, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
At 09:00 meet your guide and join the festival parade. The parade will open the festival “Silk and Spices” and take you back to the Bukhara of centuries ago, when caravans loaded with silk and spices traveled from China to Europe, through mountain passes and empty deserts, stopping only in blooming valleys. Usually, the festival program includes performances from traditional bands from different regions of Uzbekistan, traditional games and sports, master classes, tasting sessions featuring plov at Palov Sayli, and a fashion show from young Uzbek designers. Simultaneously, you will be able to enjoy beautiful architecture of old Bukhara and listen to its legends. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7, May 31, Su: Bukhara – Tashkent
Check out from the hotel till noon. Free time with the guide. At 14:50 transfer to Bukhara train station. The high-speed train Afrosiyob departs for Tashkent at 15:55. Scheduled arrival is at 19:40. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8, June 01, Mo: Tashkent – departure
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. End of the tour.
No Credit Cards required. Book With Flexibility. If your plans change, you can easily change the date or cancel the tour.