This is the best Samarkand City tour for visiting this great city in just one day. Of all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan, Samarkand is the most majestic: the squares were once filled with merchants from far and wide, and the halls of these grand buildings were walked by some of most important scholars of their time. Start with the Ulugbek Observatory, a museum dedicated to the achievements and work of scientists from generations past. Shahi-Zinda, a winding alley lined with intricately-decorated mausoleums, is the next stop, followed by Bibi-Khanum Mosque, still impressive even though it has laid in ruins for centuries. Registan Square is the crown jewel of Samarkand, a symbol of Samarkand’s history as a trade and cultural center on the Silk Road. Finish up the tour with stops at Siab Bazaar, perfect for wandering among vendors of dried fruits, colorful cloths, and freshly-baked bread, and Gur-Emir Mausoluem, the final resting place of Timur, one of the greatest rulers of Central Asia. For just one day, you’ll be back in the time of the Silk Road, walking the streets of Samarkand and seeing the monuments of this great city.
Visit to Samarkand city descriptions
1 person – no discount 2 persons – 10% discount 3 persons – 20% discount 4 persons and up – 30% discount
Guided sightseeing tour; Entrance fees to the museums, mausoleums and other sights; Transport throughout the city tour.
Must visit on your Visit to Samarkand city
Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan and is of the same age as the city of Babylon or Rome.
The history of Samarkand is about 2,750 years old and has witnessed many upheavals during the times of Alexander the Great, the Arabic Conquest, Genghis-Khan Conquest and lastly Tamerlane’s. Hence, the culture of Samarkand was developed and mixed together with the Iranian, Indian, Mongolian and a bit of the Western and Eastern cultures.
Majestic and beautiful city Samarkand has a marvelous and attractive power. Poets and historians of the past called it “Rome of the East, The beauty of sublunary countries, The pearl of the Eastern Muslim World”. Its advantageous geographical position in the Zarafshan valley puts Samarkand to the first place among cities of Central Asia.
Registan which consists of three distinct madrasahs (Islamic school) is the main and standout tourist attraction of this place.
The Ulugh Beg Madrasah
It is a religious educational institution founded by Ulugh Beg, a renowned mathematician and astronomer located at the heart of Samarkand.
Ulugh Beg Observatory
One of the best astronomy observatory built by Ulugh Beg himself where some of the renowned Islamic astronomers like Ali Qushji and Al-Kashi worked. A museum was later built besides it to honor Ulugh Beg.
One of the madrasahs located in Registran square, it is the first to have been built in this school complex.
Another madrasah located in Registran square, it was the residential college for scholars studying in these madrasahs.
The Shah-i-Zinda necropolis
It is one of the necropolises situated in the north-eastern part of Samarkand housing mausoleums and ritual buildings continually being built since the 14th century.
One of the most important monuments in Samarkand, it is among the most magnificent mosques in Islamic world.
The Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
The tomb of conqueror Timur, it is an important place to see the Persian-Mongolian architecture.
The Siyob Bazaar
This bazaar is a buzzing hub for all daily necessities of people of Samarkand like vegetables, dairy products, meats et cetera. You can just stroll through the corners and get a sense of the local lifestyle.
It is one of the oldest Muslim religious buildings in Samarkand built in 8th century.
Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Samarkand. The tour begins with a visit to Ulugbek Observatory, where part of the sextant from the 15th century is preserved. Continue to Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque. Walking through an alley with souvenir shops, you will reach the spectacular Registan Square which has been the center of Samarkand for many centuries. During sightseeing you will have a chance to visit the colorful Siab bazaar with stalls full of oriental sweets, local fruits and variety of freshly baked traditional breads. The last point of interest to be visited is Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the final resting place of Timur, a great emperor. End of the tour.
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