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49-14, Center , Tashkent, 100017, Republic of Uzbekistan Tel:(998-71) 2354548, 2358185, 2352429. Fax:(998-71) 2357020


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49-14, Center-5., Tashkent, 100017, Republic of Uzbekistan

Tel:(998-71) 2354548, 2358185, 2352429. Fax:(998-71) 2357020

E-mail: info@novotours.uz Home page: http://www.novotours.uz



Program
Uzbekistan
Silk and Ceramic Tour
14 days/13 nights
Tashkent –Kokand-Rishtan-Fergana-Margilan-Tashkent-Nukus-Ayaz Kala-
- Khiva-Bukhara–Shakhrisabz-Samarkand-Tashkent

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Day 01: Tashkent


Arriving to Tashkent

Custom and passport formalities (about 1 hours)

Welcome dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight in Tashkent



Day 02: Tashkent


Breakfast in hotel

Tashkent, one of the largest ancient cities in Central Asia, capital of Uzbekistan. In Uzbek, Tashkent means “the Stone City” and is also known as a city of striking contrasts. You will see both old and modern city.

Excursion program in Tashkent



"Monument of Courage" (1976) - the epicenter of the Tashkent earthquake of 1966, "Independence Square"

Lunch in the biggest “Plov Center” where tourists can taste famous uzbek cuisine – “plov”.
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xcursion over Tashkent

Visit the architectural complex "Khazret-Imam" incl. necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and a famous divine and poet (16th c), "Barak-khan Medressa" - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of the Uzbek dynasty of the Sheibanid's (16th c), "Tellya Sheikh Medressa" also called "Khast Imom Mosque" where Osman Quran - the world's oldest is kept (19th c), "Juma Mosque" (15-19th cc)

Visit of Chor Su Bazaar

Diner in the local restaurant

Overnight in Tashkent



Day 03: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan - Fergana


Breakfast in hotel

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8:00 Drive to Fergana Valley over Kamchik mountain pass.

12:00 Arrival to Kokand.



Kokand is situated in the western part of the Ferghana Valley.

The Great Silk Road had played a major role in the development of the city.

Visit of Khudoyar Khan Palace and museum.
House of Master Haidarov - Wood carving centre

Lunch in the local restaurant in Kokand

Departure to Rishtan

Since ancient times Rishtan was famous for its ceramics.

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here are deposits of red clay, natural minerals and abundance of mountainous vegetation that is needed for painting process. Rishtan artisans became well known for their technology of ceramic and pottery production.



Visit House of Alisher Nazirov - ceramic workshop and Gallery

Visit House of Rustom Usmanov – ceramic workshop and Gallery

Departure to Fergana



Ferghana city is the administrative centre of Fergana Region and an important industrial centre of Uzbekistan.

On arrival transfer to your hotel.

Dinner in the local restaurant.

Overnight in Fergana



Day 04: Fergana – Margilan - Tashkent


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reakfast in hotel

Visit to the famous Yodgarlik Silk factory where original handmade methods of silk production have remained. Silk fabric manufactured here is considered as one of the best in Central Asia.


Visit of Margilan Bazaar

Visit of Block Printing Workshop

Visit of Said Akhmad Khuja Madrassa with many artisanal workshops inside:

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kat velvet weaving, silk ikat, jeweler, skull cap making & metal chasing, knife making workshops


Visit of IKAT Silk Factory
Lunch in the local restaurant

14:00 Drive to Tashkent over Kamchik mountain pass.

On arrival transfer to your hotel in Tashkent.

Dinner in the local restaurant.


Overnight in Tashkent

Day 05: Tashkent – Nukus – Ayaz Kala


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arly breakfast in hotel

05:30 Transfer to domestic airport


Flight Tashkent – Nukus HY-1001 07:10-09:55

Visit of famous Savitskiy National Museum of Arts

Lunch in local restaurant in Nukus

Drive to Ayaz Kala

Arrival and accommodation in yurt camp Ayaz Kala.


Yurt is a national dwelling of Kyrgyz/Kazakh nomad people.

You can feel the unique experience of spending a night in the real atmosphere of oriental nomads.

Dinner under the open sky.

Overnight in Ayaz Kala

Day 06: Ayaz Kala - Khiva


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reakfast
Visit of ancient settlements – fortresses Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala
Lunch in the yurt camp

Drive to Khiva over the Amu Darya river.

Arrival to Khiva and accommodation in hotel

Dinner in local restaurant

Overnight in Khiva

Day 07: Khiva


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reakfast

History of Khoresm dates so long back to ancient times that only few civilizations can equal its age.

You will see palaces with the rich mosaic, unique beautiful minarets, madrasahs and mosques
Excursion over Khiva: Ichan-Kala architectural ensemble - „Museum under the open sky“.

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osh-Khowli Palace
(Harem) (1830-1836), Kunya-Ark Fortress (1868-1888), Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855), Complex of Alla-Kuli Khan (XIII-XVIII), Juma Mosque and Minaret (XII-XX), Medrese of Abdulla-Khan (1865), Mausoleum of Said Alautdin (XIV), Medrese of Mukhamad Amin-Khan (XIX), Walls of Ichan-Kala (XVIII-XIX).


(Architectural complex of Ichan-Kala is a mini town and excursion is held inside of Ichan-Kala by walk)
Lunch and dinner in local restaurants

Overnight in Khiva



Day 08: Khiva - Bukhara


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reakfast

09:00 Long drive to Bukhara over the Kyzylkum desert


Lunch – box in one small cafe on the way

On arrival transfer to your hotel


Free time for he rest and first familiarization in Bukhara

Overnight in Bukhara



Day 09: Bukhara


Breakfast

As mentioned in the holy Avesta book Bukhara is one of the most ancient Uzbek towns built on the sacred hill of spring time offerings put by Zoroastrians. The name " Bukhara " is derived from Sanskrit denoting "temple, cloister". This city was once a big commercial centre on the Great Silk Road
All day visit in Bukhara

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ukhara preserved its treasures of architecture of the pre-Mongol period.

Thus often the City of Bukhara is considered as a Museum in itself.



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omplex "Poi Kalon" ("Beneath the Great"): "Kalyan Minaret" - the main symbol of sacred Bukhara that symbolized authority and power of spiritual governors. (12th c), "Kalyan Mosque"- its area of 130x80 m surpasses Bibi-Khanym mosque in Samarkand, "Miri Arab Madrassah" - active madrassah is one of the most esteemed spiritual Islamic universities (16th c), "Taki Zargaron" - the dome of jewelers (15-16th cc), "Ulugbeg Madrassah" - one of the 3 madrassahs constructed by grandson of Tamerlan - Ulugbeg (15th c), "Abdulaziz-khan Madrassah" - a traditional madrassah with 2 floors of hudjras and a mosque on the central axis ( mid. of 17th c), “Tim of Abdullah-Khan madrassah” (1588-1590), atlas shops, "Magoki-Attari Mosque" - the most ancient mosque in Bukhara (12th c) is considered a masterpiece of Bukhara architecture, "Khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan-Beghi" - a massive rectangular structure that was a place for the refuge and meditation of Sufis (17th c), "Kukeldash Madrassah" (16th c) - one of the biggest Bukhara madrassah, "Lyabi-Hauz" ensemble - the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara - is very popular among tourists (14-17th cc)


Lunch in the local restaurant during excursion

Mausoleum of the Samanids” - the most ancient brick building in Central Asia, a masterpiece of world architecture (9-10th c). The mausoleum of Chashma Ayub that belongs to esteemed "places of trace" left by saints (14th c). - the legend says that once the bible prophet Job (Ayub) visited this place. Museum of Imam Al Bukhari. "Bolo-Houz Mosque" - the only monument of medieval Bukhara (beg. of 20th c), "Ark fortress" - the center of Bukhara statehood (4th c BC), silk carpet shops



Visit of Jewish quarter

Dinner in madrassah Nodir Divan Begim with folklore performance

Overnight in Bukhara



Day 10: Bukhara


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reakfast

Drive to Gijdivan (about 70 km) for visiting ceramic workshop of Abdullo Narzullaev’s family. Here you can see process of manufacturing of ceramic and possibility to get acquainted with Uzbek family traditions.

Lunch in house of ceramic master – Abdullo Narzullaev



Sitora-i-Mokhi Khosa Palace” (XIX-XX), once the country residence of the last emir. Here you can see one of the best examples of palatial architecture. So called “White Hall” with its Guncha carvings with mirror layer are of exceptional beauty,

"Chor Minor" ("Four minarets") is an unusual madrassah built by Caliph Niyazkul (18th c).

Return to Bukhara
Dinner on the top floor of restaurant “Dolon” with beautiful panoramic view of Old Bukhara

Overnight in Bukhara



Day 11: Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand


Breakfast in hotel.

Drive to Shakhrisabz (280 km). Arrival in Shakhrisabz.


Shakhrisabz is situated in the South of Uzbekistan also known as the Motherland of Great Tamerlane. Culture of this region is distinguished with its own peculiar folk arts, especially embroidery and highly commended art pieces.
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xcursion program over Shakhrisabz: Ak-Saray Palace (14-15 cc.), Darus-Saodat, Dorut-Tillavat Complexes (15-16 cc.), Ulugbek's Gumbazi-Seyidan Makbarat, Kok-Cumbaz Mosque (15 cc.).

Lunch in Shakhrisabz.

After lunch drive to Samarkand (180 km).

Arrival to Samarkand. Accommodation at hotel.



Dinner in local habitants house

Overnight in Samarkand


Day 12: Samarkand – Urgut - Samarkand


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reakfast

"The town of Blue domes": The history of Samarkand dates back to 2500 years and more from now landmarks dated back to the times of the Timur Dynasty and is of the same importance as architectural masterpieces of ancient Egypt , China , India , Greece and Rome.
Transfer to Urgut. Visit one of the biggest and most colorful bazaars in the region.

Visit the papermaking workshop

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eturn to Samarkand

Lunch in the local restaurant



Visiting Ulughbek’s Observatory (XV.), ancient settlement Afrosiyab and Afrosiyab Museum (8th BC-13th AD). Situated in the outskirts of the city, with archeological discoveries, pottery and terracotta statuettes are on the exhibit in the Afrosiyab Museum.

Visit of Samarkand Silk factory “Khudjum” where you can see all process of the silk carpets producing starting from cocoons till the paining and final goods. You can purchase the ready carpets here and pay by cash or c/c VISA.

Visit the Art Gallery of Valentina Romanenko with the great variety of Silk dresses and materials.

Dinner in the national house

Overnight in Samarkand



Day 13: Samarkand


Breakfast

Excursion in Samarkand:

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ur Emir Mausoleum
- Tamerlan's tomb (14-15th c.) that was built for Temur's grandson Muhammad-Sultan and the tombs of three other Temurids - sons of Temur - Miranshah and Shahruh and his grandson Ulugbek,


Ruhabad Mausoleum ("House of Spirit")(external visit) - the legend says that under the dome there is a box with seven hairs of Prophet Muhammad (14th c.),

Registan Square ("A sandy place") - the major square of Samarkand: Ulugbeg Madrassah - Sheikh Khodja Akhrar and poet Djami were among outstanding graduates of the Madrassah (15th c.), Sher-Dor Madrassah ("Having tigers") (17th c.), Tillya-Kari Madrassah ("Coated by gold") - the rich gilding on the dome, walls and mihrab surpassed all other famous buildings in Central Asia (17th c.).

Lunch in the local restaurant



Cathedral mosque Bibi-Khanym that was named after the oldest wife of Tamerlan (14th c.), world famous Samarkand bazaar – “Siyob”

The architectural complex Shahi-Zinda (Alive king) - necropolis on the slope of the Afrosiab hill is connected with Kusam ibn Abbas - the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (11-15th c).

Farewell dinner in the local restaurant

Overnight in Samarkand

Day 14: Samarkand – Tashkent


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reakfast

Drive to Tashkent (330 km). The road passes over Temur’s Gate.



The gate is named after Amir Temur, the ruler of the Temur’s Empire.

The landscape changes here - from flatlands to green mountains. The Gate of Temur is a 150-metre-wide gorge, where the Sangzar, a mountain river, flows alongside the highway and the railroad. The armies led by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and many Arab conquerors once negotiated these heights, where a cool wind blows throughout the day and throughout the year.

Lunch in the local restaurant


Visit of Human House (tel: 2554411) with big collection of clothes from famous uzbek designers and made in original national style
Visit of National museum of History of Uzbekistan
Transfer to airport

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* Please note that itinerary and visit of sights may be changed due to unforeseen conditions. If so, the visit will be changed for the equal.






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