eople can travel for different reasons, for example to get new knowledge, impressions, get acquainted with the culture of different peoples and countries. A tourist can refuse any excursion, but he or she will never give up food, especially in Uzbekistan. The abundance of different types of fresh meat, poultry, vegetables, spices in fresh and dried form (in each region there are secrets of cooking the same dishes), fermented milk products (always included in the menu for improving digestion) give unlimited opportunities in cooking national Uzbek dishes . There are more than 1000 of them only in terms of  names.

Have a pleasant and delicious journey!

Tashkent is located between the western foot of the Tien Shan mountain system and the Syr Darya river. This is a modern metropolis, which is the focus of political and economic life of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The first mention of Tashkent (referred to at that time as Shash) dates back to the II century BC. Wars and natural disasters destroyed many historical monuments of different epochs. After a devastating earthquake in 1966, the city almost completely was ruined and then rebuilt. New buildings, decorated with mosaics and stucco decorations in the national Uzbek style, make Tashkent an attractive and interesting . In Tashkent, the national cuisine of different countries, peoples and regions of Uzbekistan is abundantly represented, but only we can offer you food points that specialize in cooking certain dishes of Uzbek national cuisine.

Gastronomic tour of SAMARKAND

Samarkand is more than 2700 years old. “Pearl of the East” – the so-called chroniclers and poets of the past. The city witnessed many historical events. Its walls were opposed to the armies of Alexander the Great (the end of the IV century BC), to the forces of the Arab Caliphate (VIII century), but the city was destroyed to the ground by the hordes of Genghis Khan ( XIII century) and could not be restored to its original location. In the XIV-XV centuries. Samarkand becomes the capital of a huge empire of formidable Amir Timur (Tamerlane), who dreamed of making it the capital of the world. And how many national dishes in our city! Samarkand is considered to be the most “tasty” city of Uzbekistan due to the variety of dishes of Uzbek national cuisine.

Gourmet tour of BUKHARA

During its centuries-old history (2500 years), Bukhara has repeatedly won, collapsed, lost its international significance as the center of spiritual culture in the East. But each time Bukhoro-i-Sharif (the “noble Bukhara”) was restored again, its economy, science and art were reborn, new buildings were built. In Bukhara and its environs there are more than 500 architectural monuments of different times and epochs. It is worth to wander through the narrow streets of the “old” city and you get the impression that the “time machine” has moved you to the medieval East. Since Bukhara is an oasis in the Kyzyl-Kum Desert, there have always been problems with drinking water, so the dishes of Bukhara’s national cuisine did not differ with a special variety. In our time, everything has changed, but the priority was the dishes prepared from the meat of the local breed of desert sheep. This is a “tandoor kabob”: large pieces of meat are placed on wooden skewers, fall into a special clay oven (tandoor) and are prepared on gradually cooling wood burning coals. Delicious-oh, extraordinary!

On the route you need to be: in the summer

  • closed comfortable shoes thickened soles
  • hats for protection from direct sunlight,
  • Sunglasses,
  • sunblock,
  • Outer clothing made of linen or cotton material, preferably with long sleeves

Seasonality action route – all year round

Programme stay on Route 1 and the last day depends on the time of arrival to the starting point of the tour and the time of departure from the destination, therefore subject to change.

What’s included in the tour

  • TOUR COST INCLUDES
  • AIR & FILE TICKETS FOR INTERNAL FLIGHTS
  • MOTOR TRANSPORT
  • GUIDE SERVICES
  • ACCOMMODATION IN B & B HOTELS
  • LUNCHES AND DINNERSYES INPUT TICKETS FOR THE PROGRAM

DAY 1

Arrival in Tashkent International Airport. You will meet our representative holding a sign. Tourist vehicles will take you to the hotel. Will begin our tour with a gastronomic dinner in the national restaurant “Navvat” (your preference in the menu will be negotiated in advance).

DAY 2

After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will invite you to the bus sightseeing tour (3-4 hours). Lunch time you will spend in one of the city’s restaurants, where  you will taste the dishes of national Uzbek cuisine. After dinner you can  walk around the city on your own  or we will take you by car to the largest and oldest bazaar in Tashkent – “Chor-Su”. Your free time will end in one of the restaurants in of the city.

DAY 3

Early departure to the train / railway station to the comfortable electric train “Afrasiab”, following from Tashkent to Samarkand (2 hours 10 minutes on the way). You will be met and tourist vehicles will transport to the hotel for accommodation on arrival. Here you already expect a guide who will be with you the whole day.

During lunch you can taste pilaf. Well, what a gastronomic tour could do without Samarkand pilaf ?!

Begin your excursion into the history of the city with a visit to the tomb of Timurid dynastic – Gur Emir (1404-1405gg additional extension – the XV-XVII centuries). The mausoleum attracts the attention of a wonderful combination of proportions, a living ornament mosaic tiling and a luminous blue of the ribbed dome. Inside the Gur-Emir ( “tomb of the Emir”). Next, your way lies to the center of the “old” city to the area of the three madrasas (religious Muslim school) – Registan: Ulugbek (XV century), Sher Dor – “the Tigers wearing” (XVII) and Tillya Kari – ‘Gold-painted »(XVII ).There will be break for lunch, and you can follow the pedestrian street to the next excursion object – the cathedral mosque of Bibi Khanum (1399-1420).  Next to the mosque is the largest city market. ! You can walk through the mall, try everything, bargaining, while without buying anything, get fed from the market (market visit we planned for tomorrow morning). After the market you will be taken to  famous architectural ensemble of the mausoleums of Shah-i-Zinda (XII-XIX centuries).  One of his contemporaries wrote: “The heavens – the Moon and the Sun … sat down on the carpet meditation and bit a finger surprise – they had never seen such buildings and adorned with elegant”. Afterwards you will have a a chance to go the tasting room of the winery  Filatov (founded in 1868). You taste Samarkand wines and brandies. Doctors have found that red wine strengthen the walls of blood vessels and heart muscle, and their richness in vitamins and trace elements reduces the body’s rate of aging and protects against high doses of radiation. White wine is reduced loss of trace elements in the body, increase appetite, prevent atherosclerosis and Ishim. The great Avicenna said: “Wine – our friend, but it lives perfidy: drink a lot – a poison, a little drink – medicine. Do not cause yourself superfluous injury Drink in moderation – and prolong the life of the kingdom. ” Now, it’s time for dinner in the national Uzbek house, where you can go after tasting.

DAY 4

Breakfast at the hotel, you go to the market, and then – crossing at the railway / train station to the comfortable electric train “Afrasiab”, going from Samarkand to Bukhara (2 hours 10 minutes on the way). You will be met by representative holding a sign then taken to the hotel. After that, you will go to dinner at one of the restaurants in town. Before dinner you still have some free time – you can take a walk through the middle of the “old” city, where a lot of souvenir shops and stalls with goods and souvenirs for all tastes. Dinner at one of the restaurants in town.

DAY 5

Breakfast at the hotel and you go on a tour of the architectural monuments of the X-XIX centuries (main part of the display objects is concentrated in the “old part” of the city, which is a pedestrian zone and is dotted with narrow medieval streets). The first display object – it is the core of the ancient Bukhara – Ark Fortress (I-XIX centuries). With the city walls arch, rising 10-15 meters above the streets of Bukhara, offers a broad overview of the city with countless domes and minarets. Almost opposite the Arch across the square (Registan). You will be able to see  ensemble Bolo Haouz Mosque (XVIII, XX centuries), the mausoleum – a dynastic tomb of the Samanids (late start IX- X), XIV century architectural structure – mazar (shrine) – Chashma-Ayub, erected over the well of the legendary (Chashma) Prophet Ayub (Job). If the previous objects , which embedded in the modern Bukhara building, the central part of the “old” city is a holistic architectural ensemble of XVI-XVII centuries: a complex of buildings Poi Kalyan ( “Beneath the Great”), grouped around the highest minaret Bukhara – Kalon (tower convocation to prayer). It was built in 1127 its height – 47m, inside – 105 steps leading to the top; on the right side of the minaret rises majestic building mosque Masjid-Kalyan, erected in the first half of the XV century over the remains of a medieval mosque XI-XII. Reconstruction and updates were made in 1514; in front of the mosque is a building of Mir-Arab, erected influential Sheikh (head of a religious order) in the 1535-36 years. Old part of Bukhara is famous not only because of the mausoleums or mosques but also due to the   well preserved  indoor shopping arcades – tims and very distinctive domed market buildings . In Doomed market buildings you can find  dome of jewelers – Taki-Zargaron  which belongs to XV century or   – merchants dome hats – Tilpak-Furushon  XVI dome changed – Taki-Sarafon and Tim Abdulla intended for sale silk.Walking down to the  narrow streets of Bukhara, you will be taken to one of the largest reservoirs of the medieval city – Lyabi-House, built in 1620. For centuries, the territory on which the Lyabi- House, with the adjacent buildings that served as a place of recreation and leisure for the residents of Bukhara. This tradition has survived until present day. The  excursion tour can be interrupted (if you wish, at any time) for lunch and dinner in city restaurants

DAY 6

– After breakfast you leave to Bukhara International Airport. Your gastronomic tour and stay on the hospitable land of Uzbekistan is completed.

Ирина Давидовна Россия, 48 лет

Тур – Сказка Востока 2016

Хочу поделиться впечатлениями и написать отзыв о своей поездке в Узбекистан. Ну, во-первых никогда не думала, что здесь так много туристов из разных стран и на памятниках старины было не протолкнуться, но все грандиозно и здорово интересно. Но начну сначала. Прилетели мы с подругой в Ургенч (так была составлена программа самаркандской тур-фирмы, даже порекомендовали рейс из Москвы), нас встретили, перевезли в Хиву, разместили в маленьком и уютном отеле, накормили ужином и пожелали «спокойной ночи». Утром после завтрака гид пригласил нас на экскурсию во «внутренний город». Мама, дорогая, мы думали, что там потеряемся – это не объяснить словами! Нам повезло с гидом: ненавязчиво, информативно, с перерывами на кофеек, на обед, не заметили как день прошел (экскурсия-то пешеходная) и пора ужинать и спать. На следующий день выехали в Бухару (аж 6 часов по пустыне). Но наш гид Наталья Михайловна — Наташа) так интересно рассказывала в пути и об истории края, и о пустыне, и о быте здешнего народа и отвечала на все наши вопросы, что мы и не заметили, как въехали в Бухару. Да, уж действительно средневековый город. Жили мы в маленькой гостинице с европейскими услугами, но с восточным колоритом. Питались в разных ресторанах, но меню нигде не повторялось. Благодаря Наташе, нам стало известно, что в Узбекистане рестораны специализируются на каком-то одном блюде национальной кухни, т.е. в меню есть много других блюд, но только местные жители знают, где вкуснее готовят именно это блюдо (например, плов или манты). Дальше по маршруту нас ждал юртовый лагерь в пустыне. Представляете, вокруг желто-серый песок, на улице жара и мы, честно говоря, подумали – зачем нас сюда завезли и вдруг в лобовое стекло авто видим большое голубое пятно – это оказалось то самое озеро, к которому ехали. Потом, конечно и накупались, и на верблюдах накатались и у костра насиделись. В общем, классно провели время (кстати, хорошо, что мы послушали туроператора Ирину и захватили с собой крем от загара и от комаров, спасибо). На следующий день после обеда выехали в Самарканд. За 2 дня мы успели осмотреть все памятники по программе, побывать на бумажной фабричке (это класс!), на дегустации (два класса!!), поесть почти все блюда самаркандской кухни (три класса!!!), посетить базар – это вообще вне конкуренции. Хорошо загоревшие, с кучей сувениров и впечатлений вернулись домой. Мы влюбились в Узбекистан. Спасибо тур-фирме за грамотно и подробно составленную программу на маршрут как мы просили, за профессионализм сопровождающего гида и водителя. Такое впечатление, что они никогда не уставали. Мы с подругой решили, что и на следующий год обратимся в фирму «Аль-Самарканд» и поедем на другой маршрут.

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