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Discover delicious Uzbekistan with an unforgettable gourmet tour that will delight your taste buds and significantly expand the horizons of your knowledge on mysterious East. Uzbekistan food tour will reveal many secrets of local cuisine; you will learn how to cook signature Uzbek dishes: Patir Non (Uzbek bread), nourishing and yummy pilaf, succulent shurpa. etc.
An immodest choice of Uzbek street food at the eastern bazaar calls you to choose from shashlik (barbecue), lagman (noodle soup with vegetable and meat topping), shurpa (soup with big chanks of vegetables and red meat), samosa (stuffed puff pastry), hanum (rolled dough with shredded potatoes). Treat yourself to juicy fruits, nuts, spices, sweets and many more that bazaar strolls call with.
Your journey is not limited to a culinary splendor only. During the tour you will explore the main sights of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
Meeting on arrival and transfer to pre-booked hotel. Full day sightseeing tour in Tashkent, during which, you will see the old and new parts of our capital. First half of a day includes excursion to Hast-Imam architectural complex, where you can see famous Koran of Caliph Osman – VIII century manuscript Koran.
Then proceed to Chorsu Bazaar, which was very famous on the Great Silk Road and Kukeldash Madrassah constructed in XIX century. Lunch at the Plov Centre, tasting Tashkent pilaf cooked with sesame oil.
After lunch the second half of excursion starts: here you will see - Independence and Amir Temur Squares, Museums of Applied Arts and Amir Temur, Tashkent Metro, Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alisher Navoi etc. When you will finish the excursion, drive to local restaurant of Uyghur national cuisine for having a dinner, where you will taste “Uyghur Lagman”. Overnight at Hotel.
After early breakfast at hotel the drivers will pick you up and will drive to Fergana valley via Rishtan and Kokand towns. En route you will have a short photo stop for taking a photos of picturesque serpentine road of Kamchik Pass (H=2267m).
Upon arrival to Kokand excursion to the Khudayar-Khan Palace, Jome Mosque and Norbut-biy Madrassah XVIIIc and continue to Rishtan town to the ceramic workshop of Rustam Usmanov - the house of a well-known ceramic master Rustam Usmanov – prominent ceramic master, who usually take a part in international ceramic festivals and exhibitions. Here you will taste national meals “shurpa” and “manty”.
After lunch drive to Fergana Upon arrival transfer to hotel and check in. Dinner at local restaurant, where you will taste Kebab (shashlyk, shish kebab), is a favorite both in Asia and in Caucasus. It can be easily made from any type of meat or fish. The meat is cut in cubes which then are skewered and roasted over an open fire on the grill. Shashlyk is garnished with fresh vegetables, pickles, sauces, and fresh herbs, of course. Overnight at hotel.
Morning drive to Margilan town and visit “Yodgorlik” silk-producing factory to see all of the stages of process of silk production. After excursion in silk-producing factory continue to local bazaar (market) to see and feel national coloring of Fergana Valley. Lunch at local restaurant with tasting national meal pilaf. After lunch drive to railway station to catch an evening train to Tashkent. On arrival to Tashkent transfer to the hotel and check in. Dinner at local restaurant where you will taste horsemeat sausage “kazy”, “naryn” served on special occasions and “khanum” for an everyday family table. Overnight at hotel.
Early breakfast and transfer to Samarkand by "Afrosiyob" express train. Arrival at Samarkand. Meeting and assistance upon arrival. Today you will have full day excursion around Samarkand. The first monument is the heart of Samarkand Registan ensemble which consists of three madrassahs – Sher-Dor, Mirzo Ulugbek and Tilla Kori. Lunch will be at national house of Ilhom where you will see a master class of cooking “dimlama” national meal. After having a lunch continue sightseeing tour.
Later visit famous Gur-Emir mausoleum – the family tomb of great conqueror Tamerlane, Bibi-Khanym Mosque – this monument was built by Tamerlane for his wife, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis - here is buried the cousin of prophet Kussam Ibn Abbas, who is one of the outstanding persons among all, which are buried in Shakhi Zinda.
Also you will have opportunity to visit Khodja-Daniil (Daniyar) Mausoleum and Mirzo Ulugbek’s observatory – the construction which was used for observing the stars by first prominent astronomer. After excursion dinner at local restaurant where you will be treated by Samarkand pilaf and “achichuk” salad, which is usually served with pilaf. Overnight at Hotel.
Today you will be picked up by the drivers and will be brought to Shakhrisabz – Tamerlane’s motherland through the Takhtakaracha Pass (H=1610 m). En route you will have “Demons’ Plateau” (“Shaitan Dzhiga” mystical field covered with large stones) to Shakhrisabz town. Today you will see Ak-Saray (“White Palace” 1380-1404).
Lunch at local restaurant, where you will taste national “somsa” - flaky pasties with various fillings, both served at ceremonies and eaten in an everyday life. Then visit Dorus-Tilovat ensemble( XIV c.), Ensemble of Dorus-Saodat mausoleum (“Place of Power”, XIV c.), Shamsuddin Kulola Mausoleum, Timur’s tomb, Kok-Gumbaz mosque (1435), Khazrat-Imam mosque and graceful Gumbazi-Seyidon mausoleum. Later drive back to Samarkand. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Later check out from the hotel and drive to Nurata Region to Sentyab village. On arrival to the village you will have a rest and then you will have a short trip around the village. Besides it is possible to see the process of “chuchvara” – Uzbek national dumplings. When everything will be prepared, you will have a lunch tasting dumplings.
Later you will continue trip to Kizil-Kum desert located close to Aydarkul Lake . Here you will spend one overnight in traditional yurt in order to feel yourself in a remote place, where even mobile phones are not working. Here you will have a great opportunity to taste fish from Aydarkul Lake and prepared on a campfire, made on Saksaul tree. Optionally we advise you to order a musician (“akyn”) for singing national Kazakh songs, playing on “Dambra” (national Kazakh musical instrument). After dinner you can enjoy the beauty of starry sky and Milky Way Galaxy. Overnight in Yurt Camp.
Morning after breakfast it is possible to ride a camel (15 minutes is included, it is free of charge). Later proceed to Aydarkul Lake for swimming. Then you will be transferred to Bukhara via Gijduvan town. Before arrival in city visit Gijduvan city to see the ceramic workshop of Alisher Nasrullaev and taste for lunch the famous “Gijduvan Shashlyk” (shish kebab) with vegetable salads. Continue to Bukhara.
Today you will have excursion in the old city. You will see Lyabi Khauz Ensemble which consists of Khanaka (17th c.), Nodir Devon Begi (17th c.), and Kukeldash madrassahs (16th c.), Magoki Attari mosque (12 – 16th cc.), (16th c.), Toki Zargaron, Toki Sarrafon and Toki-Telpak Furushon trading domes, Poi-Kalon architectural complex which includes famous Kalon minaret (1127) and Kalon mosque (16th c.), Abdullazizkhan madrassah (17th c.), Miri Arab madrassah (16th c.) and Ulugbek madrassah (15th c.). Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Morning after breakfast you will continue sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Today you will see the Ark fortress (1st c. BC – 19th c.), Bolo-Hauz complex (18 – 20th cc.), Ismail Samanid Mausoleum (end of 9th – beginning of 10th cc.), Chashma-Ayub mausoleum (12 – 16th cc.), Chor-Minor Madrasah (1807).
Lunch will be at local restaurant where you will taste “dolma” - stewed grapevine leaves stuffed with minced mutton and rice with the addition of oriental spices. The slightly sour taste of the leaves makes the dish very special. After lunch you will have enough time for shopping in Karvon bazaar – optional.
After shopping you will have a time for leisure or we can recommend you the places you can visit. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel. Dinner at local restaurant where you will taste “tandyr-kabob” (meat baked in tandyr oven). Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast and check out from the hotel you will start your trip to Khiva (480 km). leaving Bukhara region you will see the beauty of Kizil-Kum desert. Also you will have a short stop at the bank of Amudarya River, where you can take photos of these picturesque places. You will have a lunch at local roadside café or will pick up lunch boxes with you.
After lunch you will go on moving towards Khiva and upon arrival check in the hotel. After a short rest at hotel you will have a dinner at local restaurant, where you will taste Khiva pilaf cooked in special way. Overnight at hotel.
Khiva is one of the pearls of Uzbekistan like Samarkand and Bukhara, which consists of two parts: Ichan Kala (internal city, which is fenced with walls) and Dishan Kala (outer city). You will have full day sightseeing in the city. You will visit: Kukhna-Ark, Madrasah of Mukhammad Aminkhan (1851—1855), Madrasah of Muhammad-Rakhimkhan (1871), the mausoleum of Said Alauddin (1825-1842), Djuma (Friday) Mosque, Shergazikhan Madrasah (1719-1726), Architectural complex of Pahlavan Makhmud (1910), Minaret of Islamkhoja (1910), Ak-Mosque (1938-1842), Baths of Anushakhan (1657), Architectural monument at Palvan-darvaza (1806), Caravanserai and Madrasah of Allakulikhan (1834-1835), Tash-hauli palace (1831—1841).
Lunch will be at local restaurant where you will taste fried fresh-caught fish with vegetable salads. Dinner at local restaurant and we recommend to taste national meal of Khorezm people - “tukhum-barak” – dough with egg fillings and “nokhat-shurak” – stewed lamb with peas. Overnight at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Nukus. En route visit Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala desert fortresses. On arrival to Nukus visit the Karakalpakstan Art Museum named after Savitsky. The museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items.
Lunch will be in a local restaurant and we offer you to taste a Karakalpak pilaf, which differs from the rest of pilafs you have tasted as in each city you visited. After lunch a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall and Drama Theatre. Evening transfer to the airport of Nukus in order to fly to Tashkent. Farewell dinner at restaurant with national folk show. Overnight at hotel.
Transfer to International airport to catch a flight home.