In this gastronomy tour you will visit the local food court located in Chor-Su bazaar which is the one of the largest bazaars of Uzbekistan and Central Asia. You will also visit Samarkand which is famous for its bread and local bakery in which you will witness the bread making process. In famous Samakand bazaar – “Siyob” you will buy all necessary ingredients for your dinner. You will also visit a small national restaurant decorated in national style. Let’s not forget that Uzbek cuisine is not complete without shashlik – kebabs.

This tour is not only suitable for the gastro enthusiasts but for the cultural and traditional heritage enthusiasts also because you will have an opportunity to explore Tashkent, Samarkand and their famous Ulugbek Observatory (15th c.), excavations and museum of the ancient city of Afrosiyab, architectural complex Shokhi-Zinda (11-15th c.), mausoleum Guri Emir – Tamerlane’s Tomb (14-15th c.), Bibi-Khonum Mosque and so much more which will your gastro tour make complete.

 

DEPARTURE TIME  Upon request
INCLUDED
Accommodation in tourist class hotels (DBL/TWIN shared) Meals: Full Board
A/C comfortable transport with professional driver as per itinerary Entrance tickets to museums and sightseeing’s specified in the program
English speaking escort tourist guide for all tours according to the program for groups All airport transfers
Visa support to Uzbekistan (if required)
NOT INCLUDED
International ticket to/from Tashkent Domestic air tickets TAS-BKH (Economy Y Class, One Way)
Alcoholic and Soft drinks Camera/video fees at sites
Tips and gratuities Porters
Visa consular fees Any personal expenses

 

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Day 1

ARRIVAL TO TASHKENT: Arrive to Tashkent’s airport at TBA from TBA, meet and greet service (COMPANY SIGN for meeting), transfer to hotel. Short tour in Tashkent: Independence Square, Museum of Applied Arts, Amir Temur square, city fountains and modern monuments. In the evening, we going to visit the local food court located in Chor-Su bazaar, the one of the largest bazaars of Uzbekistan and Central Asia. There you can observe variety of local popular meals and get a glue of what are they before your start your trip. In each city and region, there are own local meals unlike each other. Overnight in Tashkent.
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Day 2

TASHKENT TO SAMARKAND (335 KM): Breakfast in hotel and transfer to Samarkand. After short rest upon arrival, we continue with afternoon city tour of Samarkand visiting: Registan square – Madrassa Ulugbek (15th c.), Madrassa Sherdor (17th c.), Madrassa Tilla-Kori (17th c.) located in the heart of Samarkand, which is the symbol of the renaissance era bygone empire and Timurid’s dynasty. Samarkand is famous for its bread, optionally we can visit local bakery and witness the bread making process. Also, optionally we can visit the local food court to taste the local meals and enjoy the oriental atmosphere together with locals. Overnight in Samarkand.
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Day 3

SAMARKAND: After breakfast we have another half day of tours in Samarkand visiting: Ulugbek Observatory (15th c.). Excavations and museum of the ancient city of Afrosiyab, Architectural complex Shokhi-Zinda (11-15th c.), Mausoleum Guri Emir – Tamerlane’s Tomb (14-15th c.), Bibi-Khonum Mosque. Next to Bibi-Khonum Mosque, there is a famous Samakand bazaar – “Siyob” from where we buy all necessary ingredients for our dinner, which we cook together with local cooks for dinner. Optionally, that could be local version of Osh-Palov, or Dimlyama. We go to local house or other specially arranged place and will try to master this local food and enjoy of our experience. Overnight in Samarkand.
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Day 4

SAMARKAND-URGUT-SHAKHRISABZ-BUKHARA (90KM+290KM): Breakfast in hotel and transfer to Urgut bazaar (open on Wednesdays, Saturday and Sunday (STC)) Here you can see another local bazaar which is famous for its masters of Suzane (embroidered national style local fabrics) and local jewelry. This is another perfect spot to feel the local atmosphere and cultural uniqueness. We continue to Bukhara through birthplace of Amir Temur, ancient city Shakhrisabz visiting: ruins of Oq-Saroy Palace (14-15th c.), Dor-ut Saodat complex (Khazratiy Imam Mosque (14th c.), Jahongir mausoleum (14th c.), Dor-ut Tillavat complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (15th c.) On the way, you will discover another famous but yet unknown for the most Surkhandarya style “Tandir Gosht” – baked meat with the flavor of Fir. The superb test of the meat is something you will love and might to take with you from Uzbekistan. Continue to Bukhara, upon arrival straight check into hotel for check in and refreshment before dinner.
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Day 5

BUKHARA: Breakfast in hotel and we start exploring the holy city of Bukhara visiting: Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Samanid’s Mausoleum (9-10th c.), Chashma Ayub(14th c.), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of the 20th c.), Covered dome bazaars, Madrassa Nodir-Divan-Beghi, complex Lyabi-Khauz (14-17th c.), Minaret Kalon (12th c.), Kalon Mosque (12th c.), Madrassa Miri Arab (16th c.).  Uzbek cuisine is not complete without shashlik – kebabs and Bukhara is famous for its Gijduvan style shashlyks in one of the most popular places of Bukhara. In the evening, we do our experiment with Bukhara style Osh-Palov – “Oshi Sofiy” with local style Pea soup with fresh vegetables and antique traditions in one of the small and cozy national restaurant or local house, decorated in national style. Overnight in Bukhara.
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Day 6

UKHARA TO TASHKENT: After breakfast, we head for out of city trip to visit the “Sitorai Mohi Hosa” – which means “firmament of moon and stars”. This place was a residence Bukharian Emir during long and hot summer, where he with his family lived in the palace, enjoying the basin, peacocks and elephants, which once were there, together with rare songbirds. Since, this was one of the latest buildings; we can see the impact of European styles and furniture elements of that time. There is a room – museum of local dress of that time for your attention. Afternoon flight, as per schedule back to Tashkent, check into hotel, free and easy. Overnight in Tashkent.
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Day 7

TASHKENT AND DEPARTURE TO NEXT DESTINATION: Breakfast in hotel and half day city tour upon arrival in Tashkent: Barak-Khan Madrassah (16th c.), The Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum (15th c.), Kukeldash Madrassah (16th c.), the Jum’a mosque (9th c.), the monument of Courage, Tashkent TV tower view, from outside, and the monument of repression victims. Optional lunch could be done in Central Asian Palov center. Here you can try the Tashkent style, Festive Palov the taste of which you will never forget! Transfer to Tashkent international airport and departure to next destination.

Tour payment should be made not less than 20 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation:

  • Cancellation prior 40 days – No charges apply
  • Cancellation prior 20 days – 50% charge of the tour price
  • Cancellation prior 10 days – 100% charge of the tour price
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