Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara –Tashkent
(5 days/4 nights)
This tour will introduce you to the architectural marvels of world famous ancient cities of the Great Silk Road – Bukhara and Samarkand, known also as hometowns of many prominent Muslim scholars and religious figures. You will visit Memorial Complex of Al Bukhari – the author of the second Holy Book of Muslim World – “Al Jomi As Sakhikh” referred to as the most authoritative collection of Hidiths as well as the Mausoleum of Khazrat Bakhauddin Nakshbandi, the founder of one of the world’s biggest Sufi Orders – Nakshbandiya Tarikat. Over the centuries the pilgrimage to the sacred shrines of these Saints was considered as a Minor Hajj by the Muslims of Central Asia. In Tashkent you will discover the Holy Relic of Muslim Culture and History – Koran of Khalif Osman, the unique and most completely conserved ancient example of Holy Koran in the World.
Early morning arrival in Tashkent by flight.
Transfer to the hotel for check in. Breakfast. Time at clients’ leisure. Lunch at local restaurant. Sightseeing in Tashkent including visit to Khast Imam where the oldest Koran is kept. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.
Tashkent – Samarkand
Early breakfast at hotel.
Morning transfer to Samarkand by bus.
Transfer to Al-Bukhari mausoleum upon arrival.
Friday prayer, excursion around Al-Bukhari Memorial Complex.
Lunch at local restaurant. Accommodation in hotel.
Sightseeing in Samarkand. Dinner at local restaurant.
Full day sightseeing tour in Samarkand.
Samarkand – Bukhara
Breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing tour in Samarkand.
Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer by coach to Bukhara.
Check in at the hotel upon arrival.
Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at hotel.
Visit Khazrat Bakhauddin Nakhshbandi Memorial Complex.
Full day sightseeing in Bukhara. Dinner at Nadir Devan begi with folklore show. Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at hotel. Take a domestic air flight to Tashkent (HY1322 09:55-11:25) Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Lunch in local restaurant.
Visit Zengi Ata Memorial Complex.
Farewell dinner in local restaurant.
Transfer to airport at 08:30.
Highlights of Tashkent:
Barak Khan Madrassah, which was constructed on the order of Nauruz Khan (known as Barak Khan) in the middle of 16th century. Madrassah incorporates the mausoleum of his father, Suyundgi Khan, first ruler of Tashkent principality from the Sheybani dynasty and a mausoleum of unknown saint. Nearby Muyi Muborak madrassah houses the museum of Koran. The main exhibit of the museum is Koran of Khalif Osman. Many researchers claim that Amir Temur brought the Holy Book from one of his campaigns in Syria and until 19th it was conserved in Samarkand. Koran is written with Kufi script on gazelle skin and consists of 353 pages, each one measuring 68Х53 sm and comprising 12 lines.
Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Mosque on Khasty Imam Street, Kukeldash Madrassah. Visit to Chor-Su (handicraft bazaar). Museum of Applied Arts, Amir Temur Square.
Zenghi –Ata Memorial Complex. The Mausoleum was built in 14-15centuries in honor of popular Saint Oi Khodja ibn Tadj Khodja and popularly known as Zenghi Ata. Native of Shash area and descendent of Kharat Arslan – baba, he was the firth murid of the Sufi Khadja Akhmad Yassavi, the founder of Yassaviya Tarikat.
Highlights of Bukhara:
Ismail Samani Mausoleum (9-10c) – vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (14 c), Visit to Old Bukhara: Poi-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c) , Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Amir-Alim-Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Lyab-i-Hauz Ensemble (16c), Nadir Divan begi (16c), Magoki Attari Mosque (12 -16cc.), Ulug Beg (15c) and Abdul Aziz khan (17c) Madrassahs. Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c). Memorial Shrine Complex of Imam Tarikati Shaykh Mukhammad Bakhuddin Nakshbandi. The respected in the Islamic world Shaykh Bahauddin Nakshbndi was the founder of one of the world’s largest Sufi orders – Nakshbandia Tarikat.
Highlights of Samarkand:
The Memorial shrine complex of Imam al Bukhari wasinaugurated in 1998 on the occasion of 1225 anniversary of the birth of Islamic saint, eminent scholar, and author of the most authoritative collection of Hadiths Imam Muhammad ibn Ismail Abu Abdallah Al-Bukhari. Erected on the site of the ancient complex the memorial consists of mausoleum, mosque with a capacity of 1500 people and a little museum.
Prophet Daniel mausoleum.It is said that the holy relics of Prophet Daniel were brought from Mesopotamia to Samarkand by Amir Temur to raise the spiritual significance of his capital. The original mausoleum has been reconstructed several times. In 19th century the present day mausoleum with 6 domes was erected.
Shahi-Zinda necropolis (14-15cc.), “Stars above Samarkand” – Ulugbek observatory (15c), “Ruines of Afrosiab” – the excavation and museum of the ancient town (6 BC-13 AD). Visit to medieval architectural monuments: Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15c.), Registan Ensemble (including Ulugbek (15c), Shir Dor (17c), Tillya-Kari Madrassahs (17c), Bibi Khanum Mosque(early 15c.) Visit to Samarkand local bazaar.