Gastronomic tour

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Description

Uzbek cuisine (Uzbek, O'zbek taomlari) is the national cuisine of Uzbekistan. It has a deep history and is closely connected with the Uzbek culture, language and traditions.

Uzbek cuisine is probably the richest cuisine of Central Asia. Mixing the culinary traditions of the Persians and Turks, as well as the advantageous position at the crossroads of trade routes, made the recipes of Uzbek cuisine very diverse in terms of products and methods of cooking.

Many dishes have a complex recipe and are prepared by hand, which requires years of skill and culinary art. Special professional skill is required when cooking large plov for tens and hundreds of kilograms of rice. Manti, chuchvara (ravioli) are molded by hand, sumalak is cooked over low heat for more than 10 hours. In this case, the preparatory stage for wheat germination may take several days.

Start of the tour: Tashkent Accommodation: 3 stars.
End of tour: Tashkent Tour category: Historical tours, Gastronomic, Sightseeing tours.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights Сities: Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand.
Program
  • Day 1: Tashkent - Urgench

    Arrival in Tashkent.

    Meeting guests at the airport.

    Early hotel accommodation.

    11:00 Tour of Tashkent.

    Our journey begins.

    On this day, you will have a unique opportunity to dine in one of the most national restaurants in Tashkent - Sim-Sim, where you can enjoy a variety of kebabs.

    "Sim-Sim" is one of the few gastronomic restaurants in Tashkent, or, as they are also called, fine dining restaurants.

    After a tasty lunch, you are entitled to a tour of the capital of Uzbekistan - Tashkent.

    During the tour you will visit the old and new part of the city, visit the real oriental bazaar.

    You will visit the old city, where the architectural complex "Khast-Imam" is located. The Khast Imam Square is known, first of all, for the fact that it hosts a rich library of oriental manuscripts, which numbers more than 22,000 religious books. And it is here that the famous Quran of the Caliph Osman (VII cc.) Is kept. In Khast Imam, you will visit the Barak-Khan madrasah, the Tilla-Sheikh mosque, the Abu Bakr Kaffal Shash mausoleum, and the Imam Islamic Institute named after Al-Bukhari, where students are trained to become imams in the future.

    After exploring the sights of the Old City, you will have a trip to Independence Square and Amir Temur Square.

    After an exciting journey through Tashkent, we go to the station.

    Departure from Tashkent to Urgench by train at 20:15.

    Night on the train.

  • Day 2: Urgench - Khiva

    Arrival in Urgench.

    Meeting at the train station.

    Transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min).

    Hotel accommodation.

    Khiva is a city-museum under the open sky.

    Our tour will begin with the core of this museum - the fortress "Ichan-Kala." All the architectural masterpieces of Khiva are concentrated inside this fortress. The fortress “Kunya-Ark (1686-1688) “Kunya-ark” - “the fortress in the fortress” - the citadel of the Khiva khans. "Tash - Khauli" Palace ("Stone Yard") (XIX century). "Pakhlavan Mahmud" Mausoleum (1810-1913).

    Lunch at the national restaurant "Muntur", with traditional cuisine where you can taste delicious dishes of Khiva.

    After a delicious lunch, continue excursions in Khiva.

    One of the main attractions located in the historical part of Ichan Kale is the Muhammad Aminkhan madrasa (1851-1854). This is the largest madrasah not only in Khiva, but also throughout Central Asia. Above the building rises five domes and corner towers. Madrasah "Muhammad Aminkhana" is located opposite the other sights of Khiva - "Kunya-Arka", at the gate "Ata-Darvaza." And right in front of the building one of the main symbols of the city towers - the minaret "Kalta Minor", the construction of which was led by the same "Muhammad Aminkhan".

    After seeing the sights of Khiva. A master class on cooking "tukhum barrack" in the national house "Zeravshan apy" with lessons of Uzbek cuisine is waiting for you. Exclusively to you, the secret of the unique taste “tukhum barak” will be revealed. You will be able to cook the most delicious “tukhum barrack” on your own, and write down the recipe of cooking this legendary Uzbek dish. With a great mood, we will return to the hotel.

    Night in Khiva.

  • Day 3: Khiva - Bukhara

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    City tour program. 

    "Juma Mosque" (end of X centuries) - the official date of construction of the mosque - (end of the XVIII century). However, research reveals a more ancient date - (X century). 

    Islam Khoja Madrasah (1910) - this practically modern complex, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, includes a minaret and madrasah, united under the name of Islam Hoja.

    After a fascinating tour of Khiva, transfer to Bukhara through the Kyzyl - Kum desert (480 km, 6-7 hours) - the ancient route of the Great Silk Road.

    Lunch on the road - lunch box.

    Arrive in Bukhara at the end of the day.

    Hotel accommodation.

    Dinner at the hotel.

    Night in Bukhara.

  • Day 4: Bukhara - Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    The holy city of Bukhara.

    Holy Bukhara - this is how the Uzbeks call this glorious city respectfully. An ancient belief says: a devine light descends on all Muslim cities from the sky, and only above Bukhara it rises to the sky.

    You will have an excursion in the historical center of Bukhara, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will visit the old part of the city: "Poi-Kalyan" ensemble (beginning of the XII century-XVI century.) otherwise, “the foot of the Kalyan minaret”). The ensemble includes 4 elements: the Kalyan mosque and the Miri-Arab madrasah are facing each other, the Kalyan minaret between them, and the Amir-Alimkhan madrasah, which stands south of the Miri-Arab. Mosque "Bolo - House" (XIII centuries). The oldest part of the complex is the reservoir (Hauz), which is called "Bolo-Hauz", which means ("children's reservoir'). He is one of the few surviving in Bukhara. Before the arrival of Soviet power in Bukhara, there were many of them. They were a source of water for the population. Shopping domes of the Lyabi-Hauz complex Each city has its most beautiful and popular place, where citizens flock to relax and enjoy the beautiful view. In Bukhara, this place is called Lyabi-Hauz. Madrasah "Miri-Arab" (XVII centuries).

    Lunch at the Tim Restaurant. The cozy restaurant "Tim" is located in the center of the old part of the city, near Lyabi Hauz.

    At lunch you will find a master class on cooking the national Uzbek dish “plov” at "Doston" with lessons from Uzbek cuisine. You will discover the secret of the unique Bukhara plov.

    Transfer to the station 14:30.

    Departure on high-speed train "Afrosiab" at 15:55 to Samarkand.

    Arrival in Samarkand at 17:25. Hotel accommodation.

    Night in Samarkand.

  • Day 5: Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Free time.

    Lunch at the national Samarkand restaurant “Old city”. Where you can taste the national Samarkand dish.

    After lunch, our tour will begin, in the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand is located a real gem - Registan Square. Now there are three madrasas on the square: "Ulugbek", "Sher-Dor" and "Tillya-Kari", which became the main sights of the city. They were built by two rulers at different times.

    Dinner in the original national restaurant "Platan" where no one will be indifferent. The decor used natural materials (stone, wood).

    Night in Samarkand.

  • Day 6: Samarkand - Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Excursion program in the city:

    • Architectural Complex "Shahi Zinda" (XI-XV centuries);
    • "Shahi Zinda" consists of eleven mausoleums, which were built one after another in the XIV-XV centuries;
    • Cathedral Mosque "Bibi - Khanum" (XIVv.); The majestic blue domes of the Bibi Khanum mosque are an extraordinary sight;
    • Mausoleum "Gur-Emir" (XIV-XV);
    • Ulugbek's Observatory.

    After our informative excursion we will hold a master class on the preparation of "Sossa and Khanum" in the national house "At Shahsiny" where you can participate in the preparation of these national dishes.

    Transfer to the station 16:00.

    Departure of high-speed train "Afrosiab" at 17:00 to Tashkent.

    Arrival in Tashkent at 19:10.

    Meeting at the train station.

    Hotel accommodation.

    Dinner at a national restaurant.

    Night in Tashkent.

  • Day 7: Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Baggage collection and departure from the hotel.

    Transfer to the airport.

    End of the tour.

    Departure.

Itinerary
Budget
Quantity (from) Quantity (to) Cost
10 pers. 10 pers. $820 *
Different number of people in your group? TBD *

* Requesting a price does not oblige you to buy a tour. You can send a request for different tours and choose the most suitable option.

What's included
  • early accommodation (note: early accommodation is only in Tashkent.) in a twin room of the specified class in all cities (breakfast included);
  • comfortable transport with air conditioning for the entire route (including meeting and seeing off at the airport);
  • full board in the best restaurants and food outlets (special menu);
  • guides - guides in each city;
  • excursions according to the tour program;
  • tickets (class coupe) for the night train (Tashkent - Urgench);
  • economy class tickets for the train Bukhara - Samarkand;
  • economy class tickets for the Samarkand-Tashkent train;
  • workshops on cooking national dishes.
Transport

Comfortable transport with air conditioning.

What’s not included

Entrance fees to major monuments and museums.

Conditions

Accommodation:

Cities

Hotels

Tashkent

Arien Plaza

Khiva

Hayat Inn

Samarkand

Samarkand Dream

Additional services

Single supplement - 85 USD.


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