The magical world of oriental patterns

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"The Magic World of Oriental Patterns" tour is an acquaintance with the decorative and applied art of Uzbekistan - the original and exclusive creativity of folk artists and craftsmen who pass their skills from generation to generation, whose talent is characterized by delicate taste, harmony, and amazing skill.

Our tour will help you discover the world of man-made miracles, touch the soul of the Uzbek people.

Start of the tour: Tashkent Accommodation: 3 stars.
End of tour: Tashkent Tour category: Historical tours, Sightseeing tours.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights Сities: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara.
  • Day 1: Tashkent

    Arrival in Tashkent.

    Excursion program.

    Objects to visit:

    • Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts of Uzbekistan - Products of Uzbek folk crafts, which are very popular in different countries and among foreign tourists, are so unique that they are considered to be the most important part of the treasury of the national and world cultural heritage;

    Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts of Uzbekistan

    • Central Exhibition Hall of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan - Opened in 1974. On the exhibition area (2500 sq.m.) - the largest in the country and the region. The Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan is organized for the purpose of careful storage, study, enrichment of unique traditions that were formed on the territory of Uzbekistan, which has gained world fame from the school of fine arts;
    • The promenade and tea-house "Blue Dome" is one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in Tashkent. It was built in 1966. after the earthquake;
    • The stations of the Tashkent underground - "Alisher Navoi" and "Cosmonauts" - The first line of the Tashkent underground. It was opened on November 6, 1977 and included 9 stations;
    • Monument "Courage" (the epicenter of the Tashkent earthquake, 1966) - Tashkent earthquake occurred at 5 o'clock in the morning, April 26, 1966. As a result of the earthquake, the central part of Tashkent was almost completely destroyed. "The heart" of the monument is a cube of black labradorite, standing on a granite podium;


    • Mustakillik (Independence Square) - After the earthquake in 1966, the square was rebuilt in accordance with the general development plan for the city of Tashkent. Reconstruction was completed in 1974 on the eve of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Uzbek SSR;

    Independence Square

    • Theater Square (history of theatrical art of Uzbekistan) - Bolshoi Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after Alisher Navoi is included in the cohort of the best opera houses in the world. There are performances of both world classical repertoire and works of national authors. The theater building itself was built in 1947 and withstood without fail the strongest earthquake;

    Bolshoi Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after Alisher Navoi

    • Amir Temur Square is the center of the new Tashkent, where the monument to Amir Temur, an outstanding political figure and military leader of the Middle Ages, created a huge empire;

    Amir Temur Square

    • Hazrat Imam Square - Hazrat Imam Ensemble - a religious complex in Tashkent. The ensemble was erected near the grave of the Imam of the city of Tashkent, a scholar, a connoisseur of the Koran and hadith, one of the first preachers of Islam in Tashkent, a poet and artisan of Khazrati Imam (his full name was Abu Bakr ibn Ismail al-Kaffal al-Shoshiy);

    Hazrat Imam Square

    • Tilla Sheikh Mosque (19th century) - Koran library (9th c.) (Display of Qur'an of Osman 7th c.) - The Tillya Sheikh Mosque has ceased to be the main mosque of Uzbekistan, but it is still one of the largest functioning mosques and major religious sites Tashkent;
    • Madrasah Abul Kasim sheikh - The construction of the Abul-Kasym madrasah was carried out on the donations of the highly educated and respected townspeople - Sheikh Abulkasym;
    • Bazaar Chorsu - One of the largest bazaars of Uzbekistan and Central Asia, located in the old part of Tashkent, called "Eski Shahar". The Chorsu bazaar was known in the Middle Ages, was of great importance on the road of the Great Silk Road, was located at the crossroads of four shopping streets;

    Bazaar Chorsu

    • Pumpkin House Museum - The museum houses paintings, dolls and other items made from 32 varieties of decorative pumpkin. Each product is unique in its own way and has no analogue, because each pumpkin has a special shape. It takes about 3-4 years to manufacture. Visitors to the museum can not only admire the exhibition of products, but also make their own applique from the pumpkin and enjoy the presentation of puppet puppets with live accompaniment.

    Transfer to the hotel, accommodation, free time.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand

    Early breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to the station, transfer from Tashkent to Samarkand (high-speed train "Afrosiab").

    Accommodation at the hotel, lunch, excursion program.

    Objects to visit:

    • Mausoleum "Gur-Emir" - this masterpiece of Central Asian architecture occupies an important place in the history of world Islamic architecture. The family tomb of Timur and the heirs of the empire was erected in the south-western part of the city in 1404;


    • Mausoleum "Rukhabad" - It was built by the order of Amir Timur in 1380 over the grave of the Islamic religious figure Sheikh Burkhaneddin Sagardzhi, who became known for spreading Islam among the nomads of East Turkestan;


    • Square "Registan" - In translation means "Sandy place". Registan is the administrative and trade and craft center of the eastern city;


    • Crafts Center in Samarkand hosts masters: jewelers, a master of national clothes, miniature painting masters, goldsmiths, a master of pichokchi (master knife), masters of minting, a master of carpets and many others. In addition - a visit and a photo session in the gallery "Happy Bird", visitors call it "cave Ali-Baba." In fact, visiting this salon will remain a precious memory;
    • Cathedral mosque "Bibi Khanym" - The mosque was erected on the orders of Tamerlane after his victorious campaign to India. The construction was started in May 1399;

    Cathedral mosque

    •  Ulugbek's Observatory - Creator of the observatory Muhammad Taragay Ulugbek, grandson of Timur (Tamerlane), was born in 1394, 11 years before the death of his grandfather. Tsarevich's teachers were the writer and philosopher Arif Azari and the great mathematician Kazy-zade Rumi, who subsequently did much for the observatory;

    Ulugbek's Observatory

    • Khazret-Khizra Mosque - Khazret-Khizr Mosque is a Muslim religious building in Samarkand on the southern tip of Afrasiab. The name of the mosque is connected with the name of the prophet (nabi) Hizra - the patron of travelers, the legendary possessor of "living water";
    • Shopping in a real oriental bazaar - Siab bazaar;

    Siab bazaar

    • Architectural Complex "Shahi-Zinda" - Shahi Zinda - a monument of medieval architecture in Samarkand (Uzbekistan), an ensemble of mausoleums of the Samarkand nobility. The complex, which reached us, consists of eleven mausoleums, successively attached to each other during the 14th-15th centuries;

    Architectural Complex

    • The workshop for the manual production of silk paper - Samarkand was the first place in the Middle East, where paper was produced, made by hand with a water mill;
    • The pottery center is ceramics;
    • Samarkand silk carpet factory "Khudjum" - Carpets in the factory do, basically, under the order, and the demand is - the products are delivered throughout the Middle East. Prices for silk carpets are moderate enough, although the hand-made carpet of silk itself is a luxury not available to everyone;
    • Theater of historical costume "El Meros" - The theater presents costumes of various historical periods. These costumes have become a chronicle of the life of our ancestors, who, with the language of color, form, ornament and drawing, will reveal to us the secret secrets and laws of the beauty of the national costume.

    Dinner and evening show program at the Theater of Historical Costume "El Meros".

    Free time.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 3: Samarkand - Bukhara

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Transfer to the station, transfer from Samarkand to Bukhara (high-speed train "Afrosiab").

    Transfer to the hotel, accommodation.

    Excursion program, lunch at the national restaurant.

    Objects to visit:

    • Summer residence of Emir Said Alimkhan Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace - Museum of Decorative and Applied Art - Sitorai Mohi Hosa or Sitorai-Mahi-Khasa (Palace similar to the stars and moon) - the country residence of the Bukhara Emir, built in the late XIX - early XX century. Currently, it houses a museum of arts and crafts;

    Sitorai Mohi Hosa

    • Trading domes Toki Saraffon, Toki Telpak Furushon, Toki Zargaron - In place of the ancient Chorsu Bukhara in 1569-70. The largest of the surviving shopping arcades of Bukhara - Toki Zargaron ("the dome of jewelers") was built, an excellent building of its kind. At the fork in two streets, one of which came directly to the central square - Registan, towers Toki Sarrafon - "the dome changed". Another market structure Toki Telpak-furushon - "dome sellers headgear" - absorbed a fan of five streets;

    Toki Telpak-furushon

    • Center for the Development of Crafts in Bukhara (not far from the domes in the caravan-sarae Sayfiddin):

    - workshop for making suzane;

    - gold embroidery workshop;

    - workshop of carpet weaving;

    - weaving workshop;

    - stamping workshop;

    - wood carving;

    - painting on wood;

    - workshop on the painting of papier-mâché and miniatures;

    - blacksmith shop;

    • Mosque of Magoki Attori - the mosque was in the market, where before the Arab conquest there was a trade of idols, medicines and spices, that's why it was sometimes called "mosque mosque";

    Mosque of Magoki Attori

    • Poi-Kalyan complex - the cathedral mosque with the minaret were in Bukhara from the moment of the conquest of Transoxania by the Arabs in VIII, there was a mosque at the foot of the city citadel;

    Poi-Kalyan complex

    • Mausoleum of Samanids - this monument marks the beginning of a new era in the development of Central Asian architecture, reborn after the Arab conquest;

    Mausoleum of Samanids

    • Mausoleum "Chashma-Ayub" - a cult building in the center of Bukhara, includes a mausoleum and a sacred spring. Currently it houses the Water Museum;
      Bukhara Center for the Development of Crafts - Bukhara Center for the Development of Crafts was created by masters of Bukhara on June 6, 1996;


    • Ensemble Lyabi-Khauz - ("Lyabi" means "shore", "house" - "pool") - one of the central squares of the city of Bukhara, an architectural ensemble created in the XVI-XVII centuries. It consists of two madrasahs and Hunako, located around the house of Divan-begi. This madrasah Kukeldash (1568), madrasah of Nodira Divan-begi (1622) and Khanaka Nodir Divan-begi (1620). These structures are grouped around the house;

    Ensemble Lyabi-Khauz

    • Madrasah Kukeldash is the largest madrasah in Central Asia, its dimensions are 86 x 69 meters, due to this, it accommodates 160 hujras. (Hujra is a cell, a small room in a madrasah in which pupils lived and sometimes pilgrims rested);

    Madrasah Kukeldash

    • Madrasah and Khanaka Nodir Devan Begi - the most famous square of old Bukhara and the most beautiful and popular place in the city. There are teahouses, artists, artisans, musicians, and on cultural events are held on holidays.

    Khanaka Nodir Devan Begi

    Dinner at the Nodir Divan Begi Madrasah with a folklore show program.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 4: Bukhara - Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Excursion program, lunch at the national restaurant.

    Objects to visit:

    • Bahouddin Naqshbandi Memorial Complex (14-16 centuries) - Bach Ad-Din Complex is a cult ensemble located in the suburban area of Bukhara. The complex served as the center of the Dervish Order of Naqshbandi. His head, Sheikh Bahauddin Naqshband, died in 1389 and was buried near the village of Kasri Arifon (now in the Kagan district) near Bukhara;

    Bahouddin Naqshbandi Memorial Complex

    • Winter residence of the rulers of Bukhara Citadel Ark - At one time the Ark, towering over Registan Square, was a symbol of greatness, power and inaccessibility. On one of the walls of the Arch there once hung a large leather whip (Kamcha) - a symbol of power in the Bukhara Emirate;

    Citadel Ark

    • Jewelry workshop of Alisher Khaidarov (near the eastern side of the fortress Ark) - Alisher Khaidarov from childhood was engaged in folk crafts, such as carving on ganch, painting, jewelry. The love of the jeweler's craft was transferred to him from his grandfather - jeweler Abdunosir Haydarzadeh;
    • Workshop on processing and manufacturing of metal products.

    Transfer to the station, transfer from Bukhara to Tashkent (high-speed train "Afrosiab").

    Transfer from the station to the airport.

Quantity (from) Quantity (to) Cost per person
5 pers. 10 pers. $530 *
Different number of people in your group? TBD *

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What's included
  • Twin room accommodation in hotel with breakfast;
  • Transportation service throughout the tour, including meetings and seeing off at the airport and railway station;
  • Excursion service in each city with guides;
  • Entrance tickets for all sightseeing objects;
  • Visa support;
  • Economy class railway tickets Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara-Tashkent;
  • Dinner at the Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah with a folk show in Bukhara.
What’s not included
  • Full board (lunch/dinner);
  • Additional services in hotels;
  • Consular fees for tourist visa of Uzbekistan;
  • International air tickets;
  • Personal insurance;
  • Photo and video shooting on monuments.