Visit exotic oriental bazaars, unique culture and legendary cities of the Silk Road;
Discover cultural treasures of Central Asia: old synagogues and ancient palaces;
Experience incredibly warm welcome of hospitable Central Asians;Walk in the old Jewish block of Bukhara;
Enjoy traditional music & dance performances;
The legends say that the first Jewish societies arrived in Central Asia about 23 centuries ago with Alexander the Great. With the development o the commerce on the Silk Road the Jewish people have participated actively in the life of this most ancient trade route and have created big Jewish centers in the region. Within a few centuries Bukhara has become the center of all Jewish societies of Central Asia.
Day 01 Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and overnight in Tashkent.
Day 02 Tashkent
After breakfast a sightseeing tour to the Museum of Applied Arts, old Tashkent. Bazaar “Chorsu” where Jewish vendors are among the many who take part in this circular indoor-outdoor marketplace, crowded with stalls that sell abundant products including spices, nuts, flowers , fruits, vegetables, cradles for babies.
Day 03 Tashkent-Samarkand
Breakfast. Drive to Samarkand (300 km), the city is more than 2500 years old. Accommodation in hotel. Lunch. Sightseeing tour to Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place for holding the world’s finest old and modern music festivals and holidays and to Ulugbek’s Observatory.
Day 04 Samarkand
Breakfast. Visit to Hebrew Prophet Daniel’s Tomb which is next to a pleasant ancient and contains a burial chamber around 18 meters long, the Jewish Quarter, and synagogue, located in the old section of Samarkand. Samarkand bazaar. Lunch at the hotel. Continue sightseeing tour: Shahi Zinda Ensemble – ancient necropolis (IX,XIV,XIX c.), Bibi Khanum Complex ( the complex was build in honor of the wife of Amur Temur in the fourteenth century), Guri Emir Mausoleum (XIV century). Dinner.
Day 05 Samarkand
Sunrise photography. Enjoy your free morning. Sightseeing drive to ancient Bukhara through Silk Road You will be met by the sound of music and the local precious drink chay and sweets will be served. Representatives of Jewish society will be invited for the meeting. Dinner
Day 06 Bukhara
Explore Labi Khaus Complex ("the complex around the pond"), Nadir Divan Begi Khanaka (old hotel for merchants) And Medreseh. The LH pond dates from the XVIIth century when it was the principal source of water (built on the land of a Jewish widow, who then was given the land to built the synagogue and the Jewish Quarter). Visit an ancient Chaykhana, the sculpture of Khodga Nasriddin in bronze made by local Jewish sculptor Yaakov Shapiro, Synagogue, Jewish Quarter, school and kindergarten. You will be greeted with the words “Shalom Aleyhim” “Peace be with you”), a tradition not found among European Jews, visit traditional houses of nineteenth Jews later converted into hotels, Lunch at the house of Fayzullo Khodjaev with national costume show. The sightseeing continues with trade domes (XVI c) of money changers, hat sellers, silk, carpets, puppets and jewelry, Magoki Attari site which was originally a Zoroastrian temple, Abdulazizkhan Madreseh with its sandali (old version of house heating), Poi-Kalon Ensemble with the greatest minaret of Central Asia. Lunch. Visit the Ark (winter residence of local rulers from the first century), Bolo Khaus Complex, Ismail Samoniy Mosque. Dinner and Folklore show featuring local dancers, singers and fashion stars.
Day 07 Bukhara
Breakfast. Visit Mohi Khosa Palace (The summer Palace of Moon and Stars) and Chor Minor Complex, built in Indian style. Free time.
Day 08 Bukhara - Khiva
Early breakfast. Departure to Khiva through Kizilkum desert which was the main Silk Road that connected East with West, stop at the yurts full of camels, to have picnic in local Chaykhana (tea-house), stop in Amu Darya (Oxus River), one of the biggest rivers of Central Asia. Dinner.
Day 09 Khiva - Urgench–Tashkent
Breakfast. Full day tour in Khiva. Visit Ichan-Kala Fortress which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Toshkhovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Try climbing Islom Khodja Minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva in Kunya-Ark.
Transfer to local airport (Urgench) in the evening for flight back to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight: Tashkent
Day 10 Khiva- Tashkent
in the morning you will have free time for revisiting your preferred monuments, for shopping… In the afternoon you will be transferred to te domestic airport of Urgench (35km) for taking the flight Urgench – Tshkent.
Day 11 Tashkent Departure
You will be transferred to the Airport to take your flight to your home country
Visa support for Uzbekistan;
Air-conditioned Ground Transportation;
Experienced English-speaking guides;
Hotel accommodation in double room;
Folklore Show in Bukhara
Entrance fees to museums and monuments;
Domestic air from Urgench to Tashkent;
International flights, travel insurance, consulate visa fees, meals on a full board basis;