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Uzbekistan and Iran in 19 Days

Uzbekistan and Iran Combined Tour

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Uzbekistan lies astride the Silk Road, the ancient trading route between China and the West. The country boasts some of the finest architectural jewels among the Silk Road countries, featuring intricate Islamic tile work, turquoise domes, minarets and preserved relics from the time when Central Asia was a centre of empire and learning. Good examples of this architecture can be found in the ancient walled city of Khiva in Urgench, the winding narrow streets of the old town of Bukhara and Samarkand, known locally as the “Rome of the Orient”.  The Ferghana Valley, surrounded by the Tian Shan and Pamir mountains, still produces silk and is well worth visiting for its friendly bazaars and landscape of cotton fields, mulberry trees and fruit orchards.

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Day 01, (WED) Arrive Tashkent from London by HY 202 at 08:05

Upon arrival in Tashkent airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. Morning spend at your leisure.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Tashkent:

To visit the old town: we start by visiting the 12th century  Masusoleum of Kaffal-Shashi , theIslamic scholar, poet and mystic who was born in Shash region (Tashkent today). His tomb with its 12 meters high entrance decorated with beautiful lattice and a quotation from Koran is a popular place of pilgrimage for Muslims.

Next visit the 16th century Barak Khan Madrassah, with medieval Islamic architectural. Tilla Sheih Mosque, the former main mosque in Uzbekistan was built in 1856-57 and Chorsu ( 4 ways)Bazaar located on the Silk route for many centuries, have been one of the busiest bazaars in Central Asia.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel Tashkent Palace 4* or Similar

www.tashkent-palace.com 

Day 02, (THR) Tashkent

Full day sightseeing tour in Tashkent:

Visit 19th century Abdul Kassim Medrassah  –  famous for his ability to recite Koran by heart. Now is center of traditional craftsmen using hujra (small room) as workshop for metal carving, wood carving, silk paper painting, and ceramics, artists will be presenting their own work.

Visit Museum of Applied Arts, with impressive traditional architectural exhibits objects from ancient until recent times such as glass, porcelain, ceramic, carpet, miniatures and jewellery.

Visit Mustakillik Maydoni (Independence Square) the largest city square in the former Soviet Union in the heart of Tashkent, then we visit famous Tashkent Metro (underground) beautifully decorated with local marble and granite with hanging Chandelier which Uzbek are proud of and call it underground palace.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel Tashkent Palace 4* Hotel Grand Orzu 3* 

Day 03, (FRI) Tashkent – Samarkand (330 km)

After breakfast drive to Samarkand, the second-largest city in Uzbekistan and UNESCO world heritage. On arrival check in your hotel.

Afternoon half day city tour of Samarkand to visit: Registan Square with its three beautiful Madrassahs (Islamic center for scholarly study), the Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420), the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660) and the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636). Visit Gur Emir – the mausoleum of the Great 14th century ruler Tamerlane.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel Malika Prime 

www.malikahotels.com

Day 04, (SAT) Samarkand

Full day sightseeing in Samarkand:

Visit: Bibi Khanum mosque, a famous historical Friday mosque names after Timurlane’s wife.   After visiting Silk Road bazaar we visit Shahi Zinda necropolis, theensemble includes mausoleums and other ritual buildings of 9-14th and 19th centuries. Shah Zina means living king which connected with the legend that Kusam ibn Abbas, the cousin of the prophet Muhammad who is buried there

Afternoon visit Afrosiab museum, the Museum of history of Samarkand Named after the legendary king of Turan,  Afrasiab and  Ulugh Bek’s observatory once was center of astronomical study built in the 1420s by the Timurid astronomer Ulugh Beg.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel Malika Prime 

www.malikahotels.com

Day 05, (SUN) Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara (Drive – 368 km)

Morning drive to Bukhara en route excursion to Shakhrisabz – This ancient city is the birthplace of the Great Amir Temur.  Alexander the Great met his wife Roxanna in the area in 328-327 BC. Visit Ak Saroy Palace ruins, Timur summer palace. Tilavat seminary, the memorial complexwas first constructed in 13th by Islamic scholar  Shams ud-Din Kulal, one of his follower was Turghai  Amir Timur’s father who studies in this madarassah so did his son Timur.

 Kok Gumbaz mosque, the largest Friday mosque in Shakhrisabz built 1435-1436crowned by a huge dome covered with blue ceramic tiles which gave the name to the mosque Kok Gumbaz that means “Blue Dome’. The mausoleum of Dorus Saidat,  built by Timur to house the tomb of his favourite son Jehangir who was killed in 1375, the Friday mosquewith a large brick domebuild 1904.

Late afternoon proceed to Bukhara

Upon arrival in Bukhara check in at your Hotel

Overnight at Boutique Hotel Minzifa

Day 06, (MON) Bukhara

Full day sightseeing tour:

Visit – Lab-i-khauz, a pool fed directly from the city’s canal, the characteristic of Bukhara and the best survivor on its own kind almost unchanged since 17th century when it was built. The pool is centerpiece of a magnificent architectural ensemble, shaded by ancient mulberry trees.

Madrassah Nadirkhon Devanbegi and Khanaga, a place for Sufis gathering and a part of the architectural Lab-i-khuaz complex

Lyabi- Magaki Attari mosque: the oldest mosque in central Asia with interesting history. The remains of heathen shrines, Zoroastrian temple, Buddhist temple has been found on this site.

Kalon minaret is one of the defining symbols of Bukhara. Towering over the city over 48 meters high, this javelin thrust into heart of the oasis town has dominated to Bukhara skyline for over eight and a half centuries, the initial augur to exhausted caravans that they had, at last arrived at a truly great city. The minaret was tallest free-standing tower in the world at that time which was built to provide the call to prayer. Poi Kalon mosque, one of the most ancient mosque in central Asia  it is also the second biggest with a stadium like open air capacity of 10-12000 people. The original mosque build in 795 and the present structure was finished 1541.

We visit the 17th century Madrassah Abdul Aziz Khan with its stunning interior decoration and courtyard. Visit 15th century Ulug bek Madrassah commissioned by Timurid ruler Ulug Bek , its star motifs reflect Ulug’s fascination with astronomy.

Afternoon visit: Ark Fortress the massive fortress initially built and occupied around the 5th century AD perhaps as old as Bukhara itself. According to the legend, this fortress was built by the famous mythical prince Siyavush of Iran.,

The 17th century Bolo-Hauz Mosque was a place of prayer for the Emirs and their entourage with elegant wooden pillars, carved and painted decoration, multi-column Iwan, domed mosque, minaret and a pool.

The Mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, resting place of Ismail Samani- The oldest best preserved, and most breathtakingly original building in Bukhara and without doubt one of the highlights of any visit to Uzbekistan

Chashma Ayub (spring of Job). Job came to Zerafshan valley and witnessed a terrible drought he struck the dusty earth and a spring water appeared at this spot.

Overnight at Boutique Hotel Minzifa

Day 07, (TUE) Bukhara

Full day sightseeing in Bukhara

Morning half day excursion to Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, The summer residence of the former emir of Bukhara with unique mixture of traditional Russian architecture harmoniously mixed with the local oriental traditions.

In the afternoon excursion to Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum, the rest place of famous 14th century spiritual Sufi leader.

Return to Bukhara and enjoy walking among streets of the old town.

Overnight at Boutique Hotel Minzifa

Day 08, (WED) Bukhara – Khiva (Drive – 460 km)

Morning drive to Khiva via famous Kizil Kum desert (Red sands) to look for flora, fauna, mammals and Saksaul trees characteristic of this desert. With a stop at Amudarya river bank we continue to proceed to Khiva and on arrival in Khiva check in at your Hotel

Overnight: Hotel Malika Khiva www.malikahotels.com

Day 09: (THR) Khiva – Urgench (Drive 30 km) – Tashkent HY 1057 21.30/23.35

Full day city tour of Khiva – a museum under the open sky visit Ichan Kala, The old town retains more than 50 historic monuments and 250 old houses. The most spectacular features of Itchan Kala are its crenellated brick walls and four gates at each side of the rectangular fortress

Kalta Minor minaret, the symbol of the city, towering over the city is girdled in a typically khivan shade of jade green so rich that it seems to have sucked all the decoration out of the exhausted city into one glorious reservoir of colour.

The 17th century Kunya Ark, impressive structure decorated with majolica tiles, an important decorative feature in traditional Central Asian architecture. The exquisite ceiling with warm shades contrast beautifully with the cold blues and turquoise of the surrounding majolica tiling.

Madrassah Rakhimkhon, this two-storeyed building with a high entrance portal was constructed in 1876 on the orders of the ruler Seyid Muhammad-Rahim II (1863-1910), known also as a poet under the assumed name of Feruzshah. It was used not only for religion study but also for secular subjects such as mathematics, astronomy, geography.

Mausoleum of14th century warrior and poet Pakhlavan Makhmud, thedome is covered with blue glazed tiles with glittering gilt top. The walls of the mausoleum are decorated with magnificent majolica. Originally the mausoleum was small and modest, but it quickly became a pilgrimage site for people to pray and drink its holy water.

Islam Khodja complex madrassah and minaret,  almost a modern complex dates back to the beginning of the 20th century was named in honour of Islam Khoja, the Prime Minister of Isfandiar Khan. The mosque is crowned with a characteristically Persian-style shaped dome, decorative belts of blue and white ceramics alternating with ochre bricks adorn the minaret.

In the afternoon continue city tour of Khiva visit Friday mosque, with the interior space of a single simple hall and a flat ceiling of which is supported by 215 wooden pillars. The 19th century Tashauli Palace/harem, built in the eastern part of the inner city, all the elements of architecture are efficient and elegant, decorated with sober riot of finest china blue tile work and complements by beautifully carved, slim, wooden pillars on marble bases, fine pained ceilings. The Harem is located at the northern part.

In the evening transfer to Urgench airport for flight to Tashkent

On arrival in Tashkent Airport you are met and transferred to your pre Hotel

Overnight Stay at the Hotel Tashkent Palace 4* or Hotel Grand Orzu 3*

www.tashkent-palace.com

Day 10: (FRI) Tehran IR 505 11:05 – 14:30

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Tehran. Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Tehran at Asareh hotel www.asarehhotel.com

Day 11: (SAT) Tehran

A full day sightseeing in Tehran visiting Archaeological museum, houses one of the most important collections of objects from both the pre Islamic and Islamic periods. Golestan palace with a peaceful garden, once the residence of the Qajar kings before being used by the Pahlavi dynasty for special ceremonies such as the coronation of the last Shah in 1967 and then Carpet Museum.

Overnight Tehran at Asareh hotel

Day 12: (SUN) Tehran- Shiraz

Flight to Shiraz, upon arrival in Shiraz, we explore Shiraz itself, visiting the Eram Garden, a typical Persian garden with a 19th century palace. Hafez and Saadi Tombs, Shiraz is closely linked to the great poets Hafez and Saadi and  colourful Vakil  Bazaar

Overnight Shiraz at Park-e- Saadi hotel. http://www.parksaadihotel.com

Day 13: (MON) Shiraz-Persepolis

An unforgettable excursion, to Persepolis, “Ancient Capital of the Achaemenian Kings” established by Darius I in the late 6th century BC. It is known today in Iran as Takht-e Jamshid (“Throne of Jamshid”) after a legendary king. The Greeks called it Persepolis.

Naghesh-e-Rajab a site of four limestone rockface inscriptions and bas-reliefs that date to the early Sassanid era. Naghesh-e-Rostam, the tombs of four Achaemenid kings, these are three archaeological sites are  UNESCO World Heritage.

Overnight Shiraz  at Park-e- Saadi hotel.

Day 14 (TUE): Shiraz-Yazd

Drive to Yazd (425km 6-7 hours). Visit the tomb of the Cyrus the great in Pasargade on the way.

Overnight Yazd at Dad hotel www.hoteldadint.com 

Day 15: (WED) Yazd- Isfahan

According to UNESCO Yazd is the Second Historic City in the World.We visit the Towers of Silence, (Zoroastrian’s commentary) – where the dead were left to be picked clean by the vultures. The Friday Mosque, dates back to the 14th century and is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the central Iran, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the fire has supposedly been burning since 470 AD. Amir Chakhmagh mosque, a treasure of Islamic architecture.

Drive to Isfahan (300km, 5-6 hours)

Overnight Isfahan at Traditional hotel www.isfahanhotel.com

Day 16: (THU) Isfahan

A full day sightseeing, visiting Imam Mosques,the most stunning buildings in Iran, it was built over a period of 26 years and was eventually completed in 1638. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques,  was built during Shah Abbas’ the mosque was once called the ladies’s Mosque, because there is apparently a tunnel between this mosque and the Ali Qapu Palace on the other side, allowing women from Haram to attend prayers without being seen in public.

The Aliqapou Palace, built in the 18th century as a functioning seat of government, and included a huge pavilion from where the Safavid rulers could watch the activities in the square below.Vanak Church, 17th century Armenian church , the Shaking Minarets, these minarets have the unusual feature of moving from side to side when shaken vigorously,  and visit the Sassnid  Fire Temple

Overnight Isfahan at Traditional hotel www.isfahanhotel.com

Day 17: (FRI) Isfahan

Sightseeing in this fascinating city continues with the Friday Mosque one of the  treasure building of Isfahan , Chehel Sotoun,  which was built as a reception hall by Shah Abbas II in 1647,the name means “The Forty Columns” and though there are only twenty columns of cypress wood, their reflections in the adjacent pool provide the other twenty.Hasht Behesht Palace, was completed in 1669 with its fine murals with spectacular roofs and Khajou Bridge was built by Shah Abbas II in 1650, it is 123 metres long with 24 arches.

Overnight Isfahan at Traditional hotel

Day 18: (SAT) Isfahan-Tehran

Drive to Tehran, (435km 6-7 hours), en-route visiting the pilgrim city of Qom.

Overnight Tehran at Asareh hotel.

Day 19: (SUN) Tehran -London

Transfer to the airport for the flight to London

 

The 19 days tour Uzbekistan-Iran 

06 Apr – 24 Apr  2016

21 Sep-  09 Oct  2016

Tour name: Uzbekistan & Iran (19 days)

Price: £2550 per person in twin room

Single supplement: £450

 

Tour Price includes:

– providing letter of invitation       

– Accommodation with breakfast as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes

– All sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary

– Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary

– English speaking local guides

 

Tour Price does not include:

– International flights

-Lunches and dinners

– International airfares

– Insurance &Visa fees

– Tips/Gratitude to Drivers & Guides

– Folk shows

– Any other items not mentioned above.