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Guided Food tour to Uzbekistan

Duration: 7days/ 6nights
Visited cities: Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara-Khiva-Tashkent
Standart price per person: 890

Tour description

By a region’s literature and architecture you understand its history; by its art and music you understand its self-image. It is by its food, though, that you understand its true, unchanging character. The most communal of the arts, gastronomy is both visual and physical, scholarly and emotional. And to visit these farms, vineyards and (of course) restaurants in the company of an expert is an even greater delight for the intellectual palate.

Uzbek cuisine is in the "backgrounds of" centuries-old history and the process of preparing its key specialties - these rituals, each element of which is clearly regulated. In the north prefer rice, fried meat, pastry and cakes. In the south prepare many complex dishes of rice and vegetables, and also make excellent desserts. An important place in the table occupied by the local mutton, horse meat, soups with lots of vegetables, the vegetables themselves, dairy products and bread.

The main drink of the country - tea. With it begins and ends with them as a meal. Dry fine wines locally produced encouraging good flavor and quite inexpensive.

Discover delicious Uzbekistan with an unforgettable gastronomic tour that will delight your taste buds and significantly expand the horizons of your knowledge on mysterious East.

DAY 1  Tashkent

Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by Turon Travel driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at 14:00. Your guide will meet at the hotel lobby to start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will visit Old City part of Tashkent. There you will explore Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman (Ottoman) has been preserved. After learning all parts of Khast-Imam - Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya-Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station. Fast-speed train “Afrosiyob” departs Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station. You will start Samarkand city tour with visit to spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque.

Next, the driver will take you to Siyob bazaar, eastern market, where you will meet the chef, who will lead master class in cooking Samarkand pilaf. Siab bazaar is the largest and the oldest marketplace in Samarkand. Its stalls offer to try and haggle for vegetables, fruits, nuts, oriental sweets, spices, cereals. The market houses rows of street food cafes that offer national dishes, most of them cooked on firewood. You will find there shashlyk (barbeque, usually from minced and diced beef), pilaf (Uzbek signature dish similar to Indian briani), lagman (hot noodle soup with beef and vegetables topping), shurpa (soup with rather big pieces of red meat and vegetables), samsa (stuffed puff pastry), khanum (steamed rolled dough with some shredded potato). After dinner you will do shopping together with the chef, he will tell how to chose and differentiate “right” ingredients for Samarkandi pilaf. Then the driver will take you to national house where master class will be conducted. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Samarkand
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. After the sightseeing drive to the wine factory named after Khovrenko for wine degustation. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Samarkand – Bukhara
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 h.*). Stop on the way at Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Continue driving to Bukhara. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Spend your afternoon in fascinating Old Bukhara that has been listed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Explore Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes,Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Chor-Minor Madrasah. In the evening folklore show at Madrasah Nodir Devan Begi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Bukhara
Start your second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Then visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site that combines Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi. You will have master class on cooking shurpa (soup with rather big pieces of red meat and vegetables) or mampar (soup with diced red meat, vegetables and plain dough) after the sightseeing tour. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara
Today you will cook “Non”, Uzbek national bread, and “Somsa”, stuffed puff pastry, at national house of Doston-aka. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Bukhara – Khiva
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya River. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.

*Packing lunch-boxes for this trip is recommended.

Day 8: Khiva
Today you will visit Itchan-Kala Fortress which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Try yourself at climbing Islam-Khoja minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva at Kunya-Ark. Master class on cooking tukhumbarak (unusual Khiva ravioli stuffed with raw eggs) at national house of Zaravshan-opa. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent
In the morning transfer to Urgench airport (30 km, 35 min.) for flight to Tashkent (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Upon arrival you will be met by the driver, who will take you to Chorsu Bazaar – one of the oldest bazaars in Uzbekistan. On counters of this oriental Bazaar you can find almost everything: fresh fruits, amber-colored dried fruits, Uzbek bread (Non) with delicious smell and many other things. They all are so attractive that one can’t pass by them. Next to bazaar there are choykhonas (tea houses), where you can try amber yellow pilaf, tasty shashlyk (grilled meat), and hot shurpa (soup). After a very local lunch here you will be transferred to the international airport in the evening.

Tour conditions

Price includes:

  1. All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus;
  2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  3. Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  4. Entrance tickets to sightsas per itinerary;
  5. Business/Economy-class ticket for train Tashkent-Samarkand;
  6.  Economy class ticket for flight Urgench-Tashkent;
  7. Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  8. Full board and master classes as per itinerary;
  9. Wine degustation in Samarkand;
  10. Folklore show at Madrasah Nodir Devan Begi in Bukhara.

Price does not include:

1.  Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;

2. Meal (dinner and lunches)

3. Hotel charges for additional services;

4. Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;

5.  Travel insurance.

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