Voyage to the Timurids Empire from St. Petersburg
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Description: An interesting historical tour of St. Petersburg to the legendary Timurids Empire, its capital - Samarkand, the ancient Bukhara and homeland of Amir Timur (Tamerlane) - Shakhrisabz. Visiting ancient forts, historical sites and medieval architecture.
Day 1 (Monday): Samarkand
21:30 - Arrival in Samarkand by flight HY-640.
Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 (Tuesday): Samarkand
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast – Start sightseeing of the "Rome of the East" - the ancient Samarkand, the capital of the Timurids Empire: Mausoleum Gur Emir (XIV-XV c.) - dynastic tombs of Timurids; Registan Madrasah Ulugbek (XIV c.), Sherdor Madrassah (XVII c.) and Tilla Kori Madrassah (XVII c.) - a masterpiece of medieval architecture and the main symbol of Samarkand; Bibi Honim Mosque (XIV c.), built in honor of Timur’s beloved wife.
Beside to this mosque is located the oldest Siab Bazaar, the traditional "eastern" market in Samarkand. Has retained its unforgettable color and atmosphere, surprises tourists with its colorful and variety of products and goods.
Lunch - real Uzbek pilaf.
After lunch continue sightseeing: Ulugbek observatory - here Ulugbek, ruler and a great scientist, a grandson of formidable Timur, was established the great observatory, where most famous scientists of his time was carried astronomical research. Here was made the most precise catalog of stars; Mausoleum complex Shahi-Zinda (XI-XV c.), consisting of more than 20 unique mausoleums of different times of construction. Shahi Zinda - a whole street of the medieval town, which is preserved to this day, where lies the oldest buildings in Samarkand.
After the tour - free time.
Dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 3 (Wednesday): Samarkand-Bukhara (270 km, car / van / coach)
Early breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Bukhara.
On arrival in Bukhara – transfer and accommodation at hotel. Rest.
You will start sightseeing of "Bukhoroi Sharif” (Holy Bukhara), during which you will become acquainted with staggering monuments of medieval architecture.
You will visit the Ark Fortress (VII-XIX c.) - the main palace of Bukhara Emirs; Samanids Mausoleum (X c.) - Dynastic tomb of Samanids - the pearl of Bukhara and a masterpiece of world architecture; Mausoleum Chashmai Ayub (Job's Spring, XIV c.); Poi–Kalon Square : Kalon Minaret (XII c.) - the highest in Central Asia, Miri Arab Madrassah (XVI c.) – acting religious educational institution, Kalon Mosque (XV c.); famous medieval Trading domes (XV-XVI c.): Toki Zargaron (Dome of jewelers), Toki Sarrafon (Dome moneychangers), Toki-Telpak-Furushon (Dome of Hat sellers); Lyabi-Hauz Complex (XVI-XVII c.) - ancient pond, surrounded by three medieval buildings: Kukeldash Madrassah, Madrassah of Nodir Divan-begi and Khanaka.
Day 4 (Thursday): Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand (420 km, car / van / coach)
After breakfast - a trip to the homeland of Tamerlane - Shakhrisabz ("Green City").
On arrival in Shakhrisabz - lunch.
After lunch, you will start sightseeing: Ak-Saray (XIV-XV c.) – a ruins of grandiose palace of Temur; Complex Dor-us Saodat ("Place of power ") (XIV-XVI c.), where is located the tomb of Temur's sons - Jahangir and Umar; Complex Dor-us Tilovat ("Place of reflection and contemplation") (XIV c.) - the mausoleum of Timur's spiritual mentor - Sheikh Shamseddin Kulol and where also buried Timur’s father - Amir Taragai; Gumbazi Saiydon (XV c.) - mausoleum (makbarat) of Ulugbek’s descendants; Cathedral mosque Kuk Gumbaz (XV c.).
After the sightseeing - departure to Samarkand.
On arrival in Samarkand - accommodation at hotel. Rest.
Free time. Evening Samarkand.
Day 5 (Friday): Samarkand
Transfer to the airport.
10:00 - Departure to St. Petersburg by flight HY-639.
Tour price: on request.
The price includes:
1. All transfers by comfortable transport;
2. Meetings / seeing at the airport;
3. Accommodation at hotels in standard double/twin rooms;
4. Meals - breakfast only;
5. Excursions with a professional guide;
6. Entrance fees to all sites included in the program;
7. Visa support.
The price does not include:
1. The cost of international fight;
2. Surcharge for single accommodation;
3. Meals - full board;
4. Travel insurance;
5. Additional services not included in the program;
6. Tips to local staff;
7. The fee for additional services in the hotels;
8. The fee for a photo / video shoot on historical sites.
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