City-break (or rather three cities break) to Uzbekistan is possible now with flights at least twice a week from over 40 international destinations and high-speed train between Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara. If you are a busy person, but adventure and culture lover or you are flying transit by the Uzbekistan Airways (allows 5-day visa free transit), why not to follow the trip advised by the Financial Times article (https://www.ft.com/content/3e8d88b6-e746-11e8-8827-ff56e7163c11) featuring Veres Vert? Enjoy Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara over long weekend or whenever you have 4 days to spare.

Sample Itinerary, based on Friday flight from London or Paris (please, contact us to tailor it according to your wishes and flights):

Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Tashkent

Day 1
Tashkent – Samarkand

Morning hours – arrival to Tashkent and meet your local escort guide at the exit of the international arrival of the airport, transfer to hotel  (25 min). Early hotel check in (day room) and late breakfast.

AM – rest at the hotel.

12:00 Check out the hotel and meet your local guide for the orientation tour of the city include the Independence Square, Navoi Theatre (outside), Khasti-Imam Medrassah (a/c private car & foot, 3hrs total).

17:30-transfer to the train station to take your high-speed train “Afrosiyab” to Samarkand: 18:50-20:58 (300 km, 2h).

Overnight in Samarkand

Day 2
Samarkand –  Bukhara

Breakfast.

Full day Samarkand sightseeing tour with a local guide. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir (mausoleum of Tamerlane and Timurids), grandiose Bibi Khanum Mosque, picturesque Siab Bazaar market, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.

20:15-transfer to the train station to take high-speed train “Afrosiyab” to Bukhara: 21:03-22:34.
Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 3
Bukhara

Breakfast

Full day city tour in Bukhara with a local guide. Visit tranquil Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, enigmatic Chor-Minor Madrasah, bustling Trading Domes, amazing Kalyan Minaret with Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress of the last Emir, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, beautiful Ismail Samani mausoleum and Chashma-Ayub (Well of Prophet Job).

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 4
Bukhara – Tashkent

Transfer to the airport to the morning flight Bukhara-Tashkent HY24 10:20-11:20.

Connect to the departure flight the same afternoon.

NB: Afrosyob high-speed train and HY flight Bukhara-Tashkent timings are indicated as in November 2018 and subject for possible changes by the Uzbekistan Railways Co and the Uzbekistan Airways respectively.

Possible additional experiences (time/flights permitting or by deducting/editing other sightseeing):

Tashkent –

  • Tashkent Metro (2-3 stations ride in one of the most beautiful underground lines in the world);
  • the Museum of Fine Arts (paintings by Kandinsky, Pasternak, Brulov and other masters);
  • the Museum of Applied Arts;
  • visit and tea at the Rakhimovs’ dynasty ceramic workshop. 

Samarkand –

  • the special dinner at the local family house (plov-cooking master class);
  • crafts demonstration at the unique “Meros” mulberry paper workshop in Koni-Ghil village (can be combined with lunch at the workshop garden);
  • visit to Khodja Doniyor (Tomb and well of St Daniel);
  • Afrosiab archeology museum with Sogdian frescos and ruins of the ancient town;
  • “Khudjum” handmade silk carpet factory;
  • Dinner with traditional fashion show;
  • Imam Al Bukhari Complex (pilgrimage site to the mausoleum of the great Islamic scholar).

Bukhara –

  • trip to nearby town of Gijduvan for family home of famous porters Alisher Narzullaev & sons with craft demonstration and traditional lunch;
  • visit to Sitorai Mohi-Khosa (Summer Residence of Emir) with amazing mix of Oriental and 19th century European styles;
  • gold or suzanee embroidery master class;
  • lunch or dinner at the family house with cooking demonstration;
  • dinner at the Silk Road Factory Hall with music and fashion show;
  • traditional puppets workshop of Iskandar Rakhimov with demonstration and performance;
  • old Jewish house with art gallery and tea talk;
  • Shukhov’s Tower café near Ark (TBC);
  • Bahauddin Naqshbandi (complex of buildings around the tomb of the great Sufi scholar);
  • Kagan Palace (Russian style palace of the last Emir).

NB: some experiences are available during certain seasons and/or for group bookings only.

SAMPLE HOTELS
subject of your style and class choice

TASHKENT SAMARKAND BUKHARA
Hyatt Regency***** Grand Samarkand Superior**** Zargaron Plaza****
Lotte Tashkent**** Dilimah**** Edem Plaza****
Miran***** Registon Plaza**** Devon Begim***
City Palace**** Asia Samarkand*** Fatima***
Ramada**** Jahongir Boutique*** Volida***
Hotel Uzbekistan*** Omar Khayam***
Minor***

Rates start from 569 USD per person depending on season, number of guests, choice of accommodation and meals, as well as additional experiences. But package already includes at least BB accommodation, transfers, trains and entrance tickets, services of local guides. During high and medium tourist seasons (from mid-March till mid-November) we recommend services of the escort guide and at least half-board (two meals per day) to avoid any possible complications.

For further inquiries, please, contact:

Leonid Danilchik
Product Manager
E-mail: leonid@veres-vert.com
Tel: +998 66 2336126
Fax: +998 66 2334594

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
April 3, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed id it and all the arrangements went like clockwork. The guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. Victoria in Samarkand was particularly good.

David Isaacs from London
Travelled in March 2019

April 3, 2019

We were back to London last night after a fantastic trip to Uzbekistan! Thank you so much for organizing everything for us – everyone and everything was wonderful – the guides, the drivers, the sights, the food, the people we met. We couldn’t be happier.

Mark and Cynthia, the United Kingdom
Travelled in February 2019

June 5, 2019

I decided to organise a short trip with friends to Uzbekistan after reading an article in the Financial Times saying it was possible to fly from London and visit some of the most iconic silk road cities in 4 days due to the recent introduction of high speed railway in the between the major cities. I contacted Veres-Vert who were recommend in the article and they organised everything for us very efficiently and quickly. It was a really unique and eye-opening trip and would not have been possible without the great help of the agency who arranged air and group transportation, accommodation, guides and excursions. Although we had such a limited time we really felt we fitted a lot in from culture, monuments, food and general atmosphere. We managed even to have some downtime and enjoy some great meals whilst seeing Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara all in 4 days!
Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke fluent English, our transportation was a brand new and air conditioned bus and everything felt authentic and genuine. I would highly recommend this agency for travel in the region and will certainly be going back to discover more of the sights and sounds of central Asia!
Peter Shekleton
Travelled in May 2019

June 5, 2019

The trip was fantastic – fascinating sites and a wealth of new experiences. Organisation from your end was meticulous in all respects and added a great deal to what was already a wonderful trip. The guides were personable and informed, the hotels well chosen (particularly with the scenic location in Bukhara), and the itinerary thorough without being overwhelming. Many thanks for your support in what was a highly memorable trip.
Edward Evans
Traveled in April 2019

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