DISCOVER UZBEKISTAN

Why Uzbekistan?

A modern-day country with roots that go back to Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and the fabled “Silk Road”. During your visit you will visit the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva – walking the lanes and narrow streets traversed by caravans and their laden camels back in the 14th century. Carrying exotic spices, carpets and other merchandise between Europe and China – that are still sold in the bazaars you will shop in. Uzbek cooking and wide-ranging cuisine is famous for its blend of tastes and use of natural ingredients drawing on the extensive variety of fruits and vegetables that are grown locally. While predominantly a Muslim country, Uzbekistan is host to all religions with churches, mosques and synagogues. Mathematics and medicine have historical foundations in Uzbekistan dating back to studies in the 15th century. A modern-day county with no illiteracy and government provided healthcare and education for all. You will visit and explore enchanting cities that were centers of trade long before Columbus discovered America. Our tour guides will take you to see craftsmen at work making ceramics and wood carvings that you will want to bring home.

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National Cuisine

Crispy breads, plov, dried fruits and a thousand and one other unique dishes of Uzbekistan

Hospitality

Main trait of the inhabitants of Uzbekistan

Sights

Which consist of incredible architectural structures and their hidden secrets

Great history

Two-thousands-year history containing hundreds of events that influenced world culture

National Cuisine

Uzbek cuisine shares the culinary traditions of Turkic peoples across Central Asia. There is a great deal of grain farming in Uzbekistan so breads and noodles are of importance and Uzbek cuisine has been characterized as "noodle-rich" one. Mutton is a popular variety of meat due to the abundance of sheep in the country and it is a part of various Uzbek dishes.

Uzbekistan's signature dish is palov (plov or osh or "pilaf") which is a main course typically made with rice, pmeat, grated carrots and onions. It is usually cooked in a kazan (or deghi) over an open fire; chickpeas, raisins, barberries or fruits may be added for variation. Although it is often cooked at home for family and guests by the head of the household or the housewife. Palov is cooked on special occasions by the oshpaz or the osh master chef who cooks the national dish over an open flame, sometimes serving up to 1,000 people from a single cauldron on holidays or occasions such as weddings. Oshi nahor, or "morning plov", is served in the early morning (between 6 and 9 am) to large gatherings of guests typically as part of an ongoing wedding celebration.

 

Other notable national dishes include: shurpa (shurva or shorva) which is a soup cooked of large pieces of fatty meat (usually mutton) and fresh vegetables; norin and lagman, which is noodle-based dishes that may be served as a soup or a main course; manti (also called qasqoni), chuchvara and somsa, stuffed pockets of dough served as an appetizer or a main course; dimlama (a meat and vegetable stew) and various kebabs, usually served as a main course.

 

Green tea is the national hot beverage taken throughout the day; teahouses (chaikhanas) are of cultural importance. The more usual black tea is preferred in Tashkent. Both are typically taken without milk or sugar. Tea always accompanies a meal, but it is also a drink of hospitality, automatically offered green or black to every guest. Ayran, a chilled yogurt drink, is popular in the summer.

 

The consumption of alcohol is less widespread than it is in the west countries. Uzbekistan has 14 wineries, the oldest and most famous one is the Khovrenko Winery in Samarkand (est. 1927). The Samarkand Winery produces a range of dessert wines from local grape varieties: Gulyakandoz, Shirin, Aleatiko, and Kabernet likernoe (literally Cabernet dessert wine in Russian).Uzbek wines have received international awards and are exported to Russia and other countries in Central Asia.

 

The choice of desserts in Uzbek cuisines is not that much. A typical festive meal ends with fruit or a compote of fresh or dried fruit and followed by nuts and halvah with green tea.

Hospitality

Hospitality is the inherent quality of the Uzbek people. A good guest reception with Uzbeks is more valuable than any wealth. Hosts meet the guests at the gate of the house and greet them. Men are greeted by shaking the hands and women are greeted by putting a hand to one’s heart. People enquire about health and state of affairs during the hands shaking. Then guests are invited to the house and the owner of the house himself sits with everybody at the table. Any meal begins and ends with tea drinking. Sweets, pastries, dried fruits and nuts are served on the table first; snacks are served next, and main course as pilaf or another festive dish comes only at the end. The owner offers tea for guests. The traditional aspect of Uzbek hospitality is a small amount of tea poured in the cup - the more honored the guest is, the less drink is in his cup.

Sights

Sights of Uzbekistan are rich architectural heritage which are almost untouched by time and which have a great history.

The first thing that comes to ones's mind when talking about the remarkable features of Uzbekistan are madrassas and minarets with its unique patterns, beautiful squares and magnificent mausoleums.

Great history

One of the features of Uzbekistan is its great history. It is incredibly interesting and exciting. This is evidenced by many cities, such as Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, which left a bright and indelible mark on the development of civilization and the culture of the East. They have been ravaged and destroyed more than once, but they were again erected and delighted with their unsurpassed beauty.

The history of Uzbekistan is the history of great nations and states, it is the history of the Great Silk Road, the history of great scientists and their discoveries.

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Miracles of Ferghana Valley

TashkentKokandFerganaMargilanRishtan
6 days5 nightsPaid Hotel

Tashkent - Kokand - Ferghana - Margilan - Rishtan

Miracles of Ferghana Valley

Day 1

Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel in a luxury coach.  You will be housed in the hotel and then you will have free time to be ready for a fascinating excursion around Old Tashkent.  12:00 meet your guide in the hotel lobby and have lunch at one of Tashkent restaurants. On that day you will visit Khast Imam Complex and take a walk along one of the oldest city bazaar known as Chorsu. After looking over the Old City you will have a chance to make a ride by Tashkent subway to the centre of the city, where Tashkent City squares (Independence Square and Amir Timur Square) are located. After walking you will have dinner at the restaurant and overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 2

Breakfast in the hotel. 7:00 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby.  Transfer to the Railway Station to take a trip to Kokand. Train leaves at 08:07 and arrives at 12:13. Transfer to the hotel. You will have a chance to have a wonderful dinner at one of Kokand restaurants. Then you will visit Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami MosqueKamol-Kazy Madrasah and Norbut-biy Madrasah.   A chance to have a wonderful lunch at one of the Kokand restaurants. Overnight at the hotel in Kokand city.

 

Day 3

Breakfast in the hotel. 8:30 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Today you will make an exciting trip to the house of Kirghiz family of weaver Bakhrom-aka, a master of woolen handmade carpets. After visiting kishlak Ok Er you will continue your way to Ferghana (80 km). In Ferghana you will take a walk in the Central Park named after Akhmad Al-Fergany. Later you will have a wonderful dinner at one of Ferghana restaurants. Overnight at the hotel in Ferghana city.

 

Day 4

Breakfast in the hotel. 9:00 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer from Ferghana to Margilan in a luxury coach. Arrival to Margilan. Visiting Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah the cells of which nowadays are occupied by craftsmen producing silk and carpets. Then walking around the local bazaar and visiting Margilan silk spinning factory “Yodgorlik”, where you may see the process of manufacturing silk fabric with traditional patterns “ikat”. If excursion is on Thursday or Sunday you will have a chance to visit fantastic Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest in Ferghana valley.  You will have lunch on the way. In the afternoon you will visit a pottery of famous ceramist Rustam Usmanov in Rishtan, whose works are set to show in the largest world exhibitions. Returning to Margilan. Hotel accommodation and dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 5

5:30 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the railway station. Train leaves at 07:06 and arrives at 12:20 in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel and  lunch. Free time. In the evening you will have a wonderful gala-dinner at one of Tashkent city restaurants.

 

Day 6

Breakfast in the hotel. End of the tour. Transfer to the airport.

 

Tour price includes:

  • All transfers around Uzbekistan
  • Excursion services in each city with the local guides
  • Double room & breakfast accommodation (single room accommodation can be provided for an extra payment)
  • Entrance tickets for all excursion sights as per the tour program
  • Master classes
  • High-speed train economy class ticket, air ticket or transfer on a luxury coach
  • TopStarTour English speaking Tour leader is available throughout the tour

 

Tour price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Hotel extra service
  • Insurance policy
  • Consular fee for Uzbekistan Tourist Visa
  • Fee for video recording in museums and sightseeing
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Aral Rhapsody

TashkentAral
5 days4 nightsPaid Hotel

Tashkent - Aral

Aral Rhapsody

Day 1

The representative of our company will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel in a luxury coach.  You will be housed in the hotel and then you will have free time to be ready for a fascinating excursion around Old Tashkent.  12:00: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and lunch at one of Tashkent restaurants. On that day you will visit Khast Imam Complex and take a walk along one of the oldest city bazaar known as Chorsu. After looking over the Old City you will have a chance to have a ride by Tashkent subway to the centre of the city, where Tashkent City squares are located. After walking you will have dinner at the restaurant and overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 2

6:00 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Transfer to Tashkent airport in a luxury coach. Departure from Tashkent at 7:25 and arrival to Nukus at 9:05. Transfer to Nukus hotel in a luxury coach.   Hotel accommodation. Lunch and visiting a famous State Museum of Arts named after I.V. Savitsky. Here you will be happily surprised to see a collection of pictures and works of applied art. Then you will have a delicious dinner at one of Nukus restaurants. A walk around the city. After walking you will have dinner at one of Nukus restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 3

Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Today you will start your trip to the bottom of the disappeared Aral Sea. On your way you will have a stop at Muynak, where by your own eyes you may see cemetery of dead ships, a place that was a working port in the past. Lunch at a guest house will take place. Then your way will proceed across Ustyurt Plateau to the Aral Sea. It's a truly dazzling and fantastic spectacle. Having arrived at the Aral Sea you will be housed in the yurt camp, where you can have dinner and spend a night.

 

Day 4

Today you won't be regreted of awaking at daybreak to capture the most beautiful scenes in the rising sun on your photos. Then you will have an unique chance to have breakfast in the yurt camp and the way back will lead you to Nukus. On the way back you will have a wonderful opportunity to capture the postcard-perfect landscapes. Lunch-picnic on your route back. Arrival in Nukus. Then you will have a wonderful dinner at one of Nukus restaurants. Transfer to airport in a luxury coach. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent city.

 

Day 5

- Check-out. Free time before transfer to Tashkent international airport.

 

Tour price includes:

  • All transfers around Uzbekistan
  • Excursion services in each city with the local guides
  • Double room & breakfast accommodation (single room accommodation can be provided for an extra payment)
  • Entrance tickets for all excursion sights as per the tour program
  • Master classes
  • High-speed train economy class ticket, air ticket or transfer on a luxury coach
  • TopStarTour English speaking Tour leader is available throughout the tour

 

Tour price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Hotel extra service
  • Insurance policy
  • Consular fee for Uzbekistan Tourist Visa
  • Fee for video recording in museums and sightseeing
Special offer

The Oriental Luxury

TashkentSamarkandGijduvanBukharaKhiva
10 days9 nightsPaid Hotel

Tashkent - Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara - Khiva

The Oriental Luxury

Day 1

Arrival to Tashkent airport. Representative of our company will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel in a luxury coach. After accommodation you will have a free time to have a rest. Then you will have a wonderful dinner at one of Tashkent restaurants. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent city.

 

Day 2

Breakfast in the hotel. 9:00 am: Meeting with the guide in the hotel lobby. On that day you will visit Khast Imam Complex and take a walk along one of the oldest city bazaar known as Chorsu. After looking over the Old City you will have a chance to take a ride by Tashkent subway to the centre of the city, where Tashkent City Independence Square and Amir Timur Square are located. Then you will have a delicious lunch at one of the Tashkent restaurants. After lunch you will take part in a mater class of ceramics art painting. Then transfer to the railway station to make a trip to Samarkand (traveling time 2 hours 10 minutes). Arrival to Samarkand at 20:58 you will be met and taken to the hotel in a luxury coach. Hotel accommodation. Overnight in Samarkand

 

Day 3

Breakfast in the hotel. 9:00 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Today a famous Registan Square is awaiting for you. Then you will take a walk along the Siab Bazaar, where you can buy souvenirs and some oriental sweets. After excursion you will have dinner at one of the Samarkand restaurants. And then you will continue your excursion around Samarkand. Later you will have dinner at one of Samarkand restaurants with picturesque show program. Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand city.

 

Day 4

Breakfast in the hotel. 9:00 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Today you will go to Konigil village, where by your own eyes you may see a Samarkand paper making process based on an ancient technology. Then you will have lunch at one of Samarkand restaurants and visit a show at the National Costume Theatre "El Meros".  You will have a free time after finishing excursion.  Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand city.

 

Day 5

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from Samarkand to Bukhara in a luxury coach.  On the way to Bukhara we will stop at Gijduvan town in order to take part in an entertaining master class. After interesting activity you will have a delicious lunch in Gijduvan. Now we are ready to continue our trip to Bukhara.  Arrival to Bukhara. Hotel accommodation. Excursion around Bukhara city.  Then you will  have a wonderful dinner at one of Bukhara restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 6

Breakfast in the hotel. 9:00 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Excursion around Bukhara city. Making a trip to a summer residence of the last Bokharan emir. Lunch-picnic on your route back. Returning to Bukhara. Free time. Later you will have a wonderful dinner at one of Bukhara restaurants. Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara city.

 

Day 7

Breakfast in the hotel. Now at last we are leaving for Khiva. As always in a luxury coach across Kyzyl Kum desert. Photo session during our way to Khiva. You will have lunch on the way. Arrival to Khiva. Hotel accommodation. Free time. Chance to have a wonderful dinner at one of Bukhara restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 8

Breakfast in the hotel. 9:00 am: Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Excursion around Khiva will take place. Khiva is a museum under the open sky. The most remembering moment is a visit to Ichan Kala Fortress as well as trying to come up to Islam-Hoja Minaret. You will be for sure fascinated by all-round view standing on Kunya-Ark viewing point. Then you will have a delicious lunch at one of Khiva restaurants. Taking part in a master class devoted to cooking national baked stuffed buns named "gumma" at "Karavan Silk Road" restaurant. Free time and overnight at the hotel in Khiva city.

 

Day 9

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer from Khiva to Urgench to take a flight to Tashkent (flight HY012, departure at 11:20, arrival at 12:40 on Monday). Arrival to Tashkent and transfer to the  hotel. Lunch at  Tashkent city restaurant. Free time.  Evening gala-dinner at Tashkent city restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 10

Breakfast in the hotel. Free time. Transfer to the airport to get back home.

 

Tour price includes:

  • All transfers around Uzbekistan
  • Excursion services in each city with the local guides
  • Double room & breakfast accommodation (single room accommodation can be provided for an extra payment)
  • Entrance tickets for all excursion sights as per the tour program
  • Master classes
  • High-speed train economy class ticket, air ticket or transfer on a luxury coach
  • TopStarTour English speaking Tour leader is available throughout the tour

 

Tour price does not include:

  • International flights
  • Hotel extra service
  • Insurance policy
  • Consular fee for Uzbekistan Tourist Visa
  • Fee for video recording in museums and sightseeing 
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