Special Cultural Tour On Navruz Holiday
This ancient land and melting pot of cultures is inhabited by people who enjoy the life and try to celebrate every aspect of life when possible.
The biggest and the most important celebration and holiday for Zoroastrians was Navruz – New Year. It was celebrated on 21st of March – the day of Vernal Equinox and symbolized the birth of the new year. Even the Arab invasion after which the total population was converted to Islam could not uproot the ancient traditions and it was celebrated though out the Islamic period. Only during soviet period the traditional holidays were banned and replaced by new soviet holidays. After Uzbekistan gained independence and Uzbeks started returning to their old traditions and culture, Navruz is celebrated as the state holiday on grandiose scale every year. Every village, every town and city celebrates it with public celebrations and concerts. People visit their elders, families visit each other and various meals are prepared throughout the holiday week. In the countryside there are organized competitions of wrestlers, ram fights, cock fights and uloq, when horsemen compete and struggle for heavy carcass of the goat to show their brevity, strength and speed.
The sacred meal which is prepared specially for Navruz is called sumalak. It is cooked of wheat and there is involved a big group of people or several families as it is cooked in big cauldrons for several hours and after it is shared between all families. Sumalak is praised for being very healthy and energetic meal, very suitable for spring.
A very popular festival in Uzbekistan is held in Samarkand every two years and it is called Sharq Taronalari – Melodies of the East. It is a festival of traditional music with participants from more than 60 countries and the last week of August turns Registan Square in Samarkand into a stage for perfomances.
Another festival of the same popularity is Asrlar Sadosi – Echo of the Ages, the Festival of Traditional Cultures. It is held every year in a different province of Uzbekistan.
Day 1 - Tashkent l March 20
Time Program Flight to Tashkent by Arrival at Meeting at the airport of Tashkent by English speaking guide. Accommodation in the hotel Full day city tour. Visiting old part of the city: Chorsu bazaar, Kukeldash Madrasah, Khast Imam square.13:00 Lunch at local restaurant. Visiting new part of the city: Independence square, Amir Temur Museum, Alisher Navoi theatre, Amir Temur square etc. Free time19:00 Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 2 - Tashkent-Samarkand l March 21
Time Program07:00 Breakfast at hotel08:00 Transfer to Samarkand Arriving. Accommodation at hotel.13:00 Lunch at local restaurant City tour in Samarkand mausoleum of Amir Temur And celebrating big cultural event NAVRUZ in world famous REGISTAN square. Participation in preparing traditional SUMALAK (which prepares all nigh) and KHALISA meals with local people in MAHALLYA (local community), going to the national concert shows and festivals, experience local customs. Rest at the hotel20:00 DINNER traditional with show and concert Taking part in night feast of NAVRUZ holyday! Transfer back to the hotel.
Day 3 - Samarkand l March 22
Time Program08:00 Breakfast at hotel09:00 Sightseeing program of Samarkand Mosque Bibi Khanum – The biggest Mosque ever built in Central Asia as gift from wife of Temerlame to her husband. Siyab local bazzar-unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of Samarkand people. Shahi - Zinda necropolises, a holy place and cemetery with graves of Temured’s dynasty and a grave of cousin of Prophet Muhamed. Observatory of Ulugbek – incredible construction of 15 century for studying astronomy.13:00 Lunch tasting finaly the NAVRUZ Meals SUMALAK and KHALISA which prepared by local people during the night of NAVRUZ event FREE TIME Dinner
Day 4 - Samarkand- Bukhara l March 23
Time Program8:00 Breakfast at hotel9:00 Transfer to Bukhara Photo stops at cotton fields13:30 Arriving. Accommodation at the hotel14:00 Visiting summer Palace of last Emir of Bukhara FREE TIME19:00 Dinner at local restaurant Short excursion of night Bukhara Overnight at the hotel
Day 5 - Bukhara l March 24
Time Program08:00 Breakfast at hotel09:00 Full day of city tour. Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10c)-vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c), Bukhara local bazaar. Visit to Old Bukhara: Poli-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c) , Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Amir- Alim-Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16c),14:00 Lunch at local restaurant Lyab-i-Hauz (17c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magoki Attari (16c), Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs; Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c); Free time at leisure18:00 Dinner with national Folklor show for NAVRUZ and show of national clothes at Nodir Devonbegi madrassah and celebration of NAVRUZ
Day 6 - Bukhara-Khiva l March 25
Time Program08:00 Breakfast at hotel09:00 Transfer to Khiva Photo stop near the biggest river in Central Asia Amudarya (Oxus).14:00 Lunch in one of Oasis in the middle of Karakum desert. Arriving to Khiva Accommodation at Hotel. Free time at leisure Dinner in the hotel
Day 7 - Khiva-Tashkent l March 26
Time Program08:00 Breakfast at hotel09:00 Full day city tour of Khiva. Visit to the oldest part of the city – Kunya-Ark fortress, including Kurinish Khana (17c); Mohammed-Amin-Khan(19c) Madrassah, Islam Khodja Minaret; Palvan-Kari complex, Abd Al Bobo complex(18c), Rafanek Madrassah, Mohammed Rakim Khan (19 c), Amir-Tur Madrassah, Sho-I-Kalandar Bobo Mausoleum13:00 Lunch at national house. Getting aquanted with uzbek family and tasting Uzbek dishes. Continuing city tour: Mazary Sharif Madrassah, Kheivak well (10c), Uch Avlioli («three saints») Mausoleum, Jami Mosque(18c), Kutluq-Murad Inaq (19c) Madrassah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Free time at leisure Dinner national house getting aquanted with local life Night flight to Tashkent ACCOMODATION AT HOTEL
Day 8 - Tashkent l March 27
Program Breakfast at hotel Transfer to airport for flight HY-….. END OF SERVICE
Services included in the price of the tour
- Double accommodation with breakfast
- Portages charge at airports and hotels Tips at the airports and hotels
- Unlimited Bottle of mineral water
- Local flight Urgench – Tashkent
- Visiting Christian churches
- Tashkent zoo and botanic garden
- Decussating of local wines of local factories
- parties and customs / Traditions
- Presents from Roxana Tour
- Transport service all over tour by luxury air conditioned transport
- Uzbek Visa support ( free of charge)
- OPTIONAL services for your choice
- Tashkent: Tickets for performance in Alisher Navoi Theatre
- Cup of Tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
- Any museums of Tashkent
- all museums
- taking part in national holydays
- Visiting Uzbek families / Schools / medical institutions / bazaars / archives of ancient books / libraries and much much more
Not included in the list of services
- Airfare due to the program (international)
- Meals (lunches and dinners)
- All personal expenses (extra luggage fee / room service / medical expenses/insurance / etc.)
- Tips to the guides and drivers
- All optional deviations from the main itinerary
- Photo-and video charges
- Trip cancellation / accident insurance
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