Cultural Textile Crafts Tour of Uzbekistan – April 2019 – FULLY BOOKED

Travel on the Great Silk Route

From: 26th April, 2019

To: 7th May, 2019

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Rishtan is the oldest center of ceramic art in Central Asia. The famous technique of glazed earthenware which local people use for their household needs and which is exported from the Fergana Valley was created here.
The most characteristic coloring of this earthenware (ceramic) is a turquoise, dark blue and brown scheme on a milky-white background. Ishkor glaze, made from ashes, gives the earthenware its beautiful soft shine.
Rustam Usmanov has built his own complete pottery studio at home. Mahmud Azizov, a skillful master of kuzagar, produces various forms on a moving pottery wheel, which Rustam and his relatives paint by hand.


Silk road

In 2007, the country widely celebrated the 2000th anniversary of Margilan – This is another city in the list of famous historical cities of Uzbekistan with a millennia history. Located in the south of the Fergana Valley, Margilan was formerly at the crossroads of trade caravans from China to the West and vice versa. The origin of Margilan is closely related to the opening of the Silk Road. The Silk Road made Margilan the center of silk and chief keeper of its secrets. As far back as in the 10th century Margilan – the largest city in the Fergana Valley – was widely known for its silk products from the far West to the far East. Since time immemorial, it is famous for great masters – Beautiful silk, manufactured in the city and its surroundings, was exported to Europe and the East along the ancient Great Silk Road Even today Margilan is considered as the silk capital of Uzbekistan. It produces the famous khan-atlas, woven and dyed by hand using the traditional techniques. Amazing in beauty and originality Margilan embroidery – Suzanne and skullcaps speak of the variety and beauty of Margilan silk. We will visit a famous Margilan silk factory, where we will see the process of silk manufacture from start to finish.


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Journey with us for an unforgettable tour of Uzbekistan, a unique experience full of adventures. You will be introduced to the history, geography, culture and especially the textiles of this wonderful country. During the tours you will see the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva and pass along the routes of the Great Silk Road. A rich heritage of textiles and craft, steeped in history with a large number of amazing buildings and holy places. Visiting such places is a part of the experience of Uzbekistan.  Not forgetting modern Uzbekistan, a developed, progressive country where the friendly people enjoy meeting us, be it in the traditional bazaars or the modern hotels. A fascinating blend of the old and the new at this ancient crossroad of culture and trade.  More than 4000 architectural and archaeological monuments are located in the territory of Uzbekistan, and four of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. .

This tour to Uzbekistan is specially created for those people interested in the rich historycolorful culture and grandiose architecture of the different nations living here now and in the past.


Flight Details


Depart: London Heathrow (Terminal 4)  Friday 26 April 2019 – 21.35 (HY202)
Arrive: Tashkent (Terminal 2)  Saturday 27 April 2019 – 08.25


Depart: Tashkent (Terminal 2) Tuesday 07 May 2019  16:20  (HY201)
Arrive:  London Heathrow (Terminal 4) Tuesday 07 May 2019 – 20:00


Tashkent – Hotel International 5* (27/4 – 28/4, 29/4-30/4, 06/05-07/05 )
Fergana – Hotel Asia Fergana 4* (28/4-29/4)
Khiva – Hotel Asia Khiva 4* (30/04-01/05)
Bukhara – Hotel Emir Residence 4* (01/05-04/05)
Samarkand – Registan Plaza 4* (04/05-06/05)

Meet up details

Please meet up at 18:35 at Cafe Nero – London Heathrow Terminal 4. If you are early, and wish to check in your luggage, please go ahead and do so. No ticket is required as travel arrangements are all electronic these days. Please Do Not go through security without meeting up with the Colouricious representative first at Cafe Nero. You will be met on your arrival in Tashkent by a Colouricious representative.

NB: The following program is subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances. We will make every effort to complete the whole itinerary, however we may rearrange or miss entirely any art of the itinerary for any reason including, but not limited to, unexpected closure, travel interruption, weather, over run on other parts of the itinerary , individual or group welfare


DAY 2 – 27/04/19 – TASHKENT

09:15 – Arrival Tashkent – Met by Uzbektourism staff inside of airport and support with custom declarations.
10:00 meet the tour guide at the airport gates with sign “Delores Travel”.
11:00 – City tour: Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia, Transfer to the hotel for pre-arranged check in. Visit Museum of Applied Art of Uzbekistan, visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved.
Explore Chor-Su Bazaar.
13:00 – Lunch at local restaurant Sim – Sim.
Visiting workshop of famous ceramist – Alisher Rahimov.
19:00 Dinner at the restaurant Mastava.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3 – 28/04/19 – TASHKENT / KOKAND

Early rise and Breakfast at the hotel.
Pack overnight bag for one night.
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to railway station for morning train to Kokand 08.05-12.15. Comfortable A/C train with tea and coffee
Arrival Kokand and visit Khudayar Khan’s Palace (19 c.), Juma Mosque and Minaret (19 c.), Necropolis of Modarikhan (19 c.). Transfer to Dangara for visiting workshop of hereditary wood carving’s master.
Then proceed to Rishtan (50km) and visit ceramic workshop of Mr. Rustam Usmanov
Transfer to Fergana city, accommodate and dinner in the hotel.
13.00 – Lunch at local restaurant.
Dinner at the hotel.
Night at the hotel.

DAY 4 – 29/04/19 – MARGILAN / TASHKENT

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast city tour around Fergana: local bazaar and national park. Transfer to Margilan.
Drive to Tashkent in saloon cars (3pax each) .
Arrival at Hotel Accomodation
Dinner at local restaurant (not included).
Night at the hotel.

DAY 5 – 30/04/19 – TASHKENT / KHIVA

Breakfast at the hotel.
05.30 – Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Urgench.  Arrival Urgench. And transfer to Khiva, hotel accommodation.
City tour:
Today we shall visit the UNDP workshops for the development of local handicrafts.
Here we shall visit the tie and dye process and coloring of thread used for carpet making and see the local carpet making. See the wood carvers at work with traditional designs, making small tables to huge doors, carving on ‘karagach’ wood. We shall spend full day touring the walled city on foot. The hotel is nearby & easy to access should one want to rest.
Dinner at Yasavulboshi restaurant.
Night at the hotel.

DAY 6 – 01/05/19 – KHIVA / BUKHARA

Breakfast at the hotel.
Consider setting the alarm for 06.00 for an early morning walk to enjoy the charms of Khiva without the crowds.
Supermarket stop before we leave Khiva.
In old days, route from Khiva to Bukhara lasted more than a month. Today it takes 6-7 hours (some of them bumpy) by coach through the mysterious red desert “Kyzyl-Kum”, the territory of “Khorezm”. What secrets are buried in this desert? Archeologists and historians will be searching for the answers long into the future. Photo stop at Amudarya river.
Arrival to Bukhara, check-in to the hotel.

Holy Bukhara, homeland of Ibn Sino (Avicenna), loved city of all saints and worldwide known philosopher – cheery Hodja Nasriddin, lively, noisy and luxurious capital of Emirs.
When you hear “Splendor of East” – it is Bukhara!
Dinner at the Adras restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7 – 02/05/19 – BUKHARA

Breakfast at the hotel
Bukhara is the centre for local artisans, and we will be able to watch many at work on a variety of handicrafts at the Bukhara Artisan Development Centre. We will spend the day visiting some colorful local markets, where the Karavan Saray (Trade Domes) and former madrassahs offer splendid, colorful handmade “Suzani” products and gold embroidery, as well as other forms of textiles, clothing, jewelry, carpets and costumes. Suzani means “needle work” in Tajik language. You will also have some time at leisure to explore the town and its rich, colorful shops on your own

City tour in Bukhara includes: Ismael Samani Mausoleum (the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ dinasty at the end of IX – beginning of X), Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (Spring of Job – XIV), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of XX), Citadel Ark (IV) – city in a city, Poi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great), religious heart of Sacred Bukhara, consists of Minaret Kalon (XII), Kalyan Mosque (XII), Miri Arab Madrassah (XVI), Ulugbek’s Madrassah (1417).

Dinner at Rahmon guest house – workshop of famous Embroidery master.
Night at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning transfer to Gijduvan city for visiting a local pottery house known for its design and coloration.
Come back to Bukhara where we shall visit a Golden Embroidery Centre, see metal chasers, the wood carvers and local puppet makers.
Afternoon excursion to excursion to Sitori-i-Mokhi Khosa, the summer residence of the last emir of Bukhara – see the last emirs collection of gifts, Chinese porcelain, the Russian cut Glass and Crystal vases. As well as the most interesting and rich collection is of local Suzzane Embroidery from the countryside. NB, start your visit with the embroidery collection at the rear of the site.

House where the owner has collection of old Bukharan textiles and needle point embroidery.
Show – program at Nodir Devon Begi Madrassah.
Dinner at Minzifa restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
On the way to Samarkand we will stop in Tamerlane’s hometown Shakhrisabze (Green City) which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town was formerly called Kesh but later renamed by Timur. Here one can see the ruins of Timur’s summer palace Ak Saray (White Palace). It was probably Tamerlane’s most ambitious project but all that’s left now are parts of the gigantic, 40m –high, entrance covered with gorgeous blue, white and gold mosaics. Here we will have the chance to learn about the famous Shakhrisabz suzani which is very famous throughout the country with its special design and color.
Now it is time for the Silk Road city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan’s most glorious city.
Arrival and hotel check in.
Short city tour: visit to famous Registan Square that consists of Madrasah Ulugbek (15th c.), Madrasah Sher-Dor (17th c.), Madrasah Tillya-Kori (17th c.).
Dinner at local restaurant (not included).
Night at the hotel.

DAY 10 – 05/05/19 – SAMARKAND

Breakfast at the hotel.

We explore Samarkand with a visit to Registan, which is the centerpiece of the city and the most recognizable landmark for visitors. There are three madrassahs framing the square, with Ulughbek madrassah being the oldest. It was this central space that originally gave the place its name, as “registan” means “place of sand.” This sandy place at the center of ancient Samarkand and was a public square and marketplace before the Ulughbek, Tillya-Kori, and Shir Dor madrassahs were built.

Visit carpet factory Hudzhum – handmade silk carpets, see the workshop, Fine Art Museum of Samarkand, which has a fine collection of textiles and pottery.
Dinner at the Zarifa guest house.
Night at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.
Full morning excursion to Urgut – see the best of Suzannes sale in Sunday Market by the local folks. Urgut bazaar is one of the very few left with traditional fervor as one can see folks thronging in from the country side selling their home made produce.

We shall then proceed to Charakhchi to visit a local family involved in local mulberry paper making.
Lunch at the paper mill
Return to Samarkand in the late afternoon
Transfer the railway station for evening train to Tashkent.  Arrival and Tashkent Hotel accommodation.
Dinner at restaurant “Pilgrim”.
Night at the hotel.

DAY 12 – 07/05/19 – TASHKENT

Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Fine Art museum of Uzbekistan
Plov Centre of Tashkent for lunch (not included)
12:00 check out from the hotel and free time.
14:00 Transfer to airport, flight to London at 17:20 (HY 201), 20:00 arrival to London


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