Cultural Textile Craft Tour of Uzbekistan – 2018 FULLY BOOKED

Travel on the Great Silk Route

From: 27th April, 2018

To: 8th May, 2018

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Cultural Textile Craft Tour of Uzbekistan – 2019

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From: 27th April, 2018
To: 8th May, 2018

This holiday is fully booked.

Uzbekistan

Your tour leaders for this trip will be Ted & Jamie Malden.

This tour to Uzbekistan is specially elaborated for intellectual people interested in history, colorful culture and grandiose architecture of different nations living here. We will be exploring the textiles, the crafts and the arts of this ancient country.

You will pass by routes of Mawarannahr, ancient Sogdiana and Khorezm. Unforgettable tours to Uzbekistan which are unique and full of adventures. Educational part will introduce you to the history, geography and culture of our country. During the tours you will see the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, pass the routes of the Great Silk Road. On the territory of Uzbekistan there is a large number of holy places. Visiting such places is a part of the tours to Uzbekistan.  The crossroad of The Great Silk Road, the land of the ancient culture and the great historical values. More than 4000 architectural and archaeological monuments located in the territory of Uzbekistan, and four of them are listed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of its historical spots have centuries and millenniums.

Highlights

This tour to Uzbekistan is specially elaborated for intellectual people interested in reach historycolorful culture and grandiose architecture of different nations living here. We will be exploring the textiles, the crafts and the arts of this ancient country.

You will pass by routes of Mawarannahr, ancient Sogdiana and Khorezm. Unforgettable tours to Uzbekistan which are unique and full of adventures. Educational part will introduce you to the history, geography and culture of our country. During the tours you will see the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, pass the routes of the Great Silk Road. On the territory of Uzbekistan there is a large number of holy places. Visiting such places is a part of the tours to Uzbekistan.  The crossroad of The Great Silk Road, the land of the ancient culture and the great historical values. More than 4000 architectural and archaeological monuments located in the territory of Uzbekistan, and four of them are listed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of its historical spots have centuries and millenniums.

Itinerary

27th April – Departure from London at 21:35 (HY 202)

DAY 1 – 28/04/18

09:15 Arrival Tashkent

Meet by Uzbektourism Staff inside of the airport and support with custom declarations.

10:00 meet the tour guide at the airport gates.

Transfer to the hotel for pre-arranged check in. Rest at the hotel.
City tour: Sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia, Visit Museum of Applied Air 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.

Visiting workshop of famous ceramist – Alisher Rahimov

19:00 Dinner at the restaurant Pilgrim.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2 – 29/04/18

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to railway station for morning train to Kokand 08.05-12.15.
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  – 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.  Transfer to Fergana city, accommodate and dinner in the hotel.
Dinner at local restaurant.

Night at the hotel.

DAY 3 – 30/04/18

Breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast city tour around Fergana: local bazaar and national park. Transfer to Margilan.

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 lies in a picturesque place that formerly was right 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. Even though the birth of city is not regarded to this ancient caravan route, then certainly 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 on far West and East. Since time immemorial, it is famous for great masters – craftsmen of silk fabrics such as adras khan-atlas, and many others. Beautiful silk, manufactured in the city and its surroundings, was exported  to  Europe  and  the  East  along  the  ancient  Great  Silk  Road  routes  into  Baghdad,  Kashgar,Khurasan,  Egypt  and Greece. Even today Margilan considers as the silk capital of Uzbekistan. It produces the famous khan-atlas, woven and dyed by hand under the ancient technology. Amazing in beauty and originality Margilan embroidery – Suzanne and skullcaps say about  the  variety  of  beautiful  Margilan  atlas.  Visit famous  Margilan  Silk  Factory, where you will familirialize with the process of mulberry pape-making, dyeing of thread.
Proceed to the railway station for evening train to Tashkent.

Arrival and hotel accommodation.
Dinner at local restaurant (not included).

Night at the hotel.

DAY 4 – 01/05/18

Breakfast at the hotel.
05.00 – Transfer to the airport for evening 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 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.
Dinner at local restaurant.

Night at the hotel.

DAY 5 – 02/05/18

Breakfast at the hotel.

 

In old days, route from Khiva to Bukhara lasted more than a month. Today it takes 6-7 hours by vehicle, through mysterious red desert “Kyzyl-Kum”, the territory of “Khorezm”, which was called in the past as a “State of Thousand and Hundred Cities”. What kind of secrets are buried in this desert, this is something what archeologists and historians will be trying to find in the future. Meanwhile, you are invited to view the exotic landscapes of desert with old Amudarya River (Oxus). 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, rich man of all nationals and patrons. When you hear “Splendor of East” – it is Bukhara!

Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6 – 03/05/18

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” production 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 local guest house – workshop of famous Embroidery master. Embroidery master class.
Night at the hotel.

DAY 7 – 04/05/18

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning transfer to Gijduvan city for visiting  visit a local pottery house known for its design and coloration.
Come back to Bukhara – known for silk weaving and golden embroidery.
We shall visit a Golden Embroidery Centre later 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. The most interesting and rich collection is of local Suzzane Embroidery from the countryside
Today we shall have our dinner at an old Jewish merchant house now called Akbar’s.
House where the owner has collection of old Bukharan textiles and needle point embroidery.

Dinner at Nodir Devon Begi Madrassah with folklore show – program.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 8 – 05/05/18

Breakfast at the hotel.

On the way to Samarkand we will stop in Tamerlane’s hometown Shakhrisabze (Green City) which is the 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 what’s left now are the bits of gigantic, 40m (131ft)-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. Overnight in Samarkand.

Proceed further to Samarkand. 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 9 – 06/05/18

Breakfast at the hotel.

We start the exploration of 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. Walking at morning Siab bazaar.
Than proceed for arty part of the tour – visiting carpet factory Hudzhum – handmade silk carpets, workshop visiting on manufacturing of a silk paper (handmade), Fine Art Museum of Samarkand, which has a fine collection of textiles and pottery.
Dinner at local restaurant NewArbat.
Night at the hotel.

DAY 10 – 07/05/18

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full morning excursion to Urgut – see the best of  Suzannes(needle point embroidery) 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 another local market of Charakhchi to visit a local family involved in local gillim making return to Samarkand in the late afternoon

Transfer back to Samarkand to the railway station for evening train to Tashkent. Arrival and Tashkent Hotel accommodation.

Dinner at local restaurant “Pilgrim”.
Night at the hotel.

DAY 11 – 08/05/18

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day free for rest before the flight to home.

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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