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Gastronomic tour - Oriental Dastarkhan

Guarantee dates of the group tour in 2017:

Group №01: 06.04.2017 - 13.04.2017

Group №02: 14.09.2017 - 21.09.2017

Group №03: 12.10.2017 - 19.10.2017

A Gastronomic Tour of Uzbekistan is an expert-led cultural food tour. The tour is designed to give you the exclusive experiences that best capture the unique food and culinary traditions of Uzbek cuisine.

The Uzbek cuisine is probably one of the most diverse in Asia. Situated on the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road, Uzbekistan has for many centuries been assimilating the most interesting and original recipes of food from various countries. Each meal in Uzbekistan has its own traditional way of cooking, and one and the same dish has innumerable methods of preparation throughout the country.

Day 1. Thursday. Arrival in Tashkent. Tashkent - Urgench (night train).

Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Rest after a long flight. Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide and other group participants at 09:30. Start of the sightseeing tour around Tashkent at 10:00: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum. Lunch at the National Cuisine Centre, where you will taste Tashkent plov. After lunch continuation of sightseeing: Kukeldash Madrasah, museum of applied arts and the oldest bazaar of Tashkent - Chorsu. Evening meal at National Cuisine Centre “Milliy Taomlari” (the main dish naryn). Transfer to the rail station for night train №56 Tashkent - Urgench (20:15-12:53). Overnight in the train.

Day 2. Friday. Urgench - Khiva.

Breakfast in train. Arrival to Urgench at 12:22. Meeting at the station. Transfer to Khiva and check-in to the hotel. Lunch at “Zeravshan” National house (recommended dishes are Khivan plov, and typical Khorezmian dish - tukhum-barak). Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva (Ichan-Kala ‘inner city’ historic old city): Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Khoja Minaret and Madrasah, Avesta Museum.

Master-class on cooking of gumma (patties) and evening meal at “Zainab” national house. Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 3. Saturday. Khiva.

Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva: visit Tash Khauli-Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Amin-Khan Minaret and Madrasah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex. Transfer to “Kharot” ponds for tasting fried fresh-caught fish. Back to Khiva. Leisure time. Dinner at the restaurant “Muntur” (main dish Khorezm kebab). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 4. Sunday. Khiva - Bukhara.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer across the Kyzyl-Kum Desert and along the Amudarya River to Bukhara. Lunch en route. Arrival in Bukhara. Leisure time. Evening meal at “Bodriddin” restaurant (recommended dish is Bodriddin meat). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 5. Monday. Bukhara.

Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah. Lunch at a restaurant “U Rakhmona” for tasting Bukharan plov. After lunch guided sightseeing: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. After that visiting the "Silk Road Spices" tea house and tasting teas prepared from herbs and spices. Folklore show in Nodira-Devon-Begim madrassah. Evening meal at “Chinar” chaykhona (recommended dishes are dolma in assortment, Bukharan samsa). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 6. Tuesday. Bukhara - out-of-town guided sightseeing tour - Samarkand.

Breakfast in hotel. Out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband, Chor-Bakr Memorial Complex. Lunch at “Chor-Bakr” Uzbek chaykhona, tasting of tandyr-kabob (meat baked in tandyr oven). After lunch transfer to Samarkand. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko. Master class in cooking manty at traditional House ‘U Zarify’ (recommended dishes are manty, shourpa). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 7. Wednesday. Samarkand - Tashkent.

Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum. Lunch at the plov centre ‘Panjab’ and Samarkand plov tasting. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Transfer to the rail station for train to Tashkent “Afrosiab” (17:00-19:10). Arrival to Tashkent. Meeting at the station. Transfer and check-in to hotel. Dinner at the restaurant “Piligrim” (main dish - shashlyk). Overnight rest in hotel.

Day 8. Thursday. Tashkent. Departure.

Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to airport. Departure from Uzbekistan.

The cost of the tour for 1 person 735 USD/чел.

SGL supplement 110 USD

The cost of tour includes the agency commission.

* This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost includes:

• Hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms with breakfast, including early check-in on arrival;

• Meals on full board basis in the best restaurants and food outlets (according to the special menu);

• Sightseeing tours according to the program;

• Tour service guides in each city according the program;

• Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation for the entire route, including meeting / seeing off at the airport;

• Train tickets for night train №56 Tashkent - Urgench (class: 4-berth compartment);

• Train tickets for train “Afrosiab” Samarkand - Tashkent (economy class)

• Assorted fruit on each day of the tour;

• Mineral water on each day of the tour;

• Wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko;

• Tea-party at "Silk Road Spices" tea house;

• Master-classes for national dishes cooking;

• Memorable souvenirs.

Cost does not include:

• International air fare;

• Entrance fees to the main monuments and museums;

• Health care costs and insurance.

Additional services:

• Sites entrance fees - 75 USD/per person/on all route;

• Update to 2 seats in a compartment (lux compartment) for train Tashkent - Urgench - 45 USD/per person;

• Additional night in hotel on arrival/ departure:

o 50 USD/per SGL room/per night,

o 70 USD/per DBL room/per night.

• Visa invitation to Uzbekistan (if necessary) - 45 USD/per person.

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