In the monumental buildings with glazed ceramics, intricate mosaics and blue minarets, you can feel the spirit of the great Tamerlane and his dynasty. The colorful clothing, spices and fruits at the Siab Bazaar all refer to the 2,000-year-old significant presence of Samarkand on the Silk Road. And the famous Ulugbek observatory reminds of the city's role as a center of science in the medieval East. I will help you “sort through” the history of the former capital of the empire, tell you about its iconic monuments and local customs. And when visiting an Uzbek family, you will taste homemade national dishes. Individual excursion for 1-3 people Duration 5 hours Children Allowed with children How it goes By car Rating 4.82 on 28 reviews € 50 per excursion Price for 1-3 people, regardless of the number of participants
What awaits you
Historical heritage of Samarkand Our city is one of the oldest on the planet, for two thousand years it was the most important point on the Great Silk Road and, moreover, was one of the most influential centers of science in the medieval East. Imagine how much Samarkand has seen on its way! On a guided tour, you will learn about its origins, an endless series of raids, destruction and rebuilding, as well as an amazing mixture of different cultures. Examining the key monuments of the 14-17 centuries, you will get acquainted with the history legendary Tamerlane and his Timurid dynasty. Separately, I will tell you about the period when Samarkand became the capital of the empire, instilling fear and admiration for the conquerors
Heart of the city and Tamerlane's most successful project At the old Registan Square you will find yourself in a real oriental tale of Central Asia. Here I will talk about three old madrasahs - universities of the Middle Ages, and all kinds of cultural programs that are held in the most visited place in Uzbekistan. And then along Tashkent street you will come to Bibi Khanum mosque 15th century - the largest medieval building in Central Asia. Let's talk about how the mosque became the most successful project of Amir Timur, and about the countless myths and legends that have been woven into the history of the cult monument
Majestic mausoleums You will visit the "tomb of the sovereign" - Gur-Emir, where the graves of Tamerlane and his closest relatives are located. Hear the most famous legends of the mausoleum, which became the prototype of the Taj Mahal, and understand the principles of traditional Central Asian architecture. And on the hills, which are called the cradle of Samarkand, see the complex of 12 mausoleums Shahi Zinda 12-19 centuries. Exploring the ensemble of burial structures of the Samarkand nobility, you can realize the greatness of that era, and, in addition, you will see an important place for Muslims around the world - the grave of the Prophet Muhammad's cousin
Ulugbek Observatory In addition to religious monuments of architecture, you will visit the observatory of Tamerlane's grandson, Mirzo Ulugbek, with the only surviving instrument for studying the stars. Let's talk about the difficult fate of a person born during a time of religious prohibitions, his fundamental research, bold decisions and important discoveries. And also about the history of the construction of the largest observatory in the East in the 15th century and one of the most significant in the entire medieval world
How Samarkand lives and breathes Actual life "from the inside" will open to you in the most authentic place of Samarkand, on Siab market… It is not without reason that people in the East say: “we get to know the city through the market”.Breathing in the aromas of spices, getting lost in the variety of fruits and vegetables, looking at the colorful attire of the townspeople, you will get acquainted with the primordial traditions of trade and the events that take place in the main center of attraction for local residents. A little later, an Uzbek family will be waiting for you, where you will taste home-cooked dishes: fragrant pilaf, puffed samsa or lamb meat baked in a tandoor. They will show you the original decoration of the house, tell you how life works, and treat you with wine
? As an additional option, I will suggest you visit historical costume theaterwhere you will see an ethnographic performance. The program will include performances by artists in costumes from different eras to the accompaniment of national music. And after the show, you can relax in the teahouse, enjoying oriental sweets and aromatic tea.
What is included in the price and what is not
- The price of the excursion does not include: entrance tickets (according to the standard program, in total, the price is ~ $ 13 / person), dinner with a family, wine tasting and a theater of historical costumes (~ $ 15 / person)
- Transportation costs: car - $ 35, minibus (for groups from 3 to 6 people) - $ 50
How the excursion goes
- The tour for you will be led by me or another professional guide from our team
- We will meet you at the hotel or at the train station and take you back after the tour
Start of the excursion meeting at the hotel or at the train station. You will find out the exact meeting point immediately after booking.