Tashkent – Samarkand

Early breakfast is in the hotel.
06:30 – Transfer to the railway station.
07:30 – Departure to Samarkand by the Afrosiob high-speed train (subject to change) (350 km).
09:38 – Arrival in Samarkand. Meeting at the station. Hotel check-in is after 12:00.

Excursion in Samarkand
The architectural complex Shahi-Zinda (Alive king) – necropolis on the slope of the Afrosiab hill is connected with Kusam ibn Abbas – the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (11-15th c). Gur Emir Mausoleum – Tamerlan’s tomb (14-15th c.) that was built for Temur’s grandson Muhammad-Sultan and the tombs of three other Temurids – sons of Temur – Miranshah and Shahruh and his grandson Ulugbek, Ruhabad Mausoleum (“House of Spirit”)(external visit) – the legend says that under the dome there is a box with seven hairs of Prophet Muhammad (14th c.), Registan Square (“A sandy place”) – the major square of Samarkand: Ulugbeg Madrassah – Sheikh Khodja Akhrar and poet Djami were among outstanding graduates of the Madrassah (15th c.), Sher-Dor Madrassah (“Having tigers”) (17th c.), Tillya-Kari Madrassah (“Coated by gold”) – the rich gilding on the dome, walls and mihrab surpassed all other famous buildings in Central Asia (17th c.). Cathedral mosque Bibi-Khanym that was named after the oldest wife of Tamerlan (14th c.) and world famous Samarkand bazaar – “Siyob”.

17:00 – Visit to the Winemaking Museum named Khovrenko, where tourists can taste different varieties of Uzbek wines.

Lunch between the excursions will take place in a national house with a local resident. The main dish is the true Uzbek “Dimlama”.

 Dimlama is a traditional Uzbek dish consisting of stewed mutton or beef, fattened cabbage,  carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, green and a set of spices.

Dinner with a master class for cooking the famous Samarkand “Plov” will be held in the national house.

Samarkand pilaf – lamb or beef, fattened fat, rice, carrots, onions, peas, garlic, vegetable oil and a set of spices, special skills of the cook and the air of Samarkand.

Overnight is in Samarkand.