Melodies of the East in Uzbekistan
Sogda Tour

Do not miss the Greatest Central Asian music festival of this summer!

« Sharq Taronalari » – « Melodies of the East » festival takes place every 2 years in the splendid city of Samarkand.

For the occasion, the fabulous Registan Square puts on its best clothes and presents a majestic backdrop of color sets that will take you into the fairytail of Arabian Nights.

Let yourself be carried away by the magical atmosphere offered by this music and dances of the world.

This festival is an opportunity for all countries of the world to make known their national music worldwide, but it is also an opportunity to develop and preserve the cultural heritage of traditional music and dances of each country and finally, this festival is a way to encourage new talent in music and to strengthen the cultural and spiritual cooperation among all countries participating in this extraordinary event.

Since the first festival in 1997, more than 50 countries participating annually.

Music ensembles from different countries will be voted, an international jury will judge the performance of their technical and artistic quality.

This festival takes place every two years between 25 and 30 August.

Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights

Route:  Tashkent-Bukhara-Samarkand–Tashkent

1 Day – In – Tashkent (air)

Arrival Tashkent in the evening. Meeting with guide and transfer to hotel for acc.

Rest.

2 Day – Tashkent – Bukhara (train)

After breakfast traFull day sightseeing in Tashkent.

  • Mustakillik Square – former “Red Squire” the main squire of the Tashkent with the monument to victims of the WW II.
  • Museum of History – newest museum, opened in 2003, this museum is the biggest history museum in the republic, containing departments of Ancient History (with 2 expositions of Buddha), Middle Ages, Islam in Uzbekistan, New History (19-20c) and Modern Uzbekistan.
  • Abdul Kassim Madrassah, actually reserved by local craftsmen.

Taking evening train to Bukhara.

Arrival, transfer to hotel. Accommodation and o/n in hotel.

3 Day – Bukhara

Breakfast. Full day sightseeing incl:

  • ARK Fortress (VI – XIX c) – in middle ages it was a whole town with the emirs house, with wives, mosques mint place, government institutes, store rooms, a prison and a square for public executions:
  • Samanid mausoleum (IX c) 1st brick building shaped as cube covered by dome with unrepeatable geometrical brickwork design.
  • Chashma Ayub Mausoleum
  • Nodir Divan Begi Madrassah
  • Laby – Hauz (XVI – XVII c) – a complex with Nodir – Devon Begi madrassah.
  • Poikalon (XII–XVI c) architectural ensemble of “Masjidi Kalon”, “Miri Arab” madrasah & a minaret (46 m).

Folklore in Nodir Divan Begi madrassah.

4 Day – Bukhara – Samarkand (280 km )

Breakfast. Continue visits:

  • Ulugbek Madrassah 1417 was the earliest of three commissioned by the enlightened Timutid ruler.
  • Abdul Aziz Khan Madrassah (1652).
  • Trading Domes including Tagi Zargaron, Tagi Telpak Furushon and Tagi Saraffon Afghan trades.
  • Tim Abdullakhan 1577 and one of the most elegant trade halls
  • Magoki Attori mosque

Departure to Samarkand by coach via Gijduvan.

Visit of local family of craftsmen in Gijduvan. Arrival Samarkand. Accommodation at hotel.

Visit of “Sharq Taronalari” Festival at Registan square.  

5 Day – Samarkand       

Breakfast. Full day sightseeing incl:

  • Registan Square (XV–XVIIc) official center of Timur Empire, consist of grandiose madrasahs of Ulugbek, Sher Dor & Tillya Kari.
  • Bibi Khanum mosque (XIVc) built by Timur to be biggest mosque at time. Architect, craftsmen & painters built in 5 years.
  • Bazaar
  • Ulugbek’s Observatory (XV c) 1st observatory in orient with 30m sextant built by Ulugbek to make exact astronomical catalogue
  • Afrosiab museum with wall paintings and excavation site

Visit of “Sharq Taronalari” Festival at Registan square.  

6 Day – Samarkand – Tashkent (320 km)

Breakfast. Sightseeing incl:

  • Gur Amir mausoleum (XV c)  Timurids dynastic burial vault. A unique monument of architecture with blue ribbed tessellated dome
  • Shahi Zinda mausoleum (XIV–XV c) ‘Town of Dead’ a complex of more than 20 unique buildings of different ages.
  • Visit of Water Mill – the craftsmen of organization “Meros” produce a variety of traditional handicrafts ranging from ceramics and porcelain, textile and embroidery, hand-make silk. And the main thing: you have opportunity to watch the process of paper production and possibility to take part in it. The mill produces the Samarkand hand made paper.

Departure to Tashkent by high speed train.

7 Day – Tashkent – Out  (air)

Transfer to international airport for flight to home.