Welcome to Samarkand


On the ground the sublime, larger-than-life monuments of Timur (Tamerlane) and the city’s long, rich history still work some kind of magic. You can visit most of Samarkand’s high-profile attractions in two or three days. If you’re short on time, at least see the Registan, Gur-e-Amir, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-i-Zinda.

Away from these islands of majesty, Samarkand is a well-groomed modern city, with a large Russian town of broad avenues and parks. The recent walling off of parts of the old town and the pedestrianisation of Toshkent street has led to the 'Disneyfication' of some areas, but there's enough grandeur left to say that Samarkand remains a breathtaking place to visit.


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$125 Cultural & Theme Tours

1-Day Tour of Samarkand from Tashkent

This full day of sightseeing begins with a 7:15am pickup from any hotel in Tashkent. Travel to the railway station to catch an 8am, high-speed train departing for Samarkand. After arriving in Samarkand at 10:30am, the local tour guide and driver will be waiting upon arrival to introduce some of the most popular attractions in Samarkand. Some of the attractions and points of interest to see include: • Gur-Emir Mausoleum - The burial place of Amir Temur and his dynasty • Registan Square (15th-17th century) – Located in the heart of Samarkand, Register Square consists of three madrassahs: Madrassah Uughbek, MadrassahTillakari, and Madrassah Sherdar • Bibi Khanum Mosque - Named in honor of the eldest wife of Great Timur (14th century) • Shah-i-Zinda necropolis (12th-15th century) - The burial place of Kusamibn ibn Abbas, the cousin to the prophet Muhammad • Ulugbek Observatory - The biggest observatory, built by Ulugbek (15th century)The return to the railway station is at 4:30pm to catch a high-speed train departing for Tashkent at 5pm and and arriving in Tashkent at 7:40pm. The day concludes with a drop-off at any Tashkent hotel.

$37 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Wine Tasting Tour in Samarkand

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Samarkand in the morning or afternoon and drive you to Khovrenko Winery. Start by browsing through the Samarkand Museum of Winemaking, located at the winery, to learn about its history. Hear from your guide about the scientist who redesigned methods for producing award-winning vintage wines, earning prestigious recognition from worldwide competitions with multiple gold and silver medals.Taste 10 of the best varieties of Uzbek wines and two types of cognac produced by Khovrenko Winery — Sherdor and Samarkand — famous throughout central Asia.After wine tasting, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Samarkand where your tour concludes.

$2788 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tashkent-Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent

Ancient cities of Uzbekistan Program: • Tashkent:  Arrival in Tashkent. Hotel Uzbekistan. Tour of the capital of Uzbekistan • Tashkent-Bukhara: Transfer to Bukhara. Excursion to one of the oldest cities of Central Asia. Hotel Grand Bukhara • Bukhara: Excursion of suburban Bukhara. Hotel Grand Bukhara. • Bukhara – Samarkand: Transfer to Samarkand. Visit Samarkand. Hotel “Regal Samarkand” • Samarkand –Tashkent: Excursion to one of the oldest existing cities of the world. Transfer to Tashkent by high speed train “Afrasiyob”. • Tashkent: Departure from Tashkent. Feel free to create your own Itinerary, and contact us (tourparadiso.uz@gmail.com) for quotation. If you require detailed program, Contact us any time.Our price includes the following our Services: • Hotel Accommodation, • Transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport, • 3 Meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner), • Bus Transportation as in Itinerary, • Domestic Flight as in Itinerary, • Guided tours, • Entry Fees (museums, touristic sites and attractions, etc.)

$1397 Cultural & Theme Tours

COLOURFUL UZBEKISTAN

1st day. Arrival – TashkentYou arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on the Uzbek airline Uzbekistan Airways. Flight time about 6 hours. 2nd day. Tashkent – Urgentsch – Chiwa (B, D)Today we visit the historical complex of Chasti Imam in the Old Town.   Then we go to the Tschorsu Bazaar. After we will  visit Independence Square and the Timur Park. In the afternoon, we fly to Urgentsch. Arrival in Urgentsch, transfer to the hotel – Chiwa. 3rd day. Chiwa (B, D)Visit to  Itschan Kala («the inner town citadel» of Chiwa) which can look back on a rich history and today looks just as it did centuries ago. It is one of the few preserved places in Central Asia where one can imagine life as it was in the time of Khan. The famous buildings of Central Asia which have long become a landmark are to be found in Itschan Kala (UNESCO-World Heritage). The summer palace of Nurullabay lies outside Itschan Kala and was built by local master builders and German Mennonites. 4th day. Chiwa – Buchara (B, D)Impressive journey through the vegetated Kisilkum desert («Red Sand» – desert) and the vast steppes to Buchara (480 km). En route we will make a lunch break in a Uzbek «guesthouse» resp. tea-room. We reach Buchara in the late evening when you will have time to explore the Old Town by yourself. 5th day. Buchara (B, D)Excursion to the gravesite of Ismail Samani. Then we visit the Tschaschmai-Ayub mausoleum and then on foot through the Old Town. You will feel transported to the fairy-tales of One Thousand and One Nights.  You will admire the «classic» architecture complexes of Lyabi Hauz with trading domes and several mosques, madrasas and the dervish monastery in the town centre, and will understand the title of «noble town». 6th day. Buchara – Rabbati Malik – Samarkand (B, D)We journey on to Samarkand. On the way we visit the caravansarai Rabbati Malik and a Sardoba (reservoir).Then we move on to one of the visiting cards of Uzbekistan, the famous Registan Square. We will also see the palace-like mausoleum Guri-Emir of the ruler Timur. 7th day. Samarkand – Tashkent (B, D)Excursion to the Samarkand. Then we will visit the Ulugbeks-Observatory which was once the largest research centre in Central Asia, and Schachi Zinda, the gravesite «living king», where today Timur’s family members are buried. We will visit the largest mosque in Central Asia: Bibichanum. Then on to the Siyob Bazaar.  At 18:00h you take the fast train "Afrosiob" to Tashkent. 8th day. Tashkent – flight home (B)Early return flight with Uzbekistan Airways.        

$1250 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Navruz 2019 Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival to TashkentStop At: Tashkent TV tower, Tashkent, Tashkent ProvinceFull day sighseeing in TashkentDuration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Hotel Uzbekistan or similar 3 * hotelDay 2: Tashkent-Urgench-KhivaStop At: Khiva Silk Worshop, Khiva, Xorazm ProvinceMorning transfer to the airport of Tashkent for flight to Urgench. Upon arrival in Urgench transfer to Khiva. Full day sightseeing tour in Khiva. Visit Ichan KalaDuration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Hotel Arkanchi or similar 3* hotelDay 3: Khiva-BukharaStop At: Khiva Silk Worshop, Khiva, Xorazm ProvinceDrive to Bukhara along the Kyzylkum (Red Sand) desert. Arrive in Bukhara late afternoon. Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Hotel Lyabi Hauz or similar 3* hotelDay 4: BukharaStop At: Ark of Bukhara, Bukhara, Bukhara ProvinceFull day sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit old city of Bukhara protected by UNESCO. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel Lyabi Hauz or similar 3* hotelDay 5: Bukhara-SamarkandStop At: Chor-Minor, Bukhara, Bukhara ProvinceContinue out-of-town sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Transfer to train station at 3 p.m. to catch train to Samarkand. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Hotel Registan or similar 3* hotelDay 6: SamarkandStop At: Samarkand Tourist Information Center, Samarkand, Samarqand ProvinceVisit Guri Amir-The Mausoleum of Tamerlane, Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, city bazaar, panorama view of Samarkand and Shah Zindah Necropolis. Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Hotel Registan or similar 3* hotelDay 7: Samarkand-TashkentStop At: Samarkand Textile Workship, Samarkand, Samarqand ProvinceVisit Ulughbek Observatory, Afrosiyab Museum, and Saint Daniel Mausoleum. Transfer to train station at 6 p.m. to catch train to Tashkent. Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Hotel Uzbekistan or similar 3* hotelDay 8: Tashkent-DepartureStop At: Tashkent TV tower, Tashkent, Tashkent ProvinceFree day. Transfer to the Tashkent International Airport.Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$625 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Pearls of Uzbekistan Tour

Day 1 (L,D): Tashkent - Bukhara (by Air) You will be greeted and picked up at Tashkent International Airport by your English-speaking guide around 9:00 am. Visit the Broadway of Amir Timur, Statue of Independence and Madrassah Barak Khan - was built by Suyunuj Khan – first Khan of Uzbek dynasty (XVI c.). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Later you will be transferred to the local airport of Tashkent and take a flight to Bukhara. Upon arrival in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Overnight stay in Bukhara. Day 2 (B,L,D): Bukhara After breakfast visit the Mausoleum Ismail Samani – the oldest building in the Central Asia (IX-X c.), Chashmai Ayyub according to the legends the Biblical Prophet whose name was Iov (Ayyub) has visited this place, Ark Citadel - the center of government of Bukhara (IV BC), Minaret Kalian, Madrassah of Mir Arab that is still in use (XVI c.), Madrassah of Ulughbek (XV c.), Madrassah of Abdulazizkhan (XVII c.), Mosque Magoki Ataru the center of government of Bukhara (IV BC), and Lyabi Khauz Ensemble - very famous place for tourists. In the evening, enjoy a folklore show in the madrassah Nadir Divan-Begi. Overnight stay in Bukhara. Day 3 (B,L,D): Bukhara – Samarkand (270 km) After breakfast transfer from Bukhara to Samarkand. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Upon arrival in Samarkand, take a sightseeing tour and visit the Gur-Emir Mausoleum (the burial place of the Great Amir Temur and his dynasty (XIV-XV c.), and Reghistan Square – the main square of Samarkand. It consists of Madrassah Ulugbek (XV c.), Madrassah Sherdor (XVII c.) and Madrassah Tilla Kori) (XVII c.). Stay overnight in Samarkand. Day 4 (B,L,D): Samarkand - Tashkent After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of Samarkand. Visit Bibi Khanum Mosque that was named after the eldest wife of Great Timur (XIV в.), Siyab local bazaar where you can taste the best breads and fruits of Samarkand at your own expense, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolises meaning “Alive King” (XI-XII c.), and Ulugbek Observatory, the biggest observatory was built by Ulugbek (XVc.). Later transfer to the railway station and take the train to Tashkent. Upon arrival in Tashkent around 19:10, you will be transferred to Tashkent International Airport.