Navruz – the New Year Festival of Spring

Tashkent – Samarkand – Nuratau villages – Bukhara – Tashkent

Navruz, the national holiday of Uzbekistan, is deeply rooted in the rich heritage of the country's past. It falls on March 21st – vernal equinox and symbolizes the beginning of a calendar year in many oriental countries. From the times this holiday originated, Navruz has been mainly the festival of masses. On this day all over Uzbekistan there are numerous merry-meetings, popular folk games are organized including horse-back sport games, while children get gifts - sweets and penny whistles.

Various and plentiful meal is the height of the festival, which is held in the hope of the coming profitable and bumper-crop year. But the culmination of the holiday is sumalaq - a ritual meal. Sumalaq is made from flour and wheat sprouts, which are the symbols of eternal life. Thus this sweet dish has always been considered kind of medicinal and people believe it endows man with life-giving force for the whole year to come.

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1 – Tashkent Arrival in Tashkent.

Meet and greet.

Transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation in hotel.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 2 Tashkent – Samarkand

Breakfast.

Sightseeing tour in Tashkent.

After lunch transfer to Samarkand.

Dinner and overnight in Samarkand.

Day 3 Samarkand Breakfast.

Sightseeing tour in Samarkand.

Festive lunch consisting of different traditional spring dishes at local family.

Proceed with sightseeing tour.

Festive dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 4 Samarkand – Nuratau area

Early breakfast.

At 07:00 transfer to Nurata mountain area via Djizak town (250 km).

Arrival in Otoqurgon yurt camp at 10:30.

At 11:00 you will have the unique opportunity to witness Kopkari - traditional equestrian game of horsemen of Central Asia. Lunch at Otoqurgon Yurt Camp.

Leisure stroll along the shore of the Aydarkul lake (8 km from Otoqurgan).

Transfer to Khayat village (25 km). En route get acquainted with daily life of villagers in Ukhm village and visit local highlights: an old water mill, rock paintings of Ukhumsay, and the ruins of ancient settlement.

Arrival in Shiringul guesthouse and accommodation.

Close to the village there is an enclosure where endangered species of wild sheep(Severzov Argali) are being breed.

Visiting the celebration of Navruz: you will have the unique possibility to participate in the preparation of the ritual festive meal "Sumalaq" in a big caldron.

Overnight in Shiringul guesthouse.

Day 5 Nuratau area – Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to Bukhara via Nurata (283 km). En route visit Deggaron mosque in Khazara settlement. The mosque dates back to the first half of the 9th c. and bear resemblances of ancient type of mosques with an amazing curved arch structure with dome supported by four round pillars. En route visit Narzullaev’s ceramic studio in famous pottery center Gijduvan (45 km off Bukhara).

Lunch in Narzullaev’s family.

Arrival in Bukhara.

After lunch you will participate in pottery master class and learn to make decorative ceramic toys.

Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 6 Bukhara

Breakfast.

Full day sightseeing tour in Bukhara.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 7 Bukhara – Tashkent

Breakfast.

Proceed with sightseeing tour in Bukhara.

After lunch free time at tourist own leisure.

In the evening transfer to the airport to take domestic flight to Tashkent at 20: 50 on Wednesdays and Fridays or at 21:35 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 8 Tashkent After early breakfast transfer to the airport to take international flight back home.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 17:29