Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour in Samarkand
No name is so evocative of the Silk Road as Samarkand. For most people it has the mythical resonance of Atlantis, fixed in the Western popular imagination by poets and playwrights of bygone eras, few of whom saw the city in the flesh. On the ground the sublime, larger-than life monuments of Timur, the Technicolor bazaar and the city’s long, rich history indeed work some kind of magic. Surrounding these islands of majesty, modern Samarkand sprawls across acres of Soviet-built buildings, parks and broad avenues used by buzzing Chevrolet taxis. 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.Itinerary
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Gur Emir Mausoleum, Oksaroi St. 1, Samarkand 140164 Uzbekistan
Today we will start our Samarkand sightseeing tour with visit of Gur-Emir Mausoleum (the tomb of Emir), that was one of the last structures built in Samarkand by the order of Amir Timur (Tamerlan).
The mausoleum was built for the beloved grandson of Timur. Later Timur himself was buried here in 1405. The building is splendid both inside and out with a majestic blue dome twined with plaits that especially astonishes the imagination.
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Registan St, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Samarkand 140164 Uzbekistan
Then, visit of magnificent Registan Square.
In the 14th – 15th centuries, the Registan was not only a trade and crafts square, but was also cultural center of the city. In 1417-1420 Ulugbeg erected his madrassah on this square. In the 17th century, the ruler of Samarkand, Yalangtush Bakhadur, made up his mind to re-construct the square. He ordered to erect the Sher-Dor madrassah (1619-1636) and subsequently the Tilla-Kari Madrassah (1646-1660). Thus, the completed ensemble still astonishes with its harmony and uniqueness of any madrassah ever created.
Duration: 2 hoursStop At:
Bibi Khanym Mosque, Guzarskiy Lane, Samarkand 140164 Uzbekistan
Visit Bibi-Khanim Mosque:
The principal city mosque of Bibi-Khanim is a distinguished architectural structure and the largest mosque in Central Asia. The construction of the mosque took place in 1399 after the Indian campaign of Timur, which lasted for five years. It was splendid and richly decorated structure. The height of the entrance portal reaches 40.85 meters and the portal arch aperture had a height of 18.2 m.
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Siab Bazaar, Bibikhonim Str., Samarkand 140164 Uzbekistan
After the tour of Bibi-Khonim Mosque, visit its “next door” oriental bazaar - Siab. From ancient times, an oriental bazaar simultaneously performed the functions of a modern day supermarket and shop. It was here, at the bazaar, that people communicated and exchanged the latest information. One could find here all possible entertainment, exchange currency and do many other things. The market area is more than seven hectares and it harbors separate pavilions that stand side by side with trading rows that run between them. Traditionally it is necessary to bargain at the oriental bazaar. Bargaining may last for a long time until one of the sides gives up. Frequently it is a very interesting sight. One can purchase anything here: fruits, vegetables, meat of any kind, and all sorts of dried fruits and crafts, which are placed in their own separate rows. Together with eastern sweets one can buy traditional Samarkand bread that has made Samarkand famous throughout the world.
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Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand Uzbekistan
Then, visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, famous with its beauty of mausoleums, tiled with turquoise and blue mosaics.
It was established with a single religious monument over 1,000 years ago. Various temples, mausoleums, and buildings were continually added throughout the ensuing centuries, from approximately the 11th century to the 19th. The result is a fascinating cross-reference of various architectural styles, methods, and decorative craftsmanship as they have changed throughout a millennium of work.
After visits, transfer to the hotel for rest.
Duration: 2 hours
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"Service animals allowed"
"Near public transportation"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"Transportation is wheelchair accessible"
"Surfaces are wheelchair accessible"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Face masks provided for travelers"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
"Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
"Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons"
Hora de Inicio:
Duración: 8 Hours
Lugar de comienzo:
Amir Temur Mausoleum Gur-i Amir Сomplex, 1/4, Universitetskiy Boulevard Бўстонсарой кўчаси, Samarqand, Uzbekistan
Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
Cancelaciones y devoluciones:
- Samarkand Airport, Samarkand Uzbekistan
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.