Travel from Samarkand to Bukhara, a journey of approximately four hours.
Travel from Samarkand to Shakhrisabz, a journey of approximately two hours.
Samarkand to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz
Morning drive to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace and home town of Central Asia's foremost conqueror, the Great Amir Temur. Visit Ak Saroy Palace, built by Tamerlan and similar in structure to Samarkand's Bibi Khanum Mosque, but unparalleled in size and decor. The inscription survived only in part, yet the ruined entrance towers stand in testimony to a powerful age. See Dorus Tilavat seminary, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Dorus Saidat and the Friday mosque.
Continue on to Bukhara.
Drive from Shakrizabs to Bukhara (Road Journey)
Travel from Shakhrisabz, to Bukhara, a journey of approximately five hours.
The former capital and a centre of Islamic learning, Bukhara has over 300 mosques. This, along with the city's 80 madrasas, led to its reputation as the holiest city in Central Asia.
Now renowned for its architecture, it was the beauty of Bukhara's Kalon Minaret that stopped Genghis Khan in his tracks. Unfortunately, his sense of awe failed to stop him razing the rest of the city to the ground.
In the 18th and 19th centuries Bukhara again returned to prominence, as it became one of the most important pawns in 'The Great Game' being waged between Russia and Britain.
breakfast, lunch and dinner included
You will be staying at Hotel Minzifa, As specified