12 Days Art Craft Tour - Minzifa Travel

12 Days Art Craft Tour

ART CRAFT TOUR is accompanied by Tour Guide

Uzbek culture is famous around the world for its original style and ornaments in arts and crafts. Local trades are important elements of national and world culture. Many connoisseurs of antique come to our country especially to see and appreciate works of both ancient and modern crafts and take the opportunity of meeting the families of hereditary artisans. The main purpose of the tour is to familiarize you with the traditional trades of Central Asia. You will learn a lot about arts and crafts that Uzbek people are doing throughout centuries. Skills of Suzani embroidery, silk weaving, carpet making, ceramics and smith, calligraphy and miniature paintings are passed down to the present generation from the ancient times.

You will learn the history and development of local workmanship and meet hereditary craftsmen. You will have a chance to take part in process of making Uzbek traditional embroidery – Suzani, world-famous silk paper, carpet and ikat fabrics. And you will have a lucky opportunity to purchase authentic Suzani embroidery, carpets and unique textile at lower prices directly from craftsmen. We may assure that you will hardly find such unique articles of handmade patterned artistic weaving and embroidery in any other place.In addition, you will visit majestic and marvelous monuments of Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Kokand.
Art and crafts tours are 12 days/11nights with starting and finishing in Tashkent.

  Country: Uzbekistan

  Duration: 12 days / 11 nights

Tashkent – Khiva – Bukhara (Gijduvan) – Nurata – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Margilan – Rishtan – Kokand – Tashkent

Day 1, Tashkent

Arrival to Tashkent. Accommodation at the hotel and rest after the flight.
The research of Uzbekistan will begin from visit to the Museum of Applied Arts.
More than 7000 rare works of applied art are kept in depository of the museum.
We invite you to have national dinner at one of the most famous restaurants in Tashkent.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 2, Tashkent-Khiva

Depart Tashkent, fly to Urgench – the capital of the Khorezm Province in order to get to Khiva (35 kms to the southeast), whose old city, known as Ichan Kala, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visit carpet workshop.
Guided sightseeing program in Khiva:
You will see palaces with the rich mosaic, unique beautiful minarets, madrassahs and mosques such as: Kunya-Ark Fortress, Pahlavan Mahmud Complex ,Tash-Khowli Palace (Harem), Kalta-Minor Minaret, Islam Khoja Complex.
Lunch in chaikhana.
Visit woodcarving and ceramic workshop.
Continuation of sightseeing program:
Juma Mosque and Minaret, Karavan-Saray , Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam, Tim of Ala-Kulikhan, Madrassah of Abdulla-Khan,
Seyyid Allauddin Mausoleum, Madrassah of Muhamad Amin-Khan , Madrassah of Muhamad Rakhim-Khan, Nurullbay Palace, Walls and gates.
Dinner.

Overnight in Khiva.

Day 3, Khiva-Bukhara

Depart Khiva, drive to Bukhara (470 kms, 9-10hrs).
You will take long trip through the Kyzyl Kum desert, the 11th largest desert in the world.
During the trip you can admire Amu Darya River, as one third of the road is parallel to the course of this great Central Asian river, and communicate with a family of local shepherds that have installed their yurt (nomads’ tent) close to the highway.
Lunch en route.
Arrival to Bukhara.
Check in at the hotel.
Evening at leisure.
Dinner.

Night at the hotel in Bukhara.

NOTE: In case the flight Urgench-Bukhara is opened the Transportation Khiva-Bukhara will be arranged by plane.

Day 4, Bukhara

The fourth day of our trip will begin from visit to Embroidery workshop to meet with Arabov family-prominent Suzane craftsmen. Shahlo Abdullaeva, the member of Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, will hold seminar, where you can learn the traditional embroidery patterns of Suzane in order to embroider by your own hands (4 hrs).
Lunch at chaikhana.
Guided sightseeing tour in Bukhara:
Visit Ismail Samani – one of the most esteemed sights of central Asian architectures is the burial place of Samanid dynasty dated 9 century , Chashma Ayub (Job’s well), Arc Fortress, Kalon mosque and minaret, Madrassah Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori mosque.
Master Class by famous Bukhara gold embroidery (1.30hrs)
Continuation of sightseeing program:
Madrasah Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trading domes, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Nadir Divan Begi Madrassah and Khanaqa, Madrassah Chor-Minor.
Visit blacksmiths’ museum- workshop. The museum-workshop is a living museum. Not only could one learn there the history of the ancient blacksmith’s craft, but also participate in making blacksmith products.
The senior researcher of the museum is Usto Shokir Kamolov, who comes of a family of blacksmiths.

National dinner (Bukhara cuisine)

Night at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 5, Bukhara

Visit Carpet workshop. Seminar and master class will be held by Bukhara well-known craftsman Ulugbek Rahimov (2.30hrs)
And we will also visit several carpet workshops organized under the aegis of UNESCO.
Visit world -famous Chor-Bakr Necropolis (8 km) –the burial place of the descendants of the prophet Muhammad.
Lunch at chaikhana.
Trip to summer palace of Bukhara emir’s Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa and Central Asian Mecca- Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi mausoleum.
Visit miniature workshop. Master class by Medieval Eastern Miniature and calligraphy (2.30 hrs)
Folklore fashion show will give you an idea about Uzbek traditional costume. As in all Muslim countries, Islamic values in Uzbekistan were reflected in the style of dress. At the end of the twentieth century, Western fashion dominated, but fashionable styles are still produced with native design elements and in traditional multi-colored textile patterns.
Dinner.

Night at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 6, Bukhara-Nurata

Depart Bukhara, drive to Nurata via Gijduvan (200 kms , 2.30 hrs)

A small town of Gijduvan is situated in 46 km northeast from Bukhara.
Gijduvan ceramics take the special place among the large number of crafts produced here.
Gijduvan embroidery is the other distinctive craft regenerated and developed by the master Mustabshira Barakayeva. The craftswomen of the Narzullaev family (Mustapshira Barakaeva, Gulbakhor Narzullaeva and Mavluda Narzullaeva) embroider in silk on cotton fabric in the style traditional to Gijduvan.
In Gijduvan we will visit the Ceramic workshop and the Museum of Ceramics founded by Narzullaev Family.
Nurata is one of the most important centers of traditional Uzbek embroidery.
Nurata embroidery cannot be mistaken for any other school of embroidery due to its unique styles.
We will visit Village Embroidery (1.30 hrs)
Lunch at chaikhana.
Continue driving to Yurt camp in Kyzyl Kum desert.
Arrive at Yurt camp, accommodation in Yurts.
Camel riding and free time. In the evening dinner near the camp fire with Kazakh akin singing folk songs.

Overnight at yurt camp.

Day 7, Samarkand

Early in the morning depart Nurata, drive to Samarkand ( 130 kms ,2 hrs)
Check in to the hotel. Breakfast.
Visit Abdulla’s carpet workshop “Hojom” – famous Samarkand carpet factory where 400 girls weave hand-made silk carpets. You will have the opportunity to see the full process of carpet making from the very beginning to the end and (2.30 hrs)
Lunch at chaikhana.
Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand:
Visit fabulous Registan Square and Bibi-Khanum Mosques, the 15th century Ulugbek observatory, Guri-Emir mausoleum, Shakhi-Zinda Complex.
Visit Koni Gil paper mill (10 kms from Samarkand, 2 hrs) –revival of old technology paper production.
Visit Afrasiab – the oldest part and the ruined site of ancient Samarkand ( 7 km)
National dinner with Uzbek Fashion show.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 8, Samarkand-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand

Early in the morning depart Samarkand, drive to Shakhrisabz ( 80 kms, 1 hr)
Visit kilim workshop in Shakhrisabz.
Sightseeing tour around Shakhrisabz : Ak Sarai Palace, Kok Gumbaz Mosque and Doru Saodat Complex , Crypt of Temur. The area is also famous for its distinctive embroidery style and the stalls around the Kok Gumbaz have excellent pieces considerably cheaper than Samarkand.
We will also visit craftsman’s workshop of Iroki embroidery to watch different techniques of embroidery, par excellence crochet, what is very famous in this region.
Dinner at local family is a good chance to learn more about customs of Uzbek family.
Back to Samarkand.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 9, Tashkent

Depart Shakhrisabz, drive to Tashkent ( 300 kms, 3.30 hrs)
Check in to the hotel.
Lunch.
After lunch visit Rahimov’s ceramic studio Rahimov’s dynasty has over six generation of ceramic masters. A lot of great ceramic products created by the family are stored in museums around the world, including Hermitage and Museum of East ( 2 hrs).
Visit center of Tashkent, Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, Kukeldash Madrasah and of course Hast-Imam Complex which contains the most famous Koran in the world – the Othman Koran .It is considered to be the oldest in the world! The book written in the 7th century has traveled a lot: Medina, Damascus, Baghdad, Samarkand, St. Petersburg and Ufa. Now it is kept in the Library of Hast Imam.
Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 10, Tashkent-Margilan-Rishtan-Kokand

Early in the morning depart Tashkent, drive to Margilan ( 350 kms, 5 hrs)
Today you will visit “Yodgorlik” silk making factory with master class by weaving and dying fabrics (2.30 hrs)
National lunch in the open air.
After lunch we will visit Ikat fabric workshops: Abdurasul’s (30 min) and Asadulo’s (2.30 hrs)
Depart Margelan, drive to Rishtan ( 50 kms, 1 hr)
Visit hereditary ceramist R. Usmonov in Rishtan
Depart Rishtan, drive to Kokand ( 35 kms, 1 hr)
Check in at the hotel.
Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel in Kokand.

Day 11

After breakfast visit the 19th century Khudayar Khan’s Palace. After losing rule over his city state, Khudayar Khan spent all of his money and energies beautifying his city with many graceful mosques, madrassahs and his great palace with its 113 ornately decorated rooms – 19 of which are now open as a museum.
We will also visit Jami Mosque, Narbuta-bey Madrassah, Modari-khan Mausoleum- the burial vault for all the women of the khan’s kin.
After lunch depart Kokand, drive to Tashkent (250 kms, 4hrs)
Dinner.

Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 12

Visit Chor-Su Bazaar. We will get the market by Tashkent subway. Several stops will give you an idea about the beauty and unique design of its stations.
Lunch at chaikhana.
Visit Museum of Fine Arts.
Farewell dinner at well-known Tashkent restaurant.
The End of Tour.

Transportation to airport. International flight from Tashkent.

  Accommodation throughout the tour 12 day/11nights;
  Transportation throughout the tour, including airport pick-up and drop-offs on the 1st, 12th and 13th days of tour.
  NOTE: If you arrive earlier or leave later, there will be an additional Transportation fee of $15 per car each way).
  English speaking guide – tour leader from Minzifa Travel;
  Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
  Air-ticket Tashkent-Urgench;
  Visa support for Uzbekistan;
  Camel Tour with overnight in the yurt camp;
  Folklore fashion Shows in Bukhara and Samarkand;
  Welcome and farewell dinner at restaurant in Tashkent.
  Seminars and Master Classes.
  NOTE: Seminar for individual tours can not be arranged.
  Seminar for individual tours can not be arranged.

PRICE INCLUDE :

Price Does Not Include:

  Extra days accommodation in Tashkent (for those who arrives earlier or leaves later);
  Charges in the hotels for additional services;
  Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  Personal insurance;
  Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
  International Air tickets;
  Personal beverages;
  Full board;
  Dinner at an Uzbek family;
  Any excess baggage charge;
  Tips for guides and driver.

NOTE: Flight time table between Urgench-Bukhara is a subject to be changed. In case the flight Urgench-Bukhara is canceled the transferred Khiva-Bukhara will be arranged by land (470 km – 9 hours driver). We do not provide with seminars for individuals.

Transportation

Transportation on comfortable air-conditioned:

3 seats sedan cars
5 seats minivan
15 seats bus midi