MARCH 19-27, 2022

Be inspired by the theologians, astronomers, architects, philosophers, hadith scholars, and Sufi guides who came from Samarkand and Bukhara. Explore how the diversity of peoples along the cities on the Silk Road shaped the versatility of Islamic thought and practice. Learn about the Timurid dynasty and its connections throughout Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

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Day 1 March 19


Meet in Tashkent at hotel lobby at 6 pm.

Overview of the trip and introductions

Group dinner and get back early for an early morning departure to Samarkand by speed train.

Day 2 March 20

Tashkent to Samarkand

Timurid History and Heritage Sites

Early breakfast

Transfer to Railway Station for train Afrosiyob till Samarkand


Hotel check-in and rest

Lunch (not included)

Registan Square, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Mausoleum Guri Emir — Tamerlane’s Tomb (14-15th cc.)

Dinner -Uzbek Noodles (included)

Day 3 March 21


History of Islamic Learning: hadith, theology, astronomy, and philosophy

Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast we start city tour from exploring sacred sights of town by visiting Shah-i-Zinda (“Alive King”) necropolis, where Qusam b. Abbas was buried.

Imam Maturidi Mausoleum, Imam al-Bukhari complex, Ulughbeg Observatory, Excavations and museum of the ancient city of Afrosiyab.

Samarkand Plov making masterclass in the traditional house and dinner

Day 4 March 22

Samarkand to Bukhara

(290 km, 4hrs) Travel through an Ancient Route

Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast we head toward holiest town of Central Asia, Bukhara. Driving through former Silk Road gives a chance to enjoy the the scenic view, that will slowly change from mountain to desert.

With great opportunity to explore the country side we stop for the break in one of the village, where Abu Ali Ibn Sina was born, one of the most famous writers and significant thinkers of Islamic Golden Age, to get acquainted with farming and breeding environment of local culture.

Check in upon arrival

Lunch at local uzbek house

City tour: Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Mosque Bolo-Khauz (beg. of 20th c.), Mausoleum of Samanids (9—10th c.), Chashma Ayub (14th c.), Poi-Kalon Complex, which consist of Minaret Kalon (12th c.), Kalon mosque (12th c.), Miri Arab madrassah (16th c.), Bukhara Synagogue.

Dinner and a talk about Silk Road spices in the local cafe

Day 5 March 23


The Bukhara Grand City Tour

Breakfast at hotel

Today we spend our day in fascinating Old Bukhara which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Explore Zargaron (jewelry makers) Trade Dome (16th c.), Ulughbek and Abdul-Azizkhan Madrassahs (15th c.), Hat makers Trade Dome (16th c.), Magoki Attari mosque (12th c.), Sarrofon (money exchangers) Trade Dome (16th c.), Lyabi Khovuz ensemble (16-17th c.), which consist of a pool, Honako of Nodir Divan Begi, Kukeldash madrassah, Nodir Divan Begi madrassah.

Dinner at local restaurant

Day 6 March 24


The Seven Saints of Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel

Today we explore the mausoleums of the Khwajagan or the 7 spiritual guides who established the Naqshbandi path to spiritual enlightenment. The 7 awliya/saints of Bukhara are: Khodja Abdul Khaliq Gujduvani, Khodja Arif alRevgari – in Shafirkan district of Bukhara province, Khodja Mahmud Anjir Fagnavi – Vobkent district, Khodja Ali Rometani – Romitan district, Khodja Baba Samasi – Romitan district.

Lunch – Sufi plov of Bukhara

Khodja Said Mir Kulal – Kagan district, Khodja Bahauddin Nakshband – Kagan district.

Dinner and calligraphy/miniature masterclass at the miniature school in Bukhara.

Day 7 March 25

Bukhara to Tashkent

(560 km, 3hrs 42min) Back on the Silk Road

Breakfast at hotel

Tour outside of Bukhara: Amir’s Summer Residence – Sitorai MokhiKhosa (19th c.), Chor Minor (19th c.), Fayzula Khodjayev’s house museum

Lunch at local restaurant

Kagan Railway Station (13km). Speed train “Afrosiyob” to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel.

Dinner at local restaurant

Day 8 March 26


Modern City with an Ancient History

Breakfast at hotel

COVID tests for flights

Hazret-Imam Complex (Mausoleum of Imam Kaffal al-Shashi, Barak-khan Madrasa, Tilya Shaykh Madrasa, Muwi-Mubarak Madrasa, Juma Mosque, Imam Ismail al-Bukhari Islamic Institute where one can see the original Quran of Uthmān b. ʿAffān

Tashkent wedding plov for lunch.

Amir Timur Museum

Dinner (not included)

Final Day


Breakfast at hotel (if there is time before flights)

Fly home (individual arrangements from the hotel)


English speaking local guides

Entrance fees at museums and sites

Exclusive shows and cultural events

Uzbekistan visa support (if needed)

Museum tickets, excursions, and master classes

8 Breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Train tickets between cities

Air-conditioned transportation for city tours and excursions

Hotel (9 Nights) accommodation based on either single or double reservations


Uzbekistan visa fees

COVID Testing Fees for Departure to US

Items of personal nature including extra luggage charges, room service, medical expenses etc.

Camera and video fee at museums where applicable

Beverage and meals not included in the itinerary

Trip cancellation,medical and accident insurance

Travel Insurance (Required for this trip)


Visas to Turkey and Covid Tests