You will be picked up from your hotel around 8:30 AM and start city tour of Samarkand.
Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient,’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full-day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Tamerlane, and the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym. We’ll stop at the ancient colorful market, “Siab,” where you can purchase the famous Samarkand bread that Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region’s local produce, from grapes to the world’s tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient Afrosiab and finally, the Observatory of Ulughbek, the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of pre-telescope-era astronomy in the 15th century.
End of the tour transfer to your hotel.
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