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Two Worlds - Two Cultures

 

Do you have a passion for contrast in all its forms?

Are you fond of exploring absolutely different cultures, traditions and people?

 

If your answer is yes, then this tour is a perfect choice for you! 

 

The tour will provide you with a unique opportunity to explore two worlds, two religions - Orthodox and Muslims.

You will have a chance to see and compare two principally different worlds, cultures and ways of life and all this is only in one tour!

You will see amazing Moscow and ancient Russian towns as well as the “Pearls” of Central Asia - Samarkand and Bukhara.

 

 

 Days Cities  Activities
 Wed  - Moscow

Arrival to Moscow. Meeting and transfer to the hotel.
Free evening and overnight in the hotel. 

 Thu  

Bus sightseeing excursion of Moscow with a guide (~3,5 hs) and photostops: Tverskaya str. - Manezh Square - Bolshoy theatre - KGB Headquarter - Kremlin embankment with Kremlin
walls view - Cathedral of Our Saviour - Novodevichi Monastery - Vorobiovy (Lenin's) Hill with University and Observation platform - Poklonnaya Hill with Victory Park - Kutuzovsky Prospect with Triumphalnaya Arch - Tverskaya Street. Walk on Red Square with visiting Kremlin and views of St. Basil’s Cathedral square with its famous churches: St.Michael the Archangel, the Annunciation, and the Assumption.  
Visiting Lenin's Tomb and the Main Store of Moscow - GUM   
Transfer to the hotel. Free time in the hotel. 

 Fri

The whole day excursion by bus with guide (~6hs) to the ancient Russian town of Sergiev Posad - a pearl of the Golden Ring, a city rich in history, the center of Russian Orthodoxy.
Excursion to the town and visit of St.Sergiy-Trinity Laura - the sacred monastery founded by Sergiy Radonezhsky. The buildings were built during the time of Ivan the Terrible.
Tourists can see here of the most renowned works of the greatest Russian icon-artist Andrey Rublev Dinner in a local restaurant with Russian vodka tasting
Coming back to Moscow.  Free evening and overnight in the hotel. 

 Sat Moscow - Samarkand

Transfer to Domodedovo airport (DVO) of Moscow

Departure to Samarkand by airplane XY - 606

Arrival to Samarkand airport at 17:30 

Transfer to one of private hotels of Samarkand
Lunch in the hotel.

Walking at the central square of Samarkand with visiting some of closely located bazaars
Having a rest and overnight in the hotel.  

Sun

Bus sightseeing excursion of Samarkand with a guide. Shakhi - Zinda necropolis (14-15c), Ulugbek observatory (15c), "Ruines of Afrosiab"- the excavation and museum of the ancient town (6 BC-13 AD), Visit to medieval architectural monuments: Bibi Khanum Mosque (14c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15c), Registan Ensemble including Ulugbek (15 c.), Shir Dor (17c), Tillya-Kari Madrassahs (17c).
Evening walk of Samarkand and overnight in the hotel.

 Mo Samarkand - Bukhara

Transportation to Bukhara by bus (280 km, ~5 hs).
Arrival in Bukhara in the afternoon. Accommodation in a hotel. Evening panoramic sightseeing tour in the historical part of the city, visiting Bukhara's bazars
Dinner and overnight in the hotel. 

 Tue

Sightseeing bus excursion of Bukhara. Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10c)-vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c), Visit an Old Bukhara: Poli-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c) , Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Amir-Alim-Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16c), Lyab-i-Hauz (17c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magoki Attari (16c), Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs. Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c). Visit to summer residence of Emir - “Sitora-I-Mokhi-Khosa” (1911).

Evening and overnight in the hotel.

 Wed  Moscow -

Transfer to the airport of Bukhara

Departure to Moscow by airplane XY-607

Arrival in Moscow, DVO at 11:10

Flight back home directly from Domodedovo airport.