Most of Tashkent authentic buildings have been destroyed during the 1966 earthquake. What remains today is a modern and safe city where transport is efficient and life is affordable. Its remaining highlights are worth a visit as is its lively night scene. Bukhara, a 4h train ride away, presents a mindboggling collection of historical buildings, majestic madrassah, peaceful oases, an historic fortress wall, and the most authentic atmosphere reminiscent of the once glorious Silk Road. The contrast with the capital could not be more sensational. No wonder Bukhara has been overloaded with superlatives by all who visited. Curious? That is nothing compared to what awaits you once you set foot in the appealing country of Uzbekistan.
Day 1 - Tashkent
Tashkent is the gateway to and capital of Uzbekistan. As soon as you arrive, your airport - hotel transfer awaits. Start your city exploration in your own time tour at your own pace. The contrast between old and new is nowhere more apparent than here. Glass, modern constructions rub shoulders with historic edifices and yet there is no culture shock. The city feels very European and safe and travel within the city is easy and efficient. Make sure to visit the old city centre at dusk when the all main monuments are lit and a fairy-tale like atmosphere looms over this part of town. There is a choice of local and international restaurants (Turkish, Italian, Korean).
Day 2 - Tashkent
Today you may consider renting a bike as the weather is bound to be fine and the impressions of the city are more intense as you cycle through this green city from park to park. Pop in at the famous, lively and ancient Chorzu-bazaar to taste the local cuisine and meet the hospitable vendors in their colourful, traditional costumes sell peaches, melons, herbs and spices. You may wish to lunch here and try the national dish called ‘pilov’, a rice based dish with carrots and usually lamb. If you didn’t have the time yesterday make sure to head to Independence and Amir Timur Square where ancient monuments form a string of ‘pearls’ and the hippest of Western brands have their flagship stores.
Day 3 - Tashkent - Bukhara
Your day starts with a 2h train ride from Tashkent to Bukhara which has been nicknamed ‘the city of museums’ thanks to its collection of 360 ancient, beautifully restored architectural gems, some of which are 2300 years old. It is recommended to make a stop during your ride from the station to the city centre at the Baha Uddin Naqshbandi, the holy place for pilgrims of Central Asia. Bukhara is considered by many as the epitome of cultural wealth along the Silk Road. During your city exploration you will be able to verify the truth of this statement as the monuments and their stories and legends will take you back in time to the 16th – 17th century. Bukhara just boasts authenticity and no wonder its city centre is UNESCO listed. Go explore!
Day 4 - Bukhara
Your first introduction to the city centre yesterday has made it apparent that the open-air museum here is man-sized, hardly 1km², and yet its monuments are larger-than-life! As you stroll down the small alleys it seems you go from one astonishing edifice to the next and fall from one surprise in the other. Dazzling Madrassah that seem to compete for elegance, an impressive fortification wall, dozens of interesting museums, covered buzzing bazaars and cosy terraces sheltered from the sunshine where you can relax and taste the local cuisine for a song, Bukhara has it all. At night the city lights create a fairy-tale like atmosphere. And what better way to end a full day’s exploration as with a farewell dinner while you watch the sun set? Bukhara is absolutely unforgettable!
Day 5 - Bukhara - Tashkent
- Belgian travelers (including children) must be in possession of an international passport that is valid for 3 months. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days for tourist purposes. More specific information about the visa can be found on the website of Uzbekistan's foreign affairs in English via the link: http://www.mfa.uz/en/consular/visa/.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or persons travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
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No compulsory vaccinations. Please consult the websites of the Institute for Tropical Medicine ( www.itg.be.) and the World Health Organization (www.who.ing) at least 6 weeks before your departure for updated information on recommended vaccinations or recent developments.
Hygiene: with exception of hotels and classy restaurants, the sanitation is quite bad. It is advised to take your personal toilet roll.
Timezone:GMT +3 (Summer) & +4 (Winter)
Sum (UZS) : 1 EUR = 9.537 UZS & 1000 UZS = 0.104 EUR (25/10/2017)
- Take US Dollars to exchange locally.
Uzbekistan has a continental or land climate, that is, quite warm during the summer (although the desert keeps humidity levels and as such the persperation at bay) that runs from May to October and cold to very cold from November to February. Variables are associated with the altitude and location (plains or mountains). Best travel period is spring and autumn.
Average max. temperatures (°C):
- Return airport - hotel transfers in Tashkent
- 2 nights accommodation incl. breakfast In Tashkent in the listed hotels or equivalent
- 2 nights accommodation incl. breakfast In Bukhara in the listed hotels or equivalent
- Your return train trip Tashkent - Bukhara and return transfers from train stations to hotels
- A farewell dinner at a local restaurant
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The day-to-day programme is merely presented as guideline. You may choose to travel on to your next destination as from day 2. In that case the extra night at Tashkent will be spent on your last day of your city break, ideally adapted to the departure time of your return flight.