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Oriental Dastarkhan 2020: new dishes every day!

Tour Country:

Uzbekistan

Duration:

8 days

Price per person:

895 USD

Tour dates:

Group #1: September 15 – September 22, 2020

Group #2: October 6 – October 13, 2020

Group #3: October 20 – October 27, 2020

Tour description:

A Gastronomic Tour of Uzbekistan is an expert-led cultural food tour. The tour is designed to give you the exclusive experiences that best capture the unique food and culinary traditions of Uzbek cuisine.

The Uzbek cuisine is probably one of the most diverse in Asia. Situated on the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road, Uzbekistan has for many centuries been assimilating the most interesting and original recipes of food from various countries. Each meal in Uzbekistan has its own traditional way of cooking, and one and the same dish has innumerable methods of preparation throughout the country.

With the focus on Oriental gastronomy, this tour will give you an opportunity to immerse yourself in Uzbekistan’s rich history and culture, to learn about treasured architecture of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva – the fabled cities still keeping the memory of Tamerlane, Alexander the Great, Genghis-khan, and many trade caravans of the Great Silk Road. Tall elegant minarets, grandiose madrassahs and mosques will be branded in your mind for long. But first of all, this travel will be appreciated by gourmets. Open for yourself the world full of oriental delicacies!

No doubt, this fascinating culinary tour for foodies will become the most ‘delicious’ in your collection!

Discover Uzbekistan’s incredible history and cuisine!

Tour Program:

Day 1 – Arrival to Tashkent.

Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport according to tourist’s flight arrival time. Transfer to a hotel and check-in after 14:00 PM. Leisure time. Dinner at restaurant (recommended dish is naryn)

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 2 – Tashkent (sightseeing). Master class in cooking plov.

Breakfast at the hotel. A group gathering in the hotel lobby at 09:30 AM.

Sightseeing program in Tashkent at 10:00 AM: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum. Lunch in Uighur café, where you will delight in Uighur lagman. After lunch: Oriental bazaar adventure game (quest/ team building activity).

All teams will be given an identical sum of money (limited but sufficient), which they will use to select and buy all necessary ingredients for plov (pilaf). At first sight, the mission is quite simple. However, buying foodstuff at a bazaar is not quite like doing it in a supermarket. When they see an inexperienced customer, the traders try to sell their goods at higher prices, and the competitors’ task is to learn to bargain and, keeping within the budget, buy all ingredients of a proper quality.

After that you’ll be given a master class in cooking plov (pilaf) using the ingredients bought at the bazaar. Dinner – plov tasting.
The participants will be divided into teams. Each team will be guided by a professional cook specialising in making plov (oshpaz), who will direct the cooking process and train the participants. The competition will begin from the earliest stages, which are, pealing the carrot, cutting the meat, lighting the fire and so on, and will finish in portioning the pilaf and serving it.
The objective is to cook authentic Uzbek plov and do it sooner than your opponents.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 3 – Tashkent – Khayat village.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the village of Khayat in the Nurata Mountains. Visiting Jizzakh on the road. Lunch at a local chaykhona (traditional teahouse) – sampling the famous Jizzakh samsa pasties and shurpa soup.

Accommodation in guest houses run by local people upon arrival in Khayat village. Dinner – dishes of mutton (kalla pocha, khasip, kazan kabob).

Overnight at the guest house.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Guest House.

Day 4 – Khayat village – Yurt camp on the Aydar Lake – Samarkand.

Breakfast at the guest house. A walk to the neighbourhoods of Upper Khayat village and along the Khayat River valley; a visit to ruins of an old village and a nursery for breeding Severtsov’s argali.

Transfer to a yurt camp on the Aydar Lake in the heart of the Kyzylkum desert. Camel riding (30 min) soon after arrival. Lunch at the yurt camp (recommended dish is fried fresh-caught fish).

Transfer to Samarkand. Uzbek wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko. Dinner – recommended dish is nohat-shurak (mutton and chickpeas).

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 5 – Samarkand (sightseeing).

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia – the Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum – necropolis of the Timurids. Lunch at the plov centre and Samarkand plov tasting.

Transfer to the Bagizagan winery located in the village of Bagizagan, Taylak District, 25 km from Samarkand. A short excursion into grapevine plantations, familiarisation with the wine production process. Sampling wine in a basement sampling room. Return to Samarkand. Continuation of sightseeing program in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Siab Bazaar. Master class in cooking manty at National house, dinner (recommended dishes are manty, shourpa).

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 6 – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz (sightseeing) – Bukhara.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Bukhara through Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane.

Sightseeing program in Shakhrisabz: Ak Saray Palace, Dorus Saodat Complex, Dorut Tillavat Madrasah, Kok Gumbaz Mosque. Next stop in Qarshi. Lunch at local chaykhona, tandyr-kabob (meat baked in tandyr oven) tasting. Transfer to Bukhara after lunch. Dinner at National house (recommended dish is damlama – stewed vegetables with pieces of meat).

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 7 – Bukhara (sightseeing).

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex.

Lunch at chaykhona (recommended dishes are assorted kebabs and Bukharan samsa pasties). After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Visiting the Silk Road Spices tea house for tea-party: tasting teas prepared from herbs and spices, and traditional Bukharan sweets. A folk show at Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah. Dinner at National house: Bukharan plov tasting.

Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 8 – Bukhara. Departure.

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel until 12:00.

Leisure time without any transport and excursion services. Visiting bazaars and walking around the city are recommended. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Meals: breakfast.

Notes:

Single supplement – 165 USD.

Additional services:

Additional night in hotel on arrival/ departure:

    • 50 USD (Hotel 3*)/ 130 USD (Hotel 4*) per SGL room/per night
    • 70 USD(Hotel 3*)/ 150 USD (Hotel 4*) per DBL room/per night.
Included
  • • Hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms with breakfast, including early check-in on arrival
  • • Meals on full board basis in the best restaurants and food outlets (according to the special menu)
  • • Sightseeing tours according to the program
  • • Local guides in cities
  • • Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport – hotel – airport transfers
  • • Train tickets (4 seats in a compartment) for night train №56 (Tashkent – Urgench)
  • • Train tickets (economy class) for high speed premium service train «Afrosiab» (Samarkand – Tashkent)
  • • Assorted fruit on each day of the tour
  • • Folklore show in Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah
  • • Wine tasting in old winery named after Khovrenko
  • • Tasting teas prepared from herbs and spices
  • • Master classes for the preparation of national dishes
  • • A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour
  • • Memorable souvenirs.
Does not include
  • • International air fare
  • • Sites entrance fees
  • • Medical insurance.

TOUR PRICES

Fixed price per person

895usd

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  • September 15 - September 22, 2020
  • October 6 - October 13, 2020
  • October 20 - October 27, 2020

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