|Trip length||7 days|
|Trip Style||Holiday Tour|
|The offer will expire on||19-03-2019|
|Cities||Samarkand, Mountain valleys, Bukhara, Tashkent|
|Best time to travel||Spring|
|Group Size||up to 20 people in each group|
Nowruz was established as an official holiday in the presence of Achaemenid Empire (VI in BC) in honor of the religious festival of Zoroastrianism. It is celebrated annually on 21st of March, on the day of spring solstice, when the duration of day and night is equal. The holiday name is translated as “new day”, “new world” and means New Year. Navruz symbolizes the harmonious interaction between nature and human beings.
So, since ancient times, the inhabitants of agricultural oases have been celebrating this holiday by arranging folk festivals. This spring Ulysse Tour invites you to celebrate the national holiday and greet New Year together!
Early arrival in Samarkand. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the city. Hotel Check-in and breakfast. City tour:
Free time for rest. A visit to El Merosi Theatre. During the show you will see the costumed presentation of the history of the region and a scene of traditional marriage.
Time for dinner. Night stay in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel and Check-out. City tour:
Time for lunch. A road trip to the mountain village.
Upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by hospitable residents. The ride along the mountains in spring, especially on Nowruz Eve, will fulfil you with unforgettable memories. You will admire beautiful landscapes, get acquainted with the lifestyle, customs and rites of local people. In the village you will observe people working in their gardens to prepare the land for sowing.
Accomodation at the privae house. Taking part in the preparation ceremony of Sumalak with locals.
Soumalak is a sweet paste made entirely from young wheatgrass, which is prepared especially for Nowruz (New Year's Day) in a large pot. The whole village gather near the pot: sit in a circle, sing songs, have fun, each person waits for their turn to stir sumalak. While stirring the samanak, wishes can be made. Also, whole walnuts are thrown in near the end of the preparation while making a wish. In the morning still warm sumalak is handed out to neighbors, relatives and friends.
Dinner with a host family in their house. Night stay in the village.
Breakfast with a host family in their house.
In the morning the pot will be opened by the oldest (the most respectful) woman of the village. The process will be accompanied by a special prayer. According to tradition, children must be served first. Before tasting this dish for the first time, it is necessary to make a wish.
Lunch with a host family in their house. A short road trip to another village.
Upon arrival, you will take part in the Nawroz festival with locals who will wear bright festive costumes. Various events will be organized here: concerts of local celebrities, traditional dances, as well as Kurash competitions - a form of traditional wrestling. You will be invited to try the festive dishes prepared by different families.
An interesting Kupkari competition will begin later. This is the most common equestrian sport in Central Asia. In Uzbekistan, this sport is organized in early spring and late autumn. This is a game for djigids (brave men). The horse game will last until the end of the day, but in the evening we will begin our trip to Bukhara.
Hotel Check-in. Time for dinner. Night stay in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour:
Time for lunch. City tour:
A visit to Nodir Devon Begi Madrasah to see folk show. Time for dinner. Night stay in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel and Check-out. Free time for a walk in the city till noon. Time for lunch. transfer to the railway station. 15:48 Departure from Bukhara. 19:40 Arrival in Tashkent. Time for dinner. Night stay in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel and Check-out. City tour:
Time for lunch at Pilaf Center.
Farewell dinner. Time for rest before the flight. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Tashkent.
Also, the duration of the tour, the number of excursions, tourist facilities, vehicles, as well as the services of a guide speaking a different language, can be changed in accordance with the wishes of a customer. At the same time, the cost of the tour will vary depending on the level of personalization.
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