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10 Day | Jewish Tour of Uzbekistan

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8 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

Land-only cost includes one-way flight from Tashkent to Urgench (estimated rate)

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Tuesday

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Wednesday

  • Arrive at the International Airport of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 7:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, group themes, different narratives and share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Tashkent

Day Three: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Urgench.
  • Drive from the airport to Khiva, a museum of a city, located in one of the central spots on the Silk Road in the Khorezm Region. According to legend this ancient city was erected when Noah's son found a well there.
  • Explore the many architectural wonders of Khiva, most of which are found inside the walls of Ichan Kala (Royal Court), with buildings dating back to the 12th Visit many of the architectural marvels that allotted it the standing as a UNESCO world heritage site, including:
    • The Necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud, the religious center of this city, formed around the tomb of its namesake. Pahlavan Mahmud was a famous Khiva poet, craftsman and renowned wrestler. His gravesite became a popular site of pilgrimage, leading to the erection of many other sites around it.
    • The Djuma (Friday) Mosque displays ancient Arabian style architecture, boasting 218 wooden columns supporting its roof.
    • The Kalta Minar Minaret, famously covered with blue and white tiles and majolica, was never completed, yet this mighty building stands tall at 29 m., a recognizable feature of the local skyline.
    • Minnerat and Madrasah, named after Khoja Islam, the smallest madrassah along with the highest minaret in Khiva.
    • The Muhammed-Amin-Khan Madrasah is the largest not only in Khiva, but in all of Central Asia.
    • Kunya-Ark (Old Fortress), known as "the city within the city", was separated from Ichan-Qala by a high wall. The fortress once boasted a reception hall, harem, winter and summer mosques and outbuildings, including stables, warehouses and workshops.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Check into the hotel, with free time to freshen-up.
  • Visit hand-craft workshops and see firsthand how the local wooden sculptures and papier-mâché puppets are created.
  • Continue to soak up the local culture at a performance of Uzbekistani song and dance.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Khiva

Day Four: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive though theKyzylkum Desert, named for its red sand, and cross the Amu Darya River towards Bukhara, considered the prettiest of the cities along the Silk Road.
  • Lunch en route.
  • Arrive at Bukhara and check into your hotel, with free time to freshen-up.
  • Explore the Jewish quarter of Bukhara, the area named Lyab-I Hauz to visit:
    • KukeldashMadrasah, the largest in the city.
    • Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah and Khanaka, both named after vizier Nadir by whose order they were constructed.
    • Meet local community leaders at Bukharan Jewish Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in Bukhara, and learn about past and present Jewish life in the region.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner with a local Jewish family in their home, where you will be able to touch, taste and absorb the local atmosphere and traditions.

Overnight: Bukhara

Day Five: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Magoki Attori Mosque, the most ancient place of worship and prayers. During a Zoroastrian it was their place of worship to the fire. After the invasion of the Arab Caliphate it became the mosque. But there is a rumor that till the 16th century, prayer times were divided between the Muslims and the Jews, and whilst they were praying in the same mosque, they were restricted to their allocated times.
  • Explore Poi Kaylan, the spiritual center of the city. See the Kalyan Minaret, known in the past as one of the tallest buildings in the world, and the Miri-Arab Madrasah towering above all the surrounding buildings.
  • Visit Ark, a citadel dating back to the 4th century BC, which functioned as the residence of the Bukhara khans.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Explore the Samani Mausoleum, one of the most valued sites of Central Asian architecture, built between the 9th and 10th
  • Continue to the Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, its name meaning ‘Job's well', after the story of Job who visited and created a well in this spot.
  • Explore shaded market places to interact with locals and purchase local wares.
  • Enjoy dinner and a folklore show, with an Uzbekistani fashion show in Nadir Divan-Beghi.

Overnight: Bukhara

Day Six: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Travel to the last Emir of Bukhara's summer palace, Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, on the outskirts of the city. This picturesque location inspired many enchanting stories.
  • Visit Shahrisabz, the birthplace of the 14th century conquerorTimur. While there, visit landmarks, including:
    • The Ak-Saray Palace, nicknamed ‘The White Palace', boasts the lettering: "If you challenge our power - look at our buildings!" With only traces left of the once 65m high gates, festooned with mosaics, it is still an impressive site.
    • The giant Kok Gumbaz Mosque, its name meaning ‘Blue Dome', is a Friday mosque built in 1437.
    • Mausoleums Dorus Siodat, Shamsad-Dina Kulyala, Gumbazi-Seyidan.
    • Lunch on your own.
  • Continue along the winding roads through the mountains towards Samarkand, a city that was the economic, cultural and intellectual center of Asia in the XIV-XV centuries.
  • Stop at a local family's home for tea along the way.
  • Arrive in Samarkand and check into your hotel.
  • Dinner on your own with free time to explore the city on your own.

Overnight: Samarkand

Day Seven: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the city of Samarkand, including:
    • The Gur Emir Mausoleum, built in the beginning of the XVth century.
    • The Registan Square - Registan (now meaning 'desert') was the center of Samarkand during the Timurid dynasty. The ancient square is flanked by three madrashas.
    • The Shah-i-Zinda complex of ritual buildings. The name meaning ‘The living king' is based on the legend that the prophet Muhammad's cousin was buried there.
    • Ulugh Beg Observatory, built in the 1420's by the astronomer Ulugh Beg, is considered one of the finest observatories in the Islamic world.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Jewish cemetery and the ancient Synagogue Gumbaz, where you will meet with local community leaders.
  • View the remnants of Bibi-Khanym Mosque, which during the 15th century was renowned as one of the largest mosques in the world.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Soak up the local culture whilst enjoying dinner and a folklore show at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Samarkand

Day Eight: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Visit Abram Kalantarov House, home of a Jewish merchant, built in the beginning of the 20th century with an amalgam of Uzbekistani and European design elements.
  • Visit the local rug manufacturing factory, erected by refugees from Afghanistan and see the process of dyeing and weaving that goes into each piece.
  • Depart Samarkand for Tashkent.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 7:00 p.m. Arrive in Tashkent and begin with an evening panoramic tour of the city, including a view of Amir Timor Circle, the Independence Circle, the Opera House and the Parliament buildings.
  • Visit one of the underground train stations, which are in themselves museums of marble and granite.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Tashkent

Day Nine: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to the Tian-Shan Mountains in the Chimgan region, utilizing this vantage point to take in the green scenery surrounding Tashkent. Ascend by cable-car (weather permitting).
  • Travel to Lake Charvakm, meaning ‘Four Gardens' in Persian, this body of water separates three different mountain ranges.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Return to your hotel for an afternoon at your leisure, with the opportunity to:
    • Stroll through Navoi theatre square.
    • Visit the Museum of Useful Art, opened in 1937.
    • Explore the big Chaharsu bazar.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection at the hotel.

Overnight: Tashkent

Day Ten: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer on own to Tashkent International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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International Hotel

International Hotel Tashkent is located in a green, central area. Tashkent Expo Centre and International Business Centre are within a 10-minute walk. Free private parking is provided. All air-conditioned, elegant rooms come with a TV, safety deposit box and minibar.

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Hotel Asia Khiva

Hotel Asia Khiva is one of the largest in Khiva and one of the hotels of Asia Hotels chain. Design and structure of the Hotel as well as its interior meet the up-to-date standards of the international hotel industry. You and your guests are offered high-quality European services with underlying Oriental hospitality.

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Asia Bukhara

Exquisite Asia Bukhara - is the eastern exotica with the European quality of service. The hotel has 4 * status. The convenient location, comfortable rooms, good service will enjoy a stay in the ancient city. The hotel is located near the legendary landmarks of the city, as well as the airport and the railway station.

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Hotel Registan Plaza

Conveniently located in the city centre, the Hotel is in immediate proximity to both business part of the city and historical sights of the Old Town. Design and structure of the Hotel as well as its interior meet the up-to-date standards of the hotel industry.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Da'at Educational Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Da'at Educational Expeditions) able to continue. Should Da'at Educational Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.