Trip to the Ancient Sogdiana

Category:Historical tours
5 Days / 4 Nights
Cities:Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent
Season: Year-round
Tour structure

Tour description

The oldest region of Central Asia, Sogdiana is now open to you. The Canaan Travel company has prepared this tour for those who are interested in the history and spiritual content of life. ‘Sogda’ in translation means "Sacred", it's not just a region, it's a whole story with centuries-old customs and culture. You will begin your journey from the capital of Uzbekistan, where you will know the traditions, foundations and modern way of life, ancient settlements in the capital area and the beauties of old buildings. Samarkand and Bukhara will open you the most vivid of their sides, in order to win a place in your hearts from the first seconds.

These amazing cities are saturated with highly spiritual and highly cultured splendor. Enchanting guests, we make people look at the usual things differently. The colossal forces were invested during the entire existence of these cities so that every traveler was struck by the splendor and richness of the colors. The center of ancient Sogdiana was Samarkand and the soul was Bukhara. These cities are bound by centuries of unbreakable threads. Every era the rulers were replaced, and after every ruler the cities have so much heritage that will last for many centuries. This tour is ideal for those who have little free time and want to capture, as they say, "all at once." It was for you and the tour program was developed so that you could get exhaustive positive emotions.

Tour structure

Day 1 | Tashkent
  • Arrival at Tashkent

  • Meeting at the airport with "Canaan Travel" desk

  • Transfer to the hotel. Check-in

The tour of the capital of Uzbekistan will take its start from the religious center of modern Tashkent - Hast-i-Imam Square, where you can see the ancient manuscripts of Central Asia - the 7th century Qur'an of Osman. The Hast-i-Imam ensemble was formed at the grave of the famous scientist, Koran scholar and hadith, poet and artisan Khazret Imam. The next visit to the functioning Madrassah ‘Kukeldash’- one of the largest madrasahs existing in our days in Central Asia. This madrasah is located near the Chorsu square in the historical part of Tashkent.

  • Dinner

This madrasah is located near the Chorsu square in the historical part of Tashkent. Independence Square. Amir Timur Square. Theatre Square. The former (the residence of Prince Romanov in Tashkent). The former residence of Prince Nikolay Romanovich Romanov, who was exiled to the Turkestan Region for mining precious stones in 1881, is located in Tashkent. The Tashkent Underground is the Museum of Tashkent.

  • Overnight at the hotel
Day 2 | Tashkent - Samarkand
Tashkent - Samarkand
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • 8.00 Depart of the train "Afrasiab" to Samarkand.
  • 10.12 Arrival to Samarkand
  • Transfer to the hotel. Check-in
  • Tour around Samarkand

Registan Square is surrounded with beautiful buildings from three sides: ‘Ulugbek’ madrasah, ‘Sher-dor’ madrasah and ‘Till-Kari’ madrassah. All these three madrasahs are directed with the portals to the middle of the square and form united ensemble composition. Each building is distinguished by its unusual decor - a pattern of stone on the walls and portals. The blue domes above the madrasah are made with burnt bricks, and glazed tiles adorn them from the outside, it shines brightly in the sun. 

The ‘Bibi-khanum’ mosque. A beautiful legend is connected with the ‘Bibi-Khanum’ mosque. According to which the formidable governor built a mosque for his beloved wife Bibi-Khanum. After a successful trip to India, Timur decided to build the largest building in the East. Shining walls, significant minarets, extensive portal of the mosque, carved with marble, glorified the name of Timur and his beloved wife.

  • Dinner.

Ensemble of ‘Shokh-i-Zinda’. The ‘Shokh-i-Zinda’ ensemble consists of eleven mausoleums, which were joined to each other in sequence during the XIV-XV centuries. This unique and mysterious ensemble is located near the ancient settlement ‘Afrasiab’. The ensemble is also called ‘Cemetery Street’. The blue domes of the mausoleums, rushing the chain into the far, look like a graceful necklace from a bird's eye view.

Ulugbek Observatory. The ‘Ulugbek’ Observatory is a vivid confirmation of the significant development of architecture, science and culture in Central Asia in the XIV-XV centuries. The visit of the ‘Koni Gil’ village, a workshop for the production of silk paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Master Class.

  • Transfer to the hotel.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 3 | Samarkand - Countryside Bukhara - Bukhara
Samarkand - Countryside Bukhara - Bukhara
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Transfer to Bukhara across countryside Bukhara
  • Tour around countyside Bukhara

Visit the ‘Bahauddin Naqshbandi’ mausoleum. There is one of the most important religious places of Bukhara in 12 kilometers from Bukhara. ‘Sitorai Mohi Hosa’. There is the summer residence of the last Bukhara emirs in 4 kilometers to north from Bukhara - the palace of ‘Sitorai Mohi-Khosa’.

  • Dinner

‘Chor Bakr’ Ensemble. If you travel 8 kilometers to the west from Bukhara, you will find yourself in the main attraction of this village of the ‘Chor necropolis, which is better known as the "city of the dead" in the West and it is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • Transfer to Bukhara. Accommodation in the hotel.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Day 4 | Bukhara
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Tour around Bukhara:

Tour around Bukhara. Your journey begins with a visit to the ‘Lyabi-Hauz’ Ensemble. This is one of the central squares of the city of Bukhara, an architectural ensemble created in the 16th-17th centuries. The square is formed by the buildings of the Kukeldash Madrasah, the Diwan-Begi Madrassah and the Diwan-Begi Khanaki, grouped around the Nodir-Begi Hole. Madrassah Kukeldash - the largest madrasah in Bukhara,‘Ulugbek’ Madrasah - the only building left from the times of the famous "scientist on the throne" of Ulugbek. Kalyan Minaret, without which it is impossible to imagine the silhouette of Bukhara.

  • Dinner.

Next to the minaret is the ‘Kalyan’ Minaret without which it is impossible to imagine the silhouette of Bukhara. Next to the minaret is ‘Kalyan’ Mosque and the Muslim spiritual school – ‘Mir-i-Arab’ madrasah that is acting from the 16th century to the present day.The Ark Citadel‘Bolo Hauz’ Mosque, domed trading buildings- ‘taki I tymi’. The mausoleum of Ismail Samani is the oldest surviving building of Central Asia. Mausoleum of Chashma Ayub ("The Source of Job"). The legend of the monument is connected with the prophet Job (Ayub).

  • Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 | Bukhara-Tashkent
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Free time
  • Transfer to rail station, train "Afrasiab" Bukhara-Tashkent
  • 15.52 Arrival to Tashkent
  • 19.12 Transfer to the airoport
  • Depart


Group Standard Comfort
7-8 $515 $595
4-6 $435 $520
2-3 $396 $482
Single room supplement $100 $150


  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels based on breakfast
  • All entrance fees on the route
  • Service comfortable transport on excursions
  • All transfers by comfortable transport
  • Tickets for the train "Afrasiab" Tashkent-Samarkand, Bukhara - Tashkent
  • Local guides on the route

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visa support
  • Video and photography
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Early check in and late check-out
  • Full Board


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Tashkent Samir
Bukhara Aist
Samarkand Arba
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Tashkent Ramada
Bukhara Asia Bukhara Hotel
Samarkand Grand Samarkand Superior
If there are no available rooms in these hotels, our company will offer similar or higher level options.
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