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Destination: Uzbekistan
Last updated: 21 May 2017

Handcrafts of Fergana Valley

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from US$ 750 per person
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tour price conditions:

two persons traveling, specific BnB or 2-3* private hotels with breakfast, one double room shared. Tour services shall begin in the morning of Day 1 and be completed at the end of Day 11
* Visa support if needed
* Hotel room with breakfast
* Transfers between cities and transport for all excursions from Day 1 to Day 11
* Intl. and/or local flights
* Accompanying tour guide
* Entrance tickets to museums and monuments, tour guide services
* Meals other than breakfast at hotels
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Tour description

This tour will tell you about the art of Kyrgyz and Uzbek artisans of the Fergana Valley. The crafts of the artisans, reflecting the culture of the region, the talents and spiritual state of the craftsmen will be your lifetime experience! Secret patterns of various products will surprise even connoisseurs of ancient crafts and art.
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Tour Details

Duration: 11 days
Customizable? YES
Category: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Archaeology, History, Culture and Traditions, Folklore and Ethnic, Handcrafts and Folk Art, Rural Stay, Ecotourism, Classic
Best season:October, November, March, April, May, June, August, September
Day 1

Arrival in Osh, excursion

Кузница и кузнецы Tour of the Osh bazaar - the oldest and cheapest one in Kyrgyzstan. It was here that the craftsmen made various products for the townspeople, and carried them out to the market for visiting merchants. Seeing the house of the master who makes special clay stoves, "tandyrs", in which they bake national patties, samsa and famous oriental cakes. Also, you will see workshops to make eastern cradles called "beshiks". You will be shown not only the technology how to make cradles, but also a special technique how to place a baby in it; in addition you will be told a fascinating story about the rituals associated with the baby's cradle. Forges and craftsmen who manufacture national knives. You will not only witness this interesting process, but also will be able to buy knives as souvenirs. Visiting two art galleries in Osh reflecting the life and material art of the Kyrgyz people.
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Day 2

Drive to Gulcha and Medvezhya Lapa village

On the way to the south, you make a visit to the village of Gulcha and its famous museum devoted to Kurmandzhan Datki, a woman and a prominent politician of the south of Kyrgyzstan, who ruled the Alayan Kyrgyz people in the late 19th - early 20th century. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can visit local cattle market, an amazing picture for a modern man. Arrival in the village of Medvezhya Lapa.
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Day 3

Visits to handcraft villages of Alay

Visiting artisans. Residents of this village stay far away from urbanization and the negative influence of huge cities; they are engaged in their favorite work: making yurts, patterned felt carpets, weave ornaments in the traditional Kyrgyz technique, and breed nomad livestock. The houses of local residents are equipped with chests and tushakas, which keep not only the traditional character, but also their secret content. Moving to the village of Kyrkool in the house of felt processing family. Here you will get acquainted with the technology of felt processing and the creation of national Kyrgyz carpets: "shirdak" and "alakiyiz". In addition, you will have the opportunity to create a unique pattern yourself and to pile a small rug out of felt. Transfer to the village of Daroot-Kurgan. Overnight.
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Day 4

Excursion around Daroot Kurgan Village

Sightseeing tour around the village of Daroot Kurgan with visiting the Fortresses of Kokand Khan 19century; craft workshops making pile woolen carpets; a walk along the picturesque canyon of Dara; at will - riding a camel. Overnight in the village.
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Day 5

Transfer to Andijan, Uzbekistan

Departure to Andizhan. Arrival to Dustlik border point. Seeing off to Uzbekistan. Drive to Andijan. Accommodation in Andijan
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Day 6


Excursion around Andijan with visiting Andijan bazaar; streets of artisans; museum of Zahiriddin Muhammad Babur - ruler of the cities of Samarkand, Andijan and Osh in the 15th century. Drive to the city of Fergana. On the way, a short stop in Kuva, the medieval center of glass production. Arrival, accommodation and overnight.
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Day 7

Excursion and free time in Fergana

An excursion around Fergana, seeing the Park, city square, ethnographic museum. Accommodation and rest.
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Day 8


Breakfast, departure to Margilan (10 km), excursion in Margilan: Visiting the bazaar; workshop of the master of silk production, a household-based workshop for the production of Ferghana female skullcaps, the jeweler's house-workshop, the workshop of the printed cloth. Departure to Rishtan (45 km), visit to the workshop of Rustam Usmanov, a master of ceramics production. Lunch at the ceramist's house. After lunch, visit the workshops of Alisher Nazirov and Sharafutdin Yusupov, as well as the mosque of Khoja Ilgor.
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Day 9

Drive to and Excursions of Kokand

Departure to Kokand (90 km), excursion in Kokand: visiting the architectural complex of Urda Khudoyar-khan (1870), mausoleum "Modarikhan" (1825), mausoleum "Dahma-i-Jahon" (1825). Visit the Kokand school of wood carving named after R. Khaidarov. Hotel accommodation.
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Day 10


Departure to Tashkent with stops at Ahsikent (Ahsu) with visit to the most fortified fortress of the Middle Ages on the right bank of the Syr Darya river, Namangan (visit to three monuments of the 18th-20th centuries), town of Chust (the ancient agricultural settlement in the Ferghana valley of the Bronze Age) with visits to the workshops manufacturing male skullcaps and traditional national knives. Lunch is possible in a unique park, where there is a cascade of springs on which the multi-storey tea-house is located. Departure to Tashkent through the Kamchik pass.
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Day 11

Excursions in Tashkent

Экскурсия по памятникам Ташкента с гидом: обзорная экскурсия, памятник Мужеству, площадь Хаст Имам и мастерские ремесленников, мавзолей Кафаль-Шоши, медресе Барак Хан. Визит в школу-музей знаменитой династии керамистов Рахимовых, музей Прикладного Искусства, медресе Абула Касыма (центр ремесленников).
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