Let me take you on a voyage of discovery, exploring Samarkand’s rich heritage and unearthing the stories of the people and places of this fascinating land. Starting at the dazzling majolica and terracotta tile-covered 9th Century Shah-I-Zinda, the "Tomb of the Living King," our route proceeds to modern day Samarkand's major market, the vibrant Siob Bazaar. We'll visit the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, learning about local folklore, history and present day politics en route to the turquoise domes and tapering minarets of the Registan, the Holy Grail of most visitors to Uzbekistan.
This tour does require paid entrance to 3 sites.
The Shah-I-Zinda - $1.50
The Bibi Khanym Mosque - $.150
The Registan - $3.50
Shah-I-Zinda, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Registan
The tour starts directly outside of the Shah-I-Zinda, which is located at the northern periphery of the main tourist area in the city centre. This is easily located and can be walked to from most hotels. Alternately, any taxi can drop you here for a nominal fee. Everyone will know where this landmark is.
Places to stop along the way:
Take a short detour into the Jewish Quarter or stop for tea at the BibiKhanum Chaykhana, located two buildings up from the Bibi Khanym Mosque as you follow the route down Tashkent Avenue.
Best time of day:
The three ticketed sights in this tour are priced respectively at $1.50, $1.50 and $3.50. The opening times are 8am - 7pm from April - October, and 9am - 5pm through the winter months. All three sights are open seven days a week.
Beware bogus ticket sellers at the Registan. Only buy from the official ticket office.