Day 04 - Samarkand (Monday, B)
After breakfast at the hotel, go on a tour of Samarkand. Visit Registan Square that houses Ulugh-Beg Madrasah, Shir-Dor Madrasah, and Tilla-Kori Madrasah. It is located in the heart of Samarkand, where people used to gather to hear royal proclamations. Next, visit Ulugh-beg Observatory that was built in 1420. During its glory days, it was one of the finest observatory in the Islamic world, with up to 70 astronomers working there. Continue to Shah-i-Zinda Architectural Complex that comprises of mausoleums and ritual buildings which has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kusam bin Ahmad, a cousin to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is believed to have been buried here. Visit Mausoleum Guri Emir, the resting place of the Asian conqueror Timur who was also known as Tamarlane. Next, visit Bibi Khanym Mosque, one of the most important monuments in Samarkand. In the 15th century, it was one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in the world. In the evening, transfer to the train station and board your high-speed train to Tashkent (2 hours 10 minutes). Upon arrival in Tashkent, transfer to the hotel and check in. Overnight in Tashkent.