Shah-i-Zinda Complex. Buy plane tickets to Samarkand
Sher-Dor Madrasah. Buy plane tickets to Samarkand
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Shah-i-Zinda Complex
Sher-Dor Madrasah
Oriental Sweets
Samarkand Patterns
Uzbek Pilaf
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Uzbekistan som
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April-October
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Uzbek
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The most convenient way to get to Samarkand is to take a direct Moscow — Samarkand flight. The best money-saving option is to purchase a round-trip ticket. Flights arrive at Samarkand International Airport (flight duration: about 4 hours). Please note that the best airfares to Samarkand usually sell out quickly, so we strongly recommend booking tickets in advance.

Samarkand is the second largest city of Uzbekistan. It is one of the oldest cities not only in Central Asia, but also in the world. According to archeologists, Samarkand was founded back in the 8th century ВСЕ. For centuries, it has been an important centre of the Great Silk Road, once traveled by merchants and explorers and now — by tourists.

Modern Samarkand barely resembles its medieval self; however, despite its changes and growth, its cupolas and minarets still glisten in the sun and capture the attention of visitors. The stunningly ornamented madrasas and mausoleums along with the colorful bazaars, mythical legends and ancient traditions will leave a lasting impression in your memory. The city is a veritable open-air museum, worthy of unrushed perusal.

General flight information Moscow   Samarkand

Distance between cities

2 797 км

Time difference in winter

+2 ч

Time difference in summer

+2 ч

Average flight time

4 ч

What to see

The main attraction is Registan Square, the heart of the old city and an architectural landmark part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It features three madrasas built in the 16th-17th centuries (combination of secular and religious education): Tilya-Kori Madrasa, Ulugh Beg Madrasa and Sher-Dor Madrasa. These ancient buildings are now filled with souvenir shops and spices and national dishware vendors. The square is particularly captivating in the evenings, when the mosaic walls, covered by gorgeous tiles with sandy-yellow and bright aquamarine ornaments, glisten in the light with mystical hues. If you have the opportunity, climb the stairs to the top of the minaret for a breathtaking view.

The majestic and monumental Registan Square and another UNESCO World Heritage Site Shah-I-Zinda (a memorial complex of mausoleums of Samarkand nobility) are connected by the Tashkent pedestrian street, which is more of a boulevard, with more greenery than buildings. On a hot summer day, it is a joy to go for a walk in the shade of the trees and see the Samarkand Craftsmen Centre. Here, you can see the work of local artisans and purchase souvenirs and works of art — ceramic tiles with Samarkand ornaments, various animal figurines, and of course, hand decorated plates and tea bowls. No matter how long you browse, you will not find two that are alike. Lose yourself in the endless choice of embossing, woodcarvings, rugs with unique embroidery, national dresses and doppas, paintings of modern artists and national musical instruments.

Further down Tashkent Street is the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, the most famous mosque in the city. It was erected by the order of Tamerlane after his triumphant campaign in India and named in honour of the conqueror’s favorite wife. Another place worth visiting is the Ulugh Beg Observatory and the nearby museum, where you can learn about the renowned medieval scholar and his scientific discoveries.

If you are looking for an oriental flavour, go to the Siyob Bazaar, where you will find spices, nuts, national confectionary, fruits and the famous uzbek melons. Also, taste the world-renowned uzbek pilaf, prepared in the millennium old tradition and the legendary Samarkand pitas.