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Embroidery Traditions of Uzbekistan

Situated in the centre of Asia and on the Silk Road, one of the world’s most important historical trading routes linking China to the Mediterranean, Uzbekistan offers a smorgasbord of culture and colour. Embroidery is the most common type of needlework in Uzbekistan, traditionally carried out by girls and women and passed down through the ages from mother to daughter as an oral tradition. As we pass along the route of the silk road, we’ll visit several centres of embroidery including Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Tashkent, and the Fergana Valley, each of them using motifs and colour palettes specific to their region. As well as four workshops with Jane, there’ll be plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy too, as we enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the markets and bazaars throughout our journey.

Your Tour Includes

  • 13 nights half-board accommodation, breakfast and dinner included 2 lunches
  • Complementary bottled water during long transfers
  • 4 workshops with Jane, kit included
  • The company and expertise of Jane Greenoff
  • Return economy class flight from London (via Istanbul), 1 piece of checked baggage included Business class train travel Tashkent to Margilan and Tashkent to Samarkand
  • Local English-speaking guide to accompany the tour throughout
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager
Experts
Jane Greenoff

Jane Greenoff

Jane Greenoff is a well-known cross stitch designer, a prolific author and founder of the Cross Stitch Guild. She lives in the Cotswolds where the beautiful local buildings provided inspiration for her earliest designs, which Jane stitched for her own pleasure.

Seeing there was a gap in the market for authentic English designs, Jane started marketing her first commercial kits and an internationally successful business was born. In addition to designing counted patterns, Jane has also collaborated with Ian Lawson-Smith to produce the highly acclaimed ’iStitch2’ cross stitch software. She is the author of twenty three books including ‘The Cross Stitcher’s Bible’, which was translated into ten languages including Chinese and Russian. In January 2017 Jane stepped down as Managing Director for the Cross Stitch Guild but continues as the Guild’s Design Director.


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Itinerary

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Meet Jane and Bill Greenoff at London airport for your overnight flight to Tashkent, via Istanbul. Tashkent is the capital and largest city in Uzbekistan.

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We will be met by our local guide and transfer to our hotel. After some time to freshen up, we’ll visit the Applied Art Museum, home to over 7,000 examples of embroidery, skull caps, jewellery and other examples of craftsman-ship from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day. Later this afternoon we’ll enjoy our first workshop with Jane at the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Tashkent

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Tashkent Market

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This morning we’ll travel by train to Margilan (4 hrs). Margilan lies in the south of the Fergana Valley, at the crossing of trade caravans from China to the west and vice versa. Residents of Margilan were renowned for their silk goods from west to east as far back as the 10th century. On arrival we’ll enjoy a tour of the city, including: Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah, now home to a number of craftsmen producing handmade carpets and silk. Yodgorlik Silk Factory, where we will see how silk is produced with traditional Ikat patterns Hunarmandchilik MarKazi Craft Centre Dinner and overnight in Margilan.

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Margilan Art

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This morning we’ll enjoy another workshop with Jane at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure Dinner and overnight in Margilan.

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Workshop

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Today we travel by train to Samarkand (2 hrs 30 mins). Samarkand is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. On arrival we’ll enjoy a city tour including: Ragistan Square; the centrepiece of the city. There are three madrassahs framing the square, Madrassah Ulugbek, Madrassah Sher-Dor and Madrassah Tillya-Kori. Happy Bird Handicraft Centre, where we can meet with local artists and shop for souvenirs Bibi Khanym mosque, one of the most important monuments in Samarkand that, in the 15th Century, was one of the largest and most significant mosques in the Islamic world Siyab bazaar, the largest bazaar in Samarkand Dinner and overnight in Samarkand.

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Registan Palace

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Our tour of Samarkand continues as we visit: Gur Emir Mausoleum, tomb of Tamerlane, his sons and grandsons Fine Art Museum of Samarkand; housing a fine collection of textiles and pottery Afrosiab Museum; dedicated to the history of the city Shakhi Zinda necropolis; the burial place of royal persons and nobles Aisha Studio, where local couturier Valentina Romanenko will put on a fashion show for us El Merosi theatre of historical costumes Dinner and overnight in Samarkand.

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Entrance portal to Gur-e-Amir

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This morning we’ll enjoy a paper making masterclass at the Koni Ghil Silk Paper Centre. Followed by another work-shop with Jane. Afternoon at leisure Dinner and overnight in Samarkand.

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Paper production

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This morning we’ll travel by road to Gus village and onward to Shakhrisabz (approx 3 hrs travel time total). In Gus village we’ll visit the house of Mavlyuda Hamdamova, a well-known suzane embroidery craftswoman, whose works have been exhibited multiple times in exhibitions and competitions throughout Uzbekistan. Here we’ll en-joy an embroidery masterclass and have lunch with the family. Dinner and overnight in Shakhirsabz. The village of Hodja-Ilgar, which lies very close to Shakhirsabz, was the birth-place of national hero Amir Temur and he made the town his royal residence. The town was founded more than 2,700 years ago but most of the important historical landmarks were constructed during Temur’s life, over 600 years ago. Today, Shakhrisabz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Dinner and overnight in Shakhrisabz

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Shakhrisabz Mosaic dome decoration

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Our guided tour of Shakhrisabz will include: Aksarai Palace, Timur’s Summer Palace Dorus Saodat complex, designed as a mausoleum to the eldest son of Amir Temur, Jakhongir, but later became the family tomb of the Timurid dynasty. Dorut Tilovat complex consisting of a mosque and two mausoleums dating from the 15th Century We’ll also spend some time at the studio of Yulduz Mamadiyorova, a local embroiderer and enjoy another work-shop with Jane whilst we are here. This afternoon we travel by road to Boysun (3 hrs – 3 passengers per Sedan car). People of Boysun decorate their homes with colorful suzane embroidery and homespun carpets and decorate their dresses and shoes with fancy ornaments and embroidery. Dinner and overnight in Boysun.

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Dorus Saodat

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We’ll spend today exploring Boysun, a village hidden in the stunning Gissar mountain range. Many unique tradi-tions of this Surxondaryo region are still practiced in Boysun, which has been recognised by UNESCO for its cultural value. Embroidery represents one of the most important items of Boysun folk art as it decorates the interior of every traditional house. The bright colours and designs used on Boysun embroideries reflect their understanding of the universe, nature, happiness and love. Dinner and overnight in Boysun. Lunch at a local café is included today.

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Boysun art

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This morning we travel by road to Bukhara (5 hrs approx). Bukhara’s historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival we’ll enjoy a city tour with our local guide, including: Ark fortress: initially built and occupied around 5th Century AD, the ark encompassed a town that was inhabited by the various royal courts that held sway over the surrounding region. The Ark re-mained a fortress until it fell to Russia in 1920 and currently houses museums covering its history Bolo Hauz mosque, built in 1712 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site Ismail Samani mausoleum built in the 10th century the mausoleum is an iconic example of early Is-lamic architecture. It was built as the resting place of the powerful and influential Islamic Samani family dyn-asty that ruled from approximately 900 to 1,000 Chashmai Ayub, meaning Job's well, is named according to the legend in which Job (Ayub) visited this place and made a well by striking the ground with his staff. Magokki Attori mosque, now a carpet museum Herbal tea tasing and fashion show at Retro Saloon Timur Dinner and overnight in Bukhara.

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Bukhara

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Bukhara is also a centre for local artisans, and we will be able to watch many of them at work on a variety of handi-crafts at the Bukhara Artisan Development Centre. We’ll also spend the day visiting some colourful local markets, where the Karavan Saray (Trade Domes) and former madrassahs offer splendid colourful handmade Suzani prod-ucts and gold embroidery as well as other forms of textiles, clothing, jewellery, carpets and costumes. Today we’ll also visit: Chor Minor; an historic gatehouse for a now destroyed madrassah Poi Kalyan complex: an Islamic religious complex centred around the Kalan minaret, which domi-nates the historic centre of the city Ulugbeg Madrassah; today the museum of history of the restoration of the architectural monu-ments in Bukhara Silk Market Labi Hauz complex; the area surrounding one of the few remaining hauz (pond) in the city, which served as a source of water. The ponds were notorious for spreading disease and were mostly filled in during the 1920s and 1930s. The Labi Hauz complex survived because it is the centre piece of a magnifi-cent architectural ensemble Bobokul’s studio where the old technology for producing and colouring silk is still used Private embroidery collection at Akbar House Dinner and overnight in Bukhara.

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Bukhara Market Gijduvan Silk Colouring

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Our excursion today takes us to Gijduvan (1 hr each way). Here we’ll spend some time at the studio of local em-broiderer Alisher Nazrullayev, where we’ll take part in a silk colouring and cross stitch workshop. On our way back to Bukhara we’ll visit Sitorai-Mokhi Khosa, the summer palace of the last emir of Bukhara. Here we’ll see his collection of gifts including Chinese porcelain, Russian cut glass and crystal vases, the most rich and interesting collection of local Suzane embroidery as well as his collection of old Bukharan textiles and needlepoint embroidery. This afternoon we’ll have some time for a final workshop with Jane at the hotel. This evening we’ll enjoy dinner and a folk show at Rahmon House, where we’ll see a demonstration of cooking plov, a rice pilaf with meat, carrots, onions, and spices. Overnight in Bukhara.

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Time to say farewell to Uzbekistan as we travel to the airport for our return flight.

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Accommodation

You will be staying at the 4-star Lumiere Hotel & Spa in Tashkent for 2 nights, the 3-star Diyor Hotel in Margilan for 2 nights, the 4-star Sangzor Boutique in Samarkand for 3 nights, the 3-star Maqom Plaza in Shakhrisabz for 1 night, the 3-star Grand Mountain Hotel in Boysun for 2 nights, and the 3-star Sasha & Son in Bukhara for 3 nights. 

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?