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Uzbekistan Tour & Workshop – 8 days 7 nights

April 19 - April 26

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Uzbekistan Tour & Workshop - 8 days 7 nights

April 19th - 26th, 2024 (Friday to Friday)

► 19th April 2024 (Friday) from Istanbul to Urgench (Khiva) – Arrival in Khiva at 07:45 AM
► 26th April 2024 (Friday) from Samarkand to Istanbul – Departure from Samarkand 

Discover the beauty of Uzbekistan, a captivating destination in Central Asia, on our exclusive “Uzbekistan Tour & Workshop.” Join us as we explore the historic cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, guided by knowledgeable scholars and experts.

Experience the allure of these ancient cities, which have served as significant cultural and intellectual hubs throughout history. Marvel at the intricate art and architectural marvels of Samarkand, immerse yourself in the Islamic heritage of Bukhara, and delve into the well-preserved traditions of Khiva.

During this tour, we will delve into the history and architectural elements of Samarkand and Bukhara, with Dr. Serap Ekizler Sönmez, a renowned cultural historian, as our guide. Dr. Sönmez will provide insights into the unique characteristics and decorative features that set these cities apart from others in the Muslim world. We will also explore the mathematical perspective and its relation to the conception of the universe in Islamic thought, particularly in the fifteenth-century.

Geometric patterns and their artistic representations as a mathematical language for understanding the universe will be a focal point of our discussions. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Sönmez, a master in Islamic geometric patterns, participants will have the opportunity to create their own portfolio of stunning geometric designs, using traditional tools like compasses and rulers.



Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Date: April 19th- 26th, 2024
Tour Led: Dr. Serap Ekizler Sonmez
Early Bird Pricing: $1.599 (Ends on Jan 15)
Regular Pricing: $1.799
* $ 100 will be added for Single Room
* $ 50 will be added for materials; please see details as below
Visiting Cities: Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand
Age Restrictions: 16-65

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► All transportation and transfers specified in the program by air-conditioned private vehicles
► Accommodation and breakfast in double rooms***
► Urgench – Buhara internal flight ticket
► Buhara-Semerkant economy class “AFROSIYOB” high-speed train ticket
► English-speaking local guide service throughout the tour program
► All dinners
► City tours specified in the program, including all entrance fees


► International flight ticket
► Personal expenses
► Meals out of the program are not included in the tour price
► All lunches
► Photo and video shooting fees


• 75%, if canceled by March 1st, 2024
• 50%, if canceled by March 15th, 2024
• 25%, if canceled by March 31st, 2024

For information and reservations, please get in touch with tours@deenartsfoundation.org


We can source materials for the participants who want to order at our registration page; while registration they can choose from list and add to the shopping cart. Selling Price of the list below is $50.

The materials we want you to bring with you for our Geometric Pattern Analysis studies in Uzbekistan Architecture;

Ruler (30cm)
Pen (0.3 mm and/or 0.5 mm)
Pencil (H and 4B)
Masking tape
Soft eraser
Dry crayons and/or felt-tip pens
Training documents, A3 watercolor papers and tissue papers are supplied by Deen Arts Foundation and will be given to all participants in Uzbekistan.

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Dr. Serap Ekizler Sönmez

Our instructor, Dr. Serap Ekizler Sönmez, is widely recognized for her expertise in Islamic geometric patterns. With extensive experience visiting notable Islamic heritage sites worldwide, Dr. Sönmez brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience to our workshop.

She completed her Ph.D. on the history of science, Islamic art, architecture, and geometric patterns, making her a trusted authority in the field. Dr. Sönmez has taught courses at prestigious institutions like the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (London) and has authored numerous academic papers and books on the subject. She currently serves as the Program Director for Islamic Geometric Patterns at the Deen Arts Foundation and works at FSMV University-KURAM (Foundation Cultural Heritage Conservation Application and Research Center).

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of Uzbekistan and learn from a leading expert in Islamic geometric patterns. Join us on this fascinating tour and workshop, where you’ll not only gain knowledge but also create lasting memories.

Islamic Geometric Patterns


► Day 1: 19th April 2024 – Arrival in Khiva at 07:45 AM
• Arrive in Khiva and transfer to your hotel
• Explore the ancient city of Khiva, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Visit popular attractions such as the Ichon-Qala fortress, Juma Mosque, and the Tash-Khauli Palace
• Immerse yourself in the charming streets and traditional architecture of Khiva
• Overnight stay in Khiva
► Day 2: 20th April 2024 – Explore Khiva
• Workshop with Dr. Serap Ekizler Sönmez
• Continue exploring Khiva’s historical landmarks and iconic sites
• Visit the Mohammed Amin Khan Madrasah and Kalta Minor Minaret
• Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the bazaars and shop for traditional handicrafts
• Take in the vibrant atmosphere of Khiva’s lively streets
• Free time on your own.
► Day 3: 21th April 2024 – Discover Bukhara
• Transfer to Urgench airport, and you will have a morning flight to Bukhara.
• Sightseeing tour in the fascinating city of Bukhara
• Explore the historic center of Bukhara, another UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Visit famous landmarks such as the Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan complex, Mir-i Arab Madrasah, Kalon Mosque and Kalon Minaret
• Explore the bustling bazaars, Suzani House and enjoy traditional Uzbek cuisine
• Overnight stay in Bukhara
► Day 4: 22nd April 2024 – Discover Bukhara
• Workshop with Dr. Serap Ekizler Sönmez
• Continue exploring the cultural and architectural wonders of Bukhara
• Visit the Chor Minor Mosque, Magok-i-Attari Mosque, Kukaldosh Madrasah and the Bolo Hauz Complex
• Explore the Lyab-i-Hauz area and enjoy traditional tea at a local teahouse
• Experience the vibrant local culture and traditions of Bukhara
• Overnight stay in Bukhara
► Day 5: 23rd April 2024 – Travel to Samarkand by fast train
• Free Time until our travel to Samarkand
• Take a fast train from Bukhara to Samarkand
• Arrive in Samarkand and transfer to your hotel
• Arrive in Samarkand and transfer to your hotel
• Overnight stay in Samarkand
► Day 6: 24th April 2024 – Explore Samarkand
• Workshop with Dr. Serap Ekizler Sönmez
• Begin exploring the grandeur of Samarkand, a historic Silk Road city
• Visit the iconic Registan Square (Tilla Kari Madrasah, Shirdor Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah), Shah-i-Zinda complex,
and the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Tomb
• Explore the bustling Siab Bazaar and indulge in local delicacies
• Visit the Ulugbek Observatory (Historic Islamic observatory and Museum), Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
• Explore the stunning architecture and intricate tilework of Samarkand
• Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens of the Afrosiab Museum
• Overnight stay in Samarkand
► Day 7: 25th April 2024 – Explore Samarkand
• Workshop with Dr. Serap Ekizler Sönmez
• Enjoy a leisurely morning in Samarkand, explore the city and have free time
• Continue discovering the UNESCO-listed wonders of Samarkand, Ismail Samani Mausoleum
• End of the tour
• Certificate Ceremony and Dinner
► Day 8: 26th April 2024 – Departure from Samarkand
• Transfer to the airport or train station for your departure

Please note that this itinerary is also subject to change depending on the availability of flights and train schedules.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the commonly used electricity plugs and power outlets in Uzbekistan?

Type C and Type F plugs are commonly used in Uzbekistan.

What is the standard voltage and frequency for electricity in Uzbekistan?

The standard voltage is 220V, and the frequency is 50Hz.

Do I need a visa to visit Uzbekistan?

Yes, most visitors to Uzbekistan will require a visa. It is recommended to check the specific visa requirements for your nationality and plan accordingly.

What should I do if my country uses different plug types?

You will need a travel adapter to plug in your devices. Adapters for Type C or Type F plugs can be easily found in local electronics stores or can be purchased online before your trip.

What is the official currency in Uzbekistan?

The official currency in Uzbekistan is the Uzbekistani som (UZS).

Where can I exchange currency in Uzbekistan?

Currency exchange facilities are available at airports, banks, and some hotels.

What languages are spoken in Uzbekistan?

The official language is Uzbek, but Russian is widely spoken and understood in many areas.

What are popular means of transportation in Uzbekistan?

Taxis and shared taxis (marshrutkas) are popular means of transportation in cities and towns.

How can I ensure my safety while in Uzbekistan?

Take precautions, be aware of your surroundings, keep valuables secure, avoid walking alone in unfamiliar areas at night, and be cautious with your personal belongings in crowded places.

Is the tap water safe to drink in Uzbekistan?

Tap water in Uzbekistan may not be safe for drinking. It is best to stick to bottled water or boil tap water before consuming it.

Are there any specific customs and etiquette I should be aware of in Uzbekistan?

It is respectful to follow local customs and traditions, such as dressing modestly when visiting religious sites and avoiding excessive public affection, especially outside major tourist areas.

What health and safety precautions should I take when traveling to Uzbekistan?

It is recommended to consult your doctor or travel health clinic regarding vaccinations and medications needed for traveling to Uzbekistan. Carry basic first aid supplies, use insect repellent, and apply sunscreen as required.

Are there any traditional customs or rituals I can experience in Uzbekistan?

Yes, you can embrace Uzbek culture by experiencing traditional customs and rituals, such as taking off your shoes when entering someone’s home and using your right hand for greetings and eating.

Are there any traditional customs or rituals I can experience in Uzbekistan?

Yes, you can embrace Uzbek culture by experiencing traditional customs and rituals, such as taking off your shoes when entering someone’s home and using your right hand for greetings and eating.


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