Try the delicious local food of Uzbekistan. Meet a local family and chat about their lives and custo...
Tours in Samarkand
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Samarkand is an ancient and legendary city in Uzbekistan, as well as the capital of the region of Samarqand. It is best-known for being the central point of the Silk Road trading route between China and the West, as well as for being a haven for Islamic scholars and studies of the religion. This historic town is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia, having been founded in the 7th century BC as the city of Afrasiyab, and has been populated ever since. Its monuments and landmarks, popular among tourists, date back any time from the Middle Ages to as far back as the time of its founding, 2,700 years ago. Travel to this incredible city whose roads and buildings have seen the passing of the ages, and visit Samarkand with our 2015 tours and activities.
Venture into the gustatory tradition of Samarkand with a Silk Road Home Cooked Food Tour. Visit the home of a local family, the Hotamovs family, where you’ll meet Pardaboy and Sobira, both teachers, as well as two students, Bunyod and Ozod. Feel at home with them as you, for the duration of your stay, become part of the family. Interacting through a translator, let them show you how to cook local Uzbek delicacies, such as palov, sashlik, pahlava, and kazan kebab. Enter a local market to grab some ingredients for your cooking adventure, and learn more about the produce, spices, and goods being sold in Samarkand, and used in daily life. Enter the Hotamovs’ home and participate in the cooking as you desire. Learn how these dishes are cooked, and even ask for the recipes. Once preparations are complete, sit down for a lively dinner with your hosts and feast on the delicious cuisine that you all cooked together, while sharing stories, learning more about each other’s cultures, and posing for photographs together.