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The Golden City of Samarkand Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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Pass By: Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand Uzbekistan

The Shah-I-Zinda complex originally dates from the ninth century. The tiny doorways to the mausoleums ensure by design that bowing to Allah is compulsory. The plain white graves are laden with pilgrim’s gifts of bank notes for comfort in the afterlife. The sheer scale of the site’s majesty, the busyness and the minutia of the architecture is dizzying, as is the dry heat through much of the year.

Pass By: Siab Bazaar, Bibikhonim St, Samarkand 140164 Uzbekistan

At the Siab Bazaar, girders hold aloft a two-tiered corrugated monster of a roof, an over spill of traders hunkering under bleached gazebos and parasols selling a wide array of goods. Everything can be found here. From children’s toys to hard, round, bagel-like lepyoshka. Look out for necklaces of wolves teeth, mixed in with Chinese imports piled high.

Pass By: Bibi Khanym Mosque, Guzarskiy Lane, Samarkand 140164 Uzbekistan

The Bibi Khanym Mosque was commissioned by Timur, following his campaign in India in 1399. It was built using treasures plundered from the subcontinent. Ignoring his architect’s advice, Timur’s very specific design ensured that the mosque has collapsed repeatedly. For four centuries, it lay as a windswept ruin. The latest restoration efforts began in 1974 and continue to this day.

Pass By: Registan St, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Samarkand 140164 Uzbekistan

Registan is most people's holy grail when visiting Uzbekistan. Here you can get a real sense of how steeped in history the region is. These are the lands of Al-Khorezm, the mathematician whose name Westerners morphed into the word algorithm. His al-jabr still forms the basis of schoolchildren’s nightmares.

Pass By: Sher Dor Madrasah, Registan Square, Samarkand 140164 Uzbekistan

Although it was built as an imitation of the original Ulugbek Madrassa, the Sher Dor features a quirk which makes it a favourite of photographers. The mosque was completed in 1636 under Shaybanid Emir Yalangtush. Its mosaics feature a Zoroastrian hangover flouting the Islamic prohibition on the depiction of living beings. Although, the name Sher Dor translates as "lion" most agree that the roaring beasts in each corner above the entrance arch more closely resemble tigers.
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Departure Point
Shоhi Zindа ko'chasi, Samarqand, Uzbekistan
Duration
1h
Return Details
Tashkent Road, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Inclusions
  • Lifetime access to The Golden City of Samarkand tour
  • VoiceMap Application
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
Exclusions
  • Smartphone
  • Transportation
  • Food/Drink
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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This is a great tour of the key sights in Samarkand, and also includes a few off the beaten track options. The audio starts when you reach the GPS location, so there's no rush; plenty of time to be awestruck by the wonders. It is filled with information about the sites and the
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This was a superb audio tour. Very cheap with great information about the sites, history and the country in general. It was the perfect length, used GPS to start and pause when needed and had options to explore areas off the beaten track. The narrator was really knowledgeable.
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