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Budget travel Uzbekistan- Turkmenistan


Trip in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Cultural program, a piece of adventure at Aydarkul lake and in Karakum desert, Darvaza gas craters. Visit history and archeology UNESCO sites in Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Kunya Urgench, Merv. Cultural exchange with local people. Discover the white marble architecture of Ashgabat. Program is flexible, with possibility to change as per request

 

Tour program:

 

Day 1 Oybek Border –Tashkent               

Option 1: Meeting at Oybek border point and transfer to Tashkent (100 km / 1.5 h). Arrival and accommodation

Option 2: Meet in Tashkent airport

 

Day 2  Tashkent                                          *breakfast

City tour in old part of the city: the architectural complex "Khazrati-Imam", Chorsu gigantesque oriental bazaar on the right of the square Chorsu. City tour in modern part of the city: Museum of Art, Amir Temur Square, Broadway, Tashkent Metro, Independence Square. Lunch during visits. Dinner. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 3  Tashkent – Samarkand (310 km)   *breakfast

Transfer to railway station at 07:00. Departure by fast train at 08:00, arrival at 10:10 to Samarkand. Meeting and transfer to hotel. Accommodation.PM, start sightseeing  to Ulughbek Observatory,  museum of the ancient city of Afrosiab, h (11—15th c.),  visit to architectural complex Shakhi-Zinde, silk paper factory. Dinner. O/n at hotel

 

Day 4 Samarkand                                        *breakfast

Breakfast at hotel. Following tour of Samarkand: Registan square: Medreseh Ulughbek (15th c.), Medreseh Shir-Dor (17th c.), Medreseh Tilla-Kori (17th c.).Bibi-Khonum Mosque, market place. Lunch. PM, visit to Mausoleum Guri Emir - Tamerlane's Tomb (14—15th c.). Dinner at restaurant. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 5 Samarkand –Sentob (240 km)         *B, L, D

Departure to the mountain village of Sintob. Arrive and check in home stay. Discover of the village of Sintob with warm and hospitable people. Visit the school and families. Diner. Overnight in homestay

 

Day 6 Sentob                                                *B, L, D

Full day of walking in the village and mountains, meeting with local people. Diner. Overnight in homestay.

 

Day 7 Sentob - Aydarkul lake (90 km)      *B, L, D

Departure to Aydarkul. Accomodation in yurts (national house of Kazakh people). Camel riding, Sunset watching, Dinner at fire and Kazakh Akin (singer), overnight in the yurts. Food is served in accordance with Oriental tradition; tourists sit at the table (dastarkhan) on the kurpachas (mattresses) around the dastarkhan. Aydarkul Lake : situated in the eastern part of the Kyzyl-Kum. For more than 200 km ( 125 miles ) the lake stretches through the desert within sight of the Nuratin Mountains . The width of the Lake is about 5 km and the depth is 15 m . The water in the lake is salty and there are many fish. The fauna is also very rich. O/n in yurt

 

Day 8 Aydarkul – Bukhara (240 km)                    *breakfast

After breakfast departure to Nurata. Visit the Chashma complex in Nurata city and the citadel of Alexander the Great. On the way, 50 km from Bukhara you visit the famous center of traditional ceramics in Gijduvan, where prominent people like Prince of Wales, Charles, Mrs. Hillary Clinton and other celebrities used to come and buy Uzbek ceramics from the ceramics workshop and museum. Arrive in Bukhara. Accommodation. O/n at hotel

 

Day 9 Bukhara                                                        *breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the Jewish Quarter with Sinagogue. SS of Bukhara: Poikalon (XII—XVI c) architectural ensemble of “Masjidi Kalon”, “Miri Arab” madrasah and minaret Kalon (46 m). Ulugbek Madrassah 1417 was the earliest of three commissioned by the enlightened Timurid ruler. Abdul Aziz Khan Madrassah (1652). Trading Domes including Togi Zargaron, Togi Telpak furushon and Togi Saraffon Afghan trades. Tim Abdullakhan  and one of the most elegant trade halls. Magoki Attori mosque, Labi-Hauz (XVI—XVII c) — a complex with Nodir — Devon Begi madrasa. Lunch. ARK Fortress (VI — XIX c) — in middle ages it was a whole town with the emirs house, with wives, mosques mint place, government institutes, store rooms, a prison and a square for public executions, Bolo Khous Ensemble, Samanid mausoleum (IXc) 1st brick building shaped as cube covered by dome with unrepeatable geometrical brickwork design, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum. Dinner. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 10 Bukhara                                                      *breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel. A trip out of the city for a visit to summer residence Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa (19th c.), Naqshband mausoleum. Lunch. PM, free time: possibility to go to bazaar, hammam, massage of legs*. The  puppet show is possible an optional visit, additional charge is 8$ per person. Walking to have a view over the town at sunset. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 11 Bukhara -Khiva                                                     *breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel. Starting at 08:00 drive to Bukhara (450 km, 7 hrs)through the desert along the course of the Amudarya River. You’ll make a short photo stop at the sight of Amudarya (Oxus River).Lunch on road at Chaikhana (Tea House).We arrive late this afternoon  in Khiva – the only "Museum-city under the open sky" in Central Asia that has been completely preserved up to the present day (35 km, 30 min) and accommodation. Dinner. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 12 Khiva                                                                                   *breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel. City tour around the architectural complex Ichan-Qala - the historical center of Khiva, which has been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List: Kunya-Ark khan's castle - the inner citadel of Ichan-Qala (16-17th cc.), Kalta Minor Tower (Short minaret) that would have become the biggest and tallest minaret in Central Asia (19th c.), Muhammad Amin-Khan - the biggest  medieval medressa in Khiva (1845-1855 yy.), Djuma Mosque with 213 wooden columns and a minaret 32,5 m height (10th c.).  Lunch at local restaurant. Following tour of Khiva: Tash-Hauli (Stone courtyard) palace looking like a fortress with a high battlements, towers and fortified gates (19th c.), Ak-Mosque (White Mosque) - a small quarter mosque by the  gates of Palvan-Darvaza (1838-1842), necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud - the cultic center of Ichan-Qala (1810-1913 yy.), residence of Islam Khodja (1910 y.) - the Vizier (Minister) of the last khan. Ensemble consists of the smallest medressa in Khiva and a minaret whose top platform has a height of 45 m and is the highest observation point in town. Walking to have a view over the town at sunset. Dinner. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 13 Khiva –Shavat – Dashoguz- Kunya Urgench- Darvaza, 465 km         *B, D

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer at 08:00 to Uzbek-Turkmen border point “Shavat- Dashoguz” (45 km). Passport and customs formalities. Meet at Dashoguz border/ Turkmen side. Drive to Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing in Kunya Urgench history park
Drive to Darvaza. Arrive. Leave the road at Darvaza and follow desert trails arrive at fiery gas crater.
Camping near the site. See gas crater at night. O/N in tent

 

Day 14   Darvaza- Ashgabat, 257 km- train to Mary, 350 km               *breakfast
Return on road. See other gas craters. Drive to Ashgabat. Arrive. Take afternoon train to Mary. *it goes along Kopetdag mountains, agricultural regions of Akhal and Mary. Arrive in Mary at around 22:00. Transfer to htl. O/N
 

Day 15   Mary- Merv- Mary                                                                      *breakfast
Drive to Merv. Sightseeing: Erk Kala, Gyaur Kala, Sultan Kala, Sultan Akhmad
Sanjar mausoleum, Mukhammed ibn Zaid mausoleum, Yusuf Hamadany shrine complex, Kyz Kala castles remains, Askhab mausoleums. Return in Mary. Sightseeing in town. O/N in Mary 

 

Day 16   Mary -Ashgabat                                                                           *breakfast

A.M flight to Ashgabat. Arrive. Transfer to hotel.Free program in Ashgabat. O/N at htl

 

Day 17   Ashgabat                            Free program in Ashgabat. O/N at htl

*Complimentary night drive in Ashgabat – to see the town at night and have panoramic photos

 

Day 18   Ashgabat- airport                                                                        *breakfast
Transfer to airport as per flight schedule. (*hotel check out can be extended to 15:00). End of program

 

 

Uzbekistan quote:

 

Group 2 people                                  875 USD per person
 

Accommodation

Cities

Hotels

Tashkent

Shodlik 4*

Samarkand

Bibikhanim 3*

Sentob

Home stay

Aydarkul

Yurt

Bukhara

Helene –Oasis Boutique hotel

Khiva

Meros B&B

 

*Hotels are subject to change according to their availability at the moment of reservation. In case of changing, similar hotel will be proposed.

The price includes:

·         Accommodation based on double room sharing at the hotels mentioned below, breakfasts included;

·         Meals as indication “B, L, D” above in the program;

·         Transportation for the whole period of the tour on comfortable air-conditioned transportation, including all airport transfers, train ticket Tashkent -Samarkand in economy class, transfer Oybek border-Tashkent;

·         English speaking local guides on days 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12;

·         Visa support (Invitation Letter )

 

The price doesn’t include:

·         International  flight;

·         Additional services in the hotels;

·         Entrance tickets Video/Camera fees to the museums, mausoleums and other sights (approx. 30 USD per person for all cities);

·         Insurance;

·         Additional room payment Single (180 $);

·         Porter charges at airports and hotels.

 

 

 

Turkmenistan quote

 

Group 2 people                                  630 USD per person

 

Including services:

·         LOI, registration

·         A/C car service as per program Day 13, 14, 15              *bottled water in car - complimentary

·         All train station/ airport/ hotel transfers as per program

·         Train tickets Ashgabat- Mary

·         Flight ticket Mary- Ashgabat

·         Stay at htls DBL/TWIN room, camping:

Hotel

Details

Number of nights/City

Notes

AkAltyn****

141/1 Makhtumkuli street

2/ Ashgabat

Breakfast included

Margush **

Second night upgrade hotel to Mary htl****

20, Govshud Khan str,

tel: +993522 60386

2/Mary

Breakfast included

Camping

Tent and sleeping bag included

1/Darvaza

Breakfast, dinner included

 

 

 

 

*Due to changes in hotels and local conditions in the country which are out of our control, the above details are subject to change. Every effort will be made to provide services or substitute services should any unforeseen changes have to be made.

 

 

 

EXCLUDED services in Turkmenistan: visa consular fee (price depends on place to obtain), Turkmen tax at border (14 USD p/person),  Turkmen entrance tickets at sites, photo/video fees, meals L D, guides, excess luggage, gratuities, personal items, porterage, international flights, other services not included above.