Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan archaeology, nature
Main interest: Archeology, Nature, Ethnography
Day 1 Samarkand
Arrive to Samarkand. Meeting. Check-in the hotel after 14:00. Start city 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.). to Ulughbek: Observatory, to architectural complex Shakhi-Zinde. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Samarkand –Bukhara (280 km)
Transfer to railway station at 09:00. Departure by fast train at 09:45, arrival at 11:20 to Bukhara. Meeting and transfer to hotel. Accommodation.PM, start sightseeing 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. O/n at hotel.
Day 3 Bukhara-Olot (100 km)
At 08h00, transfer to check point Olot-Farap.
Arrive in Turkmenistan: Farap border crossing – Merv – Mary, 270 km
09h00-10h00 A.M Meet at Farap border crossing. Formalities. Drive to Merv
Arrive in Merv UNESCO History Park. Sightseeing: Alexandria Margiana (Erk Kala), Antiochia Margiana (Gyaur Kala) remains, Sultan Kala, Sultan Ahmad Sanjar mausoleum, Yusuf Hamadany shrine, Mohammed ibn Zaid mausoleum, Gyz Kala castles.
Continue to Mary. Overnight at hotel
Day 4 Mary- Gonur- Mary, 100 km +100 km 4 WD, train to Ashgabat
Drive to Gonur Depe archeological excavations site. Arrive and visit the archeological excavations.
Gonur Depe (also known as Margush or Margiana Bronze Age archeological complex). Sightseeing at the place. Visit the remains of the Temples of Water, Fire, Sacrifices, Public squares for religious ceremonies, Royal Palace, Necropolis.
Return drive to Mary. Visit on the route: Geubekly caravanserai and Signal Tower remains.
Arrive in Mary. Take train to Ashgabat. Overnight on train (there are trains 22h12 -04h42 arrive next day /and at 23h10 – 08h10 arrive next day)
Day 5 Ashgabat – Nohur, 175 km BUS
A.M meet at train station. Visit Nisa UNESCO fortress, Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque in Kipchak. Drive to Geok Depe Akhal Teke horse farm. Arrive. See the horses. Time at leisure.
Visit Geok Depe mosque and XIX fortress remains. Drive to Kov Ata cave. Arrive and visit Kov Ata cave and swim in the underground lake. Drive to Nohur village in Kopet Dag mountains. Sightseeing in the village. Stay for overnight at local home
(*other option, drive to Serdar town, 125 km and stay for overnight at Chinar** hotel)
Day 6 Nohur – Turkmenbashy – Awaza, 435 km BUS
Sightseeing in the mountains. Return on the road and drive to Turkmenbashy.
Change transport for drive to Awaza Caspian Sea resort. Stay at hotel. Free program at Caspian Sea. Overnight.
Day 7 Awaza – Yangy Kala – Turkmenbashy, 350 km4 WD
09h00 Drive to Yangy Kala (The southeastern bordering region of Gara Bogaz Gol bay, spectacular view of the former seabed, and millions years’ work of natural forces to form the canyons in its unusual shapes and variety of colors). Arrive and sightseeing the Yangy Kala canyon. Visit Gozli Ata mausoleum. Drive to Turkmenbashy. Arrive and check in Turkmenbashy hotel. Overnight
Day 8 Turkmenbashy – Ashgabat FLY, drive to Darvaza, 257 km, 4 WD
10h30 am Fly to Ashgabat. 11h30 arrive. Meet at airport. Visit Anau mosque and fortress remains XV c. (on THU SAT SUN visit Tolkuchka bazaar)
P.M Drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos in the desert and village. Visit gas craters on the way. Then leave the road and arrive at Darvaza fiery gas crater. See the crater before sunset and at night. Overnight in tent or in yurta/ as per choice
(*if group would like to return in Ashgabat for overnight at hotel, it is possible)
Day 9 Darvaza- Ashgabat 4 WD
A.M Drive to Ashgabat.
P.M arrive and check in hotel. Time at leisure.
Sightseeing in Ashgabat, visiting the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque
After sunset – night drive in Ashgabat to see the town in lights and panoramic photo. Overnight at hotel
Day 10 Ashgabat- Turkmenabat/ FLY drive Farap 40 km
A.M Fly to Turkmenabat. Arrive. Meet at airport.
Transfer to Farap border crossing. Continue to Uzbekistan/ Samarkand
Arrive in Uzbekistan: Olot-Bukhara-Samarkand (380 km)
Meeting at check-point Olot around 13:30. Transfer directly to railway station. Departure by fast train at 15:50, arrival at 17:20 to Samarkand. Meeting and transfer to hotel. Accommodation. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Samarkand- airport
Transfer to airport at …
Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan Quote:
Including the services in Turkmenistan:
*Bottled water en route - complimentary
Excluded services in Turkmenistan:
Uzbekistan details for services:
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 in Uzbekistan:
The price doesn’t include: