Uzbekistan tour, with sightseeing of Darvaza gas crater, in Turkmenistan
Main Interest: History, Culture in Uzbekistan. Darvaza gas craters in Turkmenistan
Route: Tashkent – Khiva – Shavat – Kunya Urgench - Dashoguz- Darvaza – Dashoguz- Shavat – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent
Day 1 Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva/ FLY
Arrival. Meeting. 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.
Evening flight to Urgench. Arrival and transfer to 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 accomodation.Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Khiva
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. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Khiva-Shavat (50 km). Leave Uzbekistan, arrive in Turkmenistan
Transfer to Shavat border point. Border formalities. Meeting with Turkmenistanteam.
Meet at the border Dashoguz. Drive to Kunya Urgench UNESCO History park.
Sightseeing: “Kunya Urgench” contains the survived monuments: mausoleums of Il Arslan 12th century, Sultan Tekesh 12th century, Turebeck Khanym 14th century, Najm addin Cubra 14th and Sultan Ali 16th century, minaret of Kutluk Timur 14th century (probably started in 11th ) 62 meters high, the tallest old brick construction in central Asia. The capital of Khwarezm had the most power in 11th – 13th centuries, have been overcoming in population and fame other Silk Road cities of central Asia. In 1221 it was razed by Genghis Khan, on its way in central Asia. After the revival in 14th century, the city was left forever due to Amudarya river course change and new destruction this time by Timur in 1370, later the new town of Urgench was built in present day Uzbekistan. Since 2005, it become a world heritage site protected by UNESCO.
Drive to Darvaza. Arrive. Leave the road and follow the desert trails to arrive at fiery gas crater. Camp near the site. Overnight in tent
Day 4 Darvaza- Dashoguz border, 330 km
Drive to the border. Visit Shasenem fortress along the route. Arrive. 14:00 cross the border
Shavat - Khiva (50 km)
Meeting with Uzbekistanteam. Transfer to Khiva. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 Khiva- Bukhara/ TRAIN
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to railway station. Departure by train 08:50 to Bukhara (450 km, 6 hrs) through the desert along the course of the Amudarya River. Lunch on the train. We arrive in the afternoon in Sacred Bukhara - one of the most esteemed cities of Islamic civilization. Trip out of the city for a visit to summer residence Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa (19th c.), Naqshbandi mausoleum. Accommodation. Walking around streets of ancient Bukhara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the Jewish Quarter with Sinagogue. 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. Lunch. PM: 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 7 Bukhara - Samarkand (280 km)
Drive to Samarkand. Arrive and accommodation. Lunch. 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. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 Samarkand- Tashkent (310 km) / Train
Breakfast at hotel. Visit to Mausoleum Guri Emir - Tamerlane's Tomb (14—15th c.). Sightseeing to Ulughbek Observatory, visit to architectural complex Shakhi-Zinde, silk paper factory.
Transfer to railway station at 17:00. Departure by fast train at 18:00, arrival at 20:10 to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 9 Tashkent
Transfer to airport at .... And of the tour.
NOTE: The program will be specified in accordance with the schedule of the international flights of arrival and departure.
Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan rate for 2020
Group 2 persons price 1120 USD per person
Group 3 persons price 1090 USD per person
Group 4 persons price 1014 USD per person
Group 5 persons price 999 USD per person
*SGL room supplement: 175 USD
Accommodation in Uzbekistan and in Darvaza, Turkmenistan
Hotels are subject to change according to their availability at the moment of reservation. In case of changing, similar hotel will be proposed.
Included services in Uzbekistan:
Excluded services in Uzbekistan:
Included services in Turkmenistan:
*Bottled water en route - complimentary
Visa cost (cost depends on place to obtain/ at border around 57 USD, UK 87 USD, Belgium 77 USD)
Migration tax at border (14 USD p/p, paid once on arrival)
Entrance tickets to sites or museums: Kunya Urgench 6 USD p/t
Meals L D (normally based lunch 14 USD, dinner 14 USD per person)
Local English guide service for excursions 55 USD per day (*it is optional service. We can do program without guide)
Gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above. Thank you.