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Travel planning in Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan for 2016
The cultural trip in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan combined Ethnography and History of two different countries in central Asia. Here, you can explore the rich history, have cultural exchange with local people, see various landscapes (desert, mountains, plains, agricultural areas), study modern architecture and discover ancient monuments protected by UNESCO as world heritage sites. We tried to offer lower price, with still high quality of service and flexibility of the program. Program can be done for groups or individual traveller. Recommended periods: from March to October but the best are in April, May, end of August, September. Travel in winter is also doable but cold temperatures can be witnessed
Day 1 airport- Ashgabat
Meet at night (or early in the morning). Transfer to hotel. Check in & O/N
Sightseeing in Ashgabat, visiting the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, the archeological site “Nisa” (The ruins have mud brick remains of fortifications and palaces, temples, ceremony hall, treasury building. It covers the remains of Parthian civilization, what combined the traditional art and culture with Hellenistic and Roman elements. The richly decorated architecture of religious, royal power and ordinary domestic functions had been revealed as the result of archeological excavations, started from beginning of 20th century and are continued in our days. Nisa or Parthaunisa presumed to be the first capital of Parthians, its ancient people lived along Kopet Dag mountain range (modern Turkmenistan and Iran). Accordingly to UNESCO description, Nisa played important role of a barrier to Roman Empire expansion to the west, while playing the communication and trading centre between east and west, between central Asia and Mediterranean cultures. Discover Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque and mausoleum in Kipchak (Gypjak). Return in Ashgabat. O/N at hotel.
*if you arrive in the morning and would like to start sightseeing immediately and check in htl at 13:00. One night can be removed from quotes as 40 USD per pax
Day 2 Ashgabat- Darvaza- Ashgabat, total 510 km
Free program in the morning.
P.M start drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos at Yerbent village. Arrive in Darvaza and start to visit the gas craters along the route (first – full with water, second – with mud at bottom, in both gas can be seen bubbling outside). Then leave the road and follow the desert trail to arrive at fire gas crater. Enjoy the view of the gas crater after sunset, at night.
Return on the road and drive back to Ashgabat. Arrive around 24:00. O/N
Day 3 Ashgabat- Nokhur, 175 km
Drive to Kopetdag mountain, village Nokhur. Visit along the route: Akhalteke horse farm. (Akhal-Teke breed is at least 3,000 years old, may be the last remaining strain of the Turkoman (a horse that has existed since 2400 B.C.). In the Middle Ages (500 to 1500 A.D.), Akhal-Tekes lived with nomadic tribesmen near the Kopet Dag Mountains in Turkmenistan. The nomads treated the horses as part of their families, tethering them near their shelters. In the early 1900s, Russians used Akhal-Tekes as cavalry horses. Today they excel in sport, particularly in racing, show jumping, dressage and endurance racing. The Akhal-Teke breed has preserved type, purity and performance abilities of its ancestors into modern times thanks to the geographically isolated area of the harsh Kara Kum desert where the horses have been bred by the Akhal-Teke tribe since ancient times. The Akhal-Tekes are still being bred for speed and stamina by the Turkmen and one of the most famous stallions of modern times, Yanardag, is a part of the national emblem). Visit Kov Ata cave and see underground lake.
Change road and continue to Nohur village (one of the Turkmen tribes). Sightseeing in mountains. Cultural exchange with the people. Homestay
Day 4 Nokhur – Ashgabat- Mary, 175 km + FLT
Return drive to Ashgabat. Afternoon flight to Mary. Drive to Merv. (One of the famous cities on the ancient Silk Road, having more 2500 years of history, declared a World heritage site from 1999. It is located 26 km to the east from Mary, the first ruins appeared on the outskirts of Bayram Ali town. Its immense domain enclose five main sites (Erk Kala, Gyaur Kala, Sultan Kala, Abdullah Khan Kala, Bayram Ali Khan Kala) and numerous remains of caravanserais, fortresses, fortified castles and small towns or estates now seen in the forms of mounds, total surface is around 70 sq. km. As Gonur, the Merv in its turn had appeared, thanks to the Murgab river, flowing in the area in ancient times. Silk Road important city, Merv had four directions of trade caravan routes: Kunya Urgench to its north, Bukhara and Samarkand (Sogdiana) to its east, Herat (Bactria) to its south, to Mashad (Iran) to its west. 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. Return in Mary. O/N at htl
Day 5 Mary- Farap border, 270 km
Drive to Farap border crossing. Route is going through Karakum desert. Stop for photos at request.
Cross Amu Darya river. Arrive at the border. Formalities at Turkmen customs.
P.M In afternoon, arrive at Uzbek side of the border Olot - Bukhara (100 km)
Passport and customs formalities. Meeting by Uzbek team. Drive to Bukhara. Arrive in late afternoon or early evening. Accommodation. Free time. Walking around streets of ancient Bukhara. Dinner with European classic music at Minzifa cafe. O/n at hotel.
Day 6 Bukhara
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 7 Bukhara — Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Shakhrisabz at 09:00 (270 km, 4, 5 hours). On the way, short stop at 11.00 (to drink a cup of tea or coffee, water). Lunch on road at Tea House. On arrival in Shakhrisabz, city tour around Shakhrisabz: ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (14-15th c.), Dor-ut Tillavat complex: Gumbazi-Sayidon, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (15th c.), Dor-ut Saodat complex: Khazrati Imam Mosque (14th c.), Jahongir mausoleum (14th c.), walking in oriental bazaar. At 15:30, departure to Samarkand by plain road (145 km, 3 hours). On the road, stop 2-3 times where tourists could take pictures of beautiful landscapes. Arrival to Samarkand. Accommodation. Dinner and O/n at hotel.
Day 8 Samarkand
Breakfast in the hotel. Sightseeing to 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.), Ulughbek Observatory, museum of the ancient city of Afrosiab, visit to architectural complex Shakhi-Zinde. Dinner. O/n at hotel.
Day 9 Samarkand - Tashkent
Morning free time. Transfer to railway station at 11:00. Departure by train at 12:04. Lunch on train. Arrival to Tashkent at 15:25. Short city tour in modern part of the city: Museum of Art, Amir Temur Square, Broadway. In the evening, possibility to see Opera or Ballet evening performance in Theatre. Dinner at restaurant. O/n at hotel.
Day 10 Tashkent- Departure
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Quotes starting from:
2 persons group 1334 USD per person
4 persons group 1080 USD per person
6 persons group 1008 USD per person
Including services in Turkmenistan:
Letter of invitation, registration
A/C transportation service as per program & group (car / minivan or bus. Toyota, Nissan, Ford or equal)
Escort English speaking guides services for whole program
Local flight tickets Ashgabat – Mary (based on new Turkmenistan airlines price 50 USD p/t, from April 12, 2015)
Hotel lodging in DBL/Twin shared room B&B, at htls, homestay. pls. look bellow
*water on route – complimentary
*SGL room supplement in both countries 165 USD per SGL room
Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), migration tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once at entrance), sights entrance fees, photo/video fees, gratuities, personal items, meals L D , any other services missing above – NOT included into quotes. Thank you.
For info: Sights entrance tickets direct fees: at History museum (former National history museum) 20 USD per ticket / guide visit * only entrance 10 USD p/t, Nisa 8 USD p/t, Merv 4 USD p/t, Akhal Teke horse farm 15 USD p/t, Kov Ata cave lake 10 USD p/t.
*if escort guide service in Turkmenistan not necessary, we can do program without guide. Drivers are experienced and usually understand Basic English. Some speak English
Possible also engage only guide for sightseeing in Ashgabat 55 USD, or for excursion in Merv 55 USD. This option can save in Turkmenistan 160 USD, total per group
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:
· Accommodation based on double room sharing at the hotels mentioned below, breakfasts included;
· Transportation for the whole period of the tour on comfortable air-conditioned transportation, including all airport transfers;
· Train ticket Samarkand -Tashkent in economy class
· English speaking local guide in each city;
The price doesn’t include:
· International flight;
· Meals: lunch and dinner;
· Additional services in the hotels;
· Entrance tickets / Video/Camera fees to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
· AC sedans “CHEVROLET NEXIA, LACETTI”(Air-conditioned, 1-3 pax)
· Minivan “HYUNDAY GRAND STAREX” , ISTANA SSANG YYONG (Air-conditioned, 4-8 pax)