Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan Travel Series. History and Culture Exploration of the region
14 Days / 13 Nights (TMUZ00122)

Ashgabat – Mary – GonurDepe – Merv – Darvaza – KunyaUrgench – Dashoguz – Shavat – Khiva – Bukhara – Guijduvan - Uchtut village – Nurata - Aydarkul lake – Samarkand – Tashkent

Turkmenistan starts:

Day 1, arrive in Ashgabat, check in hotel 13:00

A.M. Meet at airport. Start sightseeing of Old Nisa Fortress, Turkmenbashy mosque, Serdar Yoly Health Route, Sightseeing in town, visit museum(s). Time for leisure. Night tour in Ashgabat to see the town in lights and have panoramic photos. Overnight

Day 2, Ashgabat – Mary, Flight 40min / Mary- GonurDepe – Mary, 100+100km, Asphalt Roads, Sand Tracks

A.M. Flight to Mary. Meet at airport. Start drive to the GonurDepe archeological site. Enter the Karakum desert and arrive at Bronze Age Margiana Country. Visit the excavations of the Palace, Temples, and Necropolis. On the return route, visit Parthian-Sasanian fortress of Goebekly, Nestorian church and Watch Tower remains. Visit the Mary history museum. Check in hotel. Time for leisure. Overnight at hotel

Day 3, Mary- Merv / Mary - Ashgabat, Drive, 350km, Highway, Asphalt Roads

A.M start drive to Merv History Park. Sightseeing in Alexandria in Margiana, Antiochia in Margiana, SultanKala.

P.M. Drive to Ashgabat. Stop for photos along the route. Visit the Abiverd Silk Road Town remains, the Anau Fortress and Seyitjemaladdin mosque remains. Arrive in Ashgabat. Check in hotel. Overnight

Day 4, Ashgabat – Horse Farm - Darvaza, 45km + 257km, Highway, Asphalt Roads

A.M. Late in the morning, drive to Akhalteke horse farm. Sightseeing at the farm. Horse riding as per request.

P.M drive to Darvaza, in the Karakum desert. Stop for photos along the route. Near Darvaza, start to visit the gas craters. Leave the road and come deeper into the desert, arrive at fiery gas crater. See the gas crater at sunset and at night. Wild camping in the area. Overnight in tent (tent, sleeping bag, mat are provided)

Day 5, Darvaza- KunyaUrgench- Dashoguz, 310km + 90km, Sand Tracks, Asphalt Bumpy Roads

A.M return on the road and continue drive to the north. Arrive in KunyaUrgench.

P.M Sightseeing of KunyaUrgench History Park, the capital of KhoresmShakh State XI-XII cc, also known as Gurganj. Continue drive to Dashoguz. Check in hotel. Free program. Overnight

Turkmenistan services included into base price:

  • Letter of invitation, Entry Travel Pass, Registration
  • A/C transportation as per group (car, minivan, bus) / 4WD cars for Darvaza part – up to 4 passengers in a car
  • Flight ticket(s) Ashgabat – Mary
  • Hotel stay/ based in DBL sharing room:
    • AkAltyn htl*** in Ashgabat
    • Margush htl** in Mary
    • Uzboy htl** in Dashoguz
  • All Breakfasts, Bottled water en route – complimentary

Single room supplement +70USD per SGL room

Uzbekistan starts:

Day 6, Dashoguz – Dashoguz – Shavat border crossing, 10km - Khiva (50 km)

Transfer to Shavat border point. Border formalities. Meeting with Uzbekistan team. Transfer to Khiva – the only Museum-city under the open sky in Central Asia (35 km, 30 min) and accomodation.

Sightseeing in the architectural complex Ichan-Qala - the historical center of Khiva, UNESCO World Heritage. The Kunya-Ark khan's castle - the inner citadel of Ichan-Qala (16-17th cc.), Kalta Minor Tower (Short minaret), the biggest and tallest minaret in Central Asia (19th c.), the Muhammad Amin-Khan, the biggest medieval madrassa in Khiva (1845-1855 yy.), Djuma Mosque with 213 wooden columns and a minaret 32,5 m height (10th c.). The afternoon 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 madrassa 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 7, Khiva- Bukhara, Train

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to railway station. Departure by train 08:50 to Bukhara (450 km, 7 hrs) through the desert along the course of the Amudarya River. We arrive in the afternoon in Sacred Bukhara - one of the most esteemed cities of Islamic civilization. Accommodation.

PM, Start visits. Walking around streets of ancient Bukhara. O/n at hotel

Day 8, Bukhara Sightseeing

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.

PM: Poikalon (XII—XVI c) architectural ensemble of “Masjidi Kalon”, “Miri Arab” madrasah and minaret Kalon (46 m). Ulugbek Madrassah 1417 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 9, Bukhara - Village Uchtut (70 km), Lunch and Dinner included

Trip out of the city for a visit to summer residence Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa (19th c.), Naqshbandi mausoleum. Transfer to Guijduvan for visiting of ceramist workshop. Drive to Uchtut. Arrive to home stay. Lunch. After lunch, visit the village and meet local people-good opportunity to discover authentic Uzbek life style and traditions. Possibility to visit silkworm manufacture. Dinner with your host family. O/n at host family

Day 10, Village Uchtut-Nurata-Aydarkul lake-Yurt camp (180 km), Dinner Included

Drive to Nurata, where, you will visit the ruins of ancient fortress of Alexander the Great, Chashma sacred source, the place of pilgrimage, in which more than thousand sacred fishes float. Drive to Aydarkul lake with stops to take photos. Arrival. Accommodation. Camel riding and dinner with folk songs of Kazak Akin around the fire. Overnight in yurt.

Note: accommodation with 4-6 persons per yurt

Day 11, Yurt camp-Samarkand (250 km), Lunch included

Morning, free time, walking in the desert around yurt camp (the beautiful nature in the early spring), you can watch birds, animals, admire desert flowers, you can have a walk till the lake shores (8 km) and come back in the car to yurt camp . Lunch.

PM, drive to Samarkand. Arrive and accommodation. O/n at hotel

Day 12, Samarkand- Tashkent (310 km), Train

Breakfast at hotel. 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.

PM, visit to Mausoleum Guri Emir - Tamerlane's Tomb (14—15th c.). Sightseeing to Ulughbek Observatory, visit to architectural complex Shakhi-Zinde, silk paper factory.

Day 13, Tashkent

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. O/n at hotel

Day 14, Tashkent

Transfer to airport for the next destination flight

Notes: The program will be specified in accordance with the schedule of the international flights of arrival and departure

Uzbekistan services included into base price:

  • Transportation for the whole period of the tour on comfortable air-conditioned transportation, including all airport transfers (AC sedans Chevrolet Cobalt, Lacetti or equal (Air-conditioned, 1-3 passengers), minibus from 4 passengers)
  • Train ticket(s): Khiva – Bukhara, Samarkand – Tashkent, in the economy class
  • English speaking guide for excursions, 6 days in Uzbekistan total
  • Meals: All Breakfasts, Lunch on Days 9 and 11, Dinner on Days 9 and 10
  • Accommodation based on double room sharing at the hotels:
    • B&B Nazira or equal in Khiva
    • Salom INN Boutique hotel or equal in Bukhara
    • Home stay in Uchtut village
    • Yurt stay at Aydarkul lake
    • B&B Jahongir or equal in Samarkand
    • B&B Sunrise Caravan Stay or equal in Tashkent

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

Single Room Supplement +150USD per SGL room

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