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Uzbekistan & TURKMENISTAN 10 days

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Tour itinerary: Tashkent – Khiva – Dashoguz – Kunya Urgench – Ashgabat – Mary – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent – Chimgan- Tashkent
Season: all the year round
Days: 10Nights: 10
Price: $1200
Tour description:


Quaint Uzbekistan and white'ish Turkmenistan... Each of them has its attractions and marvelous places to go. We will put our way through 3 main cities and several Turkmen sites.

Day 1
Tashkent

Flight Istanbul - Tashkent.

01:05 Arrival in Tashkent.

Come out of the terminal and meet the driver in the meeting zone.

Transfer to the hotel. You will have time to discuss the tour details with the tour manager. Extra night.  

10:00 Meet the guide at the lobby.

Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent (5 hrs) visiting old and new parts of the city: 

- Amir Timur Square; 

- Theatre Square with the Opera House;

- Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present, and future of the country.

- Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966, and is erected in the approximate place of the earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent;

- Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;

- Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century. 

Transfer to the hotel. 

Free time in the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:00 Transfer to the local airport 

07:25 Flight Tashkent-Urgench HY 51

08:55 Arrival in Urgench. 

Come out of the terminal and meet the driver in the meeting zone.

Transfer to the hotel. Standard check-in is after 14:00, but we will only drop the bags. Start WALKING excursion in the historical part of Khiva – Ichan-kala (translated as “Inner town”). Ichan-kala - the largest Museum in the open air in Central Asia consisting of the next monuments: 

- Ata-Darvaza,Kunya- Ark,

- Madrassah of Muhammad Rahim Khan,

- Madrassah of Muhammed Aminhan,

- Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva

- Tash Hauli, where the harem of 40 concubines was,

- Caravanserai and Tim Allakulihan,

- Pahlavan Mahmud Gates,

- Mausoleum of Seyd Allaudin,

- Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum,

- Minaret and Islam-Khoja Madrassah, Mosque and Jami Minaret.

Back to the hotel. Leisure/ free time in the evening. Overnight.

Day 3
Khiva - Dashoguz - Kunya Urgench - Ashgabat

Breakfast in the hotel. 

08:30 Transfer to Turkmen – Uzbek Border Pass the border. (Checkpoint Shavat).

Border passing formalities might take 1-2 hrs.

Meet the guide and driver at Turkmen side of the border.

Transfer to Kunya-Urgench. 

Start sightseeing tour with visiting:

- The founder mausoleum of Sufi sects "Kubra" Nadzhimetdin Kubra (XII-XIII centuries);

- The mausoleum of Mongolian princess Torebeg-Hanym (XII-XIV centuries); minaret Mamun (X-XI centuries); 

- Minaret Kutlug-Timur (XII-XIV c, the highest minaret in Central Asia - 67m height);

- Mausoleum Kyrkmolla (II in BC - III A.D.); 

- Mausoleum Arslan II (the oldest building in the city - date of its bookmark is roughly estimated by XI century).

Transfer to the airport.

20:00 Evening flight Dashoguz – Ashgabat.

20:50 Arrival in Ashgabat

Meeting with a driver, transfer to the hotel.

Free time in the evening. Overnight.

Day 4
Ashgabat

Breakfast in the hotel.

09:00 Start city tour visiting:

-Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118m column that considers the highest building in the country),

-Neutrality Arch - a unique composition that  rotates slowly after the sun;

-National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique expositions from Ancient Merv and Nissa.

-A trip to ancient Nissa (18km from Ashgabad) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins of the ancient city (the date of foundation of the I millennium BC - I millennium BC).

Return to Ashgabad visiting en-route.

-Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. It is considered the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There are beautiful gardens and fountains near the mosque.

Transfer to the hotel.

Free time in the afternoon/evening. Overnight.

Day 5
Ashgabat - Mary - BP - Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer to the airport.

Morning flight to Mary.

Arrival in Mary.

Moving to Ancient Merv (UNESCO).

-Discover historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, 

-Medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others.

 Return to Mary.

-Visit the History Museum of the Merv region.

Transfer to the border post for border crossing (border post 'Farab').

Meeting the driver at the Uzbekistan side of the border.

Transfer to Bukhara.

Overnight.

Day 6
Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel.

09:00 Meet the guide in the lobby.

Start WALKING sightseeing program in Bukhara (6 hours):

- Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir panbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin);

- Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest mosques survived in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion; 

- Abdullakhan’s Tim with numerous handicraft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets; 

- Caravanserai Sayfuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);

- There are three trading domes or so called covered bazaars Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets;

- Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so-called Kosh (pare) madrassas opposite each other with a distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;

- Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impresses the imagination of visitors;

- Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where one can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends and myths.

- Visit Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture.

Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Bukhara - Samarkand

Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning at leisure.

12:00 Transfer to Samarkand via Gijduvan to visit the workshop of famous Uzbek pottery master Abdulla Narzullayev in Gijduvan city. There you can learn how ceramics are made and participate in master-class of painting ceramic plates.

En-route visit to Rabat-I Malik and sardoba.

Arrival in the late afternoon. 

Leisure time in the evening. Overnight.

Day 8
Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast in the hotel.

09:00 Start sightseeing program in Samarkand (6 hours):

-Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered as one of the most significant sights of the world; 

Continue to the famous Registan Square – the heart of Samarkand and a real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor, and Madrassa Tilla Kori; 

-Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15 Century; 

-Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums formed by standing on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary grave) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn- Kussam; 

- Ulugbek’s Observatory – the finest astronomical centers in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;

- Samarkand bazaar – Siyab

16:30 Transfer to the railway station.  

17:28 Departure for Tashkent by train “Afrosiab”/”Sharq”.

19:44 Arrival in Tashkent. 

Come out of the terminal and meet the driver.

Transfer to the hotel.

Leisure. Overnight.

Day 9
Tashkent - Chimgan - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet the driver at the meeting zone.

Transfer to Chimgan mountains (2 hrs drive one-way), en-route enjoying the picturesque views of beautiful mountains and the life of local people. 

Chimgan Mounts offer many seasonal outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, climbing, hiking, and mountaineering.

- First, stop near Beldersay gorge. Take a ride on chair lift going up to gorge to Kumbel peak (2400 m), where the longest Ski track in Uzbekistan has its start. 

-Have a walk in the mountain area. You will enjoy the breath-taking nature sights of a mountain peak.

-Photo stop at Charvak Lake enjoying fresh air beautiful panoramic views of the stunning scenery of Chimgan Mounts.

-Have lunch in mountain restaurants in a place named "bochka" by local people.

After lunch, transfer back to Tashkent. 

Arrival in Tashkent (ETA by 16:00)

Leisure/ free time in the afternoon.  Time to rest before a morning flight.

Overnight.

Optional (by request) Chimgan trip can be replaced for a museum/metro/shopping tour in Tashkent.

Day 10
Tashkent

Transfer to the airport

Morning departure flight Tashkent- Istanbul.

Accommodations:

City:

HOTELS 3 *

HOTELS 4*

NIGHTS

TASHKENT

Grand Capital/Uzbekistan/ Arien Plaza

4

KHIVA

Old Khiva / Zukhro / Euro Asia

1

ASHGABAT

Bagt Koshgi/Ak Altyn

2

BUKHARA

Basilic / As Salom/ Kabir / Kavsar

2

SAMARKAND

Zilol Baxt / City Hotel/ Malika Classic

1

or other hotels of the same level

Tour Price includes:

- Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass);

-Accommodation in  standard  twin-shared rooms in hotels;

-Tourist tax per person;

- Meals: breakfasts in hotels ;

- All transfers as per program by comfortable tourist class transport sedan /SUV  as per terrain requires,   including transfers to-from airports,  train stations, and borders;   

- English speaking local professional licensed guides in Uzbekistan as per program ( 3 standard excursions), English speaking guide in Turkmenistan;

- Single entry tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums and nature fees as per program;

- Train tickets Tashkent – Samarkand, Samarkand- Bukhara by tourist train “Afrosiab” / “Sharq” (economy class);

-      - Internal flights Mary – Ashgabat (economy class)

Tour Price does not include:

- International flights to Tashkent /from Ashgabat;

-  Photo/video fees (professional camera);

-  Uzbekistan visa/e-visa ( if required). Turkmenistan visa fee ( from 85 + 4 USD per person, subject to change nationality dependent);

-   Meals: Lunches and dinners;

-  Transport and guide service for free time/free days ( can be added by request) and after the standard city tours; transport for walking tours in Bukhara and Khiva;

 Personal travel/medical insurance, portage, tips, personal expenses, and other services not specified under “Tour Price Includes”.

Special notes:

Tour Operator reserves the right to modify itineraries and/or substitute hotels of reasonably similar quality, when available, should circumstances beyond our control deem it necessary.

Please note that the price is based on the estimated pricelists for 2020 and there MIGHT be a slight fluctuation in VAT.  Due to seasonal price increase for entrance /train/air tickets/hotel/guide/transport services, the price will be recalculated by January 31, as per actual 2020 pricelists.

Please be aware that a member of the staff of our agency will need to take your original passport for several hours for registration in Turkmenistan. 

Hotel ch-in 14.00, Ch-out 11.00. No early arrivals and late departures are included unless indicated.

Please note that not all the places accept credit cards and some of the parts are semi-rural and there can be no ATMs nearby to cash out, please bring some cash for personal expenses.

Please bring only cash USD for your local expenses in Turkmenistan, no EURO and no credit cards.

Please note the drivers do not speak English or speak only basic English;

Please note that the transport may vary sedan cars/ SUV depending on the terrain requires and road conditions.

All the changes in the basic itinerary, the timing for transfers depending on the international flights' departure/arrival time are to be discussed and pre-agreed with Tour Operator.

Tour Operator is not responsible for the force majeure occasions:  changes in air/train schedule due to weather, technical conditions; repairing-reconstructing works at some parts of roads; government decrees for blocking some parts of the roads during national holidays and special events in the cities and government acts and decrees in 

changing the train /air schedule/passport-visa control passing time at the land borders and airports/ visa formalities.

Please note that passport and visa control in Uzbek- Turkmen border usually takes 1,5- 2 hrs depending on visitors' flow and inner formalities.


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