A trip to ancient cities of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is the best tour for those who are interested in the culture and history of two most known countries located in Central Asia.
Uzbek and Turkmen traditions are same but different - each has special rite and history of its occurrence. Even though they are neighbors - Enjoy your visit to such famous cities as Samarkand, Bukhara, Ashgabat and Kunya Urgench. Make sure you'll sighsee everything.
- Ahalteke horse stables, where you will have an opportunity to see the most beautiful horses on the Earth.
- A visit to carpet Museum and (Sunday) bazaar.
Transfer by car to gas crater Darwaza (260 km to the north from Ashgabat). In 1971, geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas.
The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, they decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Gate to Hell, and the sight of the crater at night indeed awakens mysterious feelings.
The views are most impressive in the dark, and an overnight stay in a camp near the crater is a unique experience.
09:00 Meet the guide in the lobby. 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 from the next monuments:
Start WALKING sightseeing program in Bukhara (6-7 hours):
- Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi 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 Saifuddin (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.
14:30 Transfer from hotel to the train station.
15:50 Departure for Samarkand by tourist train Afrosiab or Sharq.
17:20 Arrival in Samarkand.
Come out of the terminal and meet with our driver.
Start sightseeing program in Samarkand(6-7 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 – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, the ensemble of 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 15th 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 medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;
- Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966, and it was erected in the approximate place of the earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor people who took a part in the reconstruction ;
- Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;