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Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan in 8 days / 2

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Tour itinerary: Ashgabat – Darwaza – Kunya Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent
Season: April - October
Days: 8Nights: 7
Price: by request
Tour description:


A trip to ancient cities of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is the best tour for those who are interested in the culture and history of Central Asia. Enjoy your visit to such famous cities as Samarkand, Bukhara, Ashgabat and Kunya Urgench.

Day 1
Ashgabat

Flight to Ashgabat.

Arrival in Ashgabat in the early morning (ETA 06:00).

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

Start Ashgabat city tour with 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 is considered as the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There are beautiful gardens and fountains near the mosque. 

Transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight.

Day 2
Ashgabat - Darvaza

Breakfast.

Continue city tour around Ashgabad visiting: 

- Anau mosque ruins; 

- 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 Ashgabad). 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.

Barbeque dinner and overnight in the camp.

Day 3
Darvaza - Kunya Urgench - Dashoguz - Khiva

Camp-style breakfast. Transfer to Kunya-Urgench. 

Start sightseeing tour 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 Turkmen – Uzbek Border.

 Pass the border (border crossing may take 1 -2 hrs).

Meet the driver at the Uzbekistan side of border. Transfer to Khiva.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4
Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

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: 

- 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.

Finish excursion. Back to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 5
Khiva - Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

07:15 Transfer to the train station 

08:45 Train Khiva-Bukhara OR transfer by bus (as per train schedule). 

14:48 Arrival in Bukhara.

Come out of the terminal and meet with our driver. 

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 6
Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel.

09:00 Meet the guide in the lobby.

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.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. 

09:00 Meet the guide in the lobby.

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 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 medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;

Samarkand bazaar – Siyab

16:30 Transfer from hotel to the train station.

17:28 Departure for Tashkent by speed train Afrosiab or Sharq.

19:44 Arrival in Tashkent. 

Come out of the terminal and meet with our driver.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8
Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet the guide in the lobby.

Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent (5-6 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 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;

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

Transfer to the airport.

The evening departure flight from Tashkent

Accommodation:

City

Standard

Comfort

Tashkent

Uzbekistan / Grand Capital / Mirzo Boutique 

Dedeman Silk Road / Grand Mir / Lotte City Hotel

Samarkand

Malika Prime / Zilol Baxt /  City Hotel

Asia SamarkandGrand Samarkand  / Emirhan

Bukhara

Basilic /As-Salom /Kabir/ Kavsar

Malika Bukhara / Asia Bukhara / Nodir Devon Begi

Mary

Margush  / Yrsgal

Margush  / Yrsgal

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn /Bagt Koshgi

Sport hotel / Archabil

Darvaza

Yurt

Yurt

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME CATEGORY

 

Price of the tour:
Tour Price includes:

- Train tickets Khiva- Bukhara  by standard train ( economy class) OR transfer by car;  

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

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

- Accommodation in a standard twin shared rooms;

- Accommodation in shared trekking tent/yurt  (incl. sleeping mat, sleeping bag, and pillow), 

- Tourist tax per person;

- Meals: breakfast at hotels; camp-style breakfast and BBQ dinner in Darwaza camp ;

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

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

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

Tour Price does not include:

- International flights to/from Tashkent ; 

- E-visa to Uzbekistan (if required),

- Turkmenistan tourist visa from 55+2 USD  per person(subject to change; nationality dependent), Turkmenistan migration tax 10+2 USD per person (subject to change);

- Meals (lunches and dinners, except those specified in the program);

- Photo/video fees (professional camera); 

- Transport and guide service for free time and after the standard city tours (can be added by request);

- Personal /travel insurance; charges in hotels for additional services; tips and gratuities, portage; other services not specified under “Tour price includes”.

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