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Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan Tour - 14 days

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Tour itinerary: Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan
Season: all the year around
Days: 14Nights: 13
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
Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent. Our driver will meet you holding a sign 'ANUR TOUR.' Transfer to the hotel.
Meet with our manager. You will have time to discuss the tour details with him.  
Resting time. Overnight.
Day 2
Tashkent

Breakfast. 

09:00 Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start the excursion in Tashkent (5-6 hours)
– 
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 - the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present, and future of the country; 

– 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. 

– Visiting the Chorsu market and drive back to the new city by metro. 

Continue excursion with visiting Independence Square. There are fountains standing for life energy of Uzbek people, the “Eternal flame" in honor of soldiers who died during the World War II,  the arch " Good and noble aspiration" crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, a road "Ok Yul" (“Good way”) leading to Independence Monument and monument to Happy Mother that symbolize the hope for a great future.

One can often see the newly-weds who start a family and independent life walking through the arch of “Good and noble aspirations,” laying flowers at the monument of Happy Mother and Eternal flame.

– Theatre Square with the Opera House.

– Amir Temur Square

Finish your excursion. Transfer to the hotel. Resting time.

Overnight.

Day 3
Tashkent - Samarkand

Breakfast. 

Transfer to the railway station of Tashkent. 

Departure to Samarkand by train 'Afrosiyob'. 

Arrival. Meet with a guide and driver, and start sightseeing program in Samarkand (3-5 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; 

Finish your first half of the excursion. 

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 4
Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet the guide in the lobby. Continue your excursion in the historical part of Samarkand and suburbs:

Finish excursion. Back to the hotel. Resting time.

Overnight.

Day 5
Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Bukhara

Breakfast. Check-out.

Departure to Bukhara by car via Shakhrisabz. (~340 km)

Arrival in Shakhrisabz. Meet with your guide. Start your walking excursion around Shakhrisabz (2-3 hours).

There is not so much you could sightsee, in comparison with Samarkand, his so-called older brother. But sights of Shakhrisabz are truly unique. 

If you drive to Shakhrisabz from Bukhara - you will have to pass a mountain pass called ‘Takhtakaracha’. The road cafe up there cooking meat probably better than some restaurant with 3 Michelin stars. You can sit on ‘ayvan’, with a piece of mutton shashlik and take lunch while spectating a stunning view of Uzbek nature.

Sights of Shakhrisabz:

- Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlane. The palace was constructed and decorated by deported from conquered Khorezm skillful builders, masters and artisans. Some parts of the gate tower survived to the present day.

- Mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat ("The Place of Power", XIV century) contains the tomb of Eldest and favorite Tamerlane’s son Jahongir.

- Visit Kok Gumbaz, so-called “House of Meditation”

- Mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of the XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried. 

Finish your excursion. Walk back to your driver and continue the way to Bukhara.

Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 6
Bukhara

Breakfast.

09:00 Meet your guide at the hotel's lobby and start WALKING excursion around Bukhara:

– 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 stores offering you souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets; 

– Caravanserai Saifuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);

– There are three trading places or so-called covered bazaars: Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon, and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century. 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 standing in front of 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 impressing the imagination of every visitor;

- 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.

Optionally can be added by request: a quick visit to Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture with a local guide.

  • Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel. 
  • Overnight.
Day 7
Bukhara - Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Transfter to the railway station of Bukhara. 

Departure to Khiva by train 'Afrosiyob' / 'Sharq' or by car. (depends on the weather conditions / train tickets avaiability). The road will take ~ 6 hours. 

Arrival to Khiva at late evening. Hotel check-in.

Overnight.

Day 8
Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet with a guide in the hotel's lobb and start walking excursion (5-6 hours) 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 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; Juma Mosque and Jami Minaret.
Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel.
Overnight.

Day 9
Khiva - Nukus

Breakfast. 

Departure ride to Nukus by car. (171 km, ~2 hours drive)

Arrival. Meet with a guide and take a small tour around Nukus, visiting the Savitsky Museum and main sights of Nukus.

Finish your excursion. Transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight.

Day 10
Aral Sea - Muynak - Nukus

Breakfast.

Meet with a guide and start driving to Muynak - a town that once was a seaport, a living symbol of Aral Sea catastrophe. In 1960x years it was hard to reach Muynak by car or bus. The sea was so big and citizens of Muynak had their life and work.

But the government decided otherwise. In one early morning people of Muynak found out that waterline has moved 6~ meters away. ‘Maybe, just a seasonal low tide,’ - they thought. 

But the sea has never returned.

Nowadays, Muynak has lost 70% of its population. Not only because of a gone sense to evolve and work, but also because of the dust coming up from dried sea bottom. Its filled with pesticides and salt washed away from the cotton fields. Salt is everywhere. Sand & dust are everywhere.Even the sunshine is hard to see through it. 

Arrival in Muynak. Meet with a guide and take the excursion to the Museum of Aral Sea, the Monument of Awaiting Mother, abandoned pier and the Cemetery of Ships. 

Off-road sightseeing objects: Reunion Island, previously belonged to USSR army, soviet military base, Old Believers' cemetery with a village of repressed victims of Stalin, cafe ‘Muynak’ with very tasty yet salty dishes.

Finish your excursion.

Transfer back to Nukus, check-in the hotel. Overnight. 

Day 11
Nukus - Hojeyli - Kunya Urgench - Ashgabat
Breakfast. 
Meet with a driver in the hotel's lobby and start driving to the border pass Hojeyli between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The whole road might take up to 4 hours . Please, be aware of slow visa checking-out process on the Turkmen side.
Pass the border and meet with the Turkmen driver. Transfer to Kunya Urgench.
Arrival. Meet with a guide and start sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench (3-4 hours) 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).

Finish your excursion. Transfer to the airport.

Departure flight for Ashgabad 

Arrival. Meet with a driver.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 12
Ashgabat

Breakfast.

09:00 Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start city tour with visits to Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118m column that consider the highest building in the country),  Neutrality Arch - an unique composition that  rotates slowly after the sun. Visiting  National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique  exposition 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 back to Ashgabad. Visit en-route Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. It's considered the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There're beautiful garden and fountains near the mosque. 

Finish your excursion. Transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight.   

Day 13
Ashgabat - Mary & Merv - Ashgabat
Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to the airport.
Departure to Mary by morning flight.
Arrival in Mary.
Trip to Gonur Depe (UNESCO) that is a capital temple city of the country Margush. Necropolis of Gonur Tepe holds a lot of mysteries for historians, archaeologists and scientists. 
Upon return to Mary, visit to History museum of Merv region.  
Transfer back to Mary, for an evening flight.
Departure flight to Ashgabat.
Arrival, transfer back to the hotel. 
Overnight.

Day 14
Ashgabat
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
Departure flight to your home destination country.
End of the tour.

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

Khiva

Malika Khiva / Malika Kheyvak / Arqanchi /Eurasia

Erkin Palace / Khiva Silk Road / Lokomotiv / Asia Khiva

Nukus

Jibek Joly / Tashkent hotel / Royal Nukus

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn /Bagt Koshgi

Sport hotel / Archabil

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME CATEGORY

 

Price of the tour:
Tour Price includes:
  • - 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 cost;

  • - 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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