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Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan Tour - 6 days

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Tour itinerary: Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Mary – Ashgabat
Season: all the year round
Days: 6Nights: 5
Price: 600
Tour description:

Wonderful Uzbekistan and mysterious Turkmenistan expedition for 6 days! Our road will pass us through 3 main cities of Uzbekistan and 2 significant places of Turkmenistan.

Day 1
Tashkent

Flight to Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent in the early morning (ETA 09:00 am) 

Come out of the terminal and meet the driver at the exit 3. Transfer to the hotel. Meeting with the company representative who will present the tour package. You will have time to discuss the details with the representative.

Group up with a guide & driver and 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 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.

Overnight.

Day 2
Tashkent - Samarkand

Early breakfast at the hotel.

06:30 Transfer to the train station.

07:30 Departure for Samarkand by train 'Afrosiab' or 'Sharq'.

09:58 Arrival in Samarkand.

Come out of the terminal and meet with our driver & guide.

Start sightseeing program in Samarkand (5-7 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;

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

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 3
Samarkand - Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel.

08:50 Transfer to the railway station.  

09:50 Train Samarkand – Bukhara by tourist train “Afrosiab”.

11:19 Arrival in Bukhara.

Transfer to the hotel to drop off the bags and meet the guide.

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 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 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.

Back to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 4
Bukhara - Border Pass - Mary - Merv

Breakfast in the hotel.

08:30 Transfer to Turkmen – Uzbek Border Pass the border Alat/Farab.

Border passing formalities might take up to 2 hrs. Meet the guide and driver at Turkmen side of the border.

Moving to Ancient Merv (UNESCO) to start the sightseeing tour:

- Historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum,

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

Transfer to Mary.

- Visit the History Museum of the Merv region.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 5
Mary - Ashgabat

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport.

Morning flight Mary – Ashgabat. Arrival.

Meet the driver and transfer to the hotel. There group up with your guide.

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.

Visit 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 back to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 6
Ashgabat

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport.

The morning departure flight from Ashgabat.

End of the tour.

Price of the tour:

Number of participants

Price per person in standard

Price per person in comfort

1 person

$1895

$2065

2-3 persons

$1275

$1355

4-5 persons

$1095

$1180

6-8 persons

$635

$1105

Single supplement

+$175

+$235

Accommodations:

City:

Standard

Comfort

Tashkent

 Grand Capital / Arien Plaza

Navruz / Aster Gloria

Samarkand

Zilol Baxt/ City Hotel

Dilimah / Emirkhan / Grand Samarkand/ Sultan

Bukhara

As-Salom/Kabir/Kavsar/ Malika Bukhara

Devon Begi  Sofia, Asia Bukhara, Malika Bukhara

Mary

Mary

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn/ Bagt Koshg


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:

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. 

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. 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.

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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