Central Asia's best treasures in culture and heritage are most evident in the two states of Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. The nostalgia that one gets from just hearing names of civilization epochs like Merv, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shakhri-sabz takes us back to the times of the Arabian Nights. Walking through the narrow lanes of these places gets us right to where it actually took place.
|Tour Duration||:||13 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||12 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Ashgabat (TURKMENISTAN)
This evening you are scheduled to arrive Ashgabat. Once clearing through Customs & Immigration, you will be met by our local representative for a transfer to your hotel
Overnight: Nusay Hotel (3 nights)
Day 02: Ashgabat
Start a city tour of Ashgabat/capital of Turkmenistan, which has experienced boom of “Marble Architecture” for the past 15 years. Explore archeological site of Old Nissa (UNESCO World Heritage) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. Visit the National Museum of History, and continue to Arch of Neutrality. In the afternoon, drive to “Bedev” hippodrome stables to see Akhalteke horses/pride of Turkmen nation. Continue the tour with visits to Presidential Square, Ertogrul Ghazy Mosque, and the newly built Independence Park. (B, D)
Day 03: Ashgabat/Mary/Ashgabat
Take a morning flight to Mary (370 km, 40 min). Arrive in Mary, drive to National Park “Ancient Merv” (40 km, 30 min). Ancient Merv was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Visit Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress, and others. Merv blossomed during the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids and later under the Parthian, Sasanian, Arab, and Seljuk Turk rule. Return to Mary. Visit History Museum of Merv region. Take the return flight to Ashgabat (370 km, 40 min). Upon arrival transfer to hotel. (B, D)
Day 04: Ashgabat/Dashoguz/Kunya Urgench/Nukus (UZBEKISTAN)
Transfer to airport for flight to Dashoguz (580 km, 50 min). Drive to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point Khojeyli. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your driver and continue to Nukus (20 km, 30 min).
Overnight: Jipek Joli Hotel (1 night) (B, D)
Day 05: Nukus/Khiva
Visit the Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum. The museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and exposition of Karakalpak applied arts items. Have a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall, and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon, depart to Khiva (200 km, 5 hr). On the way visit archaeological monuments of ancient Khorezm: Shylpyk-Kala/a Zoroastrian dakhma, and Toprak-Kala/the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D.
Overnight:Asia Khiva Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 06: Khiva
Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Kala Fortress. Visit Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Kunya-Ark, Juma Mosque, Toshkhovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom Khodja. Free time in the afternoon. (B, D)
Day 07: Khiva/Bukhara
In the morning, depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 8 hr). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to hotel. In the evening, enjoy folklore show at Kukaldash madrasa.
Overnight: Devon Begi Hotel (2 nights) (B, BL, D)
Day 08: Bukhara
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. (B, D)
Day 09: Bukhara/Samarkand
Morning drive out of the city to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa/summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. Head to Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi and Chor Bakr Necropolis. In the afternoon, depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 hr). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat Malik dating back to 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon.
Overnight: Grand Samarkand (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 10: Samarkand
Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum/authentic shrine of Tamerlane. (B, D)
Day 11: Samarkand/Tashkent
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrosiyob Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. At 1600 hrs, transfer to railway station. Take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 1700 hrs (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 1910 hrs. Pick-up and transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Ramada Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 12: Tashkent
Meet your guide to start sightseeing of the capital, the largest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman/Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chor-Su Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Temur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. (B, D)
Day 13: Tashkent/Depart
Check-out by 1100 hrs. Transfer to the International Airport for your flight out. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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|Departure(s)||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|2018||This is a suggested program for private tours. Please contact us for details.|
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
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