Two destinations in one destiny on the Silk Road
Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan
Travel itinerary: Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva – Dashoguz – Kunyaurganch – Ashgabat – Yangikala – Turkmenbashy - Mary - Bukhara –Shahrisabz –Samarkand – Tashkent
Duration: 19 days/18 nights
Kind of route: airway tour and motor coach
Accommodation: Double/twin accommodations in hotels
Description: This combined tailor-made tour itinerary including Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan gives you a chance of visiting the most attractive places with rich history and traditions of two relative nations on the Great Silk Road. You will really enjoy this tour
itinerary having the combined city, desert and nature touristic points of two neighbouring countries.
01DAY Homeland – Tashkent
Arrival in the morning, transfer to hotel for early check-in. After breakfast, we start our excursion with the old town, the “Eski shakhar”, a maze of narrow streets dusty, overlooked by low houses of brick and mud, ancient mosques and madrasas (Islamic academies), which seems to have been spared by Soviet planners to show the original appearance of the buildings. It continues with the complex of Hazrat
Imams, which includes the Barak Khan madrassah (XVI century), the old mosque Djami (Friday) still in the work, and the mausoleum of Kaffal Chachi - the tomb of a great philosopher, poet and teacher of Islam lived in the tenth century. It 'still a place of pilgrimage for the locals. Then we will stop at the bazaar Charsu, the city's most famous farmer's market and a great place to meet many locals coming from the surrounding countryside dressed in traditional costumes.
Finally panoramic tour of the modern city: the Independence Square, the square of Amir Temur, the Theatre Square. Dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight in Tashkent.
02DAY Tashkent - Nukus – Kungrad – Usturt Plateau – Sudochie lake – Aral Sea
After breakfast transfer to Tashkent domestic airport – 3 to take a flight to Nukus. Arriving in Nukus, You will be met by driver in Jeeps 4x4 and transfer to the Aral Sea.
The distance till the water line of Aral Sea is 450 km and it takes approximately 8-9 hours to cover it. Pass via Kungrad district, which used to be one of the trading centers on the Silk Road. On the way, see remains of a lighthouse; pass by the ruins of abandoned settlement Urga. Photo stop at the Lake Sudochie. Have a picnic lunch on the way. Continue driving on the immense Usturt Plateau. Arrive at the Aral Sea late in the afternoon. Set up the tent. Camp-style dinner. Overnight in tents.
03DAY Aral Sea – Muynak – Nukus
Early wake up to take pictures of sun rise. After breakfast head back to Nukus. Stop to take pictures of beautiful canyons and the collapsed land. Drive on the dried bottom of the sea. Stop at Muynak to have a look at the former port with abandoned ships in the sand – “Cemetery of ships”. In Muynak, visit Local History Museum (might be closed without prior notice). Picnic lunch. Arrive in Nukus and check-in the hotel. Overnight in Nukus.
04DAY Nukus – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. 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. Transfer to Khiva.
On the way visit the ruins archaeological monuments and fortresses of Ancient Khorezm: Kyzyl Kala, Ayaz-Kala and Toprak-Kala – the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Overnight in Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. The day will be dedicated to visiting Khiva. “Ichan Kala”, its old town dating from the fifth century BC was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The excursion starts from the West Gate Ata Darvaza, the statue of the great scholar Al-Khorezmi (Algorithme), founder of algebra; Complex Muhammed Aminkhan (XIX s) with the Madrassa Aiminkhan and Kalta Minor Minaret, the Fortress Kunya Ark, the residence of local rulers with the Reception Hall, the Royal Mosque, the Harem, the Old Prisons, etc., Mosque Djouma (x, s) is the most beautiful Friday Mosque of Khiva from the 213 carved wooden columns. After lunch visit the Palace Tash Khovli, the second residence of the rulers of Khiva with the Harem, the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud, poet, philosopher and legendary wrestler, patron saint of the city, one of the most sacred and beautiful of Khiva, the Royal Caravanserai with its fascinating bazaar and just from this sight you may have a free time for walking and shopping in a Local Bazzar in Khiva. Dinner at restaurant. After dinner show you will have a chance to feel the charming Khiva night walking. Overnight in Khiva.
06DAY Khiva – Dashoguz - Derwaza
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan border point. Border formalities on both sides.
Meeting group on “Shavat” border and transfer to Dashoguz city where we lead our way to Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing tour of the historical places of "Kunya-Urgench. Lunch. Then driving to Derwaza (300 km). Sightseeing famous Gas crater. Dinner.
Rest & night in camp near crater.
07DAY Derwaza - Ashgabat
Early morning drive to Ashgabat (360 km). Hotel accommodation and breakfast. Visiting National Carpet Museum. Recreational center “Alem”. Arch of Neutrality. The Neutrality monument and etc. Route excursion “Ashgabat at night”. Rest & night at hotel.
Breakfast. City tour: Old and new Nissa; Ancient capital of Parthian kings; National museum of Ethnography & history; Drive to the hotel. Overnight in hotel.
09DAY Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy (595 km, 45min)
Fly to Turkmenbashy city and drive to Yangikala canyons.
Picnic lunch at the Crocodile canyon.
Come back to Turkmenbashy city check in hotel . Overnight in hotel.
City tour. Rest. Visit to Turkmen bazaar in Turkmenbashy city, sightseeing excursion, visit museum of Caspian sea and national city museum.
Lunch at the seafood café. Drive to National tourism zone Avaza. Check in to hotel in Avaza.
Overnight in hotel
11DAY Avaza National Tourism Zone
Breakfast. The coast of the Caspian Sea is famous for its wonderful sandy beaches, clean, crystal water, abundance of sea flora and fauna, which allows to enjoy water kinds of sport. City of Khazar and the suburb of Turkmenbashi – Avaza, the health resort, in the sanatoriums and preventoriums prophylactic events of different kinds of pneumonia, are more popular among the vacationers.
Tour in Avaza includes ride at the boats through the Avaza river, museum of vessels, aqua park and lune park.
Overnight in hotel.
12DAY Turkmenbashy – Mary
Transfer to the airport of Turkmenbashy. Domestic flight Turkmenbashy - Mary. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Tour of the Old Merv: Mausoleum of Soltan Sanjar; Big and small Gyz Gala; Merv as for historical value and significance, Ancient Merv is one of the major districts. It is located in the lower riverbed of the Murgab river. Lunch at the local restaurant. Continuation of the tour: The museum of History and Ethnography. Free time. Dinner. Night at the hotel.
13DAY Mary – Farap border - Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast driving to Farapborder (around 200 km) Lebap region. Border Passing & Customs formalities. Drive to Bukhara. Bukhara, most likely paid attention to the strange "shaggy hats" on the top of minarets. These are storks` nests. And the white bird of hope can serve as a city's symbol, symbol of its firmness and stability. More than once throughout its history this rich city suffered the invasions of various enemies. The most devastating invasion was that of Mongols. But each time Bukhara revived and which is more. It always revived on the same place as if keeping loyalty to its roots. Over centuries the city was a fertile oasis in the valley of the river Zerafshan on the Great Silk Road, the leading center of science and culture. Hotel accommodation.Free time.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. We start our tour from the Mausoleum of the Samanids, and architectural jewel of the ninth century, the Mausoleum of Tchashma Ayoub "Source of Job", Mosque Bolo Khaouz "mosque over the bath," the Citadel Ark the heart of the old town, was the official residence of the rulers of Bukhara. The Madrasse twins: the Madrassa of Ulugbek and that of Abdoulaziz and Tchor Minor '4 minarets "a small madrasa with four minarets strange architecture.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Then we continue our tour from the Kalon Complex occupies a central part of the city of Bukhara with its impressive Kalon Minaret of the twelfth century, Poi-Kalyan Complex including: Minaret of Kalyan (XII), Medrese of Mir-Arab (XVI), Kalyan Mosque (XV), The Old Covered Market (Bazaar) belong to civil architecture of the sixteenth century Taki Zargaron (jewelers), Taki Telpakfurushon (hatters), Taki Sarrafon (currency exchange), the Jews of Bukhara. The complex Lyabi Khauz (XVI-XVII) with Khanaka and Madrassa N. Devon Beghi, the Madrassa Kukeldash, Demonstration of silk production and materials, Chor-Minor Medrese (1807). Dinner at Medrese Nadir Devan Begi with folklore show. Overnight in Bukhara.
16DAY Bukhara – Shahrisabz - Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz (250 km, 3,5 hrs). Shakhrisabz – Tamerlane’s Hometown. Shakhrisabz is one of the most beautiful and colorful Uzbekistan cities, which is located 90 km south of Samarkand. Lunch. Excursion program over Shahrisabz: Visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dor-us Saodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. Driving to Samarkand (90 km, 1,5 hrs). Accommadation in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion program over Samarkand.
"The town of Blue domes". The history of Samarkand dates back to 2500 years and more from now landmarks dated back to the times of the Timur’s Dynasty and of the same importance as architectural masterpieces of ancient Egypt, China, India, Greece and Rome. Visiting Ulugbek Observatory and Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrosiab Museum. The Afrasiab Museum displays the model of ancient city and fortress walls, pottery, weaponry, coinage, altars and most of all the mural painting of the 7th century. Lunch.
Registan Square with the three Madrasse completely covered with tiles and mosaics of lapis lazuli is one of the most extraordinary monuments of Central Asia with the Ulugbek Madrassa, the Sher Dor Madrassa and Tilla Kari Madrassa.
Dinner. Overnight in Samarkand.
18DAY Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Visiting Bibi- Khanum mosque built by Timur for his favorite wife and world famous Siyab Bazaar. Siyab Bazaar - the city’s biggest and the most ancient market. It welcomes the customers with abundance of fruit and vegetables growing in the fertile of Zarafshan valley. Pyramids of water-melons and melons, bags with walnuts, seedless raisins and dried apricots, bunches of grapes and alluring piles of figs attract the visitor with sweet tooth. Red apples and sweet-scented pears lay on counters next to leathery fruits of a pomegranate. The air is fragrant with a strong smell of spices - pepper and saffron, cardamom and nutmeg, zeera (cumin) and caraway seeds. A lot of counters are occupied with a special local delicacy - salty apricot stones baked in ashes. And, of course, a flat bread row offers teen kinds of brown Samarkand flat bread for choice.
Lunch. 14:00 Transfer to Tashkent (300km). Arrival in Tashkent and check in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.
After breakfast, transfer to Tashkent International Airport for the flight to homeland. With great impressions and unforgettable experiences you will leave home!
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