Best of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

Tour: Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan


Destinations: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Dashoguz - Ashgabat - Mary - Bukhara - Samarkand –Tashkent

Transport: Private air-conditioned transport, economy class domestic flights and train tickets

Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities

Guides: English speaking guides in each country

Tour starting point: Tashkent Ends: Tashkent

 

Day 1: Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Early check-in. Sightseeing tour of Tashkent: Khast Imam Complex – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah, KaffalShashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century. Visiting modern part of Tashkent by metro: Amir Timur Square, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, Independence Square.
Overnight in Tashkent.

 

Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and flight to Urgench at 07:15. ArriveUrgench at 08:55. Transfer to Khiva, and start sightseeing – inner town of Ichan Kala (XIV-XX CC) with Muhamad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Khan Madrassah, Juma Mosque and Minaret, TashHauli Palace, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirga-zi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Overnight in Khiva.
Gas Crater


Day 3: Urgench – Dashoguz (Shavat) Post – Darwaza
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan border point. Sightseeing tour of the historical places of "Kunya-Urgench": Excursion in KunyaUrgench. Sightseeing tour in KunyaUrgench: visit Portal of Caravan-Saray, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. Transfer to famous Gas crater – Door to Hell. Dinner. Rest & night in camp near crater.

 

Day 4: Darwaza - Ashgabat
Picnic style breakfast. Drive back to Ashgabat. En-route we cross Karakum desert, will make a stop in small desert village Erbent. Arrival in Ashgabat. You will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat Sports and Housing facilities, the Earthquake and victims of WWII Monuments.
Overnight in Ashgabat.


Day 5: Ashgabat
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211BC), and reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum.
Drive to Kowata underground lake which is located 107 km from Ashgabat. The Turkmen name Kow-Ata means "father of caves". This underground area seems like a magnificent auditorium: the overall length of the cave is 230 m, its h reaches 20 m, and its width is at some points 57 m. The bottom of the cave is covered with lumps of dissolved limestone (stalagmites), and its warm and gushing water is clear and emerald colored. The water has a constant temperature of 33-37°C. (You should swim in the lake).After drive to Gokdepe fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russian Empire Army. The siege of Gokdepe lasted 23 days, after which the city was taken by storm. Visit Geokdepe Mosque (Saparmyrat Hajy) that was built in 1995 to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. Then visit Gokdepe museum about the battle between Russians and local tribe “Akhalteke” in 1881.
Later drive to visit Horse Farm to see a national proud of Turkmen people - Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. The World’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. There are over 35 beautiful horses in the farm. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon.
Drive to visit Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak (the largest mosque in Central Asia). Overnight at Hotel.


Day 6: Ashgabat – Mary – Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning flight to Mary. Arrival and transfer to ancient Merv for excursion. Sightseeing of Merv: visit Gyz Gala & Oglan Gala, Com-plex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Sotlan Sanjar Mausoleum etc. After excursion transfer to Turkmen – Uzbek border Farap. Uzbek driver will meet you at Uzbek side. Drive to Bukhara, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Bukhara.

 

Day 7: Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Starting city tour in Bukhara at 09:00. City tour with visits to the Ark Fortress – residence of Bukhara khans (I-XX CC), Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum – Shrine of Ismail Samani and other members of the Samanid Dynasty (IX-X CC), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum – Saint Job’s well (XII-XVI CC). Continue sightseeing by walk: Poi-Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret (XII C) through orient bazaars with three trade domes of Toki Zargaron (XV C), Toki Sarrafon (XVI C), Toki Telpak Fu-rushon (XVI C), Ulugbek Madrassah (XV C), Abdulazizkhan Madrassah (XVII C). Visiting Lyabi Hauz complex consisting of Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI C), Magoki Attori Mosque now used as a carpet museum (XII C), Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah and Nadir Divan-begi Khanaka. Overnight in Bukhara.


Day 8: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Shakhrisabz – hometown of Tamerlane. In Shakhrisabz we will visit the magnificent Palace of Timur – AkSaray. The pal-ace is covered with beautiful blue, white and gold mosaics. Continue by visit of Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and Dorus-Saodat Mausoleum. Drive to Samarkand. Overnight in Samarkand.

 

Day 9: Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start sightseeing from gem of Samarkand – Registan Square and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah (XV c), Sher-Dor Madrassah (XVII c), and Tillya-Kari Madrassah (XVII c) – covered with gold. Visit to Gur Emir Mau-soleum – tomb of Tamerlane, ShakhiZinda Necropolis – ensemble including mausoleums and other ritual buildings of IX-XIV and XIX CC, Ulughbek Ob-servatory, built in XV century by Timurid ruler and astronomer, Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Amir Timur (Tamerlane) in XV century and Siyab Bazaar. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 10: Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will visit Museum located in ancient settle-ment of Afrosiab. Then visit to Tombstone of KhodjaDaniyar (St Daniel), revered by three world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and mauso-leum is still a pilgrimage place for the followers of all three Abrahamic reli-gions. Drive to Konigil village to visit Samarkand Paper Mill “Meros”, where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient tech-nology. Transfer to the railway station for train Samarkand-Tashkent at 17:00. Arrive Tashkent at 19:10. Overnight in Tashkent.


Day 11: Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out by 12:00. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

 

Service includes:

*Letter of Invitation in Turkmenistan (State Registration, Travel Pass)
* Accommodation in DBL/Twin room:
* Escort English speaking guide service
* Transportation as per program per AC regular road vehicles and 4x4 where terrain requires
* Flight ticket: Tashkent-Urgench, Ashgabat - Mary
* Train ticket: Samarkand-Tashkent on 2nd class.
* Entrance fee: per program
* Meals: BF at hotel, BBQ dinner at Darvaza
* 1.5 L water per person per day

 

Service does not include:

*International flights
* Cost of Turkmen and Uzbek visa w/border fees
* Payment for photo and video
* Meals: L,D
* Tips for guide and driver
* Medical insurance
* Services not shown in the program
* Travel tax: 2 usd per person per night in Turkmenistan

Hotels

Tashkent - Miran International - ★★★★★ - 3 nights
Khiva - Erkin Palace - ★★★★ - 1 night
Darvaza - Tent/Yurt - 1 night
Ashgabat - Sport - ★★★★ - 2 nights
Bukhara - Omar Hayyam - ★★★★ - 2 nights
Samarkand - Registan Plaza - ★★★★ - 2 nights

Covered regions:
Ashgabat
Ahal region
Balkan region
Daşoguz region
Lebap region
Mary region
Number of days: 11
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Other
Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.