Combine tour: UZBEKISTAN & TURKMENISTAN
Day 1. Тashkent
Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Rest time. Night in the hotel.
Day 2. Tashkent - Nukus - Ayaz-Kala
Breakfast. Morning flight to Nukus.
On arrival, short excursion in Nukus. Visiting the museum of Savitsky.
to the yurt camp Ayaz-Kala. Visiting Ayaz-Kala fortress. Riding on
camels at will. Dinner and night in the yurt camp.
Day 3. Ayaz-Kala - Khiva
Breakfast. After breakfast transfer to Khiva. On arrival in Khiva - check-in.
Start excursion in the historical part of Khiva - Ichan-Kala (Inner town). Ichan Kala which is the biggest open air museum in Central Asia consists of the following architectural monuments: Ata Darbaza (West Gate), Kunya Ark, Muhammad Rakhim-Khan Madrassa, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, Kalta Minor Minaret, Jome Mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja Madrassa and Minaret, Said Alauddin Mausoleum, Pahlavan
Mahmud Mausoleum, the last Khiva Khan Allakulikhan's Madrassa and Tosh Hovli Palace where was the harem with 40 concubines, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulikhan.
Dinner. Transfer to the hotel. Night in the hotel.
Day 4. Khiva - Kunya-Urgench - Dashoguz
Transfer to the uzbek-turkmen boarder. Checkpoint Shavat. Transfer to
Moving in Kunya-Urgench. Excursion: the founder mausoleum of Sufi sects "Kubra" Nadzhimetdin Kubra the mausoleum of Mongolian princess Tyurabeg-Hanym, minaret Mamun, minaret Kutlug-Timur (XII-XIV c, the highest minaret in Central Asia - its height today is 67 m), mausoleum Kyrkmolla, madrasah ibn-Hadzhyba, mausoleum Arslan II (the oldest building in the city - date of its bookmark is roughly estimated by XI century), mausoleums Fakhr ad-Din Razi, al-Azizan Ramatani, Sayyid Ahmad (XII-XIV centuries.) Piryarveli, Guligerdan, Horezimbag, Dashgala, Matkarim-Ishan (XIX-XX c.), Sultan Ali, Tekesh-Horezmshah with minaret XIV centuries, Dashmedzhet (1903-1908.) and Ak-Kala fortress (Akgala, I-XIII cc.).Transfer to Dashoguz. Check-in at the hotel "Uzboy". Night in the hotel.
Day 5. Dashoguz - Darwaza
Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer by car to Darwaza (260 km North from Ashgabad).
Darwaza literally means "Gate". The whole area around Darwaza is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since.
Locals have named the cavern The Gate to Hell, and the sight of the crater at night indeed gives a somewhat spooky feel. The crater now has a diameter of approximately60 m, and a depth of 20 m.
The views are most impressive in the dark, and an overnight stay in tents near the crater is a unique experience, especially when accompanied by a barbeque dinner.
Night in the tent
Day 6. Darwaza - Ashgabad
morning transfer from Radwaza to Ashgabad. On arrival check-in. Rest time.
Day 7. Ashgabad - Nisa - Mary
Sightseeing: Arch of Neutrality (75 m. - the highest construction in Turkmenistan), with the gold statue of Turkmenbashi on the top, the complex of Academy of Sciences, the Academic Theater of drama named after Mollanepes, Bairam-Khan monument, Mekan Palace, the orthodox church of Aleksandr Nevskiy (XIX century), Ertogrulgazy mosque with 4 minarets and the enormous dome (1997) - the largest mosque in the country.
Transfer to Nisa (Konenusay, III century BC. - III century AD). A great deal of unique objects of the past was discovered on the small territory of the ancient town, including 2700 tablets from clay with inscriptions, ruins of the ancient fortress Mitridatkert (area about 14 hectares), the remains of town districts, churches, palaces, the archive of business documents, artworks and others. Nearby the well-known Baharden cave with huge underground lake Kou-Ata ("Father of lakes", the area about 3 thousand sq.) is located. The whole year round the temperature of water in the lake is about +36 C.
Back to Ashgabad. In the evening flight to Mary. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Night in the hotel "Margush" or "Yrsgal".
Day 8. Mary - Bukhara
Departure to Mary. Moving in Merv. Excursion. Ancient Merv. Discover historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles - "Kesk" fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others.
In the afternoon transfer to the Turkmen-Uzbek boarder. Checkpoin Farab - Olot. Then moving to Bukhara.
Arrival. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9. Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel.
Sightseeing tour of Bukhara with visiting: Samanids Mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Haus Mosque, Ark Fortress, Minorai-Kalon and Poi-Kalon Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrassah, Toki-Zargaron, Kosh Madrassah (Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan), Magoki-Attori Mosque, Lyabi-Hause ansemble.
A visit to three trading domes (covered bazaars). In XVI century it was the center for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today tourists can also buy here different souvenirs of a wide range: from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.
Dinner with folk show in Nadir Divanbegi Madrassah (by request). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10. Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
breakfast transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz. Short excursion in
Shakhrisabz. Lunch in the café of Shakhrisabz. Continue driving to Samarkand.
On arrival in Samarkand check-in. Rest. Free time.
Day 11. Samarkand
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Samarkand with visiting: Gur Emir Mausoleum (Tamerlan's tomb), Ruhabad Mausoleum, Registan Square (a heart of the city), Bibi-Hanum Mosque, Shahi Zinda Necropolis.
time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12. Samarkand - Тashkent
Breakfast. Excursion of the city. Ulugbek's Observatory - one of the most important astronomical centers; visit to the Mausoleum of Khodja Doniyor known as Saint Daniel. Members of the three religions - Muslims, Christians and Jewish visit and treat the mausoleum with respect; Samarkand local bazaar - Siyab.
Transfer to the railway station.
Moving in Tashkent by high-speed train «Afrosiab».
Arrival in Tashkent.
Dinner. Accommodation. Overnight.
Day 13. Tashkent
Breakfast in the hotel. Sightseeing: Amir Temur Square, the Square of Opera and Ballet Theatre after Navoi, the Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square and the Monument of Courage - the monument to victims of the earthquake in 1966; Visiting Abulkasim Madrassah and the National Park Alisher Navoi in the old part of the city, as well as the religious center of Tashkent - Hasti Imam Complex. The complex consists of Barakhan Madrassah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic literature, where the Koran of Usman is - the oldest extant manuscript of the Koran.
Transfer to the airport. The end of the tour.
Tour price includes
- Single accommodation + breakfast;
- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;
- Transportation services all over the tour;
- Local guides services;
- Visa invitation letter for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan;
- Train tickets:
- Samarkand - Tashkent "Afrosiab"
Tour price does not include
- Airfare international flights;
- Airfare local flights:
- Tashkent - Nukus - $120
- Ashgabad - Mary - $60
- Folk show with dinner in Bukhara;
- Video and photo shooting charge on the spots;
- Meals (lunches, dinners).