Uzbekistan Turkmenistan Tour - 214 Days | Tashkent, Khiva, Nukus, Kunya-Urgench, Darvaza gas crater, Ashgabat, Mary, Gonur, Merv, Turkmenabat, Bukhara, Samarkand

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This 14-day day Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan tour will take you through time and transfer to the Ancient East. Uzbekistan and its cities with its centuries’ long history will impress you with its glory. You will visit architectural monuments of Tamerlane’s capital city Samarkand, the city of mosques and medreses Holy Bukhara, and the preserved medieval fortress Itchan-Kala in Khiva, famous museum named after Savitsky in Karakalpakstan in the capital city Nukus and experience the largest megapolis of Central Asia - Tashkent.

Remains of the ancient cities have been preserved on the territory of Turkmenistan such as antique Alexandria and Margian Antioxia and the medieval Sultan Kala. You will also have an opportunity to visit the camping site for archeologists carrying out the excavations of Gonur that had been a capital city of Margush in the middle of the Karakum desert, where long chain of caravans had passed through. You will take the memories of the taste of Turkmen dishes and a royal image of Akhelteke breed horses.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
 
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Meet your guide to start your Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan tour with sightseeing in the capital and the biggest city in Central Asia.
Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imam 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 Chorsu bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center with Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
 
Early morning transfer for flight to Urgench (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Arrival in Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 minutes’ drive). Later proceed for guided walking sightseeing tour. Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Itchan-Qala. Visit Mukhammad Aminkhan madrasahMukhammad Rakhimkhan madrasahKalta-MinorJuma MosqueTash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Kunya-Arkminaret of Islam Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 3: Khiva – Nukus
 
After breakfast depart to Nukus (200 km, 3 h.). On the way visit archaeological monuments of ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk Zoroastrian dakhma, and Toprak-Kala – the capital of Khorezm dating back to the 3rd century A.D. Arrive in Nukus, check in to 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. Have a short drive around center of Nukus: see statue of Karakalpak poet Berdakh, Nukus City Hall and Drama Theatre. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Nukus – Kunya-Urgench – Darvaza gas crater
 
In the morning drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Xojayli. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Kunya-Urgench (20 min.). Visit Kunya-Urgench historical site: mausoleums of Tyurabek-Khanum, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmuddin-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover theKutlug-Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla Hill. Drive to Darvaza gas crater in the Karakum desert (270 km, 4 hours). Set up a camp. Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 5: Darvaza gas crater – Ashgabat
 
After camp style breakfast depart to Ashgabat (280 km, 4 h.). On the way stop at Erbent village to witness life of locals surrounded by desert. Arrive in Ashgabat, free time.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Ashgabat
 
You will start the day with a sightseeing tour in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan that has recently been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most white marble-clad buildings in the world. During the city tour you will explore an archeological site of Old Nisa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. You will visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and newly built Independence Park. Intense and interesting excursion also includes a stopover at the Akhalteke horse and Lenin Monument. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours
Day 7: Ashgabat – Mary – Gonur (Margush) – Mary
 
Take a morning flight to Mary (370 km, 40 min.). Arrive in Mary (370 km, 40 min.). Arrive in Mary, drive through the desert to archeological camp Gonur Depe (110 km, 3 h.). Discover the excavations of the ancient Margush country capital – Gonur which consists of the Palace of the city, Fire and Water Temples, Royal Necropolis. Return to Mary. Visit History Museum of Merv region. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4 hours
Day 8: Mary – Merv – Turkmenabat
 
In the morning depart Mary and drive to Merv, an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road (40 km, 30 min.). Discover Historical Park “Ancient Merv” with Sultan Sanjar MausoleumLarge and Small Kyz KalaErk KalaGyaur KalaKeshk Fortress, and others. In the afternoon depart to Turkmenabat (200 km, 4 h. 30 min.). Arrive in Turkmenabat, check-in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 9: Turkmenabat – Bukhara
 
In the morning transfer to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point (45 km, 1 h.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your driver and continue to Bukhara (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Arrival in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Free time in Old City. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Bukhara
 
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz ComplexMagoki-Attori mosqueChor-Minor madrasahtrade domesKalyan mosque and minaret and Miri-Arab madrasahmadrasah of Ulugbek and AbdulazizkhanArk Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty mausoleum and Chashma-Ayub mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 11: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
Continue sightseeing tour with a guide. Drive out of the city to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. Head to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik dating back to 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon, check in to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours
Day 12: Samarkand
 
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum mosqueUlugbek observatorySiab BazaarShakhi-Zinda necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 13: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab museum and the tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. At 16:00 transfer to railway station. Take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train  departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). Scheduled arrival time is 19:10. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 14: Tashkent – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. End of the tour.
  • All transfers: 1-2 pax by sedan type car, 3-7 pax by minivan car;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • English speaking tour leader in Turkmenistan;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each country;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class tickets for flights Tashkent-Urgench, Ashgabat-Mary;
  • Business/Economy-class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent as per option;
  • Utensils and necessary equipment for staying in tents at Darwaza crater (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows, dining table, chairs) with camp style dinner and breakfast;
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan tourist visas.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour in Uzbekistan;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan tourist visas;
  • Turkmenistan migration card paid upon arrival on the border 12 USD;
  • Personal travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Comfort Option
Economy Option
Tashkent - 2 nights
Wyndham Tashkent, Ramada, City Palace Ichan Qala, "Sharq", "Samir", "Shodlik"
Khiva - 1 night
Asia Khiva Malika Kheivak, Orient Star, Malika Khiva, Old Khiva
Nukus - 1 night
Jipek Joli, Rahnamo Jipek Joli, Rahnamo
Gaz crater - 1 night
Tent Tent
Ashgabat - 2 nights
Oguzkent, Nusay Grand Turkmen, Ak-Altyn
Mary - 1 night
Mary Mary
Turkmenabat - 1 night
Jeyhun Jeyhun
Bukhara - 2 nights
Omar Khayam, Devon-Begi, Zargaron Plaza, Asia Bukhara, Minorai-Kalon Amulet, Minzifa, K.Komil, Kukeldash, Zargaron, Kavsar, As-Salom, Siyavush
Samarkand - 2 nights
Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Platan, Sultan, Malika Prime, Asia Samarkand City, Platan, Billuri Sitora, Jahongir, Caravan Serail, Malika Classic

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