Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2018

Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan Group Tour 201811 Days | Ashgabat, Mary, Darvaza, Kunya-Urgench, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent

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Group size: 1 - 14 persons

Absorb the color and beauty of Central Asia with Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan group tour. In Uzbekistan, get acquainted with ancient monuments of magnificent Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. In Turkmenistan, visit Ashgabat, the city of white marble; discover ancient Merv, the past major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road; plunge into tranquility in the Karakum desert, and many more.
Book your inimitable journey at a shared cost and travel with like-minded explorers from all over the world.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Tu: Ashgabat – arrival
 
Arrive in Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, We: Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat
 
Your Turkmenistan group tours starts with 8:00 am morning flight to Mary. Scheduled arrival is at 08:40. Explore ancient city of Merv, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Return to Mary. Visit History museum of the region. Transfer to the airport for evening flight to Ashgabat at 19:00. Scheduled arrival is at 20:00. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 3, Th: Ashgabat – Darvaza gas crater
 
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 Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. You will visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, newly built Independence Park and (Sunday) bazaar. Intense and interesting excursion also includes a stopover at the Akhalteke horse stables.
In the afternoon drive to Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of Karakum desert (280 km, 4h.). On the way stop at Erbent village to witness life of locals surrounded by desert. Arrive at the crater, set up the camp. Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Day 4, Fr: Darvaza – Kunya-Urgench – Shavat border point – Khiva
 
In the morning depart Gas crater and drive to Kunya-Urgench. Visit mausoleums of Turabek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmuddin-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla Hill. After lunch drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Shavat-Dashoguz. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Uzbekistan driver and drive to Khiva (60 km, 1 h). Transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 5, Sa: Khiva
 
At 10:00 meet your group and guide in the lobby of the hotel and start guided walking sightseeing tour. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress. In Ichan-Qala fortress visit Kunya-ArkSayeed Alauddin MausoleumArab-Mukhamadkhan Madrasah, Oq-Masjid Mosque, Madrasah of Hodjan Berdi-biya, Shirgazikhan, Abdullakhan, Juma Mosque, Allakulikhan Madrasah, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud MausoleumMinaret of Islom-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 6, Su: Khiva – Bukhara
 
After breakfast depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed from Khiva to Bukhara 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 the hotel. Dinner and national show at Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah.
*we advise preparing lunch-boxes for this trip as there is the only local café on the way.
**some parts of the road are in a bad condition.
Day 7, Mo: Bukhara
 
Breakfast. In the morning start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara.
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.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 8, Tu: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
At 08:00 depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). On the way stop at Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Continue driving. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel.
Later start Samarkand sightseeing tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Siab Bazaar. Free evening.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 9, We: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
In the morning meet with your guide and driver at the lobby of the hotel. Continue sightseeing: visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek observatory, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry.
At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:30 (300 km) and arriving in Tashkent at 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 10, Th: Tashkent
 
Guided sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran, holy book, of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center, stroll around Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Farewell lunch in one of the restaurants in Tashkent. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 11, Fr: Tashkent – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City
Hotels
Number of nights
Ashgabat
2
Darvaza
Tents
1
Tashkent
2
Khiva
2
Bukhara
2
Samarkand
1

 

  • Accommodation based on double room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Transportation throughout the tour, including airports/train stations pick up and drop offs;
  • Sightseeing tour program with a local guide in Turkmenistan; different guides in each city in Uzbekistan;
  • Entrance tickets to the sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Ashgabat-Mary-Ashgabat;
  • Economy class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan visas;
  • Utensils and necessary equipment for staying in tents (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows, dining table, chairs);
  • Dinner with folklore show program at Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah in Bukhara, farewell lunch in Tashkent;
  • Camp style dinner and breakfast at Darvaza crater (days 3-4).
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan tourist visas;
  • Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
  • Travel insurance;
  • International air tickets;
  • Full board (lunch and dinner);
  • Migration card paid upon arrival on the border 12 USD.

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