Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2018-2019

Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan Group Tour 2018-201916 Days | Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

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Group size: 1 - 14 persons

Please note that itinerary and price on 2019 tour are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

From welcoming people to delicious cuisine, brightly-colored masterworks to untouched nature, this 16-day Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan Group Tour has it all. Start in Turkmenistan, with modern Ashgabat and ancient Merv, once a center of trade and craftsmanship, before heading out to spend a night in the desert next to the Darvaza Gas Crater. Uzbekistan, famous for its several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a journey from the Ichan-Kala Fortress in Khiva to the Poi-Kalyan Ensemble in Bukhara, ending at Registan Square in Samarkand - and this is only the highlights. End in Tajikistan, with the ruins of Penjikent, once a bustling market town, and the Seven Lakes, the gems of the Fann Mountains. Feel the contrast between past and present especially as you visit the capitals of each country, Ashgabat, Tashkent, and Dushanbe, each of which has its own character and attractions. Get the best value on your trip by choosing a group tour through Central Asia, which allows you to split costs with a group of like-minded travelers from around the world.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, We: Ashgabat – arrival (TUR)
 
Arrive in Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, Th: Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat (TUR)
 
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, Fr: Ashgabat – Darvaza gas crater (TUR)
 
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 more white marble buildings than any other city in the world. During the city tour you will explore an archaeological 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, Sa: Darvaza – Kunya-Urgench – Shavat border point – Khiva (TUR/ UZB)
 
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, Su: Khiva – Urgench – Bukhara (UZB)
 
After breakfast sightseeing tour in Khiva. Visit Ichan-Qala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Ichan-Qala Fortress visit Kunya-Ark, Sayeed Alauddin Mausoleum, Arab-Mukhamadkhan Madrasah, Oq-Masjid Mosque, Madrasah of Hodjan Berdi-biya, Shirgazikhan Madrasah, Abdullakhan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Allakulikhan Madrasah, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom-Khoja. At 19:00 transfer to domestic airport flight to Bukhara at 21:00 arriving in Bukhara at 22:00. Arrival in Bukhara, transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 6, Mo: Bukhara (UZB)
 
After breakfast 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. Visit a national show at Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 7, Tu: Bukhara – Samarkand (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. In the afternoon take the high-speed Afrosiyob train 15:52-17:20 or overland transfer. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 8, We: Samarkand (UZB)
 
After breakfast, Samarkand sightseeing tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory. Free time in the afternoon.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 9, Th: Samarkand – Tashkent (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Continue sightseeing tour in Samarkand. You will visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry.
At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:30 (300 km, 2 h 10 m) and arriving in Tashkent at 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 10, Fr: Tashkent (UZB)
 
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 to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 11, Sa: Tashkent – Khujand (UZB/ TAJ)
 
Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Oybek (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Khujand (70 km, 1 h).
Sightseeing in Khujand: Republican Historical-Ethnographic Museum, Timur-Malik Fortress, Archeological Museum, Mosque and Madrasah of Shaikh Muslihiddin, Panjshanbe Market Bazaar. Lunch at a local restaurant. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12, Su: Khujand – Penjikent (TAJ)
 
Drive to Penjikent (260 km, 5-6 h). Arrival and check in to the guest house. Meet you guide to start sightseeing: Museum of Rudaki considered as the father of Persian Poetry; ancient Penjikent - ruins of old Sogdian town founded in the 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. Overnight at the guest house.
Day 13, Mo: Penjikent – Seven Lakes – Penjikent (TAJ)
 
Drive to Seven Lakes (80 km). On the way you will visit Sarazm, one of the most ancient settlements in Central Asia with 5500 years old history. In 2010 Sarazm was added to the UNESCO Human Heritage list. The main spot of the day is HafKul meaning seven lakes in Persian. These lakes in the mountains of Tajikistan are famous for their different colours: 1.Mijgon, 2. Soya, 3. Hushyor, 4. Nophin lakes (2139 m above sea level), Khurdak, 6.Marguzor, 7.Hazorchashma lakes (2400 m above sea level). Picnic at the lake. Drive back to Penjikent (80 km). Overnight at the guest house.
Day 14, Tu: Penjikent – Iskanderkul – Saritag (TAJ)
 
Drive to Saritag via Iskanderkul (240 km, 6-7 h). According to the legend, the Lake Iskanderkul was named after Alexander the Great, known as Iskander in the East. People say that Alexander the Great's path to India passed by this lake. Arrival and overnight at the guest house.
Day 15, We: Saritag – Dushanbe (TAJ)
 
After breakfast depart Saritag and drive to Dushanbe (160 km, 3-4 h). After lunch meet your guide and start Dushanbe sightseeing tour. Start guided city tour with visiting of National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan (closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum). Visit Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Ismail Somoni Monument and Rudaki Park.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 16, Th: Dushanbe – departure (TAJ)
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to Dushanbe Airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City
Hotels
Nights
Ashgabat
2
Darvaza
Tents
1
Tashkent
2
Samarkand
2
Bukhara
2
Khiva
1
Dushanbe
1
Penjikent
Sugd or Umariyon
2
Saritag
Home stay
1
Khujand
1

 

  • Accommodation based on double room sharing throughout the tour, breakfasts included;
  • Transportation throughout the tour, including airports/train stations pick up and drop offs;
  • Sightseeing with an English speaking guide in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
  • Economy class tickets for flights Ashgabat-Mary-Ashgabat, Urgench-Bukhara;
  • Economy class tickets for trains Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
  • Visa support letter for Turkmenistan visa;
  • Utensils and necessary equipment for staying in tents (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows, dining table, chairs);
  • Sightseeing tour program with a local guide in Turkmenistan and Tajikistan; different guides in each city in Uzbekistan;
  • Dinner with folklore show program at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah in Bukhara;
  • Camp style dinner and breakfast at Darvaza crater (days 3-4);
  • Full board in Tajikistan.
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • A tax of 2 USD per night in Turkmenistan, paid to the hotel upon check out;
  • Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
  • Travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax (14 USD).

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