Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Tour - 315 Days | Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Bukhara, Nurata, Aydarkul, Samarkand, Tashkent, Khiva, Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenbashi

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The two-week tour to the two Central Asian countries is an inimitable trip, full of landmarks and sceneries that can make a separate chapter in the travel book of any traveler. This tour is not just a superficial acquaintance with cities and people, but a true immersion into the world of the East, when you can deeply explore the architecture and history, culture and cuisine, every-day life and traditions, as well as natural resources of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The tour program includes travel through the steppes and deserts, whose oases still keep the dozing medieval monuments of ancient Asian cities, such as Merv, Bukhara and Samarkand. To “dilute” somehow a flow of information on the history and sights, and relax a bit from eventful tours, the tour program for Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan is added with a visit to the Lake of Aydarkul, where you can feel like a real nomad, cook dinner over an open fire and stay overnight in a yurt in the middle of the desert. By booking this long tour, you will take the brightest and the most incredible journey of your life.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Ashgabat – arrival
 
Arrive in Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat
 
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 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 stables and Lenin Monument. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours
Day 3: Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Bukhara
 
Take a morning flight to Mary. Departure at 08:00, arrival at 08:40. Drive to Merv, an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road (40 km, 50 min.). Discover the historical reserve by visiting Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Sultan Kala, Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, Mausoleum of Ibn Zaid, the remains of Castle – fortresses Keshk, and tombs of Guifari and Bureida. In the afternoon depart to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point (245 km, 5h. 30 min. drive). Proceed to customs and passport control on both sides. Cross the 1.5 km. long neutral zone between two border points. After passing Uzbekistan border post meet your driver. Transfer to Bukhara (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Arrival in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 4: Bukhara
 
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz 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. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5: Bukhara
 
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. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 6: Bukhara – Nurata – Aidar Yurt Camp
 
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to yurt camp located in Kyzylkum desert (230 km, 4 h.*). On the way stop in Gijduvan pottery masters workshop and Nurata town to visit a local mosque with a holy spring water. In the afternoon continue driving to yurt camp in Kyzylkum desert. Stop on Nurata pass to see petroglyphs. Arrive in Aidar Yurt Camp, accommodation in yurt. Camel riding and free time. In the evening dinner near the camp fire with Kazakh akin singing folk songs. Overnight in the yurt.
Meals: dinner
*The drive on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
Day 7: Yurt camp – Samarkand
 
In the morning visit desert Aydarkul Lake. Free time on the lake.

Extras to do in the area:
Option 1. Camel ride to Aydarkul Lake through the desert (8.5 km, 3 h.). Enjoy your time on the lake and have lunch. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand.
Cost: $30 per person for a camel and cameleer service.
Option 2. Take a short camel ride to a nearby village Dungalak (1.5 km, 30 min.). Participate in baking traditional bread “non”. Take a short walk in the village to see life of locals and return to the camp.
Cost: $20 per person for a camel and cameleer service.

In the afternoon depart the yurt camp and drive to Samarkand (270 km, 5 h.). Arrival in Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, lunch or picnic
Day 8: Samarkand
 
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum pf Amir Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 9: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
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 high-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 10: Tashkent
 
Meet your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, 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, Tillya-Sheykh 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 the city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 11: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
 
Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to Urgench (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Departure at 07:50, arrival at 09:30. Transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min.). Later proceed for guided walking sightseeing tour in Itchan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Kunya-Ark, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islam Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 12: Khiva – Kunya-Urgench – Ashgabat
 
In the morning drive to Turkmenistan border point Shavat-Dashoguz (60 km, 1 h.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross the 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Kunya-Urgench (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Visit mausoleums of Turabek Khanum, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmuddin-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug-Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla Hill.
In the afternoon drive to Dashoguz airport (120 km, 1 h. 30 min.), take an evening flight to Ashgabat (580 km, 50 min.). Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 13: Ashgabat – Turkmenbashi
 
In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Turkmenbashi. Arrive in Turkmenbashi and start sightseeing. Visit the city center, Russian-orthodox church and bazaar. After the city tour, transfer to seaside hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Turkmenbashi – Ashgabat
 
In the morning take a day trip to Yangikala Canyons (190km, 4 h.). Enjoy some walking around impressive limestone formations that rise up from the desert sands; these cliffs are the remains of massive coastline and seabed of the pre-historical Parathetys Sea. In the afternoon return to Turkmenbashi. Transfer to the airport to take an evening flight to Ashgabat. Arrive in Ashgabat, check-in to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Ashgabat
 
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Ashgabat International Airport. Departure.

Accommodation:

City

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Nights

Ashgabat

Oguzkent, Nusay

Grand Turkmen, Ak-Altyn

4

Bukhara

Omar Khayam, Devon-Begi, Zargaron Plaza, Asia Bukhara, Minorai-Kalon

Amulet, Minzifa, As-Salom, K.Komil, Kukeldash, Zargaron, Kavsar, Fatima, Siyavush

3

Nurata

Safari, Aidar Yurt Camp

Safari, Aidar Yurt Camp

1

Samarkand

Sultan, Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Platan, Malika Prime, Asia Samarkand

City, Platan, Billuri Sitora, Jahongir, Caravan Serail, Malika Classic

2

Tashkent

Miran, Wyndham Tashkent, City Palace

Ichan Qala, Bek, Sharq, Shodlik, Samir, Gloria

2

Khiva

Asia Khiva, Bek Khiva

Malika Kheivak, Orient Star, Malika Khiva, Qosha Darvoza, Old Khiva

1

Turkmenbashi

Seyrana, Charlak

Charlak

1

 

  • 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 Ashgabat-Mary, Dashoguz-Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi-Ashgabat, Tashkent-Urgench;
  • Business/Economy-class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent as per option;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
  • Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa.
  • 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;
  • A tax of 2 USD per night in Turkmenistan, paid to the hotel upon check out;
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax (14 USD);
  • Personal travel insurance.

 

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