Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan Tour-311 Days | Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Darvaza, Ashgabat, Mary, Merv

Private Tour from US$ 2,020
  • TashkentTashkent
  • Itinerary MapItinerary Map
  • TashkentTashkent
  • SamarkandSamarkand
  • SamarkandSamarkand
  • BukharaBukhara
  • BukharaBukhara
  • KhivaKhiva
  • KhivaKhiva
  • Darvaza Gas CraterDarvaza Gas Crater
  • AshghabatAshghabat
  • MervMerv
  • MervMerv
  • Tashkent
  • Itinerary Map
  • Tashkent
  • Samarkand
  • Samarkand
  • Bukhara
  • Bukhara
  • Khiva
  • Khiva
  • Darvaza Gas Crater
  • Ashghabat
  • Merv
  • Merv
Combine the most interesting sights, beautiful scenery, and amazing architecture with the warm people and the delicious food that can be found in any home or restaurant. Tashkent, the first stop, is a city of wide boulevards and glass skyscrapers, followed by Khiva, a well-preserved medieval city filled with traditional-style homes. Head into the desert of Turkmenistan, with stops at the ruins of ancient Kunya-Urgench and Merv, the burning Darvaza Gas Crater, and the stunning white marble of Ashgabat (entered into the Guinness Book of World Records). Finish your tour with the stunning sights of Samarkand and Bukhara, with towering minarets and bright blue domes. You’ll be sure to leave the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan Tour with a lot of new knowledge and memories, and wonderful impressions of Central Asia.

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, 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 visit Applied Arts Museum and walk through Navoi Theater to Amir Timur Square where you will end Tashkent city tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand
After breakfast transfer from your hotel to the railway station. The high-speed Afrosiyob train departs Tashkent and arrives in Samarkand in two hours (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at train station to begin the city tour in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3: Samarkand
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. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 4: Samarkand – Bukhara
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 h.*). Stop on the way at Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Continue driving to Bukhara. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Spend your afternoon in fascinating Old Bukhara which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Explore Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque, madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes, Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Chor-Minor Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
*The drive on vans and buses is on average an hour longer.
Day 5: Bukhara
Start the second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Then visit 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. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 6: Bukhara – Khiva
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzyl Kum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amu Darya River. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
*As the cafés and restaurants on the way are basic and offer limited menus, you may wish to take a packed lunch on this trip (your hotel or guide can help you arrange this the day before).
**Some parts of the road are not in the best condition.
Day 7: Khiva
Today you will visit Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta-Minor, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum and Islam-Khoja minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Free time in the afternoon.
Day 8: Khiva – Darvaza Gas Crater
In the morning drive to Turkmenistan border point Shavat-Dashoguz (60 km, 1 h.). Upon arrival at the customs and passport control on both sides, kindly proceed to the exit of the border control area. At that point, our driver will be waiting for you with the sign with your name. Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of Karakym desert (270 km, 4 h.). Set up the camp. Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Day 9: Darvaza Gas Crater – Ashgabat
After camp style breakfast depart to Ashgabat (280 km, 4 h.). Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Start 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 10: Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Ashgabat
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take a morning flight to Mary (370 km, 40 min.). Upon arrival drive to Merv (40 km, 30 min.), an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Discover historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress and others. Merv blossomed during the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids and later under the Parthian, Sasanian, Arab, and Seljuk Turk rule. Return to Mary. Visit History Museum of Merv region. Take the return flight to Ashgabat (370 km, 40 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 11: Ashgabat – departure
Check out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Ashgabat International Airport. End of the tour service.
  • 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;
  • Ticket for train Tashkent-Samarkand (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Economy class tickets for flights Ashgabat-Mary-Ashgabat;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan and 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;
  • A tax of 2 USD per night, paid to the hotel upon check out;
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax (14 USD);
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • Personal travel insurance.

Prices, per person

1 person
US$ 3,990
US$ 4,200
2 persons
US$ 2,480
US$ 2,600
3 persons
US$ 2,280
US$ 2,380
4 persons
US$ 2,020
US$ 2,130
Single supplement
US$ 340
US$ 420
Prices are for 2024 in US$ per person, with discounted prices for larger groups available on request.


Tashkent - 1 night
Samarkand - 2 nights
Wellfort / Shohjahon Palace / Samaria Hotel and Spa / Jakhongir Premium / Bibikhanum / Palace / Silk Road Empire
Platan / Royal / Dilimah / Grand Samarkand Superior / Arka Boutique / Emirhan
Bukhara - 2 nights
Khiva - 2 nights
Zarafshan Boutique / Asia Khiva / Erkin Palace / Minor Boutique / Bankir / Muso Tura / Orient Star
Zarafshan Boutique / Asia Khiva / Erkin Palace / Minor Boutique / Bankir / Muso Tura / Orient Star
Darvaza - 1 night
Shared yurts / optional single accommodation in tents upon request.
Shared yurts / optional single accommodation in tents upon request.
Ashgabat - 2 nights

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Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan Tour Reviews

Author: Elaine Wong   |   Rating: 525 November 2017
We were very impressed by everything that we saw and experienced. We learned so much and were impressed by the history and cultures of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The tours were all well organized and accommodating. We`d highly recommend the countries and Advantour to friends and others.

Visited October 2017
Author: Len Wilson and Li Zuo   |   Rating: 505 November 2012
We would like to recommend Advantour to other travellers to Uzbekistan. This company is very professional and made a lot of effort to meet our requirements.

In order to get a letter of introduction so as to qualify for a Visa for Uzbekistan, we used the services of Advantour. They organised our accommodation, transfers and city tours. All of our special requests were met.

Advantour organised our trip so that everything ran efficiently. Accommodation was of a high standard, transport from one place to another was always on time and city tours were informative and met our demands.

This is a very good company. They try hard to satisfy travellers to Uzbekistan and succeed. Their tours are not expensive and we consider them to be good value for money.

Uzbekistan is a fantastic destination and worthy of a visit. The country is full of history, culture and is quite unique. Avoid the instability of the Middle East and visit Uzbekistan instead.

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