From Tashkent to Turkestan2 Days | Shaulder village, Otrar, Khodja Akhmed Yassavi Complex etc.

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Two-day tour to the ancient cities of Kazakhstan is the best opportunity to learn medieval history of this land, see its rich architecture. The jewel of the Silk Road is the city of Turkestan, one of the most ancient cities not only in Kazakhstan but also in Central Asia.  The city owes its popularity to Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (also known as Ahmad Yasawi, Ahmet Yasevi, Ahmed Yesevi or Ata Yesevi), a dervish, Sufi preacher and poet, who lived there. 233 years after his death the majestic mausoleum was erected over the modest tomb of the saint by the order of Amir Timur. It contributed to making Turkestan a Muslim relic, visiting of which pilgrims equalize to Mecca pilgrimage. The UNESCO has included Turkestan or rather Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum in the list of the world’s heritage.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – Shymkent – Turkestan
 
In the morning, drive to Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan border crossing point “Zhibek Zholy / Gysht Kuprik (Chernyaevka)” (30 km, 40 m.) Go through border formalities at both checkpoints. Meet your driver and guide on the Kazakh side. Drive to Shaulder village (240 km, 3 hours). Explore Kogam village, an ancient settlement of Otrar (10 - 12th сenturies) (14 km). Visit archeological excavations: a medieval bath, a mosque, residential area, a fortification. After, visit Arstanbab mausoleum.
Transfer to Turkestan for overnight (100 km, 1,5h).
Day 2: Turkestan – Shymkent – Check Point “Zhibek Zholy/Gysht Kuprik”
 
In the morning, excursion to Khoja Ahmed Yasawi mausoleum complex. In Ahmed Yasawi mausoleum complex you will visit gallery of stone statues, archeological museum, historical-cultural reserve-museum Aziret-Sultan, Darvaza (gates) of 18 – 19th centuries, Esim Кhan mausoleum (16th century), Rabiga Sultan Begim mausoleum (end of the 15th century), Akhmed Yassawi khanaka-mausoleum (12 – 14th centuries), “Zhuma” mosque (1878), underground mosque Khilovat (12 – 15th centuries), oriental baths (16 – 18th centuries), Big khilvet (12th century), Chillyakhana (14th century), archeological site of ancient settlement Kultobe (14th century), Khilvet Aulie-Kumchik-ata (12th century). After lunch drive to Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan border crossing point “Zhibek Zholy / Gysht Kuprik (Chernyaevka)” (285 km). Go through border formalities at both checkpoints. The driver will meet you at the border on Uzbekistan side and transfer to your hotel or your Tashkent address.

Accommodation:

City Hotel
Turkestan Turkestan, Edem or Yassi

 

  • All transfers: 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car;
    8-13 pax by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing with a local English speaking guide;
  • Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
  • Mineral water.
  • Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • Kazakhstan visa support service;
  • Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
  • Travel insurance;
  • International air tickets;
  • Full board.

 

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