Uzbekistan Turkmenistan Tour - 110 Days | Tashkent, Khiva, Kunya-Urgench, Dashoguz, Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Bukhara, Samarkand

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Centuries ago, the deserts of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan were at the center of world civilization, with people from far and wide coming to stop in the great oasis cities here and share ideas with other travelers. Uzbekistan has a majestic history, which is reflected in the many monumental buildings and sites around the country. The tour begins with Tashkent, the modern capital, and continues to Khiva, a complete medieval town surrounded by thick fortress walls. From there, it’s on to Turkmenistan, a country of modern and ancient. The first stop is medieval - Kunya-Urgench was once a thriving center whose architectural influence reached all the way to India. Ashgabat is next, a thoroughly modern city with striking white marble buildings. Mary is Turkmenistan’s fourth-largest city, and is located not far from Merv, which was once a busy trading and crafts center on the Silk Road. The final two stops on the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan Tour are Bukhara and Samarkand, cities that have preserved many of the buildings that were famous far and wide for their grandeur and ornate designs. The Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan Tour 1 takes you to these destinations and immerses you in their world, a world of master artisans, caravans from far and wide, and the flavors and colors of civilizations from far away.

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 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 walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
 
Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to Urgench (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Arrival in Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min). Later proceed for guided walking sightseeing tour in Itchan-Kala, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit Mukhammad Aminkhan madrasahMukhammad Rakhimkhan madrasahKalta-MinorJuma MosqueTash-Khovli PalacePakhlavan Makhmud MausoleumKunya-Arkminaret of Islam-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 3: Khiva – Kunya-Urgench – Dashoguz – 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 4: 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 5: Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Bukhara
 
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. In the afternoon depart to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point (45 km, 1 h). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross the 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your driver and continue to Bukhara (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Arrival in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 6: Bukhara
 
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz ComplexMagoki-Attori mosqueChor-Minor madrasahtrade domesKalyan mosque and minaret and Miri-Arab madrasahmadrasah of Ulugbek and AbdulazizkhanArk Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty Mausoleum and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 7: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
Continue sightseeing tour with a guide. Drive out of the city to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. Head to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik dating back to 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours
Day 8: Samarkand
 
Meet your guide and driver at hotel lobby and start sightseeing. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab BazaarUlugbek ObservatoryShakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 9: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue city tour: 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 to 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 – departure
 
Check out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
  • 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 Tashkent-Urgench, Dashoguz-Ashgabat, Ashgabat-Mary;
  • 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.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Tashkent - 2 nights
Ichan Qala, Sharq, Bek or similarMiran, City Palace or similar
Khiva - 1 night
Malika Kheivak, Qosha Darvoza or similarAsia Khiva, Bek Khiva or similar
Ashgabat - 2 nights
Grand Turkmen, Ak-AltynOguzkent, Nusay
Bukhara - 2 nights
As-Salom, K.Komil or similarOmar Khayam, Asia Bukhara or similar
Samarkand - 2 nights
City, Billuri Sitora or similarSultan, Platan or similar

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