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Uzbekistan Highlights of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

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An intriguing look into ancient culture – discover history as you trek villages and deserts – from Samarkand, the Pearl of the Orient, to Shak-i-Zinda – architectural wonder. Stay in luxuriously decorated hotels as you tour mosques, museums and madrasahs, then travel on to Turkmenistan where a night camping in a crater is to be experienced, and much, much more! Enjoy your visit!...

An intriguing look into ancient culture – discover history as you trek villages and deserts – from Samarkand, the Pearl of the Orient, to Shak-i-Zinda – architectural wonder. Stay in luxuriously decorated hotels as you tour mosques, museums and madrasahs, then travel on to Turkmenistan where a night camping in a crater is to be experienced, and much, much more! Enjoy your visit!


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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Your First Look at Tashkent

A taste of history...
• Liaise with your tour guide and chauffeur before
   transferring and check into to your hotel
• Visit Uzbekistan's capital city Tashkent, starting off
   with the Hasan Imam complex
• Explore the Shashi Mausoleum - the tomb of
   Islam Poets

Visited:
Tashkent
Accommodation
Ramada (Tashkent)

Day 2: Samarkand by Train

Magical Asian experience...
• Travel early to Samarkand, where the mausoleum
   Guri-i-Amir is first on your list
• Discover Samarkand's Pearl of the Orient, 
   housing the famous Registan square
• Onto the Architects and Artisans Khorossan,
   situated near the vibrant city of Bazaar

Visited:
Tashkent Samarkand
Accommodation
Emirkhan Hotel (Samarkand)

Day 3: Shak-i-Zinda: Architectural Wonder

Architectural delight..
• Spend a full-day of discovering the remains of the
   Ulugbek first observatory in the Orient
• Afterwards, visit the necropolis of Shak-i-Zinda - 
   famous for its Islamic architecture
• Check-in and stay overnight at your hotel

Visited:
Samarkand
Accommodation
Emirkhan Hotel (Samarkand)

Day 4: Half-day City Tour of Old Bukhara

Discover days past...
• Today in Bukhara, visit the Po-i-Kalyan which
   includes  the madrasa Mir-i-Arab
• Explore the mosque and the Kalon Minaret of the
   eleventh century
• Finally, go on excursions to the Tok-i-Zargaron
   domes and the Magok-i-Attari Mosque

Visited:
Samarkand Bukhara
Accommodation
Asia Bukhara (Bukhara)

Day 5: Bukharan Architecture 

Former Jewish area...
• Enjoy a day trip to Liabi-Hauz, the Madrasa
   Kukeldash, and more
• Take a stroll in a formerly Jewish quarter and visit
   the synagogue
• Explore the Bolo-Hauz Mosque and the Ark
   Citadel, previously home to Bukhara Emirs

Visited:
Bukhara
Accommodation
Asia Bukhara (Bukhara)

Day 6: Crossing the Border

To the border...
• Transfer to the Uzbekistan-Turkemenistan Border
   point Alat-Farab
• After all the necessary formalities, cross to the  
   neutral zone to meet the Turkmen guide
• Your driver at Turkmenabat will take you to Mary,
   for an overnight stay at the hotel

Visited:
Bukhara Turkmenabat Mary
Accommodation
Margush (Mary)

Day 7: Explore the Historical Park of Merv

History lesson...
• Breakfast at the hotel then drive to the Ancient
   Merv
• Discover the historical park, featuring Sultan
   Sanjar Mausoleum 
• Return to Mary for a visit to the Merv History
   Museum, before flying to Ashgabat

Visited:
Mary Merv Ashgabat
Accommodation
Grand Turkmen (Ashghabat)

Day 8: Night at a Gas Crater 

UNESCO site...
• Explore the archeological site Old Nissa,  featured
   on the UNESCO World Heritage list
• Marvel at the Spiritual Mosque - the largest
   mosque in Central Asia
• Stay at the Darvaza gas crater in the middle of
   Karakym Desert

Visited:
Ashgabat Darvaza

Day 9: Admire Historical Sites

Last day in Turkmenistan...
• Depart to Kunya Urgench, the ancient capital of
   Khorezm Empire
• Learn about the  historical mausoleums Yurabek
   Khanym, Sultan Tekesh and others
• Drive to Turkmenistan – the Uzbekistan border
   point Dashguz Shavkat

Visited:
Darvaza Urgench Khiva
Accommodation
Asia Khiva (Khiva)

Day 10: Mohammed Rakhim, aka ​Ferouz

Historic locations...
• Discover the inner city of Khiva, Ichan-Kala and
   observe the oriental architecture 
• Learn of poet Mohammed Rakhim Khan, known
   under the pseudonym Ferouz
• After the tour, transfer to Urgench Airport for the
   flight to Tashkent

Visited:
Khiva Tashkent
Accommodation
Ramada (Tashkent)

Day 11: Goodbye Uzbekistan!

Farewell, and thank you...
• Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your hotel
•  Transfer to the airport according to your flight
   time
• Take advantage of duty-free shopping for
   souveniers before your flight

Visited:
Tashkent

Tashkent Samarkand Bukhara Turkmenabat Mary Merv Ashgabat Darvaza Urgench Khiva

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,470 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax 4 Pax Single supplement
Price per person in 4 Stars Hotels $2,070 $1,800 $620
Price per person in 3 Stars Hotels $1,950 $1,680 $530

Included in price:

  • Accommodation in a double room in hotels mentioned or similar (classification to the country's standards)
  • Accommodation in single rooms at the hotels in Uzbekistan
  • Half board meals
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation and transfers (land) according to the program (air-conditioned)
  • Entrance fees (museums and sightseeing)
  • All visits fees and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
  • Road transport in private air-conditioned vehicles, regular or SUV/4WD
  • Accommodation based on shared double room, including breakfast in Turkmenistan
  • Domestic flight ticket Mary-Ashgabat
  • Accommodation in double tent in Darwaza, including sleeping mat, sleeping bag and pillow; Breakfast and barbecue dinner
  • Domestic flight ticket Urganch -Tashkent 135 $
  • Domestic train ticket Tashkent – Samarkand 35$

Not included in price:

  • International ticket
  • Turkmenistan tourist visa from 55+2 USD per person, when obtained at land borders (subject to change)
  • Turkmenistan migration tax 10+2 USD per person, to be paid at land borders (subject to change)
  • Consular visa fees
  • Government permits for taking photos
  • Personal expenditures

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