Day 1: Arrival to Tashkent. Arrival to Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Free time.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand. In the first half of the day sightseeing Tashkent. Visit center of Tashkent, Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex and Chor-Su bazaar, Applied Arts Museum. In the afternoon depart and drive to Samarkand. Arrival to Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Samarkand. Guided sightseeing tour in Samarkand, sightseeing tour will include visit to the famous Registan Square, Shakhi-Zinda Complex, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Ulugbek observatory, central bazaar in Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Samarkand - Bukhara. In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara. Arrival to Bukhara, check in to the hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing Bukhara. Visit, Kalon ensemble, medrese Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori mosque, Chashma-Ayub, medrese Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, Kosh medrese, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz complex, medrese Chor-Minor. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara. Continue sightseeing Bukhara. Visit Samani dynasty mausoleum, Arc Fortress. Day trip to summer palace of Bukhara Emirs Sitorai-Mokhikhosa. Free time during the day. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Bukhara - Mary-Turkmenabad-Koytendag. In the morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point. Border formalities on both sides. Meeting the Turkmenistan travel agency guide on Turkmenistan side of the border. Drive to Turkmenabat. Registration and immediate transfer to Koytendag. All day drive by asphalt road through Lebap region and entering into Kuguitang mountains. Arrival to Koytendag. Check in tourist lodge “Lebap”. Overnight.
Day 7: Koytendag - Kuguitang. All day sight seeing in the Kuguitang mountains: Waterfall, Gorge, Kyrk Gyz cave, Dinosaur plateau - some decades ago the inner layer of the mountain appeared due to the surface rock displacement and opening the picture left by dinosaur family on the not yet turned to stone soil. Four footprint paths can be seen clearly – three left by adults and one probably baby dinosaur). Picnic lunch during the visits. Return to the tourist lodge. Overnight.
Day 8: Koytendag - Turkmenabat. Return in Turkmenabat. Visit on the route Kaynar Baba lake (having the hydrogen sulphide spring with a holy fish which can be seen in the lake). Continue to Turkmenabat crossing again on the route the Amudarya river. Arrival to Turkmenabad, check in to the hotel Turkmenabat. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Turkmenabat - Merv-Mary. After breakfast drive to Merv, 200 km through Kara Kum desert and visit the heritage of Ancient Merv – Alexandria, Antioch, Sultan Kala, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Mukhammed ibn Zaid mausoleum, remains 6th-7th cent castles “Keshk”. Continue to Mary and visit History museum. Check in hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Mary - Ashkhabad. Morning flight to Ashkhabad. Arrival to Ashkhabad, check in to the hotel. Sightseeing tour in Ashkhabad. Visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan and archaeological site “Old Nissa” - Parthia period, Spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Ashkhabad - Gas crater. In the morning depart Ashkhabad and drive to the north through the desert. On the way visit Erbent village. Arriving in Darvaza area and changing the asphalt road on the desert track, continue 5 km deep inside till the gas crater. Camping. Discover the burning gas crater at night. Overnight in tents.
Day 12: Gas crater - Kunya Urgench–border point-Khiva. Continue drive to Kunya Urgench. Visit Kunya Urgench historical site (Mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali). Discover the Kutlug Timur minaret and Kyrk Molla. Transfer to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point. Border formalities on both sides. On Uzbekistan side meet the driver and drive to Khiva. Arrival to Khiva, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent. In the morning guided sightseeing of Khiva: Ichan Qala fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where monuments Allakulikhan Madrassah, Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islom Khoja Minaret, Juma Mosque, Toshhovli and other monuments are located. In the evening transfer to Urgench airport, flight to Tashkent. Arrival to Tashkent, check in to the hotel.
Day 14: Tashkent departure. Free time. Transfer to the airport, departure. End of the tour.
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