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Sogdiana - Shining Pearl of the Orient (2013)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 25 people
Destination(s): Uzbekistan   Turkmenistan  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing   Cultural Journey  
Season: May - November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1765 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2810 US Dollar (USD)

This tour will guide you across two Central Asian republics - Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - where two powerful states - Bactria and Sogdiana - were located in ancestry. The ruins of ancient fortresses of Merv, Khwarezm, Penjikent and Afrosiab are preserved till nowadays and remind of the bygone might of perished empires. Well, let’s meet the ancestry! The tour “Sogdiana - the Pearl of the East” will guide you across two Central Asian republics - Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - where two powerful states - Bactria and Sogdiana - were located in ancestry.

Countries: Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan
Sightseeing tour in Central Asia
Tour duration: 15 days
Best time for the tour: all-year

Itinerary:

Day 1. Tashkent. Arrival.
Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 hours).
Day 3. Samarkand.
Day 4. Samarkand - Sarmysh gorge - Nurata - Yurt camp in Kyzylkum desert (270 km, 4 hours).
Day 5. Yurt camp - Aydarkul lake (6 km) - Bukhara (300 km, 4-5 hours).
Day 6. Bukhara.
Day 7. Bukhara.
Day 8. Bukhara - “Farap” border point - Mary.
Day 9. Mary - Merv - Mary - Ashgabat (air flight).
Day 10. Ashgabat.
Day 11. Ashgabat - Dashoguz (morning air flight) - Kunya-Urgench - “Shavat” border point - Khiva.
Day 12. Khiva.
Day 13. Khiva - Urgench (35 km 40 min) - Tashkent (morning air flight).
Day 14. Tashkent - Chimgan - Charvak (80 km, 1,5 hours) - Tashkent.
Day 15. Tashkent. Departure.

Detailed tour description:

Day 1. Tashkent. Arrival.
Arrival to Tashkent. Meeting at the airport. Beginning of the city tour in Tashkent. Visit Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan madrassah, Kafal-al Shashi Mazar, Kukeldash madrassah, Applied arts museum, Fine Arts Museum of Uzbekistan. Overnight.

Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 hours).
In the morning transfer to Samarkand. On arrival visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Daniyor (or Daniel the Prophet) and walk about the Registan Square. Overnight.

Day 3. Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour about Samarkand. Visit to the Registan Ensemble, Ulugbek madrassah, Sher-Dor madrassah, Tillya-Kari madrassah, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Rukhabad necropolis, Bibi-Khanym mosque, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda ensemble, Khazrat-Hyzra mosque. Overnight.

Day 4. Samarkand - Sarmysh gorge - Nurata - Yurt camp in Kyzylkum desert (270 km, 4 hours).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the yurt camp in Kyzylkum desert via Sarmish gorge and the small city of Nurata. Visit the ancient paintings - petrogliphs in Sarmysh gorge. Excursion program in Nurata. Lunch in the national house in Nurata. Further transfer to the yurt camp. Arrival. Accommodation and rest in yurt. Familiarization with the surroundings. Dinner in the camp. Overnight.

Day 5. Yurt camp - Aydarkul lake (6 km) - Bukhara (300 km, 4-5 hours).
Breakfast. Camel riding: walk to the Aydarkul lake and back on camels. Picnic on the Aydarkul lake. In the afternoon transfer to Bukhara. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Bukhara.
Breakfast. Visit the Chashma Ayub mausoleum, Poi-Kalon complex, Ulugbek madrassah, Laybi-Hauz ensemble, Kukeldash madrassah, Nadir Divanbegi madrassah, Samanid mausoleum, “Ark” fortress.

Day 7. Bukhara.
Breakfast. Visit the Summer residence of the Amir of Bukhara (XIX C) «Sitora-i Mokh-i Khosa», Chor-Bakr necropolis, and the complex of Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari, the ancient bathhouse “Bozori Kord Hamam”.

Day 8. Bukhara - “Farap” border point - Mary.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point “Farap”. Meeting at the border. Formalities. Drive to Mary via Turkmenabat. En route visit to the mausoleum of Talkhatan Baba XII century (masterpiece of Seljuk architecture). Arrival in Mary. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 9. Mary - Merv - Mary - Ashgabat (air flight).
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bairamaly (25 km). Sightseeing Ancient Merv (Alexandria, Antiochia, Sultan Kala). Return to Mary. Visit to the museum. Afternoon drive to Ashgabat (optional flight). Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 10. Ashgabat.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing in Ashgabat with visiting the National Museum of History & Ethnography of Turkmenistan, Old Nisa - ancient Parthian settlement, Anau ruins. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11. Ashgabat - Dashoguz (morning air flight) - Kunya-Urgench - “Shavat” border point - Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning flight to Dashoguz. (Boeing 717, 50 min flt). 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 & Kyrk Molla, Izmukhir. Return drive to Dashoguz. Cross the border to Khiva.

Day 12. Khiva.
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour about Khiva. Visit Ichan-Kala, Islam-Khoja minaret, Juma mosque, Kalta-Minor minaret, “Avesta” museum. Overnight.

Day 13. Khiva - Urgench (35 km 40 min) - Tashkent (morning air flight).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Morning air flight to Tashkent. Arrival. City tour about Tashkent. Visit the History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan, Tashkent metropolitan, ceramic workshop.
Overnight.

Day 14. Tashkent - Chimgan - Charvak (80 km, 1,5 hours) - Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Chimgan Mountains famous around entire Central Asia.
According to your wish you may go down to the Charvak water reserve - the gem of the Chimgan, which merrily sparkles under the bright Uzbek sun. Nowadays this is a water reserve with crystal pure water, where thousands of tourists come to enjoy the nature of this amazingly beautiful land and local mountains.
Drive back to Tashkent.

Day 15. Tashkent. Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Cost of the tour per person under accommodation at the hotels 2-3*:
Group in 2 pax - 2500 USD/per person
Group in 3-4 pax - 2270 USD/per person
Group in 5-6 pax - 1935 USD/per person
Group in 7-9 pax - 1860 USD/per person
Group in 10-15 pax - 1765 USD/per person

Supplement for single accommodation is 270 USD/per person

Cost of the tour per person under accommodation at the hotels 3-4*:
Group in 2 pax - 2810 USD/per person
Group in 3-4 pax - 2585 USD/per person
Group in 5-6 pax - 2250 USD/per person
Group in 7-9 pax - 2150 USD/per person
Group in 10-15 pax - 2075 USD/per person

Supplement for single accommodation is 385 USD/per person

Cost of the tour includes:
- Double/twin accommodation at the hotels mentioned in standard rooms:

Tashkent: Sairam Hotel**/ Tashkent Palace****
Samarkand: Malika Samarkand Classic**/ Asia Samarkand***
Yurt Camp: yurts
Bukhara: Minzifa Hotel**/ Asia Bukhara***
Mary: Margush Hotel***
Ashgabat: Ak Altyn Hotel***/ Grand Turkmen Hotel*****
Khiva: Malika Khiva**/ Asia Khiva***

- Excursion program including visiting the main monuments and museums in each city;
- Services of an escort English speaking guide for the whole tour;
- Entrance tickets to the main monuments and museums according to the program;
- Accommodation at the Yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert;
- Lunch at the guest house in Nurata;
- Dinner at the Yurt camp;
- Camel riding along the territory of the Yurt camp and the Aydarkul lake;
- Air flight “Urgench-Tashkent”;
- Air flight “Mary-Ashgabat”;
- Air flight “Ashgabat-Dashoguz”;
- Comfortable transportation with an air-conditioner for the whole tour, including meeting/seeing off at the airports;
- Visa invitation to Trumenistan.

Cost of the tour does not include:
- International airfare;
- Visa fee;
- Cost for the photo and video filming in museums and on the monuments.

Additional services:
- Meals (except breakfasts at the hotels):
*Supplement for half board (only dinners) is 190 USD/per person/for the whole tour *Supplement for full board (lunches and dinners) is 365 USD/per person/for the whole tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Supplier Information
Location: Uzbekistan
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2008
Client Request Served: 60

M18949 is professional group of tourist companies, operating tourist activity at the Central Asian area. Having 17 years of experience at mentioned sphere, now we are glad to offer high-professional service and maximum of the comfort for our guests at any kind of trips. M18949 successfully co-operates with foreigner...

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