COUNTRIES: UZBEKISTAN - TURKMENISTAN
TOUR DURATION: 12 DAYS
Day 1. Arrival in Ashgabat.
Day 2. Ashgabat sightseeing tour.
Day 3. Ashgabat - Darwaza crater (Karakum).
Day 4. Darwaza crater - Dashoguz - “Shavat” border point - Khiva.
Day 5. Khiva.
Day 6. Khiva - Bukhara.
Day 7. Bukhara.
Day 8. Bukhara out-of-town guided sightseeing tour.
Day 9. Bukhara - Samarkand.
Day 10. Samarkand.
Day 11. Samarkand - Tashkent (evening railway transfer).
Day 12. Tashkent. Departure.
DETAILED TOUR DESCRIPTION:
DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN ASHGABAT.
Meeting at airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2. ASHGABAT SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Ashgabat: Independence Park and Neutrality Arch, Parthian Fortresses of Nisa (UNESCO), Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque in the village of Kipchak, which is the largest mosque in Central Asia. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3. ASHGABAT - DARWAZA CRATER (KARAKUM).
Breakfast at the hotel. Half day city tour including visits to Anau mosque ruins, Ahalteke horse stables, Carpet Museum and (Sunday) bazaar. Transfer to Darwaza gas crater in Karakum desert. Camp dinner and overnight in tent.
DAY 4. DARWAZA CRATER - DASHOGUZ - “SHAVAT” BORDER POINT - KHIVA.
Breakfast on the open air. Further drive to Dashoguz. Visit Kunya Urgench (UNESCO Heritage site). Sightseeing program in Konya-Urgench: mausoleums of Turabek-Khanym, Sultan Tekish, Il Arslan, Minaret of Tamerlane. Transfer back to Dashoguz and further transfer to “Shavat” border point for border crossing. Customs formalities, crossing the border. Transfer to Khiva, and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5. KHIVA.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Khiva: Ichan Kala (historical inner city), Pakhlavan Mahmud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret. After lunch: Tash Khauli Alakuli Khan Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Aminkhan Minaret & Madrasah, and Avesta Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 6. KHIVA - BUKHARA.
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer across the Kyzyl-Kum Desert and along the Amudarya River to Bukhara. Lunch en route. Arrival in Bukhara. Leisure time. Visiting traditional workshops and souvenir shops is recommended. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7. BUKHARA.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah. After lunch: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 8. BUKHARA OUT-OF-TOWN GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
Breakfast in hotel. Out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband, Chor-Bakr Memorial Complex. Return to Bukhara. Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 9. BUKHARA - SAMARKAND.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand. Visiting Afrosiab ancient settlement site and local ‘Afrosiab’ Museum. Leisure time: Siab Bazaar recommended. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10. SAMARKAND.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum. After lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11. SAMARKAND - TASHKENT (EVENING RAILWAY TRANSFER).
Breakfast in hotel. Visiting Samarkand Paper Mill, where famous Samarkand paper is made by hand on ancient technologies; Samarkand carpet factory “Hudzhum”. Transfer to railway station. Departure for Tashkent by the high-speed train Afrosiab. Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 12. TASHKENT. DEPARTURE.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent - Chorsu. Depending on departure time a program schedule can be corrected. Transfer to airport. Departure.
COST OF THE TOUR PER PERSON UNDER ACCOMMODATION AT THE HOTELS 2-3*:
Group in 2 pax - 1645 USD/per person
Group in 3-4 pax - 1565 USD/per person
Group in 5-6 pax - 1325 USD/per person
Group in 7-9 pax - 1245 USD/per person
Group in 10-15 pax - 1235 USD/per person
Supplement for single accommodation is 180 USD/per person
COST OF THE TOUR PER PERSON UNDER ACCOMMODATION AT THE HOTELS 3-4*:
Group in 2 pax - 1800 USD/per person
Group in 3-4 pax - 1720 USD/per person
Group in 5-6 pax - 1475 USD/per person
Group in 7-9 pax - 1395 USD/per person
Group in 10-15 pax - 1385 USD/per person
Supplement for single accommodation is 270 USD/per person
• Accommodation at the hotels of 2-3* or 3-4* (mentioned below) in double/twin rooms with breakfasts. Check-in/out of the hotels is at 12:00;
• Accommodation based on shared trekking tent (including sleeping mat, sleeping bag and pillow), including dinner near Darwaza crater (day 3) and breakfast the next day;
• Sightseeing tour in each city according to the tour program;
• Entrance fees at museums and historical parks mentioned in the program;
• English-speaking local guides during excursions time for a group in 2-4 persons. English-speaking escort guide for the whole tour starting from a group in 5 persons;
• Train tickets for high-speed premium service train «Afrosiab» from Tashkent to Samarkand (economy class);
• Transportation services on comfortable air-conditioned vehicles (sedan cars or minibuses - depending on the number of tourists in a group);
• Mineral water for each day of the tour;
• Visa invitation to Turkmenistan, including Letter of Invitation, State Registration and Travel Pass (obligatory for all foreigners);
• Memorable souvenirs.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
• International air flights;
• Medical insurance;
• Visa invitation to Uzbekistan (if necessary);
• Photo and video shooting at museums and monuments;
• Visa fees to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
-Half board (evening meals) - 140 USD/per person/on all route;
-Full board - 290 USD/per person/on all route.
• Visa invitation to Uzbekistan (if necessary) - 45 USD/per person.
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