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Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan - Silk Road Tour (15 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Uzbekistan   Turkmenistan  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: April - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2785 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3160 Pound Sterling (GBP)

The legendary ‘Silk Road’ occupies a mythical place in the imaginations of western travellers, a remote region in the centre of the Eurasian landmass through which countless traders journeyed on their voyages between Europe and the Far East. As well as commerce, the exchange of ideas and cultures flowed through the various arteries of the Silk Road, resulting in an incredible flowering of architecture, education and religion. Tucked away between the Indian subcontinent and Russia lay the legacies and monuments of numerous civilisations, and a warm and friendly people with intriguing cultural traditions. This tour takes you on a journey through the enigmatic sites and unique cultures of this mystical region. We visit the truly astounding sites of Khiva and central Asia’s holiest city, Bukhara and of course take in the spectacular architecture of Samarkand’s Registan – one of the most stunning collections of architecture to be found anywhere. Stepping further afield we travel to Turkmenistan and the ancient capital of Konye-Urgench as well as the splendid site of Merv, and cross the border to Tajikistan with its stunning mountain scenery. This breathtaking region has often been at the centre of world history, its strategic routes fought over by Mongols, Russians, British and many more and its treasures long coveted by others. Those who travel here will understand why.

Itinerary:
Day 1 – Tashkent

Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to explore the city. Overnight at Shodlik Palace or similar.

Day 2 - Khiva (30 kms, approx. 1hour)

Fly to Urgench and transfer to Khiva, a stunning city with a wealth of ancient monuments. We spend the afternoon exploring its sites, including its many mosques, medressas and mausoleums of former rulers. Overnight at Malika Khiva Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 3 – Khiva

Continue our exploration of this marvellous city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later there will be time for you to explore on your own. Overnight at Malika Khiva Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 4 – Konye-Urgench (240 kms, approx. 4 hours) - Ashgabat

We cross the border into little known Turkmenistan and head for the site of Konye-Urgench, an ancient capital of the land of Khorezm with beautiful mausoleums. After visiting its key sites we fly to Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat. Overnight at Ak Altyn Hotel or similar. (B)

Please note that the procedure for crossing borders can be lengthy even at quieter times. The border guards (especially those on the Uzbekistan side) carry out thorough searches of luggage and will pay close attention to any medicines and reading materials.

Day 5 – Ashgabat - Mary

Spend the morning exploring the sites of Ashgabat, a modern city that has been the focus of extensive and some would say eccentric building projects. We then fly to Mary, an oasis town close to the ancient city of Merv. Overnight at Mary Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 6 – Merv - Bukhara (355 kms, approx. 5 hours)

This morning we visit the ancient site of Merv, the most important in Turkmenistan and dating back 2500 years with an array of old mosques, citadels and Buddhist stupas. After exploring Merv we cross the border back into Uzbekistan and head to Bukhara, Central Asia’s holiest city. Overnight at Caravan Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 7 – Bukhara

We spend today exploring Bukhara, one of the most spectacular cities in the region and with a superbly preserved old quarter. Overnight at Caravan Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 8 – Gijduvan – Samarkand (300 kms, approx. 5 hours)

Drive to the legendary city of Samarkand stopping en route at Gijduvan, locally renowned as a centre for ceramics. Upon arrival in Samarkand we begin to explore. Overnight at Malika Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 9 - Samarkand

A full day to discover glorious Samarkand with its spectacular collection of traditional buildings. The city is most famous for its Registan Square, which contains perhaps the most stunning and well preserved architecture in the whole region. Long held in awe by early western travellers, it is easy to lose yourself in wonder at the incredible mosques and medressas, elaborately decorated in blue tiles and traditional Islamic art. Overnight at Malika Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 10 – Penjikent (80 kms – 1-2 hours)

After breakfast we cross the border into Tajikistan and drive towards Penjikent, stopping on the way at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the ancient town of Sarazm which dates back to 3500 BC. We will continue on to Penjikent with its remarkably well preserved old town, which was once a Sogdian trading city on the Silk Road. On arrival we will spend some time exploring the city. Overnight at Sughd Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 11 – Dushanbe (270 kms, approx. 3.5 hours)

After breakfast we will drive from Penjikent to the capital Dushanbe over the Anzob pass (2900m) and on arrival we explore Dushanbe’s sites and soak up the atmosphere of this little visited Central Asian city. Overnight at Hotel Vatan or similar. (BLD)

Day 12 - Iskander Kul (150 kms, approx. 4 hours)

Drive through stunning scenery to Lake Iskander Kul in the Fann Mountains where we have opportunities to hike around the lake shore. We have the rest of the day to explore the area and can visit nearby waterfalls and springs as well as small settlements. Overnight at tourist cottages. (BLD)

Day 13 – Istravshan- Khudjand (165 kms, approx. 3.5 hours)

After breakfast we drive over the Shahristan pass to the capital of northern Tajikistan, Khudjand. We will stop on the way in Istravshan where we will visit the Mugh Fortress, Kok-Gumbaz Medressa and Chor-Gumbaz mosque and local bazaar. We continue to Khudjand and on arrival we will take a city tour which includes Pushkin Square (named after the Russian writer), Kamoli Khudjandi Square (named after the Persian poet), the fortress of Timur Malik and a visit to the central market which is one of the oldest in Tajikistan, Overnight at Khudjand Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 14 – Tashkent (265 kms, approx. 4 hours)

Cross the border back to Uzbekistan and head to Tashkent for our final night. Overnight at Shodlik Palace or similar. (B)

Day 15 – Tashkent

Tour ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Supplemental Tour Information:
Tour Rating: Fitness-3; Off the Beaten Track-4; Culture-4; History-5; Wildlife-1; Tour Pace - Busy.

Tour Highlights:
- The splendour of the cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand
- The desert wonders of Merv.
- The striking monuments of Ashgabat
- The stunning scenery of Lake Iskander Kul

Tour Essentials:
- Accommodation: Mix of hotels and tourist cottages
- Included Meals: Daily breakfast (B), plus lunches (L) and dinners (D) as shown in the itinerary.
- Group Size: Maximum of 12
- Start Point: Tashkent
- End Point: Tashkent
- Transport: Private cars or minibuses, domestic flights
- Countries: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan & Tajikistan

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Domestic flights
- All accommodation
- Services of English speaking guide / tour leader
- Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
- Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Price Excludes:
- International flights
- Any airport taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Visas
- Drinks
- Tips.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Jan 2009

Our family is a UK based tour operator founded in 2004. The company offers a range of unique, flexible guided private and group tours to a growing number of exciting destinations. Much of the company's product, including the sale of tours in Sudan, Myanmar, Comoros and Sierra Leone is a first in the UK market. The...

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