The architecture of the Tashkent Metro is one of the most beautiful in the world, and it is a traditional destination for tourists and guests...
For a thousand years, the Silk Route, the greatest land based trading highway the world has seen, wound its way from China, through Central Asia to Europe. Today, it is the independent states of Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan that contains some of the most interesting sites and this trip is designed to visit the great cities that survive from this legendary era. Discover the highlights of Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan on this 8-days tour.
Within this 8 days tour you will visit 2 so different and yet so close Central Asian countries. Two cultures, two different ways of life, various landscapes and great history. Crossroads of lifestyles, between nomadic tribes and some of the oldest cities in the world. Crossroads of religions, with Buddhist, Christian and Muslim influences. Cultural crossroads, as Uzbekistan used to be at the center of the mythical silk road, linking China to Europe before the development of the big sea routes.
You will experience the local colour of Ashgabat (best described as a merging of Pyongyang and Las Vegas!) and have an excursion to ancient Merv, probably the most important city in the world at certain times of its history and a place where you will learn a great deal about the history of Central Asia, the rise and fall of dynasties and cities, the silk road, and human civilization in this part of the world in general.
You will explore Uzbekistan- the country at the very heart of the Silk Road, and one that has absorbed the many cultures that passed along its roads and trails. From post-Soviet Tashkent, where an awkward but beguiling jumble of old meets very new; to Samarkand, a former kingdom of Alexander the Great and a treasure trove of intricate Islamic art and beautiful, emerald-tiled architecture; and Bukhara, a literal living museum with a skyline punctuated by dozens of azure mosques and Madrassas, kept lively by the charming chatter of local gossip – Uzbekistan’s cities each tell their own story, A country that remains swathed in myth and mystery, it’s possible to while away days at a time enraptured by the traditional culture and visual history, from which you will likely come away enthused with more questions than you arrived with.
- Ashgabat - See Ashgabat in all its marble-clad glory
- Merv - Explore ancient Merv, probably the most important city in the world at certain times of its history and a place where you will learn a great deal about the history of Central Asia
- Khiva - Visit to the most romantic city on the Silk Road, a UNESCO protected site and perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the Silk Road cities
- Bukhara - Admire Islamic architecture, browse bustling bazaars and take tea adjacent to the beautiful pool of Lyab-i-Khauz
- Samarkand - Discover the cultural gem of the Silk Road and visit the awe-inspiring restored madrassas standing on three sides of Registan Square
- Tashkent - Wander through Tashkent's bazaar for a wonderful insight into daily life and mingle with the locals in the lively Chorsu market
Our representative will meet you at Ashgabat International Airport. Transfer to hotel, accommodation by check in time. Free time.
In the afternoon you will have Ashgabat city tour. Visit Nissa fortress – the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. The fortress was enrolled to UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I and was the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings. After visit Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque/Mausoleum in Kipchak (the largest mosque in Central Asia).
Then you will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ashgabat 2017 Sports facilities. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Ashgabat.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Ashgabat airport for morning flight to Mary. Arrival and drive to Bayramali town to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusus Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum.
Drive to Turkmen/Uzbek border post “Farap”. Crossing the border, walking through neutral zone. Uzbek driver will meet you at Uzbek side. Drive to Bukhara, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing in Bukhara – one of the most important stops on the Silk Road. City tour with visits to the Ark Fortress (I-XX CC), Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum (IX-X CC), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (XII-XVI CC), Magoki Attori Mosque (XII C).
Continue sightseeing: Poi-Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret (XII C) through orient bazaars with three trade domes of Toki Zargaron (XV C), Toki Sarrafon (XVI C), Toki Telpak Furushon (XVI C), Ulugbek Madrassah (XV C), Abdulazizkhan Madrassah (XVII C), Lyabi Hauz complex (XVI -XVII CC), surrounded by ancient mulberry trees, restaurants and cafes. Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel.We will start sightseeing from Registan Square (which means “desert” in Persian) and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah (XV c), Sher-Dor Madrassah (XVII c) and Tillya-Kari Madrassah (XVII c) – covered with gold. Visit to Gur Emir Mausoleum (tomb of Tamerlane), Shakhi Zinda Necropolis (XI-XX CC), Ulughbek Observatory, built in XV century by Timurid ruler and astronomer, Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Amir Timur (Tamerlane) in XV century and Siyab Bazaar. Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out hotel. Continue sightseeing in Samarkand: Excavation of an ancient city and museum of Afrosiab, and Tombstone of Saint Daniyar. The prophet Daniyar (Daniel) is revered by three world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and mausoleum is still a pilgrimage place for the followers of all three Abrahamic religions. Drive to Konigil village to visit Samarkand Paper Mill “Meros”, where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient technology.
Transfer to the railway station for evening train. Arrive Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Tashkent city tour: Abdul Kasim Madrassah, Khast Imam Complex – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century.
Check-out by 12:00 noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
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|N of nights|
|Ashgabat||Grand Turkmen Hotel|
|Samarkand||Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel||2|
Hotels will be booked based on availability
- Visa invitation letter;
- Transport service on comfortable tourist class vehicle (a certain type of vehicle is provided depending on the group size);
- Double/twin & Single sharing accommodation in the hotels with full breakfast;
- Economy class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
- English speaking escorting guide in TM and local guides in UZ ;
- Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights ;
- 1,5 L water per person daily;
- Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
- Fees for the use of cameras and videos in the monuments and tourist sites;
- Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings, tickets for a theatre and visits to museums which are not specified in the program);
- Alcohol drinks;
- Lunches, Dinners;
- Personal items;
- Travel tax in Turkmenistan (2 USD per person per night);
- Travel insurance.