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Destination: Uzbekistan
Last updated: 09 Oct 2018

2 Stans: Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

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from US$ 960 per person
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two persons traveling, specific BnB or 2-3* private hotels with breakfast, one double room shared. Tour services shall begin in the morning of Day 1 and be completed at the end of Day 12
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* Visa support if needed
* Hotel room with breakfast
* Transfers between cities and transport for all excursions from Day 1 to Day 12
NOT INCLUDED
* Intl. and/or local flights
* Accompanying tour guide
* Entrance tickets to museums and monuments, tour guide services
* Meals other than breakfast at hotels
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Tour description

Exploring two cultures along the ancient Silk Road that have a lot in common in terms of language, culture and traditions, yet feature a great deal of differences in lifestyle, political and economic attitudes.

You will explore the most interesting places in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and get acquainted with food, ethnic traditions and rich cultural environment.
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Tour Details

Duration: 12 days
Customizable? NO
Category: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Archaeology, History, Islamic Heritage, Culture and Traditions, Gastronomic, Folklore and Ethnic, Handcrafts and Folk Art, Yurt Stay, Outdoor Activities, Ecotourism, Camping and Trekking, Mild Adventure
Best season:October, May, June, July, August, September
Day 1

Arrival in Ashgabat, excursion. Night train to Turkmenbashi.

City tour with visits of National museum, Russian bazaar, Neutrality Arch, Independence Park, Nissa (UNESCO) and Turkmenbashi mosque-mausoleum. Transfer to the Railway station for the night train to Turkmenbashi.
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Day 2

Turkmenbashi-Yangikala. Stay in tents at Yangikala.

Arrival in the morning. Upon arrival visit to Russian-orthodox church and bazaar for food for camping (lunch items). Afterwards drive to Yangikala Canyons. Explore the canyons area. BBQ dinner. Overnight in tents near the canyons.
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Day 3

Yangikala, flight to Ashgabat. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Camp breakfast. Return to Turkmenbashi and transfer to the airport for flight to Ashgabat. Drive to the hotel. Excursion devoted to Ashgabat at night.
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Day 4

Drive to Darwaza crater. Stay in tents.

Drive to Darwaza. Arrival in Darwaza before sunset (~1800h). BBQ dinner, discover the burning gas crater by night time. Overnight in tents near the crater.
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Day 5

Drive to Shavat border post via Kunya-Urgench (UNESCO). Overnight in Khiva.

Visiting Kunya Urgench, the ancient capital of Khorezm. The exact period when Old Urgench (Kunya Urgench) was founded is unknown. The city is mentioned in Avesta, the holy book of Zoroastrians. It is definitely much older than 2500 years old. At different times it has different names, such as Urva, Khangird, Gurganj, and Urgench.
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Day 6

Full day excursions in Khiva.

All day for tour in Khiva. Visit Ichan Kala, the inner fortress, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassah and its minaret, Kunya Ark and Juma mosque with 218 wooden pillars, the Harem of Khiva Khans, mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, a famous ancient wrestler and poet who patronized Khiva. Also, you will see Islam Khodja complex with a chance to climb up the 45m minaret and enjoy a breathtaking view of the evening Khiva at sunset from the top.

Visits to: Djuma Mosque, Madrasah of Matniyaz Divan-Beghi, Anush Khah's Bathhouses, Minaret of Djuma Mosque, Ichan-Qala, Tash Hauli Palace, Necropolis of Khiva Khans, Chadra Hauli, Pahlavan Mahmud Necropolis, Madrasah of Kutlug-Murad-Inak and Abdullah-Khan, Kunya-Ark of Kurinysh-Khan, Tash Hauli Harem, Islam Khodja Ensemble, Madrasah of Khurdjum and Allakuli-Khan, Old City, Mausoleum of Seyid Ala Ad-Din, Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrasah and Kalta-Minor, Complex of Seyid-Biy and Palvan-Kari Minaret, Madrasah of Arab-Khan and Muhammad-Amin-Inak, Madrasah of Muhammad Rahim Khan, Ak Mosque
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Day 7

Drive to Bukhara via desert.

You take a long drive (480 km, 6-8 hours) through the desert along the course of the Amudarya River to the capital of ancient Khorezm, Urgench (Khiva). The rest of the day is devoted to checking in the hotel and leisure.
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Day 8

Full day in Bukhara.

Visit the old city, Ark fortress, Bolo Hauz mosque, Ismail Samani mausoleum, Chashma Ayub, Kalyan minaret, Trading Domes with all kinds of handicrafts, where carpets and jewelry are sold. You take pleasure of a lunch arranged in the comfortable setting of a private house in the old part of Bukhara. After lunch, you visit Maggoki Attori mosque, Lyabi Hauz square, Kukeldash Madrassah, Nadir Divan Begi Madrassah, and the Indian style Chor Minor of 19th century.

Visits to: Kalyan Minaret, Ulugbek Madrasah, Bukhara city, Miri-Arab Madrasah, Chashma-Ayub, Magoki-Attari Mosque, Madrasah of Abdulaziz Khan, Ark Fortress, Lyabi-Hauz Complex, Chor Minor, Mausoleum of Sheikh Boharzi, Kukeldash Madrasah, Fayzabad and Zainuddin, Trading Domes, Mausoleum of the Samanids, Bolo-Hauz Mosque, Khanaka and Madrasah of Nadir Divan-Beghi, Kalyan Mosque, Zindan (Prison), Kosh-Madrasah, Namazga Mosque
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Day 9

Free time in Bukhara, evening train to Samarkand.

Free time in Bukhara, visiting places that were left unseen on the previous day. Evening train to Samarkand.

Visits to: Chor Bakr Complex, Vabkent Minaret, Ancient Bukhara, Baha Ad-Din Naqshband Necropolis, Sitorai-Mohi-Hosa
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Day 10

Full day in Samarkand.

Sightseeing Samarkand. Madrassah at Registan Square. Workshops in the Madrassah offer a variety of locally made handicrafts, of which musical instruments and carpets are made with exquisite taste. The artisans will tell you about Uzbek musical instruments and play charming old melodies. Visit Guri Amir, the mausoleum of Tamerlane, and a nice gallery of modern Uzbek paintings. Then, explore the Observatory of Ulugbek, Afrosiab Museum, city bazaar and Bibi Khanum mosque, and Shahi Zindah.

Visits to: Ishrat-Khana Mausoleum, Registan Square, Mausoleum of Kusam-Ibn-Abbas, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Madrasah and Mausoleum, Tillya-Kari Madrasah on Registan Square, Shahi-Zinda Central Group, Ulugbek Madrasah on Registan Square, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Shahi-Zinda Northern Group, Temurid Female Necropolis, Shahi-Zinda Southern Group, Ruhabad Mausoleum, Shahi-Zinda, Dahma of Shaybanids, Mausoleums of Abdi Clan, Khodja Akhrar Necropolis, Tuglu-Tekin And Amir-Zadeh Mausoleums, Mausoleum of Khodja Daniyar (Saint Daniel), Observatory of Ulugbek, Afrasiab Hill, Bagizagan Wine Factory/Cellar, Hazret-Hyzr Mosque
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Day 11

Free time in Samarkand, train to Tashkent.

Free time in Samarkand, in the afternoon train to Tashkent.

Visits to: Memorial Complex of Imam Al-Bukhari
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Day 12

Full day excursion in Tashkent. End of service.

Day tour in Tashkent, a city with two thousand years of history. You visit the old part of Tashkent and its medieval Kafal Shashi Mausoleum and Barak-khan Madrassa. You take a quick overlook of the modern city's most spectacular buildings, the complex of Oliy Majlis, People's Friendship Palace etc. Then you attend the Museum of Applied Arts. End of tour after the excursion is finished.
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