2-stans in 11 days Duration: 10 nights 11 days Destinations: TASHKENT – KHIVA –DASHOGUZ –KONEURGENCH- DARWAZA – ASHGABAT – MARY – BUKHARA – SAMARKAND – TASHKENT Transport: Private air conditioned transport Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities Guides: Fully escorted by our English speaking guides in each country Tour starting point: Tashkent Ends: Tashkent
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Arrive in Tashkent welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Early check-in.
Sightseeing tour of Tashkent: 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.
Visiting modern part of Tashkent by metro: Amir Timur Square, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, Independence Square. Overnight in Tashkent.
Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and flight to Urgench at 07:15. Arrive Urgench at 08:55. Transfer to Khiva, and start sightseeing – inner town of Ichan Kala (XIV-XX CC) with Muhamad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Rahim Khan Madrassah, Juma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli Palace, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Overnight in Khiva.
Urgench – Dashoguz (Shavat) Post – Darwaza (Turkmenistan)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan border point. Sightseeing tour of the historical places of "Kunya-Urgench": Excursion in Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravansaray, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. Transfer to famous Gas crater (3.5 h) – Door to Hell. Dinner. Rest & night in camp near crater.
Darwaza - Ashgabat
Picnic style breakfast. Drive to Ashgabat (3 h). En-route we cross Karakum desert, will make a stop in small desert village Erbent. Arrival in Ashgabat. Drive to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211BC), and reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum.
Drive to visit Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak (the largest mosque in Central Asia).
Afternoon you will have Ashgabat city tour. You will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat 2017 Sports and Housing facilities. Overnight in Ashgabat.
Ashgabat – Mary – Merv - Mary
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning flight to Mary. Arrival and transfer to ancient Merv for excursion. Sightseeing of Merv: visit Gyz Gala& Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Sotlan Sanjar Mausoleum etc. After excursion, drive to Mary. Overnight in Mary.
Farap – Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Turkmen – Uzbek border Farap (3 h). Uzbek driver will meet you at Uzbek side. Drive to Bukhara, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Starting city tour in Bukhara at 09:00. City tour with visits to the Ark Fortress – residence of Bukhara khans (I-XX CC), Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum – Shrine of Ismail Samani and other members of the Samanid Dynasty (IX-X CC), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum – Saint Job’s well (XII-XVI CC).
Continue sightseeing by walk: 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). Visiting Lyabi Hauz complex consisting of Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI C), Magoki Attori Mosque now used as a carpet museum (XII C), Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah and Nadir Divan-begi Khanaka.
Overnight in Bukhara.
Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Shakhrisabz – hometown of Tamerlane. In Shakhrisabz we will visit the magnificent Palace of Timur – Ak Saray. The palace is covered with beautiful blue, white and gold mosaics. Continue by visit of Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and Dorus-Saodat Mausoleum. Drive to Samarkand. Overnight in Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will start sightseeing from gem of Samarkand – Registan Square 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 – ensemble including mausoleums and other ritual buildings of IX-XIV and XIX 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.
Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will visit Museum located in ancient settlement of Afrosiab. Then visit to Tombstone of Khodja Daniyar (St Daniel), 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 train Samarkand-Tashkent at 17:00. Arrive Tashkent at 19:10. Overnight in Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out by 12:00. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
- Visa invitation letter for UZ, TKM
- Transport services
- Train tickets as per program (economy class)
- Flight ticket: Tashkent-Urgench, Ashgabat - Mary
- DBL rooms in hotels with breakfast
- English speaking guides for city tours (2-4 pax), escorting guide for 6+ pax, escorting guide in TKM
- Sightseeing tours as per program
- Entrance fees for the sights
- BBQ dinner and BF at Darwaza
- Visa fees
- Fees for the use of cameras and videos in the monuments and tourist sites
- Fees for extra service not specified in the program
- Items of personal nature
- Alcoholic drinks
- Lunches and dinners
- Travel tax in Turkmenistan - 2 USD per night (should be in cash)
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