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2-stans Combined Tour Duration: 8 nights 9 days Destinations: Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Merv – Ashgabat – Darwaza – Kowata - Gokdepe Transport: Private air conditioned transport, economy class domestic flights Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities Guides: Fully escorted by our English speaking guides in each country Tour starting point: Tashkent  Ends: Ashgabat DAY 1 - Tashkent Depart from home to Tashkent. Flight. Arrival in Tashkent. Dinner. Transfer and accommodation at hotel.   DAY 2 - Tashkent Breakfast in the hotel. Sightseeing tour: Old city tour: Khasti Imam Complex, including the Mausoleum of Kaffal Ash-Shashi, Barak Khan Madrassah, Museum of Islamic calligraphy (famous copy of Holy Qurani Karim of 7 century is among exhibits). Visit to Chor-Su Bazaar. Lunch. Mustakillik (Independence) Square, Theatrical Square – Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Amir Timur Square. Dinner.     DAY 3 - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara Early breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to train station. Depart to Samarkand by “Afrosiyab” bullet train at 08.00 am. Arrival in Samarkand at 10.10 am. Sightseeing tour: Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15c), Registan Ensemble (including Ulugbek (15c), Sher Dor (17c), Tilla – Kori Madrassahs (17c). Lunch. Sightseeing tour:  King Mirzo Ulugbek’s ancient observatory (15c), “Ruins of Afrosiab” State archaeological reserve (6 BC-13 AD).Visit to Samarkand bazaar. Dinner. Transfer to train station. Depart to Bukhara by “Afrosiyab” bullet train at 21.03. Arrival in Bukhara at 22.37. Transfer and accommodation at hotel.   DAY 4 - Bukhara Breakfast in the hotel. Sightseeing tour: Poi-Kalyan Ensemble including Minaret (12c) Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Emir Alim Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magok-i-Attari Mosque (16c), Lyab-i-Hauz (17c). Lunch. Sightseeing tour: Visit to Registan, Ark Fortress (16 c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c). Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs; Chor-Minor Mausoleums, Chashma-e-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c). Dinner   DAY 5 - Bukhara - Turkmenabad - Mary Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Turkmen/Uzbek border. Lunch. Transfer to Merv 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 Yusup Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum. After sightseeing, drive to Mary city. Dinner. Overnight in Mary hotel.   DAY 6 - Mary – Ashgabat Breakfast in the hotel. Morning transfer to airport for morning flight to Ashgabat. Then 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. Then drive to visit Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak (the largest mosque in Central Asia). Lunch. 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. Dinner. Overnight at Grand Turkmen hotel.   DAY 7 - Ashgabat – Darvaza – Ashgabat Breakfast in the hotel. Free time. Lunch. Afternoon drive to Darwaza burning Gas Crater (268km) dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell". The Darwaza area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. En-route we cross Karakum desert, will make a stop in small desert village Erbent. In the evening watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. BBQ dinner at Gas Crater. Drive back to Ashgabat. Overnight at Grand Turkmen hotel.   DAY 8 - Ashgabat - Kowata – Gokdepe - Ashgabat Breakfast in the hotel. Morning drive to Kowata underground lake which is located 107 km from Ashgabat. The Turkmen name Kow-Ata means "father of caves". This underground area seems like a magnificent auditorium: the overall length of the cave is 230 m, its height reaches 20 m, and its width is at some points 57 m. The bottom of the cave is covered with lumps of dissolved limestone (stalagmites), and its warm and gushing water is clear and emerald colored. The water has a constant temperature of 33-37°C. (You should swim in the lake). Lunch. After drive Geokdepe Mosque (Saparmyrat Hajy) that was built in 1995 to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. Later drive to visit Horse Farm to see a national proud of Turkmen people - Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. The World’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. There are over 35 beautiful horses in the farm. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon. Dinner. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.   DAY 9 - Ahgabat Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to your destination.      

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Uzbekistan part

  • Double accommodation
  • Full board
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport service all over tour by a/c tourist bus
  • English speaking escort guide all over tour
  • Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara train tickets
  • 1 bottle of water per day per person

Turkmenistan part

  • Letter of Invitation
  • Registration in Ashgabat city
  • Accommodation at TWIN/DBL rooms:
  • Grand Turkmen Hotel 4* BB – 3 nights in Ashgabat
  • Mary Hotel 5* BB – 1 night
  • Transport services through the tour
  • Flight:; Mary - Ashgabat
  • Escort English speaking guide service
  • Entrance fee: Nisa fortress, Merv, Horse farm, Kowata
  • Meals: Full board
  • 1,5 L water per person per day

Uzbekistan part

  • International flights
  • Medicine insurance
  • Additional meals and beverages out of ordered menu
  • Video and photo shootings charge on the spots
  • Charge for cancellation of tour
  • Tips to the guides & drivers $3 USD per person per day

Turkmenistan part

  • International flights
  • Cost of Turkmen visa w/border fees
  • Travel Tax: $2 p/p per night at hotels
  • Payment for photo and video
  • Meals: Lunch
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Medical insurance
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