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Turkmenistan & UZBEKISTAN for 11 days

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Tour itinerary: Istanbul - Ashgabat - Darwaza - Dashoguz - Khiva - Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent - Istanbul
Season: April - October
Days: 11Nights: 10
Price: by request
Tour description:
Day 1
Ashgabat

Arrival in Ashgabat. Meeting and transfer to the hotel. Check-in, time for rest.

Day 2
Ashgabat
Breakfast.

Start city tour with visits to Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118m column that consider the highest building in the country),  Neutrality Arch - an unique composition that  rotates slowly after the sun. Visiting  National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique  exposition from Ancient Merv and Nissa. 

A trip to ancient Nissa (18km from Ashgabad) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins of the ancient city (the date of foundation of the I millennium BC - I millennium BC). Return back to Ashgabad. Visit en-route Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. It's considered the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There're beautiful garden and fountains near the mosque. 

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Ashgabat - Darwaza

Breakfast in the hotel.

Continue city tour around Ashgabad with visiting to Anau mosque ruins; Ahalteke horse stables, where you will have an opportunity to see the most beautiful horses on the Earth. A visit toCarpet Museum and (Sunday) bazaar. 
Transfer by car to gas crater Darwaza (260 km North from Ashgabad).
In 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Gate to Hell, and the sight of the crater at night indeed gives a somewhat spooky feel. 

The views are most impressive in the dark, and an overnight stay in tents near the crater is a unique experience, especially when accompanied by a barbeque dinner.
Night in the tent camp.

Day 4
Darwaza - Dashoguz - Khiva

In the morning transfer to Kunya-Urgench. On arrival, lunch and then rest time.
Start sightseeing tour with visiting: the founder mausoleum of Sufi sects "Kubra" Nadzhimetdin Kubra (XII-XIII centuries); the mausoleum of Mongolian princess Torebeg-Hanym (XII-XIV centuries); minaret Mamun (X-XI centuries); minaret Kutlug-Timur (XII-XIV c, the highest minaret in Central Asia - 67m height); mausoleum Kyrkmolla (II in BC - III A.D.); mausoleum Arslan II (the oldest building in the city - date of its bookmark is roughly estimated by XI century).
Moving to Dashoguz.and transfer to Turkmen – Uzbek Boarder Pass the boarder.

Cross to Uzbekistan at 15.00. Transfer to Khiva. Arrival. Check-in at hotel. Resting time.
Day 5
Khiva

Breakfast in the hotel.
Start sightseeing in the old part of Khiva – Ichan Kala known as “Inner town”. Ichan Kala which is the biggest open air museum in Central Asia consists of the following architectural monuments:  Ata Darbaza (West Gate), Kunya ArkMuhammad Rakhim-Khan Madrassah, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, Kalta Minor MinaretJuma Mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja Madrassa and Minaret, Said Alauddin MausoleumPahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, the last Khiva Khan Allakulikhan’s Madrassa and Tosh Hovli Palace where was the harem with 40 concubines, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulikhan.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6
Khiva - Bukhara

Breakfast. Today you will have a long drive from Khiva to Bukhara via the Kizilkum desert (475 км). Stop en route near the Amudarya River. Arrival in Bukhara, check–in the hotel. Free time.

Day 7
Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel.

City tour along the old part of Bukhara including visits to the Mausoleum of SamanidsBolo Hauz Mosque and the Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC, Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa.

There are three trading domes or so called covered bazaars preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.

A visit to Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas, Abdullakhan’s Tim and a visit to the Caravanserai Sayfuddin (Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara nowadays), Magoki Attari Mosque and Lyabi Hauz square that is the center of old Bukhara. This complex includes Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa and Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of the famous historical comedian figure Khodja Nasreddin is also based in this square.
Dinner with folk show in Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa. Night in the hotel.

Day 8
Bukhara - Gijduvan - Samarkand 

Transfer to Samarkand (280 km). On the way, near town Gijduvan, you may visit to famousUzbek pottery master Abdulla’s workshop. There you may see process of making ceramics and buy some of them.

Arrival in Samarkand. Hotel check in, free time;

Day 9
Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast. 

Start sightseeing tour in Samarkand with visits to the famous Registan Square – a heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture. The complex consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori. A visit to Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timurids dynasty; Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city; Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums; Ulugbek’s Observatory – one of the most important astronomical centers;        
A visit to the Mausoleum of Khodja Doniyor known as Saint Daniel. Members of the three religions – Muslims, Christians and Jewish visit and treat the mausoleum with respect; Samarkand local bazaar - Siyab     

17:00 depart for Tashkent by fast train "Afrosiab"

19:10 arrival in Tashkent.

Meeting, transfer to the hotel. Free time. 

Day 10
Tashkent 

Breakfast in the hotel.   
Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent to the old and new parts of the city: Amir Timur Square, Theatre Square with the Opera House, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, Abdul Kasim Madrassah and Alisher Navoi National Park, Independence Square,  Khast Imam Square – 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.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11
Tashkent 
Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport. Departure, The end of the tour.

Accommodation: 

City

Hotels 2-3 Star

Hotels 3-4 Star

Darwaza

Tent camp

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn

Grand Turkmen

Khiva

 Malika Khiva / Old Khiva

Asia Khiva / Malika Kheyvak

Bukhara

Porso / Asl 

Asia Bukhara / Devon Begi

Samarkand

Malika Classic / Bibi Khanum

Malika Prime / Asia Samarkand

Tashkent

Shodlik / Uzbekistan

Windham / City Palace 

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME LEVEL

Prices are available by request. In the case of interest and further reservation, please contact us by e-mail: info@anurtour.com

Tour Price includes:

- Hotel accommodation;
- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;
- Full transportation service and all transfers on vehicles with a/c
- Local guides in each city;
- Folk show with dinner in Bukhara;
- Visa support;  
- Train tickets (in case of train journey).

Tour Price does not include:

- Air tickets for international and local flights;
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Meals (lunches and dinners);

- Visa fee;
- Turkmenistan migration tax.

 


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