Uzbekistan Tours - Tour Itinerary 'Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-1'
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan Cities:
Samarkand, Bukhara, Mary, Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Kunya Urgench, Khiva and Tashkent Duration:
11 days, 10 nights
Day 1: Arrival to Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing Tashkent, including visits to Chorsu Bazar in the old city part of Tashkent, Kukuldash Mosque and Khast Imom - official religious center for Muslims in Central Asia, consists of Barak Khan Madrassa (16 cent), Tilla Shaykh Mosque - the Osman Koran, believed to be world's oldest Koran is kept in the library of this Mosque, a mausoleum of Abu Bakr Kaffal Shoshi - an Islamic scholar of 13-14th century. Lunch. Drive to Samarkand (4 hours). Arrival to Samarkand. Settlement at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.
Day 3: Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing Samarkand, which will include: famous Registan Square (with Madrassa Sherdor 17th century, Tilla Kori and Ulugbek 15th century), Shokhi Zinda Nekropole (important pilgrimage place in Samarkand), remains of grandiose Bibi Khanum Mosque, Gur Emir-Mausoleum (where conqueror Amir Temur (Tamerlane), his two sons and two grandsons are buried, 15th century), Ulugbek Observatory. Lunch during the day. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.
Day 4: Samarkand - Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue sightseeing Samarkand: visit silk carpet factory, Imam Al-Bukhari complex. Lunch. Drive to Bukhara (3 hours). Arrive to Bukhara. Settlement at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.
Day 5: Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing Bukhara: Ismail Samonid mausoleum (a burial place of the Samani dynasty founder Ismail Samani, 10th century), Kalon Minaret and Poi Kalon Mosque, Miri Arab Madrassa (16th century), Ulugbek Madrassa (15th century) and Abdilazizkhan Madrassa (17th century), Magoki Attory Mosque (is a very interesting construction, with facade 12th century and reconstructed in 16th century, with Zoroastrian temple ornaments underneath), Lyabi House complex, Ark Fortress (a home to the rulers of Bukhara), Chor Minor. Lunch during the day. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.
Day 6: Bukhara - Mary
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbek - Turkmen border "Farap". Border formalities. Transfer to Turkmenabat. Lunch. Continue to Mary. Arrival to Mary. Settlement at to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Mary.
Day 7: Mary - Ashgabat
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Merv: visiting the Erk Kala, Gyaur Kala, Sultan Kala, Bayram Khan Kala, Abdullakhan Kala, Sultan Sanzhar and Ibn Zaid Mausoleums, Ruins of Muslim Mosque, Buddist Temple, Grand & Little Kyz Kalas. Continue to Ashgabat. On the way visiting Nadir Shah bastion. Arrive in Ashgabat, settlement at the hotel. Lunch. City tour of Ashgabat. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Ashgabat.
Day 8: Ashgabat
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing Ashgabat: visiting Turkmenistan National museum, Turkmen Carpet Museum, Old Nissa. Lunch. Continue sightseeing tour. National dinner with folklore show. Overnight at the hotel in Ashgabat.
Day 9: Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Kunya Urgench - Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Morning flight to Dashoguz. Arrive in Dashoguz, drive to Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing tour: Mausoleums of Turabek Khanym, Il Arslan, Tekesh, Najmeddin Kubra, Sultan Ali Minaret of Kutluk Timur, also the remains of second minaret, Caravan Saray Keneurgench. Lunch. Drive to Turkmen - Uzbek border "Shavat". Border formalities. Transfer to Khiva. Arrival to Khiva. Settlement at to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Khiva.
Day 10: Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing of Khiva: Ichan-Kala architectural complex (12-19th c.) - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the residence of the last Khan including Ismail Khodja mausoleum, Mohammed Amin Khan madrassah, Kunya-Ark Castle (16-17th c.), Kalta Minor tower, Tash-Hovli Palace (19th c.), Pahlavan Mahmud mausoleum(14-18th c.), Juma Mosque (10th c.). Lunch during the day. Dinner. Transfer to Urgench to catch evening flight to Tashkent, arriving to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.
Day 11: Tashkent - departure
Transfer to the airport. Departure.