Silk Road (UZ-TM)

Destination: Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

Cities: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Dashoguz – Kunya Urgench – Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent

Duration:  12 days/ 11 nights

DAY 1: XXX – TASHKENT (flight, coach)

Arrival Tashkent by day-time flight. Meet and greet service by DOLORES TRAVEL staff. Transfer to the hotel and pre-arranged check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM).

After some rest start city tour along the new part of Tashkent: Independence Square, Amir Temur Statue, Memorial to the World War II Victims, Monument of Courage, State Museum of Applied Arts, Alisher Navoi Theater Square.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 2: TASHKENT – URGENCH – KHIVA (flight, coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Tashkent Domestic Airport. Morning flight to Urgench (according to the schedule).

On arrival, meeting at the airport and drive to Khiva (30 km).

Excursion along the historical Complex Ichan-Kala (XII-XIX cc.) that is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List: Citadel Kunya-Ark (XVI-XVI cc.), Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Kazi Kalon Madrasah, Muhammad Rakhimkhan II Madrasah, Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, Sayid Allauddin Mausoleum, Kalta Minor Tower, Tash-Khovli Palace (XIX c.), Palvan Darvaza (Warriors Gate), Djuma Mosque (X c.), Allakulikhan Madrasah, Ota Darvaza (Father Gate), Kutlug Murad Inaq Madrasah.

Transfer to the hotel, check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM) and overnight.

DAY 3: KHIVA – DASHOGUZ – KUNYA URGENCH – ASHGABAT (coach, flight, 260 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning transfer to “Shavat” Uzbek-Turkmen border point (65 km, 1 hrs.). After passing border formalities, continue drive to Kunya Urgench (105 km).

On arrival, excursion in Kunya Urgench (UNESCO World Heritage Sight): visit to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum (14th c.); Kutlug Timur Minaret; Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum (12th c.); Kyrk-Mollah Mound; Il-Arslan Mausoleum.

Drive to Dashoguz (90 km, 1 hrs.). On arrival, transfer to the airport and take an evening flight to Ashgabat (50 min.).

Transfer to the hotel, check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM) and overnight.

DAY 4: ASHGABAT (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day city tour in Ashgabat: visit to the National Museum of History and Ethnography; Old Nissa Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Sight); Turkmenbashi Mosque and Mausoleum; Neutrality Arch; Independence Park and Monument (looking like a white-marble “Eiffel Tower” standing in a beautiful park); Fountain Monument (devoted to the 10th anniversary of independence).

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 5: ASHGABAT – MARY – MERV – MARY (flight, coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport and take morning flight to Mary.

Arrival Mary and drive for excursion to ancient Merv (UNESCO World Heritage Sight) towards Bayram-Ali (25 km). Visit to the VI-IX cc. AD forts of Big and Small Kyz-Kalas; Mausoleums of Sultan Sandjar and Mohammed Ibn-Zeyd (XII c.).

Drive back to Mary and visit to the Regional History Museum.

Transfer to the hotel, check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM) and overnight.

DAY 6: MARY – BUKHARA (coach, 390 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning transfer to “Farab” Turkmen-Uzbek border point (295 km). After passing border formalities, meeting at Uzbekistan side and continue drive to Bukhara (95 km).

On arrival, transfer to the hotel, check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM) and time for rest after road trip.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7: BUKHARA (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Holy Bukhara, homeland of Ibn Sino (Avicenna), loved city of all saints and worldwide known philosopher – cheery Khodja Nasriddin, lively, noisy and luxurious capital of Emirs, rich man of all nationals and patrons.

Full day city tour in Bukhara: visit to Citadel Ark (IV c.) – city in a city, Bolo-Khauz Mosque (beginning of XX c.), Ismael Samani Mausoleum (the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ dynasty at the end of IX –beginning of X cc.),  Poyi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great) – religious heart of sacred Bukhara that consists of Minaret Kalon (XII c.), Kalyan Mosque (XII c.) and Miri Arab Madrasah (XVI c.),  Ulugbek Madrasah (1417),  Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque (XII-XVI cc.),  Kosh-Madrasah Ensemble that consists of Madari-Abdullakhan Madrasah, Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (XIV-XVII cc.), Nodir Divanbeghi Madrasah, (Abdullakhan’s mother) and Abdullakhan Madrasah.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 8: BUKHARA (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive out of the city to visit Bakhauddin Naqshbandiy Memorial Complex (XVI-XIX cc.). Further drive to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Complex (XIX c.) – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara.

Arrival back to the city and excursion over trade domes named Coumpol Bazaar (XVI c.) – trading points where tourists can enjoy real Uzbek bargaining process and make shopping. It consists of Toki Saraffon (the Dome of Money changers), Toki-Telpak Furushon (the Dome of Cap makers), Toki Zargaron (the Dome of jewelers) and Tim Abdullakhan (the Center of silk).

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 9: BUKHARA – SAMARKAND (coach, 260 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Samarkand (260 km). On arrival, transfer to the hotel and check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM).

After some rest, walking tour along local Broadway – University Boulevard Street with huge Amir Timur Statue inside.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 10: SAMARKAND (coach)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day city tour in Samarkand: visit to the famous Registan Square that consists of Madrasah Ulugbek (XV c.), Madrasah Sher-Dor (XVII c.), Madrasah Tillya-Kori (XVII c.); Guri Emir Mausoleum -Tamerlane’s Tomb (XIV-XV cc.), Ulugbek Observatory (XV c.), Afrosiab Museum, Architectural Complex Shakh-i-Zinda (XI-XV cc.), Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV-XV). Further visit to eastern Siyob Bazaar for dried fruits, sweets and souvenirs.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 11: SAMARKAND – TASHKENT (coach, 350 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning drive to Tashkent by coach (350 km). On arrival, transfer to the hotel and pre-arranged check-in (standard check-in time: after 2 PM).

City tour along the old part of Tashkent: visit to Khazrati Imam Complex consisting of Barak Khan Madrasah (XVI c.),  Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV c.), Muyi-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad; Djuma Mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali, Kukeldash Madrasah (XVI c.). Free time for purchases in CHORSU bazaar and souvenir shops.

Transfer to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 12: TASHKENT– XXX (flight)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Registration and flight to the next destination as per the schedule.

 

**END OF SERVICES**

Included:

  • Accommodation in the hotels on DOUBLE /TWIN sharing basis (11 nights in total)
  • Breakfast at hotels
  • Services of A/C comfortable transport with professional driver as per program
  • Entrance fees to the above mentioned sights as per the program (except photo and video charges)
  • Professional local guides in the cities for excursions
  • Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan visa support (LOI)

Not included:

  • Visa costs (Consular fees)
  • Meals and Beverages
  • Photo and video charges
  • International flight tickets
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary