Silk Road #10. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Countries: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Duration: 8 days

ITINERARY

Arrival in Ashgabat. Check in to the hotel at noon. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: –

Half-day city tour including visits to Anau mosque ruins, Ahalteke horse stables, National Museum, and (Sunday) bazaar. Transfer to Darwaza in the Karakum desert, visit the Erbent desert community on the way.  BBQ dinner. Return to Ashgabat after dark (slow driving). Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Take a morning flight to Mary (370 km, 40 min). Upon arrival drive to Merv (40 km, 30 min.), an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Discover historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress, and others. In the afternoon depart to Turkmenabat (200 km, 4 h. 30 min.). Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning transfer to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point Farab-Alat (45 km, 1 h.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your driver and continue to Bukhara (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Free time in Old City. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-

Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Continue sightseeing tour with a guide. Drive out of the city to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. Head to Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat Malik dating back to the 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel.  Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby and start sightseeing. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, and Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 17:30 (300 km). The scheduled arrival time is 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport to fly home.

Meals: Breakfast

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