Duration: 10 days / 9 hights Season: All Conditions: Each member of group must have his own outfit, raincoat, sleeping bag (subject to be change, medical and accident insurance. Services: The company provides with transportation, lodging in hotels, guide service, interpreters, formalities. Size of the group: Any
Day 1 (Fri.): Arrival into Ashgabat
Departure for Ashgabat by TK Flight from Istanbul or LH from Frankfurt.
Late night/Early arrival. Border passing, passport control and customs procedures. Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 (Sat.): Full Day SS of Ashgabat
Full Day SS of Ashgabat includes: New Park dedicated to Akhalteke horses-the pride of Turkmen, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazar, Monument of Lenin which was erected in 1927 and survived the earthquake of 1948, Ertogrul Ghazy Mosque, Exhibition/Fair Center of Ashgabat, "Turkmenbashynyn Ruhy Metjidi" which is biggest in Central Asia & Mausoleum Complex of the tombs of Turkmenbashy and his parents with his brothers, Old Nissa-The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings (Nissa is situated in 15 km to the west of Ashgabat & founded in the III century B.C. Nissa was the capital of Parthian Empire which lasted for about 600 years and was the biggest competitor for the Rome Empire. Here there were the palace & temple buildings, the depositories & the treasury of the Parthian Kings. During the Old Nissa excavations the monumental constructions are exposed-the temples (round & tower). Taking into consideration the great scientific-cultural meaning, the site of the ancient town is declared the historical-cultural preserve. Recently it was inscribed at the World Heritages Book by the UNESCO.), Health Path of Turkmenbashy built on the mountains, National Museum of History & Ethnography for extra entry cost paid directly (it is highly recommendable to visit that museum after an Old Nissa excursion), Monument of Independency & Ruhnama, Some Food bazaars of Ashgabat. L&D is free.
Day 3 (Sun.): Half Day SS of Ashgabat. Drive to Mary
Morning visit Ashgabat's famous Oriental Bazar- Jygyldyk (Tolkuchka in Russian) where it is sold almost everything: camels, carpets, cars and etc. where is possible to find plenty of souvenirs such as carpets, aladjas, handcrafts, felts, embroideries, jewellers and etc. It is also one of the best places to meet face-to-face with Turkmen culture and people. Note: bazaar is open on Sundays-biggest bazaar with camels and car sections open too, Saturdays-smaller bazaar camels & cars section does not open, Thursdays-smaller bazaar camels & cars section does not open). After bazaar drive to Mary. (it is around 380 km and takes about 4,5 hours driving). En route stop to visit the ruins of Medieval Bagabat Town, Anew Mosque, Abiverd Medieval Town Ruins & Kone Gala. Arrival & accommodation. L&D is free.
Day 4 (Mon.): Full Day Exploring Margush & Old Merv
Drive to visit Margush Country (Gongur Depe-capital of Margush)-Bronze Age Civilization Sites & Birthplace of Zorastrism (IV-III mil. BC-VI BC). (It is around 90 km and takes about 2 hours driving. 4WD is required).
Lunch as a picnic. After SS of Margush drive back to Mary. En route stop to have SS of Old Merv -inscribed into the monuments list of World Heritage Book, protected by the UNESCO: Gyz Gala & Oglan Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Giaur Gala (IV BC), Buddist Complex (IV-VI), Beni Makhan Mosque-first Mosque build in Central Asia (VII), Erk Gala (VI BC), Soltan Gala (XI), Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum (XII), Ibn Zeid Mausoleum (XII). L&D is free.
Day 5 (Tue.): Drive to Farab Border Pass. Cross into Uzbekistan
Morning drive to the border pass "Farab-Alat" via Turkmenabat city (It is around 300km and takes 5 hours driving) to cross into Uzbekistan. Walk via the nutral zone (~600 meters). Meeting at the Uzbekistan side of the border pass by the Uzbekistan guide. Border Passing & Customs formalities. Drive to Bukhara. Arrival to Sacred Bukhara - one of the most esteemed cities of Islamic civilization. Hotel accommodation. Splendid herbal teas in the spice cafe "Silk Road Spices". Free time for rest and walking through the old streets of Bukhara. One of "1000 & 1 nights" in Bukhara. L&D is free.
Day 6 (Wed.): Full Day SS in Bukhara
Full Day SS of Bukhara includes: Mausoleum of the Samanids - the most ancient of Central Asia brick building, a masterpiece of world architecture (9-10th c), mausoleum Chashma Ayub that belongs to esteemed "places of trace" left by saint persons (14th c). The legend says that once the bible prophet Job (Ayub) visited this place. Visit to museums of Imam Al Bukhari and "The Museum of Water". "Bolo-Houz Mosque" - the only monument of medieval Bukhara (beg. of 20th c), Ark - the center of Bukhara statehood (4th c BC), silk carpet shops, complex "Poi Kalon" ("Beneath the Great"): "Kalyan Minaret" - the main symbol of sacred Bukhara that symbolized authority and power of spiritual governors. (12th c), "Kalyan Mosque"- its area of 130x80 m surpasses Bibi-Khanym mosque in Samarkand, "Miri Arab Madrassah" - active madrassah is one of the most esteemed spiritual Islamic universities (16th c), "Taki Zargaron" - the dome of jewelers (15-16th cc), "Ulugbeg Madrassah" - one of the 3 madrassahs constructed by grandson of Tamerlan - Ulugbeg (15th c), "Abdulaziz-khan Madrassah" - traditional madrassah with 2 floors of hudjras and mosque on the central axis ( mid. of 17th c), Tim of Abdullah-Khan madrassah (1588-1590 yy), atlas shops, "Magoki-Attari Mosque" - the most ancient mosque of Bukhara (12th c) is considered a masterpiece of Bukhara architecture, "Khanaka and madrassah of Nadir Divan-Beghi" - a massive rectangular structure that was a place for staying and meditation of Sufis (17th c), "Kukeldash Madrassah" (16th c) - one of the biggest Bukhara madrassah, "Lyabi-Hauz" ensemble - the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara - is very popular among travelers (14-17th cc.), "Chor Minor" ("Four minarets") is an unusual madrassah built by Caliph Niyazkul (18th c). Overnight in quite and cozy Bukhara. L&D is free.
Day 7 (Thu.): Drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz
Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz - a unique monument of town-planning and architecture (270 km, 3,5 hrs). Shakhrisabz tour: ruins of "Ak-Saray Palace" - Tamerlane's summer residence that shocked the imagination of his contemporaries (14-15th c), "Jahongir Mausoleum"- mausoleum of Tamerlane's eldest and favorite son (14th c), complex "Dor-ut Saodat": "Khazratiy Imam Mosque" - a multi-stage mosque with a domical hall with decorated ayvans (14th c), "Gumbazi-Seiidan" - mausoleum of possible offspring of Temur, "Kok Gumbaz Mosque" ("Blue dome") - built by Ulugbek on behalf of his father Shahruh (15th c). The Golden Road to the historical town of Samarkand - a crossroad of the world's cultures, one of the most ancient cities in the world (90 km, 1,5 hrs). Hotel accommodation and free time. Overnight in a city which is a contemporary of ancient Rome, and has more than 2500 years of history. L&D is free.
Day 8 (Fri.): Full Day SS in Samarkand
Full Day SS of Samarkand includes: "Gur Emir Mausoleum" - Tamerlan's tomb (14-15th c) that was built for Temur's grandson Muhammad-Sultan and the tombs of three other Temurids - sons of Temur - Miranshah and Shahruh and his grandson Ulugbek, "Ruhabad Mausoleum" ("House of Spirit") - the legend says that under the dome there is a box with seven hairs of the Prophet Muhammad (14th c), "Registan Square" ("A sandy place") - the major square of Samarkand: "Ulugbeg Medressa" - Sheikh Khodja Akhrar and poet Djami were among outstanding graduates of the medressa (15th c), "Sher-Dor Medressa" ("Having tigers") (17th c.), "Tillya-Kari Medressa" ("Coated by gold") - the richest gilding on the dome, walls and mihrab surpassed all other famous buildings in Central Asia (17th c). The mosque named after Hazret-Hyzr - an Islamic saint and eternal wanderer. He was esteemed as giving richness and good luck in far voyages and trade (19th c), cathedral mosque "Bibi-Khanym" that was named after the oldest wife of Tamerlan (14th c), the architectural complex "Shahi-Zinda" ("Alive king") - necropolis on the slope of the Afrosiab hill is connected with Kusam ibn Abbas - the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (11-15th c). Overnight in the capital of Tamerlane's Empire. L&D is free.
Day 9 (Sat.): Drive to Tashkent & SS City
Morning departure to Tashkent (315 km, 5 hrs). On the way you can visit the biggest observatory of the 15th c. built by Ulugbeg. Arrival in the capital of Uzbekistan and hotel accommodation. City tour around Tashkent: "Monument of Courage" - the epicenter of Tashkent earthquake of 1966 (1976 y). Old part of the city: an architectural complex "Khazret-Imam" incl. necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and famous divine and poet (16th c), "Barak-khan Medressa" - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of Uzbek dynasty of Sheibanid's (16th c), "Tellya Sheikh Medressa" also called "Khast Imom Mosque" where Osman Quran - the world's oldest is kept (19th c), "Mui-Mubarak Medressa (19th c)", "Juma Mosque" (15-19th cc), Imam Ismail al Bukhari Islamic Institute - a two year post-medressa academy, "Hadra" square, "Kukeldash Medressa" ("Foster brother") - was built by Kukekdash - the vizier of Tashkent khans (16th c.), "Jami Mosque"- the third biggest mosque in Uzbekistan. L&D is free.
Day 10 (Sun.): Flight to Home
Transfer to Airport for flight to next destination.
All programs are calculated without AIR FARE FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS.
The company has a right to change destination places of the program without inform in
advance at any forms in case of unavailability reaching those destinations by any case
(force major) replacing them with other destinations with the same or close to the same
interest & value.
These programs are changeable. By order of clients we can prolong or shorten days. We can also organize combination customized tours for larger groups as well as for individual travelers to have their trip along the Great Silk Road (Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, Kirgizstan).
Route takes in various places (deserts, lakes) so all travelers must be ready to meet face-to-face with nature's exams.
Registration in the CTB in Turkmenistan (2 photo colored required)
English Speaking Escort-Guide for Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan (except neutral zone)
Transport (sedan, minivan, bus) with A/C for all transfers
4WD Minibus without A/C for day 3
All Transfers (except neutral zone)
Excursions according to program
Entrance fees of all shown sights in the program
Visa fees for both countries
Immigration fee paid upon arrival in the border 12 USD for Turkmenistan
Entry & video/photo camera charges at historical reserves not included into tour costs
Tips to the guides and drivers
Any Extra Expenses, Meals & Entry Fees not mentioned in the includes part of the tour costs
We hope you like the program and assure you that we are absolutely open to any suggestions to increase the range of our services for the complete satisfaction of our clients and are happy to meet your special requirements.
You can alter the duration of your tour and places of visits by adding one of the extensions.
Our tour operator will work closely with you or your travel agent to carefully prepare an itinerary based on your stated interests.