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Uzbekistan and TURKMENISTAN for 8 days

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Tour itinerary: Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Mary – Ashgabat
Season: all the year round
Days: 8Nights: 7
Price: by request
Tour description:


Ancient cities of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is the best tour for those who is interested in culture and histury of Central Asia. We will visit such famous cities as Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv and Nisa. 

Day 1
Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent Airport. Meet by Anur Tours staff and transfer to hotel. Check in. Free time 
Day 2
Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel restaurant. 

Sightseeing tour of Tashkent begins with visiting old part of the city: Architectural complex Khast Imam(Mausoleum of imam Kaffal al-Shashi, Barak-khan Madrassah, Tellya Sheikh Madrassah, Mui-Mubarak Madrassah, Juma Mosque, Imam Ismail al-Bukhari Islamic Institute), Hadra square, Kukeldash Medressa, bazaar Chorsu.

Continue excursion around European part of the city:  Amir Timur Square, Theatre Square, Independence Square Monument of Courage, Tashkent TV Tower and Memorial to the Victims of Repression.

  P.M. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 3
Tashkent - Samarkand

Early breakfast. 

07:15 Transfer to the railway station.

08:00 Start to Samarkand by high-speed train «Afrosiab».

10:10 Arrival in Samarkand. You will be met by our staff. Transfer to hotel. Check in. 

Start sightseeing in Samarkand with a visit to the famous Registan Square – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori.   Visit 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; Samarkand local bazaar - Siyab. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 4
Samarkand - Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel. Free time. 

11:30 Transfer to the railway station.
12:15 Depart from Samarkand to Bukhara by train "Sharq".
15:20 Arrival in Bukhara.
Meeting at the railway station and transfer to hotel. Check in. Free time. 
Day 5
Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel.
09:00 Meet with our guide and start walking city tour along the old part of Bukhara (about 8 hours) including visits to the Mausoleum of Samanids, Bolo Hauz Mosque and the Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to the I century BC.

Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassah. 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.

Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas, Abdullakhan’s Tim and a visit to the Caravanserai Sayfuddin which is the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara. Magoki Attari Mosque.

Lyabi Hauz is the center of old Bukhara and it is an architectural complex of the XVII century that includes Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa and Khanaqa, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of the famous historical comedian figure Khodja Nasreddin is also based in this square.
Night at the hotel. 

Day 6
Bukhara - Mary - Ashgabat

Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to Uzbek - Turkmen Boarder pass "OLOT-FARAB". Border formalities on both sides, meeting with representative of Turkmenistan travel company. Transfer to Mary.

En route visit to the Ancient Merv (UNESCO).  Discover historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others. Return to Mary. Visit the History museum of Merv region.

19:20 evening flight to Ashgabat

20:00 arrival in Ashgabat
Transfer to hotel. Check in to the hotel and overnight.

Day 7
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. 

Overnight at the hotel.   

Day 8
Ashgabat 

Breakfast in the hotel. Free time. 
Transfer to the airport. Departure. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Hotel Category 3*

Hotel Category 3-4*

Hotel Category 4-5*

Tashkent

Shodlik / Le Grande Plaza

Dedeman Silk Road / Grand Mir

Tashkent Palace / Miran International 

Samarkand

Malika Prime

Asia Samarkand / Grand Samarkand 

Registan Plaza 

Bukhara

Porso / Asl / Lyabi Hauz

Omar Khayyam / Asia Bukhara

Devon Begi, Asia Bukhara

Mary

Margush  / Yrsgal

Margush  / Yrsgal

Margush  / Yrsgal

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn 

Grand Turkmen

Nusay / Sofitel

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME CATEGORY

 

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:

UZBEKISTAN: 

- Visa invitation letter or visa support;
- Hotel accommodation in double / twin sharing rooms;
- All transfers on vehicles with a/c;
- Excursions with local guides (3 excursions); 
- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;
- Train tickets Tashkent - Samarkand, Samarkaтв - Bukhara;

 

TURKMENISTAN:

  • - Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
  • - Road transport as per program per AC regular vehicles, (pls. see table below)
  • - Accommodation based on shared double hotel room, including breakfast
  • - Escort English-speaking guide for full duration of the program
  • - Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the program
  • - Bottled drinking water en route 1,5l pppd
  • - Porter services en route 
  • - Domestic air ticket Mary - Ashkhabad; 

 

Tour Price does not include:

- Visa fees;

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



Tour reviews:
"Uzbekistan and TURKMENISTAN for 8 days"
I am interested in the 8 day tour "Ancient cities of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan".
Please advise on tour dates and pricing.
Thanks a lot, Hendrik
Author: Hendrik Disteldorf
Reviewed: 31 march 2014
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