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Uzbekistan - TURKMENISTAN - IRAN

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Tour itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Mary - Ashgabat - Mashhad - Shiraz - Isfahan - Tehran
Season: All the year around
Days: 14Nights: 13
Price: by request
Tour description:


Follow one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation starting in Tashkent and ending  in Tehran.  

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. 

Start driving to Bukhara by car / minivan (275 km ~ 5-6 hrs). En-route visit Caravan Serai Rabati-Malik and Gijduvan city. 
Arrival in Bukhara. Free time. 

Day 5
Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel.
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 - Mashhad

Breakfast. 
Transfer to Turkmen - Iran border. Border crossing. 

Transfer to Masshad, one of Iran's holiest cities. Start Masshad city tour with visiting Imam Reza Shrine (the largest mosque in the world), Gowhar Shad Mosque and also Nader Shah Mausoleum located in a beautiful garden setting at the heart of the city. 

Return back to the hotel. Free time. 

Day 9
Masshad - Shiraz
Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Shiraz. 
Upon arrival start Shiraz city tour with visiting Nasirol Molk Mosque that is often called as Pink Mosque due to the usage of beautiful pink color tiles for its interior design; Vakil Complex (Bazaar, Citadel, Bath, Pars Museum and Mosque); Saraye Moshir; Hafez Tomb that was built in memory of Persian poet Hafez and Saadi Tomb, a major tourist attraction of Shiraz.
Return back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 10
Shiraz - Persepolis - Isfahan
Breakfast.
Start driving to Isfahan (484 km ~ 7-8 hours). En-route visit the UNESCO world heritage Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) and Necropolis (Naqsh-e Rustam). 
Arrival in Isfahan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11
Isfahan
Breakfast. 
Start Isfahan city tour with visiting Naqsh-e Jahan Square also known as Imam Square and Shah Square; Imam Khomeini Mosque (former Shah Mosque), one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture; Sheikh Lofollah Mosque; Ali Qapu Palace; Chehelsotoon Palace, Hasht Behesht Palace & Garden.
Return back to hotel. Free time.
Day 12
Isfahan - Tehran
Breakfast. 
Drive to Tehran by car (450 km ~ 6-7 hours). 
Arrival, hotel check-in. Free time.
Day 13
Tehran
Breakfast. 
Full day city tour to National Jewelry Museum (open on Saturday, Sunfay and Tuesdays), National Museum, Carpet Museum, Golestan Palace, Glassware & Ceramics Museum. In the evening you will see Tehran great bazaar, communicate the local people.
Return back to the hotel. Free time. 
Day 14
Tehran departure
Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back. 
End of the tour.
Accommodation:

City

Hotel Category 3*

Tashkent

Shodlik / Le Grande Plaza

Samarkand

Malika Prime

Bukhara

Kabir / Kavsar

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn 

Masshad

Tehran

Isfahan

Sheikh Bahaee 

Shiraz

Eram

Tehran

Sayna

 

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:

- Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)

  • - Transport service during full tour time
  • - Accommodation based on shared double hotel room, including breakfast
  • - English-speaking guide 
  • - Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the program
  • - Bottled drinking water en route 1,5l pppd
  • - Porter services en route 
  • - Domestic air ticket:
  •         Mary - Ashgabat
  • - Train tickets (economy class):
  •         Tashkent - Samarkand

 

Tour Price does not include:

- Visa fees and Turkmenistan migration tax (10+2 USD per person);

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



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