We recommend spending a few days more to visit Turkmenistan for a wonderful combination of your Central Asia tours with the country of deserts and oases, unique historical and cultural traditions of the Great Silk Road. Your journey will start from the biggest city in Central Asia –Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and will lead you through the iconic cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, where you will cross the border to one of the most closed countries in the world-Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Asia. This is a country of contrasts: ruins of brilliant cities of almost all powerful ancient Asian and Persian dynasties, endless steppes and the Great Karakum Desert, skullcaps and pilaf, Akhal-Teke horses and colorful folk weddings, beautiful famous carpets made in ancient style,  famous  silk, and natural melons. Our professional guide will meet you at the border and help you with all border formalities, assist with your baggage collection and filling declaration forms. After all formalities you will continue your way to Mary. On your way you will have several stops to see amazing sand dunes of Karakum Desert. Later you will visit the capital  - Ashgabat, a modern marvel city with unique characteristics of its own, and drive to Uzbek border passing by Konyeurgench - the capital of Khorezmshahs (III-XVI cc) listed by UNESCO World Heritage Book. Our professional stuff will meet at the Uzbek side, who will take you to charming Kiva, which is a truly amazing open-air museum.

13 Days

Route Map

Tour program

  • Day 1 Tashkent

    The capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. It is known all over the world as a city of friendship and hospitality and has a unique combination of historical monuments and modern life!

    Program
    Meeting at the airport of Tashkent. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
  • Day 2 Tashkent - Samarkand

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at the hotel.
    09:00
    City tour in Tashkent Khastimam Complex: Barak Khan Madrassah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Islamic Library with the world-known Qur
    13:00
    Lunch at local restaurant.
    14:00
    Transfer to Samarkand. Arriving to Samarkand. Accommodation at hotel. Free time at leisure.
    19:00
    Dinner at local restaurant
  • Day 3 Samarkand

    The grandiose capital of the Empire of famous Tamerlane -Amir Temur with the biggest mausoleums, madrassahs and mosques in Central Asia. And finally you have a chance to visit the world famous Registan square!

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    Full day sightseeing tour of Samarkand: Guri Emir - Legendary mausoleum of Amir Temur and his family members. Registan square - World famous complex of 3 Madrassahs and Golden Dome Mosque. Mosque Bibi Khanum – The biggest mosque ever built in Central Asia as gift Tamerlane's wife to her husband. Local Siyab bazar - unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of Samarkand people.
    13:00
    Lunch at local restaurant Continuing city tour of Samarkand. Shahi - Zinda necropolis, a holy place and cemetery with mausoleums of Timurid dynasty and a grave of cousin of Prophet Muhamed. Observatory of Ulugbek – incredible construction of 15th century for astronomical research.
    19:00
    Dinner at national house recognized by UNESCO (one of the oldest houses in Samarkand with ancient decorations that preserved originally) (OPTIONAL)
  • Day 4 Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Bukhara

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    Departure to Shahrisabz. City tour: Ak-Sarai Palace of Amir Temur, Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, local bazar, Mausoleum of Jahangir, empty mausoleum of Amir Temur.
    15:00
    Lunch at national house, getting acquainted with local Uzbek lifestyle. Transfer to Bukhara. Accommodation at hotel.
    19:00
    Dinner
  • Day 5 Bukhara

    Ancient and fairy-tale town of Bukhara - the land of magical lamps and Eastern beauties. Ancient Great Silk Road caravans never missed this town - the only oasis around. Nowadays Bukhara is famous not only for it's superb historical monuments, but for it's lively trade. ...every traveler finds something unique in this town

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    Full day of city tour. Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10 c)-the oldest royal mausoleum in Bukhara, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum(14 c), Bukhara local bazar. Visit to Old Bukhara: Poi-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c), Mosque (16c), functioning Miri Arab Madrassah(16 c), Amir- Alim-Khan Madrassah (19c)
    13:00
    Lunch at local restaurant.
    19:00
    National Folklore and Fashion show of national clothes at Nodir Devonbegi Madrassah Dinner in national house participating in the process of preparation of the most famous national dish - PLOV.
  • Day 6 Bukhara - Olot - Uzbek-Turkmen border

    Program
    Breakfast at hotel Meeting at the border Farab/Alat at ~09.30 (Turkmenistan side of the border). Border passing formalities. Drive ~300km & 5 h/d/d to Mary with en route to stops to see amazing sand dunes of Garagum Desert. En route stop to have short SS of Old Merv (UNESCO). Arrival & accommodation. Lunch & Dinner at local restaurants (if included). O/N in Mary Note: Passports with 2 colored photos will be required for registration at the CTB in Mary
  • Day 7 Mary - Ashgabat

    Program
    Morning flight to Ashgabat. Departure at 08.20. & Arrival at 09.00 (flight time & costs are subject to be change by Turkmenistan Airlines without prior notification) Meeting with local driver and English speaking guide. Check in after 12.00. Full Day Sightseeing in Ashgabat inc. City Monuments (Monument & Park of Turkmen Horses, Monument of Earthquake, Gulistan Bazaar, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Monument of Independence & etc) Lunch & Dinner at local restaurants (if included). Overnight in Ashgabat.
  • Day 8 Ashgabat

    Time Program
    09:00
    Breakfast at the hotel Full Day SS in/around Ashgabat Full Day SS in/around Ashgabat inc. Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque & Mausoleum of Turkmenbashy, Old Nissa (UNESCO), National Museum of History (closed on Tuesdays): entry fees are paid on spot if visited, City Monuments (Health Path, Arch of Neutrality, Monument of Constitution, Alem Culture Center & etc). Lunch & Dinner at local restaurants (if included). Overnight in Ashgabat.
  • Day 9 Ashgabat- Geokdepe

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at the hotel
    09:00
    Return Drive to Geokdepe Morning drive ~75km to Geokdepe via Geokdepe Valley of Kopetdag Mountain. En route stop at International Equestrian Center to familiarize with world famous Turkmen Horses which is known with the name of Akhalteke Horses.
    11:00
    Arrival. Free time. Lunch time. Visit Saparmyrat Khadji Mosque built in Geokdepe Fortress where there is a local museum (entry fees are paid on spot if visited) which demonstrates a heroic defense of Geokdepe in January 1881). Return back to Ashgabat directly ~50km. Afternoon free time. Lunch & Dinner at local restaurants (if included). Overnight in Ashgabat.
  • Day 10 Ashabat - Kunya - Urgench - Dashoguz - Khiva

    Program
    Morning transfer to the Domestic Airport of Ashgabat for flight to Dashoguz. Type of Aircraft Boeing 717-200. Flight T5-101. Departure at 06.10 & arrival at 07.00. (flight time & costs are subject to be change due to Turkmenistan Airlines). Upon arrival drive ~115 km & 2 h/d/dto visit: Koneurgench-the capital of Khorezmshahs (III-XVI cc) inscribed into the World Heritage Book of UNESCO. After SS of Koneurgench drive ~110km & 2 h/d/d to Dashoguz for lunch at local restaurant (if included). After lunch break drive ~15km to Dashoguz/Shavat Border Pass. Cross into Uzbekistan at ~14.30 Transfer to Khiva (Uzbekistan)
  • Day 11 Khiva

    This city is an open air museum, like Pompeii and Herculaneum. UNESCO has declared Khiva a city reserve and included Khiva’s oldes part Ichan-kala in its World Heritage List

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    Full day city tour of Khiva. Visit to the oldest part of the city - Kunya-Ark fortress, including Kurinish Khana (17c); Mohammed-Amin-Khan(19c) Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret; Mohammed Rakim Khan (19 c) Madrassah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Mazary Sharif Madrassah, Islam Khodja Madrassah and Minaret, Jami Mosque(18c)
    13:00
    Lunch at national house. Getting acquainted with uzbek family and tasting Uzbek dishes. Continuing city tour: Kutluq-Murad Inaq (19c) Madrassah, Allakuli khan Madrassah (19c), Ak Mosque, Tash Havli Fortress. Free time at leisure
    19:00
    Dinner at ancient madrassah
  • Day 12 Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent

    Program
    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Urgench Airport for the flight to Tashkent. Arrival to Tashkent. Accommodation at Hotel. Free time at leasure.
  • Day 13 Tashkent

    Program
    Breakfast at hotel.
    Transfer to the airport for the flight.

Services included in the price of the tour

  • Double / Single accommodation with breakfast
  • Transport services all over the tour by luxury air conditioned car/minivan/bus
  • Tips at the airports and hotels
  • Unlimited bottles of mineral water
  • Folklore show in Bukhara city
  • Tickets for performance in Alisher Navoi Theatre
  • Cup of Tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
  • Any museums of Tashkent
  • all museums
  • taking part in national holydays
  • schools
  • bazaars
  • libraries and much much more
  • English speaking guide services (to be ordered)
  • Portage charges at airports and hotels
  • Picnics and coffee stops
  • Unlimited entrance fees to all sights
  • OPTIONAL services for your choice
  • Visiting Christian churches
  • Tashkent zoo and botanic garden
  • winetasting in local wineries
  • theatres
  • parties and customs / traditions. Visiting Uzbek families
  • medical institutions
  • archives of ancient books
  • Presents from Roxana Tour

Not included in the list of services

  • Airfare due to the program (international and local)
  • Beverages and meals not included in main menu
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee / room service / medical expenses/insurance / etc.)
  • Tips to the guides and drivers
  • All optional deviations from the main itinerary
  • Photo-and video charges
  • Trip cancellation / accident insurance

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