TURKMENISTAN AND UZBEKISTAN
For over 3000 years Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have been a cultural and intellectual crossroads, luring travelers, traders, scholars and conquerors.
The recently independent nations of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are the ultimate destinations for those seeking the trip of a lifetime. It’s a land of contrast with changing urban skylines and pristine landscapes, Silk Road culture and cuisine, thousands of years of history, some of the last unexplored territories, filled with adventure and opportunity and a tradition of hospitality unmatched anywhere in the world.
- Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites that have inspired imagination through the ages with outstanding archaeologists and historians
- Invitations to dine with local families in cities and villages, to attend a tea ceremony, relax in a chaikhana,
- Guided visits through Central Asia’s finest museums, visits to local artisans and galleries.
- Create your own 1001 nights in the lively bazaars of Samarkand, Bukhara and Ashgabad!
Day 1 Ashgabad (Turkmenistan)
Arrival in Turkmenistan. Welcome to Central Asia!
You will be met by our guide and driver and accommodated at the Nusau Hotel .
Days 2-3 Ashgabad
Start off after breakfast with a drive to Nissa and explore the ancient ruined capital of the Parthians. Enjoy discovering the unique fortresses, citadel, temples and tombs (III Century BC).
Visit the National Museum with its impressive archaeological displays from sites excavated in the oasis and an informative and attractive display of fabulous Turkmen carpets and cultural artifacts.
Take a tour of the beautiful Kipchak and Blue mosques and to the bustling Talkuchka Sunday bazaar, one of the largest open bazaars in the world.
Day 4 Ashgabad - Dashoguz – Khiva (Uzbekistan)
Fly to Dashoguz and drive to Kunya Urgench. Destroyed several times over thousands of years, the ruins and buildings of this ancient archaeological treasure still remain a pilgrimage site.
Travel to the border crossing point at Dashoguz between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and continue on to Khiva. One of the most popular World Heritage Sites of the Silk Road, Khiva is filled with history and legend. Dinner will include entertainment by a local folklore group. Evening in Khiva is magical with the minarets silhouetted against the starlit sky. Accommodation at the lovely Shakhrezade hotel. In a peaceful location within the old city, this is a family-run business with warm, friendly service.
Day 5 Khiva-Tashkent
Tour the fairy-tale city of Khiva. Explore the antiquities of the Ichan Kala (Old City): the Ata –Darvaza gate, the majestic, blue-tiled Kalta Minaret, the ancient citadel of the Kunya Ark, the Tash Hauli Palace, medieval caravanserai and the Juma mosque with its two hundred pillars.
Evening flight to Tashkent. Accommodation will be at one of the premier hotels in Tashkent; the centrally located Dedeman with its lush courtyard or the Tashkent Palace which is right near Independence Square and surrounded by parks and shopping.
Day 6 Tashkent
This morning we will discover Tashkent. Visit the landmarks of this ancient city; explore the Chor-Su Bazaar, watch craftsmen at work, and bargain for souvenirs. Compare the old with the new at Mustakillik Square (Independence Square) and Amur Temur Park. We will also explore old Tashkent at Hazt Imam Street.
Day 7 Tashkent -Samarkand
This morning we Board First Class coaches on the high speed rail to legendary Samarkand, where Alexander the Great married his love Roxana and no trip is complete without seeing Registan Square.
Arrival and accommodation for two nights at the Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel, offering old world charm, warm hospitality and modern comforts.
On our discovery of ancient Samarkand we will be joined by an historian for a richer understanding of the importance of this fabled city. Registan Square is the main attraction here, an impressive venue for holiday celebrations and music festivals – the symbol of Samarkand. It’s a perfect place for a special anniversary or birthday. Within the city is the 15th century Observatory of Ulugbek.
Day 8 Samarkand
This morning we shall visit the tomb of the Hebrew Prophet Daniel, the old Jewish quarter, and the unique Shahi Zinda ensemble of ancient mausoleums which date back from the 9th century. We will also visit Amir Timur Complex and Bibi Khanum mosque near Samarkands Siyoh Bazaar.
Relax with a wine tasting at the Khorenko winery, followed by dinner at the Registan Restaurant and folklore shows in the square.
Day 9 Samarkand-Bukhara
This morning we will complete our tour of Samarkand and drive off to Bukhara in late morning.
Our route will take us through the Malikchul desert and by the Zerafshan River.
We will stop by an 11th century caravanserai Gate and the Gijduvan Ceramic center, one of the principal schools of traditional ceramics in Uzbekistan.
The afternoon is yours to enjoy in this desert oasis and our guides will be happy to help you plan your adventure! We’ll be the guests for two nights at one of Bukhara’s most charming boutique hotels, either Sasha & Son
Day 10-11 Bukhara
Explore the heart of Bukhara today; seeing the Labi Khaus and Poi Kalong Complexes, the mosques, minarets and the Fortress. Visit the extensive trade domes and markets of the bazaar and be treated to a traditional folk show in an old medresseh.
We will be the guests of a local Uzbek family and experience the hospitality of the region.
The summer palace of the Bukhara Emirs and the Chor Minor complex will round out our day Dinner at Karavan restaurant.
Day 12 Bukhara-Tashkent
After breakfast we shall take a flight to Tashkent. Upon arrival you will be accommodated at Tashkent Palace Hotel. Afternoon we shall visit the museum of Applied and decorative Art and the craft center Abulkasim. Farewell dinner at the Oshkhona Uz Restaurant.
We’ll be entertained by local musicians and have the opportunity to dance with popular dancers
Day 13 Tashkent
- Breakfast, Dinners and 2 complimentary lunches
- Visa support for all countries visited
- All ground transportation in private climate-controlled vehicles, including international arrival and departure transfers.
- Experienced, local, Private English speaking guides in each country
- All entrance fees, service charges, and applicable taxes.
- All domestic flights in economy class
- Travel Insurance
- For additional services at the hotels
- Consulate visa fees and services