Wonders of Silk Road, Central Asia

Destination: Uzbekistan – Tajikistan – Turkmenistan
Route: Tashkent – Samarkand – Penjikent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Mary – Merv – Dashoguz – Kunya Urgench – Khiva – Tashkent
Description: The tour to the Silk Road comprises combination of historical, architectural and cultural components
Best season: March to November
Duration: 13 days/ 12 nights
TOUR ITINERARY Tour code: SRT#4
Day 01 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Arrival in Tashkent. Meet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 02 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Tashkent: visit the old part of the city – Khast Imam complex as well as possessing a rich Islamic Library with highlight immense Osman Koran (1200 y.o.), Chorsu bazaar, Kukeldash madrasa (XVI c.). Lunch at local restaurant. Continuation of S/S: Independence (Mustakillik) Square with governmental buildings, A. Navoi theatre square, A. Temur Museum. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 03 Tashkent – Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Samarkand ( 350 km). En route visit to the mausoleum of Imam Al-Bukhari. Arrival in Samarkand. Accommodation at the hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. PM sightseeing in Samarkand: Registan Square (including Sher Dor, Tilla Kari and Ulugbek madrasas – XV-XVII cc.), Gur Emir Mausoleum (XVc.). Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 04 Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Half day sightseeing in Samarkand: Bibi Khanim mosque and mausoleum (XV c.), Siyab bazaar (one of the oriental bazaars), Khazrat Khizr mosque, Shahi Zinda necropolis (XIV-XV cc.), the observatory of Ulugbek (XVc.). Lunch at local restaurant. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 05 Samarkand – Penjikent, Tajikistan – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Penjikent ( 40 km – 30-40 min) located on Tajikistan territory. Meet at border point “Jartepa” (09:00). Customs procedures. Arrival in Penjikent and keep on driving to the ruins of ancient Penjikent located within 5 minutes drive of modern Penjikent. Penjikent, a major Sogdian city is dating back to 5th century and was destroyed with Arab conquerors in the 8th century. Presently the ruins are excavated and you can see different teams of archeologists working on sites. Lunch at local restaurant (13:00). After lunch visit the ancient-archeological diggings “Sarazm” (5000 years BC). Drive back to Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border (16:00). After border formalities pass to Uzbekistan. Arrival in Samarkand. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 06 Samarkand – Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara ( 284 km). Arrival in Bukhara. Check in the hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. Half day sightseeing in Bukhara: “Sitorai Mohi Khosa” (XIX-XX cc.) – the summer palace of last Bukhara Emir, Said Alimkhan, the complex of Nakshbandi. Dinner with folk show at Nadir Devan Begi madrasa. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 07 Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Bukhara: the dynasty mausoleum of Samanids (IX-Xcc.), Chashma Ayub (XIVc.), Bola Havuz ensemble (XVIII-XXcc.), Ark citadel (XIX-XXcc.). Lunch at local restaurant (13:00). Continuation of the sightseeing program (14:00): Poi-Kalon complex (Kalon minaret (XIIc.), Kalon mosque (XVc.) and Miri Arab madrasa (XVIc.)), Ulugbek madrasa (XVc.), Abdulaziz Khan madrasa (XVIIc.), Trade Domes (Toki Telpakfurushon, Toki Zargaron, Toki Sarafon), Ancient Silk Market, Magoki Attori mosque and Lyabi Hauz complex. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 08 Bukhara, Uzbekistan – Mary, Turkmenistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border ALAT / FARAB ( 130 km). After border formalities, cross the border. Meet with representative of Turkmenistan travel company. Drive to Mary via Turkmenabat (app. 350 km – 5 hours). Lunch (optional) at local restaurant in Turkmenabat. Arrival in Mary and accommodation at the hotel. After having a short rest, walking tour around the hotel: city bazaar & central square. Dinner (optional) at local restaurant. Overnight in Mary.

 

* Passports with 2 colored photos will be required for registration at the CTB in Turkmenabat on the way to Mary.
Day 09 Mary – Merv – Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bayramaly ( 35 km – 40 min) to have sightseeing of Old Merv: Gyz Gala & Oglan Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Gyaur Gala (IV B.C.), Buddhist Complex (IV-VI), Beni Makhan Mosque – the first mosque built in Central Asia (VII), Erk Gala ( VI BC), Soltan Gala (XI), Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum (XII), Ibn Zeid Mausoleum (XII). After the sightseeing program in Old Merv, drive back to Mary. Lunch (optional) at local restaurant. After lunch drive to Ashgabat ( 370 km – 5 hours). En route stop to visit the ruins of Abiverd Medival Town (IV MIL-XVII AD). Arrival in Ashgabat. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner (optional) at local restaurant. Overnight in Ashgabat.
Day 10 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing of Ashgabat. Recommended SS 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. Lunch (optional) at local restaurant. After lunch proceed with SS includes: “Turkmenbashynyn Ruhy Metjidi” which is biggest in Central Asia & Mausoleum Complex of the tombs of Turkmenbashy and his parents with his brothers, Health Path of Turkmenbashy built on the mountains, National Museum of History & Ethnography (closed on Tuesdays), Monument of Independency & Ruhnama. Dinner (optional) at local restaurant. Overnight in Ashgabat.
Day 11 Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kunya Urgench – Khiva, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to the airport for flight T5-101 to Dashoguz (06.50-07.50 – subject to change). Upon arrival drive to Kunya Urgench (III-XVI cc.) ( 120 km – 1.5 hours). Arrival in and sightseeing program in the old city: Portal of Caravanserai (XI-XIV), Mamun Minaret (X-IX), Il Arslan Mausoleum (XII), Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum (XIII), Academy of Horezm (III-XIII), Kutlug Timur Minaret – one of the highest minarets in CA (XIV), Turabek Hanum Mausoleum (XIV). Lunch (optional) at local restaurant. Drive to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point Dashoguz-Shavat ( 130 km – 2 hours). After border formalities, pass to Uzbekistan territory. Meet and drive to Khiva (app. 80 km.). Arrival in Khiva and check in the hotel. Dinner at the hotel/local restaurant. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 12 Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Khiva: Ichan Kala – a UNESCO World Heritage Site including: Medrassa Muhammad Amin Khan, Kelta Minar, Kunya Ark, Medrassa Muhammad Rakhimkhan. Lunch at local restaurant. Continuation of sightseeing program: Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja Minaret & medrassa, Djuma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hovli Palace. Dinner at local restaurant. Drive to Urgench ( 30 km) for flight HY-1058 (2040-2210, subject to change) to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Meet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check in the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 13 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Transfer to the airport for flight to next destination. End of the tour.

 

Please kindly note that the program can be altered or put any changes by the guests’ requests and suggestions so that it can come to their full satisfaction or meet any requirements.