Central Asia "Stan tours" Central Asia Travel: Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (15 days) - 3 "stans"


Central Asia Travel: Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (15 days) - 3 "stans" - Silk Road Tour

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“Journeys to fairy tales of Scheherazade -3 stans” – 15 days/14 nights itinerary
(Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan)


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Itinerary: TashkentSamarkandShakhrisabzBukhara – Turkmenabat- Merv – MaryAshgabat – Kunya Urgench – Tashauz – Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent – Khujand – Istaravshan – Tashkent

Duration: 15 days/14 nights

Brief description: Duration of our “Journeys to fairy tales of Scheherazade – 3 stans” itinerary covers 3 countries which are Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan with over 14 different cities. These cities still keep the memory of Great Alexander, Genghis Khan and many trade caravans of the Silk Road. Tall and elegant minarets, grandiose madrassahs and mosques, medieval palaces and mausoleums decorated with magnificent ceramic ornaments, bustle and color of the bazaars, fairy legends, warm hospitality and traditions of local people will leave unforgettable impression in your memory.

Guaranteed departure dates:

Start tour: End tour:
April 09’2014 April 23’2014
April 30’2014 May 14’2014
May 21’2014 June 04’2014
June 11’2014 June 25’2014
August 27’2014 September 10’2014
September 17’2014 October 01’2014
October 08’2014 October 22’2014

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent arrival, Wednesday (Uzbekistan)
On arrival in Tashkent you will be met by our representative with meeting board “Asia Travel Discoveries”. Transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Tashkent, Thursday (Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan)
Full day sightseeing of Tashkent. We will start from the exploring of Old city: visit Khast Imam Complex with Barak Khan Medressa, Mausoleum of Yunus Khan & Kafal-Al-Shashi. Next to the Old city under the green dome lies Chorsu bazaar - one of the largest and oldest in Central Asia. Behind the bazaar is Kukeldash Medressa – an Islamic school that located beside the Juma Mosque dated back to 15th century. Also, we visit Abdul Kasim Medressa where we can see a lot of souvenirs workshops. After lunch we will continue to explore New city and visit Applied Arts Museum where kept the best Uzbek handicrafts. Next to see Independence Square – the main square in Uzbekistan. Then we can walk to the Alisher’s Navoi Uzbek state Opera and Ballet Theatre. Finally we see the Monument of Courage dedicated to earthquake in 1966 year. After excursion transfer to hotel.

Day 3: TashkentSamarkand – 300 km, Friday (Uzbekistan)
Today we will be transferred to Samarkand. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. We will go to the Central Registan square with the majestic Medressas dated back to different centuries: Ulugbek Medressa (1417-1420), Sher-Dor Medressa (1619-1636) and the Tilya Kori Medressa (1647-1660), Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the famous necropolis of Tamerlane. After excursion, transfer to hotel.

Day 4: Samarkand, Saturday (Uzbekistan)
Continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand: visit Bibi-Khanum Mosque dedicated to one of Tamerlane’s wife. Next we visit the Shahi Zinda complex and the famous oriental Bazaar Siyob. And finally we will observe Ulugbek Observatory – one of the greatest in the middle ages. Optional excursion to Afrosyob Museum and Paper Mills.

Day 5: SamarkandShakhrisabzBukhara – 380 km, Sunday (Uzbekistan)
In the morning we will be transferred to Shakhrisabz – the pearl of Orient, dated back to the XV c. All monuments in Shakhrisabz related to Tamerlane and his family. We explore the summer Palace Ak-Saray, Dorut Saodat complex and Dorut Tillavat Medressa. After excursion, proceed to Bukhara. Bukhara - a real jewel of Central Asia, the sacred city of Muslims, carefully preserved its ancient monuments.

Day 6: Bukhara, Monday (Uzbekistan)
Today we explore the mausoleum of the Samanids (IX-X cc.) - the pearl of Central Asia . Next we visit the tomb of Chashma Ayub (XII century.), which means "source of Job." Bolo House complex including a reservoir, a Friday mosque and minaret. Friday Mosque Bolo House is located at the entrance to the Arc citadel. Inside the citadel was situated a town, which includes residential and office buildings: the mosque, a prison, a harem, the treasury, the residence of the Emir, etc. Then we see Poi Kalyan complex (XII-XVI cc.) includes the Kalyan Mosque , Mir-Arab and the famous Kalyan Minaret. After lunch, we explore one of the biggest architectural ensembles of Bukhara "Lyabi House." The oldest part of the complex - Medressa Kulbaba-Kukeldash, which has 160 cells and it pretend the biggest in Bukhara. Medressa "Nadir Devanbegi" was built by order of vizier Nadir-devanbegi shortly after the device pool and logically completed the ensemble “Lyabi- House”. The oldest mosque Magoki Attori located next to the ensemble “Lyabi House”, built in the tradition of figurative brick masonry and carved ornaments of archaic majolica. And finally, you see interesting monument - Chor Minor Medressa, built in 1807 on money Turkmen traveler. Until present time have survived four minarets, which gave the name of this complex.

Day 7: Bukhara, Tuesday (Uzbekistan)
In the morning we drive to summer palace of Bukhara emirs "Sitora-I-Mohihosa.", built in fusion of European & Bukhara’s traditions, more than hundred years ago. Next we visit the complex of Bahauddin Naqshbandi shaykh, as well as a necropolis Chor Bakr - city of shadows, dated to the 16th century. After excursion back to Bukhara. Free time for shopping.

Day 8: Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabat – Merv Mary – 460 km, Wednesday (Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan)
Depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Farab. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border. Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat & Merv (350km/4.5h). Sightseeing of Merv: visit Gyz Gala& Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Sotla Gala, Sotlan Sanjar Mausoleum etc. Upon arrival to Mary accommodation at the hotel. After short rest, walking tour to city bazaar and center square.

Day 9: MaryAshgabat – 350 km, Thursday (Turkmenistan)
Transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat by T5 128 08:20/09:00 AM hrs. Arrival to Ashgabat: visit Ashgabat famous Oriental Bazaar, Hippodrome of Ashgabat, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazaar, Museum of History & Ethnography, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque.

Day 10: Ashgabat – Nissa – Ashgabat – 30 km, Friday (Turkmenistan)
Excursion to Nissa located 30 km from Ashgabat: visit Old Nisa ruins, discover Kopet Dag mountains. After excursion, drive back to Ashgabat: visit Carpet Museum, Turkmenbashy Spiritual Mosque. After excursion, transfer to hotel.

Day 11: AshgabatDashoguz – Kunya - Urgench – Khiva - 310 km, Saturday (Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan)
In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Dashoguz. Arrival to Dashoguz, transfer to Kunya-Urgench (120km/1.5h). Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravansaray, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After sightseeing, return to Dashoguz. Transfer to Turkmen/Uzbek border “Shavat”. Border formalities on both sides. You will be met by our representative with meeting board “Asia Travel Discoveries”. Drive to Khiva. Arrival to Khiva, check in to the hotel.

Day 12: Khiva – Urgench –Tashkent – 1150 km, Sunday (Uzbekistan)
Khiva is a beautiful and ancient town and perfect for exploring by walk, with impressive four walls at the centre of each side of the old city. Upon entering through its gates we are welcome by high minarets and many medressas. We visit many of these monuments including the Kalta Minor Minaret and Mohammed Rakhim Khan Medressa, Juma Mosque (XVII c.), the Islom-Khodja complex includes mosque and minaret, the Kuhna Ark, which was the main fortress, the Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum complex and Toza Bog Palace, which was the summer palace of Mohammed Rakhim Khan II.

Day 13: Tashkent –Oybek border – Khujand – Istaravshan – Khujand – 410 km, Monday (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan)
Early in the morning drive to Uzbekistan/Tajikistan border “Oybek”. After border formalities drive to Khujand. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After check-in, drive to Istaravshan. Sightseeing of Istaravshan: visit Mugtepa, Kuk-Gumbaz. After excursion transfer back to Khujand for overnight.

Day 14: Khujand – Oybek border– Tashkent – 220 km, Tuesday (Tajikistan/Uzbekistan)
Sightseeing of Khujand: visit ancient part of Khujand, “Timurmalik fortress”, Archeology & History museums, Orient bazaar Panjshanbe. Afternoon drive to the Tajik/Uzbek border “Oybek”. After border formalities drive to Tashkent.

Day 15: Tashkent, Wednesday (Uzbekistan)
Transfer to the airport for flight to your destination. End of tour.

Price mentioned in USD per person:

Number of person: Budget option (guest houses) 3-4* hotel option
1 3870 4120
2 2360 2590
3-4 2150 2365
5-6 1730 1930
Single supplement 200 350
Full board (lunches&dinners) 275 275

Offered hotels:

Cities: Budget option (2* hotels) 3-4* option
Tashkent Retro Palace or similar
Uzbekistan or similar
Samarkand Dilshoda or similar Asia Samarkand or similar
Bukhara Fatima&Ibragim or similar Asia Bukhara or similar
Mary Margush or similar (best available) Margush or similar (best available)
Ashgabat Ak Altyn or similar Grand Turkmen or similar
Khiva Arkanchi or similar Asia Khiva or similar
Khujand Sogd or similar (best available) Sogd or similar (best available)

Price includes: Price excludes:
Letter of Invitation for 3 countries (not visa fees) Visa fees to 3 countries paid directly to the Embassies or at the border
All transfers by comfortable vehicle International air fare to/from Uzbekistan
Accommodation in twin room sharing with breakfasts Full board (lunches/dinners
Excursions with Professional English Speaking guides Photo and camera fees on sights
Entry tickets Early check - in, late check - out
Air fare Urgench – Tashkent, Mary-Ashgabat-Dashoguz, (economy class)
Mineral water 1 lt per day on transfers between cities

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