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To UNESCO World Heritage in Central Asia

To UNESCO World Heritage in Central Asia

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To UNESCO World Heritage in Central Asia

Country: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
Type of tour: cultural
Season: all the year round
Duration: 15 days
The itinerary: Tashkent – Samarqand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara – Mary/Merv – Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kunya-Urgench – Khiva – Tashkent

        Historical and cultural tour of the two most interesting Central Asian republics will acquint visitors with divers culture and monuments of ancient civilizations: Margiana, Parphia, Sogdiana and Khorezm. In 2 weeks you will visit 8 (!) objects of UNESCO World Heritage in Samarqand, Shakhrisabz, Buchara, Khiva, Merv, Margush, Kunya-Urgench and Old Nisa. You will not only plunge into the ancient history and culture, but also communicate with the locals, who turned the desert info fertile oases.

BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR

Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.
Day 2 After breakfast drive to Samarqand. Afternoon sightseeing.
Day 3 Continue of sightseeing in Samarkand. Late afternoon drive to Shakhrisabz.
Day 4 Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz. In the afternoon drive to Buchara.
Day 5 Sightseeing in Buchara.
Day 6 Continue sightseeing in Buchara.
Day 7 Depart Buchara and drive to Uzbek/Turkmen border point. Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat.
Day 8 Drive to Margush. Return in Mary. Visit Mary historical Museum.
Day 9 Drive to Ancient Merv. Sightseeing Merv historical park. Return to Mary. Fly to Ashgabat.
Day 10 Sightseeing in Ashgabat.
Day 11 Continue sightseeing Ashgabat.
Day 12 Morning flight to Dashoguz. Transfer to Kunya-Urgench. Sightseeing tour. Drive to Khiva.
Day 13 Sightseeing in Khiva. In the evening fly to Tashkent.
Day 14 Sightseeing in Tashkent.
Day 15 Departure from Tashkent.
Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.
Day 2 After breakfast drive to Samarqand (300 km, 5 hrs). On arrival check –in hotel & short rest. Afternoon sightseeing: Registan square - the "heart" of Samarkand - ensemble of 3 majestic medreses (XIV-XVI c.c.) – Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, the grandiose cathedral Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XV c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XV c.). O/n at the hotel.
Day 3 After breakfast continue of sightseeing in Samarkand: Tamerlan’s grandson Ulugbek’s the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420) - the ruins of an immense (30 m) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis (XI-XVIII cc), exotic Siab bazaar. Late afternoon drive to Shakhrisabz (90 km., 2 hrs). On arrival check –in hotel & rest. O/n at the hotel.
Day 4 Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz: ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (1380-1404), Doruttilyavat Ensemble (ХIV-XV cc), Kok Gumbaz Mosque (1435), Jami Mosque (1915), Jakhongir Mausoleum (XIV c), Dorussiadat (XIVc). In the afternoon drive to Buchara. On arrival check –in hotel & rest. O/n at the hotel.
Day 5 Sightseeing in Buchara: the heart of Bukhara – architectural complex Lyabi-Khauz (XIV-XVII cc), Kukeldash madrasah (XV c), Poi-Kalyan complex: minaret Kalyan (XII c), large Friday mosque Kalyan (XV c), stand madrasah Miri-Arab (XVI c), Samanids mausoleum (IX-X cc), Ark citadel (IV–XX cc) surrounded with large fortress wall, Chor-Minor – the original building of four minarets (XIX c). O/n at the hotel.
Day 6 Continue sightseeing in Buchara: Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa - summer residence of the Emir of Buchara. The Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex - one of the founders of Sufism, which was created for five centuries. Necropolis of Sheikh Bahaaddin (Baha-ad-Din) Naqshbandi a patron of Bukhara, is located near to Buchara. O/n at the hotel.
Day 7 After breakfast depart Buchara and drive to Uzbek / Turkmen border point “Farap”. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border (1.5 to 3 hours procedure). Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat. Stop in Turkmenabat for lunch. Continue driving to Mary (3 hours). On arrival check –in hotel & rest. O/n at the hotel.
Day 8 Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning depart Mary and drive through fields by asphalt road corresponding partly to the Old Caravan Route from Merv to Kunya Urgench. After 70 km, change the vehicle to desert track and continue driving through the desert to archaeology camp. Discover the excavations of the ancient Margush country capital – Gonur which consists of the Palace of the city, Fire and Water Temples, Royal Necropolis. Return in Mary. Visit Mary historical Museum. O/n at the hotel.
Day 9 Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ancient Merv (30 minutes). Sightseeing Merv historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Kala, Gyaur Gala, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses, others. Return to Mary. Fly to Ashgabat. Upon arrival to Ashgabat transfer to hotel. Check –in & rest. O/n at the hotel.
Day 10 Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing in Ashgabat. Visit the Museum of Turkmen Carpets Turkmenistan, visit center of the city with magnificent new marble building and fountains. O/n at the hotel.
Day 11 Breakfast at the hotel. Continue sightseeing Ashgabat, Visit National Museum of Turkmenistan and the ruins of Old Nisa – residence of the ancient Parthian kings. Continue to Gypjak. Visit Spiritual Mosque. Return to Ashgabat. O/n t at the hotel.
Day 12 Early breakfast. Morning flight to Dashoguz. Arrival to Dashoguz, transfer to Kunya-Urgench. Sightseeing tour: Mausoleum of Fakhr At-Din, Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, Mausoleum of Najmitdin Kubra and Sultan Ali. Kutlug Timur Minaret. Transfer to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point. Border formalities on both sides (1.5 hours to 3 hours procedure). Drive to Khiva. On arrival check –in hotel & rest. O/n at the hotel.
Day 13 After breakfast start sightseeing in Khiva: Ichan Kala – the museum under one sky, protected by the UNESKO as one of the world heritage masterpiece. Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855) – incomplete minaret of 26m height and base diameter of 16m height. It was planned as a highest minaret in Central Asia. Kunya-Ark (XVII-XIX cc) – the first palace of Khiva’s khans, Pahlovan Mahmud mausoleum (XIV-XIX c), Islam Khodja madrassah and minaret (1908 y.). Juma-mosque (1789) - the original Friday mosque with flat roof, propped up by 218 wooden carved columns (X-XIX c) with magnificent acoustics. In the evening fly to Tashkent. On arrival transfer to the hotel, check –in & rest. O/n at the hotel. .
Day 14 Sightseeing in Tashkent: Old town, cult-architectural complex Khast-Imam – Imam ) with grand Friday mosque, medieval Yunus-khan and Kafal-Shashi mausoleums (XVI c), Barakh – khan and Kukeldosh madrasahs (XVI-XVII c), Islamic University, library in Tillya Sheykh mosque with one of Osman caliph’s (VII c) original Korans, the oldest in the world; Istiqlol square with Abdul Kasim madrasah (XVI-XVII c) (the craftsmen works and sells their original products and souvenirs here), Alisher Navoiy monument, great amusement park, аnd the color music fountain; Amir Timur square (Tamerlan) with the park, equestrian statue of Tamerlan, surrounded by historic and administrative buildings such as the Forum palace, the Timurids museum, Uzbekistan Hotel, Tashkent chimes, Tashkent University of Low and others; Courage monument – the monument to Tashkent people suffered from the destructive earthquake in 1966; Opera and Ballet theater, built by the Japanese prisoners of war in 1945, аnd the color music fountain; Mustaqillik (Independence) square with the Independence monument, “Ezgulik” arch, the eternal flame, the fountains; “Chorsu” eastern bazaar, decorative and applied art with the richest collection of Uzbekistan craftsmen’s products.
Day 15 Departure from Tashkent.

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½ DBL

Cost includes: Cost does not include:
• accommodation on twin-share basis according to Class opt;
• meals: breakfasts throughout;
• transport for all transfers according to program;
• sightseeing with local guides in each city;
• entrance fees to main tourist sites according to program;
• letter of invitation (visa support letter);
• general escort guide: one in Uzbekistan / another one in Turkmenistan (! for groups over 6 pax only).
• International flights;
• all services not mentioned as above;
• meals: half- / full board throughout;
• photo- & video shooting fees in museums;
• medical insurance.

Extra charge for domestic flights::


• Mary / Ashgabat : 25 EUR per person;
• Ashgabat / Dashoguz : 25 EUR per person;
• Urgench / Tashkent : 75 EUR per person.

The tour can be organized in your own dates / any number of pax, cost & conditions are available upon request.

Features tour
Duration, days 15
Countries
Uzbekistan yes
Turkmenistan yes

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