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Through the lands of the Great Silk Road

Through the lands of the Great Silk Road
Tour Summary:

Destination: Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Kyrgyzstan

Route: Tashkent, Khiva, Kunya Urgench, Ashgabat,Mary/Merv, Bukhara, Samarkand, Ferghana, Osh, Bishkek

Duration: 16 days/15 nights

Day 1 Tashkent

Arrive in Tashkent. Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel for check- in. Time for rest, Lunch. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Tashkent for 4 hrs: a visit to the Amir Temur Square, Theatre Square with the Opera House, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, People’s Friendship palace with Abdul Kasim Madrassah and Alisher Navoi National Park, Independence Square. Night in Tashkent.

Day 2 Tashkent – Urgench-Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Urgench (according to time table), flight, and arrival to Urgench, transfer to Khiva (30km), check-in at the hotel. City tour around Ichan-Kala architectural complex (12-19th c.), the Residence of the last Khan including Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, Mohammed Amin Khan madrassah, Kunya-Ark Castle (16-17th c.), Kalta Minor tower, Tash-Hovli Palace (19th c.), Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum(14-18th cc.), Juma Mosque (10th c.) Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 Khiva- Kunya Urgench-Ashgabat

After breakfast departure to Uzbek - Turkmen border to the city of Tashauz and Kunya Urgench. After some customs formalities, excursion in Kunya Urgench. Lunch at a local restaurant. In Kunya Urgench You will visit the mausoleum Sultan Tekesh XII - XIII centuries., monument of Turabeg Khanum (XII century) and a stop near the highest minaret in Turkmenistan – minaret of Kutlugh Timur (XI - XII centuries). Then return to Tashauz for evening flight to Ashgabad (1 hour). After the arrival accommodation in the hotel. Dinner. Night in the hotel.

Day 4 Ashgabat

"Tolkuchka" Bazaar (open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays) Nisa (III c) Parthian dates capital inhabited till the 19c. Grandiose architectural complex consisting of ceremonial hall, treasure house and residences. Anau is the medieval city located 12km in the south-east of Ashgabat is well known by its medieval mosque called "Seitjemal - ad - din" National Museum of Turkmenistan(closed on Tuesdays) - museum has a large historical section, which includes Bronze Age, Antiquity and Middle age sections and very interesting golden exhibits.

Day 5 - Ashgabat - Mary - Merv (352km)

After early breakfast drive to Mary. Check-in at the hotel in Mary. Lunch at a local restaurant. Merv 'pearl of east' is one of oldest inhabited cites Central Asia. It was rebuilt over the centuries spread more than 100 sq km. Merv is site of no less than five cities from different periods, each built beside the last. Sultan Sanjar mausoleum impresses with size & solidity, Gayir Kala has an area of 360 ha, regular planning, right contour of walls and for gates one to each part of the world. Mary regional museum - features traditional Turkmen life and culture including displays on weddings and carpet weaving. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel

Day 6-Mary-Turkmenabat-Farab border-Bukhara. (300km)

Early drive to Turkmenabad-Farab Turkmen-Uzbek border. Check point “Farab”, border formalities, crossing the neutral territory (800m), meeting with Uzbek partners; continue the drive to Bukhara, settlement at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel. Full day in Bukhara. AM portion of city tour for 4 hrs with the visit to the Ark Fortress (I - XX CC), Bolo Hauz Mosque (XVIII C), Samanids Mausoleum (XX - X CC), Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum (XII - XVI CC), Lunch.
PM portion of s/s tour on foot along the old town of Bukhara from Poi - Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret(XII C) through orient bazaars with three trade domes of Toki Zargaron (XV C), (XVI C), Toki Telpak Furushon (XVI C), Ulugbek Madrassah (XV C), Abdulla Khan Madrassah (XVII C) to the Lyabi Dinner. Overnight at the hotel. Night in Bukhara.

Day 8 Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Shakhrisabz (290 km, 4 hrs). City tour: ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (14-15th c.), Dor-ut Saodat complex (Khazratiy Imam Mosque (14th c.), Jahongir mausoleum (14th c.), Dor-ut Tillavat complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (15th c.) Continue to Samarkand (110 km, 2 hrs). Hotel accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day city tour in Samarkand: Registan square - Medreseh Ulughbek (15th c.), Medreseh Shir-Dor (17th c.), Medreseh Tilla-Kori (17th c.), Ulughbek Observatory (15th c.). Excavations and museum of the ancient city of Afrosiab, Architectural complex Shakhi-Zindeh (11-15th c.), Mausoleum Guri Emir - Tamerlane's Tomb (14-15th c.), Bibi-Khonum Mosque. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Imam Al Bukhariy Memorial complex. Drive to Tashkent. Hotel accommodation. Time at leisure. Evening performance at A. Navoi opera and ballet theater (opera or ballet), if available. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Tashkent - Ferghana

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Ferghana via Kokand through Kamchik Pass (where You can stop for photos shouting and short walk): visit Khudayar Khan palace, Mir Mosque, Dahmai Shahon Mausoleum in Kokand. Transfer to Rishtan to see private pottery workshop. Drive to Ferghana. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Ferghana - Osh

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan check point “Dustlik”, border formalities, crossing the neutral territory (600m), meeting with Kyrgyz partners, continue the drive to Osh, accommodation in a guest house, Sightseeing Osh , town with 3000 years history.Visit Sulaiman Gora and the very colorful Bazaar, Overnight in the guesthouse. Night in Osh.

Day 13 Osh - Bishkek

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning flight to Bishkek, arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel for check in, the start sightseeing Bishkek: visits of Oak Park, Central Square, Philharmonic, Museums. P.M. Transfer to Ala-Arch National Park. A walk in the park. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 Bishkek - Issyk-Kul

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake (4 hours), on the way stop to see Burana tower, which is left from ancient city Balasagyn (XI - XIII), continue driving to Issyk-Kul(the World’s second biggest mountain lake), arrival to Issyk-Kul , accommodation in the hotel at the North coast of Issyk-Kul Lake and overnight.

Day 15 Issyk-Kul - Bishkek

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning trip to Cholpon-Ata, where you can see ancient rock inscriptions and also visit Ethnographical Museum, then back to Bishkek, overnight at the Hotel.

Day 16 Bishkek

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport, flight for the next destination.

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