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15 days tour. Along the Great Silk Road

15 days  tour. Along the Great Silk Road
Tour Summary:

Destination: Kazakhstan- Kyrgyzstan -Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan

Route: Almati, Bishkek, Osh, Ferghana, Kokand, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Kunya Urgench, Ashgabat

Duration: 15days/14 nights

Day 1 Almati-Bishkek

Arrive in Almaty early in the morning. Transfer to the hotel , leisure up to 2 pm and then a short sightseeing tour. After it drive to Bishkek. Dinner, overnight in Bishkek.

Day 2 Bishkek

Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel for check in, the start sightseeing Bishkek: visits of Oak Park, Central Square, Philharmonic, and Museums. In the afternoon visit Ala Archa National Park. Dinner Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 Bishkek-Osh

Early Breakfast at the hotel. Flight to Osh. Arrival 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 4 Osh -Ferghana

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kyrgyzstan –Uzbekistan check point “Dustlik”, border formalities, crossing the neutral territory (600m), meeting with Uzbek partners, continue the drive to Ferghana, accommodation in a hotel. Visit Margilan city and Margilan Silk factory. Drive back to Ferghana Overnight in the hotel. Night in Ferghana.

Day 5 Ferghana - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Tashkent via Kokand through Kamchik Pass.On the way transfer to Rishtan to see private pottery workshop. In Kokand visit Khudayar Khan palace, Mir Mosque, Dahmai Shahon Mausoleum. Drive to Tashkent. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Night in Tashkent.

Day 6 Tashkent

Breakfast in the hotel. Morning 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. Lunch. Time at leisure. Evening performance at A. Navoi opera and ballet theater (opera or ballet), if available. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. Night in Tashkent.

Day 7 Tashkent -Samarkand (292 km,4,5 hours)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Samarkand Visit Imam Al Bukhariy Memorial complex. On arrival hotel accommodation. Time at leisure. In the evening. Concert show at Registan square (if available).Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 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.). Lunch. 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. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Shakhrisabz (110 km, 2 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 Bukhara (290 km, 4hrs). Hotel accommodation. Overnight at the hotel. Night in Bukhara.

Day 10

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 11 Bukhara-Khiva

Early breakfast at the hotel. In the morning transfer to Khiva. During 7 hour drive You will stop to see Amudarya river and for lunch. Arrival to Khiva, check - in at the hotel. Free time. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12 Khiva

Breakfast in 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, Lunch.Tash-Hovli Palace (19th c.), Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum(14-18th cc.), Juma Mosque (10th c.) .The residence of Nurullabay. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13
Khiva-Tashauz-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 14 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". Lunch 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..Dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 15

Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to the airport for the flight

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