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Paints of the East (Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan)

Duration:11 days – 10 nights

Tashkent – Samarkand – Shahrisabz – Bukhara – Chardjou – Mary – Ashgabat – Khiva – Tashkent

How bright and unforgettable is the East, shinning with all colors of the rainbow! Purely blue sky with fluffy white clouds, bright orange sun, golden sands, lush green trees and shrubs, clear fresh air.

Our tour "Paints of the East" will help you to experience the charm of the two Central Asian countries - Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. You will not only learn a lot of interesting facts from the history, but also will enjoy nature, will become a part of the culture, having become acquainted with the customs and traditions of the Eastern peoples. 

Tour programMuyi Muborak Madrasah Uzbekistan

Day 1. Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent and meeting with a tour assistant. Transfer and accommodation at hotel.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 2. Tashkent – Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel.  Old city tour: Khast Imam Square, the Tilya Sheikh Mosque, the Barak-khan Madrassah, the Kafal Shashi Mausoleum, the Muy Muborak Museum-Madrassah, the Kukeldash Madrassah, the Chorsu Bazaar. Lunch at restaurant.  Transfer to Samarkand. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Samarkand, UzbekistanDay 3. Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel. A full day of city sightseeing. Visit to the Ulugbek Observatory (XV), where the remains of grand astrolabe for observation of star position and the Afrasiab ruins with the museum are; the necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noble men, the Shakhi Zinda, the Bibi Khanym Mosque (XV) and the Siab Bazaar.

Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon continue sightseeing. Visit to the Gur Emir (“Tomb of Emir” from tajik), the Mausoleum of Temur and his descendants (XV), Registan Square. Dinner and overnight at hotel.        

Day 4. Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel.  Transfer to Shakhrisabz. Arrival and accommodation at hotel. Visit to Ak-Saray Palace, the summer residence of Tamerlan (XIV), the Kok Gumbaz Cathedral, the mosque built by Ulugbek in honor of his father (XV), the meditation house and in the end the Crypt of Temur. Lunch at a private house. Transfer to Bukhara. Arrival and hotel accommodation.  Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 5. Bukhara

Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah, Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel. A full day of city sightseeing. Visit to the Poi-Kalon Complex, the square separating the Mir-I-Arab Madrassah and the Kalon Mosque;  the Kalon Minaret (“grand” from Tajik), one of the Bukhara’s symbols of 47m high (XII), three bazaars - Taqi Zargaron, Taqi Telpak Furushon and Taqi Sarrafon, the Magok-I-Atori Mosque, the remains of a Buddhism monastery, a temple and a mosque, the Nadir Divanbegi Madrassah, built in XVII, the Kukeldash Madrassah, one of the greatest Islamic schools of Central Asia. Lunch at restaurant. In the afternoon visit to the Ark Fortress, a city-in-city, as ancient as Bukhara itself, having served as the residence of Bukhara’s governors for a millennium; the Bolo Hauz Mosque, the Ismail Samani Mausoleum (IX-X), one of the most stylish constructions of Central Asia.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 6. Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning visit to the religious complex where the Naqshbandi Mausoleum, the necropolis of Samarkand and Bukhara rulers and noble men are; visiting mosques, the madrassah and the minaret. Visit to the summer residence of Said Alim Khan, the last emir of Bukhara, the Sitora-I-Mokhi Khossa Palace and the entrance of the Chor Minor Madrassah. Lunch at restaurant.  Free time for recreation in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Merv - an ancient center of the Great Silk Road

Day 7. Bukhara – Chardjou – Mary

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the border Bukhara – Farap (Turkmenistan). After crossing the border transfer to Mary via Chardjou.  Lunch in Chardjou or lunch-box (depending on the time of crossing the border). Route to Mary visit to the ancient settlement Merv. After the excursion return to Mary.  Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 8. Mary – Ashgabat

Breakfast at hotel.Transfer to Ashgabat. Ashgabat sightseeing tour. Excursion to the Carpet Museum.  Lunch at restaurant.  Visit to the National Museum of Turkmenistan, ancient settlement Nissa. Dinner and overnight at hotel.Turkmenistan Visa, Tours & Travel

Day 9. Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Khiva

Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast flight to Dashoguz. Visit to Kunya Urgench, the ancient capital of Khorezm state, where a marvelous mausoleum and the highest mosque are located. Return to Dashoguz. Lunch at a restaurant. Transfer to the border Dashoguz – Shavat. After crossing the border, transfer to Khiva.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 10. Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel. A full day tour of Khiva, the most ancient and conserved city on the “Silk Road”. Visit to the Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah, the largest one of the city, the Kelle Minor Minaret, the ancient Kuhna Ark fortress, the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmud, the patron saint of Khiva. Lunch at a private house. Visit to the Islam Khoja Madrassah and Minaret, the most recent monument of Khiva; the Juma Mosque, interesting for its 213 wood columns (3,15m high); the Tosh Howli (“Stone House”); the Allah Kuli Khan Madrassah, Bazaar and Caravanserai. Transfer to the Urgench Airport for the flight Urgench – Tashkent. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Minaret Islam-Hodge, KhivaDay 11. Tashkent 

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to the airport.

 

 

Order and time of the excursions can be changed according to local circumstances and airplane time-table. If any of the events is not possible, our tour operator will replace it for an equal one.

 

 

The cost includes:

  • Accommodation at 3*-4* hotels in all the cities of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
  • Meals: BB / HB / FB
  • All transfers in AC car
  • All excursions according to the program
  • English speaking guide
  • Air tickets for flights: Tashkent – Urgench, Mary – Ashgabat, Ashgabat – Dashoguz
  • Entrance tickets.

Cost does not include:

  • Turkmenistan Visa
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Photo & video camera fees
  • Facultative folk shows in Bukhara, Samarkand.
  • International flight ticket

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