Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent by Turkish Airlines.
Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Enjoy free time.
Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand
You will arrive at 12:40 pm (midnight) in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. After breakfast,Guided sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran, holy book, of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, TillyaSheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center, stroll around Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum.
At 17:00 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 18:50 (300 km, 2 h 10 m) and arriving in Samarkand at 20:58. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Day 3: Full Day in Samarkand
After breakfast, Samarkand sightseeing tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek observatory. Free time in the afternoon.
(Optional: Visit the Musical school or go to swimming)
Day 4: Samarkand – Bukhara
Continue sightseeing tour in Samarkand. Visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to KoniGhil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry.Today we visit to the Ceramic workshop. Here we see and get experience how to make ceramic bowls and pots.We welcome by local master andwe can make own bowl by our hand in Samarkand.
At 20:00 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 21:03 and arriving in Bukhara at 22:37. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Day 5: Full Day in Bukhara
After breakfast start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit LyabiHauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Dinner share at the local RESTAURANT.
(Optional:You can visit the Bukhara Hammam, childrencan to enter also and rent a bike in the town Bukhara)
Today we will visit to the puppet master workshop. Join to make the puppet from paper mache. Moreover we can visit the work shop of miniature (Art) and experience to draw Bukhara monuments.
Day 6: Full Day in Bukhara
Today early morning we will drive to outside of Bukhara for visiting “Jeyran” eco-center which is situated 60 km from Bukhara. Here we can see the Bukhara deers and “prejevaliskiy” horse and other animals which are protected. The eco-center is to preserve of biodiversity of South-WesternKyzylqum. 1-2 hours tour and return to Buhara.
After lunchvisit to SitoraiMokhi-Khosa. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis.
Day 7: Bukhara – Alat / Farap (125 km) – Turkmenabat – Mary (270 km)
Drive to Alat for start the Turkmenistan tour. Proceed to Uzbek/Turkmen border Alat/Farab.Customs formalities.Passport control.Cross into Turkmenistan.Drive to Mary.Transfer to the hotel in Mary. Overnight at Mary 4* hotel.
Day 8: Exploring Mary and Ancient Merv
Today full day visit ruins of Old Merw-UnescoWordwide Heritage site & regional museum of history.Same day visit one of the old churches of Alexander Pokrowski in Mary.
Day 9: Exploring GonurDepe, Talhatan baba &Ahun baba mausoleums
Visit GonurDepe by 4WD jeeps or 5 seated minivans with 4 WD (110km driving& 2,5 h.)On the same day visit Talhatan Baba pilgrimage (XI c. mausoleum/Seljuk architecture) &AhunBaba madrassah remains XIX c. Return back to Mary.
Day 10: Mary – Anau – Ashgabat (350 km)
Drive to Ashgabat.Visit on the route the ruins of Abiverd medieval city that was once an important trading town of North Khorasan. It was a key link on the Silk Route between Nisa and Merv. And visit of Anau pilgrimage place (remains of Seyitjemaletdin mosque XV c). Arrive and check in Grand Turkmen 4* hotel.
In the afternoon,we can visit Berkarar Shopping and Entertainment Center in Ashgabat. There are more than 340 stores located on the first and second floors of the shopping center. On the 3rd and 4th floor there are dozens of restaurants and cafes. There are also different types of amusement rides, an ice skating rink, a bowling alley, movie theaters. (http://ashgabat2017.com/photos/2015-10-25T1832-Berkarar-sowda-we-dynch-alysh-merkezi)
Day 11: Full day exploring Ashgabat
Visit to the Monument of Independence, Arch of Neutrality, National Museum of History and Ethnography, excursion to theAshgabat Cable Car, Alem – the largest indoor Ferris Wheel. Continue tour to Nisa residence of Parthian kings (iiibc-iiiad)-UnescoWordwide Heritage site,new monumental complex of HalkHakydasy,Wedding Palace & monument to Arkadag.Night tour in Ashgabat for 1 hour.Transfer to the hotel.
Day 12: Ashgabat – Darvaza (260 km)
Drive to visit flaminggas crater in Darvaza by jeeps. On the way, visit one of the biggest bazaar in Central Asia “GundogarAltynAsyr” which is located near the northern gates of Ashgabat. Continue driving to Darvaza. Next stopover to visit a nomad villageYerbent. Then continue togaz crater. Upon arrival explore the gas craters, first full of water, and second the sulfur – muddy. Leave the road and venture in the desert to see the flaming Gas Crater. Arrival and have BBQ dinner on spot. Explore the flaming Gas Crater at sunset. Overnight in tents with sleeping bags.
Day 13: Darvaza-Ashgabat(260 km)
Drive back to Ashgabat by 4WD jeeps. Upon arrival in Ashgabat,Drive to the hotel. FREE DAY.
In the afternoon, we can visit the Puppet Theatre and the World of Turkmen Ferry Tales, which were built in Ashgabat with the aim of introducing the tradition of puppets, and has a long historical past in Turkmenistan, to future generations.
Day 14: Ashgabat – Geokdepe – Kow-ata – Nohur (170 km to the west)
Morning drive to Nohur. En route visit private horse stable in GeokTepe and SaparmuratKhadjimosgue. Next stopover to visit the underground lake Kow-Ata where you can swim. Continue drive to Nohur village.Arrive and sightseeing of Nokhur village: visiting of “Parau Bibi” Pilgrimage site & its unique cemetery where each tomb has the horns of mountain goats, the Great Tree – oldest tree in the village thought to be 800 years old. Evening short introduction with local silk textile weavers and having dinner at local family.Family stay.
Day 15: Nokhur – Balkanabat (300 km.)
Drive to Balkanabat. Visit Parau Bibi pilgrim site along the route. Arrive and check in Nebitchi 4* hotel. Time for leisure. Overnight.
Day 16: Balkanabat – Yangikala (165 km.)
Morning visit the local bazaar to stock up with food & drinks. Drive to Yangikala where impressive limestone formations rise up from the desert sands. These limestone cliffs are the remains of massive coral reefs from the pre-historical Parathetys Sea. En route, visit the pilgrimage site of Gozli Ata – one of the holiest pilgrim sites in Turkmenistan. The mausoleum of Gozliata, located on a low platform against the backdrop of stunning pink and red limestone rock formations. Arrive and explore Yangikala. Take a picnic among the cliffs. Overnight in tents with sleeping bags.
Day 17: Yangikala – Turkmenbashi and Avaza Tourist Resort(170 km)
Drive to Turkmenbashy – the biggest port town of Turkmenistan. The town is enclosed with low mountains and faces the Caspian Sea. Arrive and accommodation in Hazar 5* hotel – one of the best hotels in Avaza – the most popular sea resort center (10 km from Turkmenbashi) that is promising much in the future. Rest on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Short walking tour in Avazawith its nice beaches which will be turned soon into the free economic touristic zone with decades of luxurious hotels, resorts and health clubs.Overnight at “Hazar”5* hotel.
Day 18/19/20: FREE DAYS in Awaza Tourist Resort on a Caspian Seashore
Day 21: Avaza – Turkmenbashi – Ashgabat (by flt. 1h.)
Check out the hotel. Take a flight from Turkmenbashy to Ashgabat. Arrival in Ashgabat in the afternoon. Transfer and check in Grand Turkmen 4* hotel. Free time.
Day 22: Ashgabat – departure
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to the airport. Take an international flight by Turkish Airlines to your home country. Farewell. Ends of the Turkmenistan tour.