Great Silk Road (12n/13d)

The walls of Khiva

The walls of Khiva

Day 1. Tashkent
Arrival to Tashkent, meeting in the airport with the plate of Uzbekistan tour operator “Trust Travel”. Upon arrival, after long flight, transfer for hotel for check in and rest. Evening is free and easy. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. Tashkent – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Samarkand, settlement at the hotel. After short rest evening tour in Samarkand: Registan square – Madrasah Ulugbek (15th c.), Madrasah Sher-Dor (17th c.), Madrasah Tilla-Kori (17th c.). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel.Full day city tour in Samarkand: Ulugbek Observatory (15th c.). Excavations and museum of the ancient city of Afrosiyab, Architectural complex Shokhi-Zinda (11-15th c.), Mausoleum Guri Emir – Tamerlane’s Tomb (14-15th c.), Bibi-Khonum Mosque. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Samarkand -Shakhrisabz- Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Shakhrisabz (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 (3 hrs). Hotel accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5. Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour in Bukhara: Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Samanid’s Mausoleum (9-10th c.), Chashma Ayub (14th c.), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of the 20th c.), Covered dome bazaar, Madrasah Nodir-Divan-Beghi, complex Lyabi-Khauz (14-17th c.), Minaret Kalon (12th c.), Kalon Mosque (12th c.), Madrasah Mir Arab (16th c.). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel.A trip out of the city for a visit to Bahouddin Nakshbandi mausoleum (16-19th c.), to the sepulchers of his mother and his preceptor (14th c.), mausoleum Chor-Bakr (10th c.), visit to summer residence Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa (19th c.). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7. Bukhara – Mary
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Farap. Border formalities on both sides before lunch break at post, meeting with representative of Turkmenistan travel company. Transfer to Mary via Ancient Merv (UNESCO). Stop for sightseeing.  Check in to the hotel and overnight.

Day 8. Mary – Merv- Ashgabat
After breakfast excursion to Gonur Depe(UNESCO 1999). Return to Mary, Visit to History museum. Evening flight to Ashgabat, ETD 19:20 -ETA 20:00. Transfer to hotel upon arrival.

Day 9. Ashgabat  
After breakfast sightseeing tour with visiting to the  Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazaar, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. The center of the city, Independence square, National Museum of History and Carpet museum. Continue to archeological site of Old Nissa. Continue to the Spiritual Mosque, the biggest mosque in Central Asia. Return in Ashgabat. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 10. Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kunya Urgench – Khiva
Flight to Dashoguz, T5-101, ETD 0620h, ETA 0710h. Drive to Kunya Urgench, the ancient capital of Khorezm Empire. The most famous monuments are Arslan and Tekesh mausolems (12th c.), Turabek –Khanum mausoleum (14th c. mausoleum of Sufi Dynasty), Kutlug Timur minaret, Mamun II minaret, Sultan Ali mausoleum, Ibn Khadgib mausoleum (14th c.), Nadjmetdin al –Kubra Khanaka and etc. Afternoon transfer to the Turkmen-Uzbek border, after border formalities change transport and guide and drive to Khiva. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11. Khiva
Breakfast 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 12. Khiva – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer to the airport to Urghench, flight to Tashkent (according to time table), flight, and arrival to Tashkent, settlement at the hotel. City tour around Tashkent: Independence Square, Navoi Theater square, Barak-Khan Madrasah (16th c.), The Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum (15th c.), Kukeldash Madrasah (16th c.), the Djuma mosque (9th c.), Tashkent National Arts Centre. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13. Tashkent – Departure
Transfer to airport to catch you flight back home


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