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Uzbekistan & Turkmen Explorer

Uzbekistan & Turkmen Explorer

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What's included?
From 2285 EUR
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What's included?
Duration
15 days
Starts in
Tashkent
Ends in
Ashgabat
Group size
26
This journey takes us deep into heartlands of the ancient Silk Route. Starting in the bizarre city of Ashgabat, we overland across the remote and inhospitable deserts of Turkmenistan to the incredible burning gas crater of Darvaza and the crumbling ancient ruins of Konye Urgench, before crossing into the fascinating country of Uzbekistan. It is in Uzbekistan that we'll discover the jewels in the crown of the fabled journey of the Silk Road, at the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. History and stunning architecture vie for prominence in each city, and the wealth of culture and local heritage is breathtaking; the bazaars and souks are fascinating. North of the Oxus River lies the Kyzylkhum Desert, where we will overnight in a yurt stay before heading to the great city of Tashkent for a bit of R&R and old fashioned night clubs.
  • Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
  • Wild camp near the 'Door to Hell' Darvaza Crater
  • Overland in to the Karakum desert
  • Explore the ruined city of Kunye Urgench
  • Guided tour of the ancient and beautiful city of Khiva
  • 3 nights in Bukhara with guided tour of the many unique sites
  • Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts
  • Guided tour of the historic city of Samarkand and surrounding area
  • This is a comfortable trip, with only limited camping. It can be extremely hot and dry in the summer when we visit, however, which can be challenging; ideal for lovers of history and stunning monuments. It is great also for "eclectic shoppers" in the bazaars and markets of Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent.

    Itinerary

    Uzbekistan & Turkmen Explorer

    Day 1 Tashkent

    Border Information: if joining in Tashkent, you will most likely enter Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport (IATA code: TAS).There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.We will then have a free afternoon to explore the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tashkent before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tashkent.*Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

    Day 2 Samarkand

    Today our journey begins with a drive to the fascinating ancient city of Samarkand, where we will stay for the next 3 nights.

    Day 3 Samarkand

    Today we will have a guided tour of the incredible historic city of Samarkand and the surrounding area, including the Registan, Ulug Beg Observatory, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda.

    Day 4 Samarkand

    We will have a free day today with the chance to wander the streets and delve into this beautiful city and its history further.

    Day 5 Kyzylkhum Desert

    Today we will drive into the Kyzylkhum Desert near the town of Nurata. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to take a swim in Lake Ajdar Kul and head out on an optional camel ride into the desert!

    Day 6 Bukhara

    Today we will drive to the beautiful city of Bukhara, where will spend the next 3 nights. Our drive will take us via the desert town of Nurata, which we will have a brief stop.

    Day 7 Bukhara

    Today we will have a guided tour of Bukhara and the surrounding area, including the Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison and the Ark Fortress.

    Day 8 Bukhara

    Spend the day exploring this incredible historic city and its surroundings further and soaking up the atmosphere.

    Day 9 Khiva

    Today we have a full day drive to the incredible historic town of Khiva.

    Day 10 Khiva

    After breakfast we have a guided tour of the ancient city of Khiva. In the afternoon we will have plenty of free time to further explore this wonderfully preserved Khanate town.

    Day 11 Kunye Urgench

    Border Information: Exit Uzbekistan at Nijazov, enter Turkmenistan at Shovot.This morning we will drive across the border into Turkmenistan, visit the markets in the border town of Dashoguz, and explore the Kunye Urgench ruins towards the end of the day.

    Day 12 Darvaza

    Today we continue south through the Karakum Desert. We will have an included side trip to the amazing flaming Darvaza Gas Crater (also known as the 'Door to Hell'!).We will wild camp in the deserts near Darvaza Crater tonight.

    Day 13 Ashgabat

    Today we will complete our drive to the interesting capital of Ashgabat, usually arriving mid-afternoon.

    Day 14 Ashgabat

    Today we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses. 

    Day 15 Ashgabat

    Border Information: if finishing in Ashgabat, you wil most likely exit Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Ashgabat. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
    Summary

    What’s included?

    Activities

    Explore the stunning plaza of The Registan a world-famous and iconic symbol of Central Asia

    Learn about the area's scientific heritage with a visit to the 15th-century Ulug Beg Observatory once the finest observatory in the Islamic world

    Discover the ruins of the ancient 5th-century fortress of the Bukhara Ark

    Visit the magnificent 16th-centrury architectural ensemble surrounding the Lyab-i Hauz ponds, once the city\'s principal source of water

    Guided City Tour of Khiva

    Explore the incredibly photogenic blue palace of Tash Khovli in Khiva

    Overland into the green Oxus Valley to the ancient ruined city of Kunye Urgench

    See the bizarre and incredible burning gas crater at Darvaza popularly known as the 'Door to Hell'

    Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city

    Accommodation

    Comfortable Hotel 8 nights
    Yurt Camp 1 night
    Basic Hotel 3 nights
    Camping without facilities 2 nights

    Local transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle

    Meals

    Breakfasts x 11, Lunches x 3, Dinner x 3

    Uzbekistan & Turkmen Explorer

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