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Silk Road Tour

23 Days Of Silkroad Tour - Series Of Combine Tours Uzbekistan And Turkmenistan

(a) Uzbekistan/ Itinerary

Itinerary:Almaty - Lake Issyk-Kul - Bishkek - Osh - Fergana - Margilan - Rishtan - Kokand - Khujand - Istaravshan - Pendzhikent - Dushanbe - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva - Urgench - Nukus - Muynak - Sudochie Lake - Nukus - Kunyurgench - Darvaza - Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat

Almaty

Arrival in Almaty

At the airport exit you will meet with our driver who will take you to hotel.

Night in hotel Almaty

Almaty

The region around Almaty is rich in a wide variety of environments from snowy mountains to forests, lakes and deserts, all of which are attractions.

In the center of Almaty, Panfilov Park, which houses the impressive Orthodox Christian Cathedral, as well as the interesting architecture of the Soviet era.

Kok-Tube Mountains, which are connected to the city center by a cable car popular attraction with a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings, and the city's hosts a television tower and many restaurants.

Other sights in Almaty: National Historical Museum, Presidential Palace, Republic Square.

Overnight in Almaty.

Ake Issyk-Kul

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer Almaty Issyk - Kul lake

Morning trip to the Issyk-Kul lake. Crossing the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyz border and moving to the Issyk-Kul region. Closed on all sides by the snowy peaks of the Tien-Shan mountains, Issyk-Kul Lake literally means "hot lake", as they say, the world's second-largest high-altitude lake or the second-largest shipping lake in the world. The area around the lake is well known for its beautiful sandy beaches among locals and people from Kazakhstan and Russia. There are also many valleys with hiking and climbing in the south-eastern part of the Issyk-Kul region (on request)

Night in the guest house of Issyk-Kul

Lake Issyk-Kul

Breakfast in the guest house

Transfer Issyk-Kul Lake Bishkek

Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan and the gateway to the country. Most of the sights in the city are former Soviet monuments, Ala-Tu's main square with the Freedom Monument (former Lenin Square), the State Historical Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Frunze Museum House are the birthplace of the famous general. Museum of Sculptures in the open air, Russian Orthodox Church. The place you must visit is Osh bazaar, an amazingly large market with an abundance of different goods.

Night in a hotel in Bishkek

Margilan

Breakfast in the hotel

10:00 Transfer to the airport in Bishkek

11:50 Departure from Bishkek by airplane

12:40 Arrival to Osh

Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Fergana Valley. In the center of the city is Suleiman-Too ("Mount Solomon"), which is dominant in the city. In the mountain there is a cave, which is a landmark museum, and contains a collection of archaeological, geological and historical finds and information about the local flora and fauna.

There are several monuments in the city, one of them is dedicated to the Kyrgyz Queen Kurmanjan Datka, known for its initial resistance to the conquest of the region by Russia, a mosque built in 1497 by 14-year-old Babur, who recently became the crowned king of the Ferghana Valley, the largest mosque in Kyrgyzstan - the Shaid Mosque Tepa and the 16th century mosque Rabat Abdul Khan.

Overnight at hotel in Osh

Khujand

Breakfast in the hotel

08:00 Transfer Osh Fergana Valley (118 km)

The crossing of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border and the road to Fergana, which is the capital of the Ferghana region of Uzbekistan.

12:00 Approximate time of arrival in Fergana

Arrival in the city of Ferghana and a walk in the central park named after. Ahmad Al-Ferghani

Dinner

Afternoon drive to the city of Margilan

Full day tour around the Fergana Valley. Morning depart to Margilan. The city is located 12 kilometers from Fergana and is one of the oldest cities in the Fergana Valley. Since old days Margilan has been famous for its wonderful and fine silk. Via the Great Silk Road traders brought Margilanian silk to Baghdad, Cairo and Athens."Yodgorlik" silk-weaving factory in Margilan is considered to be the best enterprise manufacturing handmade silk in Uzbekistan. At the factory you can see the whole silk-making process from cocoons processing to finished product. Here, 450 workers, with majority of them being women, weave silk and cotton fabric. The factory's monthly output is up to 6000 meters of natural silk, semi-silk and cotton fabric. This seems to be a very little amount. But one should remember that they use the traditional technology of making the fabrics by hand - that is the same techniques Fergana weavers used in ancient times.

Next stop is Rishtan Village, which since ancient times has been famous for its ceramics. Rishtan pottery differs with richness of decor, which is dominated by blue. This unique blue glaze "ishkor" is produced by hand from natural mineral pigments and ash mountain plants. Today every third family in Rishtan produces pottery. After visiting some craftsmen we are transferred to Fergana.

The city of Margilan is located 20 km from Fergana and is one of the oldest cities in the Fergana Valley. Since ancient times, Margilan was famous for its fine and fine silk and ikat patterns. The most famous landmark of the city of Margilan is "Yodgorlik" silk weaving factory. Visit Fazlidinna master for the production of hand-woven fabric.

Also in Margilan you will visit the Madrassah of Said Ahmad Khuzha where the center of crafts of the people of the Fergana Valley is located, and if the excursion falls on Thursday or Sunday - a trip to the Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market of the Fergana Valley, stroll through the Central Bazaar - The Famous Bazaar "Kumtepa", with its abundance of satin and adrase fabric, where you can buy at a very low price.

pottery is distinguished by its richness of decor, in which the blue color dominates. This unique blue glaze "ishkor" is made by hand from natural mineral pigments and mountain plants. Today every third family in Rishtan produces ceramics. After visiting several masters we are going to Fergana.

Return to Fergana

Overnight at hotel in Ferghana

Kokand

Breakfast in the hotel

08:00 Moving of Fergana Kokand Khujand (231 km)

In the morning we go to Kokand, which is the main transport hub in the Ferghana Valley, leading to the northwest through the mountains to Tashkent, and to the west to Khujand. In Kokand we will visit the palace of the 19th century Khudayar Khan. After losing his power over his possessions, Khudayar Khan spent all his money and energy on decorating his city with a host of elegant mosques, madrassas and his huge palace with its 113 ornate rooms - 19 of which are currently open as a museum. Another beautiful monument to the mausoleum of Modari Khan is a burial vault for all women, khan's relatives. Transfer to the Tajik-Uzbek border.

Crossing the border at the Kanibadam checkpoint. Meeting with the guide and the road to Khujand. In the afternoon - a brief excursion program on Khudzhand - Eskhat Alexandria, was one of the many Alexandria attributed to Alexander the Great, who fought against the Sogdian armies, after all, receiving their obedience by killing General Spitalenov.

We will visit the local museum and the grave of Sheikh Mosdouddin, revered in the region of the saint

Overnight at hotel in Khujand

Istaravshan

Breakfast in the hotel

08:00 Transfer Khudzhand Istaravshan Penjikent Dushanbe (384 km)

Today we will visit another wonderful city in Tajikistan, Istaravshan, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities with a history dating back more than 2500 years.

In the past, he was known for his crafts, in particular woodcarving, glazed ceramics, embroidery, gold and silver ornaments, but now his economy is based on the processing of fruits and wine, although some crafts managed to survive. Today the greatest features of Istaravshan are museums, the center of trade and crafts, mosques and ancient ruins. Some of these ancient buildings were decorated with paintings and wood carvings, for example, in Bunjikat, where archaeologists discovered a picture depicting a she-wolf feeding two children: a symbol of the union of the West and the East. Other remains that have survived to this day are the gates, domes and columns left from the residence of the governor, citadel and fortress.

Our last stop in Tajikistan is Penjikent, known as the "Pompeii of Central Asia." A prosperous, fortified city that was founded by the Arabs in the 8th century and then abandoned, its ruins are treasures of archaeologists. After visiting this unique landmark, we will continue our journey to Dushanbe .

Overnight in hotel Dushanbe

Shakhrisabz

Breakfast in the hotel

08:00 Transfer Dushanbe Denau Shakhrisabz Samarkand (486 km)

The crossing of the Tajik-Uzbek border and the road to Shakhrisabz

At the border you will be met by our driver.

Transfer to Shakhrisabz

In Shakhrisabz, an excursion around the city:

Ak Saroy - the ruins of the palace of Amir Timur of the 14th century. A colossal building, imposing dimensions and amazing beauty are the architecture of the portal entrance to the palace.

Dorut Saodat - the family necropolis of Timurids, burial of two sons of Timur and the sarcophagus of Timur (14th century). Khoja Imam Mosque and the tree of the plane trees (750 years old to this tree)

Dorut Tilyavar - the complex consists of two mausoleums, the Mausoleum of Emir Taragay (Timur's father) and his spiritual mentor Mir Kulol. Also in the complex there is a 15th-century Kuk Gumbaz mosque and a madrasah with a small minoret.

Duration of the excursion program is 4 hours.

In addition: (it is required to agree in advance)

Stop in the "Devil's Valley". The valley is remarkable for the unusual shapes of rocks and rocks.

Visit "Ming Chinor" - a tree of plane trees, which is already 1000 years old. It was used by Sufis for prayers and meditation. In Soviet times the hollow of a tree was used as a mini school, in which there was a very small class.

Road to Samarkand

Arrival in Samarkand, accommodation at the hotel, rest

Additionally in Samarkand:

Folk show in the Sherdor Madrassah

Art Gallery "Happy Bird"

Silk carpets factory "Khodzhom"

Museum of winemaking at the wine factory of Khovrenko

The paper factory of Cunha Meros (a re-created manual production of ancient paper from the mulberry tree, here you will see the entire process of paper production)

Night in the hotel of Samarkand

Kok Gumbaz Mosque

Breakfast in the hotel

10:00 Excursion program in Samarkand

  • Visit to the famous Mausoleum of Amir Timur - "Gur Emir" and his family tomb - a masterpiece of architecture of the 14th century.
  • Visiting the legendary Registan Square, Madrassah of Ulugbek - the 15th century, Sher-Dor-17th century medrese (1619-1636), Tilya Kori 17th century (1646-1660) - Madrasah and Mosque.

Dinner

  • The Bibi-Khanum Mosque (1399-1404), erected in honor of the wife of Amir Timur.
  • Famous Samarkand Sieb Bazaar. where you can buy dried fruits and national sweets.
  • During the tour you will visit the Shahi Zinda Necropolis of the Timurid times
  • Visiting the Ulugbek Observatory is a unique 15th century building for studying astronomy.

The duration of the excursion program is 5 - 6 hours.

Additionally in Samarkand:

  • Folk show in the Sherdor Madrassah
  • Art Gallery "Happy Bird"
  • Silk carpets factory "Khodzhom"
  • Museum of winemaking at the wine factory of Khovrenko

Night in the hotel of Samarkand

Bukhara

09.00 Breakfast at the hotel.

10:00 Country excursion 30 km from Samarkand

  • The paper factory of Cunha Meros (a re-created manual production of ancient paper from the mulberry tree, here you will see the entire process of paper production)
  • The Ulugbek Observatory is a unique structure of the 15th century, at the moment there is a fragment of the measuring instrument "Sulce Fakhri"
  • The Mausoleum of the Prophet Daniel is a holy place of worship for the three religions of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish
  • Museum Afrosiyeb - Ancient city of Samarkand.

Lunch in Chayhana

The duration of the excursion program is 3-4 hours.

Free time in Samarkand

Museum of winemaking at the wine factory of Khovrenko

Additionally in Samarkand :

  • Folk show in the Sherdor Madrassah
  • Art Gallery "Happy Bird"
  • Silk carpets factory "Khodzhom"

Night in the hotel of Samarkand

Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel

09:00 Departure from Samarkand. Moving to Bukhara 5 - 6 hours (450 km)

Stop on the road :

  • The tract of Sarmishsai, where you can see ancient petroglyphs
  • Chashma Ayub - Holy Spring
  • Ancient caravan parking Rabat Malik with an active water reservoir
  • Ceramic workshop in Gijduvan

15:00 Arrival to Bukhara

Transfer to the hotel, accommodation, rest

16:00 Bozori Kord Telpakfurushon-Eastern men's bath.

19:00 Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir sofa Begi + supper

In addition in Bukhara:

  • Bozori Kord Telpakfurushon-Eastern men's bath.
  • Hamam Kunzhak - Eastern women's bath near the Kalyan Minaret.
  • Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir sofa Begi
  • Puppet theater and workshop.
  • Master class for cooking pilaf in the guest house
  • Bukhara Carpet workshop, handmade
  • Workshop for the production of scrawl
  • Suzani Embroidery Workshop

Night in the hotel of Bukhara

Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 Start of the excursion program in Bukhara.

  • Visit to the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani
  • The mausoleum of Chashma Ayub (the well of Job), is located near the Samanid Mausoleum.
  • Visit the Bolo House mosque of the 18-20th century.
  • Fortress Ark-Citadel of Emir of Bukhara.

Lunch in the local teahouse

Continuation of the sightseeing tour :

  • The Poi Kalyan complex includes the Kalon Mosque and the Kalyan Minaret, the Mir-Arab Madrassah,
  • Madrasah of Ulugbek and Abdulazizhan,
  • Ancient trading domes,
  • The Magoki-Attori Mosque of the 12th century
  • Lyabi Hauz Complex, consisting of three architectural monuments: Kukeldash Madrasah, Nodir Divan-Begi and Khanaka Madrasah of the 17th century.

Continuation of the excursion program : 5 - 6 hours

In addition in Bukhara :

  • Bozori Kord Telpakfurushon-Eastern men's bath.
  • Hamam Kunzhak - Eastern women's bath near the Kalyan Minaret.
  • Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir sofa Begi
  • Puppet theater and workshop.
  • Master class for cooking pilaf in the guest house
  • Bukhara Carpet workshop, handmade
  • Workshop for the production of scrawl
  • Suzani Embroidery Workshop

Night in the hotel of Bukhara

Khiva

Breakfast in the hotel

10:00 Excursion program outside the city :

  • A trip to the summer palace of Emir of Bukhara "Sitorai Mohi Hosa".
  • The mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi, the founder of the Sufi order of Nashbandi,
  • "Chor Bakr" - Necropolis, Unique Monument of "Chor Minor" 1807 -1809.

Lunch in the local teahouse, where they cook the most delicious shish kebab in Uzbekistan

Free time in Bukhara

In addition in Bukhara :

  • Bozori Kord Telpakfurushon-Eastern men's bath.
  • Hamam Kunzhak - Eastern women's bath near the Kalyan Minaret.
  • Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir sofa Begi
  • Puppet theater and workshop.
  • Master class for cooking pilaf in the guest house
  • Bukhara Carpet workshop, handmade
  • Workshop for the production of scrawl
  • Suzani Embroidery Workshop

Night in the hotel of Bukhara

Khiva

8:00 Breakfast in the hotel

9:00 Departure to Khiva

The road to Khiva through the Kyzylkum Desert (Red Sands) is the 11th largest desert in the world. During the journey, a stop will be made near the Amu Darya River so that you can enjoy the magnificent scenery.

17:00 Arrival to Khiva, arrival to the hotel, rest

Free time in Khiva

Stay overnight in Khiva Hotel

Nukus

Breakfast in the hotel

10:00 Khiva - Excursions to the sights of Khiva

  • Ichan-Kala (12-19 centuries), the inner city of Khiva, which has preserved more than 50 memorials and ancient houses.
  • Fortress Kunya Ark
  • Ensemble Pakhlavan Mahmud
  • The stone estate is the palace of Tash-Hoveli
  • The Minaret of Kalta-Minor is a symbol of the city
  • The complex of Islam Hoxha
  • Lunch in the teahouse
  • Further along the route
  • The Juma Mosque
  • Mosque of Khodja-Islam
  • MosqueTim Ala-Kulihan
  • Madrassah of Abdullah-Khan
  • Mausoleum of Seyyed Allauddin
  • Madrasah Muhammad Amin-Khan
  • Madrasah Muhammad Rahim-Khan
  • The Nurullbaya Palace

Duration of the tour 4 - 5 hours

Stay overnight in Khiva Hotel

Nukus

Breakfast in the hotel

08:00 Transfer to Khiva - Nukus (200 km)

The road from Khiva to Nukus runs along the great Amudarya river.

The journey takes about 3 hours.

11:00 Approximate time of arrival in Nukus.

Transfer to the hotel to leave luggage

Sightseeing tour of Nukus :

  • The Museum. Igor Savitsky. Here you can see the largest collection of unique exhibits (90 thousand) forbidden in the Soviet Union avant-garde art, collected in the museum for several decades in the Soviet era.
  • Short sightseeing tour around the center of Nukus
  • Visit the monument to the Karakalpak poet Berdakh
  • Nukus Hokimiyat
  • Drama Theater

Overnight at hotel in Nukus

Lake Sudochie

Breakfast in the hotel

08:00 Transfer Nukus Muynak (200 km)

11:00 Approximate time of arrival in Muynak

Stop in the city of Muynak. This town was once a thriving center of fishing. But after the ecological catastrophe of the Aral Sea, this city with a population of several thousand inhabitants was impoverished and practically emptied.

Lunch in the open air in Muynak.

Then drive to Lake Sudoche. Earlier the lake was connected with the Aral Sea. The coast is covered with various shrub plants and salt. This combination gives the soil a fanciful design and color. You can take photos and capture the unique beauty of the landscape.

Night in tents near Lake Sudochie

Nukus

Breakfast in the camp

Departure to Nukus (400 km)

Arrival to Nukus

Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest

Free time in Nukus

Overnight at hotel in Nukus

Kunyurgench

Departure from Nukus. Transfer to Khodjeyli checkpoint.

Crossing the Uzbek-Turkmen border. Border formalities. Meeting with the driver on the Turkmen-Uzbek border.

Continuation of the way to Kunyurgench. Survey of the area in Kunyurgench.

Moving to Darvaz to the gas crater.

Inspection of the gas crater

Sunset in the desert

Dinner in the style of barbecue

Night in tents

Darvaza

Breakfast

Departure from Darvaz to Ashgabat

Arrival in Ashgabat, transfer to the hotel to leave luggage

Excursion program in Ashgabat :

  • Independence Park
  • Arch of Neutrality
  • National Museum
  • Neese
  • Mosque and mausoleum of Turkmenbashi

Overnight at the hotel in Ashgabat

Mary

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to the airport in Ashgabat

09:40 Departure to Mary from Ashgabat

10:30 Arrival to Mary

Excursion to Ancient Merv

Visit to the Mary Museum of History and Ethnography

19:20 Return flight from Mary to Ashgabat

20:00 Arrival to Ashgabat

Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest

Overnight at the hotel in Ashgabat

Ashgabat

Transfer to the airport in Ashgabat

Departure from Ashgabat

End of Tour!

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