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Turkmenistan - UZBEKISTAN - KYRGYZSTAN

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Tour itinerary: А12/ Istanbul - Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Kunya Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Shahrisabz - Samarkand - Tashkent - Fergana Valley - Osh - Bishkek - Issyk-Kul - Bishkek - Istanbul
Season: all the year round
Days: 15Nights: 14
Price: by request
Tour description:
Day 1
Istanbul - Ashgabat

 Flight from Istanbul to Ashgabat. (everyday flights are available)
02:45 Arrival in Ashgabat. Meeting and transfer to the hotel. Check-in, time for rest.
Breakfast.

Start city tour with visits to Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118m column that consider the highest building in the country),  Neutrality Arch - an unique composition that  rotates slowly after the sun. Visiting  National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique  exposition from Ancient Merv and Nissa. 

A trip to ancient Nissa (18km from Ashgabad) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins of the ancient city (the date of foundation of the I millennium BC - I millennium BC). Return back to Ashgabad. Visit en-route Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. It's considered the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There're beautiful garden and fountains near the mosque. 

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat
Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to the airport.
06:15 depart to Mary by morning flight.
06:55 arrival in Mary.
Excursion to Ancient Merv (UNESCO).  Discover historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others. Return to Mary. Visit the History museum of Merv region.
Transfer to airport.
19:20 evening flight to Ashgabat.
20:00 arrival in Ashgabat.
Transfer to the hotel.
Day 3
Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Kunya Urgench - Khiva 
Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport.
10:00 depart to Dashoguz by morning flight
10:50 arrival in Dashoguz
Arrival and transfer to Kunya urgench. Start sightseeing tour with visiting: the founder mausoleum of Sufi sects "Kubra" Nadzhimetdin Kubra (XII-XIII centuries); the mausoleum of Mongolian princess Torebeg-Hanym (XII-XIV centuries); minaret Mamun (X-XI centuries); minaret Kutlug-Timur (XII-XIV c, the highest minaret in Central Asia - 67m height); mausoleum Kyrkmolla (II in BC - III A.D.); mausoleum Arslan II (the oldest building in the city - date of its bookmark is roughly estimated by XI century).
Return drive to Dashoguz and transfer to Turkmen – Uzbek Boarder Pass the boarder.
Cross to Uzbekistan at 15.00. Transfer to Khiva. Arrival. Check-in at hotel. Resting time.
Day 4
Khiva

Breakfast in the hotel.
Start sightseeing in the old part of Khiva – Ichan Kala known as “Inner town”. Ichan Kala which is the biggest open air museum in Central Asia consists of the following architectural monuments:  Ata Darbaza (West Gate), Kunya ArkMuhammad Rakhim-Khan Madrassah, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, Kalta Minor MinaretJuma Mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja Madrassa and Minaret, Said Alauddin MausoleumPahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, the last Khiva Khan Allakulikhan’s Madrassa and Tosh Hovli Palace where was the harem with 40 concubines, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulikhan.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5
Khiva - Bukhara

Breakfast. Today you will have a long drive from Khiva to Bukhara via the Kizilkum desert (475 км). Stop en route near the Amudarya River. Arrival in Bukhara, check–in the hotel. Free time.

Day 6
Bukhara

Breakfast in the hotel.
City tour along the old part of Bukhara including visits to the Mausoleum of SamanidsBolo Hauz Mosque and the Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC, Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa.

There are three trading domes or so called covered bazaars preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.

A visit to Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas, Abdullakhan’s Tim and a visit to the Caravanserai Sayfuddin (Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara nowadays), Magoki Attari Mosque and Lyabi Hauz square that is the center of old Bukhara. This complex includes Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa and Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of the famous historical comedian figure Khodja Nasreddin is also based in this square.
Dinner with folk show in Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa. Night in the hotel.

Day 7
Bukhara - Shahrisabz -  Samarkand

Breakfast in the hotel.
Drive to Shakhrisabz (298 км). Shakhrisabz is a home - town of Tamerlane and during our 2 hour sightseeing tour you can enjoy the bright example of Central Asian architecture of XIV-XV centuries by visiting: The Ak-Saray Palace – used to be a huge and incredibly beautiful residence of Timur. There are only two pylons (entrance part of the palace) preserved up to this day. Darus Saodat Compldex with Hazrat Imam’s Mosque and Jekhangir’s Mausoleum. Darut Tilavat complex with Kok Gumbaz (Blue Domed) Mosque of Ulughbek, Gumbazi Saidon and Mausoleum of Sheykh Shamsuddin Kulol.   
Drive on to Samarkand (140 км). Arrival. Check in. Resting time.

Day 8
Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast. 

Start sightseeing tour in Samarkand with visits to the famous Registan Square – a heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture. The complex consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori. A visit to Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timurids dynasty; Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city; Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums; Ulugbek’s Observatory – one of the most important astronomical centers;        
A visit to the Mausoleum of Khodja Doniyor known as Saint Daniel. Members of the three religions – Muslims, Christians and Jewish visit and treat the mausoleum with respect; Samarkand local bazaar - Siyab     

17:00 depart for Tashkent by fast train "Afrosiab"

19:10 arrival in Tashkent.

Meeting, transfer to the hotel. Free time. 

Day 9
Tashkent

Breakfast in the hotel.   
Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent to the old and new parts of the city: Amir Timur Square, Theatre Square with the Opera House, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, Abdul Kasim Madrassah and Alisher Navoi National Park, Independence Square,  Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah, Kaffal  Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10
Tashkent - Fergana

Breakfast. 

Transfer to Fergana Valley by cars. Pass picturesque mountain pass Kamchik (2267 m. above the sea level).

Arrival in Kokand. Sightseeing in Kokand with visits to famous Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque, Kamol-Kazy Madrasah, and Norbut-biy Madrasah. Continue drive to Fergana via Rishtan and Margilan cities.

In Rishtan city we will visit house of ceramic master where you can enjoy a pottery workshop and have a look at ceramic collection in a small museum. Visit house of traditional Kyrgyz family manufacturing wool carpets. In Margilan city we'll visit traditional market and Yodgorlik Silk factory where you have an opportunity to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns. 
Continue driving to Fergana. Arrival, check-in. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 11
Fergana - Osh - Bishkek

Breakfast. 

Transfer to Uzbek – Kyrgyz boarder pass. Crossing Uzbek-Kyrgyz border.
Transfer to Osh city (15 km). Short sightseeing in city: visit Suleiman mountain and Museum, Osh Bazaar, Main square with Lenin statue. Transfer to airport for everning flight to Bishkek.

Meeting, transfer to the hotel, check-in. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 12
Bishkek - Issyk-Kul
Breakfast. Morning transfer to Issyk Kul Lake (250 km). On the way we stop at Cholpon Ata History and Ethnology Museum, visit Petroglyphs site. Cholpon-Ata petroglyphs are located between the northern, western and north-western outskirts of Cholpon-Ata. The drawings theme is varied but the main pictures are the images of animals: deer, bulls, horses, wild rams, goats, wolves and many others. 
Leisure time at the lake shore. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13
Issyk-Kul - Bishkek
Breakfast.
Transfer to Burana Tower (210 km) – rests of an ancient town Balasagyn. Burana Tower was the vertical dominant of the ancient city Balasagun, the north capital of the Turkic lingual state of the Karakhanids. Excursion.
Drive to Bishkek (70 km). Visit Victory square and ZUM (department store for souvenirs).
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14
Bishkek - Ala-Archa - Bishkek
Breakfast.
Excursion to Ala Archa Natural park (80 km), which attracts visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery and hiking trails. Easy hike in the park. 
In the Ala-Archa gorge you can see 1,100 species of plants, and its fauna is rich and diverse. There are foxes, wolves, hares, badgers, porcupines, argali, snow leopard and griffins here. 
P.M. Return back to Bishkek for city tour with visits to State History Museum at Ala Too Square, Lenin Statue, White House, Manas Monument.
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15
Bishkek - Istanbul
Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport. Departure. The end of the tour. 
Accommodation: 

City

2-3 Star 

3-4 Star

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn

Grand Turkmen

Khiva

 Malika Khiva / Old Khiva

Asia Khiva / Malika Kheyvak

Bukhara

Porso / Asl 

Asia Bukhara / Devon Begi

Samarkand

Malika Classic / Bibi Khanum

Malika Prime / Asia Samarkand

Tashkent

Shodlik / Uzbekistan

Windham / City Palace 

Osh

Sun Rise

Kristal

Issyk Kul

Kapriz

Karven

Bishkek

Green City

Plaza Hotel / Ak Keme

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME LEVEL

Tour Price includes:

- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;
- Hotel accommodation in double / twin sharing rooms;

- Full transportation service and all transfers on vehicles with a/c
- Escort-guide for the entire tour;
- Folk show with dinner in Bukhara;
- Visa invitation letters;
- Domestic air tickets in Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan;     
- Still water all tour time (about 1.5 l per person per day);

Tour Price does not include:

- Air tickets for international flights;
- Domestic air ticket Tashkent – Fergana;
- Turkmenistan Migration cards ($12)
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Meals (lunches and dinners).


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