Bishkek to Ashgabat

Start: Bishkek Finish: Ashgabat

Visiting: Bishkek, Don Aryk - Issyk Kul - Kochkor, Son-Kol, Kyzyl-Oi, Suusamyr Valley - Chychkan - Kok-Bel, Osh, KGZ/UZB border crossing - Andijan - Tashkent, Tashkent, Samarkand, Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Bukhara, Bukhara, Gijduvan - Bukhara, Khiva, Konye-Urgench - Darvaza, Yerbent - Ashgabat, Ashgabat, Mary, Merv - Mary


Duration: 25 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour Operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 12

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Be entranced by the beauty and the wonder of Central Asia on this overland journey from the capital of Kyrgyzstan through the heartland of Uzbekistan to the forgotten yet futuristic Ashgabat. Take in the tranquil landscape of Son-Kol Lake, watch for wild boar and deer around Chychkan Gorge, hike up the sacred Sulumain-too Mountain in historic Osh, and get your fill of mosques and museums in Samarkand. Venture into the mysterious Turkmenistan, camp out by the 'gate of hell', and explore Ashgabat with architectures from a scifi movie. Abounding with ancient culture, divine natural beauty, intriguing relics, and welcoming people, this is a journey that will leave you eager to discover more of Central Asia.

Highlights

  • iconWitness the eternal flames of the Darvaza Crater, aka the 'Door to Hell' as you camp nearby – one of the strangest, most mesmerising geological oddities on earth
  • iconMarvel at the beautiful Son-Kol Lake, where in mid-summer you may see flocks of sheep, goats and herds of horses watched over by nomadic herdsmen and their families
  • iconStay overnight in a yurt lakeside and live like the locals have for centuries in these portable, felt lined traditional tents
  • iconExperience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality - there's really nothing like being welcomed into a local home or yurt for a meal, chatting with stall holders at bazaars or simply marvelling at the sights alongside locals
  • iconThe much-photographed Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. You'll be wowed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persian influenced madressas, mosques and mausoleums
  • iconReflect on the important role horses have played in the traditional Kyrgyz nomadic life style while witnessing horseback sports like odarysh (wrestling on horseback), tiyin-enish (where riders try to pick up coins at full gallop) or kok-baru (goat polo)
  • iconCentral Asia is a fascinating and unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture, post-soviet culture and striving to redefine nations post independence. Geographically and for a time historically, it is the real centre of Asia
  • iconExplore sprawling ruins of Mary, Merv and others with a local guide and contemplate these remnants of empires that once ruled this vast land
  • iconAshgabat rose from the devastation of an earthquake in 1948 and has enjoyed a surreal and futuristic makeover
  • iconKyrgyzstans mountains are its monuments and its majesty. The landscapes here will stay with you long after the journey is over

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Bishkek

Location: Bishkek

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: dinner

Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

icon Day 2: Bishkek

Location: Bishkek

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Take a trip down memory lane today with a city tour showcasing the country's fascinating history. The centre of the city is Ala-too Square, which was known as Lenin Square in Soviet times. Lenin used to stand in his concrete overcoat in the middle of this square, proudly gesturing towards the mountains. A great place  for a wander is Dubovy (Oak) Park, where you'll find a few open-air cafes. The century-old oaks here and all along Freedom Avenue make Bishkek one of the greenest cities in Central Asia. In the afternoon, you'll have some free time to further explore Bishkek. Quite the contrast to the relaxed quiet streets, square and parks in the city center, Osh Market is noisy, crowded, and a perfect peek into local life. You'll find all kinds of things on sale here from spices and fruits to clothes and carpets. Get together with your travel mates and enjoy an optional final dinner together tonight to celebrate a great journey through Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Included Activities:
-Bishkek - City Tour

Optional Activities:
-Bishkek - State Historical Museum

icon Day 3: Don Aryk - Issyk Kul - Kochkor

Location: Don Aryk - Issyk Kul - Kochkor

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Homestay

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Drive 60 km to the 11th-century Burana tower, an ancient minaret from the Silk Road period. In the nearby village of Don Aryk, visit a local home. Reflecting the important role horses have played in the traditional Kyrgyz nomadic life style, the country is famous for at least four types of horse games such as odarysh or wrestling, tiyin-enish, where riders try to pick up coins at full gallop and kok buru or buzkashi, a type of goat-snatching polo. We'll take the chance here to watch the how the locals play some of these horse sports here and enjoy a tasty lunch with the family. Continue to Issyk Kul lake – the second largest alpine lake in the world. This beauty is one of the biggest natural water reservoirs in the world, at 170 km long and 70 km wide. A combination of extreme depth, thermal activity and mild salinity means the lake never freezes. Next, continue to Kochkor. Explore a small local market in the centre of the village, and, depending on our arrival time, a local co-op that provides training for local women in traditional handicrafts.

Included Activities:
-Shamsy Valley - Burana tower
-Don Aryk - Local home visit & horsemanship demonstration
-Kochkor - Market
-Kochkor - Women's Felt Co-op

icon Day 4: Son-Kol

Location: Son-Kol

Accommodation: Yurt Camp

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Make the 130 km drive to Son-Köl, one of the largest lakes in the country. This beautiful alpine lake is considered a sacred place for many Kyrgyz people as well as one of the best summer pastures for nomadic herders. In the middle of the summer, you'll see nomadic herdsmen and their families watching over goats, sheep, and horses. Enjoy exploring your surroundings for the rest of the day. There are many beautiful lake trails to hike along. Alternatively you may be able to visit some ancient petroglyphs in the local area, or visit a nomad camp for a first-hand look at nomadic life. Simply sit and take in this beautiful corner of the world. Tonight we stay in yurts set up along the lake shore. Made of felt and tarpaulins on a round frame, yurts are the traditional dwellings of the Kyrgyz people. Sleeping arrangements are on a multi-share, mixed-gender basis with mattresses on the floor. It can get very chilly in the evenings, so there's a stove for heating and plenty of blankets. There are no bathroom facilities inside the yurts, so outdoor toilets are to be expected. Those daring enough for an invigorating morning splash can use the lake nearby. All meals are included during our stay here.

icon Day 5: Kyzyl-Oi

Location: Kyzyl-Oi

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Homestay

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Today you travel along gravel roads to the tiny village of Kyzyl-Oi squeezed between the mountains. On our way, we will pass large coal deposits and travel along the Kökömeren river which feeds into the Syr Darya - one the major rivers of Central Asia that used to fill the Aral Sea. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river in the shade of the trees and use your free time to explore the village once we arrive. 

icon Day 6: Suusamyr Valley - Chychkan - Kok-Bel

Location: Suusamyr Valley - Chychkan - Kok-Bel

Accommodation: Guesthouse/Homestay

Meals: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

A full day of driving though big, beautiful landscapes today. As the roads in Kyrgyzstan see little regular maintenance, even short distances on a map can take hours. The road crosses the Suusamyr Valley – a high steppe plateau situated at around 2,200 metres above sea level. The mountainous, lush surroundings are often photogenically dotted with yurts. We then follow the Chychkan river that cuts through the Tien Shan range. Stop here for a while and soak up the amazing scenery. You will arrive at tonight's accommodation in Kok-Bel sometime in the early evening. 

icon Day 7: Osh

Location: Osh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, lunch

After breakfast, get ready for another all-day journey to the second-largest city in Kyrgystan – Osh. Located in the Fergana Valley in the south of the country, Osh is often referred to as the 'Capital of the South'. With a history that dates to the 500 BC. Stop en route at Uzgen, an ancient trading town and handicrafts center on the Silk Road. Although much of the ancient city has been destroyed, a minaret and three mosques that have survived to this day remain important examples of medieval Central Asian architecture.

Included Activities:
-Uzgen - Uzgen Minaret & Complex

icon Day 8: Osh

Location: Osh

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Rise and shine for a visit to the only World Heritage Site in Kyrgystan – Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain, also known as Solomon's Throne. For centuries Silk Road travellers have sought out the mountain's caves and their petroglyphs in the belief that they would be blessed with longevity. Visit the National Historical & Archaeological Museum Complex. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time. Perhaps visit the Jayma Bazaar, where you might pick up an interesting souvenir or two. Or maybe take a self-guided tour of the remnants of Osh's soviet past with a walk to the giant Lenin statue in the city square. The many murals praising the Soviet Union also give an idea of just how deeply these ties went.

Included Activities:
-Osh - Sulaiman-Too Mountain
-Osh - National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex

Optional Activities:
-Osh - Bazaar - Free

icon Day 9: KGZ/UZB border crossing - Andijan - Tashkent

Location: KGZ/UZB border crossing - Andijan - Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

This morning we drive to Kyrgyz – Uzbek border which is just outside of the city. After passing through the border (approx. 1-2 hours), we meet farewell our Kyrgyz guide, meet our new Uzbek guide and transfer to Andijan. From here we take a local train to Tashkent (approx. 5.5 hrs). Arrive at our Tashkent hotel in the evening.

icon Day 10: Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Begin your introduction to Uzbekistan by exploring the capital today. Our sightseeing today in Tashkent will include a visit to State History Museum, the Abdul Khasim Medrassah with its hujra cells used as metalwork craft workshops to produce jewellery and other goods, and the Khast Imom Complex. After lunch, lose yourself in the exciting Chorsu Bazaar, browsing traditional wooden cradles, handmade musical instruments, and the extensive vegetable and spice markets.

Included Activities:
-Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar
-Tashkent - Khast Imom Complex & Moyie Mubarek Library Museum
-Tashkent - History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan

icon Day 11: Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Transfer to the station for the high speed train to fabled Samarkand (approx 2 hours). This city is located at the very centre of the ancient Silk Road. Enjoy some free time in the city on arrival, saving some of the key sights for our tour tomorrow. Maybe inspect the remains of the remarkable medieval observatory developed by Ulug Beg, Tamerlane's (Amir Timur) brilliant astronomer grandson. These days, only half of the below-ground semi-circular track can be seen, but there is an the excellent small museum close by. Or visit the Afrosiab Museum with its fine collection of treasures unearthed from the site, including world famous 10th century frescoes.

Optional Activities:
-Samarkand - Ulugbek's Observatory
-Samarkand - Afrosiab Museum

icon Day 12: Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, lunch

Be blown away by the sights you'll take in today. First, the great central square of Samarkand, the Registan. Then, Guri-Amir, where Tamerlane is buried, and finally the enormous Bibi-Khanum Mosque. Then we drive to Konigil village in the outskirts of the city for a special lunch with a family who have been making paper by traditional methods as long as they can remember. After lunch we'll learn about this unique way of paper making from mulberry. Returning to Samarkand, visit the impressive Shak-i-Zinda ensemble of mausoleums. This unusual necropolis has monuments from the 14th and 15th centuries, reflecting the development of the monumental art and architecture of the Timurid dynasty and is photo worthy at every turn. 

Included Activities:
-Samarkand - Bibi-Khanym Mosque
-Samarkand - Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
-Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda
-Samarkand - Registan
-Samarkand - Paper making workshop & home cooked lunch

icon Day 13: Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Bukhara

Location: Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Continue tracing the Silk Road towards Bukhara. One of the most important portions of this ancient route connects these two major cities of the area and takes us through the town of Shahrisabz - the home town of revered national hero Tamerlane. Sadly, Shakhrisabz has recently lost much of its authentic flavour through over enthusiastic restoration works. We make a stop here, visiting the legendery Ak Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilovat Memorial Complex, Dorus Saodat Complex and Kok-Gumbaz Mosque. Then we'll continue to Bukhara where we we stay for the night.

Included Activities:
-Shakhrisabz - Ak Saray Palace
-Shakhrisabz - Kok-Gumbaz Mosque
-Shakhrisabz - Dor-ut Tilovat Memorial Complex
-Shakhrisabz - Dorus Saodat Complex

icon Day 14: Bukhara

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Today, we'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing in beautiful Bukhara. First, you'll visit the lovely Sitora-i Mohi Khosa, once the summer residence of the last Emir. Designed by Russian architects, it has lavish interiors decorated with traditional filigree plaster, mirrored surfaces and delicate floral wall paintings by local artisans. Then to the peaceful 16th century Chor Bakr necropolis, where you'll enjoy the simplicity of the Khonako-Medressa  & Mosque complex that is typical of Bukharian style. In the afternoon, visit the Ark Fortress and Kalon Mosque, the symb of Bukhara, then to one of Central Asia's oldest and most exquisite structures, the 10th century Ismail Samani Mausoleum, whose superb decorative brickwork has survived 1,000 years of rugged history. From here it is only a short distance to the Lyabi-Haus area. After dinner, there's time to wander the small craft studios tucked into the ancient nearby madrassas and trading domes.

Included Activities:
-Bukhara - Ismail Samani Mausoleum
-Bukhara - Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace
-Bukhara - Chor-Bakr Necropolis
-Bukhara - Ark Fortress
-Bukhara - Kalon Mosque

icon Day 15: Gijduvan - Bukhara

Location: Gijduvan - Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Historically, Gijduvan was one of the caravan stops on the way to Bukhara. Ulugbek, the famous astronomer ruler of Samarkand and grandson of Tamerlane, built a medrassah here, just next to the grave of a Sufi saint. The town gained further fame as a centre of glazed pottery production. Visit the private studio of a local ceramic artist, meet the family and watch them at work. Later you can have some free time to explore this small town. For lunch we recommend the juicy kebabs of Gijduvan that are famous throughout Uzbekistan. On your way back, stop to see a minaret from the late 12th century in Vobkent.

Included Activities:
-Vobkent - Minaret
-Gijduvan - Ceramics workshop

icon Day 16: Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Enjoy some free time for your own optional sightseeing in Bukhara. In the afternoon, take a fast train back to Tashkent followed by an optional farewell dinner with your fellow travellers.

icon Day 17: Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Meals: breaksfast

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

icon Day 18: Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Take morning flight to Urgench (90 mins) and transfer to colourful Khiva (45 mins). Many global powers have laid claim to this city over the centuries, from khans to Silk Road traders and the Soviet Union. Get acquainted with Khiva on a tour of this walled-city. See the incredible blue-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret and the Mohammed Amin Khan Madressa. Explore the Kuhna Ark, the "citadel within a citadel" which once housed the Khan and his family in the 17th century, then get a good look at this attractive city from the Ak-sheikh Baba Observatory. Finally, visit the Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum, a complex constructed in honour of the famous 13th-century poet, craftsman and fighter. A popular pilgrimage site, the mint-coloured dome that tops the main mausoleum is stunning. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. Maybe ask your leader where to grab the best plov (rice, meat, and carrots). The city is a photographer's delight, particularly in the evenings when the sun begins to set and fading light glints off turquoise tiles, so make sure you have your phone or camera ready to snap some pictures.

Included Activities:
-Khiva - Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum
-Khiva - Kuhna Ark

icon Day 19: Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Khiva is particularly magic at dawn when the streets are empty. Later, you leader will guide you through some of the city’s other impressive monuments and buildings. Visit the towering Islom Hoja Minaret, the tallest building in Khiva. Explore Juma Mosque, the roof of which is propped up by 212 wooden columns and designed to let in sunlight. If you want a peek at Uzbek luxury, look no further than the Tosh-Hovli Palace, which was built in the first half of the 19th century. Wander through elaborately decorated courtyards connected by labyrinthian corridors. The rest of the afternoon is yours to relax.

Included Activities:
-Khiva - Islom Hoja Minaret & Medressa
-Khiva - Juma Mosque
-Khiva - Tosh-Hovli Palace

icon Day 20: Konye-Urgench - Darvaza

Location: Konye-Urgench - Darvaza

Accommodation: Camping

Meals: breaksfast, dinner

Say goodbye to Uzbekistan and cross the border into Turkmenistan at Khodjeyli (Xo‘jayli). Meet the new leader who will be your key to local secrets, food and highlights for the rest of your journey. From the border, make a 1.5-hour drive to the World Heritage-listed Konye-Urgench. Once a centre of the Islamic world, it suffered destruction at the hands of Genghis Khan and the Timurid dynasty and fell into decay until the 20th century. But it still has tonnes of monuments from the 11th to 16th centuries, including a mosque, mausoleum and the 60-metre-high Gutlug Timur Minaret. Continue your journey with a 4-hour drive by 4WD to Darvaza Crater. This astounding 70-metre-wide hole in the Karakum Desert is permanently aflame. Soviet oil prospectors started drilling in 1971 expecting to find oil, and the ground collapsed to form the crater. Worried about the gas released into the air, they deliberately set the crater on fire to burn off the excess, expecting it to last a few weeks. As you’ll see today, they were wrong, and the crater has been burning ever since. Watch the sunset over the 'Door to Hell' from your nearby camp, and enjoy a Turkmenistan-style barbecue for dinner. 

Included Activities:
-Darvaza - "Door to Hell" Crater
-Konye-Urgench - City tour

icon Day 21: Yerbent - Ashgabat

Location: Yerbent - Ashgabat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Hit the sand again in the 4WD, making the 4-hour drive to Ashgabat with a stop along the way at the tiny settlement of Yerbent. The community here live primarily in yurts that are tucked between the sand dunes. Check out the local monument that pays tribute to the group of socialists that died in the Basmachi Revolt in 1931, then continue to Ashgabat. Little is left of the original Russian Imperial city as most of it was destroyed in a massive earthquake in 1948, and today the city centre is a bizarre mix of futuristic and outrageous public buildings. Get a sense of Ashgabat old and new with a tour that takes in both the ancient settlement of Nisa and the National Museum of Turkmenistan. Enjoy a free afternoon in this mind-bending city. Look out for the ornate, golden telephone booths, screens broadcasting official ceremonies on a loop and imposing statues of the president.

Included Activities:
-Yerbent - Village visit
-Ashgabat - National Museum of Turkmenistan
-Ashgabat - Nisa ruins

icon Day 22: Ashgabat

Location: Ashgabat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Take a full day to wrap your head around this desert city on an immersive guided tour taking in the four pointed minarets atop the Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and the the extravagant Independence Monument. This sculpted park is filled with statues of Turkmen heroes (and controversial politicians) that line paths that lead to a golden dome and a (surprise!) massive minaret. From this lavish ode to Turkmen identity, continue to the Neutrality Arch, which despite its name has a provocative history. Then travel outside of the city to the Turkmenbashy Ruhi Mosque, the mausoleum of former Turkmen leader Saparmurat Niyazov, before heading further out of town to the ruins of Anau. The crumbling remains of the medieval mosque still attract the devout, who come to pray and make offerings. After a day full of sightseeing, maybe spend the evening relaxing at your hotel.

Included Activities:
-Ashgabat - Anau ruins
-Ashgabat - Independence Monument
-Ashgabat - Neutrality Arch
-Ashgabat - Turkmenbashy Ruhi Mosque & Family Mausoleum of the First President of Turkmenistan
-Ashgabat - Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

icon Day 23: Mary

Location: Mary

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast, lunch

Rise and shine for the 5-hour drive to Mary (pronounced ‘Mah-rih’). The somewhat ostentatious displays of wealth in the city can be traced to the long-running gas and cotton industries. Stop en route for lunch and to roam through the ruins of Abiverd. This fascinating archaeological site was an important trading town from 652 AD until the 12th century, and you can still see ancient shards of pottery scattered on the ground. Arrive in Mary in the afternoon and settle into your hotel.

icon Day 24: Merv - Mary

Location: Merv - Mary

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Take a 40-minute drive to Merv, also known as Margiana or Margush, and enjoy some time to explore Turkmenistan's most recognised site. This sprawling World Heritage site is home to numerous walled structures from various periods spread across a 1200-hectare area. See impressive columns smoothed by wind and time at the Greater Kizkala and walk hills that were once the fortress walls of Erk Kala. While not the most impressive visually, Gyaur Kala dates to 400 BC and has a fascinating history. Spend some time exploring these relics of grand empires and then return to Mary for a free afternoon. Maybe visit the Mary Regional Museum. Housed in a palace of white marble, the museum features archaeological displays and exhibitions on traditional Turkmen life and culture.

Included Activities:
-Merv - Big & Small Kizkala
-Merv - Erk Kala & Gayur Kala
-Merv - Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum

icon Day 25: Ashgabat

Location: Ashgabat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: breaksfast

Glittering Ashgabat awaits your return today, so make the 5-hour return drive to the City of White Marble. Enjoy a free afternoon to spend as you wish before an optional final night dinner with your group.

Optional Activities:
-Carpet Museum

icon Day 26: Ashgabat

Location: Ashgabat

Meals: breaksfast

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the hotel at any time.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Guesthouse/Homestay (3 night), Hotel (20 nights), Yurt/Camp (2 nights)

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    Meals

    25 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

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    Osh - National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex

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    Bukhara - Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace

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    Ashgabat - Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

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    Bishkek - City Tour

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    Khiva - Tosh-Hovli Palace

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    Ashgabat - Anau ruins

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    Gijduvan - Ceramics workshop

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    Samarkand - Registan

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    Tashkent - Khast Imom Complex & Moyie Mubarek Library Museum

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    Vobkent - Minaret

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    Tashkent - History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan

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    Merv - Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum

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    Shakhrisabz - Ak Saray Palace

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    Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar

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    Uzgen - Uzgen Minaret & Complex

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    Don Aryk - Local home visit & horsemanship demonstration

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    Merv - Erk Kala & Gayur Kala

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    Khiva - Kuhna Ark

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    Ashgabat - Nisa ruins

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    Bukhara - Ismail Samani Mausoleum

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    Ashgabat - Neutrality Arch

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    Ashgabat - Independence Monument

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    Samarkand - Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum

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    Ashgabat - Turkmenbashy Ruhi Mosque & Family Mausoleum of the First President of Turkmenistan

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    Shakhrisabz - Dor-ut Tilovat Memorial Complex

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    Ashgabat - National Museum of Turkmenistan

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    Shamsy Valley - Burana tower

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    Bukhara - Kalon Mosque

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    Kochkor - Market

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    Kochkor - Women's Felt Co-op

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    Shakhrisabz - Kok-Gumbaz Mosque

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    Yerbent - Village visit

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    Khiva - Juma Mosque

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    Bukhara - Ark Fortress

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    Samarkand - Bibi-Khanym Mosque

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    Khiva - Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum

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    Samarkand - Paper making workshop & home cooked lunch

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    Osh - Sulaiman-Too Mountain

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    Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda

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    Bukhara - Chor-Bakr Necropolis

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    Darvaza - "Door to Hell" Crater

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    Shakhrisabz - Dorus Saodat Complex

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    Merv - Big & Small Kizkala

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    Konye-Urgench - City tour

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    Khiva - Islom Hoja Minaret & Medressa

Transport

  • Private Bus , Metro , High Speed Train

Included Activities

  • Bishkek - City Tour
  • Shamsy Valley - Burana tower
  • Don Aryk - Local home visit & horsemanship demonstration
  • Kochkor - Market
  • Kochkor - Women's Felt Co-op
  • Uzgen - Uzgen Minaret & Complex
  • Osh - Sulaiman-Too Mountain
  • Osh - National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex
  • Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar
  • Tashkent - Khast Imom Complex & Moyie Mubarek Library Museum
  • Tashkent - History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan
  • Samarkand - Bibi-Khanym Mosque
  • Samarkand - Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
  • Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda
  • Samarkand - Registan
  • Samarkand - Paper making workshop & home cooked lunch
  • Shakhrisabz - Ak Saray Palace
  • Shakhrisabz - Kok-Gumbaz Mosque
  • Shakhrisabz - Dor-ut Tilovat Memorial Complex
  • Shakhrisabz - Dorus Saodat Complex
  • Bukhara - Ismail Samani Mausoleum
  • Bukhara - Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace
  • Bukhara - Chor-Bakr Necropolis
  • Bukhara - Ark Fortress
  • Bukhara - Kalon Mosque
  • Vobkent - Minaret
  • Gijduvan - Ceramics workshop
  • Khiva - Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum
  • Khiva - Kuhna Ark
  • Khiva - Islom Hoja Minaret & Medressa
  • Khiva - Juma Mosque
  • Khiva - Tosh-Hovli Palace
  • Darvaza - "Door to Hell" Crater
  • Konye-Urgench - City tour
  • Yerbent - Village visit
  • Ashgabat - National Museum of Turkmenistan
  • Ashgabat - Nisa ruins
  • Ashgabat - Anau ruins
  • Ashgabat - Independence Monument
  • Ashgabat - Neutrality Arch
  • Ashgabat - Turkmenbashy Ruhi Mosque & Family Mausoleum of the First President of Turkmenistan
  • Ashgabat - Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
  • Merv - Big & Small Kizkala
  • Merv - Erk Kala & Gayur Kala
  • Merv - Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum

Accommodation

  • Guesthouse/Homestay (3 night), Hotel (20 nights), Yurt/Camp (2 nights)

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 21 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Dates & Availability

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Tuesday Jun 01, 2021

Nights

26

Available

5

Tuesday Aug 24, 2021

Nights

26

Available

12

Friday Sep 17, 2021

Nights

26

Available

4

Tuesday Sep 21, 2021

Nights

26

Available

5

Friday Sep 24, 2021

Nights

26

Available

12

Friday Apr 22, 2022

Nights

26

Available

12

Tuesday May 10, 2022

Nights

26

Available

4

Friday May 27, 2022

Nights

26

Available

8

Tuesday Jun 14, 2022

Nights

26

Available

10

Tuesday Aug 16, 2022

Nights

26

Available

10

Friday Sep 02, 2022

Nights

26

Available

8

Friday Sep 09, 2022

Nights

26

Available

12

Tuesday Sep 20, 2022

Nights

26

Available

10

Tuesday Oct 04, 2022

Nights

26

Available

7

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2021

26Nights

5Available

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021

26Nights

12Available

Friday, Sep 17, 2021

26Nights

4Available

Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021

26Nights

5Available

Friday, Sep 24, 2021

26Nights

12Available

Friday, Apr 22, 2022

26Nights

12Available

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

26Nights

4Available

Friday, May 27, 2022

26Nights

8Available

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2022

26Nights

10Available

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022

26Nights

10Available

Friday, Sep 02, 2022

26Nights

8Available

Friday, Sep 09, 2022

26Nights

12Available

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022

26Nights

10Available

Tuesday, Oct 04, 2022

26Nights

7Available