Explore 2stans - 8 Days

Explore 2stans


Tour: Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan

Destinations: Ashgabat – Darvaza - Dashoguz - Mary – Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
Transport: Private air conditioned transport, economy class domestic flights
Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities
Guides: Fully escorted by our English speaking guide
Tour starting point: Ashgabat  Ends: Tashkent

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Day 1

Arrival in Ashgabat International airport. You will be met by our representatives and transfer to hotel (early check-in). Free time.

BF at Hotel. You will have Ashgabat city tour. In 2013 the Guinness Book of Records named Ashgabat “white marbled city” – here you can see the biggest number of structures in the world made out of the white marble. You will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat Sports and Housing facilities, the Earthquake and victims of WWII Monuments.

Later drive to visit Horse hippodrome to see a national proud of Turkmen people - Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. The World’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Ashgabat – Darvaza

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211BC), and reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum. The ruins of ancient settlement Nissa are located 18 km from Ashgabat at Bagyr village. On the back way we will visit Ruhy Mosque of Saparmyrat Hajy is the largest mosque in Central Asia. Seven thousand men and woman can pray at the same time.

Then drive to Darwaza burning Gas Crater (268km) dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell". The Darwaza area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the as is still burning today. In the evening, watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater.

BBQ dinner & overnight at Gas Crater.

Day 3
Darvaza - Kunyaurgench - Ashgabat

Picnic style breakfast in the camp. Then drive to Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravansaray, Mamun Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. You will also visit Nejemeddin Kubra, Sultan Ali and Kryk Molla. Drive to Dashoguz and evening flight to Ashgabat.

Day 4
Ashgabat - Mary - Merv - Mary

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning flight to Mary. Drive to Merv to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusup Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum.

After drive to Mary city. Then you will visit Mary History Museum is a history museum of  Mary, located in the center of the city. The exposition of the museum reflects the history and culture of Mary from ancient times to the present day, is unique in size and content of the exhibits. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5

Early breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Farap border to follow our route in Uzbekistan.

Our driver will wait you at Alat crossing border point with sign “Name guest”. He will pick-up guests from crossing border and drive to Bukhara (85 km, 1:30 hours). Check in at the hotel. Lunch.

A guide will meet you at hotel in Bukhara, which is a starting point of the city tour. Take a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in historic center of Bukhara which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its historic center has been preserved very well for the last two centuries. It therefore gives a great glimpse into a medieval Central Asian Muslim city filled with ancient religious architecture. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6
Bukhara - Gijduvan - Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h*). On the way you will have stop: Gijduvan pottery masters workshop. Since ancient times Gijduvan has been known as a craft and trade center. The incredibly beautiful and truly unique ceramics is a special pride of the town. Gijduvan ceramics school has its deep roots. The skills have been passed from father to son from generation to generation. Participate in a master class and have lunch. In the afternoon continue driving to Samarkand. Check-in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore the one of the pearls of Central Asian cities. Samarkand is one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. Its geographic location in the center of major trade routes attracted a lot of travelers and invaders. Through the course of its history, it has been ruled by Persians, Greeks, Turks, Mongols, Chinese, and Russians. Half a dozen religions have found a home here. The tour begins with a visit to Ulugbek Observatory, where part of the sextant from the 15th century is preserved. Continue to Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque. Walking through an alley with souvenir shops, you will reach the spectacular Registan Square which has been the center of Samarkand for many centuries. The last point of interest to be visited is Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the final resting place of Timur, a great emperor. Late in the afternoon transfer to railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:28 to Tashkent (journey time 2 h 10 min). Pick-up from Tashkent railway station at 19:40 and transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 8

Transfer to the International airport of Tashkent for flight to home.

Price Include

  • Letter of Invitation (State Registration, Travel Pass)
  • Accommodation in DBL/Twin room:
  • Escort English speaking guide service
  • Transportation as per program per AC regular road vehicles
  • Business/Economy-class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent as per option (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace it with the most-comfortable class of regular train)
  • Flight ticket: Ashgabat - Mary
  • Entrance fee: per program
  • Meals: BF at hotel, BBQ dinner at Darvaza
  • 1.5 L water per person per day

Price doesn't include

  • International flights
  • Cost of Turkmen visa w/border fees
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa
  • Payment for photo and video
  • Meals: L,D
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Medical insurance
  • Services not shown in the program
  • Travel tax: 2 usd per person per night in Turkmenistan

Trip Facts

  • Ashgabat
  • Tashkent