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Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan 2016' adventure
14 nights / 15 days

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  • Visa support for Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
  • Twin-share accommodation at 3 or 4* hotels, 1 night at camp
  • Transport service
  • Escort guide service
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites (excluding photo and video permissions where applicable)
  • Domestic flights: Mary-Ashgabat
  • In Turkmenistan only breakfasts and one dinner at gas crater are included, in Uzbekistan full board (breakfasts, lunches and dinners except the free day in Khiva)
  • International tickets from your home to Ashgabat and from Tashkent to your home
  • Medical insurance
  • Tips for local guide and driver
  • in Turkmenistan lunches and dinners except dinner at Gas Crater
  • Single room supplement: 290 Euro per person
Ashgabat Nissa Mary Merv Gas Crater "Door to Hell" Nukus Muynak (Aral Sea) Khiva Bukhara Samarkand Tashkent

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY! Join our adventure to the most mysterious and unexplored parts of Central Asia - TURKMENISTAN &...

Posted by Korea Konsult on Monday, January 25, 2016
  TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
  • ASHGABAT – the capital and the largest city of Turkmenistan with population more than 1 million people. “Ashgabat” in Persian means "city of love" or "city of devotion". Ashgabat is also known as “white city” - in 2013 the city was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the city with world's highest concentration of white marble buildings
  • THE DOOR TO HELL - also known as the Gates to Hell, the Crater of Fire, Darvaza Crater is a natural gas field in Derweze, that collapsed into an underground cavern becoming a natural gas crater. Geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas, and it has been burning continuously since then
  • DEAD ARAL SEA - the name roughly translates as "Sea of Islands", referring to over 1,100 islands that once dotted its waters. Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 sq km (26,300 sq mi), the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size, splitting into four lakes
  • FANTOM CITY MUYNAK - once a bustling fishing community and Uzbekistan's only port city with tens of thousands of residents, Muynak is now a shadow of its former self, dozens of kilometers from the rapidly receding shoreline of the Aral Sea. The only fish which stayed here is the fish in the city's emblem
  • GRAVEYARD OF SHIPS IN MUYNAK (ARAL SEA) - the armada of rusting hulks that once made up the proud fishing fleet during the Soviet era
  • KHIVA - the city was established in the beginning of the Christian era. It is the former capital of Khwarezmia and the Khanate of Khiva. Itchan Kala in Khiva was the first site in Uzbekistan to be inscribed in the World Heritage List (1991)
  • BUKHARA - a city-museum, with about 140 architectural monuments. Humans have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time. UNESCO has listed the historic center of Bukhara (which contains numerous mosques and madrassas) as a World Heritage Site
  • MITAN VILLAGE - the hospital Uzbek village where you will spend afternoon cooking traditional food (bichakov pie and pilaf) in a clay oven, learning secrets of kilim weaving, and meeting village's aqsaqal (male elder, the old and wise of the community)
  • SAMARKAND - one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia, prospering from its location on the Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean. At times Samarkand has been one of the greatest cities of Central Asia. It is called "city-fairytale", "shelter for the soul", and "mirror of the world"
  • TASHKENT - literally "Stone City", it is the capital and the largest city of Uzbekistan
  • Info
    The tour itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one. Korea Konsult reserves the right to change some parts of the itinerary below if needed. Eventual itinerary changes after the group arrival in Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan are beyond our control. Under no circumstances can Korea Konsult be held responsible for any itinerary changes.

    May 18 (Wed): Arrival in Ashgabat
    • Arrival in Ashgabat by morning flight. Ashgabat is capital and largest city of Turkmenistan even though it is relatively young city. 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
    • Transfer to the Grand Turkmen hotel 4*. Early check-in and free time
    • After lunch embark on city tour: visit Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence and other beauty sights of Ashgabat

    OVERNIGHT: Grand Turkmen hotel 4*
    May 19 (Thu): Ashgabat Underground lake Gokdepe horse farm Nissa Ashgabat
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Drive to Kow-Ata underground lake that is situated 107 km from Ashgabat. The Turkmen name of the underground cave “Kow-Ata” means "father of all caves". At first glance this cave appears like a magnificent auditorium: the overall length of the cave is 230 m, its height reaches 20 m, and its width at some points is 57 m. In the cave there is an underground lake with clear and emerald colored water which has a constant temperature of 33-37°C
    • Drive to Gokdepe fortress that is associated with the battle in December 1880 when 6,000 Russian troops under General Mikhail Skobelev defeated 25,000 defenders of the fortress. Gokdepe Mosque was built to commemorate this defeat and it is famous for its mint-turquoise colored doom and white marble structure
    • Visit horse farm to see over 30 beautiful Akhalteke horses – the pride of Turkmen people. Turkmens began breeding Akhalteke horses about 5,000 years ago and the result is amazing! These horses cannot interbreed with any other horses. Ancient rulers such as Alexander the Great and Darius I owned one of these horses
    • Drive 18 km from Ashgabat to Bagyr village to see Nissa fortress - the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared this fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa was one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned 250 BC – 211 BC) and later Nissa became the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings
    • Visit the biggest Mosque in Central Asia - Saparmyrat Hajy Mosque
    • Drive back to the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Grand Turkmen hotel 4*
    May 20 (Fri): Ashgabat Mary Merv
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Drive to Mary. On the way visit Seyitjemaleddin Mosque - constructed in the 15th century it was completely destroyed by deadly Ashgabat earthquake in 1948. Later it has been reconstructed and today it is open for tourists and believers
    • Move to Abiverd - once an important trading town of North Khorasan, this city was a key link on the Silk Road between Nis, Merv, and Nishapur – the city across the Kopet Dag Mountains to the south. Abiverd was so rich at the zenith of its power in 9th century that taxes collected here were almost double of those collected in Serakhs
    • Drive to Bairamali city to explore the archaeological and historical jewels of this ancient Silk Road City. The city is located in a dry oasis in the Murgab
    • Visit ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. You will see: Gyz Gala & Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Buddhist Complex, and famous Beni Makhan Mosque – the first Mosque built in Central Asia
    • Drive to the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Mary hotel 5*
    May 21 (Sat): Mary Ashgabat
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Morning flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to the Grand Turkmen Hotel
    • Lunch
    • Visit National Museum of History and Ethnography which is built at the foot of Mt. Kopet Dag. The museum contains major treasures discovered in every part of the country. The most interesting exhibitions are represented by the archeology and ethnography departments. The archaeological collection contains very rare works of art from ancient times to the middle ages which have been found on the territory of Turkmenistan. About 500,000 individual items are displayed in this huge museum
    • Drive back to the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Grand Turkmen Hotel 4*
    May 22 (Sun): Ashgabat Gas Crater "Door to Hell"
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Drive (268km) through Karakum desert to Derweze village. The village inhabitants are mostly Turkmen of the Teke tribe, preserving a semi-nomadic lifestyle. In 2004 the village was disbanded following the order of the President of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, because "it was an unpleasant sight for tourists"
    • Visit a Gas Crater dubbed by locals as "Door to Hell" - a natural gas field that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater. Soviet geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas, and it has been burning continuously since then. The diameter of the crater is 69 m, and its depth is 30 m. The gas crater has a total area of 5,350 m2, the size of an American football field. The surrounding area is also popular for wild desert camping. In the evening the crater features spectacular view of the burning gas
    • Dinner at Gas Crater

    OVERNIGHT: camp
    May 23 (Mon): Gas Crater Kunya Urgench Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan border Khodjeyli Nukus
    • Picnic style breakfast
    • Drive (~370km) to Kunya Urgench – ancient capital of Khwarezm, a part of the Achaemenid Empire. Its inhabitants deserted the town three and a half centuries ago in order to develop a new settlement, and Kunya-Urgench has remained undisturbed ever since. In 2005, the ruins of Old Urgench have been inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites
    • Visit mausoleums of Il-Arslan, Sultan Tekesh, Nejmeddin Kubra, Sultan Ali, Turabek-Khanum. Stop by minaret of Kutlug Timur, and MamunII
    • Drive to the Turkmen/Uzbek border Kunia Urgench- Khodjeyli. After compliance with all border formalities drive to Nukus city - the capital of the autonomous Karakalpakstan Republic, and transfer to the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Rakhnamo 3* or same level
    May 24 (Tue): Nukus Muynak
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Drive to Muynak (~200 km) – in 1950s it was the largest Uzbekistan port town in Aral Sea. The city boasted developed fish industry but today Muynak is 180 km away from retreating Aral Sea, the city’s population has been declining precipitously since the 1980s due to the recession of the Aral Sea
    • 3 hrs city-tour: step down on the bottom of the retreating Aral Sea and inspect so-called "graveyard of ships" - the armada of rusting hulks that once made up the proud fishing fleet during the Soviet era, and a one-room museum devoted to Muynak's heritage as a center of the fishing industry. You will see the rusting skeletons of abandoned fishing boats and many artifacts that tell the story of dying Aral Sea
    • After picnic lunch return to Nukus. En-route you'll visit the necropolis Mihdahan (14 century)
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Rakhnamo 3* or same level
    May 25 (Wed): Nukus Khiva
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Early morning depart to Khiva - the "eighth wonder of the world". Perhaps no other ancient city of Uzbekistan has kept its architectural heritage better than Khiva. The inner fortress Ichan Kala was the first site in Uzbekistan to be inscribed in the World Heritage List (1991). In the fortress’ wall there are 4 gates: Ata Darwaza (western) Bakhcha Darwaza (northern) Palvan Darwaza (eastern) and Tash Darwaza (southern)
    • Visit to the famous citadel Kunya-Ark, madrassa Muhammad Amin Khan, minaret Kalta Minar, madrassas Muhammad Rahim Khan II, the palace Tash Hawley, madrassas Allakulikhan, madrassas Shergazihana, exquisite Mausoleum Pakhlavan Mahmoud, Mausoleum Said Alauddin and the minaret of the mosque Islam Khodja
    • Lunch in an old madrasa in the heart of Ichan-Qala
    • Visit wood carving workshop where Vamdetalno shows the process of making the famous Khiva carved columns, lyauh (table for the Quran), household furniture, etc
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Le Grand Plaza 4* or same level
    May 26 (Thu): Khiva
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Discover the ancient Khiva on your own! Nowadays Khiva is a small town with 50,000 citizens and thus you can cover the whole city within a day. No guide or transport will be provided

    OVERNIGHT: Le Grand Plaza 4* or same level
    May 27 (Fri): Khiva Bukhara
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Early morning departure to Bukhara. Your road will go through the Kyzylkum desert - the 16th largest desert in the world. Translated from the Turkic "Kyzylkum" means "red sands”. We will also cross Amu-Darya River - historically known by its Latin name, Oxus, is a major river in Central Asia.
    • Enjoy picnic lunch at one of the roadside cafes
    • Later in the afternoon arrival in Bukhara - a city-museum, with about 140 architectural monuments. Humans have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time. Located on the Silk Road, the city has long served as a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. UNESCO has listed the historic center of Bukhara (which contains numerous mosques and madrassas) as a World Heritage Site
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Asia Boukhara 4* or same level
    May 28 (Sat): Bukhara
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Walking city-tour in Bukhara: the skyline Po-I-Kalyan, Mir-i-Arab mosque, minaret Kalon dating back to XI century, Ulugbek and Abdulaziz, trade dome of jewelers Togi Zargaron. Visit blacksmith shop, and Magoki Attari. Continue to open-air bazaar of Tim Abdullakhan
    • Lunch in a traditional restaurant
    • Continue your walking tour in old Bukhara: walk in the Lyabi Hauz, including madrassah Kukuldash, Khanaka (haven for dervishes) and Caravanserai Nodir Devon Begi. Visit the Jewish Quarter and famous Bukhara synagogue. Visit the mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub, Bolo Hauz mosque with its famous 20 carved pillars. Visit Ark Fortress - the ancient residence of Bukhara emirs
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Asia Boukhara 4* or same level
    May 29 (Sun): Bukhara Mitan Samarkand
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Drive to Samarkand
    • En-route stop at Mitan village and enjoy cordial meeting with locals. In 2014 German Institute of Tourism and Development (Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung) awarded this village Solidarity Tourism Prize "TO DO International Contest Socially Responsible Tourism". Become acquainted with village’s inhabitants and cook “bichakov” - little pies stuffed with herbs or pumpkin and baked in a clay oven. You can also join the “pilaf” cooking – famous Uzbek food that is served as the main dish of the day. After lunch local women will share with you the secrets of kilim weaving – a small rug made out of silk. You will also have the opportunity to see the esteemed aqsaqal (male elder, the old and wise of the community) Hoxha Bobo, who will tell you about local tradition
    • Continue your way to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand and transfer to the hotel
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Asia Boukhara 4* or same level
    May 30 (Mon): Samarkand
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Get the first site of Samarkand - the pearl of the East. This city is still thrilling imagination of travelers from all over the world. Samarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia, prospering from its location on the Silk Road, the homeland of many famous oriental poets, sages and scientists. At times Samarkand has been one of the greatest cities of Central Asia; traditionally it is the capital of Samarqand Region, and is Uzbekistan's third largest city, after fast-growing Namangan in the Ferghana Valley
    • Visit majestic Registan Square, surrounded by three madrassas: Ulugbek (XV century), Sher-Dor (XVII century) And Tilla-Kari (XVI century)
    • Visit mausoleum Gur-Emir - is a mausoleum of the Asian conqueror Tamerlane (also known as Timur)
    • Lunch at a local restaurant near the Registan Square
    • In the afternoon visit famous observatory Ulugbek - an outstanding scientist and ruler of the XV century. Continue to Afrosiyob – a museum exhibiting fantastic murals from ancient time up to the Islamic period
    • Dinner at the ancient Uzbek home: discover for yourself traditional Uzbek cuisine

    OVERNIGHT: Emirkhan 4* or same level
    May 31 (Tue): Samarkand Tashkent
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • In the morning you will visit the tomb of Shahi-Zinda - crown of building art of XIV-XV centuries, and is the burial place of Samarkand nobility
    • Visit Bibi Khanum Mosque - one of the most important monuments of Samarkand. In the 15th century it was one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world. Stop by adjacent Siabskogo market
    • Lunch during the tour at a local cozy restaurant
    • Enjoy your free time in Samarkand
    • At 17:00 transfer to the station and board the high-speed train "Afrosiab» №761 which will take you to Tashkent in record time (departure at 18:00, arrival at 20:10)
    • Arrive in Tashkent station, transfer to the hotel
    • Dinner

    OVERNIGHT: Le Grand Plaza 4*
    Jun 1 (Wed): Tashkent
    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Departure to the airport on your own

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